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Nashville's Stalberg sidelined four weeks

NASHVILLE -- Predators right wing Viktor Stalberg will miss up to four weeks with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder.

The Predators announced the injury Wednesday.

Stalberg was hurt Tuesday night in the first period of a 2-0 win against Tampa Bay. He was checked by Dmitry Korobov 5:39 into the period and skated off favouring his right arm before heading to the locker room.

He signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Predators in July after helping Chicago win the Stanley Cup. The Predators want Stalberg to help an offence that tied for fewest goals averaged per game last season.

Stalberg tied for fifth in goals for Chicago despite being 20th in average ice time.

Nashville opens the season Oct. 3 at St. Louis.

 

Snooker star banned

LONDON -- British snooker player Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years on Wednesday, the longest suspension for match-fixing in the game's history.

The world's former fifth-ranked player, who won five events in his 21-year pro career, was found guilty of manipulating seven matches in 2008 and 2009.

"The fixing occurred at several top events in the sport, over a sustained period, and is damaging to its reputation," independent tribunal chairman Adam Lewis said. "While Mr. Lee may not have been the prime mover or instigator, the gambling was undertaken through three separate groups, and it is unlikely that Mr. Lee was simultaneously led astray by all three."

With his professional career appearing to be over, Lee said he will appeal.

"I'm absolutely devastated. I've done nothing wrong," the 38-year-old Englishman said. "I'm totally innocent from this."

 

Bucs bench Freeman

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have benched quarterback Josh Freeman and replaced him with rookie Mike Glennon.

The move Wednesday came two days after coach Greg Schiano insisted Freeman remained the starter because he gave the team the best chance to win.

The winless Bucs have lost their first three games, two on field goals in the closing seconds. Freeman has completed just 45.7 per cent of his passes for 571 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Glennon was drafted in the third round out of North Carolina State, where he spent part of his college career as a backup to Russell Wilson. He will make his first pro start Sunday at home against Arizona.

 

-- from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 26, 2013 D7

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