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L.A. Kings trade Simon Gagne back to Philadelphia

The Los Angeles Kings traded Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick, sending the struggling left wing back to the city where he had his greatest NHL success.

Gagne spent his first 10 NHL seasons with the Flyers but won his first Stanley Cup title last season in Los Angeles after a late playoff return from a concussion. He hasn’t scored a goal in 11 games this season for the Kings, who decided the veteran didn’t fit in coach Darryl Sutter’s system.

Before Gagne even got up the nerve to ask for a trade, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi sent him back to Philadelphia.

Haas advances to second round at Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany advanced to the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships when Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands retired from their match Tuesday with an injured left ankle.

On a breezy day with occasional light rain, the two split the first two sets. Sijsling won the first 7-5 and Haas took the second at 6-4, before the Dutchman called it quits.

The 74th-ranked Sijsling hit a return in the ninth game and crumbled to the floor with the injury. After the trainer came to the court, Sijsling went back out. Haas held onto his serve, and then Sijsling was serving at 4-5 in the second set.

Frustrated at going behind 0-30, Sijsling belted three balls into the stands, hitting a spectator with one of the balls. He received a code violation warning, lost his serve which evened the score at one set apiece and retired from the match.

Haas will next face Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, who defeated Benjamin Becker of Germany 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5.

Qualifier Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, who won his first ATP tour title at Delray in 2010, beat American veteran James Blake 6-1, 6-4.

Ryan Harrison lost to qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava of Spain 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, squandering a 3-1 lead in the final set. Jack Sock, a wild card into the main draw, beat Mathew Ebden of Australia 6-3, 6-3.

Pharmacist sentenced to two years in Pa. steroids case

PITTSBURGH — A pharmacist has been sentenced to 2½ years in federal prison after pleading guilty to helping a former Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor illegally distribute anabolic steroids in an investigation spun off from a national crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs.

William Sadowski, 47, of Robinson Township, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute anabolic steroids and human growth hormone, and he was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice Cohill Jr.

Sadowski has acknowledged helping Dr. Richard Rydze illegally distribute the body-building substances and other drugs used to prevent their negative side effects or, at least, mask their use. On Tuesday, the married father of two told the judge he let greed and profit cloud his judgment.

“I started worrying more about the bottom line than doing the right thing the right way,” Sadowski said, tearfully.

Rydze, 62, has denied wrongdoing, pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial in the alleged steroids conspiracy that began a few months after the Steelers cut him from their medical staff in 2007 after more than two decades.

Devils place Brodeur, 40, on injured reserve

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have placed goaltender Martin Brodeur on injured reserve with a sore back.

The move is retroactive to Sunday, when the Devils lost at home to Winnipeg 4-2 with Brodeur on the bench. He also didn’t play in a 5-1 loss the day before in Washington.

Brodeur, 40, must miss at least seven days. So, the veteran is not allowed to play until at least Monday’s game at Toronto.

Brodeur was listed as day to day Monday, after tests were performed. He last played last Thursday, finishing with 17 saves in New Jersey’s 3-2 win at Washington. He is 8-2-3 with a 2.27 goals-against average this season.

Del Potro downs Baghdatis in Dubai; Djokovic cruises

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Juan Martin del Potro saved three match points Tuesday to get past Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4) and reach the second round of the Dubai Championships, while Michael Llodra upset eighth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.

Top ranked Novak Djokovic, looking for his fourth Dubai title, had a much easier time against good friend Viktor Troicki, beating him 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour.

In other matches, sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych made easy work of American wild-card entry Rajeev Ram, beating him 6-1, 6-3. Australian Bernard Tomic withdrew from his match against Romanian Victor Hanescu after falling behind 3-2 in the first set.

Former third-ranked Nikolay Davydenko of Russia had the other upset on the day, downing ninth-ranked Janko Tipsarevic 6-0, 7-5. It marked the third straight tournament in which the Serb had lost his opening match after he injured his heel at the Australian Open.

Mattek-Sands of U.S. advances at Malaysian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States won her first main-draw singles match this year, beating 16-year-old Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Tuesday in the rain-disrupted first round of the Malaysian Open.

Mattek-Sands, a former top-30 player who has slipped to No. 197, is playing as a wild card. She eliminated the sixth-seeded Vekic in nearly two hours.

The American has had more success in doubles of late, winning her second title of the year with Sania Mirza in Dubai last weekend.

Also advancing were fifth-seeded Misaki Doi of Japan, Patricia Mayr-Achleitner of Austria and Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Playing today are top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan.

Dorothy Hamill, Jacoby Jones among ‘Dancing’ stars

NEW YORK — A gold-medal figure skater, a country music legend and a kooky comedian are stepping their way onto “Dancing With the Stars.”

ABC says Dorothy Hamill, Wynona Judd and Andy Dick are among 11 contenders for the mirrored ball on the new season of the celebrity dance competition.

Other famous faces in the show’s 16th edition include stand-up comic and actor D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler.

Also on hand will be former welterweight boxing champ Victor Ortiz, “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, actress-singer Zendaya Coleman and Lisa Vanderpump from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” as well as Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman.

The new “Dancing With the Stars” season kicks off on ABC with a two-hour premiere on March 18.

Canadiens forward Bourque out with concussion

TORONTO — Montreal Canadiens forward Rene Bourque will be out indefinitely with a concussion.

Coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday that Bourque is not sure what caused the injury. He missed the last two games with what the team said was a flu.

Bourque had five goals and five assists in 17 games and was playing well on a line with Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta. Brandon Prust has taken Bourque’s spot on the line.

From wire sources