DENVER (AFP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in search of a third straight Stanley Cup title, by defeating Avalanche 3-2 Friday night in Game Five.
Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 minutes remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the first Avalanche tournament in 21 years. The cup was shining in the building as well.
He’s heading to Tampa for Game 6 Sunday night. Lightning Trail is the best series out of seven 3-2.
Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Ruta also scored for the lightning. Valery Neshushkin and Kal Makar were targets for Colorado. Makar’s third-half tally bounced off Eric Cernak’s bobsled and across Vasilevsky’s podiums to equalize at 2.
He paved the way for Palat, whose shot slid across Darcy Kuemper’s podiums.
CHICAGO (AFP) – The Chicago Blackhawks are close to striking a deal with Luke Richardson to become their next coach, turning to the former NHL defender to help spearhead an already painful rebuilding process.
Richardson and the Black Hawks are working on a contract, according to a person familiar with the talks, and the move could be finalized as soon as next week. The person spoke to the Associated Press on Friday on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not completed.
Richardson, 53, has played for six teams in his 21 years in the league, finishing with 35 goals and 166 assists in 1,417 games. He was selected by Toronto with the No. 7 overall pick in the 1987 draft. Richardson retired during the 2008-09 season and joined the Ottawa coaching staff. He was the technical director of the AHL chapter of the Senate from 2012 to 2016.
Written by AP sports writer Jay Cohen.
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Steve Clifford is returning to Charlotte.
Clifford has agreed to a multi-year contract to return as coach of the NBA’s Hornets four years after he was fired by team owner Michael Jordan, the team announced Friday night.
Charlotte previously agreed to the terms of a four-year contract with Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson to become head coach, but Atkinson later informed the team that he did not take the job citing family reasons.
The 60-year-old Clifford spent five seasons coaching the Hornets from 2013-18, racking up a record 196-214 with a team that included Kemba Walker.
New York (AFP) – The Toronto Blue Jays have suspended coach Guillermo Martinez for five games and been fined by Major League Baseball on Friday for confronting referee Doug Eddings.
Martínez was flagged by MLB Vice President Michael Hill for making contact with the Eddings and what MLB called unsportsmanlike behavior during squad card exchanges ahead of Wednesday’s game at the Chicago White Sox.
The 37-year-old Martinez started the commentary service when he played the Blue Jays in Milwaukee on Friday night.
The European Tour banned golfers who participated in the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV Series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, on Friday and fined them $120,000.
The Tour said any player who participated in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, the Barbassol Championship and the Barracuda Championship. All three of these events were approved by the European Tour and the PGA Tour, which suspended players who participated in the LIV. They were also fined 100,000 pounds ($123,000).
The European Tour said there could be “other penalties” if players continue to compete in the LIV without permission. The next eight LIV events take place in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – UAB coach Bill Clark is retiring with chronic back problems after leading the program from closing to two USA Conference titles.
Clark announced his decision on Twitter Friday after informing the team, saying he needed spinal surgery. He turns 54 on Tuesday.
Clark went 49-26 in six seasons, winning two USA Conference titles and three Western Conference championships. The university closed the program in December 2014 after its debut season for financial reasons.
TALLASSEE, Florida (AP) – Link Jarrett, who led Notre Dame to the College World Championships for the first time in 20 years, is the new head coach for Florida State.
The state of Florida announced hiring on Friday, three days after the Irish season at the CWS ended. Jarrett, who was named National Coach of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, will be presented at a press conference Monday.
The move was expected. Jarrett is a native of Tallahassee, an FSU graduate and two-time All-America Shortstop for the Seminoles (1993-1994), and a former assistant (2003).
Florida State expelled Mike Martin Jr. on June 10 after the Seminoles failed to advance from the NCAA Regionals for the second year in a row. Martin went 77-54 overall in three seasons, and Alford said the program was poor.
Jarrett went 86-32 in three seasons at Notre Dame, with a winning percentage of 0.729 that was the second best in the country.
GENEVA (AFP) – The Joint Nordic Program will remain the only Olympic event without women at the 2026 Winter Games.
The International Olympic Committee decided, Friday, not to add a women’s event to the skating program at the Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Games within four years.
The long-term Olympic future of the Nordic Combined has also been in doubt with no commitment to maintain the men’s event in 2030 unless the IOC sees a larger global audience and more countries sending athletes to compete.
Budapest, Hungary (AFP) – Katie Ledecky extended her medal tally and Australia set a world record in the 4x100m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships on Friday.
American star Ledecky won the 800th freestyle final for the fifth time in the world, achieving her fourth goal in a row 400/800/1500 triple in the event.
She clocked 8 minutes 8.04 seconds to finish by more than 10 seconds over her rivals. She is Ledecky’s 19th gold at the World Championships and her fourth this week including the 4×200 freestyle relay.
The Australian mixed relay team clocked 3:19.38 in 4×100 to shave two hundred seconds off the United States’ worlds last record in Gwangju, South Korea, in July 2019.
Derby, England (AFP) – Wayne Rooney has resigned as derby coach after 18 months in the job and on the same day the club appeared to have settled their financial difficulties.
The Manchester United and England star joined the squad in January 2020 as player and coach and ended that year on provisional charges following the departure of Philip Coco.
Rooney retired as a player when he was appointed permanent chairman of the derby in January 2021.
County moved into management at the start of last season and the team was relegated from the championship. It came despite the 36-year-old’s attempt to block the drop after being deducted 21 points for breaching accounting rules and management drama.
Rooney told the club on Friday that he would like to be relieved of his duties as Derby prepares for life in the first league.
Ice skating in the United States
Colorado Springs, Colorado (AP) – Ramsey Becker is leaving US figure skating at the end of the year, leaving the organization in search of a CEO after the successful Beijing Olympics, and it turns its attention toward the 2026 Winter Games in Milan. .
Baker has served on the board of directors since 2005 in a variety of roles, including chief marketing officer. He assumed the role of Acting CEO in late 2020 before taking up the role on a full-time basis last July.
Announcing Baker’s decision in a statement Friday, the US figure skating company said total membership has reached the highest level in the organization’s 100-year history. Sponsorship and media revenue also continued to rise after an impressive performance by Nathan Chen’s gold medal in Beijing.
CHICAGO (AFP) – Bears quarterback Matt Adams has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor firearm possession, Chicago police said Friday.
Police said they found a gun while searching his car in downtown Chicago on Thursday night. He was also cited for possessing a high-capacity magazine within city limits and metal-piercing bullets, a violation of municipal law. Adams has a court date scheduled for August 24.
The Bears family said they learned of the arrest Friday morning and were “gathering more information.”
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