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For­ward Jeff Skin­ner be­came the Buffalo Sabres’ sec­ond-high­est paid player — be­hind cap­tain Jack Eichel — af­ter sign­ing an eight-year, $ 72 mil­lion con­tract, the team an­nounced Fri­day night.

Skin­ner, 27, signed three weeks be­fore he was el­i­gi­ble to be­come an un­re­stricted free agent.

He is com­ing off a ca­reer-best sea­son in which he scored 40 goals and fin­ished third on the team with 63 points in 82 games.

Buffalo ac­quired Skin­ner in a trade with Carolina in Au­gust. He’s topped 30 goals four times in nine sea­sons and was the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2011.


U.S. loses in Un­der-20 World Cup: The United States was knocked out of the Un­der-20 World Cup in the quar­ter­fi­nals for the third straight tour­na­ment, los­ing to Ecuador 2-1 Satur­day in Gdy­nia, Poland. Jhon Espinoza scored the tiebreak­ing goal in the 43rd minute for Ecuador.

Fran­cis Atu­a­hene scored less than a minute af­ter en­ter­ing as a sub­sti­tute in his MLS de­but, and FC Dal­las held on for a 2-2 draw against the San Jose Earth­quakes in San Jose.

Spain and Por­tu­gal will con­sider a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup. The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar and the 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Mex­ico and Canada.

Ab­del­baset Sarout, a Syr­ian soc­cer goal­keeper who be­came an icon of the rebellion against Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad, died of wounds suf­fered in a bat­tle with gov­ern­ment forces, the rebels said Satur­day.


Sparks 89, Lynx 85: Riquna Wil­liams scored 25 points, Chelsea Gray had 21 and Los An­ge­les spoiled a spe­cial day for Min­nesota, which re­tired the jersey of Lind­say Whalen. The Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles scored 20 points and sur­passed 5,000 for her ca­reer.


NCAA Di­vi­sion II: The NCAA cleared Glenville State’s Phil Bled­soe for his se­nior sea­son af­ter he mis­tak­enly used a new rule per­mit­ting only Di­vi­sion I play­ers to de­clare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent while main­tain­ing col­lege el­i­gi­bil­ity. He played his first two sea­sons at Di­vi­sion I Mar­shall be­fore trans­fer­ring to Glenville State.

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