Capitals’ Sill suspended 2 games for boarding

Washington Capitals forward Zach Sill was suspended two games, without pay, for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid on Tuesday

McQuaid left the game in the second period after a hit from behind from Sill. No penalty was called on the play, and it appeared McQuaid, who previously delivered a tough hit in the corner and took a puck to the face on the shift, was knocked out cold. He was helped to his feet and made his way to the dressing room but did not return.

“I couldn’t see the original hit, but when I saw the replay … that’s just a hockey play,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz said after the game. “Unfortunately, McQuaid got hurt, but that’s 100 percent a hockey play, and that was absolutely the right call.”

The NHL said in its explanation video that the injury contributed to the suspension, which will cost Sill $6,182 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Predators acquire Johansen in trade

The Nashville Predators swung a major trade on Wednesday, acquiring center Ryan Johansen from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for defenseman Seth Jones.

The 23-year-old Johansen, the fourth pick in the 2010 NHL draft, played in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game and had six goals and 20 assists this season in 38 games but fell out of favor with new Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, who took over for Todd Richards earlier this season.

But Johansen, a skilled offensive player, fills the Predators’ need for a top-line center.

Johansen did not miss a game each of the previous two seasons. He had a career high in goals with 33 during the 2013-14 season and then logged personal bests in assists (45) and points (71) while scoring 26 goals last season.

Jones, who was the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, totaled 15 goals and 63 points in 199 career games with the Predators and helps fill the Blue Jackets’ need for a blue-line help.

Payton staying with Saints

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton announced Wednesday he will remain as head coach.

“This is where I plan on coaching, and I don’t envision myself coaching for any other club,” Payton said.

Payton was reportedly on the radar of several suitors since the 2015 regular season ended Jan. 3.

Monday, while in negotiations with coach Chuck Pagano on a contract extension, the Colts reportedly contacted Payton in hopes of luring him to Indianapolis.

Other teams were said to be interested in joining the hunt.

The New York Giants, who parted with Tom Coughlin after 12 seasons, Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers had also been connected to Payton.

He signed a five-year extension in Dec. 2012 while serving a one-year suspension.

Lions star receiver considers retirement

Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, one of the most prolific wideouts in the game, said on Wednesday he is mulling an early retirement from the National Football League after nine seasons.

The 30-year-old Johnson, whose size, speed and catch radius make him one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the NFL, still has four years left on the seven-year contract he signed with Detroit in 2012.

“Like many players at this stage of their career, I am currently evaluating options for my future,” Johnson said in a statement. “I would expect to have a decision regarding this matter in the not-too-distant future.”

He owns the NFL’s single-season receiving yards record with 1,964 in 2012 and also has the most consecutive games with at least 100-yards receiving (8) and is tied for the most career games with 200-plus yards receiving (5).

Pitcher Feliz signs one-year, $3.9M deal with Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-handed relief pitcher Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $3.9 million contract Wednesday.

Feliz began the 2015 season with Texas and posted six saves in his 18 appearances with the Rangers before signing with Detroit as a free agent on July 11. He finished the season with the Tigers, where he made 30 appearances and recorded a save in three of his last four outings.

The 27-year-old Feliz was a 2010 American League All-Star and was named the AL Rookie of the Year that season with the Rangers after posting a 2.73 ERA with 40 saves in a career-high 70 appearances. Feliz produced 32 saves with the Rangers in 2011.