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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with teammates Justin Schultz (4) and Jake Guentzel (59) during the first period of an NHL hockey playoff game  Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Aye Captains: Crosby, McDavid provide Penguins, Oilers spark

Aug. 4, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The C’s have it: Crosby and Connor, that is. It didn’t take long for the two captains — Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Edmonton’s Connor McDavid — to make their presence felt three days into the NHL’s expanded playoffs. With each of their...

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 1960, file photo, Cassius Clay, 18-year-old from Louisville, Ky., throws a right at Tony Madigan of Australia, left, during the light heavyweight boxing semi-finals at the Summer Olympic Games in Rome. The 1960 Rome Summer Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. These Games were the first televised in the United States (AP Photo/File)

TV, big names make 1960 Rome Games 1st modern Olympics

Aug. 4, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

Television - and gold medals - made a boxer named Cassius Clay and sprinter Wilma Rudolph household names. A glamorous setting for a larger pool of competitive nations. And lots of money spent on the Games. The 1960 Rome Olympics set the standard for every Olympiad to follow. They were the first Olympics...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Aug. 4, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

Here are editorials published the past week in newspapers around Illinois. August 2, 2020 Chicago Tribune Preserve your serenity. Fill out your census form If you’re one of those people who hates it when a stranger shows up uninvited at your home, the coronavirus pandemic has had one upside: keeping you...

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, members of Japan's national wheelchair basketball team warm up on the court during a grand opening ceremony of the Ariake Arena, a venue for volleyball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and wheelchair basketball during the Paralympic Games, in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule remains essentially unchanged for the event postponed until next year, organizers said on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Tokyo organizers made the same announcement several weeks ago for the postponed Olympics. The Paralympics open on Aug. 24, 2021, and close on Sept. 5. The Olympics are to open on July 23. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Paralympic competition schedule will be same next year

Aug. 2, 2020 11:20 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic schedule remains essentially unchanged for the event that has been postponed until next year, organizers said on Monday. Tokyo organizers made a similar announcement several weeks ago for the postponed Olympics. The Paralympics open on Aug. 24, 2021, and close on...

Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele is helped off the ice after being injured during the first period of the team's NHL hockey playoff game against the Calgary Flames in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Injured Jets in biggest trouble of NHL teams down 1-0

Aug. 2, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

Trouble keeps following Winnipeg Jets, from one of their best players not reporting to training camp to a bevy of injuries throughout the regular season. They're deep in it once again, not because of their Game 1 loss to the Calgary Flames but the big absences incurred during it. Top center Mark Scheifele could...

New York Rangers' Ryan Strome (16) fights with Carolina Hurricanes' Justin Williams during the first period in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Drop the puck for summer hockey: NHL playoffs get under way

Aug. 1, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Players watching the opening minutes of the first NHL game in several months marveled at the familiar feeling from half a continent away. “Not necessarily laughing but just (noticing) how intense it was right away,” Vancouver's Tyler Toffoli said. If the first game is any...

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) and Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) chat during warm ups before an exhibition NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Who's in net? Goalie intrigue aplenty early in NHL playoffs

Aug. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Even though “Who's in net?” isn't an Abbott and Costello comedy routine, the question makes a few NHL coaches laugh, or at least crack a smirk. Goaltending intrigue is already in full swing, with half the teams opening the playoffs Sunday not revealing who's starting between the pipes. Watch...

Orlando Magic's Jonathan Isaac (1) stands as others kneel before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Orlando Magic Friday, July 31, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Popovich, Isaac choose to stand for anthem in NBA bubble

Jul. 31, 2020 10:53 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jonathan Isaac stood, and stood out. And later Friday, Gregg Popovich and Becky Hammon did the same. Most players and coaches, but not all, are kneeling while pre-recorded versions of the national anthem are being played at the restarted NBA season. Isaac became the first...

In this photo made Thursday, July 23, 2020, an upper deck view of the new Texas Rangers home baseball stadium named Globe Life Field is seen in Arlington, Texas. The Texas Rangers' new stadium isn't retro and designers wanted the first next-generation ballpark. There is the full-panel retractable roof, the split seating levels offering full views of the ballpark with plenty of natural light. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

The Latest: Duke says 25 returning athletes test positive

Jul. 31, 2020 7:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Duke says that 25 athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus over the past three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary practice, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school announced the results Friday...

FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, James Murdoch attends the National Geographic 2017

James Murdoch resigns from news publisher News Corp's board

Jul. 31, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

News Corp founder Rupert Murdoch’s son James is resigning from the family-controlled publisher’s board over content appearing in its newspapers, which include the Wall Street Journal and the New York Post. "My resignation is due to disagreements over certain editorial content published by the...