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Giants sign Australian Rules player

While negotiations between the Giants and free agent punter Jeff Feagles have stalled, the team signed Australian Rules Football product Jy Bond yesterday. Bond, 30, spent two months with the Dolphins last summer and has been training with fellow Australians Sav Rocca and Darren Bennett, both NFL punters. The Giants have not ruled out bringing the 44-year-old Feagles back and those negotiations are slowed but ongoing according to a source. Feagles has been the Giants' punter for the last seven seasons.

Jets ink free-agent safety Smith

Restricted free agent safety Eric Smith signed his contract tender with the Jets yesterday. Smith, a third-round pick in 2006 who'll earn $1.176 million in 2010, is expected to compete with new addition Brodney Pool and possibly James Ihedigbo for time at safety opposite starter Jim Leonhard. Smith started four games in 2009, recording 48 total tackles, six passes defensed and one interception.


Curry, House, Chandler doubtful for 76ers

Eddy Curry (sore right calf), Eddie House (sore right Achilles) and Wilson Chandler (sore left groin) did not practice with the Knicks yesterday. All three are listed as doubtful for tonight's game against the 76ers at Madison Square Garden. Fans should see more floor time for J.R. Giddens, who scored four points in 13 minutes in his Knicks debut Wednesday night at Boston. Gidden, who came to the Knicks from Boston in the Nate Robinson trade, hadn't played since Jan. 18.

NHLBruins' Thornton goes after Pens' Cooke

The Bruins wasted little time retaliating against the Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke for his blindside hit that left Boston center Marc Savard with a Grade 2 concussion. In the teams' first meeting since Savard was hurt by a shoulder-to-head hit March 7 in Pittsburgh, Cooke and Boston's Shawn Thornton dropped their gloves at 1:58 of the first period last night, 5 seconds after Cooke took the ice for the first time to loud boos. During a brief exchange, one punch knocked Cooke's helmet off and he dropped to the ice while Thornton kept swinging with Cooke crouched in a vulnerable position. Each was given a major penalty for fighting and Thornton got a 10-minute misconduct for continuing to swing. The Penguins won, 3-0.

Ducks' Wisniewski suspended for head hit

Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski was suspended for eight games without pay for delivering a hit to the head area of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. The incident occurred in the second period during Wednesday night's 4-2 win by Anaheim. Wisniewski was assessed a minor penalty for charging. Seabrook suffered an injury on the play. Wisniewski, who was suspended two games on Oct. 31, 2009, is considered a repeat offender. He will forfeit $268,292 in salary.


Pride women beat Penn St. in WNIT

Sam Brigham had 18 points to lead Hofstra (20-13) to a 76-68 win at Penn State in the first round of the WNIT. Brigham, a senior, has 999 career points. Shante Evans added 14 points and 17 rebounds. Hofstra will face Virginia Commonwealth at 4 p.m. Sunday in the second round at a site to be determined.


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