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Capitals' Brashear suspended 6 games


Washington Capitals forward Donald Brashear was suspended Monday by the NHL for a total of six games - five for what the league called a "blind-side hit" on New York Rangers center Blair Betts - and will miss Game 7 of the teams' first-round playoff series. In addition to leveling Betts midway through the first period of Washington's 5-3 victory at New York in Game 6 on Sunday, Brashear made contact with Colton Orr in pre-game warm-ups and was barred from one game for that. Betts has a broken bone in his eye socket and was ruled out of Tuesday night's series-deciding game in Washington. Brashear's full suspension will be served during this postseason and, if necessary, the 2009-10 regular season. A Capitals spokesman said neither Brashear nor general manager George McPhee would comment.

Blackhawks 4, Flames 1: : Visiting Chicago eliminated Calgary from the playoffs in Game 6, scoring three times in the first two periods to advance to the second round.

Quality Road out of Kentucky Derby


Florida Derby winner Quality Road was scratched after the 3-year-old colt missed a workout at Belmont Park, knocking one of the favorites out of Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Quality Road developed a quarter crack on his right front foot last week, and after a run Sunday on Belmont's training track, trainer Jimmy Jerkens became concerned after finding a spot of blood on the newly patched crack.

Seattle pushes ahead after pulling Hill's tag


The Seattle Seahawks brought back veteran cornerback Ken Lucas and signed free-agent fullback Justin Griffith with one-year contracts, about two hours after team president Tim Ruskell said the Seahawks are having "just conversations" with linebacker Leroy Hill's agent on a possible long-term deal. Seattle rescinded its 2009 franchise tag on Hill hours after it selected outside linebacker Aaron Curry fourth overall in the NFL draft. That made Hill a free agent instead of guaranteeing him $8.3 million in Seattle.

Redskins: : At his charity golf tournament in Potomac Falls, Va., starting quarterback Jason Campbell said "it definitely was a shock when I started hearing Sanchez talk," referring to the team's desire to draft former Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez. Sanchez was selected by the New York Jets. ... : Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, a former Heisman Trophy finalist who wasn't chosen in the NFL draft, agreed to terms with Washington.

Et cetera: : The Bengals released running back Chris Perry, and was prepared to cut ties with offensive tackle Levi Jones, another former first-round pick. ... Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Frank Gansz has died in a Dallas hospital. He was 70. Gansz coached for 38 years, 24 in the NFL.

Status quo for now at Talladega


NASCAR officials are not considering changing the racing surface at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway after a spectacular last-lap accident that sent debris flying into the grandstands. Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said NASCAR will study several different safety standards, including the height of the fences surrounding the track. Carl Edwards' car sailed into the frontstretch fence, which bowed but held, before the battered vehicle returned to the track.

Williams, former Net, Tasered at N.Y. hotel

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Jayson Williams was stunned with a Taser by police in his swank hotel suite after the ex-NBA star resisted attempts by officers to take him to a hospital. Police were called to the hotel in Lower Manhattan's Battery Park City around 4 a.m. when a female friend reported the former New Jersey Nets player was acting suicidal. When officers arrived, the 6-foot-10, 325-pound Williams appeared drunk and agitated, police said.

More NBA: : Zach Randolph's driving-under-the-influence charge was rejected in Los Angeles County Superior Court, and the Los Angeles Clippers forward was only charged with one count of reckless driving, his attorney said.

Outdoors: : An Anne Arundel County waterman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt to five months in prison and five months of home detention for his role in a poaching scheme that took millions of pounds of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac River. Charles Quade, 55, of Churchtown also was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and make $15,000 in restitution to a striped bass restoration fund. Quade admitted he stole fish worth $151,507 during a four-year period by underreporting his catch and using false receipts supplied by a state check-in station to get more tags, which must be placed on each commercially caught fish.

Colleges: : President Barack Obama prevailed in a brief, impromptu game of P-I-G with a few of the players from the Connecticut women's basketball team, which was at the White House to be honored for winning the national title. "He was pretty good from 17 feet," coach Geno Auriemma said. "His shot's a little unorthodox, but it goes in." ... Mississippi State forward Jarvis Varnado announced that he has declared for the NBA draft but won't hire an agent. ... Former Michigan quarterback Steven Threet plans to transfer to Arizona State, a source told the Associated Press.

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