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NHL-PLAYOFFS BEGIN

NHL playoffs get underway

UNDATED (AP) — Hockey is back after a hiatus of more than four months.

The NHL playoffs got underway Saturday afternoon with Game 1 of the best-of-5 qualifying round between the Hurricanes and Rangers. The Hurricanes got their traditional home-game introduction a thousand miles from Raleigh, North Carolina, with no fans in the stands to appreciate it.

The puck dropped, Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin scored 61 seconds in and teammate Justin Williams fought New York’s Ryan Strome a couple of minutes later.

Similar fisticuffs could unfold in the other

The Latest: Positive test at Palermo Ladies Open

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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A tennis player entered for the Palermo Ladies Open has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the tournament, organizers announced Saturday.

They did not name the player.

While noting that the player is asymptomatic, the WTA Tour said in a statement that she will remain in isolation “until cleared by a physician per the established protocols.”

The women’s tour added that “all those who may have been in close contact with the individual are undergoing testing per WTA protocols.”

It said

Update on the latest sports

NHL-PLAYOFFS BEGIN

NHL resumes with 24-team playoffs

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL takes the first step toward closing its season Saturday with the start of the expanded 24-team playoffs in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.

A nine-day slate of a potentially 52 games — depending on the results of the eight best-of-five series — will begin with the Carolina Hurricanes facing the New York Rangers at noon Eastern time in Toronto. The top four teams in each conference, meanwhile, will play a round-robin series to determine seeding for the first round to begin Aug. 11. The games will be played in empty

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MLB-SCHEDULE

Yankees top Bosox behind Judge, Montgomery

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season.

Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.

Boston entered

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MLB-SCHEDULE

Yankees top Bosox behind Judge, Montgomery

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season.

Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.

Boston entered

Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE

Yankees top Bosox behind Judge, Montgomery

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season.

Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.

Boston entered

Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE

Yankees top Bosox behind Judge, Montgomery

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season.

Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.

Boston entered

Update on the latest sports

MLB-SCHEDULE

Yankees top Bosox behind Judge, Montgomery

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season.

Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.

Boston entered