Chelios, Niedermayer Top Hockey Hall Class
Toronto — Defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Chelios, along with forward Brendan Shanahan were picked for the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
They’ll be joined in the class of 2013 by Geraldine Heaney, the third woman to be enshrined in the hall, and coach Fred Shero, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup in 1974 and ’75. He was selected posthumously in the builder category.
Chelios and Niedermayer earned hockey’s biggest individual honor in their first year of eligibility.
The official induction ceremony is scheduled for November.
Niedermayer won four Stanley Cups in 17 full NHL seasons to go along with a Norris Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy.
Chelios played 23 full seasons and parts of three more, taking part in his final NHL game at age 48. Among the game’s best U.S.-born players, Chelios won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman three times.
Shanahan finished his career with 656 goals and 698 assists. He won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, an Olympic gold medal and was the quintessential scoring power winger of his era.
Heaney was a defenseman on Canada’s gold-medal-winning team at the 2002 Olympics and is considered one of the best female players in history.
Lions, QB Agree to Extension
Detroit — Matthew Stafford’s career with the Detroit Lions just got longer.
Stafford and the Lions agreed to terms on a $53 million, three-year extension to keep him under contract through 2017, according to a person familiar with the deal.
The person, who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been announced, said Stafford will make $41.5 million in guarantees as part of a new contract.
Detroit drafted Stafford No. 1 overall in 2009 and signed him to a six-year contract worth as much as $78 million with $41.7 million in guarantees. After two injury-shortened seasons, he helped the franchise reach the playoffs two years ago for the first time in more than a decade.
OSU Fan Beats Cancer
Columbus, Ohio — Ohio State football fans always want to defeat what they call “That school up North.”
So, when a 12-year-old Buckeyes fan was diagnosed with cancer 14 months ago, he chose to name his disease Michigan. He wanted to beat it. And he did.
The fan, Grant Reed, was released from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus on Friday after a final chemotherapy session.
Grant’s father, Troy Reed, said his son has readmitted to the hospital over the weekend because of a bacterial infection, but he said the boy is doing “very well.”
The boy’s father said the Reeds watched OSU games in Grant’s hospital room during the weekends he was admitted to receive chemotherapy treatment last fall.
Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer visited the boy at the hospital in December.
Bucks, Kings Make Trade
The Milwaukee Bucks traded forward Luc Mbah a Moute to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a 2016 second-round draft pick, a person familiar with the deal said Tuesday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams can’t confirm moves until the new league year begins today, also said Milwaukee has the right to swap 2018 second-round picks.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward has emerged as a standout defender since he was drafted 37th overall out of UCLA by the Bucks in 2008. He has averaged 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 25.1 minutes per game in his career.