NHL: Bruins’ Rask gets eight-year deal
BOSTON (AP) — Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask signed an eight-year contract to stay with Boston.
The signing comes after Rask finished his first full season as a starter with a strong playoff performance. The Bruins lost the Stanley Cup finals in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Bruins said that the annual salary cap charge on Rask’s contract is $7 million, but they didn’t reveal the total value of the deal.
• UNDATED (AP) — Matt Cooke said he’s not the same player whose on-ice transgressions have led to five suspensions by the NHL over his 14-season career.
Cooke has long been one of the most-loathed opposing players among Wild fans, dating to his aggressive performance in the 2003 playoffs when he was with Vancouver. Cooke also found trouble for various hits in recent seasons with Pittsburgh.
Cooke signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with Minnesota last Friday.
• NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils re-signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year, $3 million contract.
Cavs take chance on ailing Bynum
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking a chance on Andrew Bynum and his creaky knees.
The free agent center, who never played one second with Philadelphia last season because of knee injuries, agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Cavs, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
The Cavs are only guaranteeing $6 million and one year to Bynum, the person said. The team has a $12 million option on the second year.
• AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons signed Josh Smith to a $54 million, four-year contract.
• LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul signed a five-year deal to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers worth nearly $108 million on Tuesday night.
• MIAMI (AP) — Chris Andersen signed a $1.7 million, one-year deal to return to the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
• OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors have picked up the option on coach Mark Jackson’s contract for the 2014-15 season.
• NEW YORK (AP) — Executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson is leaving his position at the NBA on Aug. 1, and Rod Thorn will return to the league office as president of basketball operations, the league said.
Drivers avoid penalties
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR declined to penalize the 31 cars that failed inspection in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series at Daytona.
“Based upon our inspection and subsequent review, it was our determination that the functionality and safety aspects of the roof flaps were not compromised and the on track competition would not be impacted,” NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said.
Record streak comes to end
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history is over.
The Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis lost on Wednesday night to the Texas Wild, ending a run of 34 straight wins that had lasted since 2010.
The Wild won 23-18 a day after the Kastles bested the mark set by the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, who won 33 straight in the 1971-72 season.
Before Wednesday night, the Kastles’ last loss in the summer league was on July 22, 2010.
Words, words words
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge reversed an earlier ruling and said that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can be questioned by attorneys for ticket-holders who sued after they were displaced when seats weren’t properly installed for the 2011 Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium.
The ruling issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge Renee Toliver in Dallas states that Goodell must give a deposition at NFL headquarters in New York no later than Aug. 5.