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Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Puck already dropped on NHL offseason that could be a frenzy

Sep. 30, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

Even before the Tampa Bay Lightning returned home to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship, Julien BriseBois was on the phone with other NHL general managers about what to do next. He is certainly not alone in making calls. “Although we ended the hockey season officially for the ’19-20 season...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) celebrates his shutout win and series victory with teammates Mathew Barzal (13) and Jordan Eberle (7) after defeating the Washington Capitals in an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is focused on keeping his team intact by believing there's internal room for improvement after New York made its deepest playoff run in 27 years.  (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lamoriello juggles keeping Isles intact and signing Barzal

Sep. 29, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is hoping he can keep his roster mostly intact while knowing he still must re-sign star forward Mathew Barzal, despite having limited room under the NHL’s flat salary cap. In saying he’s exploring every possible option, Lamoriello on Tuesday wouldn’t...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 file photo, Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness watches play from behind the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Dallas. The Dallas Stars were in a miserable stretch when the NHL season came to a sudden and unexpected stop 4 1/2 months ago. Vegas was playing some of its best hockey after a coaching change. Both now have the same chance of being the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and a better chance to re-acclimate to playing again than having to jump right into a playoff series for the resumption of this unprecedented season because of the coronavirus (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

Dallas Stars' Rick Bowness still has 'passion' to coach

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin felt empty. Jamie Benn, their longtime captain, was almost speechless. Like head coach Rick Bowness, who likely soon will shed the interim tag, they were disappointed and drained after more than two months inside the NHL bubble, where this most unusual season ended with a...

New York Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bumpy season ends in big disappointment for frustrated Mets

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Like so many things in everyday life this year, little went according to plan for the New York Mets. And with a change in ownership pending, more upheaval could be coming soon. After starting 2020 with such high hopes, the Mets finished 26-34 under rookie manager Luis Rojas in a rocky...

Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) and Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler (22) battle for a rebound during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Celtics head into offseason focused on future, not ending

Sep. 29, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum emerged as a bona fide star, Jaylen Brown showed he can be a consistent presence in the lineup and Kemba Walker helped the Celtics put the failed Kyrie Irving experiment behind them. But following their Eastern Conference finals loss to Miami, it’s clear there is still...

A Boston Red Sox security guard watches from stands empty of fans during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. The Red Sox played their final home game of the COVID-19-disrupted season. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Red Sox face more changes (again) after firing Roenicke

Sep. 29, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The manager won’t be back, and there could be more changes for the Boston Red Sox after their last-place finish in the pandemic-shortened season. J.D. Martinez is eligible to opt out of his contract, Jackie Bradley Jr. is a free agent, and the pitching rotation and bullpen were...

Sabres sign Curtis Lazar to 2-year, $1.6 million contract

Sep. 24, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres signed forward Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract Thursday. Lazar was a restricted free agent, who split last season between the NHL and the American Hockey League. He had five goals and five assists in 38 games with the Sabres. The 25-year-old has six...

AP Source: Broncos bringing in free agent QB Blake Bortles

Sep. 22, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos are in the process of adding free agent Blake Bortles to serve as their backup quarterback, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Broncos haven’t announced...

Ross Chastain is introduced to the crowd before the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bristol, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Chastain snags Ganassi Cup ride in busy NASCAR free agency

Sep. 21, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ross Chastain snagged one of the coveted open Cup seats on Monday in a promotion at Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 next season. This year marks a particularly active free agency period with heavy turnover expected among a limited number of rides. The No. 42 Chevrolet at...

New England Patriots wide receiver Mohamed Sanu Sr. makes a catch during an NFL football training camp practice, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool)

Agent: WR Mohamed Sanu agrees to 1-year deal with 49ers

Sep. 15, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu. Sanu’s agent Mike McCartney said Tuesday that the sides reached the agreement to reunite Sanu with 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan was offensive coordinator in 2016 in...