The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million in salary and annual bonuses.

The team announced the deal Tuesday. The 25-year-old would have been a restricted free agent next summer.

The two-time All-Star had 39 goals and 100 points with a plus-15 rating last season. He was third in the NHL in points and tied for ninth in goals. He averaged 19:49 in ice time to lead all forwards for the Lightning, who lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to Washington.


PGA: The PGA Tour has eliminated a FedEx Cup playoff event as part of a revamped, tighter schedule that will allow its season to end before football season begins.

Most of the changes in the 2018-19 schedule released Tuesday already had been announced. The final piece was where to put two new tournaments between the U.S. Open and British Open. Detroit-based Quicken Loans is calling its event the Rocket Mortgage Classic on June 27-30. It will be followed by the 3M Open in Minnesota and the John Deere Classic.

The tour will have 46 events over 41 weeks, down from 48 tournaments this year.

The new events are offset by eliminating the FedEx Cup playoff event in Boston and the Quicken Loans National in the Washington, D.C. area, and a year off for the Houston Open and Greenbrier.


AMERICAN LEGION: Austin Damon hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Topsham 202 (2-10) to a 3-2 win over Yankee Ford (11-1) in a Zone 3 game at Bowdoinham.

REGENCY MORTGAGE SUMMER LEAGUE: Greely and Falmouth played to a 2-2 tie in a game in Cumberland that was called in the sixth because of lightning.

Will Nelescki homered for Greely, while Connor Sullivan struck out 10 in five innings.

Sam Kidder tripled and scored in the fourth for Falmouth. Garrett Tracy struck out eight in five innings.


TOUR DE FRANCE: Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria took his second win in four stages, while Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet kept the yellow leader’s jersey.

Gaviria won Stage 4 after edging world champion Peter Sagan in a sprint finish to the flat 121-mile leg from La Baule to Sarzeau that started and finished on the Atlantic coast.

Defending champion Chris Froome of Sky, who remained 55 seconds back due to his fall in Stage 1, finished safely in the pack with leader Van Avermaet.


NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers signed eight-year veteran Lance Stephenson to a one-year, $4.5 million deal.

Stephenson appeared in all 82 games for Indiana last season, averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. The Lakers are his seventh NBA franchise.

Michele Roberts was unanimously re-elected to another four-year term as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association.

The extension means that Roberts will almost certainly be deeply involved in negotiating the next collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players.

Former NBA player Kermit Washington, 66, was sentenced to six years in federal prison for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in charity donations on vacations, shopping and plastic surgery for his girlfriend.