San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has been suspended two games without pay by the NHL for instigating a fight late in Friday night's 2-1...

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San Jose’s Clowe suspended two games

San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has been suspended two games without pay by the NHL for instigating a fight late in Friday night’s 2-1 loss to Chicago.

The suspension was announced Monday by the league’s Department of Player Safety.

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Clowe was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to start a fight with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw with 8.4 seconds left in regulation — an infraction that calls for a 10-game suspension.

But upon further review the line change was deemed legal. Clowe then skated directly at Shaw, who was not engaged with any other player, grabbed him and wrestled him to the ice.

Malkin to miss at least three games with concussion

Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins was placed on injured reserve and will miss at least the next three games after being diagnosed with a concussion and suffering short-term memory loss.

Malkin, 26, was injured during a Feb. 22 game against Florida when he collided with Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson while skating in on goal.

Devils’ Brodeur day to day

The New Jersey Devils continue to believe that goaltender Martin Brodeur’s sore back is not something that will keep him out for an extended period of time.

General manager Lou Lamoriello said Brodeur, 40, is day to day after undergoing tests on his back Monday and that the injury is not considered to be serious.


Daytona preliminary TV ratings up

With Danica Patrick starting from the pole, the Daytona 500’s preliminary television ratings were much higher than last year’s.

Sunday afternoon’s race earned a 10.0 overnight rating and 22 share on Fox, the network said Monday. That’s up 30 percent from 2012, when rain pushed the event to a Monday night. It was the highest overnight rating since 2006.

Jimmie Johnson won the race while Patrick was eighth, the best finish by a woman at the Daytona 500.


Maradona returns to Italy in tax evasion case

Diego Maradona returned to Italy in a bid to clear his name in a tax evasion case.

The 1986 World Cup winner with Argentina landed in Rome dressed in black and wearing dark glasses before heading straight to Naples, where he will hold a news conference Tuesday morning.

Maradona’s Italian debts of more than $50 million stem from alleged unpaid taxes during the time he played for Napoli from 1984-91


Pistorius not focused on return to sports

Oscar Pistorius informed South African authorities that he wants to resume athletic training while on bail for the murder case against him, a government official said.

A spokeswoman for the Olympic runner, however, denied that he was making immediate plans to return to the track while awaiting trial for the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

“Absolutely not,” said spokeswoman Janine Hills. “He is currently in mourning and his focus is not on his sports.”


• Louisville defensive-line coach Clint Hurtt faces allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits while an assistant at Miami. The NCAA said Hurtt received a $2,500 loan and provided perks to Hurricanes recruits.

The governing body sent Hurtt and Louisville a letter of allegations last Tuesday, which the university released as part of an open records request. The NCAA said the 34-year-old coach provided false and misleading information during its investigation of Miami.

• Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman is heading to North Korea — tattoos, piercings, bad-boy reputation and all. Rodman is set to arrive Tuesday in Pyongyang, becoming an unlikely ambassador at a time of heightened tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Rodman, three members of the Harlem Globetrotters and a camera crew from VICE television are visiting North Korea for a news show set to air on HBO in April.

• Pittsburgh will make its Atlantic Coast Conference football debut by hosting defending-champion Florida State on Labor Day at Heinz Field and then close out its regular season at home against Miami.

Roger Federer rallied past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 5-7, 6-0, 6-2 to reach the second round of the Dubai Championships. The second-ranked Federer is looking for his sixth title in Dubai.

• A former vice president at USA Swimming says the organization’s new screening procedures failed to detect a coach with multiple identities and a felony conviction.

Mike Saltzstein filed a complaint about a person known as James Pantera, who began working at San Diego Imperial Swimming last year.

Saltzstein says the man has at least 11 names and three dates of birth, and that he was sentenced to a year in federal prison for making false statements and fraudulently obtaining student loans. Saltzstein questions whether USA Swimming’s new screening policies are doing enough to protect swimmers in the wake of numerous sexual abuse cases involving coaches and underage athletes.

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