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Predators sign Gaudreau
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators have signed forward Frederick Gaudreau to a three-year contract.
For the first two years of the deal, Gaudreau's contract will be worth $650,000 when he's in the NHL or $70,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. His contract will earn him $700,000 in the 2019-20 season.
Gaudreau's deal comes after a breakthrough playoff performance, as he scored his first three career NHL goals during the Stanley Cup Final. Gaudreau, 24, played a total of eight playoff games.
He also appeared in nine regular-season games and had one assist.
Gaudreau had 25 goals and 48 points in 66 games with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals in 2016-17 before he was recalled to Nashville for the playoffs. He is 6 feet tall and 179 pounds.
CHICAGO -- Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010.
Campbell announced his retirement Monday. The Blackhawks say he'll join their front office, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing.
Campbell had 87 goals and 417 assists for 504 points in 1,082 regular-season games with the Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Blackhawks and Florida Panthers. Buffalo drafted him in the sixth round in 1997.
CORBIN, Ky. -- Former Kentucky basketball player Jerry Bird, who was a member of the school's Athletics Hall of Fame and had his No. 22 jersey retired to the Rupp Arena rafters, has died.
An obituary posted by O'Neil-Lawson Funeral Home says Bird died Sunday at a hospital in Corbin. He was 83.
Media report Bird played for Kentucky from 1954 to 1956 and helped the school attain two Southeastern Conference titles in 1954 and 1955. He was part of the 1954 team crowned national champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation after a 25-0 season.
Bird scored 713 career points and had 589 career rebounds under coach Adolph Rupp.
Fleetwood playing British Open close to where he grew up
SOUTHPORT, England -- He is the poster boy of the upcoming British Open, his flowing hair and stubbly face adorning the banners draped across lamp-posts on the approaches to Royal Birkdale.
Tommy Fleetwood has the looks of a rock star and the popularity of one in this seaside town in northwest England, especially this week.
Golf's oldest major is back in Southport for the first time since 2008 and, in Fleetwood, one of the sport's rising stars, the locals have one of their own to cheer for.
"I'll have the most support I've ever had in my life, from people I've grown up with, friends, family, you name it," Fleetwood said on Monday. "It's going to be a different experience, for sure."
Growing up, Fleetwood lived in a house just round the corner from Royal Birkdale. The place always held a mystical quality to a golf-loving kid who dreamed of winning the Open Championship from the age of 5.
He'd play at the local municipals -- Southport, Formby Hall, and Southport & Ainsdale, where he'd sweep the paths -- and would get on Birkdale only when accompanying his father, Peter, on evening dog walks.
"I might have bunked on the odd time and hit the odd shot," Fleetwood recalled. "But that was about as far as it goes."
The first British Open he went to watch was at Royal Birkdale in 1998. He remembers defending champion Justin Leonard being on the front cover of the program, being in awe of a 22-year-old Tiger Woods walking past him, and faking golfers' signatures in his autograph book because he failed to get any himself.
Nineteen years on, it's his signature in demand.
Fleetwood is at his highest-ever world ranking of No. 14, he's currently the No. 1 player on the European Tour after winning in Abu Dhabi and France this year, and played in the final group on the Sunday of a U.S. Open last month.
To a former coach and mentor, Fleetwood is not just a sentimental pick this week but a logical one.
"He's the player in form, he's one of the best players in the world, and he's playing a course he knows," Jim Payne told The Associated Press. "Some people talk about pressure he'll be under but I don't see that. I only think he can do well. It's set up for him, really."
O.J. has good shot of getting parole
LAS VEGAS -- O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board members this week to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia.
Now 70, Simpson will have history in his favor and a clean record behind bars as he approaches the nine-year minimum of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon. Plus, the parole board sided with him once before.
No one at his Thursday hearing is expected to oppose releasing him in October -- not his victim, not even the former prosecutor who persuaded a jury in Las Vegas to convict Simpson in 2008.
"Assuming that he's behaved himself in prison, I don't think it will be out of line for him to get parole," said David Roger, the retired Clark County district attorney.
Four other men who went with Simpson to a hotel room to retrieve from two memorabilia dealers sports collectibles and personal items that the former football star said belonged to him took plea deals in the heist and received probation.
Prison life was a stunning fall for a charismatic celebrity whose storybook career as an electrifying running back dubbed "The Juice" won him the Heisman Trophy as the best college player in 1968 and a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.
He became a sports commentator, Hollywood movie actor, car rental company spokesman and one of the world's most famous people even before his Los Angeles "trial of the century," when he was acquitted in the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Simpson, appeared grayer and heavier than most remembered him when he was last seen, four years ago.
He will appear Thursday by videoconference from the Lovelock Correctional Center, to be quizzed by four state parole commissioners in Carson City, a two-hour drive away.