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■HOCKEY

Former enforcer dead at 45

Former enforcer Bob Probert collapsed and died on Monday during a family boating trip in Windsor, Ontario, the NHL reported on its Web site. He was 45. Known as one of the most feared fighters in the NHL, the Canadian enjoyed a 17-year playing career with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch released the following statement: “Bob was one of the toughest men to ever play in the NHL. He also was one of the kindest, most colorful, and beloved players Detroit has ever known.” Probert was drafted by Detroit in 1983 and went on to be voted to the Campbell Conference All-Star team in 1988, his only such honor. However, Probert’s unpredictable nature led to many problems off the ice and he was suspended for several months by the NHL in 1989 after he was arrested for cocaine possession. Probert left the Red Wings to sign with the Blackhawks in 1994, where he played out the rest of his career before officially retiring in 2002.

■BASKETBALL

Knicks land Stoudemire

The New York Knicks have landed one of the NBA’s big-name free agents, Amare Stoudemire, the All-Star forward said on Monday. “The Knicks are back,” Stoudemire told reporters in New York in a video posted on the NBA’s Web site. “It feels great to be a part of a beautiful organization. I’m looking forward to building something special here.” The five-year deal, which remains in-principle until tomorrow, would be worth US$99.7 million, the New York Times said. The 27-year-old five-time All-Star averaged 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds last season to lead the Phoenix Suns into the Western Conference Finals. The Knicks are among a raft of teams bidding in one of the richest free-agent pools in the history of the NBA and are seen to have the financial clout to sign another headlining player. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and scores of other top players hit the open market on Thursday, setting off a frenzy of speculation and bidding wars.

■SOCCER

Govou goes Greek

France winger Sidney Govou has joined Greek champions Panathinaikos on a three-year deal. Panathinaikos say Govou, who was a free agent after his contract at French side Lyon expired this summer, completed his move on Monday but has not disclosed financial terms of the deal. Govou, who turns 31 this month, had spent his whole career at Lyon. He was part of the France squad that suffered a disappointing first-round exit at the World Cup in South Africa. Govou will link up at Panathinaikos with compatriot Djibril Cisse, whose international career was revived after finishing as the Greek league’s top scorer last season with 23 goals.

■SOCCER

Chygrynskiy joins Shakhtar

Ukraine defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy has agreed to return to former club Shakhtar Donetsk after spending just one season in Spain with Barcelona, the Ukrainian champions said yesterday. The center back has signed a five-year deal with last year’s UEFA Cup winners, who will pay 15 million euros (US$18.87 million) for the player, it said in a statement. Chygrynskiy was the first Ukrainian to play for Barcelona after the Catalans paid 25 million euros for him last August. He has played 24 times for Ukraine.

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