The Atlanta Thrashers traded former NHL rookie of the year Dany Heatley to the Ottawa Senators for Marian Hossa yesterday in a deal involving high-scoring right-wingers.
The Thrashers also received defenseman Greg de Vries.
Heatley's best season was 2002-03, when he had 41 goals and 48 assists. He has been plagued by misfortune since then, most tragically when he was driving a car involved in a high-speed crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder less than two years ago.
"Over the course of time, we experienced some unfortunate incidents and encountered some challenging issues," said Stacey McAlpine, Heatley's agent.
* COLLEGES: The NCAA will allow Florida State to use its Seminoles nickname in postseason play, removing the school from a list of colleges with American Indian nicknames that were restricted by an NCAA decision earlier this month. . . .
The family of a Missouri football player who collapsed following a workout last month filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school, the same day medical examiners said the 19-year old player -- Aaron O'Neal -- died of viral meningitis.
* TENNIS: Defending champion Roger Federer and new women's No. 1 Maria Sharapova are the top seeds for next week's U.S. Open. Federer is 64-3 this year with nine ATP titles -- including Wimbledon -- and has won 28 straight matches on hard courts.
* SOCCER: Liverpool gained a chance to defend its European Champions League title after it beat CSK Sofia on aggregate, 3-2, in the third round of qualifying despite a 1-0 loss at home.
FC Thun, a small Swiss club, also advanced to the 32-team field for the first round after it beat Sweden's Malmo, 3-0. . . .
In the English Premiership, Manchester City beat Sunderland, 2-1, to move atop the standings. Darius Vassell and Trevor Sinclair scored the team's goals.
"Now we are at the top of the league, we have got to play like a team that deserves to be there," City Manager Stuart Pearce said.
* PRO BASKETBALL: Dennis Rodman has signed to play one game for Finnish team Torpan Pojat in November. "This will be good for Finnish basketball," Pojat Manager Aleksi Valavuori said.
-- From News Services