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