Former Greely High defenseman Kevin Hart has agreed to a contract with the Florida Everblades of the East Coast Hockey League, the team announced Thursday.

Hart, 22, recently completed his college career at Providence. In high school, Hart was a two-time Maine Sunday Telegram All-State selection in hockey and helped Greely win state championships in hockey, soccer and baseball.

“Kevin was a solid two-way defenseman at Providence College,” said Everblades Coach Greg Poss. “We expect big things from him during his first professional season.”

NHL: The St. Louis Blues re-signed forward Steve Ott to a two-year contract. The deal is worth $5.2 million according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The 31-year-old Ott, acquired from Buffalo in February, had three assists in 23 regular-season games with the Blues.

 The Red Wings re-signed left wing Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract. The 35-year-old had four goals and four assists in 52 games last season.


BOYS’ SOCCER: David Patterson, who guided Bangor to a Class A state championship and two Eastern Maine titles in six seasons as coach, died Thursday from lung cancer.

Patterson, 50, became Bangor’s coach in 2008 and took the Rams to the Class A state final, where they lost 1-0 to Scarborough. Two years later, the Rams beat Portland 3-2 in the state championship game.

Patterson resigned this spring because of his health. He finished with an 81-11-8 record.

A native of Northern Ireland who played at the collegiate and professional levels, Patterson coached the University of Maine women’s program for five years in the late 1990s. He later spent two years as the Maine Maritime men’s coach.


LPGA: Ayako Uehara of Japan got her one mistake out of the way early and opened with a 4-under 68 to lead the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. Defending champion Stacy Lewis shot 71 and Michelle Wie struggled to a 75.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Rory McIlroy tamed blustery conditions on day one of the Scottish Open to shoot a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke lead at Royal Aberdeen. Kristoffer Broberg of Sweden and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina shot 65s.

PGA: Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman shot 8-under 63s to share a one-stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Andre Greipel of Germany won the sixth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint as the pack entered Champagne country, and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy retained the yellow jersey.

Greipel outpaced Norway’s Alexander Kristoff in second and France’s Samuel Dumoulin in third at the end of the 120-mile ride from Arras to Reims.


SWEDISH OPEN: Top seed David Ferrer of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 6-0 at Bastad.

HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIPS: Second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and Australian Samuel Groth advanced to the semifinals at Newport, Rhode Island.


FCBL: Graham McIntire went 3 for 4 with two home runs and four RBI, Max Kuhns drove in three runs and the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide (10-20) rolled to a 10-0 win over the Seacoast Mavericks (16-14) at Portsmouth, N.H.

– From staff and news services