SABRES RE-SIGN SKINNER TO 8-YEAR, $72 MILLION DEAL
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.