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Sabres' Kane countersues accuser

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres forward Evander Kane says a woman's civil suit claiming he seriously injured her during an attack in his hotel room is meant solely to harass him.

Kane calls the 21-year-old woman's allegations "a sham" in a counterclaim filed in state Supreme Court last week.

The filing, first reported by the Buffalo News on Tuesday, seeks dismissal of the July 1 complaint and legal costs.

The woman says she suffered emotional trauma and required multiple surgeries and blood transfusions after the December encounter. In March, prosecutors declined to charge Kane, 25, with any crimes following an investigation into a possible sexual assault. Kane has pleaded not guilty to harassment, disorderly conduct and trespass stemming from a separate incident in June during which he allegedly grabbed three women by the hair and neck. Kane's next scheduled court appearance for that case is Oct. 31.

Islanders: They agreed to terms on a two-year, $5 million deal with restricted free-agent forward Ryan Strome. Also, Claude Loiselle was named hockey operations consultant.

WNBA

Sparks' Ogwumike honored

Los Angeles forward Nneka Ogwumike was named the Associated Press WNBA player of the year by a 14-member media panel. She averaged 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists and shot 66.5 percent, helping lead the Sparks to the second best record in the WNBA and a bye until the semifinals of the playoffs. The postseason starts tonight with two single elimination games on ESPNews, Phoenix at Indiana at 6 p.m. and Seattle at Atlanta at 8.

Soccer

Everton knocked out of cup

Everton, which sits second in the Premier League through five games, was stunned at home by second-tier Norwich 2-0 in the third round of England's League Cup. Chelsea knocked out reigning EPL champion Leicester City 4-2 in extra time and Liverpool and Arsenal also reached the round of 16.

Italy: Second-place AC Milan has consecutive Serie A wins for the first time since February after beating visiting Lazio 2-0.

Et cetera

Tennis: American Varvara Lepchenko tested positive four times for meldonium, according to the International Tennis Federation, which cleared her because it was determined she took the substance before its ban went into effect on Jan. 1. … Caroline Wozniacki defeated Belinda Bencic 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Bobsledding: American sprinter Tyson Gay is the latest track star to try sledding. Gay, who ran in each of the past three Summer Olympics, is entered in the USA Bobsled National Push Championships, which start today in Calgary, Alberta.

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