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The noted agitator is likely headed to the waiver wire after being beaten out by fellow forward Erik Christensen. Avery could end up on another NHL team if claimed off waivers by Wednesday, on the Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Connecticut, or loaned to a team in Europe.

Avery was a healthy scratch for New York’s final exhibition games in Slovakia and Switzerland. The Rangers open the regular season this week with games in Sweden.

SOCCER

Bradley still savors chances with U.S. national team

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Michael Bradley was playing with his professional club in Italy on Sunday. A long flight and less than 48 hours later, he was on a sun-drenched field in South Florida training again with the U.S. men’s national team.

Hectic, for certain. And it’s exactly the life he wanted.

Bradley is expected to make his 61st career appearance with the Americans on Saturday night in Miami, when they play a friendly against Honduras. He says the thrill of being with the national team still is there - even after the dismissal of former coach Bob Bradley, his father.