The NHL’s Canadian broadcasting partner has taken important steps toward inclusiveness. Now the players must continue that momentum.
The NHL’s Canadian broadcasting partner has taken important steps toward inclusiveness. Now the players must continue that momentum.
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.
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.
OCALA, Fla. — Austin Ernst won the Drive On Championship on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, pulling away to beat fellow former NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho by five strokes at Golden Ocala. Tied for the lead with Kupcho after each of the first two rounds and a stroke ahead entering the day, Ernst closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under 273. Kupcho, coming off a closing eagle Saturday, had a double bogey and three bogeys in a 74. Brooke Henderson, of Smiths Falls, Ont., was the top Canadian,finishing tied for 44th at 2-over. Calgary's Jaclyn Lee was tied for 62nd at 7-over. Following sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda in the first two events of the year, Ernst gave the United States three straight victories to open a season for the first time since 2007. The 29-year-old former LSU star from South Carolina, showing her school spirit with a purple shirt, also won the 2014 Portland Classic and the 2020 NW Arkansas Championship. She won the NCAA title in 2011. With brother Drew, a former player at Coastal Carolina, working as her caddie, Ernst birdied Nos. 4-7 to get to 17 under, but dropped back with bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13. Kupcho is winless on the tour. The former Wake Forest star won the 2018 NCAA title and the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019. Kupcho birdied 10 and 12 to pull within three strokes of Ernst, then bogeyed 14, made the double bogey on the par-3 15th and bogeyed 17. She played most of the back nine in the opening round Thursday with a migraine that blurred her vision. Jenny Coleman made it a 1-2-3 U.S. finish, closing with a 71 to get to 8 under. In Gee Chun of Soiuth Korea was fourth at 7 under after a 69. Switzerland's Albane Valenzuela was another stroke back after a 73. Nelly Korda, tied with Ernst and Kupcho for the first-round lead, had weekend rounds of 76 and 75 to tie for 28th at even par. Jessica Korda shot a 71 to tie for eighth at 4 under. The Associated Press
MADRID — The president of Barcelona when Lionel Messi began playing in Spain will also be in charge when the club tries to convince the star to stay. Joan Laporta was elected Barcelona president again on Sunday, inheriting a club in crisis and facing daunting problems that include a huge debt and the possible departure of Messi when his contract finishes at the end of the season. Laporta defeated businessman Víctor Font and longtime board member Toni Freixa, the other two candidates who were among the more than 110,000 members eligible to vote. The election was held just days after the club’s last elected president — Josep Maria Bartomeu — spent a night in jail while Catalan police investigated possible irregularities during his administration. The election, which was postponed from January because of the coronavirus pandemic, caps a week in which the club made worldwide headlines after a police raid at the team's headquarters led to arrests and further embarrassment for an institution that has long prided itself as “more than a club.” The police investigation was related to the so-called “Barçagate,” which involved allegations that the former executive board hired an internet services company to spread negative messages about its own players and opponents on social media to boost the image of senior club officials. Laporta, who has a five-year term, was the team’s president between 2003-2010, during Messi’s breakout seasons. Laporta has said all along during his campaign that he was the best candidate to convince the playmaker to stay. ___ 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