It might not be Nathan MacKinnon's turn to win the Hart Trophy as injuries and other misfortunes have slowed his start — at least when compared to Connor McDavid's.
It might not be Nathan MacKinnon's turn to win the Hart Trophy as injuries and other misfortunes have slowed his start — at least when compared to Connor McDavid's.
The news comes after Nick Nurse, along with five other members of the Raptors coaching staff were placed in the NBA's health and safety protocols.
Tiger Woods was moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and underwent "follow-up procedures" on Friday morning.
"Something is changing in this generation of Asian Americans."
"There are certainly some moments that I know I could have done better really for our team and for Jared in particular.”
Renee Montgomery, a two-time WNBA champion, announced her retirement this month.
Women's hockey star Angela James, Oilers executive Kevin Lowe and former Hockey Canada president Bill Hay have been named to the Order of Hockey in Canada.
Investigators released photos of a suspect they believed was involved in the fire at Shaq's Atlanta Krispy Kreme store earlier this month.
Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster spoke to the media about Pascal Siakam and several Raptors coaches missing Friday's game vs. the Houston Rockets due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The Canucks have been shut out both times they've run a jersey-giveaway promotion this season and are now 0-4 in their new threads.
Quebec City police say they have arrested a 54-year-old woman in connection with the case of fake Alexis Lafreniere hockey cards circulating online.
Tua breaks down his former backup QB, two of his former receivers and even touted the former Bama teammate he wouldn't mind teaming up with in the NFL.
Millsap doubled down on what he claims Jazz executive Dennis Lindsey said to him.
DETROIT — De'Aaron Fox scored 27 points and the Sacramento Kings snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 110-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. Sacramento blew a 17-point first-quarter lead, then rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final quarter. The Kings held on after Detroit appeared to miss two late free throws intentionally — earlier than the Pistons probably needed to employ that desperate strategy. The Kings were up 106-104 when Harrison Barnes missed from the perimeter. Buddy Hield swooped in for a tip-in for Sacramento with 12.9 seconds left, but the play was challenged by Detroit and the call was reversed. A foul was called on Hield, and Josh Jackson went to the line at the other end with a chance to tie it. Jackson missed the first free throw, then appeared to miss the second on purpose. Nemanja Bjelica rebounded for the Kings and was fouled, and he made one of two free throws to push the lead to three. Sacramento fouled Jerami Grant immediately, and he made both free throws. Then Bjelica got free for a layup to make it 109-106, and the Kings again fouled with a three-point lead, putting Dennis Smith Jr. on the line with 8.1 seconds left. Smith made the first free throw, but his intentional miss on the second didn't hit the rim. The ball went over to Sacramento. Barnes was fouled with 7.4 seconds left, but he only made one of two free throws, giving the Pistons one more chance down three. Grant's contested 3-pointer missed everything, though. TIP-INS Kings: Sacramento is 2-5 in the second game of back-to-backs. ... G Tyrese Haliburton (left calf soreness) was out for the Kings. Sacramento was also without C Hassan Whiteside and F Jabari Parker because of health and safety protocols. Pistons: G Delon Wright (right adductor strain) missed the game. UP NEXT Kings: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night. The Kings went 0-2 against the Hornets last season. Pistons: Host the New York Knicks on Sunday night. Detroit traded guard Derrick Rose to New York earlier this month and received Smith in return. ___ Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Noah Trister, The Associated Press
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild blitzed the Los Angeles Kings with three goals in a span of just over three minutes in the first period and held on to win 3-1 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory. Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored for the Wild, who ended the Kings' six-game winning streak. Minnesota's last loss was to the Kings in Los Angeles on Feb. 16. That was Minnesota’s first game back after a two-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots for the Wild, holding the Kings scoreless until Jeff Carter's goal late in the third period in his first action since Feb. 2. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for the Kings, who were done in by the Wild's three goals in a 3:03 span. Minnesota struck first on Kaprizov’s fifth of the year, a sprawling wrap-around goal at 12:33. Bjugstad doubled the Wild’s lead less than two minutes later after Quick misplayed a puck off the backboards. The carom rolled out to Bjugstad alone in the slot, and he buried a backhander for his 100th career goal. Barely another minute had elapsed when Eriksson Ek slammed home his own rebound for his team-leading seventh of the season and a 3-0 Wild lead. Carter spoiled the shutout when he crashed the net on a 3-on-2 and muscled the puck past Talbot for his fourth of the year. The Wild were playing their first home game since Jan. 31. After their season resumed, they played five straight games on the road before returning home for a pair of games against the Kings. The teams square off again in Minnesota on Saturday night. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Patrick Donnelly, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists and Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist in New York’s three-goal second period, leading the Rangers to a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Julian Gauthier, Colin Blackwell, Pavel Buchnevich and Jonny Brodzinski also scored to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games. Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren each had two assists, and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots to improve to 2-0-2 in his last four starts. With fans back at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, the Rangers beat Bruins for the first time in three meetings. Boston was 5-0-1 in the previous six games with the Rangers. After the game, the Rangers gathered at centre-ice to salute the 1,800 fans in attendance before skating off. Several players gave their sticks to some of the fans. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist, and Patrice Bergeron also scored. Tuukka Rask made with 28 saves in the Bruins’ fourth loss in five games. The lost 7-2 at the New York Islanders on Thursday night. WILD 3, KINGS 1 ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored in a span of just over three minutes in the first period and Minnesota held off Los Angeles for its fifth straight victory. scored for the Wild, who ended the Kings’ six-game winning streak. Minnesota’s last loss was to the Kings in Los Angeles on Feb. 16. That was Minnesota’s first game back after a two-week layoff due to COVID-19 protocols. Cam Talbot stopped 27 shots for the Wild, holding the Kings scoreless until Jeff Carter’s goal late in the third period. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves for Los Angeles. The Associated Press
MIAMI — Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat got their most significant win of the season and took down the team with the NBA’s best record in the process. Butler scored a season-high 33 points, reserve Goran Dragic tied his season-best with 26 and the Heat held on to beat Utah 124-116 on Friday night — handing the Jazz (26-7) just their third loss in their last 25 games. Bam Adebayo scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Miami, which has won a season-best five straight games. Duncan Robinson scored 15 and Kendrick Nunn added 12 for the Heat. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 for the Jazz, who got 17 from Bojan Bogdanovic and 15 from Rudy Gobert. Mike Conley scored 14 for Utah, which got 13 apiece from Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles. Miami outrebounded Utah 49-36 and held the Jazz to 15-for-46 shooting from 3-point range. The Heat had to dig deep time and again in the fourth to pull out the win. Dragic found Andre Iguodala for an open 3-pointer, then made another himself on the next Heat possession for a 114-107 lead. Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer with 3:39 left started the last Jazz flurry, Conley got a layup on the next Utah possession and Gobert made two free throws on the next. Just like that, the Jazz were within 116-115. But they got no closer, with Dragic taking a charge to erase what would have been a basket by Conley with 1:58 left. The Jazz wound up missing their last six shots. The Jazz are shooting 41.2% on 3-pointers in the first halves of games this season against everyone other than Miami, and only 22.2% in the opening half of their two games against the Heat. They were 7 for 24 before the break on Friday, part of the reason why Miami went into intermission up 57-53. There were six ties, six lead changes, and neither team led by more than six in that first half. And Miami held on for a 96-94 lead after three quarters — the prerequisite for beating the Jazz this season. Utah came into Friday 24-0 when leading after three quarters, 2-6 when trailing. They’re 2-7 now. TIP-INS Jazz: Derrick Favors played in his 607th career regular-season game with Utah, breaking a tie with Rickey Green for ninth on the team’s all-time list. Next up: Bryon Russell, 628. ... Gobert had a free throw 1:53 into the game for his 6,000th career point. Heat: Adebayo was listed as questionable coming into the game because of a knee issue. ... Tyler Herro (bruised hip) missed his third straight game with that injury and 11th missed game this season overall. ... It was the sixth game in Heat history in which both teams had at least 94 points through three quarters. Three of those have come since Feb. 26, 2020. FUNDAMENTALS The teams were a combined 14 for 14 from the foul line in the first half. It was the second time the Jazz had been part of a game in which both teams shot 100% from the line in the opening 24 minutes this season, and the first such game for the Heat since a “home” game in the bubble last season against Toronto. RAINING 3’S Utah has more 3-pointers through 33 games, 559, than any other NBA team has ever made through not just 33 games — but even 35 games. Houston had 554 3’s made through the first 35 games of the 2017-18 season. The previous 33-game mark was 522, by those 2017-18 Rockets. UP NEXT Jazz: Visit Orlando on Saturday. Heat: Host Atlanta on Sunday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Lou Williams added 17 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 119-99 on Friday night to split a two-game series. Terance Mann, Nicolas Batum and Paul George each had 13 points for the Clippers, 122-94 losers on Thursday night. Jonas Valanciunas led Memphis with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ja Morant scored 20 points before he was ejected, receiving a pair of technical for arguing a no-call with 2:18 remaining. De’Anthony Melton scored 16 points. It evident from the start that the Clippers were going to be much more aggressive on both ends of the floor than they were a night earlier. The Clippers concentrated defensively on guarding the paint better than the previous game when Memphis amassed 72 paint points. Los Angeles was willing to see if the Grizzlies could make enough outside shots. The active Los Angeles defence contributed to more contested shots and turnovers by Memphis. Eventually, the pressure paid off as the Clippers closed the half on a 13-1 run for 63-47 lead at the break. The shooting struggles for Leonard and George from the previous night weren’t evident as they combined to shoot 11 of 16 from the floor. The Grizzlies managed only 40% shooting in the half. The second half continued the theme as the Los Angeles defence continued to thwart Memphis shooters, who were stuck in the 40% range. The Clippers never lost their double-digit lead in the second half, extending it to 20 on several occasions. TIP-INS Clippers: Lou Williams passed Bob Kauffman for 17th on the franchise’s career points list. Kauffman had 4,850. … Leonard has 10 games of at least 30 points. … Are 23-3 when hold they 10-point lead this season. Grizzlies: Justise Winslow took off the second night of the back-to-back part of his recovery from a left hip injury. … Valanciunas, who took a knee to the left thigh in Thursday night’s win, was active after being listed as questionable pregame. UP NEXT Clippers: Continue their five-game trip Sunday at Milwaukee. Grizzlies: At Houston on Sunday night. More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Clay Bailey, The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Atlanta Hawks 118-109 on Friday night after changing uniforms at halftime because a mix-up left the teams wearing similar colours at the start. The Thunder began the game wearing their sunset orange uniforms while the Hawks wore red, making it difficult to distinguish between the teams. Oklahoma City said in a statement that the Hawks wore the incorrect uniform colour. The team said the league should have caught the error, but because the Hawks only brought red uniforms on their trip, the Thunder changed to white for the second half. Lu Dort scored 19 points and Darius Bazley added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. John Collins scored 25 points and Clint Capela had 17 points and 21 rebounds for the Hawks. Trae Young, who played at the University of Oklahoma, finished with 17 points on 7-for-21 shooting. The Thunder were fine before the uniform switch — they shot 60% in the first half to lead 63-55 at the break. Oklahoma City got off to a strong start in white and led 96-80 after three quarters. The Hawks cut the deficit to six in the fourth quarter, but the Thunder regained control. Bazley drove to the hoop, rose, clutched to his left and threw down a monster two-handed jam that put Oklahoma City up 116-105. TIP-INS Hawks: Forward Danilo Gallinari helped the Thunder make the playoffs last season. He finished with eight points in 25 minutes. ... Collins had 12 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. Thunder: Center Al Horford rested on the front end of Oklahoma City’s back-to-back. ... Thunder guard Hamidou Diallo sat out with right groin soreness. ... Guard Ty Jerome scored for the first time as a member of the Thunder. He was called up from Oklahoma City's G League team and finished with nine points, seven assists and five rebounds in 22 minutes. UP NEXT The Hawks visit the Miami Heat on Sunday. The Thunder host the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. ___ Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: https://twitter.com/CliffBruntAP ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Cliff Brunt, The Associated Press
BOSTON — Kemba Walker made two late free throws and scored a season-high 32 points to help the Boston Celtics snap a three-game losing streak with a 118-112 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Daniel Theis added 17 points and Jaylen Brown finished with 15. Indiana led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but never led in the final 24 minutes in losing for the third time in four games. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 24 points and nine assists. Justin Holiday added 19 points and five rebounds. A 12-4 run by the Celtics, capped by a driving layup by Walker, gave Boston a 110-101 cushion in the fourth quarter. Indiana pulled within 112-109 on a layup by Sabonis with 1:23 to play. A turnover by Jaylen Brown then gave the ball back to Indiana. Holiday missed a 3-pointer from the corner and Theis hit one on the other end. But on Indiana’s next possession Sabonis got a friendly bounce off the top of the backboard on a deep 3 that trimmed Boston’s lead to 115-112. The Celtics nearly got an 8-second violation, but Walker hustled the ball up the court and was fouled, and connected on his two ensuing free throws with 11.6 seconds remaining to help seal it. One of the things Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes has hampered his team at times this season is doing too much ball watching when primary scorers Jayson Tatum, Brown and Walker have the ball in their hands. There was a lot more movement from their teammates, who pressed the action in the half court, aggressively attacking the interior of Indiana’s defence. The Pacers started fast, scoring the game’s first 12 points, which included a pair of 3-pointers and a three-point play by Myles Turner. Indiana’s lead grew as high as 18-4, but Boston responded by closing the quarter on a 28-13 run to take a 32-31 lead. Tatum and Brown combined to shoot just 2 for 8 from the field for seven points in the opening period. Most of the heavy lifting for the Celtics’ comeback came from another source. Their bench stepped up, contributing 27 points in the first half to help Boston take a 61-60 lead into the break. TIP-INS Pacers: Were outscored 48-32 in the paint. … JaKarr Sampson was added to the health and safety protocol Friday. Celtics: Held a 39-34 edge in bench scoring. … Led by as many as 10. …. Marcus Smart missed his 15th straight game with a left calf tear. UP NEXT Pacers: At Knicks on Saturday. Celtics: Host Wizards on Sunday. ___ More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press