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Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Briefs: New Blackhawks general manager fires Sutter

Hockey

Blackhawks' new GM fires coach: The Chicago Blackhawks hired Dale Tallon as their new general manager yesterday, and he wasted no time firing coach Brian Sutter.

"I want to start with a fresh sheet of ice, a clean slate, and move forward into the future," Tallon said.

Under Sutter, the Blackhawks were 91-118-37 in three seasons, and made the playoffs once, in 2001-02. The NHL lockout canceled the 2004-05 season.

Tallon, the club's assistant GM since November 2003, takes over for interim GM Bob Pulford, who stepped in for Mike Smith in October 2003.

Tallon said Trent Yawney, coach of the Blackhawks' AHL team in Norfolk, Va., is the top candidate to replace Sutter.

Jagr says players' stance was failed gamble: New York Rangers forward Jaromir Jagr said that players' initial refusal of a salary cap in talks with the NHL was a gamble that did not work out.

"We started the fight because we didn't agree with the introduction of salary caps," Jagr said. "Now, we'll be happy to get them. We didn't expect the owners to be so tough and persistent. It was a risk that didn't pay off."

He was quoted on the Czech Ice Hockey Association's Web site.

The NHL and the players' association recently agreed that a salary-cap model with an upper and lower limit will be the centerpiece of a new agreement.

College football

Tennessee players disciplined: Two more Tennessee players have had brushes with the law and will miss a game this fall as punishment, coach Phillip Fulmer said.

Linebacker Daniel Brooks and defensive back Corey Campbell have been suspended for one game, and Fulmer revoked their scholarships for the second session of summer school and ordered them to get jobs for the term.

Both players were issued traffic citations, but Fulmer did not say when the incidents happened or give any details in a release issued late yesterday.

Their citations brings to 13 the number of Tennessee players who have been either cited or arrested for crimes ranging from aggravated assault to underage drinking since February 2004.

Soccer

Argentina draws with Germany: Argentina rallied twice from a goal down to draw 2-2 with Germany in the highest-profile match so far in the two-week Confederations Cup tournament. In yesterday's other Group A game, Tunisia defeated Australia 2-0.

Ban sought for Juventus doctor: Italian sports officials will seek a two-year ban for the Juventus doctor convicted of administering banned substances to players.

In November, Riccardo Agricola was convicted of administering banned substances to Juventus players from 1994-98. He was given a suspended jail term of 22 months.

Sailing

Alinghi wins Louis Vuitton Act 4: America's Cup defender Alinghi of Switzerland swept through the Louis Vuitton Act 4 in Valencia, Spain, with an 11-0 record, winning the first regatta of the 2005 season. The Acts are a series of 14 regattas that started last fall as a prelude to the 2007 America's Cup. Starting with Act 4, the results of the pre-regattas will help seed the competition for the 2007 challenger trials.

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