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Penguins, Sharks cancel games due to lockout

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday canceled their home preseason schedule and the regular-season opener because of the NHL lockout that threatens to wipe out the season.

"Games will continue to be canceled on a similar basis until the league's labor dispute with the NHLPA has been resolved," team president Ken Sawyer said.

San Jose also canceled its home preseason games and first two regular-season home games.

Commissioner Gary Bettmantold the 30 NHL teams that they can release building dates for games scheduled up to 30 days after Sept. 15, the day the lockout began. That 30-day cancellation period will be a rolling buffer, meaning games can be canceled each day the lockout continues.

The Lightning expects to make a similar announcement in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the NHL said more than 100 members of its central staff of about 225 will have their jobs terminated.

DANTON CASE: Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, was acquitted in East St. Louis, Ill., of charges she helped former Blues forward Mike Dantonhire a hit man in a failed plot to kill his agent, David Frost.

COLLEGES

FSU star questionable

FSU women's soccer star forward Leah Gallegos, who injured her right knee last weekend against Clemson, will be a gametime decision Friday against Virginia. Teammate Julia Schnugg, who had a goal and two assists in three games, was named ACC player of the week.

GOLF: USF men are tied with Sam Houston State for second place, 13 shots behind Mississippi, at the Canebrook Classic in Hattiesburg, Miss. USF women are six shots behind leader Georgia State in the Cardinal Cup in Louisville, Ky. The Bulls have four of five golfers in the top 10.

BASKETBALL: A judge in Waco, Texas, appointed a third expert to examine a former Baylor player charged with killing a teammate. Two other experts found Carlton Datson incompetent to stand trial in the shooting death of Patrick Dennehy.

ET CETERA

GOLF: Europe's record victory over the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup helped produce the lowest final-day large-market ratings on NBC in the past three editions of the team event. Sunday's singles matches was watched in 3.4 percent of the homes in the top 56 U.S. media markets, according to Nielsen Media Research Inc, down 13 percent from major-market ratings for Europe's victory in 2002. Colin Montgomerie might try to become captain of the European team in 2006 if he doesn't qualify to play, his business manager said. Bernhard Langer said he likely will step down after his one-time stint as captain.

SOCCER: Diego Maradona returned to Cuba to resume treatment for cocaine addiction after a relapse confined him to a psychiatric hospital in his native Argentina and sparked unsuccessful attempts by his family to keep him at home. Jose Antonio Camacho quit as Real Madrid's coach after just six games and was replaced by assistant Mariano Garcia Remon.

NBA: Former UF forward Matt Bonner signed with Toronto.

TENNIS: No. 6 Gisela Dulko beat Aniko Kapros 6-4, 6-1 in the first round of the China Open in Beijing.

BOXING: Katsushige Kawashima scored a unanimous decision in Tokyo over Raul Juarez to retain the WBC super flyweight title.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The league approved Salt Lake City's bid for an expansion team in 2006.

Compiled from Times wires.

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