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Sports news briefs — July 15

Compiled from wire reports


New Orleans Saints
 settle tight-end deal

• The New Orleans Saints confirmed a multi­year deal with star tight end Jimmy Graham, ending a protracted holdout.

Graham skipped all of the Saints’ practices and workouts — and challenged the NFL’s franchise tag process in arbitration.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, contending Graham was used as a wide receiver often enough to qualify for the more lucrative receiver tag, worth about $5 million a year more than the $7 million tag for a tight end.

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank sided with the NFL, ruling Graham was capable of continuing to perform specific tight-end duties while lined up in the slot or within 4 yards of an offensive tackle.

Graham, a Miami product, was the Saints’ third-round draft choice in 2010. He led the Saints in catches the past three seasons.

• Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach. Attorney Clayton Halunen said they’ll seek a copy of a Vikings’ internal investigation and make it public if they can. Kluwe said special teams coordinator Mike Priefer used slurs and taunts to try to quash Kluwe’s support for gay marriage. Priefer denied the allegations. Kluwe was cut in May 2013 after eight seasons with the Vikings.



No operation needed 
for Penguins captain

• The Pittsburgh Penguins say captain Sidney Crosby doesn’t need surgery on his injured wrist as feared during the playoffs. The team said he will receive treatment and be evaluated before training camp in September.

• The Nashville Predators signed veteran forwards Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to $1 million, one-year contracts. Ribeiro had 16 goals and 31 assists in 80 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season. Roy had nine goals and 28 assists in 75 games for the St. Louis Blues last season.

•The Arizona Coyotes re-signed forward Brandon McMillan to a two-year deal and signed forward Jordan Swarz from the Portland AHL affiliate to a one-year deal.

• The Minnesota Wild re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year deal. Zucker had surgery in March to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps.

• Ex-NHL coach Tom Renney was hired as president and chief executive of Hockey Canada. He succeeds Bob Nicholson, who resigned. Renney spent parts of eight seasons from 1996 through 2012 coaching the Edmonton Oilers, New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks.



First-round upset 
in Hamburg Open

• Eighth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain fell 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to 55th-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria in the second round of the Hamburg Open in Germany. In other first-round matches, 2012 champion Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated Pere Riba of Spain 6-3, 6-1 and Slovakia’s Martin Klizan defeated Dutch player Igor Sijsling 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.

• Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark easily advanced to the second round of the Istanbul Cup, beating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-0, 6-0. Second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy beat Anna Tatishvili of the United States 6-2, 6-2.

• Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit upset top-seeded Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first round of the Swedish Open. The 161st-ranked Kontaveit next faces Jana Cepelova of Slovakia.



Columbus Crew star
 wins red-card appeal

• Columbus Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor won his appeal of a red card he drew Saturday in the 84th minute against the New York Red Bulls. The appeal through the players’ union was upheld and Anor will be available for today’s MLS game against Sporting Kansas City.

• UCLA guard Lauren Holiday is ending her college basketball career after just 12 games over two seasons because of head injuries. The younger sister of former Bruins star and NBA player Jrue Holiday averaged 3.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

• Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery suspended sophomore Peter Jok indefinitely after the guard was charged with driving his moped on a revoked license. It’s the second moped-related arrest in three months for Jok.

• Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson is stepping down after leading the Crimson Tide to six national titles in 36 seasons. She has been dealing with degenerative problems in both knees.

— From wire reports


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