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Oilers sale approved by NHL

The NHL board of governors has unanimously approved the sale of the Edmonton Oilers to Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz, and the purchase of the Tampa Bay Lightning by a group of investors led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie. Both deals were approved on Wednesday at a meeting of the league’s club owners in New York. Katz, the owner of the Rexall Drug Store chain, agreed in February to buy 100 percent of shares owned by the 34-member Edmonton Investors Group for nearly US$200 million. He offered to pay about US$22,000 for each of the 7,492 shares — a deal that represented twice the original purchase price.


Fans charged after victory

Prosecutors say 10 people have been arraigned on charges stemming from criminal acts during the Boston Celtics’ NBA championship celebrations. Police arrested 22 people before and after the Celtics won their 17th NBA title late on Tuesday. Ten suspects were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Wednesday, the vast majority for disorderly conduct. Several storefront windows were damaged near the TD Banknorth Garden after the Celtics’ 131-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA finals. Mayor Thomas Menino called the alleged offenders “punks” and called for tough penalties.


NHL approves rule changes

The NHL board of governors on Wednesday approved rule changes regarding faceoffs and icing that had been recommended by general managers and approved by the competition committee. One change stipulates that the first faceoff of a power play will take place in the defending zone of the team that committed the foul. Another alteration states that “any contact between opposing players while pursuing the puck on an icing must be for the sole purpose of playing the puck and not for eliminating the opponent from playing the puck.” The amended rule further states that “unnecessary or dangerous contact could result in penalties being assessed to the offending player.”


Murtagh wins third race

Johnny Murtagh won his third Group One race in two days at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, riding Duke of Marmalade to victory in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes. Duke of Marmalade, the even-money favorite for the 1 mile, 2 furlong race, pulled ahead in the final furlong to beat Phoenix Tower by four lengths. Pipedreamer was a short-head behind Phoenix Tower in third. “He’s an unbelievable horse, he’s the real deal,” Duke of Marmalade’s trainer Aidan O’Brien said. It was the first win O’Brien in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes and came a day after he and Murtagh combined to win two Group One races at Royal Ascot.


Walker robbed in Las Vegas

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker was recovering on Wednesday after suffering a concussion and facial injuries when he was robbed in Las Vegas, Nevada, early on Monday, the National Football League team said. “We are aware that Javon Walker was the victim of a robbery,” a Raiders spokesman told news service PA SportsTicker. “We have been told that he will make a full and complete recovery in the near future and will resume his preparation for the 2008 season.” Walker left hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Walker was beaten and robbed early on Monday following a night of partying at a casino. He was left unconscious on a city street.

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