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Sports news briefs — July 16

Compiled from wire reports


Rangers, Lombardi agree to new deal

• The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi, a veteran NHL player who spent last season playing in Switzerland.

The 32-year-old Lombardi, who joined New York on Wednesday, had 20 goals and 30 assists in 46 games with Genève-Servette in Switzerland.

He led the team in goals and assists, and tied for sixth in the league in goals.

• The San Jose Sharks re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Taylor Doherty. The Sharks, which announced the agreements with both restricted free agents, said Demers’ deal is for two years, while Doherty’s deal is for one year.

• The Buffalo Sabres re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract. Ruhwedel was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by making him a qualifying offer last month.



Texas reinstates 
dismissed player

• Texas Tech reinstated a highly regarded defensive back from Miami who last month broke the jaw of a Lady Raiders basketball player. Tech athletics spokesman Blayne Beal said that Nigel Bethel II will return to the team, but will sit out the first three games of his first season. Berthel punched Amber Battle during a June 28 pickup basketball game and was dismissed from the football program the next day. However, Lubbock County grand jurors declined to indict Bethel on an aggravated assault charge Tuesday. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said as more information on the incident came to light, the decision to dismiss Bethel was revisited. Battle, who has acknowledged shoving Bethel first, will sit out games in November.

• Memphis has added former high school coach Keelon Lawson as an assistant basketball coach on Josh Pastner’s staff. Lawson is the father of 2015 recruit K.J. Lawson and 2016 prospect Dedric Lawson.

• The University of Michigan received a grant from the NCAA to develop and evaluate a program for supporting mental health initiatives for student-athletes. Michigan’s athletic department is partnering with the school’s depression center and school of public health. Former Michigan football player Will Heininger says this issue is important to athletes across the country, who are under a lot of pressure and are sometimes afraid to speak out. Michigan will present its project results at the NCAA Convention in Washington in January.



Fognini crashes out at Hamburg event

• Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic defeated defending champion Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-0 as a host of seeded players crashed out in the second round of the Hamburg Open. The 149th-ranked Krajinovic converted five of his 10 break point chances against the second-seeded Italian and dropped just eight points in the second set to win in only 54 minutes. Krajinovic next plays Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic, who defeated 15th-seeded Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 6-3, 6-4.

• Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit is out of the Swedish Open, a day after beating top-seeded Alize Cornet. Kontaveit lost to Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-3 in the second round. Lara Arruabarrena of Spain beat sixth-seeded Annika Beck of Germany 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2) at Bastad Tennis Stadium.

• Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark defeated Karin Knapp of Italy 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals of the Istanbul Cup.



Fill-ins are named
for All-Star game

• Sue Bird and Ivory Latta have been selected as replacements for Saturday’s All-Star game by WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. Bird, who stars for Seattle, will join the Western Conference roster, filling the spot of Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, who has missed the last seven games due to bursitis in her left knee. Latta, who leads Washington in scoring, joins the Eastern Conference roster in place of Elena Delle Donne, who has been sidelined for 12 of the Chicago Sky’s last 13 games due to the effects of Lyme disease.

— From wire reports


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