- The Washington Times - Monday, March 21, 2011

NHL

PenguinsCooke sits at least 14 games for elbow to head

@-Text.rag:DETROIT | Penguins forward Matt Cooke was suspended for the remainder of the regular season and first round of the playoffs by the NHL for elbowing Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers in the head.

Pittsburgh has 10 games to play, including Monday night’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, in the regular season, so the suspension will be a minimum of 14 matches. He will also lose $219,512.20 in salary.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero said in a statement the suspension was “warranted because that’s exactly the kind of hit we’re trying to get out of the game.

“Head shots have no place in hockey. We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen. Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Tennessee reportedly fires embattled head coach Pearl

@-Text.rag:KNOXVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee has fired Bruce Pearl after a season that saw the coach charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators during a probe into recruiting, according to a person with knowledge of the decision.

The person spoke with the Associated Press on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the university has not announced the firing.

In six seasons, Pearl, 51, led the Volunteers to their first No. 1 ranking in 2008 and first NCAA tournament regional finals appearance, missing out on a trip to the 2010 Final Four by a single point.

NFL

No legal means to stop lockout, NFL tells court

@-Text.rag:MINNEAPOLIS | The NFL asked a federal judge Monday to keep its lockout in place, claiming there are no legal grounds to stop it while accusing the players of trying to manipulate the law with a bogus antitrust lawsuit.

The NFL filed its arguments in federal court in St. Paul, Minn., where U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson has scheduled an April 6 hearing on the players’ request to stop the lockout. The injunction request was filed the same day as an antitrust lawsuit by Tom Brady, Drew Brees and eight other current NFL players against the league on March 11.

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