chelios, tkachuk, suter among u.s. hall of fame inductees
Chris Chelios hasn't completely closed the door on a comeback. Sure, the longtime NHL defenseman is 49 years old. And yes, he sat out all of last season. But pulling the plug on his playing days is something he just can't bring himself to do.
"I'm not going to ever say that," Chelios said with a chuckle.
His retirement last year did pave the way for this: Chelios was selected for induction into the U.S. Hall of Fame on Monday, joining former NHL stars Keith Tkachuk and Gary Suter. Flyers founder and current owner Ed Snider and play-by-play announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick also were selected. The formal induction will take place in the fall.
Chelios played 26 NHL seasons with Montreal, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta. He left the NHL after the 2009-10 season as the all-time leader in games played by a defenseman (1,651). He also was part of three Stanley Cup championships.
Sharks: The relationship between San Jose and newly acquired Brent Burns has gotten off to such a good start that the All-Star defenseman signed a five-year, $28.8 million contract extension before even suiting up for the Sharks. The Sharks made the move to acquire Burns, 26, from Minnesota during the draft in June, trading a package headlined by talented forward Devin Setoguchi.
Blake wins, Fish withdraws
Donald Young's 22nd birthday was a little more than a week ago, and his career has not taken off the way he figured when he turned pro as a teen in 2004.
Young is keeping at it, ending a three-match losing streak by reeling off 14 consecutive points in one stretch and easily beating qualifier Artem Sitak 6-0, 6-3 in the first round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington.
Also at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, former top-five player James Blake, a Tampa resident, beat Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-3 in less than an hour. Blake will next face defending champion David Nalbandian.
Earlier Monday, Tampa resident Mardy Fish, seeded second, withdrew from the tournament, citing a bruised right heel.
Football: Former Oregon and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington was injured when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle while biking in southeast Portland on Sunday. Harrington, 33, is hospitalized with a broken collarbone, a punctured lung and a laceration on his head. The 26-year-old man remained at the scene.
Soccer: New U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann, a former Germany striker and coach, was introduced and talked about how to mold future American stars. "It all starts down to develop the next Landon Donovan," he said.
Boxing: Michael Hunter won a heavyweight bout against Steve Geffard on the second day of the U.S. Olympic trials in Mobile, Ala. In the light welterweight division, Pedro Sosa beat top-seeded Semajay Thomas.
Long Island ballpark: Voters in Uniondale, N.Y., rejected a referendum to borrow $400 million for the construction of a new hockey arena and ballpark. Without a new building, Islanders owner Charges Wang has said he may have to move the team off Long Island.