Sports briefs for April 9, 2014

Posted April 09, 2014, at 8:50 p.m.
Last modified April 09, 2014, at 9:13 p.m.

Ben Bishop sidelined by injury

NHL.com reported Wednesday that Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will miss the remainder of the regular season with an undisclosed injury sustained in Tuesday’s game against Toronto.

The former University of Maine star appeared to fall awkwardly on his left arm/wrist when the injury occurred. Coach Jon Cooper said Bishop could be available sometime during the playoffs.

Bishop is fourth in the NHL with a career-best 37 victories and is sixth in save percentage at .924. He has a 2.23 goals-against average.

Pro Bowl shifting to Arizona

The National Football League’s 2015 Pro Bowl will be played in Arizona before returning to Hawaii in 2016, the league said on Wednesday in the latest tweak to its all-star game.

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale is slated to host the game on Jan. 25, 2015, one week before the Super Bowl for the 2014 season is played at the same venue.

In 2016, the Pro Bowl will return to Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium, where it has been contested in 33 of the last 34 years.

The future of the Pro Bowl, which features the league’s best players not involved in the following week’s Super Bowl, was put in doubt in recent years amid criticism of being a glorified exhibition.

Pens’ Letang returns from stroke

Kris Letang will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit on Wednesday more than two months after suffering a stroke.

Letang hasn’t played a game in 10 weeks — since Jan. 27 against the Buffalo Sabres. He was cleared medically last week and the Penguins left it up to Letang when he would return.

General manager Ray Shero said hockey “did not cause the stroke,” but doctors did find a small hole in Letang’s heart. It is not certain that condition caused the incident, Shero said.

Letang, 26, has 18 points in 34 games this season.

Kansas’ Embiid entering NBA Draft

Kansas freshman Joel Embiid declared for the 2014 NBA Draft on Wednesday, the 7-foot center announced at a press conference.

“I just want to thank God first for giving me this opportunity to come to the (United States) and play ball,” Embiid said as he sat alongside coach Bill Self at Allen Fieldhouse.

Embiid, the 2014 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, broke the Kansas freshman record for blocked shots with 72 and his 2.6 blocked shots per game finished second in the league.

Named to the 2014 All-Big 12 Second Team, Embiid led Kansas with 8.1 rebounds per game — also a school freshman record — and sixth in the Big 12.

The Cameroon native averaged 11.2 points per game and his 62.6 field-goal percentage broke yet another KU rookie record.

Jags’ make offer to Mack

The Cleveland Browns are about to find out the price of not paying up to retain Pro Bowl center Alex Mack.

According to multiple reports, Mack will sign an offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars that includes up to $25 million guaranteed. The choice for the Browns is simple — match the deal or watch Mack walk.

The Browns placed the transition tag on Mack — not the franchise tag — giving the team the chance to match any offer sheet he might sign.

The transition tag guarantees Mack the average of the 10 highest-paid offensive linemen, or $10.039 million.

Mack (6-foot-4, 311 pounds) was drafted by the Browns in the first round in 2009. He has not missed one offensive play in five years, a run of 4,998 consecutive snaps.

Lightning recall Gudlevskis

The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from Syracuse of the American Hockey League, the team announced Wednesday.

Gudlevskis, 21, has appeared in 34 games with Syracuse this season, posting a record of 18-11-4 to go along with a 2.68 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

Gudlevskis dressed for his first NHL game on Feb. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings, but served as the backup.

The Latvia native represented his country at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Gudlevskis was drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Kelly completes first round of chemo

Former Buffalo Bills quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly has completed his first round of chemotherapy for oral cancer.

“First round of chemo. DONE,” Jill Kelly tweeted Tuesday night.

Kelly has revealed that he will have two more rounds of chemotherapy in the next six weeks, and he will also have daily radiation treatments.

Kelly’s doctor has described his cancer as “very treatable and potentially curable.”

Kelly, 54, entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 after playing from the Bills from 1986 to 1996. He holds most of the franchise passing records.

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