NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vernon Fiddler is retiring from the NHL after playing 877 games over 14 seasons in the league with four different teams.
Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune.
Vernon Fiddler returned to Nashville for the Predators’ Stanley Cup run. John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images
The 5-foot-11 center says he thought the New Jersey Devils would be his final team when he signed during the 2016 offseason. But, Fiddler wrote, Nashville general manager David Poile and Devils GM Ray Shero, who launched his professional career, worked out a trade sending him back to the Predators where he started in the NHL.
Fiddler says coming full circle was special with the Predators’ run to the Stanley Cup Final a “perfect way to finish my career.”
He finished with 104 goals and 261 points and also played for the Coyotes and Dallas.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon is denying a report that the team might sue the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George.
The NBA fined the Lakers $500,000 last week for violating league rules, and there was a report that the Pacers were considering legal action, too.
Magic: Take tampering fine out of my salary
Magic Johnson told the Los Angeles Times that he’s responsible for the $500,000 tampering fine the Lakers have been hit with, adding that he told owner Jeanie Buss to take the money from his salary.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Simon said the Pacers agreed with the league’s decision and that the team simply wanted to move on.
Indiana traded George to Oklahoma City for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis after George’s camp let it be known that the four-time All-Star intended to sign as a free agent with the Lakers in July 2018.
Simon acknowledged those sentiments put Indiana “in a tough position” but also said the Pacers acquired two good players.
Another season, another bad break for Kevin White and the Chicago Bears.
The snakebit wide receiver is believed to have suffered a broken collarbone during Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons and is headed to injured reserve, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
ESPN first reported the news.
White had two catches for six yards at the time of his exit. Of Chicago’s wide receivers, Kendall Wright (34 yards) and Josh Bellamy (27) led the way with three receptions each.
This latest injury is the third of White’s short career. The 2015 seventh overall pick missed his entire rookie season with a stress fracture in his shin and then sat out most of last year with a fractured fibula.
It’s another unfortunate development for the Bears, who have now lost their top two receivers to season-ending injuries; Cameron Meredith suffered an ACL injury in the preseason.
Chicago has hit on young skill players in the past two drafts; running backs Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen look like a star duo in the making, with Mitchell Trubisky delivering the handoffs for years to come. But the same cannot be said for the Bears’ first-round selection of White.
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will donate $118,000 to go toward relief efforts for victims of the storm and floods that have ravaged Houston and the surrounding area.
Appearing in a social media video for the organization Active Faith Sports, Curry made 18 of 25 3-pointers — each counting for $1,000 — to go on top of $100,000 he originally pledged.
Curry, a two-time MVP, joins other prominent athletes to donate money to Texas communities affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt’s fund has raised more than $12 million as of late Thursday.
“Praise to the families, we got your back,” said Curry at the end of the video.