It's been a long time since the Montreal Canadiens have been truly elite. Julian McKenzie explains why this is the best Habs team he's ever seen.
It's been a long time since the Montreal Canadiens have been truly elite. Julian McKenzie explains why this is the best Habs team he's ever seen.
After Aaron Rodgers name-dropped Jodie Foster during his MVP speech, Foster returned the favor on Sunday night.
Patrick Kane scored his 400th career goal and Kevin Lankinen made 44 saves as the Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 7-2 on Sunday night.
The golf world wore red shirts and black pants to honor Tiger Woods on Sunday.
Alex Ovechkin broke a second-period tie and the streaking Capitals welcomed back starting goalie Ilya Samsonov with a 3-2 victory over the skidding Devils.
Giannis scored 36 points and sparked a closing 9-0 run to help the Bucks rally to beat the Clippers 105-100 on Sunday for their fifth straight win.
Oliver Wahlstrom and JG Pageau each scored PP goals as the Islanders finished a strong February with a 2-0 win over the Penguins on Sunday.
Luka Doncic is, once again, shattering records.
Raptors-Bulls postponed as Raptors don't have enough players to play due to COVID-19 protocols.
Toronto acquired the 27-year-old pitcher from the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday in exchange for cash considerations.
Irv Cross played in the league from 1961-69, and then spent 23 years with CBS as an NFL analyst.
PGA champion Collin Morikawa shook off an early mistake and and closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory at the Workday Championship.
Mike Tomlin, typically quiet during the offseason, is speaking out about a 'collective failure' in NFL hiring practices.
RENNES, France — Rennes coach Julien Stephan has stepped down from this position following a poor run of results this year. The French league team thanked Stephan for all the “exceptional results” secured with the club. Stephan took over as Rennes head coach in 2018. He led the Brittany side to a stunning victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the 2019 French Cup final. He also helped the team qualify for the Champions League group stage for the first time last season. But Rennes slumped to a fourth consecutive loss in all competitions last week and has won only one game in 2021. The Associated Press
UFC bantamweight-featherweight champion Amanda Nunes introduces her 5-month-old daughter Raegan Ann Nunes and breaks down Megan Anderson's weaknesses ahead of their bout at UFC 259 on Saturday, March, 6, 2021.
CALGARY — Kerri Einarson's second Canadian women's curling championship was very different from her first.Einarson didn't throw her last stone Sunday in a 9-7 win over Ontario's Rachel Homan in Calgary, in contrast to her nail-biting last draw to beat Homan in an extra end last year in Moose Jaw, Sask.Einarson and her teammates also celebrated Sunday in the silence in an empty arena without applause and adulation of spectators because of the COVID-19 pandemic.But the skip insists it still felt sweet to repeat."It means the absolute world to be able to repeat," Einarson said. "It's something that is very hard to do."Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Meilleur from Manitoba's Gimli Curling Club were the first to claim back-to-back titles at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts since Homan in 2013 and 2014.Homan has lost three straight Hearts finals going back to 2019 when her team lost in an extra end to Chelsea Carey in Sydney, N.S.Einarson had a better feel for ice conditions Sunday than Homan, who is pregnant and due in April. "I'm unbelievably proud of these girls for battling all week and sticking with me and doing all the extra stuff I couldn't do," Homan said. "We had a chance right to the end, but it didn't go our way."I pushed as hard as I could and went as far as we were able to go as a team. It was a phenomenal team effort to make this happen this week."Einarson controlled most of the game leading 5-3 after five ends and 7-4 after seven. But Homan scored a point in the eighth and stole two in the ninth to tie it coming home. Einarson lay two in the rings when Homan's attempted freeze slid too deep into the rings."Definitely felt extremely weird not being able to run and hug my girls and my parents and family and friends," Einarson said. Einarson retains the Maple Leaf as Team Canada for the 2022 national championship in Thunder Bay, Ont., and picked up $100,000 in first-place prize money.Einarson faces the prospect of missing out on a women's world championship again.The World Curling Federation cancelled the March 20-28 tournament in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, because the local Swiss health authority would not support it in a global pandemic.Einarson and her teammates had arrived in Prince George, B.C., for the 2020 world championship when it was called off.The WCF pulled the plug Feb. 8 on this year's championship. An announcement has yet to be made on whether it will be rescheduled to another date and location."My husband said to me before I came here 'you could be the first person to not go to worlds and win twice,'" Einarson said. "I don't know. Hopefully something can happen for us."Einarson beat Alberta's Laura Walker 9-3 in the afternoon semifinal to earn a championship showdown with Homan.Walker eliminated six-time champion Jennifer Jones of Manitoba with a 9-8 win in a morning tiebreaker.Homan earned prize money of $60,000 as the runner-up. Walker collected $40,000 for third place.The Hearts was the first of four Curling Canada events shifted to a spectator-free, controlled environment at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre in an effort to have a season and get curling on TSN.The Canadian men's championship starts Friday, followed by national mixed doubles and the men's world championship April 3-11. Two Grand Slam events, which are Rogers Sportsnet's properties, are planned for later in April. Tourism Calgary predicts the six curling events in Calgary will inject $11 million into the local economy.The Hearts was the first test of the curling bubble. No positive tests for the virus were reported as of Sunday."I think it went really smoothly. It felt good to be out there doing what we love," Sweeting said. "Even though there were no fans, it was still special for us."Teams arrived in Calgary with a few games played this winter, and depending on pandemic restrictions in their region, not much practice time at their local clubs.Homan lacked ice time to adapt her stone delivery to her changing body before arriving in Calgary."Can we talk for a second about skipper over here?" Homan's third Emma Miskew said. "Unbelievable you curled that well. It's just amazing."Ontario also incorporated lineup changes on the fly at the Hearts. Homan dropped longtime lead Lisa Weagle last year for Wilkes to play second, and shifted Joanne Courtney to lead. They didn't have the benefit of 50 games to re-establish chemistry and communication.Einarson's advantage was an unchanged lineup from the team that bested Homan a year earlier. Birchard and Meilleur both posted shooting percentages higher than counterparts Wilkes and Courtney in Sunday's final.Einarson, Sweeting and Birchard were named to the tournament's first all-star team at their positions with Manitoba lead Weagle breaking up an Einarson sweep. Homan, Wild Card One third Selena Njegovan, Manitoba second Jocelyn Peterman and Courtney were second-team all-star picks.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — PJ Washington scored a career-high 42 points, Malik Monk converted a three-point play with 1.4 seconds remaining and the Charlotte Hornets stunned the Sacramento Kings 127-126 with a late rally Sunday night. Monk finished with 21 points to help Charlotte come back despite playing without leading scorer Gordon Hayward, who sat out with a hand injury. LaMelo Ball added 24 points and a career-best 12 assists for the Hornets, who trailed the entire fourth quarter before Monk’s game-winning play. The Kings missed five free throws over the final 69 seconds and lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Sacramento led 123-115 following a dunk by Harrison Barnes, but coach Luke Walton’s team couldn’t close it out. Terry Rozier made a 3-pointer and then added three free throws after being fouled by Barnes with 33.7 seconds left. After Washington’s fifth 3 cut the lead to 125-124 with 17 seconds remaining, Buddy Hield hit one of two free throws for the Kings. Monk followed by driving down the lane and flipping the ball off the backboard with his right hand. He was fouled by Richaun Holmes. Hield missed a desperation heave from beyond midcourt as time ran out. Hield scored 30 points and Barnes had 28. De’Aaron Fox added 20 points and 14 assists for Sacramento. Ball gave the Hornets a scare just before halftime when he crashed into the Charlotte bench after catching an inbounds pass from the opposite end of the court. Ball tried to flip the ball backward, then tumbled over chairs and into a cooler stand before he was helped up. The first half was highlighted by a scoring duel between Hield and Washington. Hield made five 3s and had 17 points in the first quarter to help the Kings go up by 14. Washington brought the Hornets back, scoring 14 of his 22 first-half points in the second period to cut the lead to 67-66. ROOKIE SHOWDOWN ON HOLD An anticipated matchup between Ball and Sacramento guard Tyrese Haliburton was postponed when Haliburton sat out a second straight game with a sore left calf. Both are among the early leading candidates for NBA Rookie of the Year. During a pregame ceremony at midcourt as the Hornets warmed up nearby, Haliburton wore a light blue suit and was presented with the rookie of the month award for games played in December and January. FASTEST TO 1K Hield became the fastest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 career 3-pointers, doing so in his 350th career game. Stephen Curry of the Warriors was the previous fastest at 369 games. TIP-INS Hornets: Washington’s 15 field goals were a career high. … Monk picked up a technical foul for yelling at referees after scoring in the second quarter. … Jalen McDaniels was called for an inbounding violation midway through the first. Kings: Fox picked up two fouls in the first six minutes. UP NEXT Hornets: Visit the Trail Blazers on Monday. Portland has won 12 straight at home against Charlotte Kings: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday. The Kings haven’t beaten the Lakers at home since Dec. 27, 2018. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press
The Bucks humiliated the Clippers thanks to another incredible performance by Giannis Antetokounmpo, Orioles 1B Trey Mancini made an emotional return to the game at Spring Training, and Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon are set to reunite on the football field… but not where you’d expect.
DETROIT — Julius Randle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and the New York Knicks moved above .500 with a 109-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. The Knicks (18-17) have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and have won seven of their last nine games. They had an easy time with the last-place Pistons, taking an 11-point lead into halftime and extending that to 24 in the second half. This is the first time the Knicks have been above .500 this far into the season since they were 54-28 at the end of 2012-13, according to SportRadar. Derrick Rose scored 14 points, less than a month after he was traded from the Pistons to the Knicks. Dennis Smith Jr., who went to Detroit in that deal, started and scored seven. Jerami Grant scored 21 points for the Pistons. They shot just 38% from the field and went 9 of 32 from 3-point range. Detroit has lost six of seven. RJ Barrett scored 21 points for the Knicks, and Alec Burks added 16. TIP-INS Knicks: Taj Gibson (left ankle sprain), Elfrid Payton (right sore hamstring) and Mitchell Robinson (right hand surgery) were out. ... New York shot 51% from the field and 13 of 26 from beyond the arc. Pistons: Detroit has been holding Blake Griffin out while trying to resolve his future. Delon Wright (right adductor strain) also missed Sunday's game. ... The Pistons avoided their lowest point total of the season, which was 86 against Utah on Jan. 10. UP NEXT Knicks: At San Antonio on Tuesday night. Pistons: Vs. Toronto in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday night. Noah Trister, The Associated Press
HOUSTON — Justise Winslow scored 20 points and the Memphis Grizzles pounded Houston 133-84 on Sunday night for the Rockets' 11th straight loss. In just his fourth game back after missing more than a year because of a hip injury, Winslow — playing in his hometown — had his best scoring night since October 2019. Memphis had lost three of four before blowing out the slumping Rockets. Houston has its longest losing streak since a 15-game skid in November and December 2001. The 84 points are the Rockets' lowest total since Nov. 8, 2018, in a loss to Oklahoma City. Houston was 4 of 45 3s on 3-pointers. John Wall and Jae’Sean Tate each had 14 points for the Rockets. Brandon Clarke added 16 points for Memphis, Desmond Bane had 15, De’Anthony Melton 14 and Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones 13 each. The Grizzlies led 25-18 lead after the first quarter, then outscored the Rockets 38-19 in the second for a 63-37 lead. After the break, the Grizzlies quickly scored two easy baskets, leading to a timeout by Houston just 54 seconds into the third quarter. Memphis outscored the Rockets 35-8 on fast-break points and 74-36 on points in the paint. TIP-INS Grizzlies: SG Grayson Allen (concussion protocol) remained sidelined after taking an elbow to the head on Friday night against the Clippers. Bane started in Allen’s place, scoring 11 points in 23 minutes. . C Killian Tillie made his NBA debut and made down a late 3-pointer to loud cheers from the Memphis bench. Rockets: Center Justin Patton made his first career start. He had 10 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes, and was Rockets' only starter to make a 3-pointer. UP NEXT Grizzlies: At Washington on Tuesday night. Rockets: Hosts Cleveland on Monday night. The Associated Press
MIAMI — The Miami Heat are back at .500, not even a couple weeks removed from being near the very bottom of the Eastern Conference. Kendrick Nunn scored 24 points, Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Heat extended the NBA’s longest current winning streak to six games by beating the Atlanta Hawks 109-99 on Sunday night. Previous Achiuwa had 14 points in 12 reserve minutes for Miami, which used a 10-0 run late in the fourth to pull away. Tyler Herro had 12 of his 14 points for Miami in the fourth quarter and Goran Dragic scored 13 for the Heat. John Collins led all scorers with 34 points for Atlanta, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Clint Capela finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Hawks, while Trae Young added 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds. But Young shot just 3 for 14, and the Hawks have now lost 19 consecutive games when Young doesn’t score at least 20 points. Kevin Huerter scored 13 for the Hawks. The teams play again Tuesday in Miami. The Heat were without Jimmy Butler, out with inflammation in his right knee. Miami led 54-44 at the half, a big part of that because of their defence on Young. He was scoreless until 2:53 remained in the half, the deepest he’s gone into a game this season without a point. Collins was 4 for 4 in the second quarter, helping keep the Hawks within striking distance. He stayed dominant in the third. Collins had 19 in that quarter alone — the second-most any player has had in a quarter against Miami this season, one shy of the 20 that Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid had in the third quarter of the 76ers’ win over the Heat on Jan. 12. Capela added 10 in the third and the Hawks briefly recaptured the lead before going into the fourth down just 78-77. Collins and Capela were 13 for 18 in the third quarter; the rest of the Hawks were 1 for 8 and Young — just as he was in the first quarter — was scoreless. Young had nine in the fourth, but it wasn't enough. TIP-INS Hawks: Young’s scoreless first quarter was his fifth of the season. The Hawks are 0-5 in those games this season and 0-13 in those games since the finale of his rookie year. ... Rajon Rondo’s last seven games in Miami have come with him playing for seven different teams: Boston, Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans, the Lakers and now Atlanta. Heat: Among those in the crowd of about 3,000 was celebrity chef Guy Fieri. ... Adebayo now has six consecutive double-doubles, tying a career-best. ... Miami was just 11 for 37 on 3's, but held Atlanta to an 8-for-35 night from deep. BUTLER’S KNEE The Heat are listing Butler as day-to-day. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Butler was with the team for shootaround Sunday morning and the knee “didn’t loosen up the way he wanted it to.” Spoelstra added that he believes the issue is minor. FLORIDA MEN This game was the first of four consecutive the Hawks will play in Florida — they’re at Miami again Tuesday, at Orlando on Wednesday and vs. Toronto in Tampa to start the second half on March 11. They are scheduled to play four straight in California from March 20-26, and have had only one four-game stretch in Georgia so far this season. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press