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NHL

Tampa, Florida (AFP) – Nazim Qadri scored in 12:02 in overtime – perhaps with too many Colorado players on the ice – and the avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the FA Cup final Stanley moved within the victory dislocation of the two-time champion Lightning.

Playing for the first time since June 4 with a thumb injury, Kadri skated past Andrei Vasilevsky and fired a shot under the goalkeeper’s right arm to give Colorado a 3-1 lead.

Avalanche outperformed Lightning 11-3 in the extra period. Vasilevsky stopped Logan O’Connor when he broke off, and Colorado dropped a shot off the post and hit another at the crossbar before Kadri finished it off.

Without specifically saying Tampa Bay felt Colorado had too many men on the ice to score, Lightning coach John Cooper suggested the goal should not be allowed.

Game 5 Friday night in Denver, as Colorado won the first two games of the series and 7-2 this post-season.

SUNRISE, Florida (AP) – Paul Morris is the new head coach for the Florida Panthers, agreeing to a deal Wednesday to take over a club coming from a season in which he had the best NHL record and rewrote the franchise record.

The Panthers said 55-year-old Morris will be introduced Thursday morning.

Morris will replace interim Panthers coach Andrew Brunet, who may remain with the organization if he chooses.

The Panthers will become the fourth franchise to coach Morris. He started in Hartford in 1995, two seasons before that franchise moved to Carolina. He coached Toronto for two seasons before returning to Carolina, then spent nearly nine years as a coach in Winnipeg before stepping down there in December.

NFL

WASHINGTON (AP) – Dan Snyder, the owner of a Washington leader, conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit former employees who made accusations of workplace sexual harassment, hired private investigators to intimidate witnesses, and used an overseas lawsuit as a pretext to obtain phone records and emails, according to a document released by a House of Representatives committee on Wednesday.

The Oversight and Reform Commission is investigating leaders’ workplace culture after accusations of widespread sexual harassment by female staff managers. The memo was released ahead of a hearing Wednesday in Washington that included testimony from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, which appeared remotely from New York.

Snyder was invited to testify but declined, citing outside business obligations and concerns about due process. The committee chair, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Democrat, announced during the hearing that she plans to issue a subpoena to compel Snyder to file next week.

The 29-page memo alleges that Snyder attempted to discredit people accusing him and other team executives of misconduct and also attempted to influence an investigation with the team’s attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm on behalf of the NFL.

New York (AFP) – The NFL and six of its teams have filed for arbitration in the lawsuit alleging they engaged in racial discrimination. If the league’s request is successful, then NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be the arbitrator.

The league and teams filed papers late Tuesday with a judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by Brian Flores after he was fired in January from his position as Miami Dolphins coach. The NFL said hiring agreements with teams that Flores and other coaches signed contain provisions requiring arbitration in all disputes.

Flores now works as an assistant coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Two other Black League coaches – Steve Wilkes and Ray Horton – joined Flores’ lawsuit, in which he alleged the league was engaging in racist recruitment practices despite his allegations to the contrary.

golf

Cromwell, Connecticut (AP) – Commissioner Jay Monahan says the PGA Tour can’t win an “arms race” against Saudi-funded LIV Golf when guns are the money. His response on Wednesday was to increase prize money in eight elite events and build on loyalty and legacy among his players.

Monahan directed another round of vitriol against Greg Norman and his rival league. However, it looks like the tour is trying to keep up.

Monahan said an increase in prize money is in the works from its latest media rights deal it signed in 2020, noting that the LIV Golf threat has accelerated some of those plans. Announcing a simplified schedule – January-August starting in 2024 – with seven tournaments worth $20 million or more and fewer post-season locations available. The Top 125 qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Next year, only the top 70 will qualify.

The downfall would be for players who finished the race outside of the top 70 to secure tickets for the following year, giving them a chance to move into the top 50 – or try to stay there – to secure spots in some of the elite $20 million tournaments.

Three international events are also scheduled in the fall for only the top 50 FedEx Cup points from the previous season.

Street. ANDREW, Scotland (AP) – Players who joined the new Saudi-funded league will still be allowed to compete in next month’s British Open, organizers said on Wednesday.

The US Open allowed players who had been banned by the PGA Tour to participate in the LIV Golf Series to play in last week’s tournament.

“Players who have been exempted or secured a place by qualifying for the 150th Open under the terms and conditions of entry will be able to compete in the tournament in St Andrews,” R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in a statement.

The world’s oldest major tournament begins on July 14.

NBA

A person familiar with the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jeramy Grant for the Portland Trail Blazers, with the bulk of the comeback being a first-round pick in 2025.

Detroit finished 36th in the draft Thursday and what could have been Milwaukee’s first-round pick in 2025, according to the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team has made the agreement public.

ESPN first reported the trade agreement, along with details that the 2025 first-round pick is protected from among the top four.

Grant’s salary – nearly $21 million for next season – is roughly the exact amount that Portland created in February when it traded CJ McCollum to New Orleans.

— Written by basketball writer Tim Reynolds.

Philadelphia (AFP) – Fanatic founder Michael Rubin is selling his stake in the company that owns the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils.

Robin, whose fortune is estimated at $8 billion according to Forbes, said on social media that he is “going from part-owner” to teams run by Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment and “returning to a lifelong fan”.

Robben was part of the property group when it bought the 76ers in 2011 for $290 million. But with the growth of fanatics, the expansion of sports betting, and the launch of other businesses, Robin decided it was time to sell his estimated 10% stake in HBSE.

international hockey

OTTAWA, Ontario (AFP) – Federal funding for Hockey Canada has been frozen following the national organization’s handling of an alleged sexual assault and out-of-court settlement.

Canada’s sports minister, Pascal St Ong, said in a statement on Wednesday that the Canadian hockey company will only recover its funding once it discloses recommendations it received from the independent law firm it hired to investigate the alleged incident four years ago.

Hockey Canada must also become a signatory to the Office of the Integrity Commissioner, a new government agency with the power to independently investigate complaints of abuse and punish inappropriate behavior.

WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW

TARIETOWN, New York (Associated Press) – A bloodhound named Trumpt won the Kennel Club show at the Westminster Kennel Club Wednesday night, defeating six other finalists to win Best Show in the US.

The trumpet overcame a French bulldog, German shepherd, Maltese, English setter, Samoyed terrier and Lakeland terrier to take the trophy at the 146th Westminster Race.

Trumpet became the first bloodhound to win Postminster.

The competition attracted more than 3,000 purebred dogs, ranging from small dogs to Yorkshire terriers. The goal is to crown the dog that most represents the perfect breed.

obituary

Tony Seragoza, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most iconic defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died on Wednesday. He was 55 years old.

Seragosa’s broadcasting agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Siragosa, better known as “Goose,” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five seasons with the Ravens. The 2000 Baltimore team won the Super Bowl behind a solid defense that included Siragoza, Ray Lewis, and Sam Adams.

Siragosa was popular with fans for his fun-loving attitude, which also helped him transition quickly into broadcasting after his football career.

Siragosa came to Baltimore as a free agent in 1997 and teamed up with Adams to form a defensive tandem. He finished his career with 22 sacks.

Baltimore (AP) – Jaylon Ferguson, who set an FBS record for sacks while at Louisiana Tech and then played the past three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, has died. He was 26 years old.

Police said Wednesday that the cause of death had not yet been determined.

Ferguson, nicknamed “Sack Daddy”, was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019 and played with them for his entire professional career. He appeared in 38 games and had 4 1/2 sacks.

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – O. Bruton Smith, who spun off a North Carolina farm and tapped his love of motorsports into a Hall of Fame career as one of the largest racetrack owners and most successful promoters in motorsport history, died Wednesday. He was 95 years old.

His death was announced by Speedway Motorsports, which cited natural causes.

Smith became one of the giants of motor racing. Speedway Motorsports, the company he founded, was the first motorsports company to trade on the New York Stock Exchange and currently has 11 facilities across the United States.

The tracks host NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, and other series in Hampton, Georgia; Bristol, Tennessee; Concord, North Carolina; Loudon, N.H.; Sonoma, CA; Fort Worth, Texas; Dover, Delaware; Nashville, Tennessee; North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Sparta, Kentucky and Las Vegas.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – Jonny Nilsson, the Swedish speed skater who won gold in the 10,000m at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, has died. He was 79.

His wife, Marianne, announced Nelson’s death on Wednesday. She told Swedish news agency TT that he died during the night.

Nelson had prostate cancer and last year said his condition was getting worse.

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