Sports briefs 11/8/05

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Hockey

Former Boston Bruins star Cam Neely was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday along with late Soviet forward Valeri Kharlamov and Canadian amateur hockey leader Murray Costello.

The 40-year-old Neely, who recently rejoined the Bruins as an ambassador, had 395 goals and 299 assists in 726 regular-season games in a career cut short by injuries at age 31. The power forward had a Boston-record 55 playoff goals.

Kharlamov, killed in a car accident in 1981 at 33, played on eight world and two Olympic championship teams.

The 71-year-old Costello, who played briefly in the NHL with Detroit and Boston in the 1950s, was inducted in the builders' category. He was president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association -- now Hockey Canada -- from 1979-98.

Motorsports

* Jamie McMurray gained his release from Chip Ganassi Racing on Monday, clearing the way for a driver swap that affects three teams.

Reigning Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch will now go to Penske Racing to replace Rusty Wallace, retiring at the end of the season. McMurray will take over Busch's ride at Roush Racing and Ganassi is altering his plans for the 2006 season, deciding to field only three cars rather than replacing McMurray.

-- From wire reports

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