Around the Nation (June 23): Blue Jackets trade for Hartnell

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ICE HOCKEY

Columbus receives Hartnell in trade with Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired winger R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell.

Umberger makes a return to the Flyers after spending the past six seasons with Columbus. Last season, Umberger had 18 goals and 16 assists in 74 games to help the Blue Jackets reach the playoffs.

Umberger began his NHL career with the Flyers in 2005-06 and had 49 goals and 67 assists in 228 games over three seasons from 2005-2008. He was traded to Columbus on June 20, 2008.

Hartnell appeared in 517 games for the Flyers over seven seasons with 157 goals and 169 assists. He was acquired from Nashville on June 18, 2007.

Hasek, Modano, Forsberg, Blake headed for Hall of Fame

Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake started playing hockey in four different countries as kids.

They will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together.

"This tells me that our game is growing, our game is growing worldwide," John Davidson, chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, said Monday. "When we have a class like this coming into the hall, I think that says a lot about our game and how worldwide it is."

The four players will be inducted Nov. 17 in Toronto along with former referee Bill McCreary and the late Pat Burns, who will be enshrined posthumously as a coach in the builder category.

Hasek, who was known as "the Dominator," won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender six times, tying Bill Durnan's total and trailing Jacques Plante's record by one. He won two Hart Trophies as league MVP in 1997 and 1998 with the Buffalo Sabres, becoming the first to win the award from his position since Plante did it in 1962.

Hasek also helped the Czech Republic win gold at the 1998 Olympics -- the first with NHL players -- several years after he almost left the world's top league.

TENNIS

Venus Williams reaches second round at Wimbledon

LONDON -- Five-time champion Venus Williams won her first singles match at Wimbledon since 2011 with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain.

The former World No. 1 lost in the first round in 2012 and missed last year's tournament because of a back injury.

The 30th-seeded Williams had a slow start Monday and had to battle in the 1-hour, 46-minute match against a player ranked 56th making only her second appearance at Wimbledon.

Williams still managed to hit 41 winners, including 11 aces.

Williams has not fared well in Grand Slam tournaments this year, losing in the opening round at the Australian Open before exiting the French Open in the second round.

BASEBALL

Tampa Bay takes BP against female teen knuckleballer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have taken batting practice against a female high school knuckleballer

Evan Longoria, Jose Molina and David Price hit against 17-year-old Chelsea Baker from Durant High School in nearby Plant City. They did it before Monday night's game against Pittsburgh.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon met Baker recently at an awards ceremony and invited her to Tropicana Field. Maddon says the junior who plays on her school's baseball team was outstanding and has a knuckleball that "moves nicely."

Baker admitted that she was intimidated at first, but had a "great time" while pitching from about 10 feet in front of the mound and behind a protective screen. She displayed good control, but did hit Longoria in the back with a pitch.

Molina swung and missed a couple of times, and Price hit a hard line drive up the middle.

Baker says the late major league knuckleballer Joe Niekro taught her to throw the fluttering pitch about 10 years ago.

SOCCER

U.S. star Hope Solo enters not guilty plea

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo has entered a not guilty plea following her domestic violence arrest at her sister's home in suburban Seattle.

Solo appeared in court Monday and was released without bail. She was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victims and to not drink alcohol.

Authorities say Solo was intoxicated early Saturday when she was accused of assaulting her sister and 17-year-old nephew. But her lawyer, Todd Maybrown, says she was a victim in the altercation.

Solo was booked into jail for investigation of two counts of fourth-degree domestic violence assault.

COLLEGE

Cincinnati strikes new deal with men's coach Cronin

CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati has signed men's basketball coach Mick Cronin to a new seven-year contract.

The school says Cronin has agreed to a contract through the 2020-21 season. The school says it replaces an earlier extension for Cronin, who will be in his ninth season with the Bearcats.

Other terms weren't announced Monday.

Cronin is 162-107 in eight seasons at Cincinnati. He took over the program in 2006-2007, following interim coach Andy Kennedy. The former Murray State coach and Cincinnati native has led the Bearcats to the NCAA Tournament the past four seasons.

He was the American Athletic Conference's inaugural coach of the year. His team went 27-7 last season, losing to Harvard in the NCAA Tournament.

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