Originally created 06/02/06

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College Golf

Brown is Division II player of the year

North Augusta's Scott Brown has been named Jack Nicklaus NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

Brown, a senior who helped lead USC Aiken to its third consecutive national championship May 19, was also among the nine players on the all-American first team.

It is the third consecutive year Brown has been a first-team selection.

Teammate Dane Burkhart of Aiken made the second team.

The Pacers' Robert Diaz made the third team and was named to the five-player all-freshman team.

USC Aiken coach Michael Carlisle won the Southeast Region Coach of the Year award for the eighth time in his 16 years at the school.

Brown, Burkhart and Diaz all made the Southeast all-region team.

NHL

Trottier makes his return as executive

Hockey Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier is coming back to the New York Islanders to serve as executive director of player development.

Trottier starred on New York's four consecutive Stanley Cup championship teams in the 1980s and holds several club records.

Trottier is the franchise leader with 1,123 games played, 853 assists and 1,353 points. He is second only to longtime teammate Mike Bossy with 500 goals with the Islanders.

Bossy, defenseman Denis Potvin, goalie Billy Smith, and forwards Bobby Nystrom and Clark Gillies all had their numbers retired by the club at least five years before Trottier's No. 19 was raised to the Nassau Coliseum rafters.

- The Minnesota Wild signed free-agent goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a multiyear contract on Thursday.

Backstrom was 32-9-10 with a league-leading 1.68 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in 51 games with Karpat Oulu of the Finnish Elite League last season. The 28-year-old was second in save percentage.

Backstrom led Karpat to consecutive Finnish League championships in 2004 and 2005.

NFL

Taylor avoids jail on two assault charges

In Miami, Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor reached an agreement with prosecutors to drop felony charges against him and pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors in an assault case, avoiding any jail time that might have derailed his NFL career.

The deal calls for Taylor to be placed on 18 months' probation, talk about the importance of education at 10 Miami-Dade County schools and contribute $1,000 for scholarships to each of those schools. He must also pay $429 in court costs.

The 23-year-old Taylor had been scheduled to go to trial on July 10. He had faced a maximum of 46 years in prison if convicted on three aggravated assault charges and one misdemeanor charge stemming from a confrontation last June after his all-terrain vehicles were taken.

When Taylor and some friends located the people who had the vehicles, the two sides eventually got into a fight and Taylor hit and shoved at least one person, a prosecutor said in court. Prosecutors had first accused Taylor of pointing a gun during the dispute, but he denied having a weapon. That accusation was dropped in the deal.

The NFL could still suspend or fine Taylor.

Boxing

Popular Miami star Dykes dies at 77

Bobby Dykes, a boxer in the 1940s and 1950s who fought Kid Gavilan and Sugar Ray Robinson, died at 77.

He died Wednesday in his Coral Gables, Fla., home, son-in-law Harry Roberts said. Dykes had Lou Gehrig's disease.

Dykes was born in San Antonio and moved to Miami in the late 1940s. He became the area's most popular fighter at a time when boxing was king in Miami.

"He remains the biggest drawing card in Miami boxing history," boxing historian Hank Kaplan said.