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Gardner leaving Niagara

Greg Gardner announced he will leave the staff of the Niagara men's hockey program to take an assistant coaching position at Princeton.

Gardner, who was a member of the first varsity hockey team at Niagara, spent the last five years as an assistant coach with the Purple Eagles where he worked on video analysis, scouting, recruiting and strength and conditioning programs while also working closely with the program's goaltenders.

As a senior during the 1999-2000 season, Gardner had an NCAA-record 12 shutouts and led the nation with a 1.53 GAA, leading Niagara to its first NCAA Tournament berth. He became the first Purple Eagle to sign an NHL contract when he signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets on May 16, 2000.

Gardner joins the staff of Bob Prier, who took over the job in May. Princeton has finished in the top half of the ECAC standings in four of the last five seasons.


Rubio to join Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio is making his long-awaited move to the NBA and will join the Minnesota Timberwolves next season.

The highly touted 20-year-old Spanish guard ended two years of speculation Friday, saying "I have finally decided to start the journey" to the NBA.

The Timberwolves chose Rubio with the No. 5 pick in the 2009 NBA draft. But his $6 million buyout clause at his first Spanish pro team, Joventut -- of which an NBA team could pay only $500,000 under league rules -- made him stay in Spain until it came down to a more manageable $1.4 million.


Source: Bona extends Crowley

St. Bonaventure and women's basketball coach Jim Crowley have agreed to a contract extension, according to sources.

Crowley led the Bonnies to berths in the Women's NIT each of the last three seasons. Last year, St. Bonaventure finished 21-12 and defeated Lehigh in the first round, 77-43, before losing to Syracuse in the second, 63-50. The Bonnies are 67-33 the last three seasons under Crowley, who has been the coach since 2000.


Wild, Stars name new coaches

The Minnesota Wild have decided they need a younger team and they've hired 37-year-old Mike Yeo to lead the overhaul.

Yeo was introduced Friday as the Wild's new head coach after one season in charge of Minnesota's top farm club in Houston. Yeo led the Aeros to the American Hockey League finals, impressing Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher with his organization, leadership and confidence.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars announced Glen Gulutzan as their new coach, tapping a 39-year-old who has never played or coached in the NHL to revive a team stuck in its worst rut since 1993.

Gulutzan spent the last two years coaching their top affiliate, the Texas Stars of the AHL, taking them to the finals as an expansion team in 2010 and back to the playoffs this past season.


So Over tops Sire Stakes winners

Jockey Ray Fisher Jr. rode So Over to the win in the first of three $50,286 New York Sire Stakes races at Buffalo Raceway on Friday. So Over was the winner in the one-mile race in 1:55.4.

In the second race, Chris Page rode Bettors Glass to the win, covering one mile in 1:55.0.

Mojo Terror took the final stakes race, with jockey Stephane Bouchard aboard. The 3-year-old colt covered the one-mile distance in 1:54.2.

From News and wire service reports.

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