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Wings re-sign Osgood

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 29, 2000

The Detroit Red Wings signed goaltender Chris Osgood on Friday for three seasons.

Osgood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a deal worth $3.5-million the first year and increasing to $4-million the third year, with more money possible in incentives.

Osgood, 27, was a restricted free agent. Last season he had a .907 save percentage, 30-14-8 record and 2.40 goals-against average.

"We're very happy to be able to avoid arbitration," general manager Ken Holland said. "Chris is an important part of our team and played a large role in the success we've had over the past few years."

MORE NHL: Restricted free agent Rob Niedermayer signed a one-year deal to remain with the Panthers. The center had 10 goals and 23 assists last season. ... The Islanders signed free-agent defenseman Dan Trebil and re-signed defensemen Aris Brimanis and Ray Schultz. ... The Thrashers signed two free agents, center Hnat Domenichelli and goalie Milan Hnilicka. ... The Stars re-signed left wing Jamie Wright and signed free-agent centers Chris Wells and Eric Houde, all to one-year deals. ... Defenseman Todd Reirden had surgery on three broken bones in his left foot suffered in an off-ice conditioning workout. ... The Senators re-signed defenseman John Gruden to a multi-year deal. ... The Sabres re-signed center Chris Taylor. ... Montreal signed former Rangers scout Martin Madden as a pro and amateur scout. ... The majority of Flyers weekday evening home games will start at 7 this season; last season they usually started at 7:35.

TENNIS: Michael Chang beat fifth seed Wayne Ferreira 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles, setting up a semifinal today against Justin Gimelstob. Gimelstob, who upset No. 2 seed Mark Philippoussis late Thursday, led 3-0 in the first set when Paul Goldstein retired from their quarterfinal with tendinitis in his left foot. ... Top seed Lindsay Davenport got by No. 8 Chanda Rubin 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and No. 2 Venus Williams ousted Amy Frazier 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West tournament at Stanford, Calif. No. 4 Monica Seles won 6-2, 6-1 over Cara Black. ... Alex Corretja beat No. 9 Mariano Zabaleta in the quarterfinals of the Generali Open at Kitzbuehel, Austria. Agustin Calleri reached his first career semifinal, defeating Alberto Martin. ... Andrei Medvedev and Sergi Bruguera won at the San Marino Open.

TABLE TENNIS: South and North Korea played in Pyongyang, North Korea, in the first sports exchange since the countries' summit last month. The matches were held between South and North Korean athletes and in mixed teams.

HORSE RACING: Not content with recent expansion into California and Illinois, Churchill Downs is considering other lucrative markets, including New York. Churchill executives have expressed an interest in New York's off-track betting system. ... Moni Maker will try to become the first standardbred to earn $5-million in one of the last races of its career today at the Meadowlands. It is the betting favorite as part of an entry for the $1-million Breeders Crown Open Trot. ... A record 4,650 horses will be cataloged for Keeneland's September Yearling Sale, topping last year's mark by 560.

TRACK: Maurice Greene, the world 100-meter champion, pulled out of next week's British Grand Prix meet because of the left hamstring he strained at last week's U.S. Olympic trials. ... Trine Hattestad broke her women's javelin world record at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, at 227 feet, 11 inches. Hattestad, twice a world champion, set the mark of 223-10 at the Golden Gala meet in Rome on July 2. In other events, Suzy Favor Hamilton broke the Bislett mark for 1,500 meters in 3 minutes, 57.40 seconds; Gail Devers won the 100-meter hurdles and Ato Boldon took the 100 and 200 meters.

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