Selanne tickled to rejoin Ducks for one year at $1-million

By Times wire
Published August 23, 2005

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Right wing Teemu Selanne , the second-leading scorer in Anaheim history, returned to the Mighty Ducks on Monday.

The 35-year-old free agent signed a one-year, $1-million contract with the team he played for from 1996-2001.

A nine-time All-Star, he has averaged 37 goals in 12 NHL seasons and has 452. Only Jaromir Jagr (478) has scored more.

"I'm very excited to be back in Anaheim," Selanne said from his home in Helsinki, Finland. "I have such great memories from there. I'm looking forward to having many more."

PANTHERS: The team re-signed center Serge Payer and announced a one-year affiliation deal with the ECHL's Florida Everblades, based in Fort Myers.


Ex-Iowa star guilty

Former Iowa basketball star Pierre Pierce decided to plead guilty while jury selection resumed at his trial in which he had been charged with assaulting an ex-girlfriend in January. Pierce, 22, pleaded guilty to assault with intent to commit sexual abuse, third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and false imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 14.

TENNIS: USF sophomore Courtney Vernon reached the quarterfinals of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Summer National Championships in Bloomington, Ind., last week. Seeded fifth among 54 players, she won her first three matches in straight sets before losing to eventual champion Caitlin Burke of Wisconsin.

SOCCER: USF forward Jordan Seabrook has been recognized by College Soccer News as one of the "100 freshmen from coast to coast to keep an eye on." In his first outing as a Bull, the 5-foot-11 striker scored three in a row in a 7-0 victory Saturday over Tampa.

FSU HONORS: The Athletics Hall of Fame will induct five members on Sept. 9: softball star Lisa Davidson , former track athlete and coach Terry Long , record-setting receiver Kez McCorvey , Super Bowl champion fullback Edgar Bennett and major-league catcher Ken Suarez .


Sharapova now No. 1

Maria Sharapova took over the WTA Tour's No. 1 ranking from Lindsay Davenport . Sharapova is the first No. 1 from Russia since the tour began its computer rankings in 1975. She has won six titles in the last 12 months. Davenport is No. 2, Amelie Mauresmo remained No. 3, Kim Clijsters jumped four spots to No. 4 and Svetlana Kuznetsova is No. 5.


GOLF: Matt Every 's 1-over 71 for 28th place led four Florida Gators in opening-day qualifying at the U.S. Amateur Championship in Ardmore, Pa. Brett Stegmaier shot 74, Billy Horschel 77 and James Vargas 78. University of New Mexico junior Charlie Beljan shot 64 to lead by four.

NBA: Free-agent forward Matt Bonner re-signed with the Raptors. The former Florida star ranked first among rookies last season with a .424 3-point field-goal percentage and second with a .533 field-goal percentage. ... The Magic signed free-agent center Ruben Boumtje Boumtje , who has averaged 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 44 games with the Trail Blazers and Cavaliers.

BADMINTON: Tony Gunawan and Howard Bach won the United States' first world title at Anaheim, Calif. The pair, seeded 13th in doubles, rallied to defeat No. 2 Candra Wijaya and Sigit Budiarto of Indonesia 15-11, 10-15, 15-11.

SAILING: St. Petersburg's Ed Baird , 47, and Mark Mendelblatt , 32, finished 1-2 in the final of the Swedish Match Tour of professional sailing, an international competition in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

HORSES: No Giveaway , a 60-1 shot, rallied from 20 lengths behind on the backstretch to win the $250,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Wash. The gelding paid $122 to win.