Penguins owner-captain Mario Lemieux said he is doubtful that the team will remain in Pittsburgh after its Mellon Arena lease expires in 2007. He cited a lack of progress on a new arena as one of the main reasons.
The Penguins are projecting a $7 million loss this season, a figure that assumes the team will draw near-capacity crowds and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
"I think we're really running out of time," Lemieux said on Saturday.
Lemieux has said for several years that the Penguins would not be able to survive in Pittsburgh without a new arena. Mellon Arena is the oldest and smallest in the NHL.
The lease allows the team to solicit offers for the franchise beginning in June 2006.
* COLLEGES: A Colorado starting offensive lineman has been suspended indefinitely and his girlfriend, a cross-country runner, has quit the sports program after being accused yesterday of sending a racist e-mail to a Hispanic member of the cross-country team.
The e-mail included a reference to dragging a man behind a car, recalling an incident in 1998 in Texas when a black man was dragged to his death. The two athletes were cited for harassment and ethnic intimidation.
A news release from the athletic department announced the suspension of tackle Clint O'Neal and Jackie Zeigle's decision to leave the cross-country and track teams, but did not mention the e-mail. . . .
UCLA place kicker Justin Medlock was arrested for investigation of drunken driving and felony hit-and-run after allegedly leaving the scene of the accident, which left a member of the school's women's golf team seriously injured, authorities said yesterday.
The 22-year-old junior was suspended indefinitely from the team.
Medlock was driving a 1998 Toyota pickup on the San Diego Freeway about 3 a.m. Saturday with 20-year-old UCLA golfer Hannah Jun in the passenger seat when he hit a call box and the truck flipped over.
California Highway Patrol officers found the truck with only Jun inside, and later found Medlock walking about a mile and a half from the scene, Johnson said.
Medlock was arrested Saturday for investigation of driving under the influence resulting in injuries, having a blood alcohol level above 0.8, and felony hit-and-run.
The CHP said Jun was left with "major" spinal cord injuries, but the UCLA statement said she did not require surgery and was expected to make a full recovery.
* GOLF: Ernie Els won the Dunhill Championship by three strokes in Nelspruit, South Africa. It is his second tournament since returning from a 41/2-month injury layoff after knee surgery.
The two-time U.S. Open champion shot 68 in the final round for a 274 total and finished ahead of defending champion Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen, who each shot 70. . . .
Luke Donald shot an 8-under-par 64 to rally from six shots behind to beat Darren Clarke in the Target World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Donald finished at 16-under 272 and won $1.3 million from the richest event in the season. It was the largest paycheck of his career. . . .
Robert Allenby became the first golfer to win the Australian Open, PGA and Masters in the same season after he defeated American Bubba Watson on the first playoff hole at the Australian Masters in Melbourne.
Allenby, 10-0 in playoffs in his pro career, closed with a 4-under 68 to match Watson (67) at 17-under 271 on the Huntingdale course. . . .
In Singapore, Erica Blasberg matched her game-saving shot from the day before to clinch the winning point as Annika Sorenstam's Internationals downed Asia, 16-8, at the Lexus Cup. . . .
* SOCCER: Manchester United was held to a 1-1 tie by visiting Everton and slipped to third place in the Premier League.
Four days after United's early Champions League exit, the team failed to take advantage of numerous chances.
Everton took the lead after seven minutes when James McFadden scored from a tight angle, beating United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar. United evened the score in the 15th minute, with Ryan Giggs running past the defense to get on the end of a long Paul Scholes pass and score into the corner. . .
Juventus defeated Cagliari, 4-0, as David Trezeguet scored two goals and was involved in two others. Juventus won for the 14th time in 15 games, a record in Italy's top league. . . . .
Another 250,000 tickets for the 2006 World Cup in Germany will be available on the Internet through a lottery system starting today.
Applications can be made at www.FIFAworldcup.com through Jan. 15. The lottery will be held Jan. 31.
-- From News Services