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Stanley Cup visits children’s cancer center in Tampa

Remy Heberlein’s grandmother joked he shouldn’t touch the Stanley Cup with chocolate on his hands. ...

NHL cancels 2021 Minnesota Winter Classic, All-Star Weekend

The NHL won't take it outside and open 2021 with the Winter Classic in Minnesota but still hopes to get the hockey season going...

Arenas, stadiums find new life as safer options for voting

ATLANTA (AP) — With long waits making headlines during early voting across the country, professional sports venues have emerged as bright spots, repurposing huge...

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A World Series like no other opens Tuesday night with Clayton Kershaw’s Los Angeles Dodgers pursuing redemption, Kevin Kiermaier’s Tampa...

Florida begins early voting with no major problems reported

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Floridians began early voting in much of the state Monday with no serious problems reported as the Trump campaign...

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Thinking back over 50 years in hockey, Mike Emrick can't name one favorite memory or game, but one story sticks out. ...

Joe Thornton points to talk with Joe Montana in Toronto move

TORONTO (AP) — Joe Thornton had plenty of conversations about the next, and perhaps final, stop in his NHL career. ...

Kings sign No. 2 overall pick Quinton Byfield to 3-year deal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have signed No. 2 overall draft pick Quinton Byfield to a three-year contract. ...

Lightning Effect: Skilled NHL teams add grit to go for Cup

A skilled team that got eliminated early in the playoffs by a tougher opponent a few years removed from a Stanley Cup Final loss...

NCAA will vote in January to change NIL, transfer rules

A set of proposals to permit NCAA athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorships deals will go up for vote in January, the...

Former AP sports writer Ken Rappoport dead at age 85

Some people light up a room with their smile. Ken Rappoport could energize an entire arena or stadium with his laugh. ...

Meghan Duggan, a champion across women’s hockey, retires

In the midst of the U.S. women's hockey national team fighting for better wages and equitable support, Meghan Duggan got on the phone with...

The Latest: Champions Hockey League cancels upcoming season

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Vegas signs Alex Pietrangelo to $61.6M, seven-year contract

Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in. ...

Taylor Hall saw only positives in signing with Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall refused to buy into the negativity surrounding the Buffalo Sabres, and instead focused on the positives. ...

Sabres agree to sign Taylor Hall to 1-year, $8 million deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Taylor Hall is betting on himself in a surprising destination. ...

NHL teams making moves, not waiting for top free agents

Taylor Hall went unsigned during the first day of free agency. Same with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Hoffman. ...

Right to Labanc: Sharks sign Labanc to $18.9M, 4-year deal

More than a year after taking a team-friendly contract to help the San Jose Sharks, Kevin Labanc is finally cashing in. ...

Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core

While Braden Holtby saw his split with the Washington Capitals coming, Patric Hornqvist, Corey Crawford and Alex Pietrangelo weren't so lucky. ...

Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Nets around the NHL will look very different next season after a flurry of musical goaltenders in free agency. ...

Goalies get shuffled in NHL free agency; Lightning depleted

It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup party. ...

Trade action heats up at NHL draft ahead of free agency

Two Stanley Cup-winning players got traded, a few others got new contracts and almost 200 prospects got to — virtually — live out their...

NY Rangers select Lafreniere with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

Alexis Lafreniere wanted to take the stage at Montreal’s Bell Centre near his home and hear his name announced at the NHL draft. ...

Byfield becomes highest-drafted Black player in NHL history

Quinton Byfield became the highest drafted Black player in NHL history on Tuesday night when the Los Angeles Kings selected him with the second...

NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday night the NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season. ...

Oilers say McDavid tests positive for COVID-19

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19. ...

Minnesota trades goalie Dubnyk, forward Donato to San Jose

The Minnesota Wild traded goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks in two separate deals Monday, continuing their makeover...

NHL set for virtual draft; Lafreniere in line as top pick

Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to hear his named called in front of family, friends and an adoring crowd inside Montreal’s Bell Centre. ...

The Latest: Wentz has early interception against 49ers

The Latest on Week 4 in the NFL (all times EDT) ...

Brady throws for 5 TDs, Bucs rally to beat Chargers 38-31

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady is introducing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a new way of winning. ...

Rangers have work to do despite having top pick in NHL draft

New York Rangers president John Davidson refuses to get ahead of himself with his team in the unique position of holding the No. 1...

Vegas re-signs goalie Robin Lehner to $25M, 5-year deal

Lennox Lehner is almost 6 years old and already has five hockey jerseys because his father has bounced around the NHL so much. ...

‘Are you Sebastian’s father?’ Korda, 20, takes on idol Nadal

PARIS (AP) — Sebastian Korda was 9, heart set on a hockey career, when he went with his father, Petr, to the 2009 U.S....

LA Kings fire mascot employee accused of harassment

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have fired the employee who dresses as the hockey team's mascot after an investigation into a...

Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract

The “King” of Madison Square Garden has been deposed. ...

Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL’s marathon season

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex...

Astros win 4-1 in Game 1; Twins’ record losing streak at 17

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tarnished by scandal at the start of the year and below average during this pandemic-abbreviated season, the Houston Astros showed up...

The Latest: Virus knocks out South Alabama-Troy game

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar...

Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning were still in Toronto, they enjoyed some fresh air outside at the football stadium inside...

Veteran Dallas Stars come up short of Stanley Cup title

All those wily, old veterans couldn't get the Dallas Stars another Stanley Cup championship. ...

Plucky Stars, leading Lightning confident going into Game 6

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After a very un-Dallas Stars-like first overtime period in which they sat back and let the Tampa Bay Lightning take...

Perry, Pavelski and Stars force Stanley Cup Game 6 vs Tampa

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — More than a decade since Corey Perry won the Stanley Cup as a young player and years after Joe Pavelski...

Shattenkirk scores in OT, Lightning up 3-1, on verge of Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Kevin Shattenkirk will never forget having his contract bought out in the summer of 2019 and joining the Tampa Bay...

Neighbor calls 911 when hockey fans yell ‘Shoot! Shoot!’

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor called sheriff's deputies on some rabid Tampa Bay Lightning fans who were screaming “shoot! shoot!" as they watched...

Tampa Bay takes momentum into back-to-back Cup games

The Dallas Stars have to fix some things in a hurry, or this Stanley Cup Final could be over quickly. ...

Stamkos scores, leaves, Lightning beat Stars 5-2 in Game 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — As soon as Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, his Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated on the ice...

Sharks retain Bob Boughner as coach, removing interim tag

The San Jose Sharks saw enough from Bob Boughner behind their bench last season to be confident he's the coach to lead them back...

Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2, get even in Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup...

Oilers’ Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL MVP

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night. ...

Bob Nevin, won 2 Stanley Cups with Maple Leafs, dies at 82

Bob Nevin, a fan favorite who won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before a successful run as captain of the New...

Unlikely scorers for Stars again to win Stanley Cup opener

Joel Hanley had never scored a goal in the NHL until Game 1 of the Stanley Cup for the Dallas Stars. ...

‘Hit ’em!’ Stars hammer Tampa 4-1 to open Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Dallas Stars players on the bench yelled at their teammates, “Hit ’em!” They did, over and over, the body checks...

Bettman: Next NHL season could start in December or January

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Gary Bettman will take his first sigh of relief in months when he presents the Stanley Cup. ...

Stanley Cup: Stars and Lightning turn defense into offense

This was already going to be an unusual Stanley Cup, and it now has a matchup for all of those who like their games...

Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa...

The Latest: No fans for junior hockey worlds in Edmonton

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ...

Lightning face adversity and Islanders in East final Game 6

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jon Cooper might have reacted differently five years ago to losing in double overtime in Tampa Bay's first chance to...

Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders avoided elimination with...

Stars overcame major stumbles to reach Stanley Cup Final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Inside a lounge at the JW Marriott usually reserved for their meals and meetings, the Dallas Stars enjoyed a moment. ...

Stars in Stanley Cup Final after being outscored and outshot

The Dallas Stars were mired in a six-game losing streak when the season was paused for 4 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic,...

Peter Laviolette named coach of Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette as coach Tuesday, turning to an NHL veteran who won the Stanley Cup with the...

Stars on to Stanley Cup Final after 3-2 OT win over Vegas

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought. ...

Top players have Lightning on verge of first final since ’15

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final, Andrei Vasilevskiy was a rookie goalie who played...

Sunday in the parks: The playoffs, NFL, a no-hitter and more

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — In a year where good days seem in short supply, sports delivered one. ...

Quick-strike Lightning beat Islanders, on verge of final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — While the New York Islanders were celebrating Brock Nelson scoring the first goal of the game, Tampa Bay Lightning center...

Khudobin, Stars beat Knights to take 3-1 lead in West final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Anton Khudobin gloved the puck out of the air on Shea Theodore's shot at the most intense moment of the...

Nelson, Varlamov help Islanders beat Lightning 5-3 in Game 3

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Coach Barry Trotz never questioned his New York Islanders' resolve. ...

LA Kings re-sign D Sean Walker for 4 years, $10.6 million

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Sean Walker to a four-year, $10.6 million contract extension. ...

Radulov scores 31 seconds into OT, Stars beat Vegas 3-2

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The entire Dallas Stars bench was yelling out to Joe Pavelski about what to do with the puck after a...

NHL’s final four have gotten deeper with plenty of newcomers

Joe Pavelski was the captain of a team that went to the Western Conference finals last season, playing opposite Patrick Maroon’s team that went...

Kucherov scores late; Lightning take 2-0 lead over Islanders

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Even though the Tampa Bay Lightning seem to possess some overtime magic in the playoffs, this was not the the...

For ACC campuses, replicating pro-sports bubbles a challenge

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Braden Galloway is seeing shorter lines at fast-food restaurants and fewer people around campus after Clemson started the fall semester...

Former WWE wrestlers’ lawsuit over brain damage is dismissed

A federal appeals court dismissed a lawsuit Wednesday that had been filed by 50 former pro wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s...

Vegas is back, baby: Golden Knights beat Stars to tie series

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After running into a hot goalie late last round and being shut out in the opener of the Western Conference...

LA Clippers get final city approval to build Inglewood arena

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have received final approval from Inglewood's city government to begin construction on their new arena next...

Now that NFL supports Colin Kaepernick’s fight, what’s next

Four years later, the NFL admitted it was wrong and said it now supports Colin Kaepernick in his fight against racial injustice, encouraging players...

Lightning romp to 8-2 win over Isles to open East finals

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Braydon Point and the well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning resembled a refreshed team eager to come off an extended break after...

Celtics roll in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead on Raptors

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The game plan from Boston coach Brad Stevens was simple: Start things off with an increased effort on...

Return of Reaves adds more grit to Vegas-Dallas West final

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Reaves stood in the tunnel outside the locker room, fist-bumping his Vegas teammates as they marched to the ice....

College basketball floats idea of bubbles for safe season

The NBA bubble has held. So has the NHL's double bubble. The WNBA and MLS, no leaks. ...

Shutdown Stars: Dallas beats Vegas 1-0 in West final Game 1

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Two days after they and the Vegas Golden Knights each won a hard-fought Game 7 to move on, the Dallas...

Isles East finals-bound after 4-0 romp over Flyers in Game 7

TORONTO (AP) — Coach Barry Trotz has spent the past two seasons attempting to instill a team-first, all-in identity with the New York Islanders. ...

Big boy hockey: Heavy teams ready to battle for Stanley Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Growing up in hockey, Zach Whitecloud learned an important lesson: Winning is hard, and it hurts to win. ...

At last, Vegas solves Demko in 3-0 Game 7 win over Canucks

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights were having enough problems solving Thatcher Demko. Then came another big obstacle — a major penalty...

Kiviranta lifts Stars past Avs in Game 7 OT thriller

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Joel Kiviranta had the most unlikely of all the goals in a wild playoff series between Dallas and Colorado, sending...

Provorov lifts Flyers past Islanders in 2OT to force Game 7

TORONTO (AP) — The...

Canucks beat Golden Knights 4-0 to again avoid elimination

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) —...

NHL, players unveil series of anti-racism initiatives

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) —...

Blues trade goalie Allen to Montreal, clear salary cap space

Trading a longtime goaltender...

Canucks beat Golden Knights 2-1 in Game 5, avoid elimination

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) —...

Kings sign F Austin Wagner to 3-year, $3.4 million extension

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP)...

Lightning reach East finals for 4th time in 6 years

Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow,...

Avs ride 5-goal 1st period to 6-3 win over Stars in Game 5

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) —...

The Latest: Philippines allows partial reopening in capital

MANILA, Philippines — Fitness...

Islanders take 3-1 series lead with 3-2 win over Flyers

TORONTO (AP) — Jean...

Islanders rally to beat Flyers 3-1 for 2-1 series lead

TORONTO (AP) — Matt...

Palat scores twice, Lightning beat Bruins to lead series 3-1

TORONTO (AP) — Well-rounded...

Racial injustice not forgotten as NHL resumes playoffs

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) —...

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