From wire reports
Penguins, Crosby ?agree on extension
•?The Pittsburgh Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby agreed to a 12-year contract extension Thursday that leaves little doubt Crosby has overcome the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for most of the last two seasons.
The deal keeps Crosby, 24, in Pittsburgh through 2025 and gives the team some room to play in the free-agent market. Crosby, whose previous deal was set to expire next summer, will be paid around $8.7 million a season. Crosby will officially sign the extension on Sunday.
•?Jonathan Quick agreed to a 10-year contract extension on Thursday with the Los Angeles Kings, who locked up their playoff MVP goalie through the 2022-23 season. Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy while leading Los Angeles to its first Stanley Cup championship earlier this month, and the Kings rewarded him with an enormous new deal one year before he reached unrestricted free agency.
•?The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Nikita Nikitin to a two-year, $4.3 million contract. The 26-year-old Nikitin, who had seven goals and 25 assists in 61 games a year ago with the Blue Jackets and St. Louis Blues, will make $1.8 million this coming season and $2.5 million in 2013-14.
•?Carolina Hurricanes backup goalie Brian Boucher is expected to miss 4-6 months with an unspecified shoulder injury. General Manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that Boucher was injured within the past week and is scheduled to have surgery to repair it. He did not say which shoulder was injured.
•?Veteran defenseman Hal Gill signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Nashville Predators. The 37-year-old Gill was acquired by the Predators from Montreal in February and suited up for 23 regular-season games and five in the playoffs.
•?The NHL salary cap is going up, allowing teams to spend about $6 million more on players this season. Before opening labor talks, the league and the NHL Players’ Association announced the cap was set at $70.2 million.
Balotelli’s 2 goals ?lead Spain to win
•?Mario Balotelli was the two-goal hero in Warsaw as Italy stopped high-flying Germany 2-1 in the Euro 2012 semifinals to earn another date with Spain on Sunday for the trophy. The Manchester City forward Balotelli headed the opening goal in the 20th minute and smacked home the second in the 36th for the Azzurri.
•?Philadelphia Union defender Raymon Gaddis was suspended for one game and fined an undisclosed amount by the MLS disciplinary committee for a reckless challenge.
Miami star Wade ?will miss Olympics
•?Dwyane Wade needs surgery on his ailing left knee and will not play in next month’s London Olympics. The Miami Heat guard called USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski to break the news, which was not totally unexpected after Wade played through pain in the postseason.
•?The New Orleans Hornets made a qualifying offer to Eric Gordon, formally making the prolific shooting guard a restricted free agent.
•?Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that he and his family were the targets of an extortion attempt related to an extramarital affair he had six years ago. He said the affair occurred when he was still working as an ESPN/ABC broadcaster.
•?The Dallas Mavericks will face eight-time German champion Alba Berlin and 17-time Spanish champion FC Barcelona Rega during the NBA Europe Live tour in early October.
Europcar team ?under investigation
•?A judicial official says the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of improper use of a controlled corticoid by cycling team Europcar during last year’s Tour de France.
— From wire reports