Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist given six-game suspension for high stick

Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist has been suspended six games for a high stick to the face of Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced its decision Wednesday, citing the “dangerous” and “retaliatory” nature of the incident for the length of the ban.

Nyquist had been offered an in-person hearing, allowing the league to suspend him for six or more games. He opted instead for a phone hearing Wednesday morning.

The play occurred at the 14:13 mark of the first period in Sunday’s 6-3 Wild win when Nyquist was involved in a scrum along the side boards. Spurgeon skated up from behind and knocked Nyquist to the ice with a cross-check to the back. Nyquist then appeared to deliberately use his stick to retaliate, striking Spurgeon violently across the upper lip and cheek, drawing blood.

The Islanders currently play at Barclays’ Center, but Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which manages the arena, is expected to terminate the team’s lease. The 2018-19 season could be the Isles’ last in Brooklyn.

NHL rules allow the owner of one team to have a stake in another, so there’s no cross-ownership issue preventing Dolan from being part of the investor group.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is involved in the arena talks Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply and is looking to improve infrastructure around the proposed site, Bloomberg notes.

At least two other markets covet the Islanders. Dannel Malloy, the governor of Cheap MLB Jerseys Connecticut, wrote a letter to the team’s owners earlier this month making a case for his state as the team’s home, and some Long Island politicians want the Isles to return to their original home. Also, the Islanders were in discussions with the Mets about building an arena near Citi Field.

But the focus is now on the site in Elmont, N.Y., near Belmont Park, according to Bloomberg. The site is controlled by the New York Racing Association.

WNBA star Sue Bird comes out as gay, dating USWNT’s Megan Rapinoe

Sue Bird came out as gay to ESPNW Thursday, and also said she is dating U.S soccer star Megan Rapinoe.

In a lengthy interview, the Seattle Storm forward said she never hid her sexuality, but also said she never felt the need to broadcast it to the entire world.

“I’m gay. Megan’s my girlfriend. … These aren’t secrets to people who know me,” Bird said. “I don’t feel like I’ve not lived my life. I think people have this assumption that if you’re not talking about it, you must be hiding it, like it’s this secret. That was never the case for me.”

Bird, 36, is the oldest active WNBA player. She has spent 15 years in the league, where Wholesale NFL Jerseys Supply she has been an All-Star 10 times and has won two titles. Despite being one of the most prominent women in the league, she said she has always been shy when it comes to her personal life.

Only five NBA teams are knocking down more 3-pointers per game Wholesale Jerseys NFL than the Mavericks, who entered Saturday averaging 10.6 3-pointers a game. That average will dip a bit after the Mavs’ starters’ miserable 3-for-17 shooting effort in a 94-86 loss to the Raptors. The bench helped, but the Mavs still made only 7-of-28 from behind the arc.

LeBron James had a couple of highlight-worthy plays Saturday. In one, he passed Mo Cheeks for 12th on the NBA’s all-time assist list. Then there’s this gem where he dribbles by four Wizards to hammer it home.

Thunder (41-30) vs. Rockets (50-22), 3:30 p.m. ET — The schedule says “Thunder vs. Rockets” but fans are thinking, “Russell Westbrook vs. James Harden.” The two MVP candidates and former teammates face off in what should be an entertaining game. The Rockets are all but locked in as the No. 3 playoff seed in the West, but the Thunder could end up anywhere from No. 4 to No. 7, depending on what happens in the last few games.