The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free-agent defencemen Calle Rosen and Andreas Borgman to two-year entry-level contracts. Rosen, 23, skated in 41 regular-season games with his hometown club, Vaxjo, in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this past season, collecting 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) and 10 penalty minutes.
In 96 career SHL games, Rosen registered 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and 16 penalty minutes. The six-foot, 185-pound rearguard was second among SHL defencemen in points-per-game in 2016-17 (0.46). Borgman, 21, skated in 45 regular season games with HV71 of the SHL this past season, collecting 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 14 playoff games collecting 10 points (two goals, eight assists), which was tied for the lead amongst all defencemen.
In addition to winning the SHL Championship in 2016-17, the six-foot, 210-pound Stockholm native was named the league’s rookie of the year.
Pak bans Nawaz for one month
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has banned all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz for one month and fined him approximately $2,000 after he admitted failing to disclose an approach by a bookmaker to engage in corrupt practices.The 23-year-old, regarded as a bright prospect for Pakistan, was part of the Twenty20 squad in the West Indies in March but returned home without playing a match.
Stoinis passed fit for CT
Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been passed fit to play at next month’s Champions Trophy in England. The 27-year-old Stoinis suffered a shoulder injury while playing in the Indian Premier League earlier this month, but has recovered well since returning to Australia and will leave for England with his teammates.
CA defiant on pay
Cricket Australia has said that it’s unacceptable that the union representing top players in a bitter pay dispute wants the impasse to be referred to independent mediation. The Australian Cricketers’ Association has called for the dispute, which has led to warnings of a player boycott of this year’s Ashes series against England, to be put before a mediator. CA chairman David Peever described the union’s request as “extraordinary” and called on players to participate in negotiations before seeking the intercession of a mediator.
Curry shines as Warriors crush Spurs, take 2-0 lead
Stephen Curry scored 29 points as the Golden State Warriors thrashed the San Antonio Spurs 136-100 to take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference finals series. Curry’s points haul included six three-pointers as the Warriors all-round offensive power crushed a San Antonio Spurs line-up missing the injured Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker.
Harden accused of planning robbery
Houston Rockets star James Harden has been accused of arranging a robbery and beating in a civil lawsuit filed by the son of NBA Hall of Famer Moses Malone. Moses Malone Jr. claims Harden bore responsibility after he was beaten up and robbed by a group of men outside a Houston strip club in June last year. Harden, who is not facing criminal charges, denies the allegations.
India go down 3-2 to New Zealand
India’s women’s hockey team fought till the final hooter but went down 2-3 to New Zealand in the third game of the five-match series. The hosts are now 3-0 up in the series. After suffering a 2-8 loss in their previous game, the Indian women came out strongly but that was not enough.