Ex-Patriot, ESPN analyst Bruschi recovering after 2nd stroke

Former New England Patriots linebacker and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in an Attleboro, Mass., hospital after suffering a second stroke.

His family said in a statement that Bruschi, 46, suffered the stroke Thursday and immediately recognized the warning signs of arm weakness, face drooping and speech difficulties. He was admitted to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where his family said Friday he was “recovering well.”

Bruschi had a stroke in February 2005 just days after the Patriots won the Super Bowl and learned he had a congenital defect that produced a hole in his heart. He had surgery to repair the hole and retired. But he sat out less than a year before returning for the seventh game of the 2005 season.

He played three more seasons with the Patriots. Since then, he’s worked at ESPN.

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Penguins extend coach Sullivan

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Mike Sullivan — who guided the team to Stanley Cup championships in 2016 and 2017 — to a four-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.

Sullivan, 51, is 174-92-34 with Pittsburgh since taking over for Mike Johnston in December 2015. Sullivan’s arrival provided a spark that helped the Penguins become the first team in nearly two decades to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Pittsburgh was swept by the New York Islanders in the first round of the 2019 playoffs.

• The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed free-agent defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year contract. A person with knowledge of the signing said the contract is worth $4.9 million.

Harrington, 26, set career highs in games (73), assists (15) and points (17) in with the Blue Jackets in 2018-19. He added four assists in 10 playoff games.

Motor sports: Joey Logano will start on the pole Saturday night in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway after Friday’s qualifying was canceled after lightning was detected near the 2½-mile track in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Logano leads the Cup series in owner points, so the Team Penske driver was awarded the top starting spot. Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing will start alongside Logano on the front row. Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing will start right behind them.

• In the Xfinity race Friday night, Ross Chastain led a sweep for Kaulig Racing in the rain-delayed event at Daytona.

WNBA: Due to Southern California’s 7.1 earthquake that was felt in Las Vegas, the game between the host Aces and the Washington Mystics was postponed at halftime.

The scoreboard swayed as the Mandalay Bay Events Center shook, prompting the decision to suspend the game with Washington leading 51-36 at halftime. No makeup date was announced.

• In other games, Tiffany Mitchell scored 16 points, Erica Wheeler had 11 points, six rebounds and seven assists and the visiting Indiana Fever beat the Dallas Wings 76-56, snapping a four-game losing streak and matching its win total from last season with 19 games to play. Indiana (6-9) finished 6-28 in 2018. … Tiffany Hayes scored 21 points, Brittney Sykes had 11 points and the visiting Atlanta Dream beat the Seattle Storm 77-66. … Kia Nurse scored 26 points, Tina Charles had 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists and the visiting New York Liberty beat the Phoenix Mercury 80-76.

Deaths: University of Hawaii linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa, 21, died Thursday, the school said Friday. No details were available, but the school said the death did not happen on campus.

• Spanish motorcycle rider Aurelio Martinez, 56, died after crashing in qualifying for the 24 Hours of Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain. Spanish media said Martinez was hit by the motorcycle of another rider who had to jump from his bike after losing his brakes.

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