Pirates center suspended a game for match penalty

The American Hockey League suspended Portland Pirates center Justin Hodgman one game because of a match penalty assessed in Saturday’s 6-4 win at Bridgeport, the AHL announced Tuesday.

Hodgman received a slashing penalty during an altercation with Brigeport’s Lukas Sutter, who was penalized for cross-checking and also suspended a game.

Hodgman will miss Friday’s game at St. John’s.


WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Anna Fenninger of Austria added a world championship super-G title to her Olympic gold medal, winning the event on a shortened course and in blustery conditions at Beaver Creek, Colorado.

Fenninger finished in 1 minute, 10.29 seconds. Tina Maze of Slovenia was second, 0.03 seconds behind, and American Lindsey Vonn, the favorite in a race close to her hometown, wound up third despite a wind gust standing her up early in her run.


WNBA: Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will sit out the 2015 season after receiving a lucrative offer from her Russian club team to rest this summer.

Taurasi led the Mercury to their third title in 2014, earning finals MVP honors before returning to Russia, where she’s played the past several offseasons.

Taurasi said she will return for the 2016 WNBA season.


MAJOR LEAGUES: Los Angeles Angels slugger Josh Hamilton will have surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder Wednesday, and could be out for two months.

The shoulder has been bothering him since last September. The pain returned last week and the club decided on surgery.

n Postseason star Lorenzo Cain and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a one-year contract for $2,725,000, just ahead of what would have been the majors’ first salary arbitration hearing this year.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas also settled, agreeing to a one-year deal for $2.64 million.

The Baltimore Orioles avoided arbitration with right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, agreeing on a one-year contract worth $3,275,000.

The Orioles also sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

Major League Baseball eliminated its requirement that Cuban players obtain a license from the U.S. government before they are eligible to sign with big league teams.

The decision could speed negotiations for Yoan Moncada, a well-regarded 19-year-old infielder who left Cuba last year with permission from Cuba’s government.


FIFA ELECTION: At his campaign launch in London, FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein said the United States was among the national associations to nominate him to stand against Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football.


INDYCAR: The series’ governing body said it does not plan to return to Brazil this year after local organizers surprisingly canceled the series’ season opener, citing financial difficulties.


ZAGREB INDOORS: Former champion Mikhail Youzhny of Russia came back from a break down in the deciding set to defeat Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia in the first round at Zagreb, Croatia.