AVALANCHE SIGNS FOR­MER NO. 1 PICK TO 1-YEAR CON­TRACT

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING -

The Avalanche signed for­ward Nail Yakupov to a one-year, $875,000 deal.

Yakupov, the first over­all pick by the Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers in the 2012 draft, has ap­peared in 292 ca­reer NHL games since, while tal­ly­ing 53 goals and 64 as­sists. He had nine points in 40 games with the St. Louis Blues last sea­son.

Dur­ing his rookie sea­son in 2012-13 that was short­ened to 48 games be­cause of the NHL lock­out, he led rook­ies with 17 goals and tied for most points (31).

“Nail is a young, skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup,” Avs gen­eral man­ager Joe Sa­kic said in a news re­lease.

Yakupov should boost an Avalanche at­tack­ing corps that strug­gled to find the back of the net in 2016-17 — fin­ish­ing last in the NHL in goals scored (165) with a lone 20-goal scorer (Miko Ran­ta­nen).

• Right winger An­dre Bu­rakovsky and the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals agreed to a $6 mil­lion, two-year con­tract.

• The Ari­zona Coy­otes signed Michael Latta to a one-year con­tract.

• The Carolina Hur­ri­canes ac­quired Mar­cus Kruger from the Ve­gas Golden Knights in ex­change for Carolina’s fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft. Man­neh wins it for Colum­bus Crew. MIN­NEAPO­LIS» Kekuta Man­neh scored in the 58th minute and the Colum­bus Crew beat Min­nesota United 1-0 in the first meet­ing be­tween the teams in an MLS game.

Man­neh scored his sec­ond goal since be­ing traded from Van­cou­ver on March 30. He spun his de­fender near the mid­field cir­cle, drib­bled in space and sent in a shot from dis­tance.

• Josef Martinez scored two goals to lift the At­lanta United past the San Jose Earth­quakes 4-2.

• FC Dal­las an­swered a 1-0 deficit with four straight goals, two from Roland Lamah in the 45th and 55th min­utes, to beat DC United 4-2. 5-1 shot wins Amer­i­can Stakes. AR­CA­DIA, CALIF.» Pee Wee Reese won the $100,000 Amer­i­can Stakes by 1¾ lengths on clos­ing day at Santa Anita.

Rid­den by Joe Talamo, Pee Wee Reese ran a mile on turf in 1:32.26 and paid $12.40, $4.20 and $3 at 5-1 odds in the Grade 3 race.

The 4-year-old colt is named for the 10-time all-star short­stop who played for the Brook­lyn and Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Reese was a team­mate of Jackie Robin­son, and in April his name­sake colt won at Santa Anita on the 70th an­niver­sary of Robin­son break­ing base­ball’s color bar­rier. Chest­nut wins his 10th ti­tle. NEW YORK» Joey “Jaws” Chest­nut downed 72 dogs and buns in 10 min­utes to beat his own record by two and win his 10th ti­tle at the an­nual Nathan’s Fa­mous July Fourth hot dog eat­ing con­test.

Miki Sudo notched a fourth straight win in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion. She ate 41 hot dogs and buns to beat Michelle Lesco, who downed 32. Poul­ter qual­i­fies for Bri­tish Open. SOUTH­PORT, ENG­LAND» Ian Poul­ter made it through the fi­nal stage of qual­i­fy­ing to earn a spot at Royal Birk­dale for the Bri­tish Open.

Poul­ter shot rounds of 68-70 at Woburn Golf Club, his home club and one of five re­gional fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing sites in Bri­tain. Three spots were avail­able from each site. Shiv Ka­pur of In­dia, who played his col­lege golf at Pur­due, was the medal­ist at Woburn with a 65 in the sec­ond round.

The third spot went to Toby Tree, who along with Poul­ter fin­ished two shots be­hind Ka­pur.

• Glen Martin, an 81-year-old Mis­sis­sippi man, made the sixth hole-in­one of his life dur­ing a se­nior scram­ble at the Brookhaven Coun­try Club.

Foot­note. The host city for the 2024 Par­a­lympics will be se­lected with­out the Par­a­lympic lead­er­ship hav­ing a say in whether Los An­ge­les or Paris is cho­sen. It’s the con­se­quence of the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee elect­ing a new pres­i­dent in early Septem­ber. Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

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