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DeBoer named coach of the Devils

July 20, 2011

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The Devils named Pete DeBoer head coach yesterday, replacing Jacques Lemaire. DeBoer was fired by the Panthers after failing to make the playoffs during his three-year tenure. The Devils missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996. Lemaire came out of retirement in December as an interim replacement after rookie coach John MacLean was fired. It’s the ninth coaching change for the Devils since 2005 . . . The Lightning signed forward Steven Stamkos, 20, to a five-year, $37.5 million contract. Stamkos scored 45 goals and had 91 points last season, and in 2009-10 he had 51 goals and 95 points . . . Blackhawks wing Patrick Kane had surgery to repair a broken left wrist and will require 6-8 weeks to heal . . . After 401 wins and three Stanley Cups, Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood retired . . . The Sabres re-signed defenseman Andrej Sekera and forward Matt Ellis to multiyear contracts . . . The Ducks agreed to a three-year contract with center Andrew Cogliano, acquired from Edmonton last week for a second-round draft choice in 2013, and the Sharks signed center Andrew Murray to a one-year deal.

Rangers plan to raise ballpark railings The Rangers moved to make their ballpark safer following the death of a fan who fell over a railing, saying there are plans to raise the height of all rails in front of seating areas “to the highest standard in the United States at this time.’’ All rails will be 42 inches high. Railings are now 30 or 34 inches in most areas, with 42-inch rails already at the base of aisles that lead to the front row . . . On the field, the Rangers acquired utility man Nick Green and cash from the Orioles for lefthander Zach Phillips . . . Marlins manager Jack McKeon talked it out with reliever Randy Choate after lifting Choate for the second time in a month during an opponent’s at-bat. McKeon yanked Choate in the ninth inning of Monday’s game against the Mets. McKeon said Choate “was out of synch.’’

Nationals’ Strasburg steps up rehab The Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg reached another milestone in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, throwing a simulated game Monday in Viera, Fla. Manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg threw 95 miles per hour even though he was “a little tentative.’’ . . . Cardinals shortstop Ryan Theriot was suspended two games for making contact with an umpire in Sunday’s game . . . The Astros traded second baseman Jeff Keppinger to the Giants for Double A pitchers Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel . . . The Blue Jays will retire second baseman Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 before the July 31 game against Texas.

Khang, Southard advance to match play Megan Khang and Isabel Southard were two of 64 players who qualified for match play today at the US Girls Junior Amateur in Olympia Fields, Ill. Khang, from Rockland, shot 73 to finish stroke play at 3-over 147, tied for seventh. Southard, from Sharon, shot 75-153, tying for 50th . . . Anthony Vecchiarelli of Agawam qualified for match play at the US Boys Junior Amateur in Bremerton, Wash., shooting 72-75. Chelso Barrett (69-74) of Keene, N.H., also advanced . . . Ben Balter of Wayland was tied for second, two shots back, after an opening-round 68 at Plymouth CC in the Deutsche Bank Partners for Charity Junior Shoot-Out, a 54-hole event. Jimmy Dengler of Rumson, N.J., paced the boys with a 66. Samantha Marks of Maitland, Fla., shot 72 for a one-stroke lead to lead the girls. Alison Eleey of Quincy was tied for ninth after a 78 . . . Peter Williamson kept the lead in the New England Amateur, shooting 67 at Metacomet CC in East Providence, R.I. Williamson, from Hanover, N.H., was at 9-under 131, two strokes ahead of Jeff Hedden (67) of Old Lyme, Conn., and Richy Werenski (67) of South Hadley.

NCAA places LSU on one-year probation LSU committed major violations while recruiting a junior college football player, the NCAA ruled in placing the school on probation for a year. D.J. McCarthy, a former assistant coach, was cited for unethical conduct for arranging for transportation and housing for the player, then trying to cover up those actions. The NCAA accepted LSU’s self-imposed reduction of two scholarships and other sanctions . . . UConn named Karl Hobbs director of men’s basketball administration . . . Forrest Blue, a four-time Pro Bowl center who helped the San Francisco 49ers win three straight division titles in the early 1970s, died in Carmichael, Calif. He was 65 . . . Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick brought his anti-dogfighting message to Congress, backing legislation that would penalize those who knowingly attend animal fights and allow minors to attend . . . With the NFL working to end its lockout, the struggling United Football League announced it would push back the start of its games from August to September . . . In WNBA action, Tina Charles scored eight of her 24 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Connecticut Sun to an 85-79 win over the New York Liberty to stay ubeaten at home (7-0) . . . Lindsey Harding scored 19 points and Angel McCoughtry added 15 to lead the host Atlanta Dream over the Indiana Fever, 84-74 . . . Sylvia Fowles and Epiphanny Prince combined for 47 points to lead the host Chicago Sky to a 78-69 win over the Seattle Storm . . . Double amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa qualified for the world championships, running his best 400 meters (45.07) in Italy in his last race before the cutoff date . . . The Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays will offer free admission to the Sports Museum in Boston this Friday and to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Aug. 19. No tickets are necessary.