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Kings Ink 7-Year Contract with Gaborik

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The Stanley Cup-winning Los Angeles Kings signed winger Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract Wednesday.

The deal is worth an average annual value of $4.875 million, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.

Gaborik was acquired by the Kings via a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets in March.

The 32-year-old Slovak played a huge role in the Kings winning Lord Stanley’s Cup this season, scoring a league-leading 14 playoff goals.

Gaborik could have become a free agent on July 1.

“All along I wanted to stay here. The organization knew it, the players knew it, everybody knew it, my agent knew it. That was my No. 1 priority, to try to get the deal done here,” Gaborik said. “I know I could get maybe more money if I went to UFA, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to stay here and be a part of a great team.”

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Shaqiri’s Hat Trick Propels Switzerland into World Cup’s Last 16

Matthew Lewis/Getty Images(MANAUS, Brazil) — Xherdan Shaqiri’s hat trick propelled Switzerland into the Knockout Stage and past Honduras, 3-0 Wednesday, in Group E play at the World Cup.

Switzerland ends up the second-seed from Group E after France and Ecuador tied 0-0, eliminating Ecuador.

Shaqiri started his scoring quickly, scoring in the sixth minute when he smashed a kick from outside the penalty box and into the top right corner of the net.

Shaqiri put the Swiss on the board again in the 31st minute when he took advantage of a 2-on-1 and slid the ball past a tripped-up Noel Valladares to make it 2-0.

In the 71st, striker Josip Drmic passed the ball to a streaking Shaqiri who struck the ball past a diving Valladares for the hat trick.

Switzerland will now take on Argentina Tuesday in the Round of 16. The match is scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

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Lincecum No-Hits Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday.

Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.

The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ franchise history.

The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.

Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.

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Lincecum No-Hits the Padres Again

Denis Poroy/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — For the second time in less than a year, Tim Lincecum has tossed a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. He shut down the Padres in leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win Wednesday.

Lincecum threw 113 pitches, allowing only one walk and striking out six, as he becomes just the second pitcher in MLB history to no-hit the same team twice.

The 30-year-old Lincecum got Will Venable to ground out to second base to end the game and secure the 16th no-hitter in Giants’ franchise history.

The Padres have now been no-hit three times in the last five years by the Giants. The other time came in July 2009, when Jonathan Sanchez did it.

Lincecum joins Homer Bailey, Justin Verlander and Mark Buehrle as the only active pitchers with multiple no-hitters.

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Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and is the defending race winner at Kentucky Speedway, where NASCAR will be on Saturday night.

Kenseth has three top-10 finishes in three starts and is hoping to get Joe Gibbs Racing in Victory Lane.

“I don’t know if I would say our best opportunity,” Kenseth said on Tuesday. “I’m not even sure how many races we’ve run this year, 15 or 16, but I feel like the way we ran last year, any one of those races with the exception of maybe last weekend would have been a good chance for us to get up there and get a win.”

Kenseth sits 11th in the standings, but one win gives Joe Gibbs Racing a better chance at a Chase berth.

“You know, we’ll see what happens,” Kenseth continued. “It was a good track for us last year for sure, so you know, hopefully we’ll get there this weekend and have some speed and hopefully be a factor.”

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Matt Kenseth Hoping for Success at Kentucky

Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR(NEW YORK) — Matt Kenseth is still seeking his first Sprint Cup victory of the season and is the defending race winner at Kentucky Speedway, where NASCAR will be on Saturday night.

Kenseth has three top-10 finishes in three starts and is hoping to get Joe Gibbs Racing in Victory Lane.

“I don’t know if I would say our best opportunity,” Kenseth said on Tuesday. “I’m not even sure how many races we’ve run this year, 15 or 16, but I feel like the way we ran last year, any one of those races with the exception of maybe last weekend would have been a good chance for us to get up there and get a win.”

Kenseth sits 11th in the standings, but one win gives Joe Gibbs Racing a better chance at a Chase berth.

“You know, we’ll see what happens,” Kenseth continued. “It was a good track for us last year for sure, so you know, hopefully we’ll get there this weekend and have some speed and hopefully be a factor.”

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Penguins Name Mike Johnston Head Coach

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Pittsburgh Penguins named Mike Johnston as their new head coach, the team announced on Wednesday.

Johnston has been a coach and general manager with the Western Hockey League’s Portland team since 2008 and prior to that was an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks.

“As a career coach, you aspire to get to these positions,” Johnston said. “It’s been my goal. It’s been my dream.”

Johnston takes over for Dan Bylsma, who was 252-117-32 and led the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009.

“Mike comes to Pittsburgh with great experience at all levels of hockey,” Penguins vice president/GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. “He has terrific knowledge of the game and proven leadership ability. His coaching style is going to be good for the players we have here with the Penguins — it’s an up-tempo style, but it begins from deep in the defensive zone. We’re very excited to have him.”

Johnston understands that the expectations are high and isn’t worried about that one bit.

“Everything we do [from day one] is setting the table for the playoffs,” Johnston said.

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Phillies Sign Grady Sizemore to Minor League Deal

Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Less than a week after he was let go by the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Phillies have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a minor league deal.

“I know Boston gave him the opportunity to play, and he had some level of success, and then he did struggle at times,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said, “but we’ll see what he’s got in the tank. We believe in the athlete. We’ll see what he’s got left.”

Injuries had kept Sizemore out of baseball for two full seasons. He signed with the Red Sox during their offseason and he got off to a great start, but his production faded as the season went on. In 52 games this season, the 31-year-old Sizemore hit .216 with two home runs and 15 RBIs.

The Phillies are rolling the dice on Sizemore in an effort to jolt their offense. They rank 22nd in Major League Baseball in runs scored.

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Bucks Owner Says Team Won’t Draft Center Joel Embiid

Cooper Neil/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) — With the recent foot injury to center Joel Embiid, the top of the draft underwent a major shakeup. Once in the running for the number one pick, Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry says the team, which owns the second overall pick, will not take a gamble on him.

“I think it’s hard to take Embiid,” Lasry said Monday at a joint breakfast meeting of the region’s Rotary Club and the Milwaukee Press Club. “I think he’s a phenomenal individual, but with the injury and not knowing how severe or long it will take to recover, I think for us today we’re going to want somebody who’s going to help us on day one.”

Last week it was revealed that Embiid needed foot surgery, a procedure that could keep him out of action his entire rookie year.

The Bucks are now expected to select either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker.

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