HAWKS SIGN KHABIBULIN: Veteran goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is returning to the Blackhawks on a one-year deal, part of a busy Friday for the Stanley Cup champions that also included new contracts for defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Michal Handzus.
Khabibulin, who played for Chicago for four seasons from 2005-09, replaces backup Ray Emery, who left the Blackhawks for a $1.65 million, one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. Viktor Stalberg also left, agreeing to a $12 million, four-year deal from the Nashville Predators.
Rozsival and Handzus each played a role in Chicago's second championship in four seasons. Rozsival agreed to a two-year contract, and Handzus got a one-year deal.
Khabibulin spent the past four seasons with Edmonton. He went 4-6-1 this past season with a shutout and a .908 save percentage in 12 appearances.
The deal for the 40-year-old Khabibulin allows the Blackhawks to bring prospect Antti Raanta along slowly. Raanta agreed to a one-year contract last month.
The speedy Stalberg showed some promise but struggled to earn playing time on a crowded roster.
RAILCATS LOSE SERIES AT SIOUX CITY: Richard Salazar pitched eight innings of one-run ball to give Sioux City a 6-1 victory over the RailCats on Friday. Sioux City took 3-of-4 in the series.
The RailCats tallied their lone run in the fifth. With one out, Drew Martinez tripled and scored on a groundout by Zac Mitchell.
The RailCats continue their eight-game road trip with a four-game set in Winnipeg beginning tonight. The radio broadcast will begin at 5:50 on The Lakeshore-FM (89.1).
BUSCH, KENSETH SWEEP DAYTONA FRONT ROW FOR JGR: Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Matt Kenseth swept the front row for tonight's race at Daytona International Speedway.
Busch turned a lap at 193.723 mph in Friday qualifying to win the pole. Kenseth was second at 193.299.
Clint Bowyer qualified second and Michael Waltrip Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. was fifth as Toyota drivers took four of the first five spots. Kasey Kahne wedged his Chevrolet in at fourth.
KENSETH TAKES NATIONWIDE RACE AT DAYTONA: Matt Kenseth won the Nationwide Series race Friday at Daytona International Speedway.
Kenseth was leading when the race resumed with two laps to go following a red-flag stoppage of nearly 10 minutes. James Buescher hooked onto his back bumper and the two broke away from the pack.
As Kenseth and Buescher sailed cleanly to the finish, the battle behind them was for third place. It went to Elliott Sadler, who picked up a $100,000 bonus from series sponsor Nationwide as the highest finishing driver in the "Dash 4 Cash" program.
Kurt Busch finished fourth in a car designed with the beloved City Chevrolet paint scheme from the "Days of the Thunder" movie. He and the Phoenix Racing crew spent much of the race in character with Busch reciting movie lines.
MOLENAAR CLASSIC TODAY AT ILLIANA: Illiana Motor Speedway will present the 14th annual Molenaar Classic Midseason Championship events today along with “Fireworks you can feel” by the Mad Bomber.
The annual event is held in honor and memory of Harry Molenaar and his wife, Signe. The Molenaars were the founders and long-time owners of Illiana, creating the original dirt speedway after World War II.
Highlighting the evening’s program will be the Schepel Buick GMC Super Late Model Mid- Season championship feature, The Legendary Harley Davidson Motorcycle ceremonial tribute lap, plus a field of VanSenus Auto value Turbo Stocks, Legends, Pure Stocks and Bandoleros.
Gates will open at 4 p.m.; time trials will be at 5:30, and the first race will start at 7. Cost is $15 for adults, $5 for children aged 8 to 12.
For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to www.illianaspeedway.com.
MARVIN REA BASKETBALL CAMP SLATED: The Marvin Rea Youth Basketball Camp will run Monday through Thursday, July 15 to 18 and July 22 to 25 at Bowman Academy, 3401 W. Fifth Ave. in Gary.
On each day of the camp, the first session will be for students aged 6 through 12 and will run from 10 a.m. to noon. The second session, for students aged 13 to 17, will run from noon through 2 p.m. The cost of the camp is $60. Players can register at the door.
Around the horn
Matt Every shot an 8-under 62 on Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic. ... Slovakian rider Peter Sagan won the hilly seventh stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish Friday, and Daryl Impey kept the overall race lead.