Pens extend Crosby 12 years
Sidney Crosby, who led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup title in 2009, agreed to a 12-year, US$104 million contract extension with the NHL club. The deal will keep the Penguins’ first-overall draft pick in 2005 with the club for the remainder of his hockey career, Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux said. “This is a great day for hockey and tremendous news for the Pittsburgh Penguins and our fans,” Lemieux said on Thursday. Crosby, who was Canada’s overtime gold medal hero in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, will make US$7.5 million next season under the terms of his old contract. The new deal does not kick in until the beginning of the 2013-2014 season. Crosby, 24, played just 22 regular-season games last season because of the lingering effects of a concussion, which started when he was hit in a game against the Washington Capitals last year. In 434 career regular-season NHL games, Crosby has 223 goals and 609 points.
Athlete banned for marijuana
Stephany Lee has been slapped with a one-year ban and will not compete for the US at the London Olympics after testing positive for marijuana. It was the second time Lee tested positive for marijuana. She also failed a drug test in 2009. The US Anti-Doping Agency said Lee tested positive at the Olympic Team Trials in Iowa City on April 21.
MVP Quick extended
Reigning Stanley Cup finals MVP Jonathan Quick agreed to a long-term contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings. The 26-year-old American backstopped the Kings through an improbable playoff run, which culminated in the franchise’s first NHL championship. The Kings rewarded Quick with a 10-year contract extension offer on Thursday, which he is expected to officially sign tomorrow, the first day of free agency. In 20 playoff games, Quick finished with 16 wins and just four losses as he led all goalies in the postseason with a superb 1.41 goals against average. He also had three shutouts. The Kings were the eighth and last seed in the playoffs.
Mavs to play in Germany
The Dallas Mavericks will face eight-time German champions Alba Berlin and 17-time Spanish champions FC Barcelona Basquet during the NBA Europe Live tour in early October. The NBA said on Thursday that Dallas would join the Boston Celtics in Europe for four exhibition games as part of the interleague series between NBA and Euroleague teams. The Mavericks’ first stop will be Dirk Nowitzki’s homeland, where they will play Alba Berlin on Oct. 6. Dallas will face Barcelona on Oct. 9 at Palau Sant Jordi Arena. Boston will play in Istanbul against Fenerbahce SK and in Milan against Olimpia Milano.
Wade out of London Games
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, the leading scorer on the US Olympic basketball team that won gold four years ago, will miss the London Games because of knee surgery. Wade will need surgery after playing with his bad left knee during the Heat’s NBA championship run. “As many people may know, throughout the season, I struggled with a recurring knee issue,” Wade said. “After the championship game, I visited with my doctors for a round of comprehensive medical tests, and the recent results dictate the need for surgery.” Wade’s departure leaves 17 players in the mix for a dozen spots on the US team.
Drogba in China ‘soon’