Blues squander 3-0 lead in 4-3 OT loss to Kings
LOS ANGELES — The streak ended Saturday at Staples Center, and not even the return of Vladimir Tarasenko could help. Riding a four-game winning streak entering the contest, all coming on the road, the St. Louis Blues couldn’t make it five, falling 4-3 in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings. It’s still a highly successful road trip, with just a return engagement Monday in San Jose remaining before the Blues head back home. But the Kings (10-8-5) have been a tough out all season for St. Louis, now 14-8-3 for the season. Adrian Kempe’s goal with 3 minutes left in overtime was the difference, as the...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Blues star Ryan O’Reilly’s mom donates kidney to arena manager who let young sons skate extra hours
The ice was cold, but her heart was warm. Bonnie O’Reilly, mother of NHL champion Ryan O’Reilly, donated a kidney to the rink manager who let Ryan and his brother, Cal, skate late hours when they were kids. Graham Nesbitt ran the local arena in Seaforth, Ontario, a 2,600-person town about halfway between Detroit and Toronto where the O’Reillys grew up, the CBC reported. “They’d call and say, ‘Is there any way we can get onto the ice before school?’ ” Graham’s son, Joe Nesbitt, told the CBC. “He’d have the arena open at 6:30 a.m. so people could skate.” Ryan went from late night skating to winn...
New York Daily News
Arnold Palmer Invitational: Veteran Lee Westwood carries 1-shot lead into Sunday
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jordan Spieth was 16 years old the last time Lee Westwood won on the PGA Tour, in 2010. Keegan Bradley’s 2011 PGA Championship victory and his stellar play during the 2012 Ryder Cup remain the highlights of the 34-year-old’s career. All three golfers are hungry to create another moment Sunday at Bay Hill Club and Lodge. The third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational ended with a packed leaderboard featuring major champions and household names. A victory on Tour would be a long time coming for many of them, so long in the case of the 47-year-old Westwood the details are fuzzy...
Yankees manager Aaron Boone back to work just days after having pacemaker implanted
TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Boone was bouncing back and forth between the field, the tower and bullpen Saturday morning. The first day he was back after having surgery to implant a pacemaker, the Yankees manager was at full-speed watching workouts at the minor league complex. That was before jumping in a car and heading to Bradenton, Fla., to manage his first game since the procedure. “Felt good just to be at the ball field again competing with the guys. I felt really good,” Boone said after the Yankees’ 3-2 loss to the Pirates at LECOM Park. “A wet day, just glad we’re able to get it in and get guys ...
New York Daily News
Flyers fall to Penguins, 4-3
Even though we haven’t hit the halfway point of this kooky season, they were calling this a playoff series in the Flyers’ locker room. Three games in five nights, all in Pittsburgh, was going to be a nice measuring stick. Verdict: There’s still work to do. The Flyers lost two of these games in regulation after Saturday’s 4-3 decision. Not a lot of time for analysis, though, as the Capitals await for a game Sunday night. It was a see-saw game that was tied three times until Jared McCann scored on a rebound midway through a third period largely controlled by Pittsburgh. Travis Konecny, Kevin Hay...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Meet Kraken head video analyst Tim Ohashi — the unheralded man who could help alter games and inform strategy
SEATTLE — Kraken head video analyst Tim Ohashi won’t soon forget the first time his replay-perusing acumen helped directly swing an NHL game. Before joining the Kraken last October, he’d been a Washington Capitals video coach for five seasons with, among other things, a nerve-wracking responsibility to tell the head coach whether to challenge on-ice calls. The Caps went 2 for 10 when such coach’s challenges — for offsides and goaltender interference — were first allowed in 2015-16, ranking 21st of 30 teams. So, Ohashi and fellow Caps video coach Brett Leonhardt weren’t exactly brimming with co...
The Seattle Times
Michael Cunningham: Trae Young might have made All-Star team with better play in clutch
ATLANTA — The NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to be played Sunday at State Farm Arena. Hawks point guard Trae Young won’t be in it. That’s nothing new for Atlanta. No Hawks players were picked for the NBA’s showcase game in 1978 at the Omni or 2003 at Philips Arena. The difference is that Young has a stronger case than any home-city player during those years. Young ranks fifth in scoring and third in assists among Eastern Conference players. The Hawks (16-20) have a losing record, but so do the teams of four East All-Stars: Bradley Beal (Wizards), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Nikola Vucevic (Magic) and...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Brad Biggs: Ryan Pace and the cap-crunched Bears have heavy lifting ahead of them as they plan for a QB — and many other parts — heading into free agency
CHICAGO — All of the focus for the Chicago Bears is on acquiring a quarterback, but not to be forgotten is what the team can do to improve the roster around that position. To think only Mitch Trubisky and to a lesser extent Nick Foles are to blame for the team’s 16-16 regular-season record over the last two seasons is to miss the point, and the Bears realize they have gray areas to fortify in preparation for a pivotal season for general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy. It all starts with the quarterback. Surely everything is not on the table, as Pace suggested Tuesday. That would suggest...
Marc Narducci: The Sixers' Ben Simmons is dominating with his all-around game
PHILADELPHIA — It's a good time for 76ers fans. The All-Star break is upon us after Wednesday's 131-123 overtime win over the visiting Utah Jazz. The Sixers are leading the Eastern Conference with a 24-12 record, and Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will be in Atlanta this weekend for Sunday's All-Star Game. Embiid was named a starter for the fourth straight year. Simmons was named by the coaches as a reserve, his third straight appearance. For Simmons, it has been two seasons in one. Early on, he was not scoring much. Since Jan. 31, he has taken his offense to a new level. ——— — Simmons on offense...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sharks erase three-goal deficit, lose to Golden Knights in OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Logan Couture and Max Pacioretty got into a wrestling match in the first period. Kurtis Gabriel and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves for a heavyweight tilt at the start of the third period. The extracurricular activity that one has come to expect whenever the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights get together materialized as expected Friday night. So did an entertaining game. The Sharks erased a three-goal deficit and scored with just over a minute remaining in the third period to tie the game, but forward Pacioretty scored at the 1:25 mark of overtime for a 5-4 Golden Knights win a...
The Mercury News