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Russian Olympic star Kovalchuk returns to NHL with Kings

Russian left wing Ilya Kovalchuk, who led his countrymen to Pyeongchang Winter Olympic gold in February, agreed to terms Saturday on a three-year NHL contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The 35-year-old left wing, who scored five goals for the Olympic…

Federer beats Kudla to reach 12th Halle final

Roger Federer booked his 12th career final at the ATP Halle grass tournament on Saturday, beating qualifier Denis Kudla 7-6 (7/1), 7-5. The Swiss needs to win the title on Sunday – it would be his tenth at the event – to remain world number one heading into Wimbledon. Federer’s win over Kudla was his 20th in a row on grass, dating to June, 2017.

Sabres take rangy Swede Dahlin with first overall NHL pick

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman. Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was…

Lopez seizes early lead at LPGA Arkansas Championship

Gaby Lopez, who took some time off after missing back-to-back cuts, fired an eight-under 63 to grab the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship on Friday. “I’ve been working on basic stuff with my coach, Horacio Morales. Seven players are one shot off the lead at seven-under 64: Lee Min-jee, Catriona Matthew, Nasa Hataoka, Moriya Jutanugarn, Lizette Salas, Lee Mi-rim and Aditi Ashok.

Spieth stumbles, McIlroy in hunt at PGA Travelers

Defending champion Jordan Spieth stumbled to a three-over par 73 to fall from a share of the lead in Friday’s second round of the US PGA Travelers Championship while Rory McIlroy hung tough. Reigning British Open champion Spieth, who fired a first-round 63, took a triple-bogey 8 at the par-5 13th, his fourth hole of the day, and added three bogeys, an eagle and a lone birdie to stand on four-under 136. McIlroy, a back-nine starter like Spieth, began the day one off the lead and shot 69 to stand on 133, three strokes adrift of early clubhouse leader Brian Harman, a US left-hander who followed his opening 64 with a 66.

McIlroy joins Garcia in Sun City field

Four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland will compete in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at South African resort Sun City from November 8-11, the organisers said Friday. This is the latest boost for the penultimate Rolex Series event on the E…

European, outdoor games highlight 2018-19 NHL schedule

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid will open the 2018-19 NHL season in Europe while US fans will have two outdoor contests to enjoy under the 1,271 game league schedule released Thursday. The Oilers and New Jersey Devils will play their season opener…

Ravens, Bears get early starts in NFL pre-season camps

Lamar Jackson was the final first-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft but he will be among the first players reporting to pre-season workouts under training camp schedules released Thursday. The 21-year-old star quarterback at the University of Louisville will report to the Baltimore Ravens

NHL Islanders hire Cup-winning Trotz as new coach

Barry Trotz, who began the week as coach of the National Hockey League champion Washington Capitals, was hired Thursday as the new coach of the New York Islanders. The 55-year-old Canadian resigned as coach of the Capitals on Monday, unable to reach t…

England’s Fitzpatrick takes temporary US PGA membership

Britain’s Matthew Fitzpatrick has accepted a US PGA Tour special temporary membership with an eye to winning enough money to claim a full-season spot for the 2018-19 campaign. The 23-year-old Englishman is a four-time winner on the European Tour, his most recent triumph coming in last September’s European Masters, and ranks 39th in the world. Fitzpatrick shared 12th at last week’s US Open at Shinnecock, his performance lifting him beyond the points threshold needed for membership for the remainder of the season.