Sports Report: Four Outdoor Hockey Games Scheduled For Next Season
In the NBA, Boston topped Memphis 116-96, Houston won against Philadelphia 118-104, Charlotte bested New Orleans 122-113, Milwaukee beat Miami 114-108, Detroit defeated Dallas 102-96, Oklahoma City trumped the Clippers 120-108, Cleveland bested Sacramento 120-111, and it was Golden State over Utah 115-94.
In the NHL, Toronto beat the Islanders in a shootout 4-3, St. Louis edged Chicago in a shootout 3-2, Calgary skated by Nashville in overtime 3-2, Colorado blanked Anaheim 3-0, Vancouver edged Arizona in overtime 4-3, and it was Los Angeles over Washington in overtime 4-3.
Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane won't face NHL disciplinary action after the league ruled that a rape allegation made against the player last offseason was unfounded. The league announced Wednesday it reached its finding after completing an independent review of the allegations, which included a face-to-face meeting between Kane and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, which took place in New York on Monday.
In other hockey news:
— The New York Islanders will be without starting goalie Jaroslav Halak for the next six weeks due to a lower body injury suffered Tuesday night. Thomas Greiss, who finished the win over the Penguins to help Halak get his 200th career victory, will likely get the bulk of the starts the rest of the regular season and into the start of the playoffs.
— Arizona defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been suspended for 20 games without pay for violating terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program. He has 17 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Canadiens and Coyotes this season.
Outdoor hockey is coming to St. Louis. The NHL said before the St. Louis Blues' game against the Chicago Blackhawks that the teams will play in the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2. That's one of four outdoor NHL games scheduled for next season.
The NHL said Toronto will host Detroit in the Centennial Classic on Jan. 1 at BMO Field to celebrate the league's 100th anniversary. Pittsburgh will host Philadelphia on Feb. 18 at Heinz Field in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. In another outdoor game, Winnipeg will host Edmonton in the Heritage Classic on Oct. 23 at Investors Group Field.
New York Mets’ catcher Mike Piazza was honored at the New York State Capitol yesterday before his induction into the baseball Hall of Fame this summer.
The New York Mets tied the New York Yankees 4-4 in 10 innings yesterday. Jacob deGrom allowed one run in three innings in his spring debut for the Mets. Curtis Granderson got two hits and scored for the Mets. Dustin Ackley got two hits for the Yankees. Starter Ivan Nova pitched three scoreless innings.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2 yesterday. Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer and singled in a run for Boston. Red Sox starter Joe Kelly and gave up one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings. Pittsburgh's Ryan Vogelsong allowed three runs and four hits in three innings.
The New England Patriots have signed linebacker Ramon Humber and released linebacker Dane Fletcher. The 28-year-old Humber has played seven NFL seasons with Indianapolis and New Orleans, playing mostly as a backup and on special teams. The 29-year-old Fletcher spent last season on the reserve-physically unable to perform list.
The Giants came to agreement on a pay cut for wide receiver Victor Cruz, only hours after New York general manager Jerry Reese spent $200 million on free agents Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison and Janoris Jenkins. Cruz confirmed the reduction on Twitter last night that will cut his salary from $7.9 million to $1.3 million.
The New York Jets have released tight end Jeff Cumberland, saving themselves $1.9 million in salary cap space. The move comes as the Jets try to add spending flexibility with the start of free agency. New York had just approximately $6.7 million in cap space before the move.
The New York Jets have released wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who had the least productive year of his career after his role was diminished last season. The move saves the Jets $1.3 million in salary cap space.
The window for NFL teams to spend on the acquisition of free agents has opened and the flurry of activity has begun. The defending Super Bowl champ Denver Broncos find themselves without a quarterback now that Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal with Houston, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. He went 5-2 as a starter with the Broncos last season when Peyton Manning was injured. Osweiler was considered the successor to the five-time NFL MVP, who retired on Monday.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been penalized for having impermissible contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin during last year's free agency. The Chiefs have been stripped of their third-round pick this April and sixth-round pick next year and fined $250,000. Chiefs coach Andy Reid was also fined $50,000 and general manager John Dorsey fined $25,000. Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said in a statement the club intends to appeal the penalties. Maclin signed a $55 million, five-year deal with Kansas City.
— The Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with Super Bowl champion linebacker Danny Trevathan. The 25-year-old was the leading tackler on the league's No. 1 defense and helped Denver win the championship last season.
— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Lions have agreed to a five-year contract with free agent wide receiver Marvin Jones. He caught 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Cincinnati Bengals. After losing Calvin Johnson to retirement, the Lions needed a receiver they could put opposite Golden Tate.
— The Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year, $47.5 million contract with three-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. The deal makes the longtime Cleveland starter the NFL's highest-paid center, with an average salary of $9.5 million.
— The Dolphins have acquired linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell and the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft in a trade with Philadelphia. The Eagles get Miami's No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
— All-Pro running back Doug Martin is staying in Tampa, re-signing for five seasons. Martin will get more than $35 million, with $15 million guaranteed.
— The Seattle Seahawks retained one of their key defensive starters by agreeing to terms with cornerback Jeremy Lane. Terms weren't released but NFL.com says it's a four-year deal.
— The Chargers say they've agreed to a two-year contract with tight end Antonio Gates, just hours before he was set to become an unrestricted free agent. The 2016 season will be Gates' 14th with the Chargers.
— The Eagles and quarterback Chase Daniel have agreed on a three-year contract, according to a person familiar with negotiations. Daniel spent the past three seasons backing up Alex Smith in Kansas City, where new Eagles coach Doug Pederson was the offensive coordinator. With Philly, he will serve as a backup to Sam Bradford.
— A person with direct knowledge of the agreement says free agent nose tackle Ian Williams has reached a new five-year deal to remain with the San Francisco 49ers. The 26-year-old had 65 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble last year during the 49ers' 5-11 finish.
— Defensive end Charles Johnson has agreed to take a major pay cut to return to the Panthers. The NFC champs have announced that the nine-year NFL veteran has re-signed with the team after being released last week in a salary cap move. They also announced that they re-signed All-Pro fullback Mike Tolbert to a two-year deal.
— Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata as agreed to a two-year deal to continue playing with the Detroit Lions. Agent Mike McCartney's Twitter account said Wednesday that the 32-year-old Ngata had agreed to a two-year deal to stay in Motown.
— Guard Ramon Foster has signed a three-year deal with the Steelers, just hours before the veteran would have become a free agent. Foster has been Pittsburgh's starting right guard for each of the last four seasons.
— The New Orleans Saints and former Indianapolis Colts tight end Coby Fleener agreed to the terms of a five-year contract. The addition of Fleener, a four-year veteran who caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three touchdowns last season, helps fill a void left by tight end Ben Watson's departure for Baltimore.
— The price for acquiring running back DeMarco Murray for the Tennessee Titans couldn't have been much cheaper. The Titans reworked Murray's contract, and they confirmed Wednesday they swapped fourth-round picks with the Eagles in a trade the running back's agency announced Monday night.
— The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a five-year contract with former Browns offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. That helps the Chiefs shore up their line with Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson hitting free agency.
Doctors are pleased at the pace Tony Stewart's broken back is healing and have given the three-time NASCAR champion a rehabilitation program aimed to get him back in a race car. Stewart was injured Jan. 31 in an all-terrain vehicle accident. He suffered a burst fracture of the L1 vertebra and has missed the start of the season, his last as a NASCAR driver. Stewart-Haas Racing says there is no timetable for Stewart's return.
Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis scored and the United States rallied to beat Germany 2-1 to win the SheBelieves Cup. The World Cup champion Americans were 3-0-0 in the four-team event. Germany finished second.
Clyde Lovellette, the Hall of Fame forward who led Kansas to the 1952 national championship before helping the U.S. win gold at the Helsinki Olympics, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 86. Lovellette's family said that he died at his home in North Manchester, Indiana.
A two-time All-American, Lovellette had 33 points and 17 rebounds in the Jayhawks' victory over St. John's in the NCAA title game. The performance helped him earn tournament MVP honors. Lovellette went on to play 12 years in the NBA with stops in Minneapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Boston. He retired in 1964 as a four-time All-Star who helped his teams win three championships.
A member of the Cornell University men's basketball team has been arrested on rape charges. The Ivy League school's police department said Tuesday that 19-year-old Xavier Eaglin was arrested Sunday as part of an ongoing investigation. He's charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act. Police didn't provide details on what led up to the arrest.
The freshman from Raywood, Texas, was arraigned Monday in Ithaca City Court and was being held Wednesday in the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. It's unclear if Eaglin has an attorney who could comment on the charges. There was no immediate comment Wednesday from university officials. The 6-foot-7 forward played in just seven of Cornell's 28 games and didn't score any points. Cornell played its season finale at home Saturday.
Jockeys Ramon Dominguez, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret are among the 10 finalists on the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame's ballot. Also chosen by the nominating committee were thoroughbreds English Channel, Kona Gold, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, and trainers Steve Asmussen and David Whiteley.
Jockeys must have been licensed for 20 years and thoroughbreds are required to be retired for five years before becoming eligible. All candidates must have been active within the past 25 years. The 39-year-old Dominguez, a three-time Eclipse Award winner who won 4,985 races and $191,620,277 in purses, rode from 1996-2013 before suffering a career-ending injury. He had the 20-year requirement waived. Results of the voting will be announced April 25. Induction is slated for Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs.
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