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Ducks, Kings to open season in London
The Anaheim Ducks will take the Stanley Cup back to its birthplace when they open the NHL's 90th season and begin defense of their first championship in London against the rival Los Angeles Kings.
The two-game series highlights the 2007-08 schedule, released by the league Wednesday.
Anaheim will show off the Cup in England on Sept. 29-30. The oldest trophy in North American sports was purchased at the Regent Street shop of silversmith G. R. Collis & Co. 115 years ago. This matchup will be the first regular-season NHL games played in Europe.
Durant wins ESPY
Former University of Texas player Kevin Durant, a rookie with the Seattle SuperSonics, was named male college athlete of the year at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The show airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
FSU won't keep AD
Florida State athletic director David Hart Jr., 58, won't have his contract renewed when it expires in 18 months. The school did not say why.
Truck driver suspended
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Aaron Fike and his fiancee, Cassandra Davidson, a crew member, were suspended indefinitely from NASCAR competition after being arrested over the weekend on drug charges.
Serena pulls out
Serena Williams is pulling out of the United States' Fed Cup semifinal against Russia at Stowe, Vt., this weekend because she was injured during Wimbledon, Williams will be replaced on the U.S. roster by Meilen Tu, ranked 45th.
Prize money up
The men's and women's singles champions will get a record $1.4 million apiece at this year's U.S. Open and the total prize money will top $19 million for the first time.
Top players named
Basketball players Kevin Love of Oregon (averaged 33.6 points, 17 rebounds) and Maya Moore of Georgia (25.5, 12.1) were honored as national athletes of the year. Love will attend UCLA; Moore is a Connecticut recruit.
Finnerty to transfer
Former Duke player Collin Finnerty, cleared of false rape charges after being sidelined from the sport for more than a year, will transfer to Loyola of Maryland.