Ex-BC player Brian Boyle traded to Predators
Hingham native and former Boston College player Brian Boyle was acquired by the Nashville Predators from the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday for a second-round pick in the June NHL draft. Boyle, 34, has 13 goals and 19 points in his 12th NHL season. He won the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy after battling chronic myeloid leukemia. The Predators also acquired veteran forward Cody McLeod from the Rangers for a seventh-round pick . . . Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and cartilage in his right knee. Koivu tore his anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus, and is expected to have surgery Friday . . . Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray missed practice while being evaluated for an upper-body injury. Although he will travel with the team when it heads to Florida on Thursday night, Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan described Murray as “day to day.” . . . Andre Boudrias, the former Vancouver Canucks captain and Montreal Canadiens assistant general manager, died Tuesday at age 75 in Whistler, British Columbia. No cause was given.
Tazawa signs with Cubs
Former Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training. If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues . . . The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with Jeremy Hellickson, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Hellickson will make $1.3 million on a major league deal, with a potential $4 million in incentives, indicating that the Nationals expect him to compete to be the team’s fifth starter . . . Reliever Ryan Tepera went to salary arbitration with the Toronto Blue Jays. Tepera asked for $1.8 million and the team argued for $1,525,000. A decision is expected Thursday . . . The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $2.2 million, one-year deal with reliever Brad Boxberger, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. The 30-year-old righthander, a former All-Star with the Tampa Bay Rays, had a 4.89 ERA and 32 saves with the Diamondbacks last season. He became a free agent when Arizona failed to offer a 2019 contract by the Nov. 30 deadline . . . Major League Baseball’s independent investigation found no credible evidence to support claims of disparaging comments and discriminatory treatment by members of the Seattle Mariners front office. MLB said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation found the Mariners did not violate baseball’s ‘‘workplace code of conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law,’’ in the treatment of Lorena Martin, the club’s director of high performance for one season who filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the team after she was fired in 2018.
Gil lifts Revolution to win
The Revolution received a welcome spark during the final game of their preseason trip to Spain, as transfer Carles Gil helped engineer a three-goal second half in a 3-1 victory over Dynamo Kyiv at Marbella Football Center . . . As the only candidate for election, FIFA president Gianni Infantino is set to serve four more years as the leader of soccer’s governing body . . . Lionel Messi was not in host Barcelona’s starting lineup for the first leg of a Copa del Rey semifinal against Real Madrid because of an unspecified injury to his right leg. The game ended in a 1-1 draw . . . Authorities recovered a body from the seabed wreckage of a plane that was carrying Premier League soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. However, British air accident investigators have yet to identify the body.
Locals among BC signees
On national signing day, Boston College released an updated list of its 2019 football recruiting class. Of the 17 student-athletes committed to play for Eagles coach Steve Addazio, 16 signed their commitment during the first signing period in December. Mike Ciaffoni, a 6-foot-3-inch defensive tackle from Lincoln-Sudbury, and Quin Stott (Governor’s Academy), a 5-9 athlete from Newburyport, are expected to compete for roster spots. The incoming class also includes five defensive backs, including New Jersey star safety Connor Greico, and four defensive linemen, highlighted by Spencer Bono, considered the top defensive end in Ohio. Jack Conley, a 6-8 tackle, leads a crop of three offensive linemen. Three-star recruits Bryce Sebastian and Ethon Williams will look to bolster the Eagles at wide receiver.
S. Miss. turns down Briles
Southern Mississippi decided not to hire former Baylor football coach Art Briles, the school confirmed. Briles was fired after an investigation revealed in May 2016 that Baylor had mishandled numerous sexual assault allegations by students, including some against football players . . .
Former University of New Mexico athletic director In women’s basketball, All-American Katie Lou Samuelson broke out of her shooting slump, scoring a season-high 31 points to lead No. 5 UConn over East Carolina, 118-55, in Hartford.
. . . In men’s basketball, Shizz Alston Jr. had 18 points and Nate Pierre-Louis scored 12 of his 17 points in Temple’s dominating first half to lead the host Owls to an 81-63 rout of UConn.
Paris wins men’s super-G
Dominik Paris won the men’s super-G at the world championships in Are, Sweden. The Italian finished 0.09 seconds ahead of Johan Clarey of France and Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria, who tied for the silver . . . After winning the super-G Tuesday, Mikaela Shiffrin left the world championships to prepare for next week’s giant slalom and slalom. She will not be competing in Friday’s Alpine combined race . . . The Atlanta Falcons released kicker Matt Bryant, ending the 10-year run of the team’s all-time leading scorer . . . The decision Wednesday to not renew the team’s option on the 43-year-old Bryant comes despite another strong season in 2018, when he made 20 of 21 field goals and 33 of 35 extra points. His only missed field goal was from 53 yards at Green Bay. The Falcons also cut cornerback Robert Alford, a second-round pick in 2013 who had 10 career interceptions but none this season . . . Canelo Alvarez and D aniel Jacobs will meet May 4 in a scheduled 12-round fight to unify most of the major middleweight boxing titles at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas . . . Horse racing was canceled in Great Britain on Thursday due to an equine flu outbreak.