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DeBoer named to take over as Panthers coach

The Florida Panthers hired Peter DeBoer as their new coach Friday, giving him a multiyear deal on his 40th birthday.

DeBoer, a highly touted junior coach from the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers, also was courted by Ottawa and met with the Senators this week. DeBoer replaces his boss, Jacques Martin, who was stripped of his duties as head coach in April but remains with the team as general manager.

Also: Craig Hartsburg is the new coach of the Ottawa Senators, who were swept out of the playoffs in the first round this spring — a year after reaching the Stanley Cup Finals.

Hartsburg, who previously coached Anaheim and Chicago, took over from Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who finished the season behind the Ottawa bench after coach John Paddock was fired in late February.

The Penguins made certain goalie Marc-Andre Fleury won’t become a restricted free agent July 1, choosing to offer salary arbitration to one of the key players of their Stanley Cup playoffs run.

The filing allows the Penguins to retain Fleury’s rights to negotiate a multiyear contract in advance of arbitration hearings, which are scheduled from July 20 until Aug. 4.


Netherlands advances to Euro 2008 quarters

A three-goal second half lifted the Netherlands to a 4-1 rout of France in Bern, Switzerland, and into the European Championship quarterfinals.

The Dutch romped past both 2006 World Cup finalists in Group C, beating Italy 3-0 before outclassing the French.

In another Group C match, Italy’s star goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon, saved a late penalty kick by Romania’s Adrian Mutu to preserve a 1-1 tie.

Also: Former UNLV standout Rich Ryerson has joined the Rebels men’s program as an assistant coach.

Ryerson was a four-year starting defender for UNLV from 1983 to 1986 and helped lead the Rebels to three NCAA Tournament appearances.


Veteran sportscaster Charlie Jones, 77, dies

Charlie Jones, the deep-voiced sportscaster whose career as a play-by-play announcer dated to the beginning of the American Football League in 1960, has died. He was 77.

Jones died of a massive heart attack Thursday at his home in the La Jolla district of San Diego, said his wife, Ann.

Jones, who retired in the late 1990s, had been in poor health for several years.

Jones worked for ABC and NBC in a career spanning 38 years.

Also: Mike Tyson put up $50,000 for a proposed “hit” on gang members suspected of killing his bodyguard in 2000, a government witness testified.

The allegation was made Thursday by Dwayne Meyers, a former member of the Cash Money Brothers gang. Meyers testified at the trial of Abubakr Raheem, who is accused of driving a getaway car after turf-war killings.

Meyers claimed the former heavyweight champion put up the money to retaliate for the June 2000 slaying of his close friend and former bodyguard, Darryl “Homicide” Baum. The alleged contract was never carried out.

Former Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was arrested in Norfolk, Va., and charged with driving under the influence and eluding police.

Police said a uniformed bicycle patrol officer observed Vick, the brother of imprisoned Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, and a female involved in an altercation in a car around 2 a.m.

The officer asked if his assistance was needed, then asked Vick for his driver’s license. Police say Vick then sped away but was stopped minutes later.

Vick, 24, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI, misdemeanor eluding police, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving on a suspended license. He was released on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

Kelvin Sampson, the former Indiana basketball coach accused of college recruiting violations, said his eight-hour, closed-door meeting with an NCAA panel in Seattle “went well … about what we expected.”

The hearing is based on the NCAA’s accusations of Sampson providing false and misleading information to investigators about more than 100 impermissible calls to recruits.

The NCAA also accuses Sampson, now an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, of knowingly violating recruiting restrictions imposed because of a previous phone-call scandal at Oklahoma.

The hearing continues today.

The state will take over New York City’s financially troubled Off-Track Betting Corp., saving 1,500 jobs that were on the brink of being eliminated this weekend, Gov. David Paterson announced.

Shane Stafford threw four touchdown passes to help the host Orlando Predators (9-7) remain in Arena Football League playoff contention with a 51-49 victory over the New Orleans VooDoo (8-7).

Bubba Harris broke his right foot in a training crash Thursday and won’t race in today’s first-ever U.S. Olympic BMX trials in Chula Vista, Calif.

Kenny Parks won the United States Bowling Congress Senior Masters, beating two-time defending champion Tom Baker in a double-elimination championship final in Tucson, Ariz.

Parks, 51, of Hammond, Ind., lost the first three-game match to Baker 595-545, necessitating a second match that he won, 681-589.

Cyclist Yuri Trofimov won the mountainous fifth stage of the Dauphine Libere, and Alejandro Valverde kept the overall lead by 37 seconds.

Trofimov, who rides for Bouygues Telecom, finished the 76-mile stage between Ville-la-Grande and Morzine in the French Alps in 3 hours, 7 minutes, 46 seconds.

Kim Bonney became UNLV’s first women’s swimmer to earn academic All-American honors when she was named to ESPN the Magazine’s all-academic second team.

Bonney, a breaststroke specialist who was named Mountain West Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year, carries a 3.89 grade-point average. She has a double major in accounting and business management.

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