Hurricanes’ Staal signs seven-year extension

The Carolina Hurricanes signed Eric Staal to a seven-year contract extension Thursday.

The deal, worth $57.75 million, will pay the center an average of $8.25 million starting in 2009-10 and will last through the 2015-16 season.

The 23-year-old two-time All-Star, Most Valuable Player of last season’s All-Star Game and key component of the Carolina team that won the 2006 Stanley Cup had 38 goals and 44 assists last season.

Also: Patrick Roy will have his No. 33 retired by the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 22 before the team’s home game against the Boston Bruins.

Roy, who previously had his number retired by Colorado, is the NHL’s only three-time winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Magic’s Garrity retiring after 10-year career

Orlando Magic forward Pat Garrity is retiring from the NBA.

Garrity, 32, played 10 pro seasons — nine with the Magic — after spending his rookie year with the Phoenix Suns. He appeared in 513 games for Orlando, second most in franchise history.

Garrity averaged 7.3 points in 552 games in his career.

Also: Minnesota Timberwolves center Jason Collins had surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in his right triceps.

The team said Collins was injured in a freak golf accident when his cart skidded on some wet ground and tipped over.

Collins will miss all of training camp and the start of the regular season.

The Miami Heat re-signed guard Chris Quinn.

Quinn averaged 14.4 points and 5.9 assists in the final 17 games last season.


Yates leads Tar Heels to easy win at Rutgers

T.J. Yates threw for three touchdowns as North Carolina beat Rutgers 44-12 in Piscataway, N.J.

Yates found Hakeem Nicks on touchdown passes of 9 and 11 yards and connected on a 69-yard scoring play with Brandon Tate, who also scored on a 12-yard end around.

The Tar Heels intercepted four passes, including three by Mike Teel. North Carolina (2-0) handed Rutgers (0-2) its worst loss since a 56-5 loss to Louisville on Nov. 11, 2005.

Also: The Washington State-Baylor football game has been moved up to tonight to avoid complications with Hurricane Ike this weekend.

The game in Waco, Texas, was originally scheduled for 9:30 a.m. PDT Saturday. Kickoff now is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today.

McNeese State canceled Saturday’s home football game against Cal Poly because of Hurricane Ike’s potential effects on Lake Charles, La.

Dave “Hawg” Hanner, whose career as a player, coach and scout for the Green Bay Packers spanned 44 years, died. He was 78.

A resident of Land O’ Lakes, Fla., Hanner suffered a massive heart attack Tuesday and died Thursday afternoon at a Florida hospital.

Hanner played defensive tackle for the Packers from 1952 to 1964.

Henderson’s Cortney Jordan won her second swimming silver medal and third medal overall, taking second in the women’s 400-meter freestyle at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Jordan, a 17-year-old senior from Coronado High School, was runner-up to American teammate Erin Popovich, who set a Paralympic record with a time of 5 minutes, 17.41 seconds. Jordan’s second-place time was 5:21.01.

Ron Hornaday Jr., the defending NASCAR Craftsman Trucks champion who is second in this year’s standings, admitted using testosterone for more than a year before it was added to the sport’s banned list.

Hornaday, 50, told ESPN he received shipments of testosterone and human growth hormone from December 2004 to January 2006.

Hornaday said he used the testosterone to treat a medical condition that turned out to be a hyperactive thyroid.

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