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Sports news briefs — March 11

Compiled from wire reports

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Dallas Stars forward has testing on heart

• Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley undergwent heart tests Tuesday to determine what triggered his collapse during a game. He has company in the hospital.

Teammate Alex Chiasson was being treated after becoming despondent about Peverley’s plight. He didn’t join the team for its trip to St. Louis.

“He was shaken by the whole event,” coach Lindy Ruff said after the Stars’ morning skate prior to playing the Blues. “He wasn’t doing very well so we thought best to get him under some care.”

Peverley collapsed on the bench Monday night during the first period of the Stars’ home game against Columbus, stunning the crowd and players alike. He was rushed to the depths of the arena, where he was treated for a “cardiac event” and the game was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0.

Peverley, 31, was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat in training camp and underwent a procedure that sidelined him through the first regular-season game.

He played in 60 consecutive games before sitting out at Columbus last week because of effects of the condition; he played in two more games before Monday night. General Manager Jim Nill said Peverley was in stable condition.


Bowling Green fires men’s coach Orr

• Bowling Green State University announced it will not renew the contract of seven-year men’s basketball coach Louis Orr. He was 101-121 in seven seasons, including a record of 54-60 in Mid-American Conference play. The Falcons lost at Northern Illinois 54-51 in overtime Monday to end a 12-20 season. He led the Falcons to a 19-14 mark in 2008-09 and was voted the MAC’s Coach of the Year.

• Tennessee State fired men’s coach Travis Williams after only two seasons. Williams posted a 23-40 record that included a 5-25 mark this year.

• UNC Wilmington fired men’s coach Buzz Peterson promoted assistant Eddie Biedenbach to interim coach. Peterson went 42-82 in four seasons.

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Hopkins, 49, aiming to unify world titles

 Bernard Hopkins, 49, will attempt to become the oldest fighter in boxing history to unify world titles when the IBF light heavyweight champion fights WBA champion Beibut Shumenov on April 19th in Washington at the DC Armory.

• Oscar Pistorius’ friend Darren Fresco testified in Pretoria, South Africa, that the Olympian twice fired guns in public in the six months before he killed his girlfriend, once without warning through the sunroof of a moving car following an angry altercation with a policeman who had handled Pistorius’ pistol.

• Sporting Kansas City signed versatile Spanish midfielder Antonio Dovale, who’ll be added to the roster once his international transfer certificate and visa are in order.

• Jelena Jankovic routed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., winning a matchup of former No. 1-ranked players.

• John Degenkolb of Germany dominated a sprint finish to win the third stage of the Paris-Nice race and take the overall lead.

— From wire reports

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