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>Arnott traded back to Devils

Jason Arnott is back with the New Jersey Devils and very happy about it.

Arnott, who scored the Stanley Cup-clinching goal for the Devils in 2000, was acquired from the Nashville Predators on Saturday in a deal for right wing Matt Halischuk and a 2011 second-round draft pick.

Arnott, who had 19 goals and 27 assists in 63 games last season, waived a no-trade clause in his contract to make the deal happen.

"I am excited," Arnott said in a conference call. "I have always wanted to come back to Jersey at some point in my career and now it has happened, so I am really looking forward to it."


>TCU takes CWS debut in rout

Undefeated freshman Matt Purke limited Florida State to four singles and one unearned run over seven innings and newcomer TCU scored five times in the first inning in an 8-1 victory in the opening game of the College World Series in Omaha.

The Horned Frogs (52-12) advanced to a Monday night game against UCLA, an 11-3 winner over Florida. The Seminoles (47-19), at the CWS for the 20th time, have lost five of their last six CWS openers.


>Ex-NBA big man Bol dies

Manute Bol, a lithe 7-foot-7 shot-blocker from Sudan who spent 10 seasons in the NBA and was dedicated to humanitarian work in Africa, died Saturday. He was 47.

Bol died at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, where he was being treated for severe kidney trouble and a painful skin condition, Tom Prichard, executive director of the group Sudan Sunrise, said in an e-mail.

Bol played in the NBA with Washington, Golden State, Philadelphia and Miami, averaging 2.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for his career.


>LeBron fashionably late at rally

LeBron James turned his big bash into a surprise party.

With thousands of hometown fans already gone or leaving "LeBron Appreciation Day," James stunned everyone by walking through a side gate into nearly empty InfoCision Stadium on the University of Akron's campus -- after the event ended.

"Akron is my home, it's my life," James told the crowd after accepting the city's first Hometown Hero Award. "Everything I do is for this city. I'm going to continue to do great things. I love every last one of you all. Akron is home."

James will soon decide if he wants to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers or sign with another team. NBA free agency begins July 1.


>Hur leads LPGA, Creamer one back

South Korea's M.J. Hur leads after two rounds of the ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway Township, N.J. with Paula Creamer right behind.

Hur birdied the 18th hole for a 7-under 64, 36-hole total of 11-under 202 and one-stroke lead over Creamer heading into the final round of the $1.5 million tournament.

Creamer is playing for the first time since having surgery on her left thumb in late March.

From News and wire service reports.