Calgary Flames sign center Backlund to multiyear deal

CALGARY (AP) - Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund has been signed to a multiyear contract.Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed.Backlund scored 10 goals and 27 points in 52 regular-season games last season after missing 30 games...

Patriots sign top draft pick, DL Malcom Brown of Texas

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - The New England Patriots have signed their first-round draft pick, defensive lineman Malcom Brown from Texas.The Patriots chose Brown with the 32nd pick after his three-year college career in which he had 8 1/2 sacks,...

Hawks reach buyout agreement with GM Danny Ferry

ATLANTA (AP) - A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a buyout of the final two years of general manager Danny Ferry's contract.The person says the buyout will be...

Nanny provides new details of alleged assault by Ribeiro

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A woman accusing Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro of sexually assaulting her has provided more details in an amended complaint.The complaint filed Thursday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas says...

Steelers cited as top public relations staff

The Pittsburgh Steelers have won the Pete Rozelle Award from the Professional Football Writers of America for having the most efficient public relations staff in the NFL.The award, named for the NFL commissioner from 1960-89, is given to the...

NBA champion Warriors and their fans get ready to rally

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a rare moment of glory, Oakland will shine in the national spotlight as the Golden State Warriors parade through the city with their NBA championship trophy.Oakland usually makes news for crime, corruption, protests and...

New Jersey Devils retain Terreri as goaltending coach

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils have retained Chris Terreri as their goaltending coach.General manager Ray Shero made the announcement Friday in completing John Hynes' staff.The Devils hired Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches earlier...

Saints see Spiller as perfect for Payton’s playbook

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - New Orleans Saints running back C.J. Spiller spent much of his youth on baseball diamonds, where coaches sought to take advantage of his quick first step, range and sure hands by playing him at shortstop...

Warriors believe more titles could be in their future

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The parade is not until Friday. The Golden State Warriors are already looking ahead to what could be a promising future.And with their young core under contract and MVP Stephen Curry just entering his prime,...

Wild waive veteran Cooke, will buy out last year of contract

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Wild have placed veteran left wing Matt Cooke on waivers, for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release.The Wild announced Thursday they will buy out the final season of Cooke's contract,...