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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Colby Cave (12) returns to the bench after scoring during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed. The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday, April 7, 2020. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Oilers say Colby Cave remains in medically induced coma

Apr. 9, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave remains in a medically induced coma in a Toronto hospital after suffering a brain bleed earlier in the week. The Oilers, through Cave’s family, provided an update on Cave’s status Thursday on their Twitter account. “This is giving his...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada's Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team's practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Lafrenière has nothing to do but wait now that his Canadian junior hockey season is over, and uncertainty over when the NHL draft will take place as a result of the new coronavirus. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Lafreniere tops list of NHL draft-eligible prospects

Apr. 8, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

It makes little difference to Alexis Lafreniere when, where or how he’ll learn about being selected in the NHL draft. The 18-year-old from Quebec simply can’t wait to begin the next step of his promising career with the NHL's entire calendar of events on hold due to the new coronavirus pandemic....

A pedestrian wears a hat and a face mask on Sunset Blvd., in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, Thursday, April 2, 2020. Major League Baseball opening day was to have been Thursday, March 26, but was pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the coronavirus outbreak. The spring training schedule was cut short on March 12 because on the pandemic, and it remains unclear when and if baseball can resume. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

A path forward: NBA, NHL and MLB tinker with restart options

Apr. 8, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

While the world wrestles with the coronavirus pandemic, the three biggest U.S.-based sports leagues currently affected by the crisis are trying to figure out if, how and where games can be safely played again this year. The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have some similar constraints: Public and player health...

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2018, file photo, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks at a press conference at the Board of Governors annual meeting in Sea Island, Ga. Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length. Bettman said in a phone interview Friday, March 13, 2020, with the Associated Press and the league's website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus.(AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Bettman raises chance of NHL not completing regular season

Apr. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

For the first time since halting play four weeks ago, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman raised the possibility Tuesday of not completing the regular season in order to squeeze in time to award the Stanley Cup. Bettman also acknowledged during an interview with NBCSN the league is considering having games played at...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: 3rd Avalanche player test positive, 8th in NHL

Apr. 7, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An eighth NHL player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league announced Tuesday that a third player from the Colorado Avalanche has the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The league says the player is in self-isolation...

FILE - In this April 10, 2019, file photo, New York Islanders players take the ice as a man holds a makeshift Stanley Cup prior to Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, FIle)

NHL playoff scenarios run the gamut of where, when and how

Apr. 7, 2020 1:35 AM EDT

Shorts and skates don’t usually mix. Maintaining NHL-quality ice in August or holding a Stanley Cup Final in September? Those are far from the norm, too. With the NHL playoffs, which were to begin Wednesday, on indefinite hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, anything and everything is on the table if...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2020, file photo, Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes, center top, talks to his team during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. Hynes has only been head coach of the Predators since Jan. 7, so he is trying to make up for some lost time with the NHL paused for the coronavirus pandemic and also make sure they are ready whenever hockey resumes. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

New coach using NHL stoppage to study up on his Predators

Apr. 6, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Hynes has only been head coach of the Nashville Predators since early January, so he's trying to make up for some lost time with the NHL paused for the coronavirus pandemic and also make sure they're ready whenever hockey resumes. A big part of that has been getting to know...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Tyler Pitlick, left, tries to jump past Pittsburgh Penguins' Jack Johnson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Philadelphia. The latest chapter of The Battle of Alberta is on hold. So's the potential renewal of the Pennsylvania rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers. It's unclear when or if the coronvirus pandemic-delayed NHL playoffs -- which were supposed to begin Wednesday -- will be played or what form they'll resemble. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, FIle)

What Stanley Cup Playoffs could look like if NHL resumes

Apr. 6, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

If the NHL goes directly to playoff hockey in the warmer months, it could leave some contenders out in the cold. The league may skip most if not all of the final 189 regular-season games that were put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. The format of such an unprecedented tournament is unclear. Teams had...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump talks with US pro sports leaders to discuss virus

Apr. 4, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

President Donald Trump talked to many U.S. pro sports leaders about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was looking forward to the resumption of competitions “as soon as we can.” “I want fans back in the arenas,” Trump said later in a briefing at the White House....

Baylor guard Moon Ursin (12) passes the ball against Oklahoma center Aspen Williston (31) and guard Gabby Gregory (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/ Jerry Larson)

The Latest: Grandmother of Baylor star Ursin dies from virus

Apr. 4, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: The grandmother of Baylor junior guard Moon Ursin has died in the New Orleans area after being infected with the coronavirus. Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey, selected Saturday as part of the 2020 class for the Naismith Memorial...