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Nieuwendyk, Gilmour in; Burns isn't

One-time Devils Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour led the four-man Hockey Hall of Fame class announced Tuesday, but the glaring omission of the late Pat Burns, who coached the Devils to a Stanley Cup, took some of the luster away from the announcement. Nieuwendyk, who won Cups with the Flames (1989), Stars (1999) and Devils (2003) in a 20-year career, and Gilmour, who also won with the Flames in 1989 as part of a 20-year NHL career, are joined in the 2011 class by goaltender Ed Belfour and defenseman Mark Howe.

There were no inductees in the builders category for the first time since 1981, meaning Burns, who coached Gilmour with the Leafs and Nieuwendyk with the Devils to the 2003 Stanley Cup and died Nov. 19 after a long battle with cancer, will not get into the Hall for a second straight year of eligibility.

Among the eligible players who missed out were former Rangers Kevin Lowe, Pavel Bure and Eric Lindros and longtime NHLers Adam Oates and Alex Mogilny.

Montreal police to question Chara

Montreal police say they intend to question Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara and decide whether to press charges for the March 8 hit that sidelined Montreal forward Max Pacioretty with a concussion and a cracked vertebra. Pacioretty signed a new two-year contract with the Canadiens and is expected to be ready for next season. He reacted to the news about the investigation on Twitter. "Last comment on this: I hope Chara is NOT prosecuted. I have moved on from my incident and I hope everyone else can do the same." . . . Durable two-way center Brooks Laich signed a six-year, $27-million deal with the Washington Capitals.


South Carolina sweeps Florida

Michael Roth pitched 72/3 innings on three days' rest, Peter Mooney doubled to start a three-run third inning and hit the Gamecocks' first home run of the College World Series in the sixth inning as South Carolina won its second straight national championship with a 5-2 victory for a two-game sweep over Florida in the CWS finals in Omaha, Neb.

NFLOwens had knee surgery

Terrell Owens is recovering from left knee surgery and plans to be ready to play when the NFL season starts. Owens' agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed that the 37-year-old star receiver tore his anterior cruciate ligament, had surgery in early April and "will be playing at the start of the NFL season." Rosenhaus declined to say how the injury occurred.-- AP

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