June 27 Sports Briefs

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur named to NHL Hall of Fame

BOSTON (AP) — The Hockey Hall of Fame has added NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, pioneering black player Willie O’Ree and all-time winningest goaltender Martin Brodeur to its latest class. Since taking the job in 1993, Bettman has overseen the growth of the league to 31 teams and an enterprise with some $5 billion in revenue. O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL and will be the third black player in the Hall of Fame, joining Edmonton Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr and Canadian women’s national team captain Angela James. Playing for Boston, he had four goals and 10 assists in 45 NHL games during the 1957-58 and 1960-61 seasons despite being 95 percent blind in his right eye. Now 82, O’Ree works for the NHL as diversity ambassador. The 46-year-old Brodeur was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils who was elected in his first year of eligibility. He is the goalie with the most wins, shutouts and games played in NHL history.

Messi comes alive to lead Argentina into WC Round of 16

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi and Argentina finally came alive at the World Cup. Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the twotime champions the lead Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16. Victor Moses scored a penalty in the 51st minute for Nigeria, putting Argentina in danger of being eliminated without winning a match in Russia. It took an unlikely goal by Rojo to save Argentina and give it second place in Group D. Argentina will play France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday.

Tennis: Serena Williams seeded 25th at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — Serena Williams has been seeded 25th for the women’s singles tournament at Wimbledon, the All England Club has announced. The 36-year-old American, who has returned to competitive tennis following the birth of her daughter last September, is currently ranked 183rd. The All England Club usually follows the latest ranking list but can make a change if deemed “necessary to produce a balanced draw.” The 23-time Grand Slam champion has won Wimbledon seven times. Simona Halep tops the women’s seedings. Roger Federer is the top-seeded player in the men’s tournament, followed by Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Alexander Zverev and Juan Martin del Potro.

Wife of Broncos owner says she also has Alzheimer’s

DENVER (AP) — The wife of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen says she has Alzheimer’s, a disease which led her husband to give up control of the team four years ago. In an announcement Wednesday, Annabel Bowlen said she wanted to make her diagnosis public right away to help raise awareness about others dealing with it. Annabel Bowlen said there’s no reason for those with Alzheimer’s to completely give up their daily activities. Based on her experience with her husband, she said she knows there will be both good and bad days ahead.