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Rich Peverley's season not surprisingly is over after he collapsed on the Dallas Stars' bench during Monday night's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Peverley will soon undergo a procedure in Cleveland that he was scheduled to have performed after the season in an attempt to correct his heart issue. The 31-year-old forward was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat before the current season.

Whether Peverley will be able to return to hockey in the future remains uncertain, Dr. Robert Dimeff said Wednesday at a news conference.

Peverley collapsed on the bench during the first period of Monday's game while fans and players watched in stunned silence. He immediately attended to by medical personnel and transported from American Airlines Arena to a Dallas hospital, where he underwent more tests and remains in stable condition. The game was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0.

---Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau received a two-game suspension from the NHL Department of Player Safety for boarding against Detroit Wings defenseman Brendan Smith.

Smith was not injured on the hit at 12:47 of the first period on Tuesday night. Comeau was given a two-minute minor for boarding in the Blue Jackets' 4-1 victory over the Red Wings in Columbus, Ohio.


The Los Angeles Lakers made it official that injured star guard Kobe Bryant will not return this season.

Bryant has not played since Dec. 17 when he sustained a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his knee during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies. That injury occurred after he missed the first 19 games of the season during his recovery from a torn Achilles in his left leg from last April.

The 35-year-old Bryant was hoping to return from his latest injury in a month to six weeks, but the process has taken longer than expected. Dr. Steve Lombardo examined Bryant on Wednesday and said the injury has not sufficiently healed enough to play this season.

---The Philadelphia 76ers signed forward Jarvis Varnado to a second 10-day contract. Varnado joined the 76ers after signing his first 10-day contract on March 1.


Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be the lead football broadcast team for the SEC Network on ESPN when the network begins its 20-year contract with the conference this fall.

According to multiple reports, ESPN College GameDay host Chris Fowler will replace Musburger on the network's Saturday night games as the lead broadcaster.

Musburger and Palmer reached a contract agreement with ESPN on Wednesday to work the SEC games. Their first game together will be Texas A&M at South Carolina on Aug. 28.


Loyola Marymount wasted no time filling the head coaching vacancy left after the school announced that it would not renew Max Good's contract.

The Lions hired former Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap on Wednesday to lead the program. Dunlap is a graduate of the school and also has college experience as a head coach at Division II Metro State (Colo.) and as an assistant at Arizona, Oregon and St. John's.


Free agent right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Atlanta Braves. Santana was added Wednesday, one day after general manager Frank Wren said Opening Day starter Kris Medlen was set for a second opinion to determine the extent of ligament damage in his pitching arm.

Santana, 31, was a popular name on the market during spring training. After going 9-10 wih a 3.24 ERA with the Kansas City Royals in 2013, Santana was considering signing with the Toronto Blue Jays or Baltimore Orioles.

---The Houston Astros released infielder Brett Wallace day after four seasons with the club. Wallace, 27, was 2-for-14 at the plate with eight strikeouts during spring training.
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