IN BRIEF

HOCKEY

Brent Sutter to coach Flames in family affair

General manager Darryl Sutter hired his brother Brent Sutter to be the coach of the Calgary Flames.

The addition of Brent Sutter pushes the total number of Sutters in the Flames’ organization to five. Brother Duane is director of player personnel, brother Ron is a scout, and Darryl’s son Brett played for the Flames’ farm team last season.

Mike Keenan was fired as coach of the Flames on May 22.

Also: Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will coach the Canadian men’s hockey team at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, according to a person familiar with the decision. Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock will be on Babcock’s staff.

PRO FOOTBALL

Steelers sign left tackle, create salary cap room

Starting left offensive tackle Max Starks has signed a four-year contract that keeps him with the Pittsburgh Steelers through the 2012 season and frees up several million dollars in salary cap room for the team.

Starks, 27, was designated as the Steelers’ franchise player Feb. 20 and initially accepted a 2009 salary of $8.45 million. Instead, the new contract is expected to pay him a signing bonus of slightly more than that amount but reduce his annual salary.

Also: Fernando Bryant, a cornerback and former first-round draft pick who played 10 NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers, is retiring. Bryant, 32, started 109 of the 112 NFL games he played, making seven interceptions and recovering nine fumbles.

MISCELLANEOUS

Gaels named top team by Baseball America

Bishop Gorman was named Baseball America’s High School Team of the Year and also received a No. 1 ranking in the publication’s season-ending national poll.

The Gaels (40-4) stumbled to a 1-3 start after opening in the No. 1 spot but rattled off 35 straight wins on the way to their fourth straight Class 4A state title.

Also: Faith Lutheran junior boys golfer Yuki Kato shot a 4-under-par 68 at Boulder Creek to claim medalist honors at a USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier.

Kato finished the 36-hole event at 10-under 134, three strokes ahead of Wilson Bateman and Palo Verde’s Nick Roman, who tied for second at 137.

Bateman clinched the first alternate spot on the playoff hole, and Roman will be the second alternate.

The 14th-ranked U.S. soccer team will play top-ranked Spain today in the Confederations Cup semifinals in Bloemfontein, South Africa. The winner will meet either Brazil or host South Africa in Sunday’s final.

The United States is 0-3 against Spain all time. Spain, the European champion, has set an international record with 15 straight victories and will be trying to stretch its unbeaten streak to a record 36.

Three former executives of the online sports gambling Web site BetOnSports pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges Monday in St. Louis.

Company founder Gary Kaplan’s brother and sister and a former personal assistant agreed to forfeit money held in Swiss Bank accounts, expected to amount to millions of dollars for the siblings. Formal sentencing is Sept. 15, but none of the three is expected to serve jail time.

WBA featherweight champion Chris John’s rematch with Rocky Juarez has been canceled after John became ill during training. The fight, scheduled for Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles, was the co-main event with Victor Ortiz’s bout against Marcos Maidana.

Eighty-six UNLV student-athletes earned All-Mountain West Conference spring academic honors. With 53 honored in the fall, the school had its best year academically with 139 student-athletes receiving recognition.

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