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Sports briefs: Penguins hire new coach to cap postseason house cleaning

Published June 25, 2014 7:42 pm

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NHL • The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired Mike Johnston as the team's new head coach.

Johnston replaces Dan Bylsma, who was fired on June 6.

The 57-year-old Johnston, introduced at a Wednesday news conference, spent the past six years with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He previously served as an NHL associate head coach with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

Johnson's hiring ends an eventful start to the offseason for the Penguins, who won the Metropolitan Division but were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals by the New York Rangers after leading 3-1.

Kings re-sign Marian Gaborik to 7-year deal

NHL • Left wing Marian Gaborik has agreed to a seven-year deal to stay with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Stanley Cup champions announced the deal Wednesday with Gaborik, who would have been an unrestricted free agent next week.

The Kings acquired the Slovak goal scorer from Columbus on March 5, and he was an immediate hit. Gaborik scored 16 points in 19 regular-season games before leading the NHL with 14 postseason goals during Los Angeles' run to the title.

Gaborik scored 22 points in 26 postseason games with the Kings before raising the Stanley Cup for the first time in his 13-season NHL career.

The Kings are the fourth NHL team for Gaborik, who also played for the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild. He is a three-time All-Star.

Ulissi suspended by team after failing test

Cycling • Italian cyclist Diego Ulissi has been provisionally suspended by the Lampre Merida team after failing a doping test.

Lampre says it was told by the International Cycling Union on Wednesday of an adverse finding following a test after the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Ulissi, who won the fifth and eighth stages of the Giro, had almost double the permitted amount of salbutamol in his urine after the 11th.

The 24-year-old Ulissi declared before the test that he took ventolin before the stage because he had bronchospasms.

Ulissi has asked for the B sample to be tested, and will also undergo controlled urinary tests in relation to salbutamol.