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PRESS BOX: Stars' Peverley undergoes heart surgery

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Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is recovering from a successful heart procedure performed Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic, the team announced.

Peverley collapsed on the bench last week in the first period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets and was revived by medical personnel as players and spectators watched in stunned silence before he was transported to a Dallas hospital.

The 31-year-old was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat before the season.

"Rich Peverley underwent successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm at the Cleveland Clinic on Tuesday, March 18," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "He is currently in normal sinus rhythm. He was released from the Cleveland Clinic (Wednesday) and is expected to return to Dallas (Thursday). He will be monitored closely and may require further treatment. There is no decision being made at this time on his ability to return to hockey participation."

---The injury-plagued Detroit Red Wings lost another player when defenseman Jonathan Ericsson sustained a broken finger late in the second period of a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

The 30-year-old Ericsson was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday to insert pins to stabilize the broken left middle finger and will miss at least two weeks, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced.

---The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Brandon Mashinter on a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season.


Iowa coach Fran McCaffery returned to Dayton on Wednesday for the Hawkeyes' first NCAA Tournament game in eight years after his son's surgery in Iowa City, Iowa, to remove a thyroid tumor.

McCaffrey flew to Dayton with the team on Monday and then left Tuesday evening to be with his 13-year-old son, Patrick. After Wednesday morning's surgery, he boarded a plane to return to Dayton for the 9:10 p.m. ET tipoff against Tennessee in a First Four game.


Florida State redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ira Denson was arrested Tuesday on charges of petty theft and the illegal use of a credit card belong to a teammate, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

According to court documents reviewed by the newspaper, teammate Mario Pender told police that his debit card had been taken from the Seminoles' locker room and used three times on Dec. 19 -- once at a gas station for $5, once at Champs for a purchase of $134.36 and another time at Foot Locker for $362.


Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders will miss the remainder of the season while recovering from a fractured orbital bone. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel confirmed with Sanders that he will not return this season as a result of the injury that required surgery.

The 6-foot-11 Sanders was hurt on Feb. 8 during a game against Houston when he was elbowed by Rockets guard James Harden on a rebound.


Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been suspended two games by Major League Soccer for hitting Toronto defender Mark Bloom in the groin during a game last weekend, the Toronto Sun reported.

Dempsey, who is expected to play a key role for the U.S. in the upcoming World Cup, said he felt someone on his back when he took the swipe against Bloom.

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