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NHL recap: Marc-Andre Fleury’s 67th career shutout cancels Knights
Marc-Andre Fleury scored 19 saves to mark his sixth shutout of the season as the visiting Vegas Golden Knights raised their hopes for a title in the West Division and the Presidents’ Trophy with a 6-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in the season maintained regular season finals for both teams. Fleury won with Roy Worters with the 67th of his career the 14th place in the NHL list of all time and at the same time extended his personal winning streak to nine in a row.
Firefighters photographing Kobe Bryant’s crash scene to be fired
Two Los Angeles County firefighters alleged to have snapped photos of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash scene have been notified that they will be fired and a third has been notified according to his widow’s lawsuit of suspension. Bryant, 41, a retired 18-time all-star for the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers, was killed along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and all seven others on board a helicopter that crashed in foggy weather north of Los Angeles on January 26, 2020.
Football players affected by tear gas in Colombia
Colombian Junior and Argentine River Plate players and staff rubbed their eyes uncomfortably after police fired tear gas at protesters outside the stadium ahead of the Copa Libertadores game in Barranquilla on Wednesday. Demonstrations in Colombia have increased over the past two weeks, fueled by outrage over a tax plan that has now been canceled.
Japanese cities drop plans to host Olympic athletes – Nikkei
Dozens of Japanese cities have given up their plans to host Olympic Games athletes fearing overstretching already overstretched medical resources during the fourth wave of coronavirus infections, the Nikkei newspaper reported Thursday. Forty of more than 500 cities registered to host international competitors had decided not to allow athletes in front of the global sports venue for training camps and cultural exchanges, the newspaper reported, citing a government source.
NBA recap: James Harden returns, leading Nets past Spurs
James Harden accumulated 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds on his return from a strained right Achilles tendon when the Brooklyn Nets recorded a 128-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs in New York on Wednesday night. Harden joined the bank for the first time since April 22, 2012 when he was a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was playing under a minute limit after missing the last 18 games, and he logged on his first game since April 5, 25:44 of game time.
Sport-McGregor tops Forbes’ highest paid athlete list
Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor was the highest paid athlete in the world last year, ahead of soccer players Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. This comes from the annual Forbes list published on Wednesday at https://www.forbes.com. In the twelve month period ending May 1, 2021, McGregor made $ 180 million, including $ 158 million from endorsements and the recent majority ownership sale of its whiskey brand, Forbes said.
Victor Caratini’s Slam gives Padres victory over Rockies in G1
Victor Caratini scored a late grand slam and the San Diego Padres defeated the Colorado Rockies in Denver in Game 1 of a double header on Wednesday 5-3. Emilio Pagan (3-0) threw an inning for the win and Mark Melancon worked in the seventh for his 12th save for San Diego from a base-laden jam.
The Soccer-Chelsea Champions League was hit by a loss to Arsenal
Chelsea slipped in their pursuit of a place in the Champions League when they lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday. Emile Smith Rowe’s goal in the first half brought the London derby to a close after a defensive mix-up by the hosts. The visitors took advantage of an erratic back pass from Chelsea’s Jorginho to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who scrambled back to throw him off the line. The ball fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who closed it back in the 16th minute for Smith Rowe to score.
Tennis Murray “deserves” the French Open wildcard, says tournament director Forget
Andy Murray made the qualifying round for the French Open later this month, but tournament director Guy Forget said the former world number one “deserves” a placeholder for the Claycourt Grand Slam. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray has fallen to 123rd place in the world rankings after prolonged injury breaks from hip surgery, but Forget said the Scot, a 2016 Roland Garros finalist, could likely be “half the people in the world Main draw beat “”.
Olympic table tennis robots and kitbag fencers – Indians are innovative in lockdown
For someone who lost a season to a torturous elbow injury that required surgery, Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra understandably welcomed the postponement of the Tokyo Games last year. The mop-haired former junior world champion, potentially independent India’s first Olympic athletics champion, had hoped to use the extra time to get fully fit again and find his best form.
(With contributions from agencies.)