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Sports briefs for June 27, 2014

By Wire Service Reports, Special to the BDN

Ellsworth’s Curts finishes 9th at national meet

Ellsworth running standout Dan Curts recorded a ninth-place finish in the 2-mile at the Brooks PR Invitational in Renton, Washington, Saturday.

Curts, who was seeded fourth in the meet in 8 minutes, 51.2 seconds, finished the race in 9:00.18 in a talented field with Grant Fisher of Michigan winning in 8:51.

It was the last meet for Curts as a high school runner. In September, he will take his talents to Iowa State University, where he will be a scholarship athlete for the Hawkeyes.

Canucks trade Kesler to Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Ryan Kesler in a trade from the Vancouver Canucks on Friday.

In exchange for Kesler, the Ducks sent the Canucks forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the No. 24 pick in the 2014 draft, which begins with the first round Friday night.

As part of the trade, the Ducks also traded their third-round pick in 2014 (No. 85) and receive the Canucks’ third-round pick in 2015.

The Canucks already own the No. 6 pick in this year’s draft.

Kesler had 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games last season after scoring 13 points in only 17 games in the 2012-13 season, when he missed 31 games because of injuries to his shoulder, wrist and ankle.

Bonino, 26, had his best season in 2013-14, when he had 49 points in 77 games.

Grizzlies, Randolph agree to $20M extension

The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract extension with power forward Zach Randolph.

Randolph, who exercised his $16.5 million option for next season, is signed through the 2016-17 season.

Randolph, 32, averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds last season.

Penn State quickly sells out student tickets

Penn State announced that it sold out the entire allotment of student tickets for this season, the first under coach James Franklin.

Franklin replaced Bill O’Brien, who left after two seasons to coach the Houston Texans.

It is common for Penn State to sell out its student tickets, but the school said the freshman class sold out its tickets in just six minutes.

In all, more than 21,000 student tickets were purchased in only a few hours.

Former NHL forward has terminal disease

Former NHL forward Gino Odjick posted a letter on the Vancouver Canucks’ website late Thursday night revealing that he has a terminal disease.

Odjick, 43, spent the majority of his career with the Canucks.

“We have shared many great moments together over the years, but today I need to share news about the biggest fight of my life,” he wrote. “About two months ago I was diagnosed with a rare terminal disease called AL amyloidosis. It’s causing abnormal protein to be produced and deposits are being formed on my heart. It’s hardening my heart and my doctors aren’t sure how long I have to live. Initially they thought years, but now they think it could be a lot less. I could be down to months or even weeks.”

Odjick explained that he checked into a hospital after experiencing a shortness of breath following a ceremony in which the Canucks honored former coach Pat Quinn in a Ring of Honor ceremony on April 13. He has been hospitalized since then.

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