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
Hoffman's blast gives Blues 3-2 overtime win in LA
LOS ANGELES — The last time the St. Louis Blues played the Los Angeles Kings, they couldn’t score and couldn’t win. A 2-1 loss to LA just nine days ago marked the first time since 2018 that the Blues had lost three consecutive home games in regulation. It took an Oskar Sundqvist goal with just 106 seconds left in that Feb. 24 contest to snap a Blues scoreless streak of 139 minutes 33 seconds. The Blues met Los Angeles again on Friday; only now they’re scoring and winning. And on the road. A 3-2 overtime triumph at Staples Center gave the revived Blues (14-8-2) a four-game winning streak, match...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Alex DeBrincat scores twice, Malcolm Subban makes 39 saves and Blackhawks beat Lightning, 4-3, on Philipp Kurashev’s shootout goal
CHICAGO — Retiring defenseman Brent Seabrook received a tribute Friday night, but Alex DeBrincat stole the show, rallying the Chicago Blackhawks from a two-goal deficit against the Tampa Bay Lighting, and Philipp Kurashev sealed a 4-3 win with a shootout goal. The Hawks and defending-champion Lighting went to overtime for a second night in a row at the United Center, and the hosts’ prospects didn’t look good after committing a penalty in overtime. Duncan Keith was called for slashing with 1:56 left in OT, giving the Lightning a four-on-three power play, but the Hawks sent out a big lineup of D...
Brooks, McGusty combine for 48 points as Miami beats Boston College, 80-76
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — It was not exactly the Senior Night they envisioned when they arrived on the University of Miami campus — an empty, cavernous Watsco Center with just a smattering of family members and cardboard cutout fans in attendance. But the eight senior Hurricanes honored Friday night made the best of the situation, came out with a lot of energy, and eked out an 80-76 win over Boston College. The Canes snapped a six-game losing streak and avoided the lowest seed heading into the ACC tournament, which starts on Tuesday in Greensboro, N.C. After the game, the seniors posed for photos w...
Omari Sankofa II: What GM Troy Weaver can learn from Pistons' failed Blake Griffin trade
DETROIT — Stan Van Gundy’s explanation for the trade that brought the Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin, at the time, was sound. How often are mid-market NBA teams able to swing trades for bona fide franchise players? “The hardest thing to do in this league is to get a proven star,” Van Gundy said on Jan. 30, 2018, a day after the Pistons pried Griffin away from the Los Angeles Clippers. “It’s just very hard to do. It’s hard to do in free agency, it’s hard to do in trades. “He’s only 28 years old. We know the injury history. That’s the risk on it, but that risk was worth it because of the ...
Detroit Free Press
Raiders will release Richie Incognito, but for how long?
Richie Incognito, the veteran left guard who got a career re-start with the Raiders, will be released in advance of the start of the new league year. The question is whether he’ll get another re-start with the Raiders down the line. Incognito’s pending release was first reported by NFL Media and confimred by a team source. The Raiders are reportedly also releasing starting right guard Gabe Jackson but have yet to confirm his departure or file the transaction with the NFL. Incognito turns 38 in July and played in just two games last season, departing with an Achilles’ injury that he attempted t...
The Mercury News
Orlando native Anfernee Simons carries Magic influence into NBA dunk contest
ORLANDO, Fla. — When it comes to high-flying, awe-inspiring dunkers, Anfernee Simons didn’t have to look past his hometown team to find some great ones. Now the Central Florida native will get the chance to show off his slam dunk skills on the biggest of stages — and he’s ready for the challenge. Simons, a third-year guard with the Portland Trail Blazers, will be one of the three competitors at Sunday’s NBA Slam Dunk contest as part of the All-Star Game festivities in Atlanta. Knicks rookie forward Obi Toppin and Pacers guard Cassius Stanley also will be competing in the contest, which will be...
Phillies’ J.T. Realmuto loses his cast, remains on track for opening day
J.T. Realmuto is still not hitting or throwing, but he made progress Friday and remains on track for the start of the season. The catcher’s cast was removed from his right hand and his fractured thumb is now placed in a splint, allowing him to ramp up his rehabilitation program. Manager Joe Girardi said Realmuto is hitting with one hand and able to mimic a throwing motion without a ball. It’s progress. “He’s on track for us,” Girardi said. “This was a good sign and we’ll just have to see how the rehab continues to go.” Two days before Realmuto lost his cast, catcher Rafael Marchan tweaked his ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
FSU QB McKenzie Milton ‘fully cleared’ to participate in spring football camp
Florida State coach Mike Norvell said former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton has been “fully cleared” to participate when the Seminoles open spring football camp Tuesday. Milton, who transferred to FSU in December after five seasons with the Knights, spent nearly two years recovering from a horrific knee injury he suffered during the Knights’ 2018 regular-season finale against USF at Raymond James Stadium. “He’s been fully cleared,” Norvell said Friday. “He looks great and I’m excited for what he’s going to be able to do and get him back acclimated to the true speed of the game.” Milton went t...
Washington Football Team releases QB Alex Smith, NFL's Comeback Player of the Year
The Washington Football Team released quarterback Alex Smith Friday morning after he helped lead the team to the NFC East title. Smith, who turns 37 in May, won the 2020 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award after returning from a serious leg injury during the 2018 season that required 17 surgeries, including a near fatal infection. He missed all of 2019 and played in eight games in 2020 as Washington went 7-9. Smith becomes a free agent and the move saves Washington almost $15 million against the NFL salary cap. “I had a chance to meet with Alex Smith this week and we had a very honest and re...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram