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When the Edmonton Oilers inked forward Zack Kassian to a three-year deal last month, it did a lot more than just secure their bottom-six forward group.

It signified that the 26-year-old has finally turned a page on his battle with alcohol addiction, and in the process revived a career that once looked to be nearing its end, something Kassian credits to Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“It doesn’t happen without Peter Chiarelli, who gave me the opportunity,” Kassian told Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com.

“I told him that day I was going to prove to him he made a right decision and today we’re sitting here with a new contract. I still feel I need to keep proving myself. It doesn’t stop now that I have the new deal. I just need to keep working and proving people right.”

Despite rarely finding the score sheet, Kassian serves as a key contributor for the Oilers, playing with an exuberant edge while occasionally chipping in with a timely goal, assist, or scrap to fire up his team.

In 79 regular-season games last season, Kassian registered seven goals and 17 assists to go along with 201 hits – good for 23rd-most in the NHL.

With his foreseeable future now secure in the City of Champions, Kassian realizes that it’s time to prove that his battle with alcohol is behind him for good.

“For me, I made a promise to my family, to the Edmonton organization, and, most importantly, to myself that I wasn’t going to drink again, and as soon as I made that decision I feel like that’s when everything started climbing back upwards,” Kassian said.

“I feel like if your mindset is you’re not going to drink again, you’re not going to drink again. You make a tough decision and stick with it. I think that’s where I’m at now with it. Obviously, I have a lot to lose, which helps with the team we have in Edmonton.”

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More than two weeks after his truck was struck by a moving train, former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes no longer needs a ventilator and is showing “small signs of improvement,” his sister Beth Hughes Ulrici announced Tuesday on Facebook, according to MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi.

The incident occurred on June 16 in Raymond, Ill., near his hometown of Hillsboro, after Hughes drove his truck over train tracks.

The vehicle was hit on the passenger side, and Hughes was subsequently transported to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. The UFC legend did not sustain any broken bones or internal injuries, although he’d been only slightly responsive since being stabilized.

State police are still investigating, Raimondi reports.

Hughes held the UFC welterweight title on two occasions between 2001 and 2006. He’d recently entertained a return to the Octagon after retiring in late 2011.

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SUNRISE, Fla. – Roberto Luongo showed up for Florida Panthers training camp on Thursday sporting a thick beard, a stark contrast from the goaltender’s usual look.

”Too lazy to shave,” Luongo quipped.

A more likely reason is that he was too busy rehabbing.

The Panthers have already gotten their first win of the season. Luongo, who was expected to need up to six months to recover from a May surgery to repair a tear in one of his hips, is ahead of the original schedule and cleared to be on the ice when the reigning Atlantic Division champions hold their first practice of camp on Friday.

”Good to go,” Luongo said. ”A lot of hard work over the summer, but I’m really happy with the way things progressed. Going into it I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to go, but I’m excited to be here, first day of training camp and with a clean bill of health.”

Luongo was told that he would need to use crutches for a month after the procedure, unable to put weight on the hip or even drive.

That lasted about two weeks.

”I’m ahead of my schedule,” Luongo said.

That beard of his has more than a few flecks of gray in it, which explains the urgency Luongo has at this point in his career. At 37, his window for winning a Stanley Cup obviously isn’t as wide-open as it once was. So he rehabbed for 3-4 hours a day, wearing down the floor of his pool by doing so much running in there during his rehab. There wasn’t even time for a vacation, other than a week to go see family.

”Wasn’t much rest this summer,” said Luongo, who has been doing some on-ice work for about six weeks.

Luongo is going into his 17th NHL season, yet still coming off a year that was one of his best.

He saved 92.2 percent of the shots he faced, the third-highest clip of his long career. Luongo finished with a 2.35 goals-against-average, posted four shutouts and was one of five goalies who earned votes in the NHL MVP balloting.

Most notably, after his first seven seasons with Florida ended with the Panthers missing the playoffs, Luongo helped get them back to the postseason. The Panthers, who weren’t sure if Luongo would be ready for opening night, addedJames Reimer over the summer and the sense is that Reimer may get a few more starts than Florida backups have gotten in the past.

”You’ve got to think of the big picture,” Luongo said. ”As much as I’d love to play 70 games still, I don’t think that’s wise.”

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson has yet to get full medical clearance to participate in practice after tearing his ACL in training camp last season.

While the 31-year-old won’t be cleared to for 11-on-11 drills until July, he believes he could play much sooner.

“If there’s a game Sunday, I’m playing,” Nelson told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky on Thursday.

The Packers are being cautious with Nelson’s return after they struggled to fill his role last season. The veteran receiver also missed time the season before, but would rather not have to go through the process again.

“I can’t sit here and say it’ll be an easy adjustment,” Nelson said. “A couple years ago, I missed pretty much 90 percent of training camp and came back a week before the regular season and had a good year. I think our first game was at San Francisco, and I had over a hundred yards. So, I mean, it’s there. I was in the meetings, I know everything. I think that’s a huge standpoint. I think just him getting comfortable again with myself, and vice versa. We have an extra week of training camp to figure that out, so we’ll be fine.”

Green Bay will get an extra week of training camp due to their participation in the preseason-opening Hall of Fame Game.

miami_dolphins3The Miami Dolphins will likely need defensive end Cameron Wake healthy and productive if they’re to make a playoff push, and it appears he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles sustained last season.

Dolphins executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum said Friday that Wake has “done everything (the Dolphins have) asked” as he attempts to get ready for the start of the season.

“He’s really exceeded expectations, in terms of where he is and where our doctors thought he would be when he got hurt,” Tannenbaum said, according to Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald. “Cam is the consummate pro, the consummate Dolphin, and we’re lucky he’s here.”

The Dolphins handed Wake a two-year, $15-million contract extension in early May, an indication that the team is confident he’ll return to his Pro Bowl-level form.

“We’re thrilled we were able to do that,” Tannenbaum said. “Someone like Cam, he’s the epitome of what we want our program to be about, not only on the field, but off the field.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell is being cautious in his recovery from a season-ending torn MCL.

Bell, one of the NFL’s premier running backs, suffered a torn MCL on Nov. 1 in a 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The 24-year-old rushed for 556 yards and three touchdowns on a 4.9 yards per carry average prior to the injury.

An integral part of the Steelers’ offense, Bell says he’s firmly sticking to the team’s medical staff’s advice.

“I have been sticking to the Ultra G to start. That is what they have been telling me to do,” Bell said via the Steelers’ official website. “I am just making sure I do what they tell me to do so I don’t hurt my knee on my own. I am being real conservative with it. There are times when I am in the hallway that I will just run down the hall because I want to do it, I want to feel that. I don’t run around the track or anything like that or get a workout in.

“The only thing I’m not cleared for is cutting and sprinting.”

Although he’s been running in monitored sessions, Bell says he doesn’t feel any pain in his injured knee.

“It hasn’t hurt at all,” Bell said. “I wasn’t limping, I didn’t think about it. I just got on there and did it. That is good for me. I didn’t feel sore the next day. I feel like I am headed in the right direction.”

DeAngelo Williams performed admirably in Bell’s absence, but it’s clear the Steelers’ offense is much improved with the 2014 Pro Bowler in the lineup.

After missing the final two months of the Steelers’ season, Bell is itching to get back on the field.

“It’s been a long time since I ran out of the tunnel, got ready for a game, listened to my pregame music,” Bell said. “I can only imagine how I am going to feel. I know some people will look forward to seeing me back playing. I look forward to getting back. I can’t wait to play. That is going to get me even more amped up.”

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Brie Bella recently spoke with OK Magazine about starting a family with husband Daniel Bryan. Brie said having a baby is “definitely not on hold” now that Bryan is retired and said she believes the next couple months “will be very interesting.”

Brie joked that being home has “amplified” Bryan’s baby fever. She also said seeing him in retirement, being able to spend time with family and not travel, is giving her an “itch” to do the same.

Brie also provided an update on Nikki Bella, who had neck surgery several weeks back:

“We actually just got good news from the doctor and [Nikki]’s able now to sleep without her neck brace at night. She’s healing really nicely. She still has a long journey ahead of her before she gets back into the ring but it’s looking good.”