Devils reportedly hire Hynes
New Jersey General Manager Ray Shero has reached into his ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick the Devils’ next head coach, John Hynes, a person with knowledge of the hiring told the AP. Hynes had been coaching the Penguins’ minor league affiliate in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.
Mats Zuccarello suffered a brain contusion and a small skull fracture on April 24 that left him in the hospital for three days and unable to speak for four, the New York Rangers revealed. However, Zuccarello, speaking publicly for the first time since being hit on the left side of the head by Ryan McDonagh’s slap shot in the first period of Game 5 of the Rangers’ first-round series against the Penguins, said the doctors have told him he will be recovered in time for the start of training camp in September. Zuccarello is still in speech therapy.
Shane Ray, the Denver Broncos’ first-round draft pick, signed his rookie contract, worth about $9 million over four years. It includes a signing bonus of nearly $5 million.
The Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton are close to reaching a deal on a multiyear contract extension, said a person close to the negotiations who spoke to the AP on condition of ano- nymity because neither side had publicly released details of the negotiations. Newton is expected to command a contract in excess of $20 million per season.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback, one familiar with offensive assistants Doug Marrone and Nathaniel Hackett. The Jaguars were awarded Jeff Tuel off waivers from Buffalo.
The Arizona Cardinals have signed first-round draft pick D.J. Humphries to a four-year contract. The Cardinals also gave defensive tackle Frostee Rucker a one-year extension, keeping him under contract through the 2016 season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not officially announced the deal.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms on a contract with their second round draft selection, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.
Miami Dolphins kicker Caleb Sturgis is expected to miss the rest of the team’s spring practices because of a leg injury.
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Robert Mathis said that his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles’ tendon is ahead of schedule and that he plans to be ready for the season opener in September.
USC and UCLA finished among the top eight teams to advance to the match-play portion of the NCAA men’s golf tournament. Illinois led the top eight through the four rounds of stroke play with a combined three-under 1,155. USC was fifth at 1,161, and UCLA was eighth at 1,172. Tuesday’s quarterfinal matchups are Illinois-UCLA, Vanderbilt-Louisiana State, Georgia-South Florida and TexasUSC.
Adam Scott split with his new caddie and returned to his old one, Steve Williams.
Lauren Haeger drove in three runs to help Florida beat Michigan, 3-2, and move the Gators within one victory of a repeat Women’s College World Series title at Oklahoma City.
In college basketball, Kansas landed Mississippi transfer Dwight Coleby, a center who will redshirt next season and have two years of eligibility remaining. . . . Former Drake coach Mark Phelps has been hired as an assistant at Arizona.