Panthers send Pirates an AHL 23-goal scorer

The Florida Panthers assigned forward Garrett Wilson to the Portland Pirates on Tuesday after Wilson cleared waivers.

Wilson, a left winger, scored 23 goals and had 38 points, both career highs, last season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.

The Pirates open their season at 3:05 p.m. Sunday at Providence, Rhode Island.

NHL: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss four or five games at the start of the season as he works his way back from hip surgery.

The Devils will retire Martin Brodeur’s number 30 before their Feb. 9 game against Edmonton. Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts, will also be getting a statue outside of Prudential Center.

Pascal Dupuis of the Penguins will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury. Dupuis was limited to 16 games during the 2014-15 season because of blood clots and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season with a knee injury.


FOOTBALL: Portland High announced this year’s inductees to the school’s football Hall of Fame: Kevin Martin, a running back who graduated in 1974; John H. Flavin, a running back who graduated in 1918; Don Gillies, a quarterback who graduated in 1997; Joe Ferrante, a linemen who graduated in 1960; Rocco Navarro, a kicker who graduated in 2001 and Joe Pompeo, a running back, who graduated in 1984.

They will be honored Nov. 25 at the Italian Heritage Center. For tickets, call Coach Jim Hartman at 329-5224.


NBA: The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.

 Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months after having right shoulder surgery.

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles had 21 points and nine rebounds and the host Minnesota Lynx evened the best-of-five WNBA finals at one game apiece with a 77-71 victory over the Indiana Fever.


FORMULA ONE: Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone said that the motorsport series could be sold this year and there are three interested buyers.

Ecclestone did not identify the potential new owners but said he wants to remain in his current role, running F1 on a day-to-day basis.

SPRINT CUP: Some of Kevin Harvick’s competitors wonder if Harvick backed his car into the wall during his celebratory burnout on Sunday at Dover, Delaware, perhaps in an intentional attempt to create damage to his Chevrolet that would limit NASCAR’s ability to do a proper post-race inspection.

Harvick denied any knowledge of hitting the wall.


FOOTBALL: South Carolina Athletic Director Ray Tanner is not “100 percent sure” that Saturday’s football game against No. 7 LSU will be played at Williams-Brice Stadium because of the devastating floods that hit the state this past weekend.

– From staff and news services

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