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Tortorella Nets Two-year Extension

September 13, 2018

Seattle star forward Breanna Stewart, back, celebrates and hugs guard Sue Bird after the Storm won the WNBA title. AP PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension.

The team announced that Tortorella, who has led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons, has been signed through the 2020-21 season. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

The 60-year-old Tortorella is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins, guiding Columbus to a 129-87-23 record since being named coach in October 2015.

Tortorella has compiled a 575-462-138 record (.548) in 1,175 games as coach of four different teams. He is a native of Concord.

Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse. Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension after an investigation and a hearing with Watson last week. Watson pleaded no contest in July to a charge of domestic assault stemming from an incident in June, and the NHL found Watson engaged in unacceptable off-ice conduct.

PRO FOOTBALL

Fournette misses practice

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette missed practice Wednesday because of a strained right hamstring.

Fournette tweaked his hamstring in the first half of last week’s season-opening win at the New York Giants. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ran nine times for 41 yards before leaving the game. He also caught three passes for 14 yards.

Coach Doug Marrone says the plan is for Fournette to rest a few days before testing his injured hamstring Friday. The Jaguars host the New England Patriots on Sunday.

BASEBALL

Chapman eyes return

New York Yankees All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman could return next week from nearly a month on the disabled list.

Chapman has not pitched since Aug. 21 because of left knee tendinitis, which has bothered him throughout the season. The 30-year-old left-hander threw a bullpen session and was to return to New York for treatment. Manager Aaron Boone anticipates another bullpen session this weekend, then a return. Chapman has a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves in 33 chances.

BASKETBALL

Seattle storms to title

Breanna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to their WNBA title, scoring 30 points in a 98-82 victory over the Washington Mystics in Game 3 of the best-of-five series in Fairfax, Va.

Stewart was the league MVP and was selected the Finals MVP after averaging 25.6 points in the three games. She scored 17 points in the first half as the Storm raced to a 47-30 lead.

Natasha Howard added career-high 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Storm and first-year coach Dan Hughes. Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle’s championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists.

Elena Delle Donne scored 23 points for the Mystics. Kristi Toliver had 20 points.

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