Devils re­port­edly hire Hynes

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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.

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