August 11, 2022
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Friday Sports in Brief | San Luis Obispo Grandstand

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NHL

DENVER (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in contention for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 Friday night in Game 5.

Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 left and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years. The cut was all brilliant and in the building too.

He returns to Tampa for Game 6 on Sunday night. The Lightning follow the best of seven series 3-2.

Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Jan Rutta also scored for the Lightning. Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar had goals for Colorado. Makar’s third-period count bounced off Erik Cernak’s skate and through Vasilevskiy’s pads to tie the game at 2.

That set the stage for Palat, whose shot slipped through Darcy Kuemper’s pads.

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are close to reaching a deal with Luke Richardson to become their next coach, turning to the former NHL defenseman to help them through their already painful rebuilding process.

Richardson and the Blackhawks are working on a contract, according to a person familiar with the talks, and the move could be finalized as early as next week. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed.

Richardson, 53, played for six teams for 21 years in the league, finishing with 35 goals and 166 assists in 1,417 games. He was selected by Toronto with the 7th overall pick in the 1987 draft. Richardson retired in the 2008-09 season and joined Ottawa’s coaching staff. He was the Senators’ AHL branch head coach from 2012 to 2016.

– By AP sportswriter Jay Cohen.

NBA

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Steve Clifford is returning to Charlotte.

Clifford has agreed to a multi-year contract to return as head coach of the NBA Hornets four years after being fired by team owner Michael Jordan, the team announced Friday night.

Charlotte had 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 was not taking the job for family reasons. .

Clifford, 60, spent five seasons coaching the Hornets from 2013 to 2018, compiling a 196-214 record with a team that included Kemba Walker.

MLB

NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays batting coach Guillermo Martínez was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Friday for a confrontation with umpire Doug Eddings.

Martínez was exonerated by MLB senior vice president Michael Hill for contacting Eddings and what MLB called unsportsmanlike conduct during the exchange of roster cards ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Martínez, 37, began serving his suspension when the Blue Jays played in Milwaukee on Friday night.

GOLF

MUNICH (AP) — The European Tour on Friday banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed LIV Series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, and fined them $120 $000.

The tour said all players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship. These three events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour, which suspended players who participated in LIV. They were also fined 100,000 pounds ($123,000).

There could be “further sanctions” if players continue to compete in LIV without permission, the European tour said. The next of eight LIV events will take place in Portland, Oregon from June 30 to July 2.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB coach Bill Clark is retiring due to chronic back problems after bringing the program back from a two-time American Conference title stoppage.

Clark announced his decision on Twitter on Friday after informing the team, saying he needed spinal fusion surgery. He will turn 54 on Tuesday.

Clark went 49-26 in six seasons, winning two American Conference titles and three Western Division championships. The university closed the program in December 2014 after its first season, citing financial reasons.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Link Jarrett, who led Notre Dame to the College World Series for the first time in 20 years, is Florida State’s new coach.

Florida State announced the hiring on Friday, three days after the Irish ended their CWS season. Jarrett, voted national coach of the year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, will be introduced at a press conference on Monday.

The move was anticipated. Jarrett is a Tallahassee native, FSU graduate and two-time All-America shortstop for the Seminoles (1993-94), and former assistant (2003).

Florida State fired Mike Martin Jr. on June 10 after the Seminoles failed to qualify for NCAA Regionals for a second straight year. Martin went 77-54 overall in three seasons, and Alford said the program underperformed.

Jarrett went 86-32 in three seasons at Notre Dame, a .729 winning percentage that was second-best in the nation.

OLYMPIC GAMES

GENEVA (AP) — Nordic combined will remain the only Olympic event without women at the 2026 Winter Games.

The International Olympic Committee decided on Friday not to add a women’s event to the ski program of the Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo Games in four years.

The long-term Olympic future of Nordic combined has also been thrown into doubt with no commitment to maintain the men’s event in 2030 unless the IOC sees a bigger global audience and more countries sending athletes to compete.

SWIMMING

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky extended her medal record and Australia set a world record in the mixed 4×100-meter freestyle final at the world swimming championships on Friday.

American star Ledecky won the 800 freestyle final for the fifth time at the world championships to seal his fourth consecutive 400/800/1500 hat-trick at the event.

She clocked 8 minutes, 8.04 seconds to finish more than 10 seconds ahead of her rivals. It’s Ledecky’s 19th gold medal at the world championships and his fourth this week, including the 4×200 freestyle relay.

The Australian mixed relay team clocked 3:19.38 in the 4x100m to shave two hundredths of a second off the record set by the United States at the last world championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July 2019 .

SOCCER

DERBY, England (AP) — Wayne Rooney resigned as Derby manager after 18 months in charge and on the same day the club appeared to have settled its financial troubles.

The Manchester United and England star joined the team in January 2020 as a player-manager and ended that year in temporary charge following the departure of Phillip Cocu.

Rooney retired as a player when he was appointed permanent Derby boss in January 2021.

County entered administration at the start of last season and the team were relegated from the Championship. It came despite Rooney, 36, trying to prevent the fall after a combined 21-point deduction due to a violation of accounting rules and his administrative dramas.

Rooney informed the club on Friday that he wanted to be relieved of his duties as Derby prepared for life in League One.

AMERICAN FIGURE SKATING

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ramsey Baker is leaving U.S. Figure Skating at the end of the year, leaving the organization in search of an executive director after the success of the Beijing Olympics and as it turns towards the 2026 Winter Games in Milan.

Baker has been on the governing body since 2005 in a variety of roles, including chief marketing officer. He took over as interim chief executive at the end of 2020 before assuming the role full-time last July.

USA Figure Skating, which announced Baker’s decision in a statement on Friday, said total membership had reached its highest level in the organization’s 100-year history. Sponsorship and media rights revenues also continue to climb after a blistering performance highlighted by Nathan Chen’s gold medal in Beijing.

COURTS

CHICAGO (AP) — Bears linebacker Matt Adams has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor firearm possession, Chicago police said Friday.

Police said they recovered a weapon during a search of his vehicle in downtown Chicago on Thursday evening. He was also cited for possessing a high-capacity magazine within the city limits and armour-piercing bullets, a violation of city code. Adams has a court date scheduled for August 24.

The Bears said they were notified of the arrest Friday morning and are “gathering more information.”

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