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Wild’s Bouchard set to return tonight

December 1, 2010

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NHL
Center Pierre-Marc Bouchard is set to lace them up with the Wild for the first time in more than a year. The Wild announced on their website that the fourth-leading scorer in team history is set to return to the lineup tonight against the Coyotes. “The last seven to 10 days I’ve been feeling pretty good and pretty much symptom free,’’ said Bouchard. Bouchard took a hit to the head during a game in March 2009. He never fully recovered and after playing in last season’s opener, Bouchard had to sit out 112 of the last 113 games . . . For the second time this season and third time in the past two years, forward Marian Hossa is injured seriously enough to keep him out of the Blackhawks lineup for several weeks. This time, it’s a lower-body injury he suffered Monday in practice colliding with Nick Boynton. Hossa had to be helped off the ice. Coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa is likely out 2-3 weeks after injuring what appeared to be his right leg. Hossa missed the start of last season recuperating from shoulder surgery and was off to a great start this season (8 goals, 18 points in 21 games) before suffering an undisclosed upper-body injury Oct. 27 at home against the Kings. That one kept him out until Nov. 7, a span of five games.

Burns’s widow’s car is vandalized The morning after her husband’s funeral, the car of Pat Burns’s widow was broken into, and valuables including his collection of autographed hockey sweaters were stolen. Montreal police said the thieves would have known whose belongings they were taking. “They went through his stuff,’’ said Constable Anie Lemieux, noting Burns’s wallet was in the car. “The person who left with the shirts and everything knows that this is Pat Burns’s stuff.’’ Burns, who coached the New Jersey Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup title, died Nov. 19 at 58 after a long battle with cancer. Hours after his funeral, someone stole signed hockey jerseys from each of the 30 NHL teams and family photos from Line Burns’s car. Even bed sheets from the hospital’s palliative-care unit were missing. Burns’s cousin Robin, who delivered a eulogy at Monday’s funeral, called the crime “deplorable.’’ . . . Defenseman Scott Hannan waived his no-trade clause, allowing the Avalanche to send him to the Capitals for forward Tomas Fleischmann. Hannan, in his 12th NHL season, joined Colorado as a free agent in 2007, signing a four-year, $18 million contract that expires after this season. Fleischmann has played six seasons, all with Washington . . . In calling Terrence Pegula “a great guy,’’ Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn has declined to confirm a report that the Pennsylvania billionaire is interested in buying the team. Quinn said he’s adopted a policy to not comment on reports of prospective buyers because the team has received offers to sell in the past. Though the Sabres are not formally up for sale, Quinn didn’t rule out the possibility of majority owner Tom Golisano selling the team.

NBA
Bobcats’ Jackson suspended one game When the NBA announced before the season it planned to crack down on complaining by players toward officials, Bobcats guard Stephen Jackson played a starring role in a video sent to teams showing behavior that would no longer be tolerated. Yesterday, the league suspended Jackson for one game without pay for verbally abusing referee Eli Roe and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection from Saturday’s loss to Milwaukee. The suspension — to be served tonight when Charlotte visits New Orleans — will cost Jackson about $103,000 based on his $8.45 million salary this season. It comes on top of the $50,000 fine Jackson received this month for verbally abusing officials after a loss at Detroit. Jackson, averaging a team-best 18.1 points, left the practice court yesterday before reporters were allowed in and before the suspension was announced. He told a group of reporters on Monday he gets singled out because of his personality.

MISCELLANY
Sharapova to play for Russia in Fed Cup Maria Sharapova will lead Russia in its Fed Cup tennis first-round match against France next season. Sharapova agreed to play in the competition for the first time since making her debut in 2008. The Russian Tennis Federation said Sharapova has recovered from shoulder problems . . . The New England Lacrosse Classic will be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough April 16. The colleges participating will be Syracuse, Dartmouth, Providence, and Princeton . . . Matteo Manassero, 17, is the PGA European Tour’s Rookie of the Year after becoming the youngest player to win a tour event . . . The International Olympic Committee will investigate FIFA vice president Issa Hayatou over allegations he took secret cash from FIFA’s former marketing agency. The IOC said it will ask British state broadcaster, the BBC, to pass on evidence from an investigation into alleged FIFA corruption which was broadcast Monday. Cameroon’s Hayatou, a long-standing IOC member and president of Africa’s football confederation, allegedly received 100,000 French francs (then worth approximately $20,000) from the ISL agency in 1995 . . . Didier Cuche of Switzerland turned in the fastest time in a World Cup downhill training session on the demanding Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colo. Cuche finished the run in 1 minute and 47.80 seconds, more than a half-second quicker than Adrien Theaux of France. US skier Bode Miller had the eighth-fastest time, 1.11 seconds back . . . Olympic bronze medalist Joannie Rochette will not compete at the Canadian figure skating championships in January after spending the last several months skating in shows and making speaking engagements.