Sports In Brief


Ex-Patriot, ESPN analyst Bruschi recovering after 2nd stroke

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital after suffering a second stroke.

His family says in a statement the 46-year-old suffered the stroke Thursday and immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties.

Bruschi was admitted to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, where his family said Friday he was “recovering well.”

Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005 just days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl and learned he had a congenital heart defect that produced a hole in his heart. He had surgery to repair the hole and retired. But he sat out less than a year before returning for the seventh game of the 2005 season.

He played three more seasons with the Patriots and announced his retirement just before the start of the 2009 season. Since then, he’s worked at ESPN and entered the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Blue Jackets sign defenseman Harrington to 3-year contract

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year contract.

A person with knowledge of the signing tells The Associated Press the contract is worth $4.9 million with an annual salary cap hit of $1.63 million. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the team didn’t announce the terms of the deal.

The 26-year-old blue-liner set career highs in games played, assists and points in 2018-19, when he tallied two goals and 15 assists in 73 games with the Blue Jackets. He had four assists in 10 games in the playoffs.

Harrington has five goals and 21 assists in 152 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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CC Sabathia honored in final season at All-Star Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia will be honored by Major League Baseball at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio.

Sabathia is in the final season of his 19-year career. He’ll be recognized for his contributions to the game and his longtime service to the community.

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s glad Sabathia and his family will join the festivities in Cleveland, where he began his pro career.

Sabathia was taken 20th overall by Cleveland in the 1998 draft. He pitched for Indians from 2001 until he was traded to Milwaukee in 2008.

Sabathia helped the Yankees capture the 2009 World Series title. He has 251 career wins and is scheduled to start Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay.