modano to sign with red wings
DALLAS — Mike Modano has decided to put off retirement and agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Wings.
The 40-year-old forward played 20 seasons for the Minnesota-Dallas franchise and is the leading American scorer in NHL history. The Stars decided not to re-sign him in late June, and he has spent the past five weeks trying to figure out his next move.
"It was a lot of back and forth internally, but I ultimately decided I wasn't ready to hang up the skates," Modano told ScoreBoard Monthly, a Dallas sports magazine.
Bruins: Forward Tyler Seguin, the second pick in June's draft, signed a three-year, entry-level deal reportedly in the neighborhood of the contract No. 1 pick Taylor Hall signed with the Oilers, worth $900,000 a year with bonuses that could bring it to a total of $3.75 million.
Flyers: Defenseman Chris Pronger is recovering from minor surgery on his right knee last week and should be ready for the start of training camp in September.
Lightning: Free-agent center Mike Angelidis signed a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Angelidis, 25, has played in 235 AHL games, all with Albany in the Hurricanes organization. He has 42 goals, 85 points and 456 penalty minutes.
Cup final yellow cards earn big fines
The sport's governing body fined Netherlands and Spain for their players' lack of discipline in a bad-tempered World Cup final. FIFA fined the Dutch federation $14,480 for eight players receiving yellow cards, including defender John Heitinga, who was booked a second time and sent off. Spain got five cards, earning its federation a $9,650 fine. The match set a record for most yellow cards in a World Cup final. FIFA's disciplinary code says a federation will be fined when at least five of its players are sanctioned in a match. Spain won 1-0 in the July 11 final in extra time.
England: The Premier League introduced new ownership and financial regulations in an attempt to avoid a repeat of Portsmouth's downfall last season. Under a series of owners, Portsmouth ran up debts of more than $159 million. The league — which includes Manchester United, owned by the Glazer family, which owns the Bucs — said that among other things, prospective owners must now prove they have sufficient funds to sustain a club for another year.
cycling: Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador signed a two-year deal with the Saxo Bank-SunGard team. Contador said last week he would leave Lance Armstrong's Astana team at the end of the season.
swimming: Ex-Gator and two-time Olympian Ryan Lochte won the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. championships in Irvine, Calif., with the world's fastest time this year, 4 minutes, 9.98 seconds; Clearwater native Robert Margalis was third. Olympian Christine Magnuson won the 100 butterfly with the world's fastest time this year, 57.32 seconds. World champion Ariana Kukors won the 200 individual medley in 2:10.54, 4.39 seconds slower than the world-record time she set at last year's world championships wearing a now-banned suit.
tennis: Andy Roddick beat Serbian qualifier Grega Zemjla 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Legg Mason Classic in Washington. Tampa resident Mardy Fish extended his career-longest winning streak to 11 matches, beating Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3.