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ESCHER-ESQUE: Paul Gallen of the Cronulla Sharks passes as he is tackled during the Round 19 NRL match against the host Sydney Roosters. The Sharks’ 32-20 victory is their 14th in a row in the rugby league.

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ESCHER-ESQUE: Paul Gallen of the Cronulla Sharks passes as he is tackled during the Round 19 NRL match against the host Sydney Roosters. The Sharks’ 32-20 victory is their 14th in a row in the rugby league.


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Lightning D Nikita Nesterov has been added to Team Russia for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Nesterov, a restricted free agent, joins fellow Tampa Bay players Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Andrei Vasilevskiy with Russia for the tournament, which runs Sept. 16-Oct. 4 in Toronto.

The Lightning will have 12 players total in the World Cup, including Steven Stamkos (Canada), Ben Bishop (U.S.), Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman (Sweden), Ondrej Palat and Andrej Sustr (Czech Republic), Valtteri Filppula (Finland) and Jonathan Drouin (North America Under-23). Head coach Jon Cooper will be on Team North America staff.

Ryan Callahan was on Team USA but won't be available to play due to hip surgery. Teammate Tyler Johnson is a candidate to replace Callahan.

RANGERS-SENATORS DEAL: The Rangers traded C Derick Brassard to the Senators for F Mika Zibanejad in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.

DEVILS: D Reece Scarlett re-signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

SHARKS: F Matt Nieto signed a one-year contract.


Sagan ekes out stage win

Peter Sagan of Slovakia perfectly timed a sprint to win the 16th stage of the Tour de France in a photo finish. Sagan edged Alexander Kristoff of Norway at the line after the race crossed into Switzerland. Chris Froome held on to the yellow jersey before the second and final rest day.


Fins sign rehabbing Foster

Four-time Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Dolphins. Foster, who spent the past seven seasons with the Texans, is trying to come back from a torn Achilles tendon.

TILLMAN RETIRES: Longtime Bears CB Charles Tillman is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons. Tillman, 35, forced 44 career fumbles and went to two Pro Bowls.

AGHOLOR CLEARED: Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams said no charges will be filed against Eagles WR and former Berkeley Prep standout Nelson Agholor after an investigation into allegations of a sex assault at a strip club.

TECHNOLOGY: The NFL will test computer chips in footballs this preseason to determine how well the balls perform, particularly in the kicking game.

OBITUARY: Former Eagles coach Marion Campbell, who played on Philadelphia's last NFL championship team in 1960, died Wednesday in Plano, Texas. He was 87.


NBA: Restricted free agent C Miles Plumlee is returning to the Bucks on what agent Mark Bartelstein said is a four-year deal worth $52 million.

ROWDIES: The team signed Danish midfielder Martin Vingaard to a contract through the end of the 2017 season. Vingaard, 31, had 16 goals in 97 appearances for FC Copenhagen.

TENNIS: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray withdrew from the Rogers Cup because of fatigue.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer; Times wires

Sports in brief 07/18/16 [Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 9:43pm]
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