Sunday, February 25, 2018
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HOCKEY

COACH, PLAYER, TEAM TO JOIN HALL

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Longtime high school coach Bill Belisle, F Craig Janney and the 1996 World Cup of Hockey team are this year's inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

The class was announced by USA Hockey executive director Dave Ogrean on the NHL Network on Monday night.

Belisle, 86, has won 32 state championships in 41 seasons at Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, R.I., with a record of 990-183-137. Among his players were two No. 1 overall NHL draft picks, Brian Lawton in 1993 and Bryan Berard in 1995, and more than 20 of his players have been drafted, including 2015 U.S. Hockey Hall inductee Mathieu Schneider.

Janney is the leader in assists per game among U.S.-born players and was one of the top playmakers of his era. He had 563 assists and 751 points in 760 games.

"This is a guy who just doesn't get into enough of the conversations of the best players of the last 25 years," Ogrean said. "He came just a whisker away from averaging one point a game."

The 1996 World Cup of Hockey team was chosen on the 20th anniversary of its title in the inaugural event.

BASKETBALL

Stoudemire eager to compete

Recently retired NBA All-Star Amare Stoudemire insists he has plenty of basketball left in him. Arriving in what he called "my favorite city in the world" for a new chapter as a player for Hapoel Jerusalem, Stoudemire said he came to Israel to win — and to continue a spiritual journal to trace his Hebrew roots. Hosting about 140 Jewish and Arab kids at his basketball peace camp, Stoudemire said he didn't come just for "fun" but to pursue the championship that eluded him during his 14-year NBA career. "To be able to continue to play the game of basketball in Jerusalem is an opportunity that can only happen once in someone's lifetime and, for me and my family, we want to take advantage of this opportunity while I still have good health," said Stoudemire, 33.

NBA: The Grizzlies signed G Tony Wroten, F Troy Williams and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. and D.J. Stephens. Terms weren't disclosed.

SOCCER

Man U signing breaks record

Manchester United made Paul Pogba the world's most expensive soccer player, signing the France midfielder for about $116 million four years after releasing him for virtually nothing. United, owned by the Glazer family, said Pogba, 23, signed a five-year deal with an option for another.

ANOTHER RECORD: West Ham broke its transfer record to sign Ghana F Andre Ayew from Swansea for $26.75 million. Ayew, 26, joined on a three-year deal, with the option of two more years.

ET CETERA

TENNIS: Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic is joining Tomas Berdych's coaching team. The eighth-ranked Berdych said on Twitter that "Goran, with his playing and coaching experience, as well as his energy, is a perfect addition to the team."

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