By adding No. 1 overall pick Sidney Crosby to a team already restocked with talented free agents, the Pittsburgh Penguins feel they've turned back the clock to the early 1990s -- when they were two-time Stanley Cup champions and perennial contenders.
The terms of Crosby's three-year contract, $850,000 in salary each season with the chance to double that with performance incentives, were dictated largely by the league's new labor agreement, making those figures less compelling than Crosby's potential to make Pittsburgh hockey's best team once again.
Crosby, 18, was Canada's major junior player of the year the last two seasons. . . .
St. Louis defenseman Al MacInnis retired after a 23-year career, citing the NHL lockout last season and not an eye injury that forced him to miss virtually all the 2003-04 season.
The 42-year-old MacInnis, known for his 100-mph slap shot, spent his last 10 seasons with the Blues. He won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 1999. He totaled 340 goals and 934 assists in 1,416 career games and is the third-leading career scorer among defensemen, trailing Ray Borque (1,579) and Paul Coffey (1,531). . . .
* GOLF: Mark Calcavecchia birdied three straight holes on the front side, then used a big drive to set up a birdie at 18 for a 3-under-par 67 and a five-shot lead after the second round of the Canadian Open in Vancouver, British Columbia.
At 8-under 132 through 36 holes, Calcavecchia matched his best start in the Canadian Open. First round co-leader Lucas Glover shot a 72 and was alone in second. Carlos Franco (70), Jerry Kelly (66) and Jesper Parnevik (72) were another shot back at 138. . . .
Behind the play of Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies, Europe rallied for a 5-3 lead after the opening day of the Solheim Cup in Carmel, Ind.
This is the third time in the last four years that Europe has led on the opening day, a solid start in its bid to win the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil. . . .
Jose Maria Olazabal shot a 7-under-par 65 to share the second-round lead at the German Masters in Pulheim. Olazabal, looking for his first win in three years, and Anthony Wall, who shot a 62, were at 11-under 133. Paul Casey was a shot back after a 67.
* COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Gary Forbes plans to transfer to a school closer to his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., Virginia's athletic department said.
Forbes played in all 60 of Virginia's games the last two seasons. The 6-foot-6 guard-forward averaged 8.5 points and four rebounds.
* BOXING: Lamont Pearson of Capitol Heights (21-3-1, 11 KOs) will face Shamir Isa Reyes (18-3-2, 7 KOs) for the 130-pound championship on Sept. 17 at George Mason's Patriot Center. The first of the six bouts is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.
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