Eichel Captain of Sabres Team
Center Jack Eichel has been selected captain of the Buffalo Sabres.
The team announced the decision Wednesday, a day before its season opener against Boston. Eichel becomes the Sabres’ 16th full-time captain, and first to wear the “C” since Brian Gionta handled the role from 2014-15 to 2016-17. Buffalo went with alternate captains the past two years.
The North Chelmsford native is entering his fourth season since being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft. The 21-year-old is also the franchise’s highest-paid player with his eight-year, $80 million contract kicking in this season.
Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson was banned 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game, the latest and most severe punishment in what the league called an “unprecedented” series of suspensions for the physical player. Wilson’s fourth ban in less than 13 months will cost him nearly a quarter of the 82-game regular season -- only five NHL players have been suspended longer for on-ice play -- and $1.26 million in salary.
O’s fire Duquette, Showalter
The Baltimore Orioles have fired executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, who launched a belated rebuilding effort in July after the team that failed miserably from the start.
The announcement came hours after manager Buck Showalter was told by the club he would not return in 2019. Baltimore went 47-115, the worst record in Orioles’ history. Both Duquette and Showalter had contracts that expired at the end of this season.
Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell accepted a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.
Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the ban and said MLB had completed its investigation into the accusations made by Melisa Reidy. Russell had denied the allegations, which Reidy detailed in a blog post in September. ... Theo Epstein says Joe Maddon will return for a fifth season as manager of the Chicago Cubs. Chicago’s president of baseball operations confirmed Maddon will stay on for at least the final year of his contract.
Anderson not suspended
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will not be suspended by the NFL for two arrests in an eight-month span.
The league says it completed its investigation into the incidents and the matter has been addressed, and no suspension is being issued. Anderson pleaded no contest in May to misdemeanor reckless driving in Sunrise, Fla., as part of a deal with prosecutors.
C.J. Fuller, the former Clemson running back part of the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team, has died. He was 22.
The school confirmed Fuller’s death, and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday night his thoughts were with Fuller’s family.