Malkin, Gonchar sign to play in Russia
Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin and Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar signed with Mettalurg of the Kontinental Hockey League on Sunday after the NHL imposed a lockout of its players. Metallurg, based in the Russian city of Magnitogorsk, said that it signed the two Russian players through the end of the 2012-13 season. KHL teams can sign a maximum of three NHL players above their limit of 25 during the lockout. The KHL also sets the ceiling for the salaries of players at a maximum of 65 percent of what they earn in their NHL deals. Malkin, the NHL’s reigning MVP, has two years and $16.5 million left on his deal. Gonchar has one year and $5.5 million left. The NHL locked out its players early Sunday after the collective bargaining agreement expired. There were no formal talks on the first day of the lockout, and there are no formal talks planned.
Venus leads Washington to WTT title
Venus Will iams helped Washington catch up, then beat Coco Vandeweghe in a last-game tiebreaker as the Kastles completed their second straight undefeated championship season in WTT with a 20-19 victory over Sacramento in Charleston, S.C. Washington (16-0) has won 32 straight matches the past two seasons. Williams teamed with Anastasia Rodionova to win the women’s doubles match, 5-1. After the Western Conference champion Capitals moved ahead, 11-10, with a 5-2 win in men’s doubles, Williams and Leander Paes took the win in mixed doubles in a last-game tiebreaker to square the finals at 15-games apiece.
Alabama, LSU lead pack in poll again
Alabama and LSU are back atop The AP college poll, holding down Nos. 1 and 2 as they did most of last season. The Crimson Tide is No. 1 for the third straight week, receiving 58 of 60 first-place votes. LSU got the other two. LSU moved up after Southern California slipped 11 spots to 13th following its 21-14 loss at Stanford. Stanford jumped from 21st to ninth . . . Connecticut senior defensive end Jesse Joseph will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles’ tendon. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said the Huskies will apply for a medical redshirt for Joseph, who was injured in UConn’s 24-21 win at Maryland on Saturday . . . Nebraska coach Bo Pelini returned to work Sunday, a day after he was taken to a hospital for precautionary tests during the Cornhuskers’ 42-13 win over Arkansas State.
US coach put on administrative leave
US speedskating coach Jae Su Chun was placed on administrative leave, hours after his spokesman released a statement denying claims of verbal, physical, and psychological abuse brought by current and former members of the national team, including five Olympic medalists. Nineteen short-track skaters filed a wide-ranging grievance against US Speedskating and 14 signed a code of conduct complaint with the US Olympic Committee on Aug. 30. The USOC is investigating charges that include accusations Chun slammed an athlete against a wall and repeatedly hit him, threw bottles and chairs at skaters, and repeatedly told female skaters they were ‘‘fat’’ and ‘‘disgusting.’’
Montgomery carries Sun over Storm
Renee Montgomery made two free throws with 14.4 seconds as the Connecticut Sun beat the host Seattle Storm, 60-58. Kara Lawson led the Sun with 13 points, Tina Charles added 12, and Mistie Mims had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 12 points for Seattle . . . Temeka Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Tulsa Shock to an 80-70 win over the host San Antonio Silver Stars . . . Cappie Pondexter had 30 points and 11 rebounds as the New York Liberty beat the host Washington Mystics, 75-68 . . . Shay Murphy scored 22 points, lifting the Chicago Sky past the host Phoenix Mercury, 86-55.
US women’s soccer team victorious
Alex Morgan had a goal and an assist as the US women’s soccer team beat Australia, 2-1, in the second game of its post-Olympic tour in Carson, Calif. . . . The International Weightlifting Federation fined the Albanian national body $50,000 after three of its athletes tested positive for doping this year, including Hysen Pulaku at the London Olympics. Pulaku, 19, was banned four years . . . Jonathan Tiernan-Locke became the first home winner of the Tour of Britain cycling race in 19 years after finishing in the main pack in the final stage in Guildford won by compatriot Mark Cavendish . . . Wise Dan won the $1 million Woodbine Mile in Toronto, beating Hunters Bay to give jockey John Velazquez his record fourth victory in the Grade 1 race.