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NEW YORK — Sean Avery could rejoin the New York Rangers a lot sooner than expected after being placed on re-entry waivers by the team that has missed his grit early this season.

Avery, banished to Connecticut (AHL) before the Rangers opened the season in Sweden, could be in New York’s lineup as soon as Thursday against Anaheim. Any NHL team has until noon Tuesday to make a claim on the noted agitator and assume a portion of his contract.

VOLLEYBALL

Nebraska player arrested after driving incident

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska star volleyball player Lauren Cook was arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of an injury accident and ticketed for driving under suspension after a motorcyclist broke a leg. Cook has been ticketed six times for speeding in Nebraska since 2007.

From wire dispatches and staff reports