Bill Boyce The Associated Press St. Louis' David Backes beats Chicago goalie Corey Crawford in the second period of the Blues' 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.

Sharks' Stuart suspended three games for hit

Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 7C

Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers forward Rick Nash.

Stuart was given a minor penalty for elbowing 2 minutes, 32 seconds into the Sharks' 9-2 win Tuesday night in San Jose. The league's Department of Player Safety handed out a stiffer punishment Wednesday.

Nash played several shifts after the hit but was ruled out following the first period.

"It just didn't feel right," Nash said Monday. "Anytime you get a head shot, you're concerned. It's not a good feeling."

• Alexander Steen's slap shot with 21.1 seconds remaining beat Chicago goalie Corey Crawford and gave the host St. Louis Blues a 3-2 win.

• Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 in Calgary, Alberta.

NASCAR's Kvapil arrested after domestic dispute

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Travis Kvapil is free on bond following his arrest on charges of assault and false imprisonment.

A statement from the Mooresville (N.C.) Police Department said officers responded to a 911 call from the Kvapil residence Tuesday. After an investigation, police said they arrested the 37-year-old Kvapil in connection with a domestic dispute between him and his wife.

Kvapil was released from the Iredell County Jail under a $1,000 unsecured bond after a scheduled court appearance.

• Alex Tagliani will replace Dario Franchitti in the Oct. 19 season-ending IndyCar race in Fontana. Franchitti is hospitalized with two fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle and a concussion suffered in a last-lap accident Sunday at the Grand Prix of Houston.

U.S. calls for changes to World Cup bid procedure

The United States wants changes to the World Cup bidding process before trying to bring soccer's showpiece event to the country again.

FIFA executive committee member Sunil Gulati, who is also president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, still has deep concerns about the process that led to Qatar beating his country and others to the 2022 World Cup.

"Would we be interested in bidding for 2026? The procedures would need to be very different to what they are now," said Gulati. "If the critical issue is taking it to new lands, then tell us in advance, because we won't bother."

Compton wins inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award

Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton is the winner of the inaugural PGA Tour Courage Award.

The Courage Award is for players who have overcome extraordinary adversity to make meaningful contributions to golf.

Compton was diagnosed at age 9 with viral cardiomyopathy and had his first heart transplant three years later in 1992. He had a heart attack in 2008 and required a second transplant. He still made it to the tour, and this year Compton made it through two FedEx Cup playoff events.

Source: Vols, Hokies to play at Bristol Speedway

Tennessee and Virginia Tech will play a game at Bristol Motor Speedway in September 2016, a person with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an official announcement is still in the works.

The speedway, located in Bristol, Tenn., holds 150,000 fans. The NCAA-recognized attendance record for college football is 115,109.

– The Associated Press

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