NHL’s Rangers hire Vigneault
June 23, 2013 2:40 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Alain Vigneault wasn’t out of work for long.

Just more than four weeks after he was fired by the Vancouver Canucks, Vigneault took over as coach of the New York Rangers on Friday — replacing the blustery John Tortorella three weeks after his dismissal.

Vigneault edged out former Rangers captain Mark Messier, longtime former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff and others in landing the job as New York’s new bench boss.

He was given a five-year deal.

Stars name Ruff new coach

DALLAS (AP) — Lindy Ruff was hired as the new coach of the Dallas Stars, the team that clinched its only Stanley Cup championship on a goal he has always questioned.

Ruff was hired Friday, 14 years after he joined thousands of Buffalo fans in the chant of “No goal!” in the aftermath of Brett Hull’s Cup-clinching shot late in the third overtime of Game 6 in the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

“It’s a long time ago,” Ruff said after being introduced. “I’ve had some great memories. I’ve gotten past that. I’m a coach, I want to coach, and this is an unbelievable opportunity.”

That was the Sabres’ only Stanley Cup appearance under Ruff, in his second season as Buffalo’s coach.

Federer top seed at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Seven-time champion Roger Federer could face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon — their earliest meeting in any Grand Slam.

The draw for the grass-court Grand Slam that begins Monday placed the third-seeded Federer and No. 5 Nadal in the same half. Federer is the defending champion at the All England Club, while Nadal is a two-time winner.

Home favorite Andy Murray, who is seeded No. 2, is also in the same bottom half and could meet Nadal or Federer in the semifinal. Top-seeded Novak Djokovic is in the top half and has a much easier path to the final, facing a possible semifinal against No. 4 David Ferrer.

In the women’s draw, five-time champion and top-seeded Serena Williams will open against Mandy Minella of Luxembourg. Second-seeded Victoria Azarenka has a first-round match against Maria Joao Koehler of Portugal.

Muscle Milk cuts ties with Pats TE

BOSTON (AP) — The company that makes Muscle Milk ended its endorsement deal with Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s home in North Attleborough, Mass., after a 27-year-old semi-pro football player from Boston was found dead a mile away. The district attorney’s office has not said whether Hernandez will face any charges.

Benicia, Calif.-based CytoSport said in a one-sentence statement that in light of the investigation involving Hernandez, it was terminating its endorsement contract with him effective immediately.

• MOSCOW (AP) — Facing what he drolly called a “complicated international problem,” Vladimir Putin says he’s ready to give the New England Patriots’ owner custom jewelry to compensate for the Super Bowl ring that some imply the Russian president pocketed.

The Super Bowl ring changed hands in 2005 when Robert Kraft was visiting Putin with a business delegation.

At the time, he said he gave it as a gift, but last week he was quoted by the New York Post as saying Putin just took it.

Putin said at an economic forum Friday he didn’t remember Kraft or the ring. But “if it is so valuable to him,” Putin would order a piece of jewelry of precious metal and stones be made for Kraft.

Gay wins 100 in 9.75

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Gay overcame a slow start to win the 100 meters at the U.S. championships, surging past Justin Gatlin halfway through the race.

Gay proved once and for all his surgically repaired hip is just fine as he finished in a time of 9.75 seconds, the fastest in the world this season.

Gatlin wound up second but there was a momentary delay to decide third place. Charles Silmon ended up holding off Michael Rodgers by two-thousandths of a second.

• KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Usain Bolt clocked a 9.94 seconds in the 100 meters to win the finals of the Jamaica national championships.

Behind Bolt was Kemar Bailey-Cole at 9.98 and Nickel Ashmeade at 9.99. Former world record holder Asafa Powell did not finish in the top three to qualify for the worlds.

Bolt’s night was made easier by the absence of teammate Yohan Blake.

The Olympic silver medalist withdrew from the meet because of a hamstring injury.

Heat to have parade Monday

MIAMI (AP) — The Heat will have their championship parade Monday, and city officials say fans will not be allowed to carry backpacks.

An estimated 400,000 fans packed the route last season after the Heat won the 2012 title.

The parade will be followed by an event for season-ticket holders at the team’s home arena, where the parade will end.

Several major events have not allowed fans to carry backpacks or bags of a certain size after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year, including the Penn Relays and horse racing’s Triple Crown races. Earlier this month, the NFL said it would also not allow backpacks in its stadiums this coming season.

Miami won its third NBA championship Thursday night, topping the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in Game 7 of this year’s finals.

SOCCER

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Soccer’s governing body has no plans to cancel the Confederations Cup in Brazil despite the violent anti-government protests spreading across the country.

An estimated 1 million protesters took to the streets in more than 80 cities on Thursday night in the biggest show of anger yet against the government, which is being accused of corruption, high prices and a lack of investment in public services.

“At no stage, I repeat at no stage, has FIFA, the Local Organizing Committee, nor the federal government discussed or considered canceling the Confederations Cup,” said FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola.

• ISTANBUL (AP) — Spain showed why it is favored to win the Under-20 World Cup, beating the United States 4-1 in an opening game behind two goals each from star strikers Jese and Gerard Deulofeu.

The Americans’ lone goal was scored by Luis Gil from just outside the penalty area in the 77th minute.

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