Penguins, Crosby Agree to Long-Term Contract Extension

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Sidney Crosby signed a five-year contract extension yesterday worth $43.5 million that will keep the NHL most valuable player and scoring champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins through 2012-13.

The three-year contract Crosby signed as a rookie lasts through the coming season. The extension keeps him under contract for the next six seasons, but also enables Crosby to negotiate a new deal shortly before he turns 26.

Crosby's deal includes a signing bonus of more than $5 million and is front-loaded, meaning he'll make more in the early years of the deal, though a yearly breakdown was not immediately available. The salary cap value for each year of the deal is $8.7 million -- Crosby wears No. 87 and was born on Aug. 7, 1987.

The deal was designed to give the Penguins some flexibility in signing other young stars, such as Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staa l, in the coming seasons, Crosby's agent Pat Brisson said.

· SOCCER: In Maracaibo, Venezuela, defending champion Brazil edged Uruguay, 5-4, in a penalty kick shootout to reach the Copa America final for the eighth time in the past 11 tournaments.

Goalkeeper Doni saved Diego Lugano's low shot to seal the Brazilians' second straight shootout win over Uruguay in the Copa America semifinals. The game was tied at 2 at the end of regulation. . . .

Prosecutors in Naples asked a court to indict 37 former and present soccer officials and referees in last year's match-fixing scandal that shook Italian soccer.

Former Juventus executives Luciano Moggi and Antonio Giraudo, AC Milan's Leonardo Mean i, Fiorentina's Andrea Della Valle and Diego Della Valle, and Lazio President Claudio Lotito were among those named by prosecutors Filippo Beatrice and Giuseppe Narducci, the ANSA news agency reported.

· AUTO RACING: Tony Kanaan and Sam Hornish Jr. have been fined unspecified amounts and placed on probation for the rest of the year for their roles in a fight on Sunday in Watkins Glen, N.Y., the Indy Racing League announced.

Kanaan's team, Andretti Green Racing, and Hornish's team, Team Penske, were fined $25,000 each for unsportsmanlike conduct on Pit Road as the cars returned after the checkered flag.

The altercation at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix broke out when the drivers exited their cars. Hornish's father pushed Kanaan, then was knocked to the ground by members of Kanaan's crew.

· TENNIS: Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew from this weekend's Fed Cup semifinals against the United States because of a right shoulder injury.

-- From News Services

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