Vigneault to coach New York Rangers
• Just more than four weeks after he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks, Alain Vigneault took over as coach of the New York Rangers on Friday — replacing the blustery John Tortorella three weeks after his dismissal. He was given a five-year deal.
• Lindy Ruff was hired as the new coach of the Dallas Stars. The Stars, who have missed the playoffs the past five seasons, gave the 53-year-old Ruff a four-year contract. Before being fired by Buffalo in February, Ruff had been the Sabres coach for 15 seasons.
• The Phoenix Coyotes agreed to a long-term contract extension with coach Dave Tippett, who had reportedly wanted to wait to see what happens with the uncertain ownership situation before making a decision to stay with the Coyotes.
Leffler’s death due to bad suspension
• New Jersey state police said that a mechanical problem was to blame for the dirt-track racing crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler. The state police released some findings from a not-yet-complete report on the June 12 crash at Bridgeport Speedway in Logan Township. The report finds that a torsion stop came off, causing part of the sprint car’s suspension system to become lodged between a wheel and the steering system. As a result, the report found, Leffler was unable to control the car’s steering as he came out of the fourth turn and spun out, slamming into the concrete wall along the side of the track.
• Mercedes and drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were cleared in Paris to keep chasing the Formula One championship after the team was given a reprimand by FIA for violating rules on tire testing. The International Automobile Federation tribunal reprimanded Mercedes and Pirelli — the lowest possible penalty — for breaching F1’s rules that bar the use of current cars for in-season track tests.
Hampton reaches Eastbourne final
• American qualifier Jamie Hampton reached the first final of her career when she defeated 2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-7 (8), 7-5, 6-3 at Eastbourne in Eastbourne, England. She will attempt to become the first American to take the title since Chanda Rubin beat Conchita Martinez in 2003 when she faces Elena Vesnina of Russia in today’s final.
• The Miami Heat will have their championship parade Monday, and city officials say fans will not be allowed to carry backpacks. An estimated 400,000 fans packed the same route last season after the Heat won the 2012 title. The parade will be followed by an event at the team’s home arena for season-ticket holders.
• The Dallas Cowboys signed tight end Gavin Escobar, their second-round draft pick. Escobar, the 47th overall pick in April, played 39 career games for San Diego State. He had 122 catches for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns in college.
• Sky Lantern followed up her victory in the 1,000 Guineas by powering to victory in the Coronation Stakes, the marquee race on the fourth day of Royal Ascot in Ascot, England.
— From wire reports