CHICAGO – Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres was suspended indefinitely Wednesday for a hit that knocked Chicago’s Marian Hossa out of Game 3 in the teams’ opening-round playoff series.
Torres faces a Friday hearing with NHL officials in New York. The hearing was planned for Wednesday but was deferred at the request of the player and NHL Players’ Association.
Hossa was carried off the ice on a stretcher in the first period Tuesday night after Torres hit him with his shoulder and drove him to the ice. He was briefly hospitalized.
The team has not said if Hossa, who led the Blackhawks with 77 points this season, will return this season.
Phoenix leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 in Chicago tonight.
Torres, who had run-ins with the Blackhawks previously while with Vancouver, wasn’t penalized for the play.
Tech, Saint Francis to play at Parkview
Baseball teams from Saint Francis and Indiana Tech will meet at Parkview Field at 6 p.m. Monday, the two universities announced. Admission is $5 for adults. Children 10 and younger, and students from both institutions with valid student ID cards, will be admitted free. This season in a home game, Tech defeated Saint Francis 6-2.
Snider girls coach leaves for Trine job
Snider girls coach Ryan Gould has resigned from his position to become the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Trine. Gould was 94-84 in seven seasons and helped lead the Panthers to at least the regional in each of the last three years. He has coached Indiana All-Stars each of the last two years in Liza Clemons and Akilah Sims.
2 honored by INC as players of year
Norwell senior Jessica Rupright was named the Indiana’s NewsCenter Girls Basketball Player of the Year, while Homestead senior Zach Terrell was honored as the Boys Basketball Player of the Year. The pair received their awards as part of INC’s basketball reception at AWP Sports Performance inside the ASH Centre.
Ex-Brave headed to Arkansas State
Former Blackhawk Christian standout Seth Kisler has landed at Arkansas State after stints at Paris Junior College and Huntington University. Kisler averaged 7.0 points and 3.6 rebounds last year at Paris.
Wisconsin blocks transfer’s options
Jarrod Uthoff is looking to transfer from Wisconsin. He is finding out that he isn’t entirely in control of his search for a new school. Uthoff’s former AAU coach, Jamie Johnson, says Uthoff submitted a list of about 25 schools he hoped to talk to. Johnson says Wisconsin denied permission to more than half the programs on Uthoff’s list. Uthoff, from Iowa, has reportedly not been allowed to visit any school from the Big Ten or ACC, along with Marquette and Iowa State. Wisconsin officials did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press.
The Toledo men’s team will be banned from next year’s postseason because of past academic problems. The school said the NCAA denied its appeal of the ban that stems from several years of below-standard Academic Performance Rate scores. Larry Brown says he has serious interest in the coaching vacancy at SMU. He says he has not yet been offered the job. The 71-year-old Hall of Fame coach expects his agent to have further conversations with the school. C.J. Leslie is returning to North Carolina State for his junior season after the 6-foot-8 forward averaged a team-best 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds last season.
Mavs guard fined for ‘wet willy’
Mavericks guard Delonte West has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for jabbing his finger into the ear of Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward during the second quarter of Utah’s win over Dallas on Monday. West had been called for fouling Hayward away from the ball then walked after him to give him what he called a wet willy.