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Crosby back after mumps diagnosis


Sidney Crosby, one of the latest National Hockey League players diagnosed with the mumps, returned to the ice on Wednesday, but it was uncertain as to when the Pittsburgh Penguins captain would be cleared to play.

The NHL’s reigning Most Valuable Player, who has missed his team’s past three games, skated on his own before practice while three teammates were tested for mumps.

“He looked good on the ice,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston told reporters. “It was a full skate. He worked on some extra conditioning drills.”

Crosby, the team’s No. 2 leading scorer with 35 points in 27 games this season, was the 13th player since early last month to come down with the highly contagious disease that is usually found in children.

Penguins forward Beau Bennett was diagnosed with the mumps on Tuesday, bringing the total to 15 players, while Marc-Andre Fleury, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Maatta were being tested for the mumps as a precaution, the team said.

“We have been sanitizing the rooms and everything here for the last week,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said.

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