O'Reilly's goal lifts Blues to 1-0 win over Coyotes
ST. LOUIS — On what seemed like the 300th shot of the night for the Blues, Ryan O’Reilly lifted a backhand past a stubborn Antti Raanta. The puck bounced off the near post, off the back of Raanta … and into the net.Finally, on their 43rd shot on goal of the game, the Blues had found the net. It was that kind of hockey, tense, tight, and getting late in the season.O’Reilly’s 11th goal of the season was all the Blues needed in a 1-0 victory over Arizona before another sellout crowd of 18,096 at Enterprise Center.The Blues (34-17-10) stayed two points ahead of Dallas in the Central Division stand...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Heat unable to survive Trae Young's 50 points in 129-124 loss to Hawks
ATLANTA — The goal coming out of the All-Star break for the Miami Heat was simple and to the point.“The big picture for us, first,” coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday morning, “is playing better on the road.”The search for road revival continues.Unable to stop the offensive whirlwind that is Trae Young, the Heat returned to action with a 129-124 loss Thursday night to the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.Against the one-man torrent that is Young, the Heat, even with a strong response from their own All-Stars, fell to 13-17 on the road.Young led the Hawks with 50 points. It was his 10th game o...
Warriors announce Klay Thompson will be out for rest of season
SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors have officially ruled out guard Klay Thompson for the remainder of the season, the team announced.Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of last June’s NBA Finals, has not played this season and was re-evaluated over the All-Star break.According to the team, Thompson is “making good progress and is right on track with his rehabilitation timeline.” He is expected back in time for the Warriors’ training camp in late September.The official update aligns with head coach Steve Kerr’s expectations since the start of the season.“Even though he’s coming along well, th...
The Mercury News
Penalties doom Sharks in 2-1 loss to Devils
The Sharks spent all kinds of time killing penalties Thursday night and the New Jersey Devils, after four failed power-play opportunities, finally made them pay.With Mario Ferraro serving a delay of game penalty, P.K. Subban’s goal at the 2:56 mark of the third period proved to be the difference as the Devils topped the Sharks, 2-1, on Thursday at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.Jesper Bratt also scored for the Devils and the Sharks could only muster a first-period goal by Tim Heed as they lost away from home for the first time in five games.Subban’s shot from inside the blueline got past scr...
The Mercury News
Pat Leonard: NFL owners' silent exit from CBA vote dares players to ratify or speak up
NEW YORK — The NFL’s 32 owners paraded silently out of the Conrad New York Downtown on Thursday with an unspoken message for the league’s players:Your move.The owners voted in a two-hour meeting to approve the principal elements of a new collective bargaining agreement. And that could be the encouraging first step toward an imminent agreement with the NFL Players’ Association, which is scheduled to host a membership-wide conference call on Friday.But it’s also possible this was only the first move in a protracted game of chess that is just beginning.If this process feels like it’s going too sm...
New York Daily News
Charles McDonald: Expanding the NFL playoffs to 14 teams would dilute a system that isn't broken
NEW YORK — On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL owners proposed to expand the playoffs to seven teams in each conference as a part of a new collective bargaining agreement. It isn’t official yet, but the change would result in only one team receiving a first-round bye.What a heinously awful idea.The truth of the matter is that there are barely enough quality teams to fill out the current 12-team bracket that exists. Outside of rare exceptions like this past season and the Giants’ second Super Bowl win against the Patriots in 2012, the sixth-seeded teams rarely win playoff g...
New York Daily News
Twins' Max Kepler, a big draw in Germany, is spreading the word about baseball
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Max Kepler couldn’t believe it. Everywhere he looked, he saw young, smiling faces eager to hear his message and tap into his knowledge.The clinics were a big draw. He took part in one event in a mall in which the line snaked throughout the facility, making him wonder if there were more than 1,000 fans in attendance.To Kepler, that’s a lot of fans in a soccer-mad country like Germany. But that was the reception he received back in November when he toured his native country to spread the word of baseball to children.“It shows that the game is spreading,” Kepler said.He spent a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Larry Stone: Kyle Seager speaks out about Astros' sign-stealing scandal, which touched his brother on the Dodgers
PEORIA, Ariz. — Players around baseball have been spitting out venom toward the Houston Astros all spring, ignoring the code of silence that traditionally governs such dealings.For MLB, it is the story that simply won’t die. Oh, Commissioner Rob Manfred would love to pour the dirt, but instead all he’s done is pour gasoline on a raging fire with some ill-chosen words.When Mike Trout, both the most talented and controversy-averse player in the sport, starts throwing jabs, you know you’ve lost the hearts and minds of the masses.Not much noise has come from the Mariners, however. They are, after ...
The Seattle Times
Brother of Bears legend is charged with Chicago cop, 8 others in offshore sports gambling ring
CHICAGO — The brother of Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher was among 10 people charged in a federal indictment Thursday alleging they ran an offshore sports gambling ring that raked in millions of dollars from hundreds of Chicago-area gamblers.Casey Urlacher, 40, who is the mayor of the tiny village of Mettawa in Lake County, was charged with conspiracy and running an illegal gambling business. He is accused of acting as an agent for the gambling ring, recruiting bettors in exchange for a cut of their eventual losses.Also acting as an agent was Nicholas Stella, 42, a veteran Chicago police o...
Ronald Acuna's versatility an asset in handling Braves' outfield depth
NORTH PORT, Fla. — In some ways, it’s hard to believe the Braves are entering Year 3 of the Ronald Acuna era.Acuna, then baseball’s No. 1 prospect, was promoted in late April 2018 and has since captivated audiences with his power, speed and oozing charisma. The Braves have made the postseason in both seasons of Acuna’s career. He’s become one of the sport’s exciting, marketable stars.In 2019, his first full season, Acuna left little on the table: The All-Star outfielder hit .280/.365/.518, generating a legitimate pursuit of 40-40 that fell just shy at 41 homers and 37 steals.That’s why when be...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution