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FILE - In this  Monday, June 17, 2019 file photo, Anaheim Ducks head coach Dallas Eakins, left, and general manager Bob Murray pose with a jersey at Great Park Ice in Irvine, Calif. General manager Bob Murray saw intermittent signs of progress from his young Ducks players and first-year coach Dallas Eakins while Anaheim missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham, File)

Ducks GM Murray 'hell-bent' on improvement; critiques Eakins

Jun. 3, 2020 6:05 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — General manager Bob Murray saw signs of progress this season from his young Anaheim Ducks and their first-year coach, Dallas Eakins. Murray just didn’t see that progress happening quickly enough, so he intends to speed it up himself next season. “Overall, certain things...

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 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...

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. 3, 2020, file photo, Washington Capitals' Brendan Leipsic (28) prepares for a face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. The Washington Capitals have placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract after he made disparaging comments about women and teammates in a private social media chat. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Capitals cut ties with Leipsic after disparaging comments

May. 8, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals on Friday placed Brendan Leipsic on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract after he made disparaging comments about women and teammates in a private social media chat. In a conversation involving his brother and Florida Panthers minor leaguer Jack...

A delivery worker uses the new cycle path being prepared in central Milan's Corso Venezia, Italy, in view of Monday's partial reopening of activities, with a reduced capacity of public transportation due to safety measures against coronavirus, Saturday, May 2, 2020. Italians are preparing for the so called

The Latest: Former NHL enforcer Laraque fighting coronavirus

May. 3, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A couple of weeks ago, former Montreal Canadiens tough guy Georges Laraque was running five or six days a week as he trained for a marathon. Now, the former NHL enforcer’s biggest challenge is trying to breathe...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Latest: Former NHL enforcer Laraque tests positive

Apr. 30, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque has tested positive for COVID-19. The 43-year-old Laraque made the announcement on social media Thursday in a post showing him in a hospital gown. “I guess I’m not invincible,...

FILE - This is a March 12, 2020, file photo showing Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club in Washington. Get used to the concept of pods and pucks if the NHL is going to have any chance of completing its season, with the most likely scenarios calling for games in empty, air-conditioned arenas during the dog days of summer. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Pod hockey: Leading plan for NHL return includes empty rinks

Apr. 29, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

Get used to the concept of pods and pucks if the NHL is going to have any chance of completing its season, with the most likely scenarios calling for games in empty, air-conditioned arenas during the dog days of summer. What is emerging as the leading plan involves bringing teams back in a few empty NHL buildings...

FILE In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 a general view of the Camp Nou stadium prior of a Spanish Copa del Rey soccer match between Barcelona and Leganes at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)

The Latest: Cape Cod League cancels season

Apr. 24, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Cape Cod League, the top summer competition for college baseball players, canceled its 2020 season. The 10-team league said Friday its executive committee made the decision in a unanimous vote “based on the health...