Don Heupel, Associated Press
New York Islanders' Chris Simon drew a 30-game suspension on Wednesday, breaking the mark of 25 he set nine months ago.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — New York Islanders forward Chris Simon was banned for 30 games Wednesday, drawing the longest suspension in NHL history again.

Simon's latest infraction was stepping on Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu with his skate during a game last weekend.

The 35-year-old player went on a leave of absence Monday to receive counseling, then met with league disciplinarian Colin Campbell on Tuesday. Campbell said Simon also will receive drug and alcohol treatment, although he did not elaborate. Simon struggled with alcohol during his days as a junior player.

Campbell said Simon's six prior suspensions have not been a deterrent.

Simon missed the first five games of this season while completing a 25-game ban handed out in March, which had been the previous record for an NHL suspension.

"We now had a greater responsibility in protecting players down the road on the ice that Chris was playing with," Campbell said.


RSL TRADE: Real Salt Lake sent enigmatic Atiba Harris to Chivas USA on Wednesday in exchange for a third-round pick in the upcoming 2008 MLS SuperDraft.

RSL now owns four of the top 37 picks (3rd, 14th, 17th and 37th) in the draft, which is set for Jan. 18 in Baltimore as part of the 2008 National Soccer Coaches Association of American Convention.

College football

OSBORNE STAYING: At Lincoln, Neb., Tom Osborne won't be leaving Nebraska anytime soon.

The Cornhuskers' former coach will stay on as Nebraska's athletic director for the next 2 1/2 years, dropping the interim tag he had since returning two months ago to replace the fired Steve Pederson.

Chancellor Harvey Perlman said Wednesday the 70-year-old Osborne will be the school's AD until June 30, 2010.

DUELING HOME UNIFORMS: Ohio State and LSU will both wear their preferred home uniforms when they square off on Jan. 7 in the BCS national championship game.

As the higher-ranked team in the game at the Louisiana Superdome, No. 1 Ohio State (11-1) got first choice in selecting its jersey color. The Buckeyes opted for their usual home color of scarlet. They will wear gray pants.

THOMAS GETS PINK SLIP: At New York, New York Knicks fans angry over the team's losing streak rallied outside Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, holding aloft a giant pink slip and calling on management to fire coach Isiah Thomas.

Chanting "Fire Isiah! He's got to go! Good-bye!" two dozen irate fans signed the 8-by-4-foot pink placard urging Garden chief executive James Dolan to dump the coach.


FRENCH BAN LANDIS: At Paris, American cyclist Floyd Landis cannot compete in France until 2009 even if he has his two-year doping ban lifted by the sport's highest court.

The French Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday it had imposed its own ban against Landis, preventing him from riding in France until Jan. 31, 2009 — ruling him out of next year's Tour de France.


SAMARANCH HOSPITALIZED: At Madrid, Spain, former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after a dizzy spell and was in stable condition


MISIDENTIFICATION: The Utah player pictured with Utah assistant basketball coach Jeff Smith in Wednesday's edition, was misidentified. The player was Carlon Brown.