Originally created 07/06/06



Carolina re-signs left winger Cole

In Raleigh, N.C., the Carolina Hurricanes re-signed high-scoring left winger Erik Cole on Wednesday to a three-year, $12 million contract.

Cole, 27, set career highs last season in goals (30), assists (29) and points (59) despite missing the final 22 regular season games with a fractured vertebra in his neck. He returned to play Games 6 and 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, helping the Hurricanes win their first NHL title.

- In Buffalo, N.Y., Jaroslav Spacek agreed to a three-year contract worth about $10 million with the Buffalo Sabres, a team looking to bolster its depleted defensive ranks.

A seven-year NHL veteran, Spacek played a significant role in helping the Edmonton Oilers reach the Stanley Cup final in June.

Spacek had 12 goals and 31 assists for 43 points in 76 games last season, which he split between Chicago and Edmonton. The Oilers acquired him in a trade.

- In Dallas, the Stars signed free agents Jeff Halpern and Matthew Barnaby, the team's first significant moves since the high-profile departures of Jason Arnott and Bill Guerin.

Halpern, a center who was Washington's captain last season, signed a four-year deal. The 30-year-old Halpern had 11 goals and 33 assists for the Capitals.

Barnaby, a winger who led Chicago in penalty minutes, agreed to a one-year contract. Financial terms of both deals were not released.

College Football

Georgia Southern player in accident

Teddy Craft, a member of the Georgia Southern football team, was listed in critical condition following a motorcycle accident Tuesday night.

He was taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center then airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, according to a statement from the school.

Craft, who was riding his motorcycle, was involved in a two-vehicle accident near Statesboro. The senior wide receiver was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Craft, from Hartwell, Ga., led the Eagles in reception yards (319) and touchdowns (5) last season.


Catchings, Bird top vote-getters

Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird were the leading vote-getters among the WNBA All-Star starters announced Wednesday.

Catchings was the leading vote-getter for the July 12 game at Madison Square Garden in New York. It is the first time that Catchings topped the voting, and she has reached the All-Star game in each of her five seasons.

She will be joined in the Eastern Conference starting lineup by three Connecticut Sun players: forward Nykesha Sales, center Margo Dydek and guard Lindsay Whalen. New York Liberty guard Becky Hammon rounds out the starting five.

Bird will be joined by teammate and forward Lauren Jackson as a starter.

The Houston Comets will also have two starters in forward Sheryl Swoopes and guard Dawn Staley, while Yolanda Griffith of the Sacramento Monarchs will start at center.

l Dick Dickey, who starred on North Carolina State's Final Four team in 1950 before playing briefly for the Boston Celtics, died at 79 in Indianapolis.

In his four years at N.C. State from 1947-50 the Wolfpack went 107-22. Dickey, a 6-foot-2 forward, was part of the team that lost to eventual champion City College in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Pro Football

CFL commissioner not coming back

In Toronto, Canadian Football League commissioner Tom Wright said Wednesday that he will not seek a new contract, ending his sometimes rocky, three plus-year tenure.

While Wright's deal expires after the Grey Cup game in November, the league said it would begin looking for a successor immediately.


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