UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) A ”substantial” minority interest in the New York Islanders was sold, pending approval by the NHL board of governors, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.
The hockey team said Tuesday a group led by former Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin agreed to buy the minority interest. Terms weren’t immediately disclosed.
Under the agreement, current owner Charles Wang will continue as majority stockholder for two years, the team said in a statement. At that point, ownership will transfer to the Ledecky-Malkin group.
The sale must be approved by the NHL’s board of governors. The full agreement, including the planned ownership transfer in two years, will be presented to the board but that likely won’t happen for the next board meeting in September. The board will meet again in December.
The NHL had no comment Tuesday regarding the sale.
TORONTO (AP) – A settlement has been reached in Steve Moore’s lawsuit against NHL forward Todd Bertuzzi, more than 10 years after the bloody, on-ice attack ended Moore’s career.
Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case was ”settled in its totality” but said Tuesday the terms are confidential. The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been set for trial Sept. 8.
On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi, then playing for the Vancouver Canucks, hit Moore from behind. The Colorado Avalanche rookie crashed face first to the ice, leaving him with a concussion and fractured vertebrae.
Moore alleges the Canucks had put a bounty on him following his check that injured their captain, Markus Naslund. Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm. He was sentenced in December 2004 to one year of probation and 80 hours of community service.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Browns coach Mike Pettine isn’t quite ready to name his starting quarterback. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel haven’t convinced him they deserve the job.
Pettine had been expected to announce Tuesday whether Hoyer or Manziel, the hyped rookie, would start the Sept. 7 opener at Pittsburgh. But the decision has been delayed and could carry through Cleveland’s third preseason game on Saturday, Pettine said.
Pettine’s choice grew tougher after Hoyer and Manziel played poorly in a 24-23 exhibition loss at Washington on Monday night. Manziel also made an obscene gesture toward the Redskins’ sideline, an act Pettine called ”extremely disappointing” and will likely result in a fine from the NFL.
Pettine said Manziel’s actions on national TV will be factored into the decision on a starter.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe’s claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.
Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he won’t receive any money as part of the settlement.
The Vikings said in a statement that the deal resolves all issues related to Kluwe’s departure from the team and his accusations that a coach made anti-gay comments. Zygi Wilf said he wished Kluwe the best.
Under the settlement, the Vikings also agreed to require all team employees to undergo sensitivity training four times a year. The team will also host a national symposium in Minneapolis next spring that will address LGBT issues and professional athletics, said Kluwe’s attorney, Clayton Halunen.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio State star quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season, dealing a severe blow to the fifth-ranked Buckeyes’ national title hopes.
Ohio State confirmed late Tuesday afternoon that Miller reinjured his throwing shoulder and will need surgery. The two-time Big Ten player of the year left practice in pain Monday after making a short throw.
The senior and three-year starter partially tore the labrum in his right shoulder in a loss to Clemson at the Orange Bowl. He had surgery, didn’t face contact in spring practice and was held out of several practices this month due to soreness.
Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller’s top backup and will likely be the starter in the Aug. 30 opener against Navy in Baltimore.
Miller said he was on schedule to graduate with a degree in Communications in December and that he also wanted to attend graduate school, ”and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season.”
NEW YORK (AP) – NBA referee Dick Bavetta is retiring after a 39-year career in which he never missed an assignment.
Bavetta officiated a record 2,635 consecutive regular-season games after starting his NBA career on Dec. 2, 1975. He also worked 270 playoff games, including 27 in the NBA Finals.
NBA president Rod Thorn said Tuesday in a statement that the league is ”grateful for his contributions to our league, and we wish him the best as he enjoys his well-earned retirement.”
Bavetta, 74, also worked the 1992 Olympics, the first involving NBA players, and has officiated in leagues in New York and New Jersey. He is most proud of his streak, which last season surpassed even the 2,632 consecutive games played by baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – Defending champion and top-seeded Simona Halep was upset Tuesday in her opening match at the Connecticut Open, falling 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova.
Rybarikova, ranked 68th in the world, broke the serve of the world’s second-ranked player six times. The final break put her ahead 4-2 in the third set and from there she served out the second-round win.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova had a much easier time in the night’s final match, dispatching Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-1 in less than 49 minutes.
Earlier Tuesday, American Alison Riske upset sixth-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 7-6 (3).
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic also moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia of France, saving 12 of 13 break points along the way.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – John Isner shook off a slow start to beat fellow American Bradley Klahn 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 on Tuesday in the second round of the Winston-Salem Open.
Isner, the tournament’s top seed and two-time winner, served 13 aces – one clocked at 138 mph – and broke Klahn’s serve twice in the second set to improve to 11-0 all-time in the final tuneup before next week’s U.S. Open.
Three of the top six seeds were eliminated in the second round at the Wake Forest Tennis Center. Third-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain lost to France’s Nicolas Mahut 6-1, 7-6 (7-0); fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer of Argentina was upset by Belgian qualifier David Goffin 6-3, 6-1; while Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz stunned No. 6 seed Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
However, No. 2 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa overcame a shaky second set to beat France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.