The numbers are crazy!
The numbers are crazy!
The Canadiens made the decision to fire longtime goaltending coach Stephane Waite during the second period of Tuesday night's game.
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Boone had open-heart surgery in 2009, and now needs a pacemaker after experiencing several months of symptoms.
For the first time in 50 years, Washington will not have cheerleaders on the field in 2021.
Jets GM Joe Douglas is standing by the phone, waiting to answer calls about trading quarterback Sam Darnold.
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The division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly looking to bolster their depth at forward.
TAMPA, Fla. — The all-star break can't come soon enough for the undermanned Toronto Raptors, who went into Wednesday's game against the Detroit Pistons missing five players, head coach Nick Nurse and six of his staff. Assistant coach Sergio Scariolo was in charge for the second straight outing. The Raptors were without starters Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby as well as Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw due to the league's health and safety protocols. Siakam, VanVleet and Anunoby had accounted for 1,603 points this season, 42 percent of Toronto’s total this season prior to Wednesday. Jalen Harris and Donta Hall were summoned from the Raptors 905 G-League squad. Scariolo said they arrived "literally one minute" before the team practice Tuesday. "We'll manage the rotation tonight the best we can," Scariolo said prior to Wednesday's game. The Raptors are scheduled to play at Boston on Thursday, with the league taking a break after that for Sunday's all-star game in Atlanta. Toronto is set to resume play March 11 against visiting Atlanta. It has been a whirlwind for the Raptors since they defeated Houston 122-111 on Friday without Siakam, Nurse and five members of his staff. Sunday's game against Chicago was postponed and the matchup with Detroit pushed back a day to Wednesday. A sixth member of the staff was added to the absentees list Wednesday. Scariolo, assistant coach Jim Sann, Mark Tyndale (assistant video coordinator/player development) and Jamaal Magloire (basketball development consultant) manned the Toronto bench against Houston. The Toronto coaching staff was already shorthanded given Chris Finch quit the team to become head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Adrian Griffin, Jama Mahlalela and Jon Goodwillie make up the remainder of Nurse's coaching staff. Speaking to the media Tuesday evening, GM Bobby Webster said the good news was his team had had multiple days of no new cases. Still, those players available weren't able to get together until Wednesday afternoon for a film session and walkthrough, having to wait until their morning COVID-19 tests came back negative. Scariolo said the coaches met virtually prior to the game. Pistons coach Dwane Casey, who spent seven years at the Raptors helm, praised the league and players for the way they have handled playing in a pandemic. He said his team prepared for the undermanned Raptors the same as always, saying the likes of Kyle Lowry, Norm Powell and Chris Boucher weren't going to change their game. "The personnel may change a little bit but they have a distinct style of play that's there, that's been there a long time," he said prior to the game. The NBA, meanwhile, reported Wednesday that of the 456 players tested for COVID-19 since Feb. 24, seven new players had returned confirmed positive tests. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2021. The Canadian Press
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MADRID — Barcelona eased some of the pressure on the club by rallying late to force extra time and defeat Sevilla 3-0 on Wednesday, reaching its ninth Copa del Rey final in 11 seasons. Barcelona trailed 2-0 from the first leg but pulled even in the fourth minute of stoppage time, when Gerard Piqué scored with a header to make it level 2-2 on aggregate. Martin Braithwaite then netted early in extra time to give the Catalan club a 3-2 win over both legs. Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen had kept Barcelona in it by saving a 73rd-minute penalty kick that would have practically ended the team's chances of advancing. Ousmane Dembélé opened the scoring early for Barcelona, which will be trying to win a record 31st Copa title. The victory comes two days after former club president Josep Maria Bartomeu was arrested by Catalan police investigating possible irregularities during his administration. It also comes four days before the club holds its presidential elections to try to move on from one of its worst crises ever. Sevilla was trying to return to the Copa final for the first time since 2018, when it lost to Barcelona. The five-time Copa winner also lost to the Catalan club in the 2016 final. This season's final will be on April 17 at the La Cartuja Stadium in Seville. Levante hosts Athletic Bilbao in the other semifinal on Thursday. The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Bilbao. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoni Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press
LONDON — Manchester United was held 0-0 by Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday for a third straight goalless draw in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's misfiring team. A day after fierce rival Manchester City made it 21 wins in a row to open up a 15-point lead, second-place United was left frustrated again and has won only one of its last five matches in the league. United has now gone 285 minutes without a goal heading into Sunday’s Manchester derby at Etihad Stadium, having also drawn 0-0 against Real Sociedad in the Europa League and against Chelsea in the league at the weekend. “Disappointing,” Solskjaer said. “Just a little bit off. If you're not spot on, you're not going to win games. Palace are always a side that are going to make it hard for you.” Goalkeeper David De Gea missed the trip to London due to personal reasons and it resulted in Dean Henderson being handed only his third league start this season. In foggy and cold conditions, Henderson was called into action early, gathering two crosses with ease, while Christian Benteke volleyed over from a promising position for Palace. Opposite number Vicente Guaita produced a fine save to deny Nemanja Matic’s deflected strike before Edinson Cavani poked over from the resulting corner with the opening exchanges end-to-end. Marcus Rashford should have broken the deadlock soon after but he side-footed wide after Luke Shaw picked him out inside the area. Suddenly, it turned into attack vs. defence, with Solskjaer’s men completely dominant, and Mason Greenwood had an effort deflected wide in the 23rd minute. Palace was able to weather the storm but was indebted to right back Joel Ward on the stroke of halftime. Aaron Wan-Bissaka delivered a tantalizing ball across the face of goal and only a wonderful sliding clearance by Ward denied Cavani a tap-in. With mist making visibility difficult in the capital, United — in its zebra kit — struggled and Andros Townsend fired wide in another warning to the away side early in the second half. Solskajer’s options on the bench were limited, with Anthony Martial absent because of a minor knee injury, and frustration was building for the visitors as captain Harry Maguire and Rashford exchanged words. Scott McTominay and Daniel James were summoned from the bench with time running out, the latter was surprisingly introduced in place of Cavani. It saw Greenwood go down the middle and he curled over from 20 metres before Shaw sliced wide. There was still time for one more opportunity but it went to Palace. Left back Patrick van Aanholt was played through but Henderson made a crucial save, ensuring United trailed City by 14 points with 11 league games left. Palace extended its unbeaten run to three games with another dogged display and has kept five clean sheets since the turn of the year. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
Coach Lindy Ruff seemingly is shaking up his lines with the New Jersey Devils slumping and struggling to score. A day after losing 2-1 to the New York Islanders, Ruff altered all four of New Jersey's line combinations on Wednesday in preparation for consecutive games against the rival Rangers on Thursday and Saturday at the Prudential Center. The top four centres all stayed in place with Pavel Zacha, Jack Hughes, Travis Zajac and Michael McLeod in the middle. Each line had at least one new winger. The move is not surprising. The Devils have lost three straight, six of seven games and have been limited to 15 goals in that span. Their only win was a 4-3 decision over Buffalo in overtime in a game in which top Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark left with an injury after blanking New Jersey in the opening 20 minutes. Ruff, whose team has 46 goals in 18 games, said there is a fine line between shaking things up to create offence and losing the cohesiveness that some lines have developed. “When you look at our club and our 5-on-5 scoring, we know lately we need to be better,” Ruff said after practice. “Some of the thinking is to create maybe some newness, which maybe has a history of creating some offence. Giving some players a bigger opportunity, maybe putting bigger, stronger players on some lines to give a net-front presence where maybe the other players can’t get there. Every now and then you just have to shake it up.” The biggest change probably was moving moving Miles Wood to the left wing on the top line with Kyle Palmieri on the right side and Zacha in the middle. Wood surprisingly leads the Devils with seven goals. He might be the fastest skater on the team and whatever line he plays on, he causes headaches for the opposition in the crease. Palmieri, who has struggled scoring this season, could benefit from that, while Zacha is the hottest player on the team. He had his 10-game point-scoring streak snapped on Tuesday. If the practice lines hold, the 19-year-old Hughes will be skating with rookies Janne Kuokkanen and Yegor Sharangovich on his wings. Kuokkanen would be returning to the lineup while Sharangovich has played well the past two games, scoring a goal. The other two lines were Zajac centring Andreas Johnsson and Nathan Bastian and McLeod on the fourth line with Mikhail Maltsev and Jesper Bratt. “Sometimes it is good to get a little switch up and have a little shock on the team we’re going to play,” Bratt said. “So I’m excited for that. And I think the whole team is so exciting going forward for our next game, and it’s going to be fun.” Playing the Rangers might be just what the Devils need. The Hudson River rivals have played twice this season and New Jersey has won both games. “Every team in our division is a tough team, and we know that we have to put in a great game to win it," Bratt said. “But for sure, we have a good feeling going into this game.” NOTES: For the first time this season the Devils (7-9-2) have gone three straight games without giving up a power-play goal. ... Ruff had no update when C Nico Hischier will return to the lineup. He has missed the past two games after a power-play shot hit him in the face shield on Saturday against Washington. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
MILAN — Franck Kessié scored a penalty with the last kick of the match to rescue a 1-1 draw for title-chasing AC Milan against Udinese in Serie A. Rodrigo Becão looked to have secured Udinese’s first win at Milan in nearly five years before a needless handball from Jens Stryger Larsen. It was Milan’s first match without injured forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Rossoneri remained second in the standings. They are three points behind Inter Milan ahead of the Nerazzurri's trip to Parma. There were two late penalties and Sassuolo also hit the woodwork twice in an extraordinary 3-3 draw against Napoli. Atalanta humiliated bottom club Crotone 5-1. Roma won 2-1 at Fiorentina. Daniella Matar, The Associated Press