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Sports news briefs — July 8

Compiled from wire reports

Hockey

Blue Jackets re-sign center Sean Collins

• The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed center Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2014-15 season.

The 25-year-old Collins appeared in six games with the Blue Jackets last season, with one assist. In 67 games with the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, he added 16 goals and 25 assists.

Collins, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was Columbus’ ninth pick, 187th overall, at the 2008 NHL draft.

• The San Jose Sharks re-signed restricted free agent forward James Sheppard to a one-year contract. .

Golf

Three tournaments decide Tiger’s future

• Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says that Tiger Woods will be on the U.S. team if he’s healthy and playing well. But what if he’s healthy and not playing at all? Woods is at No. 209 in the FedEx Cup and needs to get to No. 125 to qualify for the playoffs. This next month of three tournaments — the British Open, Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship — ultimately will decide if he’s in Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup the last weekend in September.

• Steve Stricker withdrew from the British Open next week at Royal Liverpool. It’s the second straight year he has decided not to play as he cuts back his schedule. Stricker was replaced in the field by Ryo Ishikawa of Japan.

• The British Open will have the largest purse in major championship history, a record that will last for all of three weeks. Part of that is because of a strong exchange rate in the U.K., which currently is about $1.71 per British sterling. The Open has increased its prize fund to 5.4 million pounds, which is about $9.24 million and nearly $250,000 higher than the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament this year ($9 million each). That will be topped at the PGA Championship, which this year features a $10 million purse.

TENNIS

Top-seeded Isner 
advances in Boston

• Top-seeded John Isner advanced to the second round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Boston with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over fellow American Wayne Odesnik. Defending champion Nicolas Mahut of France, the No. 4 seed, defeated Facundo Arguello of Argentina, 7-6 (1), 6-4.

• Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay won for just the fourth time this year when he ousted sixth-seeded Jeremy Chardy of France 6-2, 6-2 in under an hour in the first round of the Swedish Open.

• Sara Errani made a successful transition from grass to clay with a straight-sets win over Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic at the Gastein Ladies in Austria, three days after winning the doubles title at Wimbledon with fellow Italian Roberta Vinci.

• Heavy rain washed out play on the second day of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany.

• The ATP announced that Turkey will host its first-ever tour event, the Istanbul Open, in 2015.

Other sports

NASCAR penalizes Kurt Busch, team

• NASCAR penalized Kurt Busch and his Stewart-Haas Racing team for failing a post-race inspection at Daytona International Speedway. Crew chief Daniel Knost was fined $10,000, because the track bar on Busch’s Chevrolet exceeded the maximum separation. Busch was third in Sunday’s rain-shortened race. Busch was also docked 10 driver points, and Gene Haas was docked 10 owner points.

• Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California — as a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The former Trojans football coach is one of 16 people who have been named to the hall’s 11th class. Carroll, who won the Super Bowl this year with the Seattle Seahawks, coached the Trojans from 2001-09.

— From wire reports



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