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Jets hitch up with Chiarot

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OKAY, so it's not exactly the free agent news of the summer, but young depth defenceman Ben Chiarot is coming back into the Winnipeg Jets fold.

On Wednesday, the Jets announced they had re-upped the St. John's IceCaps regular with a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 if he plays in the show, just a shade over the league minimum of $550,000. Chiarot, 23, played his first NHL game as a call-up last season, on Nov. 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Last season, he played 65 games with the IceCaps, notching six goals and 14 assists and racking up 96 penalty minutes. The 6-3 blueliner also helped push the IceCaps to the Calder Cup Finals, with five points in 21 post-season tilts. He came to the organization as a fourth-round Atlanta Thrashers draft pick in 2009.

NHL D-man Sarich

recovering from crash

DENVER -- Free-agent NHL defenceman Cory Sarich is recovering in a Calgary hospital after a cycling accident this week.

His agent, Tim Hodgson, released a statement Wednesday saying that Sarich was airlifted to the hospital after being hit by a motor vehicle in Invermere, British Columbia. The release said the extent of Sarich's injuries isn't known, but were not considered life-threatening. He remains in stable condition.

The 35-year-old Sarich said it's been "a rough couple of days and I'm grateful for the support I've been receiving." There's no timeline for his recovery.

Sarich has spent a majority of his 15-year NHL career with the Calgary Flames and Tampa Bay Lightning. He suited up last season for Colorado, helping the Avalanche make the post-season for the first time since 2010.

Court case on Clippers' sale pauses on weird note

LOS ANGELES -- Testimony ended Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers in a proposed $2 billion deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Shelly Sterling, who had testified early in the trial, was expected to be the final witness, but her husband's lawyers decided not to call her back to the stand.

Instead, they called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations such as the ones given to Donald Sterling to determine his mental competency and ability to act as owner.

Most of his testimony drew objections from Shelly Sterling's attorneys, and the judge said he didn't see how it would help him reach a decision.

The trial will not be in session for the rest of the week. The two sides are scheduled to return for closing arguments on Monday.

-- staff, news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 24, 2014 D4

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