Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith gets three-year extension
Penguins goaltender Casey DeSmith signed a three-year contract extension Friday. The deal, which begins in the 2019-2020 season, carries an average annual value of $1.25 million. DeSmith, 27, a former University of New Hampshire standout who began the season as a backup to Matt Murray, is 12-7-4 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage . . . Predators forward Austin Watson said the arrest last year that led to his 18-game suspension came when he started drinking again after 23 months of sobriety. Watson, who turns 27 on Sunday, said in an Instagram post that he’s been dealing with anxiety, depression, and alcoholism since he was 18. Watson said he voluntarily entered the NHL’s substance abuse program after his June 16 arrest. He initially received a 27-game suspension from the NHL, but an arbitrator reduced it to 18 games. He was reinstated in mid-November and has six goals and two assists in 28 games . . . Arizona put center Brad Richardson on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Temple finally gets football coach
Temple hired Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey as its next football coach, filling a vacancy that abruptly opened in late December after the newly hired Manny Diaz left to lead Miami. Carey succeeds Geoff Collins, who departed to Georgia Tech . . . Dan Enos was announced as the new coordinator of the Miami offense, coming to the Hurricanes after one season as quarterbacks coach and associate head coach at national runner-up Alabama. The question now is if former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts will join him. Hurts went 26-2 as Alabama’s starter before losing the job to Tua Tagovailoa, and has put his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal . . . Matt Filipe had a goal and an assist and No. 12 Northeastern (13-4-1, 7-2-1) built a 3-0 first-period lead and hung for a 3-2 win over host Maine (7-10-2, 3-4-2) in a men’s Hockey East game . . . David Cotton and Julius Mattila each had a goal and an assist, helping host Boston College (7-9-2, 7-1-2 HE) spring a 4-2 upset on No. 7 Providence (12-5-4, 6-3-1) . . . Five players scored as Boston University (7-8-3, 6-5-2 HE) posted a 5-2 win over visiting New Hampshire (6-8-6, 2-5-3) . . . Princeton (6-10-2, 4-6-1 ECAC) scored a pair of third-period goals to pull away for a 4-2 victory over visiting Harvard (6-5-3, 3-4-2) . . . Jacob Pritchard and Jake Gaudet each had a goal and an assist to lead No. 2 UMass (16-3-0, 8-1-0 HE) to a 4-1 win over visiting Vermont (8-10-1, 1-7-1) . . . Third-ranked Northeastern (15-2-3, 13-1-1) scored three times in the opening period and coasted to a 4-1 win over No. 10 Boston College (13-9-0, 7-6-4) in Hockey East women’s play.
Grizzlies’ Brooks is out for season
Memphis Grizzlies guard/forward Dillon Brooks underwent surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season because of a ruptured ligament in his right big toe . . . James Harden had 43 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists in three quarters in the Houston Rockets’ 141-113 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s Harden’s 15th straight game with at least 30 points, his franchise-record 13th game with 40 points this season . . . Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out of the Bucks’ game against the Wizards and is day-to-day because of right quadriceps soreness and a left hip contusion . . . Ashleigh Barty continued her strong run at the Sydney International with a semifinal win over Kiki Bertens, beating the Dutch player, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 7-5. She will play two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, who beat qualifier Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-1, 6-2 . . . Russian bobsledder Alexander Zubkov won a Moscow court ruling that could make it harder for the International Olympic Committee to recover his gold medals. The Russian flagbearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics was stripped of his two gold medals from those games in 2017 by the IOC for doping. He failed to overturn that disqualification at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year. But Moscow’s highest civil court in November upheld Zubkov’s claim that the CAS procedure was unfair and shouldn’t be recognized in Russia. The Moscow court’s ruling means Zubkov is legally recognized as an Olympic champion — but only in Russia . . . In the latest blow to the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to rid itself of scandal, marketing head Tsunekazu Takeda is being investigated for suspected corruption related to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Takeda, who is also the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, was placed under formal investigation for ‘‘active corruption’’ on Dec. 10, France’s financial crimes office announced.