June 28, 2013

Sports Digest

HOCKEY

Still concerns aplenty in proposed lease between Coyotes owners, Glendale, Ariz.

A lease agreement between a prospective owner of the Phoenix Coyotes and the city of Glendale, Ariz., is still in doubt with a vote less than a week away.

The NHL, which has operated the Coyotes for four years, has agreed to sell the team to Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, but the deal is contingent upon completing a lease agreement with the city for Jobing.com Arena.

The city has raised numerous concerns about the proposed 15-year, $225 million lease deal with RSE, including a $15 million management fee to run the arena and a five-year out clause that would allow RSE to move the team without penalty. A vote is expected Tuesday.

LIGHTNING: Center Vincent Lecavalier, the top pick of the 1998 draft who helped Tampa Bay win its 2004 Stanley Cup, had his contract bought out.

RANGERS: Mark Messier, the Hall of Fame player and long-time assistant to General Manager Glen Sather, is leaving the team after being spurned for the coaching position.

PENGUINS: Forward Chris Kunitz, who led the team with 22 goals this past seaon, signed a three-year contract extension, which begins in 2014 and runs through 2016-17.

FLAMES-AVALANCHE: Calgary traded left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich to Colorado for right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O'Brien.

SOCCER

CONFEDERATIONS CUP: Jesus Navas scored the decisive penalty kick as Spain beat Italy 7-6 in a shootout after a 0-0 tie to reach the Confederations Cup final.

Spain will play Brazil on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro for the title in the World Cup preparation tournament.

UNDER-20 WORLD CUP: The U.S. was knocked out of the Under-20 World Cup in the first round, finishing last in Group A with a 4-1 loss to Ghana in Istanbul, Turkey.

U.S. MEN: Landon Donovan, a three-time World Cup veteran, was picked for the 23-man roster for next month's CONCACAF Gold Cup, ending an 11-month absence.

MOTORSPORTS

NEW HAMPSHIRE 301: The New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., will honor and welcome first responders from the Boston Marathon bombings and the Newtown school shootings at the July 14 New Hampshire 301.

NASCAR TRUCK SERIES: Ty Dillon overtook Kyle Busch with 26 laps remaining and held on to win at Kentucky Speedway.

FOOTBALL

NFL: Jim Hudson, the former New York Jets safety who helped the team to its only Super Bowl in 1969, died this week of undisclosed causes in Austin, Texas. He was 70.

-- From news service reports

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