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Press Box: Bruins sign Bergeron to $52 million extension

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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron signed an eight-year, $52 million extension with the team on Friday.

The new deal will keep Bergeron in Boston through the 2021-22 season and will take up about $6.5 million of salary cap space per year.

Bergeron, 27, had 10 goals and 22 assists in 42 games and played a key role in helping the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup finals. He even played Game 6 of the series with a broken rib, torn cartilage, a separated shoulder and a small hole in his lung.

---The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday that they agreed to terms with forward Marcus Kruger on a two-year contract.

Kruger, 23, had four goals and nine assists in 47 games last season, including two game-winning goals.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

---LSU running back Jeremy Hill pleaded guilty to simple battery and received two years of probation at an arraignment in the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.

Hill was suspended from the team indefinitely in April. It is not known if he will be allowed to play by coach Les Miles.

Hill is also on probation from pleading guilty in January 2012 to having sex with a 14-year-old girl. His probation from that misdemeanor could be revoked. He is scheduled to have his probation reviewed on Aug. 16.

INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL

The U.S. men's team lost back-to-back games and cannot medal in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Led by Louisville's Luke Hancock, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Michigan State's Adreian Payne, the U.S. lost to Australia 93-84 Thursday and Canada 94-85 Friday. Therefore, the team is ineligible to medal.

It is the second straight World University Games in which the men's team failed to medal.

AUTO RACING

---Kevin Harvick is leaving Richard Childress Racing at the end of the season for Stewart-Haas Racing in hopes of rejuvenating his career.

Harvick said at a press conference in Loudon, N.H., that the move is nothing personal against team owner Richard Childress. Factoring in were Harvick's opportunity to race for longtime friend Tony Stewart, joining a team that won the championship two years ago with Stewart and the affiliation with Hendrick Motorsports.

Budweiser will continue to be Harvick's primary sponsor.
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