Bruins goalie Rask opts out of playoffs to be with family
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the team’s playoff run to be with his family. The defending Eastern Conference champions announced the decision Saturday morning, less than two hours before Game 3 of their playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Mavs' Luka Doncic set to begin his first NBA playoff run
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luka Doncic would like to clear up a bit of a misconception: He has playoff experience. Then again, he also knows what awaits now is different.
Play-in time: Blazers, Grizzlies to play Game 1 on Saturday
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Heroics were needed to get Portland and Memphis on the doorstep of the playoffs. For the Trail Blazers, Damian Lillard averaged more than 50 points — with a shot from a step inside midcourt in there as one of his many highlights — to lead the way in three consecutive down-to-the-wire, season-on-the-line victories.
LEADING OFF: Cardinals emerge from long layoff in Chicago
A look at what’s happening around the majors today: BACK TO WORK ... FINALLY Remember the St. Louis Cardinals? Finally healthy enough to return to the field after COVID-19 raced through the organization, the Cardinals (2-3) will play for the first time since July 29 when they face the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader.
Powerful Southern leagues aim to forge on with fall football
Folks in the South aren’t giving up on their beloved fall tradition of college football just yet. While other conferences have conceded the fall to COVID-19, the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 are holding out hope they can play a shortened season with uncertain national championship prospects.
NHL provides playoff hub teams a few tastes of `home'
TORONTO (AP) — There’s no ear-splitting cannon booming from the stands in Columbus every time the Blue Jackets score. Gritty, the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, isn’t parading through the arena.
Piscotty slam ties it in ninth, A's beat Giants 8-7 in 10th
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Sure, Stephen Piscotty realizes there's a little bit of luck involved when it comes to hitting with the bases loaded and delivering not once but twice already during this coronavirus-shortened season.
Kershaw dominates, Bellinger 2 HRs, Dodgers drop Angels 7-4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Instead of staying in a nearby hotel, the Los Angeles Dodgers are driving the 32 miles back and forth to Angel Stadium for the Freeway Series this weekend in another concession to the coronavirus-shortened season.
Strasburg hurt as Nationals beat Orioles 15-3 for 'split'
BALTIMORE (AP) — Stephen Strasburg had a very short stint on a terribly long day for the Washington Nationals, who are struggling with injuries to key players in their effort to repeat as World Series champions.
Cole posts 20th straight regular-season win, Yanks top Bosox
NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole posted his 20th straight regular-season win, becoming the sixth pitcher to ever reach the mark by throwing seven sharp innings to lead the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 10-3 Friday night.
Islanders play Trotz hockey, take 2-0 series lead on Caps
TORONTO (AP) — Long after Brock Nelson scored on a breakaway to restore the New York Islanders' lead, he and his teammates hemmed the Washington Capitals in their zone for a long shift that can wear an opponent down.
Hoge in four-way tie for Wyndham lead after two rounds
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tom Hoge maintained a share of the lead Friday at the Wyndham Championship, this time alongside Si Woo Kim, Talor Gooch and Billy Horschel.
Marlins win virus-delayed home opener, beat Braves 8-2
MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Aguilar drove in three runs, Jon Berti stole home and the NL East-leading Miami Marlins won their long-awaited, coronavirus-delayed home opener, beating the Atlanta Braves 8-2 Friday night.
Canucks beat Blues 4-3 in OT to take 2-0 series lead
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Bo Horvat scored on a breakaway at 5:55 of overtime Friday night to give the Vancouver Canucks a 4-3 victory over the defending champion St.
Nationals RHP Strasburg leaves with injury after 16 pitches
BALTIMORE (AP) — Washington Nationals star right-hander Stephen Strasburg left Friday night's game after throwing just 16 pitches.
Serena Williams loses to woman ranked 116th; Coco Gauff wins
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Entering Friday, Serena Williams had played 967 tour-level singles matches as a professional, with just four losses against opponents ranked outside the top 100 — and none in eight years.
Penske cars struggle with speed as Andretti tops 233 mph
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Honda claimed a clear edge over Chevrolet in speed on Fast Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Marco Andretti topped 233 mph in the final practice before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.
Browns' Mayfield admits he was 'lost' in chaotic 2019 season
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Baker Mayfield knew he needed to drop some weight, and maybe a little of the attitude. If there was anything the Browns' self-assured quarterback learned during a chaotic, losing 2019 season in Cleveland it was that he had to change.
Tatar, Kotkaniemi scores twice, Canadiens rout Flyers 5-0
TORONTO (AP) — Montreal won this playoff game for its absent coach. Kirk Muller and the rest of the Canadiens just had to dedicate the Game 2 victory to Claude Julien.
Yankees star Judge put on injured list with strained calf
NEW YORK (AP) — Oft-injured Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.
Burakovsky scores late, Avalanche beat Coyotes 3-2
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche expected a big push from Arizona after the Coyotes spent most of Game 1 on their heels.
Unpredictability ahead as NASCAR gets on Daytona road course
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Unpredictability is as much a part of racing at Daytona International Speedway as bumping, drafting and the Big One.
Mets scratch Jacob deGrom because of neck tightness
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Mets have scratched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom from his start against the Phillies on Friday.
Lewis, Munoz share lead at Ladies Scottish Open
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — American golfer Stacy Lewis shot a 5-under 66 for the lowest round of the week at the Ladies Scottish Open to take a share of the lead with Azahara Munoz after the second round on Friday.
Sadness to surreal: The biggest day in Tyler Adams' career
LISBON (AP) — A day that ended with Tyler Adams producing the biggest moment in Leipzig’s history — and his own young career — started in disappointment.