Wild defeats Canucks 3-0 in opener of best-of-five series
EDMONTON, Alberta — The Minnesota Wild kept its goaltending decision under wraps in the lead-up to its qualifying matchup, but the answer was always Alex Stalock.Not only was he the unequivocal starter when the coronavirus pandemic interrupted the season in March, but he was one of the reasons why the Wild was even in contention at that point — a station in the standings that helped the team get invited to this unconventional and unprecedented 24-team tournament return by the NHL.Stalock deserved to finish the job he started.And the Wild was rewarded when it gave him that chance.In just his se...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
With fans safe at home, Mariners' COVID-19-delayed opener to feature fake people, fake noise & tradition
This day was supposed to happen March 26 in front of a full crowd at T-Mobile Park. Instead, it will take place July 31 in front of thousands of cardboard cutouts.The home opener of the baseball season has always been a de facto civic holiday in Seattle — the one assured sellout, the pageantry of a new season, nouveau fans and posers mingling with hard-core seamheads amid the backdrop of bunting and hope.There will be no mingling Friday night when the Mariners finally take the field to open their 2020 home season against the Oakland A’s, a mere 127 days behind schedule.In fact, there will be n...
The Seattle Times
A's Fiers back on track after precautionary absence but unlikely to start opener
Mike Fiers is more than willing to take the ball if asked, but a “precautionary” absence to start the A’s second training camp means someone else will likely get the start on Opening Day.Fiers had spent time around left-hander Jesus Luzardo, who is currently awaiting word if he’s recovered from COVID-19. Hence the precaution.“We just wanted to make sure one-hundred% before I came in the locker room,” Fiers said during a Tuesday video conference. “I never tested positive. To be on the safe side, I didn’t want to have it, and so it took an extra couple of days just to make sure.”Fiers was last y...
The Mercury News
Bryce Miller: Del Mar racetrack moves opener to July 10, adjusts racing and safety protocols
SAN DIEGO — You think the logistics of a normal opening day at Del Mar racetrack are tricky? Try putting it on … without fans … during a chilling, unprecedented health crisis … in an industry still squirming in the public-relations spotlight.Judging hats the size of apartment buildings and pouring an ocean’s worth of Del Margaritas hardly matter when you’re simply trying to open the gates.The track will open its iconic summer meet July 10, eight days earlier than planned. Horses will race three days each week, instead of five. Only essential workers will be allowed, which — coupled with no fan...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
IndyCar returns to prime-time TV for its 2020 opener at Texas Motor Speedway
IndyCar is returning to prime-time television for the first time since 2013.The open-wheel racing circuit announced that its 2020 opening race, the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6, will be broadcast on NBC instead of NBCSN. National television coverage is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. with the race starting at 7:45 p.m.TMS was the site of IndyCar’s only other prime-time telecast — the Firestone 550 in June 2013 was aired on ABC with Helio Castroneves winning the race.“We’re pleased the daring nature and bold skills of IndyCar’s athletes will be displayed to a network prime-time au...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Chiefs will play in NFL opener on TNF. Here's the full schedule and all its details
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It’s Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson on the NFL’s opening night.And the raising of a Super Bowl banner, to boot.The Chiefs will begin their Super Bowl defense on Thursday Night Football on Sept. 10, with national TV cameras converging inside Arrowhead Stadium for the stand-alone NFL opener against the Texans.That’s the plan for now.As the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out sporting events across the world, the NFL released every team’s 2020 schedule Thursday — or at least what it hopes will be their 2020 schedules.“We have and will continue to prepare for the season. We’v...
The Kansas City Star
Soccer: Spain sinks Japan 3-1 in SheBelieves Cup opener
Nadeshiko Japan hit a hurdle in their Tokyo Olympic Games preparations Thursday, losing 3-1 to Spain at the SheBelieves Cup.Featuring four of the world's top women's teams, the round-robin tournament is an important test for 10th-ranked Japan ahead of their bid for gold on home soil at the July 24 to Aug. 9 Olympics.The Asian champions went into the break level at 1-1 thanks to a spectacular equalizer from Mana Iwabuchi, but a second-half brace from substitute Lucia Garcia secured the points for Spain at Orlando's Exploria Stadium.With Asako Takakura's side trailing on an early goal from Alexi...
Baseball: Japan beats Australia 3-2 in opener of Premier12 super round
Japan came from behind to defeat Australia 3-2 on Monday in the team's first game of the Premier12 super round.Hideto Asamura drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth that broke a 2-2 tie at Zozo Marine Stadium in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo. Australian lefty Jon Kennedy surrendered a double to Kensuke Kondo and walked two batters before the Rakuten Eagles slugger entered the plate.Seiya Suzuki blasted a home run for the third straight game when Japan was trailing by two runs in the fourth inning, and pinch-runner Ukyo Shuto sprinted home to level the scoring in the seventh.The super round cons...
Chinese state TV keeps NBA opener off the air amid row
Beijing (AFP) - China's state television kept the NBA's season-opening games off the air on Wednesday in the latest fallout from a row over a team executive's support for pro-democracy protests Hong Kong.The blackout added to an unusual start to the NBA season, as activists distributed t-shirts in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters outside the arenas in Los Angeles and Toronto.The NBA has a massive fan base in China and CCTV has traditionally shown the season openers.But the games featuring the Toronto Raptors against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Clippers against cit...
England's Vunipola set for 'emotional' Rugby World Cup opener against Tonga
Sapporo (Japan) (AFP) - Billy Vunipola knows he will be the cause of split loyalties when England open their 2019 World Cup campaign against Tonga in Sapporo on Sunday.Not only are Vunipola's parents Tongan, his father Fe'ao, a hooker, and uncle Elisi, then the captain and fly-half, played for Tonga against England at the 1999 World Cup.That match, which Billy watched, saw England enjoy a 101-10 win after Tonga had prop Ngalu Taufo'ou sent off after 35 minutes for punching.Billy and brother Mako were raised in Wales after their father took up a contract with Pontypool. They were later educated...