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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) scores a goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. Linemates Henrique and Jakob Silfverberg bucked their team's offensive struggles with a pair of impressive seasons, and they will be a foundation of the rebuilding effort. Henrique was particularly productive, leading the roster with 43 points. They are both locked into long-term contracts .(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Ducks' offensive woes extend to rare 2-year playoff drought

May. 29, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The last time the Anaheim Ducks missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, they went all the way to their franchise's first Stanley Cup Final just one year later. Not many observers expect the current Ducks to duplicate the feats of those beloved 2002-03 Mighty Ducks after they...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak shoots during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Boston. Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Boston's David Pastrnak share the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy the league announced Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, File)

NHL awards regular-season trophies for season cut short

May. 28, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

Since the NHL is planning to go straight to the playoffs, it's handing out a handful of trophies for the regular season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic. Not long after unveiling a 24-team right to the playoffs format, the league on Thursday announced the winners of its regular-season awards. Play was halted...

FILE - In this Feb. 24 2020, file photo, fans leave the Staples Center after a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles. Staple Center is one of the possible locations the NHL has zeroed in on to host playoff games if it can return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league will ultimately decide on two or three locations for games, with government regulations, testing and COVID-19 frequency among the factors for the decision that should be coming within the next three to four weeks. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

NHL monitoring situation before choosing where to play games

May. 27, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

Concerns about Canadian coronavirus restrictions could push hockey south of the 49th parallel into the U.S. this summer. Seven of the 10 locations the NHL has zeroed in on to hold playoff games if it resumes are American cities not restricted by Canada’s 14-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival. As 24...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo, New Jersey Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel works out prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Newark, N.J. The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol, including the opening of practice facilities and allowing small group workouts, early next month.
The league, which was forced to pause its season on March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, released a 22-page memo detailing the plan Monday, May 25, 2020. The document stresses there's no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The Latest: Iowa St AD sees football games with 30,000 fans

May. 26, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Iowa State athletic director Jaime Pollard is telling Cyclones fans that football home games will be played at no more than 50% capacity at Jack Trice Stadium, pending a change in state and local health guidelines. That means no...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Evander Kane (9) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago. The Sharks had started planning for next season long before the news became official that they would be one of the seven teams left home if the NHL resumes its season. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Sharks look for rebound following rough 2019-20 season

May. 26, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

The San Jose Sharks had started planning for next season long before the news became official Tuesday that they would be one of the seven teams left home if the NHL resumes its season. A slow start, a rough December and an injury-plagued final stretch of the season left last season’s Western Conference...

FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The NHL is one step closer to returning. Bettman unveiled a 24-team straight to playoffs format the league will use if it can clear the other hurdles to resume its season. Under the plan approved last week by players and agreed to by the NHL, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to determine the field to vie for the Stanley Cup .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

NHL moves ahead with 24-team playoff format if play resumes

May. 26, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association must...

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler, left, gives autographs during a spring training baseball workout in Clearwater, Fla. Wheeler's last start before his 30th birthday could have come against his former team. Wheeler, who struck out 24% of the batters he faced last season with the Mets, left New York in free agency last winter for a $118 million, five-year deal with the NL East rival Phillies.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

What Would Have Been: Zack against Mets and Motor City golf

May. 25, 2020 2:31 AM EDT

The Major League Baseball season would be about one-third of the way through its 162-game schedule if not for the coronavirus pandemic, and the NBA and NHL would have been closer to crowning their champions. While NASCAR is running live races without spectators, The Associated Press looks at some of the other...

AP Sportlight

May. 23, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

May 24 1905 — Harry Payne Whitney’s Tanya becomes the second filly to win the Belmont Stakes. Ruthless was the first filly to win the Belmont, in 1867. Whitney would also win the Kentucky Derby with a filly, Regret, in 1915. 1935 — In the first major league night game, the Reds beat the...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 1974, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) poses with coach Bud Grant in an unknown location. Grant was the first coach to reach four Super Bowls. Also the first to lose four Super Bowls. Grant built a powerhouse team over 18 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the playoffs 12 times. But his squads always flopped badly on the biggest stage, losing each of their four title games by double-digit margins. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman, File)

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

May. 23, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches and...

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, fans pose below the NHL league logo at a display outside Falcon Stadium before an NHL Stadium Series outdoor hockey game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche, at Air Force Academy, Colo. The NHL Players’ Association’s executive board is voting on a 24-team playoff proposal as the return-to-play format, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press, late Thursday, May 21, 2020. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

NHLPA approves going forward with 24-team playoff talks

May. 22, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

The NHL Players’ Association's executive committee authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the coronavirus suspension, approving 24 teams making the playoffs with other aspects still to be negotiated The NHLPA did not provide a breakdown of the vote of its 31 player...