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Ice swing deal for bruising forward

THE Winnipeg Ice acquired forward Easton Armstrong from the Regina Pats in exchange for defenceman Omen Harmacy on Saturday.

Armstrong, 19, is a bruising 6-3 204-pound winger who has managed steady offensive production with 13 goals and 22 points to his name this season.

The Los Angeles product joins an Ice squad that is looking down at the rest of the Western Hockey League’s eastern conference with a 28-5-0 record.

Players hospitalized after nasty practice

CHICAGO — Concordia University Chicago’s basketball coach has been temporarily removed after five players were hospitalized this week following a practice some allege was punishment for curfew violations.

The players were hospitalized after practices that followed two games in California, according to a letter sent Thursday from the River Forest college’s athletic director, Pete Gnan, to the team’s student-athletes and parents.

“Amid the already stressful and exhausting week, Saturday’s practice represented a particularly high-intensity, collegiate-level circuit training,” Gnan wrote. Athletic staff members were present then and at another practice Sunday, he added.

One of the five student-athletes remains hospitalized, according to Gnan. An investigation found several players had broken a curfew during the team’s road trip before the practice.

Caps’ Backstrom, Wilson to play today

WASHINGTON — Capitals forwards Nicklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson, who have been sidelined for months with injures, will each make their season debut in today’s home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Backstrom, who was activated off long-term injured reserve Saturday, is coming back from June hip resurfacing surgery, while Wilson, who was activated off injured reserve, is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in May.

Backstrom would be the second player to ever return to play in the NHL after hip resurfacing surgery. Former Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski had the same surgery in April 2013 and played in 37 games during the 2013-14 season before the Panthers bought out his contract. He retired in 2015.

Struggling Raptors sign forward

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors have signed guard/forward Joe Wieskamp to a 10-day contract.

Wieskamp comes to Toronto from the NBA G League’s Wisconsin Herd, where he’s averaged 17 points, 16 rebounds and 29.4 minutes in 13 games this season.

The 6-6, 205-pounder played 29 games for the San Antonio Spurs last season, averaging 2.1 points and 7.1 minutes.

Sabres pay pre-game tribute to Hamlin

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres paid tribute to Bills safety Damar Hamlin with a moment of celebration before Saturday night’s home game against the Minnesota Wild.

Hamlin is on the long road to recovery after he went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati on Monday night. He is now breathing on his own and briefly addressed the Bills team by video on Friday.

Fans throughout the crowd held up signs saying “DH3” with a heart in it or “Love For Damar” and were shown on the video board showing support for Hamlin. The pregame celebration saw the crowd, with many wearing Bills jerseys, rise to their feet, applauding and cheering for Hamlin.

Dodgers done with pitcher Trevor Bauer

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers are cutting ties with pitcher Trevor Bauer, whose unprecedented 324-game suspension over sexual misconduct allegations was reduced two weeks ago, allowing him to resume his career with the start of the new season.

A person familiar with the situation said Friday the 31-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment, which means the Dodgers have seven days to pull off an unlikely trade or just release him. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the roster move.

If the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner is released, Los Angeles would remain responsible for the more than US$22.5 million remaining on Bauer’s contract.

The team has rarely commented on the divisive case since Bauer was put on paid administrative leave in July 2021.

— staff, news services

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