NHLThe league yesterday suspended Islanders forwards Trevor Gillies for nine games and Matt Martin for four and handed the club a $100,000 fine for their actions in a fight-filled, 9-3 win over the Penguins Friday night. Only enforcer Eric Godard was punished on the Penguins’ side, receiving an automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench during the third-period brawl. Gillies’s ban was for delivering a blow to the head of Penguins forward Eric Tangradi and punching him several times, leaving him with concussion-like symptoms that will keep him out for at least today’s game against the New York Rangers. Martin was suspended for punching unsuspecting Penguins forward Max Talbot from behind. Earlier, the Penguins’ team bus hit a car while heading to an outdoor practice in New York’s Central Park.
WINTER SPORTSCanada’s Guay is world’s downhill king Canadian Erik Guay won the men’s downhill title at the world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Guay sped down the 3.3-kilometer Kandahar course in 1 minute 58.41 seconds, beating Didier Cuche — the World Cup downhill champion from Switzerland — by 0.32 seconds. Bode Miller charged down in his usual style, but the 2005 champion was disadvantaged being the 22d starter as the course became weaker during the race. He finished 2.42 seconds off the lead in 15th place . . . Still dealing with the lingering effects of a concussion, American Lindsey Vonn said she will wait until just before the start of today’s downhill to decide whether to defend her title at the world championships . . . In Moscow, Emily Cook of Belmont scored a 93.06 to earn the second World Cup freestyle victory of her career. Cook, who has been competing with the US team for 13 years, last won a Cup event in 2008 . . . Vermont’s Lindsey Jacobellis cruised to victory in the Snowboarding Grand Prix in Park City, Utah, to capture the women’s US title. Jonathan Cheever claimed the men’s US crown . . . Emil Svendsen of Norway won the 12.5-kilometer race in the World Cup biathlon at Fort Kent, Maine. Andrea Henkel won the women’s 10-kilometer pursuit . . . American Katherine Reutter clinched her fourth victory in short track speedskating this season, winning the 1,500-meter World Cup race in Moscow . . . Canada’s Alex Gough snapped Germany’s 105-race winning streak in World Cup women’s luge, ending a run that lasted nearly 14 years.
NFLRedskins returner Banks is stabbed Brandon Banks, the Redskins’ kick returner, was stabbed along with a lifelong friend during an altercation outside a Washington nightclub shortly after 3 a.m. yesterday. Banks received a surface wound to his side that required stitches and was expected to be released today, according to his agent, James Gould. The player’s unidentified friend was critically injured and underwent surgery, Gould said. Police say Jason Shorter, 24, was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill . . . Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from a road rage encounter in Fairfax County, Va., Feb. 2 . . . Jerry Gray, who was hired by the University of Texas to be defensive backs coach and assistant to head coach Mack Brown last month, changed course and accepted the job of Titans defensive coordinator.
MISCELLANYLagat shatters US indoor 2-mile mark Bernard Lagat set the US indoor record in the 2 mile, breaking a 21-year old mark to become the American record-holder at the five indoor distances from 1,500 meters to 2 miles. He finished in 8:10.07 during a college meet at the Armory in New York, beating the mark of 8:15.02 that Doug Padilla set Feb. 16, 1990, in Los Angeles . . . Kim Clijsters, who will be ranked No. 1 tomorrow, defeated Kaia Kanepi, 6-1, 7-5, to reach the final of the Open Gaz de France tennis tournament in Paris. Petra Kvitova cruised past Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-2, 6-0, in the other semifinal . . . Daniela Hantuchova defeated Vera Zvonareva, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, in the semifinals of the Pattaya Open in Thailand. Sara Errani defeated Roberta Vinci, 6-1, 6-4, in the other semifinal . . . Robin Soderling rallied from 4-1 down in the first set to beat Viktor Troicki, 7-5, 6-4, and will defend his title against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the
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