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FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, file photo, Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky throws a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Bears hope to win back-to-back games to start a season for the first time in seven years and deny the Giants their first victory under new coach Joe Judge when New York visits Soldier Field on Sunday (AP Photo/Jose Juarez, File)

Bears look to build on opener, Giants seek 1st win for Judge

Sep. 17, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears came into the season determined to show they're more like the team that won the NFC North in 2018 than the one that missed the playoffs a year ago. A narrow escape last week wasn't exactly a strong opening statement. Maybe now, they'll start making a convincing case. The...

Coyotes tab Armstrong as next general manager

Sep. 17, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired St. Louis assistant GM Bill Armstrong as their next general manager. Armstrong arrives in the desert after spending the past two seasons as the Blues' assistant GM and director of amateur scouting. He replaces John Chayka, who resigned on the eve of...

Kings hire former Rockets executive Monte McNair as new GM

Sep. 17, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

The Sacramento Kings have hired former Houston Rockets executive Monte McNair as their new general manager. The team announced the move to replace Vlade Divac on Thursday, making McNair the team’s top basketball executive reporting to owner Vivek Ranadivé. “Monte is one of the NBA’s top...

Buffalo Sabres hire Mair, Weber to coach in AHL Rochester

Sep. 17, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are turning to two former players to serve as assistant coaches on their minor-league affiliate in Rochester. Adam Mair and Mike Weber were hired on Thursday to work under coach Seth Appert, who took over the American Hockey League team last month. Mair, who played...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Detroit Red Wings in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit. The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Sabres acquire Eric Staal in sending Johansson to Wild

Sep. 16, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Kevyn Adams didn’t have to do too much homework on center Eric Staal in completing his first trade as Buffalo Sabres general manager. A former NHL player, Adams had plenty of firsthand insight on the 17-year veteran going back to their days as teammates with the 2006 Stanley Cup...

FILE- In this April 17, 2019, file photo, Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery, center rear, watches play against the Nashville Predators during the third period of Game 4 in an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Dallas. The St. Louis Blues have hired Jim Montgomery as an assistant 10 months after he was fired as coach of the Dallas Stars for unprofessional conduct. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Blues hire Montgomery as assistant months after Stars firing

Sep. 16, 2020 7:51 PM EDT

Jim Montgomery is getting a second chance to coach in the NHL after being hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant coach less than a year since he was fired by the Dallas Stars for unprofessional conduct. Montgomery was fired in December, 32 games into his second season as Stars coach, for what general...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2005, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, escorts his mother Jeannette as they leave the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md., where they attended a funeral service for his father Steve Belichick. Jeannette Belichick died Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, from natural causes in Annapolis, Md. She was 98. (AP Photo/Matthew S. Gunby, File)

Jeannette Belichick, mother of Patriots' coach, dies at 98

Sep. 16, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

Jeannette Belichick, the mother of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, has died. She was 98. Patriots spokesman Stacey James said Belichick died Monday night of natural causes in Annapolis, Maryland. Belichick was preceded in death by her husband, Steve, who died in 2005 at age 86. In addition to their...

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) throws under pressure from Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Bud Dupree (48) during the third quarter of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Giants off to shaky start under new coach Joe Judge

Sep. 16, 2020 12:48 AM EDT

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — If New York Giants fans were hoping for a quick turnaround under new coach Joe Judge, it might be time to reevaluate. The Judge era got off to a shaky start Monday night in a 26-16 loss to Ben Roethlisberger and an impressive Pittsburgh Steelers' defense. The biggest concern...

Toronto Raptors' head coach Nick Nurse directs his team during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game with the Boston Celtics Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Raptors sign coach Nick Nurse to multiyear extension

Sep. 15, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse would have been in the final year of his contract next season. The Toronto Raptors weren’t about to let that happen with their coach. Nurse and the Raptors announced a multiyear extension Tuesday, without divulging the terms. In his two seasons with Toronto,...

FILE - Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette answers questions during a news conference Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. The Washington Capitals hired Peter Laviolette, who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, as coach on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, FIle)

Capitals hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette

Sep. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EDT

Peter Laviolette sees the Washington Capitals as another opportunity to take a team to the Stanley Cup Final and try to win it all again. The Capitals see Laviolette as the experienced, steady hand who can help them contend for another title in what could be the final few years of their championship window. ...