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Carolina coach has guided U.S. team at worlds: Coach Peter Laviolette of the NHL Carolina Hurricanes has been appointed coach of the U.S. men’s team for the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Laviolette, 40, who has also coached the NHL New York Islanders, has coached the American team at the past two world championships. The U.S. team won the bronze medal in 2004, securing a spot in next year’s Olympics, and reached the quarterfinals this year.

The United States won the silver medal at the 2002 Olympics, losing to Canada in the final.

Czechs agree to amended proposal: Every European hockey federation except Russia signed a two-year transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation, ensuring that the NHL will send players to the Olympics.

The Russian federation rejected the deal. The Czech Republic originally declined to sign, but agreed to an amended proposal.

High-profile players sign: NHL players who re-signed with their teams included Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier, Nashville forward Steve Sullivan, Colorado goaltender David Aebischer and Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley.

New Jersey signed forward Alexander Mogilny, previously with Toronto.

Auto racing

Drivers penalized: Kyle Busch was fined $10,000 and placed on probation until the end of the year by NASCAR for hitting a competitor’s car after Sunday’s Nextel Cup Series race in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Busch, the 20-year-old brother of Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch, slammed into Anthony Lazzaro’s car.

Tony Stewart, the Nextel Cup points leader, was fined $5,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the year for intentionally running into Brian Vickers’ car after Saturday’s Busch Series race.

Barrichello to shift to BAR-Honda: Formula One ace Rubens Barrichello, who will be replaced by Ferrari after this season, confirmed he is moving next season to the BAR-Honda team.


Jendrick adds to gold collection:

Megan Quann Jendrick of Puyallup helped the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team triumph at the World University Games in Manisa, Turkey.

Jendrick, 21, won the 50 breaststroke on Friday and will compete in the 100 breaststroke today. She earned gold medals in the 100 breaststroke and 400 medley relay at the 2000 Olympics.

College football

Assault charge against Teague dismissed: A misdemeanor assault charge against senior running back Jason Teague of Michigan State has been dismissed.


Holyfield reportedly has license suspended: Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, 42, has been banned from fighting in New York by the state’s athletic commission, the Daily News reported.

The New York State Athletic Commission suspended Holyfield’s boxing license because of his “diminished skills and poor performance,” the newspaper reported. But the commission lifted a medical suspension.

Thus Holyfield, 2-5-2 since 1999, will be able to fight outside of New York.

International basketball

Gomelsky dies: Alexander Gomelsky, the Soviet Union men’s coach who ended the 21-game winning streak of the United States at the 1988 Olympics, died after a long illness. He was 77.

U.S. teams win at World University Games: The U.S. men’s and women’s teams won at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.

Cincinnati’s Eric Hicks scored 24 points as the American men (4-0) routed China 117-61. Bobby Jones of Washington had two points and five rebounds.

Temple’s Candice Dupree scored 16 as the U.S. women (5-0) beat Taiwan 109-57 in a quarterfinal game.


Nadal loses: Rafael Nadal’s 16-match winning streak fell against another 19-year-old, Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

Berdych beat the Spaniard 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in the Cincinnati Masters in Mason, Ohio.

Nadal has won nine ATP tournaments this year, including the Rogers Cup final over American Andre Agassi on Sunday in Montreal and the French Open in June.

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