Jung Ho Kang issues public apology upon return to U.S.

South Korean infielder Jung Ho Kang says he is thankful for the second chance as he returns to the United States and rejoins the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

In a statement Friday, Kang apologized to his family and friends as well as the Pirates’ franchise, players and fans after his DUI arrest in South Korea that led to him missing all of the 2017 season.

“After a long, painful process, I am excited to have a chance to return to the game that I have missed so much,” Kang said. “My focus is first on becoming the best person that I can be. Secondly, I look forward to getting to Pirate City and demonstrating that I am committed to doing whatever I can to get back to Pittsburgh and help the Pirates win. I will not disappoint anyone anymore.”

In the third, the Bruins scored two 4-on-4 goals after matching penalties opened up the ice. Krug made it 4-4 on a slapper from the point just 1:10 in, and then DeBrusk put the Bruins ahead.

“I think that we’re all just pretty excited right now to have a chance to continue playing together and take on Tampa,” DeBrusk said. “We’re going to enjoy this one tonight, but then go back to the drawing board.”

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy, in his first full season on the Boston bench, was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year. … Celtics Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn was the honorary fan banner captain, getting the crowd riled up before the game. … The Bruins are 14-12 in Game 7s and Toronto is 12-11. … Boston’s Kevan Miller had two assists for his first multi-point playoff game.

There were no regrets about waiting until April to make a move on Bryant, Jones said.

“I have no thoughts about the timing of when we decided to move on,” the owner said. “For everyone concerned, that was as good a time as any from the end of the season.”

Jones also noted that there won’t be an immediate replacement for Bryant.

“I think we recognize that we’ve got a hole to fill with Dez,” Jones said. “We, actually, in general know right now that and have known that we probably won’t have what we would call a pure X receiver to take the place of Dez.”

Jones said the Cowboys will likely look for a wide receiver in this weekend’s draft who can contribute right away but wouldn’t commit to selecting one in the first two rounds.

Bryant has said he hopes to remain in the NFC East, giving him the opportunity to face the Cowboys twice in 2018. He later praised the New York Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and said it would “be crazy” to play for them.

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