Update on the latest sports
Rookie Kubalik sets record as Hawks stun Oilers
UNDATED (AP) — The 12th-seeded Chicago Blackhawks have taken their Stanley Cup Playoffs opener on the strength of a record-setting performance by rookie left wing Dominik Kubalik (KOO’-bah-leek).
The Blackhawks held off the Oilers, 6-4 in Edmonton as Kubalik provided two goals and three assists to become the first player to register five points in his postseason debut. He scored two power-play goals in the second period to put the Hawks ahead, 6-2. His first goal chased Mike Smith from the net.
Captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) added two goals and one assist for the Blackhawks, who made the postseason despite finishing last in the Central Division.
Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists for Edmonton. Game 2 is Monday night.
Elsewhere on the first day of the Stanley Cup playoffs:
— Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and defenseman Jaccob Slavin (SLAY’-vihn) each had a goal and an assist as the Hurricanes downed the Rangers, 3-2. Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal. Martin Necas (NAY’-chas) gave the Canes a 3-1 lead by taking a one-time that glanced off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and got past Henrik Lundqvist with 9:09 remaining.
— Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yuhn vahr-LAH’-mahv) finished with 27 saves and Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) notched the game-winning goal in the second period of the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Panthers. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) put New York ahead to stay 12 minutes into the contest. Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored 23 seconds into the third period and Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) stopped 26 shots while looking sharp for Florida.
— Minnesota’s Matt Dumba became the first NHL player to kneel during the U.S. anthem when he did so before the Oilers-Blackhawks game in Edmonton. Dumba made a speech about racial injustice and Black Lives Matter before the anthems on behalf of the league and the Hockey Diversity Alliance.
Heat top Nuggets 125-105
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA restart continues near Orlando as teams jockey for playoff position.
The Heat won their first game since mid-March as Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) each scored 22 points to lead a 125-105 thrashing of the Nuggets. The game was tight until Miami went on a 22-5 run that put the Heat ahead, 87-72 late in the third quarter.
Kelly Olynyk (oh-LIH’-nihk) scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field.
Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver.
Heat center Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect for the U.S. military. All the coaches and players around him kneeled. Leonard wore a Black Lives Matter T-shirt over a jersey that said “Equality.”
Elsewhere in the NBA:
— The Thunder whipped the Jazz, 110-94 as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 19 points and Chris Paul added 18. Steven Adams had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Danilo Gallinari added 15 points for the Thunder. Oklahoma City shot 53 percent from the field and limited Utah to 39 percent from the floor.
Cardinals-Brewers postponed again
UNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus has postponed the entire weekend series between the Cardinals and Brewers in Milwaukee.
A person familiar with the situation says the decision comes after one more player and three staff members for the Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19.
MLB issued a statement saying the Cardinals will play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday-Thursday, including a Wednesday doubleheader. The Cardinals and Tigers will serve as the home Club for two games each at Comerica Park.
The Brewers will play this week’s home-and-home series vs. the Chicago White Sox as scheduled.
Friday’s series opener was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive. The team had hoped to resume play Saturday and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Phillies said they had no new positive results from Friday’s round of COVID-19 testing. Players are being allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts beginning in the afternoon.
The Marlins also received no new positive results, according to a person familiar with the situation.
At least 21 members of the Marlins’ traveling party have been infected by an outbreak at the start of a season-opening trip. The team hasn’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hopes to resume games next week.
MLB says the Phillies are slated to resume play on Monday against the Yankees in New York, one day before the Marlins take on the Orioles in Baltimore.
In other MLB news:
— The Reds and Tigers were rained out in Detroit, creating the first seven-inning doubleheader in big league history on Sunday. Major League Baseball announced earlier in the week that twinbill games would be reduced from the traditional nine innings.
— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’s confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus. However, he cautions that there’s the chance that not every team might play all 60 games. Manfred says winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.
— Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodríguez will miss the entire season because of heart inflammation caused by COVID-19. He has been on the injured list since mid-July and has not pitched this season.
— Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season. The two-time All-Star announced his decision on the same day Marlins second baseman Isan Díaz said he had opted out. Cain was 6 for 18 with two RBIs in his first five games this season.
— Nationals reliever Will Harris has been put on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin. The move was retroactive to Wednesday, when he gave up two unearned runs in the eighth inning of Washington’s 5-1 loss to Toronto.
— The Marlins have acquired left-handed reliever Richard Bleier from the Orioles for a player to be named. Bleier went 3-0 with a 5.37 ERA and four saves in 53 games last season.
— The White Sox have placed shortstop Tim Anderson on the injured list with a strained right groin and recalled catcher Yermin Mercedes from their taxi squad Anderson had two of the White Sox’s four hits on Friday before leaving in the seventh inning with a sore hip.
— Angels Mike Trout center fielder and his wife, Jessica, announced the birth of their first child Saturday, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. The three-time AL MVP left the Angels on Thursday and was placed on the paternity list, which allows players to stay away from their teams for three days. Angels manager Joe Maddon said he believes Trout will return to the Angels shortly, but the team won’t rush him.
Brees says he’ll stand for anthem
UNDATED (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he will continue to stand for “The Star Spangled Banner” but that he respects and supports those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
Brees said in a conference call that he has reconciled with teammates he upset in June by voicing his opposition to kneeling during the anthem. He apologized soon afterward and said he came to realize that the anthem protests were “never about the flag.”
In other NFL news:
— Joey Bosa (BOH’-sah) has become the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player after signing a five-year contract extension with the Chargers. The five-year extension is worth $135 million, which includes $78 million guaranteed at signing and $102 million overall. The deal eclipses the five-year, $125-million extension that Cleveland’s Myles Garrett signed two weeks ago.
— Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 32-year-old Stafford is easily one of the most high-profile players to land there. Stafford is entering his 12th season with the Lions, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.
— Browns tight end David Njoku has pulled back his trade demand. Apparently unhappy that the Browns signed free agent Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper and drafted Florida Atlantic tight end Harrison Bryant, Njoku had his agent ask the Browns to deal him to another team.
— Two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press that Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury.
— Jaguars defensive end/special teams standout Lerentee McCray has opted out of the 2020 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. McCray is the second Jaguars player in as many days to opt out, following veteran defensive tackle Al Woods.
— Less than a week after left tackle Nate Solder opted out of the season, the Giants have worked out a two-year extension with third-year tackle Nick Gates. The Giants also confirmed they had signed placekicker Chandler Catanzaro, who comes in after Aldrick Rosas after Aldrick Rosas was released in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in the offseason.
Todd shoots 1-under 69 for 54-hole lead at WGC in Memphis
UNDATED (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 1-under 69 to take a one-shot lead through three rounds of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis.
Todd started the third round of the WCG event with a two-stroke lead. He had five birdies and four bogeys to put him at 13-under 198. He is looking for his fourth career victory and third since last fall.
Byeong Hun An of South Korea is second and Rickie Fowler is two strokes off the lead.
In other golf news:
— Brett Quigley had an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead in the Ally Challenge. It’s the first PGA Tour Champions event in five months. Tommy Armour III, Carlos Franco and Jim Furyk share second.
— Branden Grace has tested positive for the coronavirus at the Barracuda Championship. That means the South African is out of the tournament where he was in contention going into the weekend.
Kyrgios won’t play US Open
SYDNEY (AP) — Nick Kyrgios (KEER’-ee-ohs) has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because of concerns over the coronavirus and in honor of the “hundreds and thousands of Americans” who have died from COVID-19.
Kyrgios said in an Instagram post that he had no problem with the United States Tennis Association proceeding with its plans to hold the tournament from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. But he cited health and safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic as he joined fellow Australian and world No. 1 Ash Barty in opting out of the Flushing Meadows Grand Slam.
Hamilton takes pole position for British GP
SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton set a new track record at the British Grand Prix and clinched a record-extending 91st pole position.
He clocked a time of 1 minute 24.303 seconds at the Silverstone, England, circuit where he has won a record six times. He was .313 seconds ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and about 1 second faster than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.