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Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ICE HOCKEY

Canucks president quits

Vancouver Canucks president and CEO Chris Zimmerman is stepping down for family reasons, the team said on Tuesday. “I have made the very difficult decision to resign my position with Canucks Sports & Entertainment and relocate my family back to the eastern United States,” Zimmerman, who has been in Vancouver for three years, said in a statement on the team Web site. General manager Mike Gillis will replace him as the team president.

■ICE HOCKEY

Roenick expected to retire

Jeremy Roenick, an American center for the San Jose Sharks who has spent the past 20 years in the National Hockey League, is expected to announce his retirement today. The Sharks have scheduled a news conference and multiple reports say Roenick, 39, will hang up his skates after the worst season of his career. Roenick, a two-time Olympian, scored only four goals in 42 games during the 2008-2009 NHL season and missed more than two months of the campaign following shoulder surgery in December.

■BASKETBALL

Opener to feature Cavs

NBA fans curious to see how Shaquille O’Neal fares with LeBron James as a teammate will get an early look when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics to open the league’s 2009-2010 season on Oct. 27. The Cavaliers acquired the 37-year-old O’Neal during the off-season hoping the 15 times All-Star center and future Hall of Famer will help capture their first title. The finale of a four-game opening day schedule sees the Los Angeles Lakers start the defense of their title by hosting the LA Clippers, who selected dynamic power forward Blake Griffin with the top pick in the 2009 Draft. On Christmas Day, Los Angeles will host Cleveland, a highly anticipated match-up featuring 2007-2008 league MVP Kobe Bryant of the Lakers and reigning MVP James. The Lakers will face the Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic twice, the NBA said on Tuesday when it released the schedule.

■ATHLETICS

Brazilians fail doping tests

Five Brazilian athletes training in Germany for this month’s world championships have failed out-of-competition doping tests and will return home, the Brazilian Athletics Confederation (CBAt) said. A CBAt statement said that heptathlete Lucimara Silvestre and sprinters Bruno Lins Tenorio, Jorge Celio Sena, Josiane Tito and Luciana Franca and had tested positive for the banned substance Recombinant EPO. The CBAt said the five had asked for the B sample to be tested and would return home to await the outcome.

■FORMULA ONE

Massa recovering well

Felipe Massa was allowed to leave a local hospital on Tuesday after making “a remarkable recovery” from life-threatening head injuries sustained in a crash during qualifying for the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix on July 25. The Ferrari driver Massa went home after extensive examinations at the Albert Einstein clinic in Sao Paulo where he arrived on Monday from Hungary. Massa, 28, underwent surgery on a multiple skull fractures in a Budapest clinic. He sustained the injuries when he was hit on the helmet by a spring from Rubens Barrichello’s Brawn GP car and crashed

into a tire wall. He spent nine days in the AEK military hospital in the Hungarian capital. “Felipe has had a remarkable recovery,” his personal doctor Dino Altmann said in a statement on Massa’s Web site.

■SOCCER

Pensions anger veterans

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