‘Warzone’ was a success!
‘Warzone’ was a success!
Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis won the first contest at the All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday.
"I can only control what I can control."
Connor Murphy will likely become the latest player to meet with the NHL Department of Player Safety after landing a head shot on Tampa Bay's Erik Cernak.
The Nets are expected to sign the six-time All-Star after his buyout from the Pistons.
A vicious, intentional knee to the head of a downed Aljamain Sterling cost Petr Yan his bantamweight title on Saturday at Apex on the main card of UFC 259.
The Philadelphia 76ers stars had contact with a barber who is a likely COVID-19 positive, per reports.
This NHL season has gone all-in on complete and utter weirdness.
Each card set a record in the auction space.
A "small number" of U.S.-based NHLers are reportedly getting vaccinated as supply increases across the United States.
Success for Manchester United these days is being the spoiler as Manchester City goes on to eventually claim the league titles.
It seemed Walter Gretzky both knew what he had in his son, and how best to handle it. It’s one of many reasons why he was the ultimate hockey dad.
Watching Rasmus Ristolainen race Mat Barzal to a loose puck and then try to defend him 1-on-1 must be pure nightmare fuel for Sabres fans.
The Raptors face a lot of questions heading to the second half of the NBA season, including the futures of Masai Ujiri & Kyle Lowry.
A clutch Joshua Langford 3-pointer on senior day vanquished rival Michigan and likely secured an NCAA bid for the previously written-off Spartans.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The long ball helped Bryson DeChambeau outlast Lee Westwood on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational, only the key shots were as much with his putter as his driver. DeChambeau holed a 40-foot birdie putt on the front nine and a 50-foot par putt early on the back nine. He closed it out with a nervy 5-foot par putt for a 1-under 71 and a one-shot victory over the 47-year-old Westwood. It matched the low score of the day, one of only three rounds under par in the toughest final round at Bay Hill in 41 years. Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., stayed in the mix until the very end. The Canadian holed a 15-foot eagle putt on the 16th to get within one shot, only to find a bunker on the par-3 17th and miss a 6-foot par putt. With a bogey on the final hole, he shot 74 to finish alone in third. DeChambeau and Westwood were never separated by more than one shot over the final 15 holes, a fascinating duel of generations that came down to the last shot. For the second straight day, DeChambeau revved up thousands of fans on the par-5 sixth hole by smashing driver over the lake and leaving himself 88 yards away on the 565-yard sixth hole. Westwood was 168 yards behind him, and raised both arms to jokingly mimic DeChambeau's reaction from the day before. They both made birdie. DeChambeau appeared to be in trouble on the 11th when he narrowly missed going in the water off the tee, caught a plugged lie in the front bunker and gouged it out to 50 feet. He made that for par to stay ahead by one. Westwood tied him with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-5 12th, only to give it back with a three-putt on the 14th. The tournament turned on the par-5 16th, where it was Westwood who had the advantage. DeChambeau's drive went up against the lip of a bunker and he had to lay up short of the water. Westwood had 158 yards and hit a poor short iron that came up short of the green. He chipped nicely, except that it rolled out 6 feet by the hole on the lightning-quick greens and he missed the birdie for a chance to tie. DeChambeau took the one-shot lead to the 18th and hit his most important drive of the day — in the fairway. Westwood's tee shot settled in a divot, and he did well to get it on the green and two-putt from 65 feet. DeChambeau's birdie putt slid by some 5 feet and he shook his arms in celebration when the par putt dropped. Westwood closed with a 73, not a bad score considering the average of 75.49 was the highest for a final round since 1980. Jordan Spieth was part of a four-man race on the front nine and briefly tied for the lead with a birdie on the par-5 sixth. That turned out to be his last birdie of the day. He took bogey on three of his last four holes for a 75, dropping him into a three-way tie for fourth with Andrew Putnam (71) and Ricky Werenski (73). For Spieth, it was his third top-five finish in his last four events. DeChambeau said he received a text Sunday morning from Tiger Woods, who is recovering from serious leg injuries from his car crash in Los Angeles. He said Woods, an eight-time Bay Hill winner, told him to “keep fighting.” He also considered the words from Arnold Palmer to “play boldly.” He needed all of that with the fight Westwood gave him, and the test Bay Hill provided. “It's been quite a battle this whole entire time,” DeChambeau said. DeChambeau rose to No. 6 in the world with his ninth PGA Tour victory, and he became the first player this season with multiple victories, to go along with his U.S. Open title in September. It matched the longest it took for a multiple winner on the PGA Tour since 1969. Nick Price won his second title in the 21st week of the season in 1994. Rory McIlroy, who started four shots out of the lead, was never in the mix. He came undone on the par-5 sixth, where he hit two tee shots into the water and then hit the fairway, green and made the putt to salvage double bogey. He shot 76. Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored 62 seconds apart early in the second period and rookie Ilya Sorokin made 24 saves as the New York Islanders defeated the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. The victory was the Islanders’ sixth straight over the Sabres this season. Casey Cizikas increased the lead to 3-0 at 16:56 with his fourth goal. Cal Clutterbuck, who also scored in Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Sabres, added his third of the season. Nelson scored his second of the game and ninth of the season into an empty net at 17:48 to complete the scoring. Sorokin, the 25-year-old netminder, earned his fourth win of the season as the Islanders improved to 10-0-2 at Nassau Coliseum. Jeff Skinner’s goal at 5:41 of the third period ruined his shutout bid. Colin Miller also scored for the Sabres, who are 2-10-1 since a forced two-week delay in their season during early February because of COVID-19 protocols. LIGHTNING 6, BLACKHAWKS 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Yanni Gourde, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman each scored a power-play goal in the second period, helping Tampa Bay win. Pat Maroon added his 100th career goal in the third period, giving Tampa Bay a season-high four goals with the man advantage. Gourde finished with two goals and two assists, and Alex Killorn scored for the third straight game. The Lightning improved to 3-0-1 on their season-long six-game trip and stretched their point streak to a season-high eight games. They took two of three in the series between Central Division contenders. Mattias Janmark had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks. Philipp Kurashev and Pius Suter also scored. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Ryan Switzer said his 9-month-old son is stable after undergoing surgery to stop bleeding. Switzer chronicled son Christian's medical situation over the weekend on Twitter, prompting an outpouring of public support. Switzer's most recent post Sunday came after the operation was completed and he said his son is “resting.” On Saturday, Switzer said his son had “woke up in his blood” and had tested positive for COVID-19. He said doctors were trying to determine the cause of the bleeding. In his latest update, Switzer said a gastrointestinal specialist “found several sites of bleeding” and samples were sent for a biopsy. The 26-year-old Switzer spent last season on Cleveland's practice squad. He was drafted by Dallas in 2017 and spent two years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Switzer initially reached out to his Twitter followers asking for prayers for his son, who he said needed three blood transfusions on Saturday due to low hemoglobin levels. Switzer said he and his wife, Gabie, were “overwhelmed by the amount of people who have reached out in support of Christian." ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL The Associated Press
The Cleveland Indians have broken COVID-19 protocols for the third time in less than a year, this time costing them third baseman José Ramírez and slugger Franmil Reyes. Manager Terry Francona said Sunday the two players were sent to their Arizona homes while the Indians wait to hear from Major League Baseball when they can rejoin the team. Francona said Reyes, who had a virus-related misstep last season, and Ramirez went out to dinner on Friday following an exhibition game in Mesa against the Chicago Cubs. They reported to the team’s complex on Saturday and were immediately sent away. They did not have contact with any other players or team personnel. “The players themselves actually self-reported that they had made a mistake," Francona said on a Zoom call. When spring training resumed last year after being stopped due to the pandemic, Reyes was forced to quarantine after the team learned via a social media posting that he attended a July 4 party while wearing a mask. A month later, the Indians placed pitchers Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac on the restricted list after they broke protocols by going out to dinner while the team was in Chicago. Clevinger, who was traded a few weeks later to San Diego, initially didn’t disclose he had been out with Plesac. Francona understands that players may be fatigued by the COVID-19 guidelines, but they’re in place to protect their safety. “I do get it," he said. “Everybody wants to get rid of your mask and it’d be nice to go sit in a restaurant. Those aren’t the conditions we’re playing under. I also know those guys are young and it’s not normal to be cooped up." “It doesn’t have to just be baseball. It’s everybody. It’s life. But these are the rules we’re playing under and the more we follow them, the better chance it gives us to be a complete baseball team. Because right now, we’ve lost a couple guys for two, three, four days. That doesn’t help," he said. ___ ATHLETICS 9, INDIANS 4 (7) Matt Olson and Matt Chapman hit consecutive home runs for Oakland in the first inning off Adam Plutko. Ramon Laureano and Logan Davidson later connected for the A's. Grant Holmes retired all six batters he faced in the start for the Athletics. CARDINALS 8, ASTROS 5 Adam Wainwright struck out five in three innings in his second start for St. Louis, allowing one run. Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer. Houston reliever Ryan Pressly struck out the side in his one inning. Jose Altuve hit a wind-aided triple off the wall. Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley, diagnosed with a right UCL strain, has been advised to undergo Tommy John surgery. The right-hander is seeking a second opinion. YANKEES 4, PHILLIES 0 Brett Gardner hit a grand slam off Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler and Giancarlo Stanton doubled twice. New York starter Jordan Montgomery gave up two hits in three scoreless innings. Wheeler struck out four before leaving with one out in the third inning. BRAVES 5, RED SOX 4 Atlanta starter Charlie Morton worked three innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out three. Dansby Swanson hit a three-run double and Pablo Sandoval had an RBI double. Enrique Hernandez hit his third spring home run for Boston. Garrett Richards walked four and allowed three hits in his two-inning start, giving up four runs. PIRATES 13, ORIOLES 1 Ke'Bryan Hayes doubled, giving him an extra-base hit in four straight games for Pittsburgh. Kevin Newman had a two-run double and single and has reached base in nine of 11 plate appearances — he left the game with hamstring tightness. Adam Frazier also doubled and singled. Looking to fill a spot in the Pirates rotation, J.T. Brubaker allowed two hits over two scoreless innings and Chase De Jong followed with two shutout innings. Baltimore starter John Means gave up four runs on four hits and a walk over two innings. Cedric Mullins singled twice and drove in a run. TWINS 8, RAYS 4 (8 INNINGS) Josh Donaldson and Keon Broxton hit three-run homers for Minnesota. Alex Colome struck out two in an inning of relief. Tampa Bay starter Michael Wacha allowed a hit in two scoreless innings. Austin Meadows hit his third home run of the spring. TIGERS 5, BLUE JAYS 1 (8) Julio Teheran pitched out of the bullpen for Detroit and retired all six batters he faced, striking out two. Toronto starter Robbie Ray recorded seven outs, six by strikeout. MARLINS 4, METS 4 Miami starter Pablo Lopez gave up a hit and a walk over three scoreless innings. New York starter Marcus Stroman pitched three innings, giving up a pair of runs in the first. Third baseman Jeff McNeil made three errors. Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer for the Mets. ROCKIES 1, WHITE SOX 0 (7) Lucas Giolito pitched three no-hit innings for Chicago, walking one and striking out two. German Marquez scattered three hits and a walk over three scoreless innings for Colorado. RANGERS 4, DODGERS 3 (8) Texas newcomer Mike Foltynewicz retired all six hitters he faced in the start. Jordan Lyles worked a perfect third inning. Los Angeles ace Walker Buehler gave up home runs to Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo in the first inning. GIANTS 9, REDS 4 (8) San Francisco starter Anthony DeScalfani, who spent five seasons with Cincinnati, gave up one hit over two innings. Heliot Ramos hit two homers and Steven Duggar, Lamonte Wade Jr. and Joey Bart also connected for the Giants. Joey Votto singled and doubled for the Reds. Sean Doolittle was touched for three hits, two of them homers, and a walk in one inning of relief. DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 4 Back with Chicago this season, Jake Arrieta allowed a hit and a walk over two innings. Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered. Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run triple for Arizona. Also attracting interest during the exhibition at Scottsdale, Arizona: a large goose that roamed the outfield for much of the game. ROYALS 4, PADRES 3 San Diego newcomer Yu Darvish struck out four and allowed one hit in two innings. Eric Hosmer homered for the Padres. Kansas City starter Jakob Junis pitched three innings and gave up one hit, a leadoff homer to Trent Grisham. He struck out four. Wade Davis worked a perfect inning and Michael Taylor hit his second home run of the spring. ANGELS 6, MARINERS 2 (6) Albert Pujols and Justin Upton hit consecutive doubles for Los Angeles. Phil Gosselin and Scott Schebler hit back-to-back homers. Logan Gilbert struck out four in his two-inning start for Seattle. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
CALGARY — Wild-card teams skipped by Kevin Koe and Wayne Middaugh remained unbeaten at the Canadian men's curling championship on Sunday. Koe's Alberta-based team - dubbed Wild Card Two - dumped Prince Edward Island's Eddie MacKenzie 12-5 in the morning draw. Middaugh, who's throwing fourth stones for Glenn Howard on Wild Card Three, led the Ontario-based rink to a 12-2 rout of Yukon's Dustin Mikkelsen in the afternoon. "Our schedule is a little back heavy in terms of the favourites in the pool, which is probably a good thing," Koe said. "We've (had) a few games to figure some stuff out and play some real games for the first time in a long time. "Now we're looking forward to the challenges ahead." Koe, who's hoping to win a record fifth career Tim Hortons Brier title as skip, was to face Team Canada's Brad Gushue in the evening feature game. Koe (3-0) and Gushue (2-0) were the only unbeaten rinks in Pool B after six draws at the WinSport Arena. Middaugh was steady again after an impressive opener in his first competitive bonspiel in over five years. Wild Card Three moved into a first-place tie with idle Manitoba atop the Pool A standings at 2-0. "Now we've hopefully learned a few things and we can keep playing at a good level with the really top teams that are here," Middaugh said. With the game well in hand, Howard came on for the last two ends to play lead for the first time in his long career. He has moved into the alternate role at the 10-day event as he's nursing sore ribs. New Brunswick's James Grattan dropped a 6-5 decision to Alberta's Brendan Bottcher to leave both teams at 2-1. Wild Card One's Mike McEwen and Northern Ontario's Brad Jacobs were also 2-1 after afternoon victories. McEwen's Manitoba-based rink topped B.C.'s Steve Laycock 10-7 while Jacobs beat Greg Skauge of the Northwest Territories 7-5. Ontario's John Epping, Quebec's Michael Fournier and Saskatchewan's Matt Dunstone were tied in third place in Pool B at 2-1 after morning wins. Epping defeated Nova Scotia's Scott McDonald 12-7, Fournier trounced Nunavut's Peter Mackey 15-1 and Dunstone posted a 6-3 victory over Greg Smith of Newfoundland and Labrador. Nova Scotia fell to 1-2 while P.E.I. (0-2), Nunavut (0-2) and Newfoundland and Labrador (0-3) remained winless in Pool B. B.C. (0-2), N.W.T. (0-3), and Yukon (0-3) had yet to win in Pool A. The preliminary round continues through Thursday night. The top four teams in each pool will advance to the two-day championship round. The semifinal and final are set for March 14. The champion will represent Canada at the world men's curling championship next month in the same Canada Olympic Park venue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 7, 2021. Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. The Canadian Press
Larson missed 32 races in 2020 after he was fired from his ride at Chip Ganassi Racing for saying a racial slur during a virtual race.