NFL bans for­mer Gi­ants kicker for six games

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A per­son fa­mil­iar with the rul­ing says the NFL has sus­pended for­mer New York Gi­ants kicker and cur­rent free agent Josh Brown for six games.

The de­ci­sion fol­lows a league re­view of Brown’s re­peated abuse of his for­mer wife while they were mar­ried.

The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity Fri­day be­cause the NFL had not re­leased its rul­ing.

ESPN first re­ported the suspension, the sec­ond handed to Brown for abus­ing his for­mer wife, Molly.

Brown served a one-game suspension at the start of last sea­son. He was even­tu­ally re­leased by the Gi­ants in late Oc­to­ber after author­i­ties in Wash­ing­ton state re­leased a re­port on their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his ar­rest in 2015.

De­tails in the re­port an­gered many be­cause Brown re­ceived a suspension of only one game. CP/AP

VAN­COU­VER

The Van­cou­ver Canucks signed re­stricted free agent Bo Hor­vat to a US$33-mil­lion, six-year con­tract ex­ten­sion Fri­day.

The 22-year-old cen­tre led the lowly Canucks with 52 points (20 goals, 32 as­sists) last sea­son to be­come the first player not named Daniel or Hen­rik Sedin to top that cat­e­gory since 2006.

Hor­vat’s new deal, which kicks in im­me­di­ately,

Hor­vat has an av­er­age an­nual value of $5,500,000, mak­ing him the fourth-high­est paid player on the team be­hind the Sedin twins and winger Loui Eriks­son.

“Bo has quickly be­come a foun­da­tional player on our team and we’re thrilled for him to be a part of what we’re build­ing here long term,” Canucks gen­eral man­ager Jim Ben­ning said in a re­lease.

“His com­mit­ment and work ethic have helped his game im­prove each sea­son. He’s al­ready a leader on our team and a young player fans can be ex­cited to watch for years to come.”

A na­tive of Rod­ney, Ont., Hor­vat has steadily im­proved over his first three NHL sea­sons.

He has 49 goals and 68 as­sists for 117 points over 231 ca­reer games.

“It’s a great feel­ing to be able to con­tinue my ca­reer for six more sea­sons in Van­cou­ver and I’m grate­ful to the Aquilini fam­ily and Canucks man­age­ment group for mak­ing this pos­si­ble,” said Hor­vat. “Since be­ing drafted by the Canucks, I have been wel­comed by fans with open arms and I’m in­cred­i­bly proud and for­tu­nate to call this city and prov­ince home. I couldn’t be more ex­cited to help this team win.”

The ninth over­all pick in 2013 — a se­lec­tion ac­quired from the New Jersey Devils in the trade for goalie Cory Sch­nei­der — Hor­vat thrives on the 200-foot game and is ca­pa­ble of play­ing in any sit­u­a­tion on any line.

If he wasn’t al­ready, the new con­tract makes Hor­vat the face of a Canucks’ re­build that also in­cludes for­wards Sven Baertschi and Markus Gran­lund, de­fence­men Ben Hut­ton and Troy Stecher, and prospects Brock Boeser, Olli Juolevi, Thatcher Demko, Jonathan Dahlen and Niko­lay Goldobin, among oth­ers.

The club’s lone rep­re­sen­ta­tive at last sea­son’s all-star game, Hor­vat is also viewed by many as the cap­tain-in-wait­ing in Van­cou­ver when­ever the ten­ure of Hen­rik Sedin, who along with brother Daniel turns 37 at the end of the month, comes to an end.

The Canucks fin­ished 29th in the NHL’s over­all stand­ings in 2016-17 with a fran­chise-low 178 goals that cost head coach Wil­lie Des­jardins his job.

Van­cou­ver, which has missed the play­offs three of the last four years, pro­moted Travis Green to coach from the AHL’s Utica Comets at the end of April.

The Canucks open train­ing camp at Rogers Arena on Tues­day.

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