OTTAWA - Eugene Melnyk is already predicting a return to the playoffs for the Ottawa Senators this season.
The NHL team's owner said he sees no reason why this year's lineup wouldn't have the capability to be one of the more competitive teams in the Eastern Conference.
"I think you can pretty well predict what we're going to have on the ice," Melnyk said Tuesday. "If everybody just plays to their potential I think it's a great team and is going to be very competitive and will be a playoff team, but they just need to play to the level that we know that they can play."
TORONTO - Tim Leiweke is denying a report that he will soon be leaving Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.
In an email to The Canadian Press, Leiweke said the report was "not true" and that he's "focused on the season at hand."
The denial came after Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada sent out two tweets on his verified Twitter feed Tuesday.
"Hearing MLSE president/CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the company soon," Friedman tweeted. "Not sure of where he's going, but hearing the reason is he is looking for a new challenge."
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland says it will start guaranteeing scholarships to students-athletes until they graduate, regardless of injury or on-field performance.
Maryland announced Tuesday that the guaranteed scholarships will begin this November. They will go to athletes in all sports, not just the so-called revenue sports of football and basketball.
GENEVA - Relations between FIFA and its next World Cup host, Russia, are under strain.
Two major issues have flared since July 13, when Russian state President Vladimir Putin sat next to FIFA President Sepp Blatter at the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Control of Crimean football clubs and expensive new stadiums for FIFA's flagship tournament.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe's claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.
Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years. Kluwe said he won't receive any money as part of the settlement.
BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Police in Belleville, Ont., are asking for the public's help in their search for a missing journalist.
Steve Pettibone was last seen at 7:30 a.m. on Monday when he left his home in Belleville to go to work at the Brockville Recorder and Times, where he is the sports editor.
His colleagues say he never arrived.
Police say Pettibone is 39 years old, about five foot 10, has brown eyes, balding hair and a goatee.
They say he was driving a grey 2013 KIA Rio (with Ontario licence plate BPMT 499) when he left home.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is seeded No. 1 for the U.S. Open, and five-time champion Roger Federer is No. 2, meaning they could meet only in the final.
Djokovic beat Federer for the title at Wimbledon last month. Federer reached the final after defeating Canada's Milos Raonic in the semifinal.
Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., is seeded fifth.
The U.S. Tennis Association followed this week's ATP rankings in announcing the seedings Tuesday.
LANDOVER, Md. - The "Hands up, don't shoot" protest has made its way to the NFL.
The Washington Redskins secondary emerged from the stadium tunnel during pregame introductions Monday night with hands raised and palms forward.
It was a show of solidarity with the people in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.
Eleven players took part as the team was preparing to face the Cleveland Browns.
LONDON - The Davis Cup playoff between Ukraine and Belgium will be held at a neutral venue in Estonia because of security issues in Kyiv.
The International Tennis Federation says the best-of-five World Group playoff series on Sept. 12-14 will be played on indoor hard courts at the Tere Tennis Centre in Tallinn.
The series had been originally scheduled for Kyiv, but Belgium appealed for the venue to be moved.
The ITF previously moved the playoff between Israel and Argentina to a neutral venue in Sunrise, Florida, also because of security concerns.
STELLENBOSCH, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius' brother is recovering and has been discharged from a hospital intensive care unit after suffering internal injuries in a car crash and going into respiratory failure, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius family said Tuesday.
Carl Pistorius has made "a miraculous recovery" after the head-on collision on a highway in northern South Africa on Aug. 1, spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess said in a statement.