Hockey -- NHL playoffs Most Valuable Player defenseman Scott Niedermayer will rejoin Anaheim after sitting out the first 28 games of the season. Niedermayer, 34, had taken time off to decide whether he wanted to retire. Niedermayer had two years and $13.5 million remaining on his contract. ... Stars defenseman Philippe Boucher is expected to miss at least four weeks because of shoulder surgery yesterday.
Colleges -- Linda Bruno, the first female commissioner of a major college conference, will resign in June after leading the Atlantic 10 since 1994. That will leave two other women as commissioners of Division I conferences - Carolyn Schlie Femovich of the Patriot League and Brenda Weare of the Northeast Conference.