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Countdown on for debut of Kraken

SEATTLE (AP) — Standing on the recently poured concrete that will be the club level floor inside Climate Pledge Arena, Tod Leiweke nodded and pointed toward a corner of the upper deck. That's where Leiweke envisions sitting sometime in the fall of 2021 when the Seattle Kraken skate out ...

Puck already dropped on NHL offseason that could be a frenzy

Even before the Tampa Bay Lightning returned home to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship, Julien BriseBois was on the phone with other NHL general managers about what to do next. He is certainly not alone in making calls. "Although we ended the hockey season officially for the '19-20 ...

Dodgers set to face Brewers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Best record in the majors. Best mark at home in the National League. Most home runs in the majors. Best bullpen ERA in the NL. The Los Angeles Dodgers have checked nearly every box on the way to their eighth straight postseason appearance. Now if they could just do ...

Titans have NFL’s first COVID-19 outbreak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans won't be back inside their building until Saturday at the earliest because of eight positive tests for the coronavirus, the first outbreak to hit the NFL as it tries to play a full schedule amid the pandemic. Tennessee is scheduled to host ...

Packers’ offense sizzling, defense work in progress

The Green Bay Packers have capitalized on the strengths of their potent offense and the circumstances of this unusual season to get an early jump on the rest of the NFC. Now they need to get better and healthier on defense. Green Bay (3-0) leads the NFL in points per game (40.7) and yards ...

Veteran Stars fall just short of Cup title

All those wily, old veterans couldn't get the Dallas Stars another Stanley Cup championship. Rick Bowness is the 65-year-old interim head coach who has been behind NHL benches in parts of five different decades. Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry are the veteran forwards in their mid-30s who spent ...

Tampa Bay tops Dallas to win Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are the champions of bubble hockey. Brayden Point scored his playoff-best 14th goal and the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 on Monday night to win the Stanley Cup and finish off the most unusual NHL postseason in history, staged nearly ...

Bubble won’t be back for next NHL season

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The 64 days spent in the NHL playoff bubble feel like six months to Barclay Goodrow. "It's tough," the Tampa Bay Lightning forward said. "It's been a grind." It's a grind he and players won't do again next season. The league and Players' Association will meet ...

Lions moving on after ending 11-game losing streak

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Even though Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia had to wait 11 months to experience the thrill of victory, he insisted relief didn't describe his feelings. "I don't ride the roller coaster," Patricia said Monday, a day after ending an 11-game losing streak at Arizona. "I ...

Young pitchers arrive for Detroit, but show plenty of growing pains

DETROIT (AP) — Shortly after his final start of the season, Casey Mize sounded ready to get right back to work. "I'm going to be really motivated to get a lot better," the Detroit right-hander said. Mize's arrival — along with that of fellow pitching prospect Tarik Skubal — was a ...

Lions beat Cardinals 26-23, end 11-game losing streak

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It was the kind of moment that had stymied the Detroit Lions so many times during their 11-game losing streak: A potential game-winning play, a gut-punch penalty that reversed it and the realization that nothing was going to come easy. But Matthew Stafford has seen a ...

After 13 seasons, Rangers trade Staal to Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings acquired defenseman Marc Staal and a second-round draft pick from the New York Rangers for future considerations Saturday. The draft pick is in 2021. Staal, 33, had two goals and nine assists in 52 games this past season. He has played his whole ...

Perry, Stars force Game 6 with OT win

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — More than a decade since Corey Perry won the Stanley Cup as a young player and years after Joe Pavelski fell two wins short, the greybeards aren’t ready to leave the bubble and give up on another opportunity for a championship just yet. Pavelski tied it with 6:45 ...

After a year of drama, Lakers reach NBA Finals

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Here's a list of just some of the things the Los Angeles Lakers have gone through in the last 12 months: playing through a politically charged situation in China during the preseason and more massive fallout after returning home, the death of Kobe Bryant in a ...

MAC returns with 6-game football season

The Mid-American Conference, the first major college football league to postpone its season because of the pandemic, became the final one to jump back in, making it 10 out of 10 conferences that will play in the fall. As university presidents in the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Mountain West have done ...

Brotherly love: Watts embracing unique family reunion

Growing up in Wisconsin, the sibling rivalry between the Watt brothers had no boundaries. Out front playing roller hockey. In the backyard playing football. Mini-baseball in the basement. Even the kitchen table at grandma's was not immune. As kids, J.J., T.J. and Derek would spend hours at ...

Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77

CHICAGO (AP) — Gale Sayers, the dazzling and elusive running back who entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame despite the briefest of careers and whose fame extended far beyond the field for decades thanks to a friendship with a dying Chicago Bears teammate, has died. He was 77. Nicknamed ...

Stamkos scores, leaves, Lightning beat Stars 5-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, left with injury and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept dominating without him, blowing the Dallas Stars out of an empty arena with a 5-2 rout in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to take the lead in ...

Packers’ Adams unsure of his status for Saints game

Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams says he doesn’t know yet whether he’ll be able to play Sunday night at New Orleans after leaving the Packers’ previous game early with a hamstring injury. “It’s too early to tell,” Adams said Wednesday. “It’s feeling better. I think ...

Budget shortfall forces deep cuts in Ohio State sports program

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State's athletic department will cut 25 jobs, furlough hundreds of other employees and ask coaches and others to take 5% pay cuts to help grapple with a projected $107 million budget deficit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, athletic director Gene Smith said ...