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Tampa Bay Lightning's Nikita Kucherov (86) hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL's marathon season

Sep. 29, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference. “Who’s next? Next question,”...

FILE - The Park MGM and Aria hotel-casinos flash messages on their closing due to the coronavirus, in Las Vegas in this March 16, 2020 file photo. Casino giant MGM Resorts International said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, it's teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings to the National Hockey League playoffs and a health care provider to high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

MGM Resorts outlines conference health screening option

Sep. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant MGM Resorts International is teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings for the National Hockey League playoffs and a health care provider to high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos, the company announced...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll wears a mask as he talks to an official during the first half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Virus knocks out South Alabama-Troy game

Sep. 29, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ South Alabama called off its Saturday game with Sun Belt rival Troy because of COVID-19. The school on Tuesday didn’t say how many players had been affected by the coronavirus, but the team was stopping workouts. South...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) is presented the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as they celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay's Stamkos in rare company as injured Cup captain

Sep. 29, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Steven Stamkos greeted Game 4 overtime hero Kevin Shattenkirk with a hug in the tunnel after the game. After the Tampa Bay Lightning missed out on their first chance to win the Stanley Cup in double overtime a night later, Stamkos walked into the locker room to re-energize...

Tampa Bay beats Dallas to win Stanley Cup; NHL the 1st major North American sports league to crown champion in pandemic

Sep. 29, 2020 4:21 PM EDT
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay beats Dallas to win Stanley Cup; NHL the 1st major North American sports league to crown champion in pandemic.
Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon (14) reacts as the puck goes in past Dallas Stars' goalie Anton Khudobin (35) on a shot from Lightning's Blake Coleman (not shown) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Maroon becomes back-to-back Cup winner with Blues, Lightning

Sep. 29, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Patrick Maroon didn't get the chance this time to lower the Stanley Cup so that his son, Anthony, could kiss it before lifting it again over his shoulders. Anthony stayed home in the U.S., as did fiancée Francesca as Maroon celebrated with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Pat Maroon (14) watches the puck go in past Dallas Stars' goalie Anton Khudobin (35) on a shot from Lightning's Blake Coleman (not shown) during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Veteran Dallas Stars come up short of Stanley Cup title

Sep. 29, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

All those wily, old veterans couldn't get the Dallas Stars another Stanley Cup championship. Rick Bowness is the 65-year-old interim head coach who has been behind NHL benches in parts of five different decades. Joe Pavelski and Corey Perry are the veteran forwards in their mid-30s who spent their entire careers...

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) celebrates his goal against the Dallas Stars with Victor Hedman (77) during overtime in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

Sep. 29, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — When the Tampa Bay Lightning were still in Toronto, they enjoyed some fresh air outside at the football stadium inside the bubble. Victor Hedman kicked and made a 50-yard field goal, soccer style, perfectly splitting the uprights. Is there anything this guy can't do? Hedman did it...

Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen (4) checks Tampa Bay Lightning center Carter Verhaeghe (23) during the second period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Stanley Cup Notebook: Same routine with chance to clinch Cup

Sep. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said the daily routine remained unchanged, even on the day when his team had an opportunity to win the Stanley Cup. “It's come to the rink, it’s do media, go over what happened the previous day,” Cooper said Monday before Game 6. ...

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) and Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) battle for the ball during the second half of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 117-107 to win the series 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Comeback crew: Nuggets leave bubble with newfound respect

Sep. 29, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — With bags on his back, Nikola Jokic playfully swerved his way through the crowd of family and friends gathered at the airport terminal. The Denver Nuggets finally returned home after their longer-than-many-anticipated stay inside the NBA bubble. Arriving with them, a new reputation —...