Roenick expected to end 20-year career

The Associated PressAugust 5, 2009 

San Jose Sharks forward Jeremy Roenick is expected to announce his retirement Thursday, ending the provocative hockey star's 20-year career.

The Sharks have scheduled a news conference for Thursday in which Roenick will make an announcement about his career. The nine-time All-Star has scored 1,216 points, third-most among American-born players in NHL history.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the Sharks' television broadcaster, said Roenick, 39, planned to retire. Roenick didn't immediately return a phone call or text message from The Associated Press.

Roenick all but announced his intention to retire last spring, when his second season in San Jose ended with the top-seeded Sharks' stunning first-round ouster from the playoffs.

With 513 goals and 703 assists, Roenick is tied with Larry Murphy for 39th place on the NHL's career scoring list. The Massachusetts native trails only Mike Modano and Phil Housley among American NHL scorers. Modano and Keith Tkachuk are the only Americans with more goals than Roenick, 36th on the career goals list.

Roenick is a two-time Olympian, but the motormouthed center never won a Stanley Cup during a memorable career with the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose.

Roenick, long been known for his frank views on hockey and life, Roenick was the eighth overall pick by Chicago in the 1988 draft, and the 18-year-old made his NHL debut later that year.

Senators reward Elliott

The Ottawa Senators are rewarding goalie Brian Elliott, 24, for his fine rookie season by giving him a two-year contract. The deal that will pay Elliott $800,000 next season and $900,000 in 2010-11.

Elliott went 16-8-3 with a 2.77 goals-against-average and a .902 save percentage in 31 games. He set a franchise record for a rookie goalie when he won eight games in a row March 5-21.

Zherdev goes free: The New York Rangers are making forward Nikolai Zherdev, 24, an unrestricted free agent after walking away from the $3.9 million arbitration award he was given. The team had until Tuesday to accept the figure.

Wings sign Eaves: The Detroit Red Wings have signed free-agent forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Eaves, 25, had six goals, eight assists and 31 penalty minutes with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008-09.

Canucks president resigns: Vancouver Canucks president and chief executive officer Chris Zimmerman, 49, is stepping down for family reasons, the team said. The former Nike executive held the NHL job for three years. General manager Mike Gillis also will take on the role of president.

Harmon rallies Silver Stars

Becky Hammon scored 20 points to rally the San Antonio Silver Stars past the host Los Angeles Sparks 63-59 in WNBA play on Tuesday.

The Sparks' Lisa Leslie, in her first game since spraining her right knee and bruising her right hip on June 19, finished with 13 points in 24 minutes.

Shock 76, Liberty 64: Deanna Nolan had 26 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead host Detroit past struggling New York (6-13), which lost its season-high fifth straight.

Fever's Griffith ends career: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Yolanda Griffith, 39, is ending her playing career after 11 seasons in the WNBA. She said she plans to begin coaching after this season.

Qualifier stuns Cilic

Qualifier Somdev Devvarman of India upset No. 6 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday to advance to the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Devvarman, the 2007 and 2008 NCAA men's singles champion at Virginia, broke serve twice in each set and was able extend rallies against Cilic.

Germany's Benjamin Becker beat American Robby Ginepri 7-6 (3), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4) to advance to the second round, where he will face top-seeded Andy Roddick.

LA Women's Tennis Championships: Still on the comeback trail after a 12-year sabbatical, Kimiko Date Krumm, 38, lost to 19-year-old Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5, in the first round at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.

Date Krumm made her professional debut on the WTA Tour six months before Lisicki was born in September 1989.

"Maybe some people think it's too crazy, but I'm enjoying a lot," Date Krumm said.

Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal said on his Web site that he plans to play in the Aug. 10-16 Rogers Cup in Montreal after being sidelined for more than two months with sore knees.

Bobcats reveal schedule

How's this for an doubleheader in Charlotte:

On March 5, Kobe Bryant and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers make their only visit to the Charlotte Bobcats and the next day the Golden State Warriors -- with rookie Stephen Curry -- come to town for their only visit.

That rare back-to-back set of home games is among the highlights of the Bobcats' 2009-10 schedule, which was released Tuesday. Other highlights include:

The Bobcats open the regular season Oct. 28 in Boston against the Celtics.

The home opener is on Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks.

After years of ending the regular season with a heavy schedule of road games because Time Warner Cable Arena has been otherwise occupied, the Bobcats will play eight of their last 12 games at home. Last year, the Bobcats closed the season with four road games as their late playoff run fizzled in a losing streak.

The Bobcats will have a season-high six-game homestand Jan. 9-20. Included are back-to-back games Jan. 15 and 16 against the San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns.

Charlotte's longest West Coast trip will be a six-game swing Jan. 25-Feb. 3.

On Nov. 22, the Indiana Pacers and rookie Tyler Hansbrough, the former University of North Carolina star, will make their only regular-season appearance in Charlotte for a 5 p.m. game.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will make visit on Nov. 27 and Feb. 19.

Ron Green Jr.

NBA, union open talks: In New York, the NBA and its players' association have held their first collective bargaining talks, meeting for 31/2 hours without exchanging any proposals. The sides shared financial information and called the session Tuesday "cordial and productive."

Charge in boxer's death

Atlanta police have charged a 20-year-old man with murder in the July 25 shooting death of former boxing champion Vernon Forrest, 38.

Lt. Keith Meadows said Demario Ware of Atlanta also has been charged with aggravated assault and armed robbery. Police say Ware was not the triggerman.

The Associated Press

Currys commit to pro-am

Former Charlotte Hornets player Del Curry is among the celebrities who have committed to play in the Wyndham Championship Pro-Ams in Greensboro. Joining him will be his son, Davidson College alumnus and Golden State Warriors draft pick Stephen Curry, and LPGA players Marcy Hart and Anna Rawson.

The 70th Wyndham Championship is scheduled for Aug. 17-23 at Sedgefield Country Club. Go to www.wyndhamchampionship.com.

From event news release

U.S. Women's Amateur Championship: Danielle Kang, 16, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., earned stroke-play medalist honors in St. Louis, rolling in a 30-foot par putt on the 18th hole to cap a 3-under round of 68 for a 36-hole total of 4-under 138 at Old Warson Country Club.

AFL on brink of folding

The 22-year-old Arena Football League is on the brink of bankruptcy.

James Guidry, the regional director of the AFL players association, said Tuesday that it "seems to be inevitable at this point" that the AFL will soon announce that it has ceased operations.

The AFL suspended play for the 2009 season.

Auto racing: Ferrari driver Felipe Massa finished left the Albert Einstein Hospital in Sao Paulo on Tuesday. He returned home for the first time since a life-threatening crash in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix 10 days earlier.

The Associated Press

Swimming: Gabi Shishkoff of the Marlins of Raleigh/Wolfpack Aquatics Swim Team reached the finals on the first day of the U.S. Open Championships in Seattle. The Cary resident qualified 21st in the 200-meter butterfly in a time of 2:15.66. In the finals, she swam 2:15.30 and moved up to 20th. Find results at www.usaswimming.org.

From MOR news release

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