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October 2, 2011

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Sidney Crosby is expected to miss the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season opener Thursday because of a concussion sustained in January. Crosby hasn’t played since absorbing hits in consecutive games four days apart. He was diagnosed with a concussion on Jan. 6. He has skated with the team since Sept. 17, but hasn’t been cleared for contact. Penguins general manager Ray Shero said there is no return date for Crosby. “Knock on wood, everything is progressing for him, it appears,’’ Shero said. “On the ice he’s practicing hard, and that’s a big part of his recovery.’’ . . . Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur was suspended for the rest of the preseason and two regular-season games for hitting Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader in the head. This was the ninth suspension by new league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in the preseason. Those bans total 31 regular-season games and about $700,000 in lost salary. MacArthur will be docked $35,135 . . . Sven Tumba, who was honored as the best hockey player in Sweden and later became a golf pioneer in his country and the former Soviet Union, died at age 80 in a Stockholm hospital. Obituary, B11.

Italian team paving way to sign Bryant The Italian League was attempting yesterday to solve scheduling problems so Virtus Bologna can sign Kobe Bryant during the NBA lockout. Virtus Bologna president Claudio Sabatini told the Associated Press he’s “very confident’’ he can complete the deal for the Lakers star. The 10-game contract would be worth more than $3 million but hinges on other clubs changing their schedules to ensure Bologna has five home games during the span. Bologna also wants its opening five road games in Italy’s biggest arenas. Bologna would need to have the deal signed by the end of this week to register Bryant with the Italian League before the season starts next Sunday. Bryant lived in Italy between ages 6 and 13 while his father played there. He still speaks fluent Italian and has said it would be a “dream’’ to play there. Another Italian club, Montegranaro, was reportedly in talks with Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani.

Former NFL player, author Gent dead Former NFL player Peter Gent, 69, whose book about the seamier side of football was made into the movie, “North Dallas Forty,’’ died Friday from a pulmonary illness at his boyhood home in Bangor, Mich., his son Carter Gent said. Gent was a star basketball player at Michigan State University. He didn’t play college football but got an NFL tryout with the Cowboys in 1964 and played five seasons with the team. Obituary, B11 . . . Longtime NFL assistant coach Mike Heimerdinger, 58, died while in Mexico to receive experimental treatments for a rare form of cancer. He was offensive coordinator for the Titans when he was diagnosed with cancer in November 2010. He maintained his duties for the rest of the season but was fired in February.

Henry’s goal carries Red Bulls to draw Thierry Henry scored in the 88th minute to lift the visiting New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC. Toronto FC was eliminated from postseason contention . . . Dominic Oduro scored against his former team to lift the Chicago Fire into a 1-1 draw with the host Houston Dynamo. Colin Clark scored for Houston . . . Drew Moor scored in the 25th minute to lead the host Colorado Rapids to a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas.

Young knocks off Monfils to reach final Donald Young advanced to his first ATP Tour final, beating ninth-ranked Gael Monfils, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5), at the Thailand Open in Bangkok. Young will play Andy Murray, who defeated Gilles Simon, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 . . . Marcos Baghdatis beat Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-1, and will meet Janko Tipsarevic in the Malaysian Open final in Kuala Lumpur. Tipsarevic beat Kei Nishikori, 6-4, 6-3 . . . Agnieszka Radwanska beat Vera Zvonareva, 6-3, 6-2, to win the Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo . . . Serbia’s David Savic received a lifetime ban for attempting to fix matches. The Tennis Integrity Unit said the 659th-ranked Savic was also fined $100,000 after being found guilty of three violations of the sport’s international anti-corruption program.

Watney, Na share third-round lead Nick Watney shot a 7-under-par 64 for a share of the third-round lead with Kevin Na in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Robert Garrigus and Kris Blanks were a stroke back . . . John Huston shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the second-round lead with Nick Price and Kenny Perry in the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. . . . Cuba’s Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1) beat Steve Cunningham (24-3) on a split technical decision after six rounds in Neubrandenburg, Germany, to take the American’s IBF cruiserweight title.

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