Compiled from wire reports
Blue Jackets extend Richards’ contract
•?Coach Todd Richards got a vote of confidence from the Columbus Blue Jackets. The club signed Richards to a one-year contract extension through the 2014-15 season. Richards, 46, has a record of 42-38-9 in his 99 games with the Blue Jackets, including a 24-17-7 mark and franchise-best .573 winning percentage in 2012-13. The club, which was last in the NHL after its first 19 games, went 19-5-5 to the finish and tied for eighth in the Western Conference, missing the playoffs on a tie-breaker with Minnesota.
•?Daniel Alfredsson will be returning for an 18th season with the Ottawa Senators. The 40-year-old Alfredsson had been contemplating retirement after last season, but the Senators received word from his agent Friday letting them know he’d be back. Alfredsson has been Ottawa’s captain for 14 seasons. In 47 regular-season games last year, the Swede had 10 goals and 16 assists. In the playoffs, he scored four goals and six assists in 10 games. The six-time all-star has 426 goals and 682 assists in 1,178 career regular-season games.
•?The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a two-way contract with defenseman Brett Bellemore. The one-year deal will pay Bellemore, 25, $600,000 at the NHL level or $150,000 in the minors with a minimum guarantee of $250,000.
Park cards 68, tops U.S. Women’s Open
•?Inbee Park leads the U.S. Women’s Open in Southampton, N.Y., with the second round suspended by fog. The top-ranked Park shot a 4-under 68 for a 9-under total to lead fellow South Korean I.K. Kim by 2 strokes. Of the players yet to finish the round, the closest, England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff, was 5 strokes back with three holes to go. Ha-Neul Kim, the first-round leader, had a 77 to fall back to 1 under.
•?A downpour has halted second-round play of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh until today. The thunderstorm Friday afternoon dumped a half-inch of rain on Fox Chapel Golf Club in 30 minutes, overflowing creeks and turning fairways into small ponds. Fred Couples leads the tournament at 11 under. He is 7 under through 11 holes of the second round.
•?Jordan Spieth, playing with nothing to lose, gave himself another chance to win going into the weekend at the AT&T National in Bethesda, Md. Spieth hit every green in regulation and extended his streak to 29 holes without a bogey on a tough Congressional course, giving him a 5-under 66 and a share of the lead with Roberto Castro (69) before storms halted the second round. The round will be completed this morning.
•?Peter Uihlein and Robert Rock shared the lead after the second round of the Irish Open in Maynooth, Ireland, while Rory McIlroy shot 72 and missed the cut in his final tournament before the British Open. Uihlein shot a 4-under-par 68 to move to 9 under 135 with England’s Rock, who posted a 6-under 66.
Lotus team working to keep Raikkonen
•?Facing possible interest from Red Bull, Lotus says it will try to persuade Kimi Raikkonen to stay in 2014. Lotus boss Eric Boullier acknowledged that Red Bull was interested in the 2007 champion following the announcement that Mark Webber was leaving the team to pursue sports car racing. But he insisted that Finn, 33, was “happy with what he has.”
•?Clemson University Police arrested a North Carolina man, charging him with vandalizing the school’s beloved Howard’s Rock. Police said Micah Rogers, 18, of Pisgah Forest, was charged Friday with felony malicious injury to personal property and misdemeanor trespassing.
•?The San Jose Earthquakes signed U.S. national team center defender Clarence Goodson.
— From wire reports