Lightning go with Cooper as coach
The Lightning named Jon Cooper the franchise’s eighth head coach Monday night. Cooper, 45, was coaching Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, who had the best record in the league at 39-18-3-5. The previous two seasons he coached Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate in Norfolk, leading the team to a franchise-record 55 wins and the Calder Cup in 2011-12. He replaces Guy Boucher, who was fired Sunday after 2½ seasons on the job. The Lightning are 13-17-1 this season, 14th in the Eastern Conference . . . Forward Alexander Semin agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract extension with the Hurricanes. He has a team-best 22 assists and is second with 30 points.
Hamlin out with compression fracture Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during a last-lap crash Sunday while racing against former teammate Joey Logano, and Joe Gibbs Racing gave no indication how long its driver could be sidelined. The team said he had what is called an L1 compression fracture; essentially, the first vertebra in the lumbar section of his spine collapsed. Hamlin was released from the hospital Monday. NASCAR does not race this weekend, but returns to action April 7 at Martinsville Speedway, where Hamlin has four victories. Logano, of Middletown, Conn., managed to finish third in Fontana, Calif., despite wrecking into the outside wall after hitting Hamlin, who spun Logano last week at Bristol and sparked a bitter post-race confrontation. ‘‘He probably shouldn’t have done what he did last week, so that’s what he gets,’’ Logano said Sunday after the race won by Kyle Busch. On Monday, Logano’s car owner said the driver was unaware of Hamlin’s condition when he made the comment during a television interview.
Sacramento bolsters bid to keep Kings
Sacramento’s mayor, Kevin Johnson, announced that Paul Jacobs, CEO of the international technology company Qualcomm, has agreed to become part of the city’s bid to keep the franchise from moving to Seattle. Jacobs joins a group that includes billionaire investor Ron Burkle, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov, and TIBCO Software CEO Vivek Ranadive. Sacramento is hoping to block a bid by a group that has a pending purchase agreement to buy the Kings and move the team to Seattle . . . Royce White is back with the Houston Rockets’ developmental league affiliate, five days after he left the team. White, the team’s first-round pick in last summer’s draft, announced on Twitter that he had returned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and that a ‘‘miscommunication’’ with the Rockets had been cleared up. White has yet to play for the Rockets.
Serena rallies to get past Cibulkova
Serena Williams rallied past Dominika Cibulkova, 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the fourth round of the Sony Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. The top-ranked Williams was down a service break trailing, 4-1, in the second set before she swept the final five games of the set. Williams’s opponent in the quarterfinals will be Li Na, who beat wild card Garbine Muguruza, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2. Sloane Stephens started strong, but lost the last nine games and was eliminated by defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. Maria Sharapova reached the quarterfinals by beating Klara Zakopalova, 6-2, 6-2. In men’s third-round play, 2009 champion Andy Murray beat Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Adu leaving Union, will play in Brazil
The Philadelphia Union reached a contract termination by mutual consent with star midfielder Freddy Adu. Adu has signed with Esporte Clube Bahia, a Brazilian club, and the Union, in turn, acquired veteran Brazilian midfielder Jose Kleberson on loan from the same team . . . Fred spared Brazil from a second loss in two months in London, scoring a 90th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 friendly draw against Russia to leave the 2014 World Cup hosts without a win since Luiz Felipe Scolari returned as coach . . . A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that Georgia Southern and Appalachian State are leaving the Southern Conference for the Sun Belt Conference. The two schools will join the Sun Belt in every sport except football beginning in 2014. The football programs will join in 2015, making the transition from the FCS to the FBS . . . Xavier hired Bowling Green’s Greg Christopher as its next director of athletics, responsible for guiding the Jesuit school into the reconfigured Big East next season. Christopher replaces Mike Bobinski, who is moving on to Georgia Tech next month . . . Jockey Ramon Dominguez said he has been told by his doctor that he must continue therapy on his fractured skull and he has no timetable for a return to racing. Dominguez was hurt in a spill at Aqueduct Racetrack Jan. 18.