Bruins, Canadiens to play on New Year’s at Gillette

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year’s Day.

The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010 at Fenway Park.

n New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus was placed on unconditional waivers with the intention of ending his contract.

n Arizona signed German goalie Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract.


FIFA: Michel Platini, the president of UEFA – the European soccer governing body – launched his campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter as FIFA president, aiming to give the scandal-hit governing body “the dignity and the position it deserves.”

Platini, a former France great, is the first serious contender to declare his intentions ahead of an Oct. 26 deadline to apply. The FIFA election is Feb. 26.

MLS: Michael Bradley, the Toronto FC captain and captain of the U.S. men’s national team, will be sidelined a week to 10 days because of a strained calf.


CHAMP TURNS PRO: Simone Biles, a two-time world women’s gymnastics champion, is going pro.

Biles, 18, from Spring, Texas, is giving up her amateur eligibility to prepare for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She had verbally committed to compete for UCLA after the Olympics and was a finalist for the 2014 Sullivan Award, given annually to the nation’s top amateur athlete.


ROGERS CUP: Roger Federer pulled out of next month’s hard-court tournament at Montreal without citing a reason.

Federer hasn’t competed since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final July 12.

SWISS OPEN: Defending champion Pablo Andujar of Spain advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-5, 6-2 at Gstaad.


HASKELL INVITATIONAL: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received star treatment as he arrived to prepare for the $1.75 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.

After landing at Atlantic City airport, American Pharoah was led off the plane, then escorted by New Jersey State troopers for the final leg of the journey. The van he was loaded into had his name splashed across the side.


WNBA: Danielle Adams of the San Antonio Stars was suspended for three games without pay for an unspecified violation of the league’s antidrug program.

“I sincerely apologize to my teammates, the Stars’ organization and our fans for my actions,” said Adams. “As a professional athlete, I understand that I am held to a higher standard. I plan to use this experience as an opportunity to grow.”


NASCAR: NASCAR penalized Premium Motorsports because an unattached weight fell off the car driven by Timmy Hill during practice last weekend at Indianapolis.

Crew chief Scott Eggleston was fined $25,000. He and car chief Kevin Eagle also were suspended for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Pocono and placed on probation through Dec. 31.

– From news service reports

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