Sports at a Glance

Martin returns to New York

Matt Martin is going back to the New York Islanders.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have dealt the feisty forward to the Islanders, who drafted him in 2008. The Leafs get minor-league goalie Eamon McAdam in the deal.

Also on Tuesday, the Islanders agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million deal with goalie Robin Lehner. Lehner had a 3.01 goals-against average with a .908 save percentage in 53 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season.

The Sabres declined to give Lehner a $4 million qualifying offer as a restricted free agent and relinquished his rights. He will try to improve the Islanders goaltending which allowed a league-high 293 goals last season.

Elsewhere in the NHL:

n The Arizona Coyotes have brought back Brad Richardson, signing the center to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

The 33-year-old Richardson has played three seasons in Arizona, with 19 goals and 36 assists. He had three goals and 12 assists in 76 games last season after being limited to 16 games due to injuries in 2016-17.

n Left wing Remi Elie has signed a $735,000 contract to stay with the Dallas Stars.

Elie had six goals and eight assists in 72 games last season for the Stars. He added two goals and seven assists in 19 AHL playoff games with the Texas Stars.

Dallas selected the 23-year-old Elie in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2013 NHL draft.

n The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Sean Kuraly to a three-year deal.

The contract has an annual cap hit of $1.275 million, the team said.

Kuraly scored six goals last season, his first full season in the NHL. He had two goals and a pair of assists in the playoffs.

n The Nashville Predators have signed forward Colin Blackwell to a two-year, two-way contract.

Blackwell will make $650,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League in 2018-19. He will get $700,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the AHL in 2019-20.

The 25-year-old Blackwell had 17 goals and 28 assists in 61 games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in 2017-18.

UT cheer coach on paid leave

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee spirit coordinator Joy Postell-Gee is on paid administrative leave as the school reviews complaints she engaged in “inappropriate conduct and unsatisfactory work-related behavior.”

Senior associate athletics director Donna Thomas sent a letter to Postell-Gee last week announcing the investigation. Postell-Gee isn’t authorized to perform any university duties, contact students or visit campus while on leave.

Thomas’ letter doesn’t specify the nature of the complaints, but Postell-Gee’s personnel file shows a 2017 report from the Office of Equity and Diversity indicates she made “several instances of racially and ethnically insensitive remarks” to school spirit squad members.

Travel hinders NBA playoff ideas

NEW YORK — The NBA estimates an increase of about 40,000 miles of travel in the postseason if it scrapped its current conference format and took the top 16 teams.

Calls to change the system were renewed this week when LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers, which could create another strong Western Conference team after Houston and Golden State had the league’s top two records last season. They met in a thrilling West final before the Warriors swept the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Commissioner Adam Silver has said ideally there would be a format allowing the two best teams to meet for the title, but has repeatedly expressed concern about the additional travel that would be created if teams were seeded 1 to 16 in the postseason, instead of the current format in which it’s the top eight teams in each conference.

The Associated Press

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