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#SportsReport: Japanese Governments Agree On Cost Sharing For Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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The Bruins have signed forward Anders Bjork to an entry-level contract. The team says the three-year deal for the 20-year-old Notre Dame standout is set to begin next season. Bjork led the Fighting Irish in points as a junior last season with 21 goals and 31 assists — both career highs.

The New York Islanders have added Scott Gomez to their coaching staff. Islanders coach Doug Weight says Gomez will begin his coaching career this season. Gomez retired after the 2015-16 season, ending a 16-year NHL career that saw him win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1999-00 as the league's top rookie, and two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils.

Ottawa Senators center Derick Brassard will require surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion says the tear was found through tests after the Senators' playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Recovery time is expected to be four to five months, and Dorion says he hopes the 29-year-old Brassard will be ready for preseason training camp. Brassard had 14 goals and 25 assists in 81 regular-season games in his first year with Ottawa. He had four goals and seven assists in 19 playoff games for the Senators, who were eliminated in seven games by the Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals.

The home of the National Hockey League's Winnipeg Jets is getting a new name. After 13 years as MTS Centre, the downtown arena is being renamed Bell MTS Place. The change reflects Bell Canada's recent acquisition of Manitoba Telecom Services.

A Tennessee man is calling himself a "dumb redneck with a bad idea" after police filed charges against him for throwing a catfish onto the rink in Pittsburgh during the opening of the Stanley Cup Final. Police say 36-year-old Jacob Waddell threw the dead fish over the glass surrounding the rink on Monday night during the Nashville Predators-Pittsburgh Penguins game. He was ejected and charged with disorderly conduct, possessing instruments of crime and disrupting meetings or processions.


Jay Bruce lined a game-ending single in the 12th inning and the New York Mets rebounded to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 last night after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera allowed the tying runs to score in the seventh when he flubbed a bases-loaded popup with two outs. The game lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes. The Mets extended a winning streak to three.

Hot-hitting outfielder Brett Gardner hit his 10th and 11th homers of the season to lead the New York Yankees to a 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Matt Holliday also hit his 11th for the Yankees and Luis Severino moved his record to 4-2 with 6-plus strong innings.

Chris Sale made a shaky return to his former home, but Deven Marrero hit two of Boston's season-high six home runs and the Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 13-7 last night. Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland also went deep. The Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine games after an anticipated duel between aces never materialized.

The Boston Red Sox have placed second baseman Dustin Pedroia on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained wrist and activated third baseman Pablo Sandoval from the DL. Pedroia sprained his left wrist when he tumbled over White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu in Chicago on Monday. He returned to Boston for tests. He missed three games earlier this season after being spiked in the leg.

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is in Maine to raise money for the Republican Party. Governor Paul LePage, Senate President Michael Thibodeau and House Minority Leader Kenneth Fredette are among those expected to attend a reception and fundraiser in Augusta today to welcome Demi Kouzounas to her new post as chair of the state Republican Party. Schilling helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2004.

Two people close to the negotiations tell The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is no longer interested in buying the Miami Marlins and has ended his pursuit of the team. One the people says former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, who had been part of Bush's group, is still exploring a bid with other investors.

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington's Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park. Strickland hit Harper in the hip with a pitch and the Washington slugger charged the mound, wildly firing his helmet and trading punches to the head with Strickland during the Nationals' 3-0 win Monday over the San Francisco Giants.

The man suspected of throwing a beer can at a Baltimore outfielder during a playoff game in Toronto last October has pleaded guilty to mischief. In an agreed statement of facts presented in court on Tuesday, Ken Pagan admitted tossing a can of beer on the field as Orioles player Hyun Soo Kim was about to catch a fly ball during seventh inning of the playoff game on Oct. 4.


Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics have reached a broad agreement on the allocation of costs for the 2020 Games with the metropolitan, national and local governments of the seven prefectures and four other cities hosting events. Governments outside Tokyo that are to host competitions agreed on basic principles concerning cost sharing.

The seven prefectures hosting events are Hokkaido, Miyagi, Fukushima, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka. The four other cities are Sapporo, Saitama, Chiba and Yokohama. Representatives from seven prefectures expressed satisfaction that the organizing committee will pay for expenditures to build temporary facilities for venues outside Tokyo. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the broad agreement was "a big step forward" that would allow stakeholders to accelerate preparations toward staging a successful Olympics in 2020.

Meanwhile the IAAF rejected bids from 28 Russians to compete as neutral athletes on Wednesday and approved only three. Russia was banned from all international track and field competition in 2015 amid allegations of widespread doping and a cover-up orchestrated by government officials.

Former European javelin champion Vera Rebrik, who competed for Ukraine until 2014, was approved to compete Wednesday along with 400-meter runner Ksenia Aksyonova and hurdler Vera Rudakova. A total of 15 Russians have now been cleared to compete internationally as neutrals, while the IAAF has rejected 45 others. The 28 who were rejected Wednesday weren't named. "I'm grateful to the members of the Doping Review Board for the dedication and diligence they are giving to this on-going review process," IAAF president Sebastian Coe said in a statement. "The importance of this huge task should not be underestimated. There can be no time constraints or deadlines when the protection of clean athletes everywhere is at stake."

The large number of rejections is a blow to Russia's hopes of fielding close to a full track team at the world championships in August, even if they're formally categorized as neutrals. Those already approved include high jump world champion Maria Lasitskene, 110-meter hurdles world champion Sergei Shubenkov and doping whistleblower Yulia Stepanova, an 800-meter runner. Lasitskene recorded the biggest win yet for a neutral athlete at last week's Diamond League meet in Eugene, Oregon, leaping 2.03 meters to take first place in the high jump. Another 27 cases remain under review, the IAAF said.


Nneka Ogwumike scored 22 points and Candace Parker added 20 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 90-75 last night. The loss ruined a strong effort from Tina Charles, who had 25 points to lead New York. Epiphanny Prince added 21 for the Liberty in her final game before she heads to play in the EuroBasket tournament next month.


The New York Jets have signed wide receiver Chris Harper and waived tight end Braedon Bowman. Harper had 13 catches for 133 yards in nine games with San Francisco last season. He was originally signed by New England in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of California, where he ranks seventh in school history with 163 career receptions.

Newly acquired Cowboys cornerback Nolan Carroll has been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated near a club that held a promotional event welcoming him to Dallas. Dallas police say the 30-year-old was arrested early Monday after being stopped for a traffic violation. He was booked into the Dallas County jail and later posted bail. Carroll joined the Cowboys in March as a free agent from NFC East rival Philadelphia on a three-year, $10 million deal. Carroll is an eight-year NFL veteran who began his career in Miami.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed five more draft picks, leaving second-round running back Dalvin Cook as their lone rookie without a contract. The Vikings also signed former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong, who will play safety after taking part in rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

In other NFL news:

— The Detroit Lions have signed guard Connor Bozick and running back Matt Asiata. The team didn't provide contract terms.Bozick was an undrafted free agent out of Delaware, where he made 24 consecutive starts to finish his career. Asiata rushed for 402 yards last season for Minnesota. Detroit also waived fullback Michael Burton and waived-injured linebacker Brandon Chubb.

— Linebacker Christian Kirksey has signed a four-year contract extension with the Cleveland Browns. Kirksey led the team in tackles last season and finished third in the league with 148. The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder was one of the few positives last season when the Browns went 1-15, and one of the club's offseason priorities was to sign one of its defensive leaders. He made at least nine tackles in 10 games and played all but two defensive snaps in 2016.


Police say Tiger Woods' car showed fresh damage on the driver's side when officers found him asleep at the wheel alongside a Florida road. Incident reports released by Jupiter Police said Woods had trouble keeping his eyes open as he struggled to follow instructions to show his driver's license, open his window and tie his shoes before he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

The PGA of America announced Tuesday that Southern Hills Country Club will host the Senior PGA Championship in 2021 for the first time, and that the PGA Championship will return for a fifth time. The earliest available date for the PGA Championship at the historic Perry Maxwell-designed layout in Tulsa, Oklahoma is 2024. No date was given for the Senior PGA Championship. Southern Hills has not hosted a major since Tiger Woods won the 2007 PGA. Founded in 1936, Southern Hills also hosted the PGA Championship in 1970, 1982, and 1994, and was the site of the U.S. Open in 1958, 1977 and 2001.

The team of Clark Collier and Kyle Hudelson advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship on Tuesday by beating the 2015 winners. Collier and Hudelson defeated Nathan Smith and Todd White 1-up in the match play quarterfinals on the Pinehurst No. 2 course that has hosted three U.S. Opens. They will face the team of Patrick Christovich and Garrett Rank, an NHL referee from Canada who finished second in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur, in one of two semifinals Wednesday. The other one matches Shuai Ming Wong and Frankie Capan against Chip Brooke and Marc Dull, the runner-up at the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur. The semifinal winners meet in the championship later Wednesday.


John Isner has reached the second round at the French Open, defeating Jordan Thompson of Australia 6-3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. The 21st-seeded American hit 31 aces and converted all three of his break points. Of the 11 men from the United States who entered the main draw at Roland Garros, only Isner and No. 25 Steve Johnson remain in the tournament. It's the first time since 2011 that as few as two Americans got to the second round in Paris. The other seeded American man in action Tuesday, No. 27 Sam Querrey, lost to Chung Hyeon of South Korea 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Former Greats:

Former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber will be an honorary grand marshal of the Celebrate Israel Parade in Manhattan on Sunday. Barber says in a statement Tuesday that Israel "holds a very special place" in his heart. In 2005, Barber went to Israel as the guest of then Vice Premier Shimon Peres, whom he'd met at a New York restaurant. The NFL veteran joined efforts of the Peres Peace Center to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The player-turned-analyst made his second visit in March. Barber was a guest of the Israel Tourism Ministry and ran in the Jerusalem Marathon.

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