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Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning are the champions of bubble hockey.
Brayden Point scored his playoff-best 14th goal, and the Lightning beat the Dallas Stars 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup and finish off the NHL playoffs staged in quarantine during the pandemic.
The clock hitting zeros in an empty arena set off a wild celebration for a group that endured years of playoff heartbreak and two months in isolation.
Goals from Point and Blake Coleman and a 22-save shutout by Andrei Vasilevskiy were enough to power the Lightning to their second championship in franchise history after winning it in 2004.
Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. The playoffs became a showcase of the big Swede’s skills on both ends of the ice. He also showed key leadership in the absence of injured captain Steven Stamkos.


Blackhawks acquire Pirri in trade with Golden Knights
CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Brandon Pirri in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights, reuniting the forward with his first NHL team. The Blackhawks sent Dylan Sikura to Vegas for the 29-year-old Pirri, who split last season between the Golden Knights and Chicago of the American Hockey League. The forward had two assists in 16 games with Vegas and 15 goals and 20 assists in 38 games with Chicago.
Pirri was selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2009 draft and made his NHL debut with the club in 2010.


Mahomes outplays Jackson to lead Chiefs past Ravens 34-20
BALTIMORE (AP) – Patrick Mahomes put on a scintillating show while outperforming Lamar Jackson, and the Kansas City Chiefs deftly played the role of defending Super Bowl champions in a 34-20 thumping of the Baltimore Ravens.
Just about everything Mahomes did worked against an overmatched Baltimore defense that had allowed only two touchdowns in its first two games. Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to help the Chiefs emphatically end the Ravens’ 14-game regular season winning streak while extending their own run to 12 games, including playoffs.
Jackson is 21-4 as the Ravens’ starting quarterback, with three of those losses to Mahomes and the Chiefs.


NFL’s Texans to allow fans for Vikings game
UNDATED (AP) – The Houston Texans will have up to 13,300 fans at NRG Stadium for their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
The move comes after the Texans played without fans in their home opener on Sept. 20. The number of fans permitted is about 20% of stadium capacity. The team expects to allow the same number of fans at each of the remaining seven home games.
Fans age 10 and older will be required to wear masks while in the stadium unless they’re actively eating or drinking. No tailgating will be allowed.


In other NFL news:
– Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy has confirmed Nick Foles will start at quarterback Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Nagy made the announcement today after hedging Sunday following the Bears’ 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Foles had come on in relief of an ineffective Mitchell Trubisky.


– After completing a winless September with their 28-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, the Broncos will now be without defensive lineman Jurrell Casey for the rest of the year. The 10th-year veteran and five-time Pro Bowler tore a biceps tendon in the game. He joins Von Miller, Courtland Sutton, Drew Lock and others who are sidelined so far in 2020. Denver has a short turnaround with a game Thursday night against the winless Jets.


– The Jacksonville Jaguars signed veteran place-kicker Steven Hauschka. He’s the team’s third kicker in the past week. Josh Lambo (hip) was placed on injured reserve last week. Jacksonville turned to undrafted rookie Brandon Wright against Miami. He missed an extra point and injured his groin. So Jacksonville will go with Hauschka at Cincinnati on Sunday.


– On second thought, Doug Pederson would not have played for a tie. The Philadelphia Eagles lined up for a 59-yard field goal on fourth-and-7 with 19 seconds left in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. After a false start penalty on Matt Pryor, Pederson elected to punt instead of going for it on fourth-and-12 from the Bengals 46 or letting Jake Elliott attempt a 64-yarder. After thinking about it overnight, Pederson changed his mind. Pederson said Monday he should’ve called a pass down the field on fourth-and-12 instead of punting.


Doc Rivers out as Clippers’ coach, after seven seasons
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Doc Rivers says he’s out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, though did not specify if he chose to leave on his own or if he was fired.
The Clippers say it was a mutual decision.
Rivers announced in a statement posted to Twitter that he is not returning as coach.
The move comes about two weeks after the Clippers wasted a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals.
Rivers spent seven seasons with the Clippers, making the playoffs in six of them – major success for a once-woebegone franchise.
This season’s team, with the summer 2019 additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, was expected to compete for an NBA championship.


Johnstone, 2-time WS champ and popular prankster, dies at 74
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jay Johnstone, who won World Series championships as a versatile outfielder with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers while being baseball’s merry prankster, has died. He was 74.
His daughter, Mary Jayne Sarah Johnstone, says her father died last weekend of complications from COVID-19 and he also had suffered from dementia in recent years.
In the 1981 World Series, Johnstone had a pinch-hit, two-run homer in Game 4 that rallied the Dodgers to an 8-7 win over the Yankees.


Pliskova moves to second round
PARIS (AP) – Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the second round of the French Open by beating Mayar Sherif 6-7 (9), 6-2, 6-4.
Sherif was the first Egyptian player to qualify for the main draw at Roland Garros.
She saved five break points in the seventh game of the third set. Pliskova finally broke and then held to love for a 5-3 lead on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Pliskova clinched victory with an ace on her first match point.
The former top-ranked player reached the semifinals at Roland Garros in 2017 and next faces Jelena Ostapenko. The big-hitting Latvian player won the French Open that year.


Notre Dame COVID-19 outbreak affects 39 players
UNDATED (AP) – Notre Dame says it has 39 football players in isolation or quarantine as it deals with the COVID-19 outbreak that forced the team to postpone last week’s game at Wake Forest.
The Fighting Irish are not slated to play again until Oct. 10 at home against Florida State.
In a news release, Notre Dame said 18 football players tested positive last week, seven of which had already been quarantined after contact tracing had determined they’d been exposed to people who had already been infected. The school says a total of 25 players were in isolation after testing positive and another 14 were being quarantined after contact tracing.


In other related virus news:
– Vanderbilt has changed its mind and will allow fans at sports events in October. The Commodores also will allow a limited number of students to attend Saturday night’s football game with No. 20 LSU. Athletic director Candice Lee announced the reversal Monday, calling it a small step toward normalcy based on the guidance from the university’s public health partners. Vanderbilt students are tested weekly with strict protocols on campus. The result is a low COVID-19 positivity rate.


Authentic favored against ten rivals
BALTIMORE (AP) – Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is the morning line favorite for Saturday’s Preakness in Baltimore. Authentic is 9-5 on the morning line and drew the No. 9 post in a field of 11 horses. The race will be run without spectators.
Art Collector, who was scratched from the Derby, appears to be the biggest threat to Authentic and is the 5-2 second choice.



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