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Virus concerns hit Dallas, Columbus as NHL season looms

The NHL said Friday that six Dallas Stars players and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 in a development that will push back the opener for the defending Western Conference champions by nearly a week. The Columbus Blue Jackets also held a number of players off the ice "out ...

Citing virus test results, Tech postpones series at Minnesota State

Michigan Tech called off its hockey series at Minnesota State this weekend after positive COVID-19 test results within the program. The university made the announcement Thursday afternoon, and neither identified positive cases nor specified how many positive results there were. “Data ...

No. 8 Wisconsin outlasts Indiana in double OT with 80-73 win

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — D’Mitrik Trice scored 21 points and Tyler Wahl made consecutive 3-pointers in the second overtime to spark No. 8 Wisconsin to an 80-73 victory over Indiana on Thursday night. Wahl finished with a career-high 12 points as Wisconsin (10-2, 4-1 Big Ten) won for the ...

Changing on the fly: College hockey teams do it on, off ice

Albie O'Connell got the call shortly before his Boston University men's hockey team was supposed to get on the bus and hit the road for its season opener at UConn. Someone on the team had tested positive for COVID-19. The trip was off and the BU administration put the Terriers on pause. On ...

Thomas, English share lead on idyllic start to new year

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Justin Thomas kept bogeys off his card, thanks in part of Dustin Johnson’s caddie, and birdied three of his last five holes Thursday for an 8-under 65 to share the lead with Harris English in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Thomas couldn’t have asked for a ...

US upsets Canada to win world juniors gold

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Heavy underdogs against a hockey powerhouse on home ice, Spencer Knight and his United States teammates snatched away gold for the red, white and blue. Knight made 34 saves in yet another shutout and Team USA upset Canada 2-0 on Tuesday night to win the world junior ...

Ohio State virus issues could delay championship

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Tuesday the national championship game between Alabama and Ohio State is still a go for Monday night amid a report that the Buckeyes are having COVID-19 issues. AL.com reported that Ohio State has been in contact with CFP ...

Pistons say rookie Hayes has torn hip labrum

DETROIT (AP) — Pistons rookie guard Killian Hayes has a torn labrum in his right hip and will continue to be evaluated by the team's medical staff. The team announced Hayes' condition Wednesday but did not give a timeline for his expected recovery. He had an MRI on Tuesday. Detroit ...

No. 10 Michigan routs No. 16 Gophers, 82-57

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Freshman Hunter Dickinson scored a season-high 28 points as No. 10 Michigan pulled away and beat No. 16 Minnesota 82-57 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten. The Wolverines (10-0, 5-0 Big Ten) had a 19-point edge in the second half after leading by just six points after a ...

Red Wings entering 5th season of rebuilding

The Detroit Red Wings have spent half a decade rebuilding. And, this still might not be the year a once-proud franchise with 11 Stanley Cups breaks through and makes the playoffs. Detroit had the NHL’s worst record last season with 23 fewer points than any other team in a pandemic-altered ...

No surprise: Manning a Hall of Fame finalist

Peyton Manning, no surprise, is among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2021. The star quarterback, owner of a record five NFL Most Valuable Player awards and two Super Bowl titles, was the first finalist revealed by the hall on Tuesday night. Manning, of course, ...

Kraken add former Buffalo GM Botterill to front office

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Kraken made two more additions to their front office Tuesday, bringing in former Buffalo general manager Jason Botterill as an assistant GM and Norm Maciver as director of player personnel. Botterill joins the Kraken after serving as the general manager of the ...

NHL training camps open with sense of urgency

Peter Laviolette pulled the mask away from his face to bark out instructions while pointing every which way with his stick, then put the mask back on and skated around to show his new players what to do. It was the first day of training camp for Laviolette and the Washington Capitals and most ...

Packers hoping weather will maximize home-field edge

The Green Bay Packers did everything they could in the regular season to boost their chances of reaching the Super Bowl for the first time in a decade. Now they're hoping for some cooperation from Mother Nature. The Packers (13-3) wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the NFC and a first-round ...

Lions entering their biggest rebuild since drafting Stafford

DETROIT (AP) — The previous time the Detroit Lions went into an offseason with a rebuilding project this large, they were coming off a winless season and drafted quarterback Matthew Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick in 2009. Detroit's new general manager and coach will have to decide if ...

Cousins throws 3 TDs, Vikings end with 37-35 win over Lions

DETROIT (AP) — Kirk Cousins danced in the end zone after running for a go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Vikings went on to celebrate the end of a disappointing season with a 37-35 win over the lowly Detroit Lions on Sunday. "We were really close to being in ...

No. 1 Alabama beats Notre Dame 31-14 in Rose Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A truly untraditional Rose Bowl setting, a very common result for Alabama in the College Football Playoff. With Heisman Trophy finalists DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones, the top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled into its fifth CFP championship game in six seasons. Smith ...

World Juniors: US beats Sweden 4-0 for 3rd straight shutout, wins Group B

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Boston College's Spencer Knight made 27 saves and the United States opened the first and second periods with two-goal bursts to beat Sweden 4-0 on Thursday night and win Group B in the world junior hockey championship. The United States will face Slovakia — the ...

Longtime Bruins captain Chara leaves for Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime Boston captain Zdeno Chara signed with the Washington Capitals on Wednesday, saying his former team had decided to move on from the towering defenseman who helped the Bruins climb back into the top echelon of the NHL and win the Stanley Cup in 2011. The stunning ...

Finland beats Slovakia 6-0 to set up showdown with Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Samuel Helenius scored twice, Kari Piiroinen made 12 saves and Finland beat Slovakia 6-0 on Wednesday to improve to 3-0 in group play in the world junior hockey championship. Finland set up a showdown with defending champion Canada, also 3-0, on Thursday night for ...