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Referee dies after being punched at soccer match PDF Print E-mail
Written by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:01
DETROIT (AP) — A man who was punched in the head over the weekend while refereeing an adult-league soccer match in suburban Detroit died Tuesday, authorities and a longtime friend of the referee said.

John Bieniewicz, who was attacked Sunday at a park in Livonia, died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, said hospital spokesman Alton Gunn, Livonia police and the man's longtime friend, Jim Acho.

Police Lt. Tom Goralski said a 36-year-old man punched Bieniewicz in the head after the referee indicated he planned to eject the man from the game. Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad of Dearborn was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The Wayne County prosecutor's office said the charges would be reviewed and possibly amended when it had the necessary documentation.

Bieniewicz, 44, was a dialysis technician at Mott Children's Hospital who lived in the Detroit suburb of Westland with his wife and two sons, said Acho, who was a classmate of Bieniewicz's at Catholic Central High School.

"I speak for all his friends when I say we are devastated. Crushed. Just a senseless way for a great guy to go out," Acho said. "He deserved better."
Updated 8 p.m., Capitals add 2 Penguins defensemen in free agency PDF Print E-mail
Written by HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 18:50
Moving swiftly to give Alex Ovechkin help at the defensive end while raiding a rival, new Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan signed Pittsburgh Penguins free agents Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik on Tuesday to deals totaling more than $65 million.

The 27-year-old Niskanen, the more offensive-minded of the pair of defensemen joining the Capitals, got a $40.25 million, seven-year contract.

"It's a very big commitment from Washington. That's no small thing. You're talking a seven-year commitment for a very substantial amount of money," said Niskanen, who got married Saturday. "I'm excited for that challenge."

The 33-year-old Orpik, more of a stay-at-home blueliner who had spent his entire career with the Penguins, was given a $27.5 million, five-year package.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 20:00
Jackets deal Frattin to Toronto for D'Amigo, pick PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:55

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Jerry D'Amigo and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs for right wing Matt Frattin.

Frattin returns to the Leafs, where he played 82 games from 2010-13 before being dealt to Los Angeles.
Updated 8 p.m., Belgium holds on to beat US 2-1 in extra time PDF Print E-mail
Written by RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 18:34
SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — They captured the eyes and hearts of a suddenly awakened soccer nation, who gathered in unprecedented numbers to watch the world's game.
But the end of the ride came at the exact same point as four years ago: with a loss in extra time in the World Cup's round of 16.
Belgium scored twice in extra time then held on for a 2-1 win Tuesday.
"It's heartbreaking," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "I don't think we could have given it more."
Howard, playing the finest game of his career, stopped a dozen shots with his legs and arms to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves — the most in the World Cup since 1966.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 19:56
Cavaliers building on momentum; LeBron next? PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 14:52

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers have some momentum. Maybe even enough to get LeBron James back.

Shortly after free agency opened Tuesday, the Cavs agreed to terms on a new five-year contract extension with Kyrie Irving, a deal that locks up the All-Star point guard for six years. It also puts to rest notions he was unhappy with the Cavs or they didn't see the 22-year-old as a cornerstone player.
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