Leicester starts post-Ranieri era with 3-1 win over Liverpool

Leicester began life without manager Claudio Ranieri by easing its English Premier League relegation fears after a stirring 3-1 home victory over Liverpool on Monday.In its first game since Ranieri was sacked last Thursday by the club’s Thai owners, Jamie Vardy scored twice for last season’s struggling champion. Five consecutive league defeats sent it spiraling down the standings.There was a strong show of support for the former manager at the game, with fans donning Ranieri masks and holding placards inside and outside King Power stadium. It helped propel Leicester out of the relegation places and up to 15th, two points above the drop zone with 12 games remaining.Vardy scored 24 league goals last season but the England international’s strikes in either half were just his sixth and seventh of this campaign.“We’ve come in for a lot of unfair stick with things that have been in the press, but you’ve seen that the lads wanted to react,” Vardy said.“We needed to show that we’ve got that fight, and win or lose as long as the performance was right, we could hold our heads up high.”Liverpool, which was out of sorts despite a warm-weather training break in Spain, could not match Leicester’s energy, intensity and commitment. Before facing Liverpool, it had won just five league games. Danny Drinkwater also netted with a superb long-range strike. One banner held aloft said “Thank you Claudio for making our dreams come true.”Leicester’s players, some of whom have denied any part in an alleged revolt that led to Ranieri’s sacking, had their names cheered by fans and appeared up for the highly charged occasion.With Ranieri’s assistant, Craig Shakespeare, in interim charge, Leicester made a bright start. It remains in fifth place.Ranieri was dismissed nine months after masterminding one of the biggest sporting shocks of all time by leading the 5,000-1 outsider to league glory.But Leicester has failed to replicate that form. Shinji Okazaki forced Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet into an early diving save.Center back Robert Huth wastefully headed over from a corner, and Mignolet blocked Vardy’s volley as Leicester showed plenty of attacking intent.The home side’s pressure was rewarded when a through ball from Marc Albrighton sent Vardy away on goal and last season’s leading scorer calmly slotted past Mignolet to give Leicester the lead after 28 minutes.Just 11 minutes later, Leicester fans were on their feet again to acclaim an outstanding goal from Drinkwater, the midfielder sending a dipping volley past Mignolet from fully 30 metres.Vardy got his second on the hour when he headed in a Christian Fuchs cross and, although Liverpool enjoyed its best spell after Philippe Coutinho pulled a goal back in the 68th, Leicester held firm.Whether Leicester moves quickly to appoint a permanent successor to Ranieri or lets Shakespeare make his case to step up remains to be seen.Nigel Pearson, sacked by Leicester in June 2015 after saving the club from relegation, a move which led to Ranieri’s appointment, is among the names linked with the job. Guus Hiddink, Roy Hodgson, Roberto Mancini, and Martin O’Neill are also in the frame.

Canadian men hope for turnaround at rugby sevens stop in Las Vegas

The Canadian men will likely have to excel in their remaining pool games against No. They currently stand 12th after four events on the 2016-17 World Series.Success won’t be easy in Las Vegas with the poor showing in Sydney resulting in a tough draw.Canada’s opening match Friday is against top-ranked South Africa, which has won three stops this season including the last two in Wellington and Sydney. That lack of bench strength is felt especially on the second weekend of back-to-back tournaments.“We have to hope our senior players stay healthy,” he said. Canada coach Damian McGrath, who took over the team this season, says his players know that poor on-field results over the last two years cost them the funding.“That’s certainly a motivating factor for them. “Injuries are part and parcel of rugby. It was 3-2-1 in Sydney and placed 13th, with a tie against Argentina dropping the Canadians into consolation play.The Canadian men won five of six matches last year in Vancouver, losing to Wales on a last-second try, and finished ninth.For McGrath, the blueprint for success is simple this season.“I need our key players to be healthy, that’s for sure,” he said.He says the drop off from Sydney to Wellington was largely due to the loss of playmaker Nathan Hirayama and having Justin Douglas, Adam Zaruba and Pat Kay struggling to play through illness or injury.Unlike top teams on the circuit, Canada simply doesn’t have the depth to survive such shortfalls, according to McGrath. He suffered a slight tear of the hamstring trying to run down a Scot in the final game at Wellington.Hirayama is not 100-per-cent fit but is back in training, McGrath says he will be monitored this week and will not play unless deemed good to go. I just hope we can get through this one unscathed and then really show the Canadian public on home soil just how good the core of the sevens team is.”Organizers say they have already sold 73,000 tickets for the Canada Sevens, with the two-day capacity just over 75,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.The good news for McGrath is Hirayama returns from the hamstring injury that forced him to watch the Sydney event from the sidelines. Failure to do so means finishing anywhere from ninth to 16th.The margins can be razor-slim.Canada went 4-2-0 in Wellington and finished fourth. It helps that the Vegas event is spread over three days, rather than the normal two, giving him more recovery time.Balancing that is the fact that the tournament is played on a narrow, unforgiving artificial turf field at Sam Boyd Stadium.“We still have another five tournaments to go after Vegas so it would be foolish to force Nate just to have him play,” McGrath said. And even if we do include him, I’ll be selective about how we play him.”Phil Berna returns to the squad, recovered from surgery to repair an arm broken in December in Cape Town. “If we’re unsure then we won’t risk him. 7 Wales and No. 10 France to advance to the elite Cup quarter-finals.Making the Cup quarters means a top-eight finish. They want to show that A) they’re better than probably the results reflect and B) that they deserve to be funded alongside other sports.”The Canadian men finished 13th on the world circuit last season, ninth in 2014-15 and sixth in 2013-14. His World Series career count now stands at 94 tries and 470 points. After a disappointing 13th-place finish in Sydney and news that Own The Podium is cancelling funding to the program, the Canadian men’s rugby sevens team looks to reverse its fortunes this week in Las Vegas.The hope is to build some momentum — or at the very least avoid injury — with the Vancouver stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series looming March 11-12. He replaces Matt Mullins (plantar fasciitis), who may be available for Vancouver if needed.Luke Bradley, rewarded for showing well in training, comes in for Karsten Leitner.The Vegas tournament will be a Canadian-record 53rd for veteran John Moonlight, surpassing Phil Mack’s mark of 52 strips on the World Series.Moonlight, 29, made his debut at the 2009 Hong Kong Sevens.

Gay, lesbian, bisexual teens half as likely to play sports, finds UBC study

Saige, 16, identifies as being gender non-binary and found it hard to fit in with peers and teammates on the basketball team.“The coaches were actually really nice, but I had a [physical education] teacher that was really horrible. Similarly, participation numbers also dropped for lesbian girls, bisexual girls and bisexual boys.It is the first study in Canada to track sports participation trends of sexual minority youth. Prof. Adolescent Health Survey taken by 99,373 students across British Columbia between 1998 to 2013. “For example, when I came out as queer, or gender non-binary, they would erase it and they would misgender me.”

The teen quit basketball and took up dance, finding the individual pursuit a more comfortable option for someone who defines themself as “being in-between or outside” the male-female gender divide.Saige’s experience is a common one. Saewyc said transgender youth were not included because the survey didn’t ask about transgender identity until 2013, and at least three years of data are needed for something to be considered a trend. There’s not many out, gay athletes,” said Annie Smith, co-author of the study and executive director of the McCreary Centre.She commends professional sports leagues like the NHL for starting to take steps toward promoting inclusivity.“When young people are now going to watch pro sports they’re starting to see that it’s okay to be gay and to be playing sports.”The NHL has partnered with the You Can Play Project, a non-profit group fighting against homophobia in sports. Members of the Vancouver Pride Society are planning to attend the game and have a presence on the concourse.“We are actually the first team that’s wearing special-made jerseys for this occasion,” Mr. The VGVA has been around since 1979 and has about 200 active members.“We have a few people who are 18 or fresh out of high school, but almost the entirety of our membership is adults or out of high school,” executive board member Steev Letts said.Mr. However, a 2014 national Trans Youth Health Survey done across Canada by the McCreary Centre found only 16 per cent of transgender youth said they participated in sports with a coach. “Maybe it’s just a matter of those seeds have been sown, but they won’t see any sort of fruit until a few years down the road.” Forty per cent of youth who took the survey identified themselves as non-binary.“I think there’s still definitely a lack of role models for young people in sports. By 2013, this number dropped to three out of 10. Sedin said.A number of local community leagues in Vancouver, like the Vancouver Gay Volleyball Association, have been established to create a safe space to play sports for the LGBTQ community. “If it can start with us, hopefully it can spread down to other organizations and hopefully to younger ages as well.”As part of the NHL’s Hockey is For Everyone campaign, the Canucks will celebrate the local LGBTQ community at their game on Tuesday by wearing pride jerseys during warm-up. A newly released study from the University of British Columbia found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teens are half as likely to play sports as straight youth.The study, done with the youth research non-profit McCreary Centre Society, analyzed data from the B.C. At the beginning of February, the NHL announced that each team in the league will have a You Can Play ambassador to promote diversity, equality and inclusion. Generally, there has been an overall decrease in participation in sports from all high-school aged students, but most noticeably amongst LGB teens.“For every year that we looked, a lower proportion of LGB youth were involved in sports than straight youth,” said the study’s senior author Elizabeth Saewyc, a nursing professor who leads the Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre at UBC.“There’s this gap and that gap has been persistent and it appears from our analogies that the gap is widening.”The study shows that five out of 10 gay students played formal or coached sports in 1998. They didn’t understand or accept my identity at all,” said the teen. The Canucks have named team captain, Henrik Sedin, as theirs.“I think we have a big chance, because [of] who we are, to show the acceptance of everyone in sports,” said Mr. Letts was surprised by the findings of the study from UBC and the McCreary Centre, because the volleyball league’s numbers have steadily expanded over the years to the point of having more people signing up than spots available. Sedin in a phone interview. Halfway through Grade 10, Saige Bflaumitsch quit public school and began taking classes online.

Meet the historian behind HockeyDB, the vast stats web archive

He was chair of the Springfield Historical Commission of Massachusetts for a dozen years, and his home in that town is a mile down the road from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. There’s always going to be more to find.” ET trade deadline. The granular detail, of referees under assault by coaches and players, was a bonanza.“Just amazing. On days such as those, the site occasionally crashes.Slate’s love of hockey and history – and his tech savvy – underpins HockeyDB, which gets about 1.3 million unique visitors a month. Every year fans swarm the site to get a quick lowdown of all the players who’ve been moved. During its two decades of operation, he’s compiled a set of encyclopedias’ worth of digital information: some 186,531 players, 7,220 teams, 416 leagues, 2,131 logos and 6,071 sets of hockey cards.Fans seeking NHL information account for the majority of traffic to the site. What began as a curious college student’s attempt to locate the alumni of his school hockey team grew into a quest with no finish line.The website made its debut on Nov. “I almost passed out when I saw what it was.”The was so much detail unavailable anywhere else.For example, on Nov. His anger boiled over. 30, 1996, two months before Connor McDavid was born and two years before Google was incorporated.Slate has spent about 20 hours a week maintaining HockeyDB over the years. Discover, for instance, that Ahmed Mahfouz of the Port Huron Prowlers has a sizable lead in the Federal Hockey League scoring race.The pursuit of obscure information fascinates Slate, and history has always been a passion. “But that’s not how I approach it. Then he “assaulted referee with stick from penalty box.”Current challenges in the search of stats include French hockey from back in the day (“there were a lot of guys who played in France”); the Junior A British Columbia Hockey League prior to the late 1990s; and the Eastern Junior Hockey League, in Slate’s neck of the woods, which played from 1993-2013 (“the information exists out there, but I’ve never been able to find it”).“People sort of expect that my website should be complete and finished,” Slate said. When the package finally arrived, he discovered a decade’s worth of game sheets half a century old from the Eastern Hockey League, whose tumultuous brand of hockey in part inspired the 1977 movie Slap Shot. (The YMCA at the corner of State and Sherman Streets, where James Naismith invented the game in 1891, was demolished long ago; today, it’s a McDonald’s and a strip-mall parking lot.)The Eastern Hockey League game sheets emerged, sequentially and neatly organized, from the estate of a man who had been the secretary for the league.“I buy a lot of things on eBay,” Slate said. By night, he’s the brains behind one of hockey’s most popular online destinations for statistics and facts about the game’s most prominent and most obscure participants – past and present.HockeyDB’s busiest day of the year will occur on Wednesday with the arrival of the National Hockey League’s 3 p.m. They had been up 1-0, but the Devils tied it early in the second period, at which point Charlotte coach Fred Creighton was tossed “for hitting the referee with water bottle throw [sic] from bench.” In the third, as Jersey went up 5-2, Charlotte’s Grant Warwick made “menacing gestures at lineman with stick” and got a 10-minute misconduct. Current standings and basic stats unfurl for 56 different leagues, from juniors through collegiate to overseas and lower-level North American minor pros. One of Ralph Slate’s great scores arrived unexpectedly through an eBay dealer he often bought from.The man behind HockeyDB, the statistics site originally known as the Internet Hockey Database, had paid $50, not knowing exactly what forgotten corner of hockey history he would find in a stack of envelopes. In the penalty box, Warwick verbally threatened the referee and received a game misconduct. Two years ago on deadline day, Slate registered some 215,000 visitors, a record for his site and more than double the daily average. Most people don’t appreciate this the way that I do,” said Slate, who by day works as the principal data architect at New England’s electric power system operator. But a dive to the depths of something as simple as a spelling mistake can yield humorous returns, such as the difference between Wayne Gretzky, the Great One, and Wayne Grotski, who played several seasons of Junior A in Edmonton in the 1970s.The stats and facts sprawl to lesser-known tangents of the sport such as the Tropical Hockey League, which featured four minor pro teams in Miami for one season, 1938-39, and was the first hockey played in the southern United States.The quickest way to see HockeyDB’s depth and breadth of information is to click on its Morning Report. 11, 1966, when the Jersey Devils beat the Charlotte Checkers 6-2, the Checkers didn’t handle losing well.

DeRozan hits clutch jumper to lead Raptors past Knicks

DeRozan has scored 20 or more in eight straight games against the Knicks.Knicks: The Knicks said Noah would be re-evaluated in three to four weeks. The Raptors host the Wizards on Wednesday.Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee each scored 16 points for the Knicks, who waived Brandon Jennings on Monday and learned Joakim Noah will have knee surgery that will knock him out for at least three weeks.The Knicks led by 17 in the first half and 53-40 at halftime, but the Raptors limited them to 14 points in the third quarter to pull to 67-63. Lowry said he wasn’t really surprised because he didn’t know what to expect.“I had no idea what it would be,” he said. Carmelo Anthony scored 24 points for the Knicks, but finished a 9-for-26 night when he missed a long jumper as time expired.Newcomers Serge Ibaka and P.J. … Ibaka finished with 15 points.Toronto moved percentage points ahead of Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference. … DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defence after learning earlier in the day that All-Star Kyle Lowry will have right wrist surgery that could sideline him the rest of the regular season. Lance Thomas scored 12 points.LOSING LOWRYOn Sunday, Casey said the swelling in Lowry’s wrist was down and said the point guard was day-to-day. The Raptors listed him as questionable in their game notes Monday, but surgery was recommended after he got a second opinion Monday. Toronto then got the first eight points of the fourth against the Knicks’ stagnant second unit, taking a 71-67 lead and forcing Anthony and Rose to re-enter with 9:25 remaining.It went back and forth from there, with Lee’s 3-pointer giving the Knicks a 92-91 lead with 10.6 seconds to play. … Coach Dwane Casey needs one win for 300 has an NBA coach. “I thought some local treatment may have helped it but it just wasn’t getting any better.”PLAYING TIME, NOT PLAYING STYLEJennings’ departure came a day after Phil Jackson confidante Charley Rosen wrote on Fanragsports.com that Jennings “resists the triangle” and is a “profound disappointment” because of his erratic play.The Knicks have focused since the break on playing more triangle, Jackson’s preferred offence, while Jennings thrives in playing faster.But coach Jeff Hornacek said Jennings only wanted to play more, not differently.“Brandon obviously wanted to play more minutes here,” Hornacek said. Toronto has won eight straight meetings.Knicks: Visit the Magic on Wednesday, their first of two trips to Orlando in a seven-day span. But the Raptors got the ball to DeRozan, who spun left and launched his jumper while falling away.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto has won the last six meetings. Tucker were on the floor down the stretch as the Raptors clawed back from a 17-point, first-half deficit. “With Derrick out there, it made it awfully tough, so maybe this gives him an opportunity to get somewhere where he can play some more minutes.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host Washington on Wednesday.

Galchenyuk scores OT winner, Canadiens rally to beat Devils

His shot from the right circle that might have hit off Devils defenceman Ben Lovejoy and trickled over the goal line before New Jersey captain Andy Greene could pull it out of the net.All three Montreal goals came in the third period after the Devils built a two-goal lead.Zajac gave New Jersey a 3-1 edge at 7:54 when he put the rebound of Palmieri’s shot into the net on a power play.Less than a minute later, Pacioretty scored on the rebound of Nathan Beaulieu’s shot to cut the margin to 3-2.Palmieri had given the Devils the lead late in the first period with his third goal in the past two games. Cory Schneider made 29 saves.Galchenyuk beat Schneider with a shot from between the circles less than a minute after Damon Severson was penalized for hooking.With the Canadiens’ net empty, Pacioretty tied the game with 51.8 seconds left in regulation. … 21. Alex Galchenyuk scored on a power play at 2:54 of overtime and the Montreal Canadiens rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Monday night.Max Pacioretty scored twice in the final 11:23 of regulation to tie the game and Alexander Radulov added a goal for the Canadiens, who won consecutive games for the first time since early January. Devils C Jacob Josefson missed the last two periods with an upper body injury.UP NEXTCanadiens: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.Devils: Travel to Washington to face the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals on Thursday night. Montreal traded D Greg Pateryn and a 2017 fourth-round draft to Dallas for defenceman Jordie Benn earlier in the day. Al Montoya had 34 saves for Montreal. Kyle Palmieri, John Moore and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who have lost four straight games (0-2-2), the past two in overtime. Zajac intercepted a pass around the boards by Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber and found Palmieri between the circles for his team-leading 19th goal of the season.Moore stretched the lead to 2-0 at 2:38 of the third period with shot from the point that beat a well-screened Montoya.Eleven seconds later, Montreal was back in the game. … Defenceman Alexei Emelin found Radulov at the Devils’ blue line and the right wing snapped a shot past Schneider from between the circles.Zajac restored the two-goal lead at 7:54, but Pacioretty responded with his 30th and 31st goals.NOTES: With the trade deadline approaching, the Devils rested free agent D Kyle Quincey. Blake Coleman was recalled from Albany (AHL) and centred the fourth line. … New Jersey placed F Pavel Zacha (concussion) on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb.

Kucherov’s hat trick helps Lightning beat Senators

The game changed abruptly at 5:16 when Ottawa’s Mark Borowiecki and Tampa Bay’s Braydon Coburn drew five-minute fighting penalties and the Senators’ Tom Pyatt was called for hooking.Kucherov scored his first goal of the game just 21 seconds later, marking the third straight game in which he has scored. … Tampa Bay got forward Byron Froese and a conditional second-round draft pick from the Maple Leafs for Boyle. 1 goalie in the wake of the Bishop trade, Andrei Vasilevskiy survived a rough start to end a five-game losing streak (0-2-3).Ottawa scored with a two-man advantage just 6:26 into the game, Kyle Turris converting his 22nd goal of the season with assists from Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman.Brayden Point tied it with an unassisted goal early in the second period. … Jonathan Drouin assisted all three of his goals and Victor Hedman assisted on two. … He made it 3-1 at 10:26 of the period, and 4-1 with his 26th goal of the season with just 13.5 seconds remaining in the period.Coburn scored the Lightning’s final goal midway through the third period.NOTES: The Senators acquired forward Alex Burrows from Vancouver for prospect Jonathan Dahlen, the 42nd pick in the 2016 draft. Nikita Kucherov scored three power-play goals in the second period and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.Kucherov had the second hat trick of his career and added an assist in the third period. Tests revealed a torn labrum for Ottawa goaltender Andrew Hammond, who is expected to have season-ending surgery next week. Steven Stamkos, who had right knee surgery in November, took part in the Lightning’s morning skate and the team is hopeful he might return this season. Froese, 25, will be assigned to AHL Syracuse.UP NEXTSenators: Host Colorado on Thursday night in the first of three straight home games.Lightning: Will conclude a four-game homestand Wednesday night against Carolina. A day after trading goaltender Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and just hours after trading forward Brian Boyle to Toronto, the Lightning improved to 6-1-2 over their past nine games.The Senators, who won at Florida on Sunday night, are 6-6 over their past 12 games.Playing in his first game as a No.

Marleau, Jones lead Sharks over undermanned Canucks

The Canucks host to Detroit on Tuesday, while San Jose welcomes Toronto the same night. … “They had a lot of young guys come in and bring a lot of energy, especially early.”With both the Canucks and Sharks coming off their league-mandated five-day breaks, Daniel Sedin hit the post after a Jones giveaway early in the second before San Jose opened the scoring at 3:31 on a sloppy Vancouver change.Joel Ward’s breakaway effort dribbled through Miller and past the post, but Tierney followed up the play and fed a wide-open Hertl for his seventh goal of the season into a vacant Vancouver net at 3:31.The Canucks kept pushing despite being down 1-0, with Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen – two players who along with Miller could be shipped out of town before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline – forcing saves from Jones in tight.Vancouver then had a couple of good chances on a power play, including a Brandon Sutter redirection off the post, before Daniel Sedin tied it.Henrik Sedin intercepted a poor clearing attempt by Sharks defenceman Brent Burns and fed his twin brother, who beat Jones shortside at 12:02 for his 13th of the campaign and second in 17 games.Vancouver came close on another power play, but Bo Horvat fired wide from the slot with Jones completely out of position.“We had a lot of pucks going to the net – gave us some zone time, gave us some control,” said Miller. Marleau scored the 500th goal of his career in the Sharks’ victory at Rogers Arena on Feb. … Tierney had two goals in that one, but was held pointless in eight straight before Saturday’s two assists. It is spread person to person through coughing, sneezing or coming into contact with saliva. “The young guys came in and played really well.“Tough one to lose.”The Canucks lost another defenceman when Luca Sbisa left after the second period with what the team called the stomach flu. The first two periods I thought we gave ourselves a real chance to win that game.”Troy Stecher is the only member of the Canucks with a confirmed case of the mumps, but fellow defencemen Christopher Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin, along with forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have all shown symptoms.Vancouver summoned four players from the Utica Comets for the game – defencemen Evan McEneny and Jordan Subban, as well as forwards Alexandre Grenier and Joseph Labate. “We just didn’t quite have the jump we needed (in the third).“Our young guys came up and played hard. The 22-year-old McEneny, an undrafted free agent signed in 2012, made his NHL debut, while Subban was a healthy scratch.“I thought we played a good game for 60 minutes, battled hard,” said Daniel Sedin, who had Vancouver’s goal. With a roster ravaged by a virus that cut a swath through their locker-room, the Vancouver Canucks valiantly hung with San Jose for the better part of 40 minutes on Saturday night.They battled back from a 1-0 deficit, hit two posts and had a number of other point-blank opportunities on Sharks goalie Martin Jones. San Jose sits second in the Western Conference, while the fading Canucks are nine points back of the second wild-card berth.“It’s tough with them having so many guys out,” said Jones, a native of nearby North Vancouver, B.C., who is now 4-0-0 at Rogers Arena for his career. “For a short lineup they played hard, they played fast, they gave us some issues, so hats off to them for the effort they had.”Notes: The mumps virus is found in saliva and respiratory droplets. But once the visitors nosed in front again, the air was let out of Vancouver’s balloon.Patrick Marleau scored the winner with 55.7 seconds left in the second period and Jones made 35 saves as the Sharks downed the undermanned Canucks 4-1.Vancouver was without five players because of the mumps, or symptoms associated with the highly contagious virus, forcing the club to use three AHL callups against the top team in the Pacific Division.“We played a pretty good game all the way through,” said Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins. “Just unfortunate we couldn’t find a little bit more.”The Sharks would make the Canucks pay when Marleau scored his 22nd after collecting a pass below the goal line and tucking the puck inside the post with less than a minute left in the period.Boedker then put the game out of reach with his seventh, and first in 20 games, after grabbing a turnover in the neutral zone and beating Miller over the blocker at 11:31 of the third.Couture made it 4-1 on the power play at 14:20 with his 20th, picking the shortside top corner on Miller.“You gotta give them credit, they played a real good game tonight, right from the drop of the puck,” said Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer. In a press release announcing the mumps outbreak Friday, the club said that the virus can cause flu-like symptoms, but Desjardins said after the game Sbisa’s symptoms were “totally different.”Tomas Hertl, Mikkel Boedker and Logan Couture also scored for the Sharks (36-18-7). 2. Chris Tierney added two assists.Miller made 22 stops for the Canucks (26-29-6).The Sharks have not lost a regular-season game in Vancouver since January 21, 2012 – a stretch of 10 games.

Transgender wrestler Mack Beggs wins Texas girls state championship

Today was about bias, hatred and ignorance.”His grandmother could not be reached for comment by Reuters on Sunday.According to transathlete.com, which provides information for transgender athletes, Texas is one of seven U.S. Reach for your dreams,” responded another, named Noelle Gray. that’s what the spotlight should have been on … But since this person wants to change from a girl to a boy it makes it ok?,” wrote Facebook user Russell Parks.“Rock on, Mack! because I would not be here without them,” Beggs said.About a week ago, Beggs won a regional championship after a female wrestler from a Dallas-area high school forfeited the final.The parent of another girl who wrestles for the same Dallas-area high school had filed a lawsuit trying to block Beggs, saying his use of testosterone increases his strength and could pose a risk to opponents.Nancy Beggs, the wrestler’s grandmother and guardian, told the Dallas Morning News after the forfeit in the regional championship match: “Today was not about their students winning. states with policies it sees as discriminatory against transgender athletes.The day after the championship, Beggs was both praised and criticized on social media.“Any other person taking steroids would have been disqualified on the spot. (Reporting by Chris Michaud and Jon Herskovitz; Additional reporting by Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by Frank McGurty and Jeffrey Benkoe) Video: Transgender teenage wrestler wins girl’s state title (Reuters)

Some of the wrestler’s opponents have said Beggs had an unfair advantage among girls because of the testosterone he is taking as a part of his gender transition.The University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, said the state’s education code allows the use of a banned drug such as steroids if it “is prescribed by a medical practitioner for a valid medical purpose.”Beggs’ win came days after the Trump administration revoked landmark guidance to public schools letting transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, reversing a signature initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama.Reversing the guidelines stands to inflame passions in the conflict in the United States between believers in traditional values and those advocating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.Beggs, a junior at Trinity High School in the Dallas suburb of Euless, had a 52-0 record ahead of the weekend tournament and was favored to win the high school championship in his weight class. On Saturday, he beat Chelsea Sanchez 12-2 to earn the championship.After his victory Beggs told reporters he wanted the focus of Saturday’s championship to be on his teammates rather than him.“That’s honestly what the spotlight should’ve been on, my teammates,” said Beggs, while backed by his team and wearing a gold medal around his neck.“The hard work that I put in the practice room with them beside me … Mack Beggs, a 17-year-old high school wrestler who is transitioning from female to male, took home gold in the 110-weight class of the Texas girls state championship after the state refused to allow the student to compete against boys.Beggs, his family and many of his opponents wanted him to wrestle against male wrestlers, but state sport regulations require athletes to compete according to their birth gender.

Johnny Gaudreau has two goals and an assist as Flames beat Hurricanes

“We’ve got to keep this thing going,” Gaudreau said. Johnny Gaudreau is generating goals again. “I don’t think there was the ability to sag, because we never got to a level that was high enough.”And with the NHL’s trading deadline Wednesday, Peters implied his team could be a seller.“We made it easy on management, for sure,” he said.Micheal Ferland also scored and Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Flames, with his best coming with roughly 15 minutes to play when he stopped Jeff Skinner from point-blank range.Eddie Lack finished with 21 saves. He made his second straight start for Carolina.Gaudreau had his third two-goal game of the season, scoring the go-ahead goal with 5:10 left in the second period when he scooped up his own rebound and slipped it past Lack. Calgary went 5-0-1 in that stretch, including a 4-0-1 record on a five-game road trip. It was a great game for us. “But this road trip, I feel like I played a little bit more my game throughout the road trip. 13.“We’ve been trying to get better at playing down a goal throughout this stretch here,” Gaudreau said. “It’s great to see us keep coming back and showing some … “We know we’re setting ourselves up for an important March.”Victor Rask scored on the power play for Carolina. We played simple, we played the right way.” Played it simple. The Hurricanes have lost six of seven to fall into last place in the Metropolitan Division.“I just don’t think we ever got it going at any point in the game,” coach Bill Peters said. character and getting those wins. It’s not a coincidence that the Calgary Flames also are winning.Gaudreau had two goals and an assist to help the Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday.Gaudreau has eight points in his last four games for the Flames, who have won four straight and have earned at least one point in six straight games. Just made smart little plays.”His scoring binge came after Ferland tied it on a breakaway, splitting the Hurricanes’ defencemen and beating Lack high with 13:55 left in the second.It came after Rask put Carolina up 1-0 at 4:54 of the first, beating Elliott with a wrist shot from the circle for his first goal since Jan. Gaudreau tacked on an insurance goal with 8:55 remaining in the third with a wrist shot.Gaudreau, who had 24 goals in 2014-15 and 30 a season ago, has just 13 this year.“I know I’ve been struggling, trying to find the net throughout the season here,” Gaudreau said.

Fowler seals deal at Honda Classic, Yang triumphs at Thailand LPGA

Woodland appeared to
have second place wrapped up until he three-putted the 17th, and then tried to
lay up on the par-five 18th and came up short into the water. In all five rounds with at least a share of the
lead, he has shot over par.A four-shot lead, which he built with two late birdies Saturday afternoon,
allowed him to play smart and safe.It just always didn’t work out that way.He went over the green on the par-4 fourth and tried to putt it up the slope,
except that it went into a sprinkler hole and led to bogey. 12 drop into the cup, and
while he went long with a wedge on the 13th, he dropped that one in from 25 feet
for birdie.Hoffmann tied for second, his best finish ever on the PGA Tour.Jhonattan Vegas made a hole-in-one on the 15th hole and closed with a 64 to
tie for fourth.Yang takes Thailand Chonburi, Thailand Amy Yang won the Thailand LPGA for the
second time in three years, finishing with a four-under 68 for a five-stroke
victory.Yang played the final five holes of the third round Sunday morning,
completing a 65 to take a five-stroke advantage into the final round. Two holes later,
Fowler hooked his tee shot into the water on the tough par-4 sixth and made
double bogey.He bounced back with a 30-foot birdie putt on No. Rickie Fowler made it interesting Sunday for as long as it took him to make
two big putts to pull away in the Honda Classic.Staked to a four-shot lead, Fowler hit one putt into a sprinkler hole, hit a
tee shot into the water and watched a big lead shrink to one over Gary Woodland
early on the back nine. Fowler answered with consecutive birdie putts of 40 and
25 feet and closed with a one-over 71 for a four-shot victory. I think this is
something we needed going into Augusta. And just like that, it was over. “I can relax a little bit. He had gone 13 months and 25 starts worldwide without a
victory as everyone around him was winning multiple times.It was his first PGA Tour victory since the Deutsche Bank Championship in
September of 2015.“I guess I can already plan on Hawaii for next year,” Fowler said, referring
to the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. This just
lets us chill out in a way. Fowler leaned
over on his putter as he watched his 40-foot on No. The South
Korean player has three LPGA Tour victories.Yang finished at 22-under 266 on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course.South Korea’s So Yeon Ryu was second after a 68. I like this spot we’re in right
now.”Fowler won with the lead last year in Abu Dhabi and in 2011 when he won the
Korea Open, but it was the first time in five tries he converted a 54-hole lead
on the PGA Tour into a trophy. He still had a chance to
finish alone in second, which would have gone a long way toward securing a PGA
Tour card, until missing a three-foot birdie putt on the 17th.Fowler even got into the act when it no longer mattered. He had to share second place – the difference of
$128,000 – with Morgan Hoffmann, who missed a four-foot birdie putt on the
18th.PGA champion Jimmy Walker was lurking on the fringe of contention until tee
shots into the water on the 15th and 17th holes, which cost him five shots.Graham DeLaet (70) of Weyburn, Sask., finished in 10th place at six under. David Hearn (73) of Brantford, Ont., tied for 43rd and Mackenzie Hughes (75) of
Dundas, Ont., tied for 66th.Tyrrell Hatton of England, who played in the final group in his first PGA
Tour event in Florida, was out of the picture quickly. There’s less pressure, less stress. He hit his tee shot
into the water on the 17th hole and made bogey, then hit a wedge into the bunker
on the 18th and closed with another bogey to finish at 12-under 268.All that mattered was the trophy, the fourth of his PGA Tour career.Fowler jokingly referred to it as a “small collection” on Saturday evening,
though it was important. He closed with
another bogey for a 69. 8, only to drop another
shot on the ninth.Woodland hit wedge into 4 feet on the 13th for a birdie to get to 10 under,
suddenly one shot back of Fowler. “If I don’t make those putts, I’ve got a pretty tight race,” Fowler said.Instead, those chasing him had the biggest problems with the closing stretch
at PGA National.Fowler effectively ended it with a shot over the water to the three feet that
stretched his lead to five shots with two holes to play.

Dominic Thiem wins Rio Open on clay for eighth ATP singles title

It’s not the greatest preparation, but I hope I can make it one more time. The confidence is pretty high now. But he became the favourite as soon as top-seeded Kei Nishikori was beaten in the first round.He won all five matches in Rio, and didn’t drop a set.Carreno Busta is now winless in four matches against Thiem. “Of course it’s not easy,” said Thiem, who was to fly Sunday to Acapulo, where six of the ATP’s top 10 are playing. “It was pretty impressive.”In receiving his trophy, he said he’d like to come back. For some consolation, the Spaniard won the doubles title on Saturday with teammate Pablo Cuevas, defeating Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.Thiem’s victory comes on the night of the first of two parades at the Sambadrome, with another set for Monday in a street stadium likely to draw 80,000 revelers.Thiem said he saw just a tiny bit of the Carnival atmosphere, getting a look at one of hundreds of Rio block parties during the week.“It was right on the street,” Thiem said of a block party near his hotel. 8 by the ATP and was seeded second in Rio. “I did the same last year, and it worked out pretty well. But there are reports the event may be moved off clay to the new Olympic tennis arena and its hardcourt set up.“Enjoy the rest of the Carnival,” Thiem said on centre court as he accepted his trophy from three-time French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten. I feel great the way I’m playing.”The Austrian is ranked No. Dominic Thiem won the Rio Open on his favourite surface of clay Sunday in a tournament victory which he hopes will jump-start his season after a slow start.Thiem claimed his eighth ATP singles title and his sixth on clay with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.Now he’s off to Acapulco for this week’s Mexican Open, which he won last year on Acapulco’s hardcourts.

Blue Jays lose split-squad pre-season games to Yankees and Phillies

Ben Lively picked up the win for Philadelphia, while Justin Shafer took the loss for Toronto.Jays starter Joe Biagini gave up two hits and a walk and struck out three over 1 2/3 innings.At Tampa, Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Billy McKinney added a two-run shot to power the Yankees’ offence.Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a two-run homer for the Blue Jays.Luis Severino picked up the win for New York.Brett Oberholtzer surrendered three earned runs over two innings and took the loss for Toronto. The Toronto Blue Jays dropped a pair of exhibition split-squad games Sunday, falling 7-2 to the New York Yankees and 10-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies.At Dunedin, Fla., Andres Blanco went deep and Nick Williams drove in two runs for the Phillies.Jose Bautista went 2-for-3, including a double in the first inning, and Kendrys Morales went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs batted in for Toronto, which committed three errors.

Canada’s Milos Raonic quits Delray Beach Open final after injury

“I’ve been unfortunate with suffering injuries in three tournaments in a row. Raonic tried to ignore the discomfort, opting to go to sleep and hoping he would feel fine in the morning. Instead, after getting two hours of treatment, the 26-year-old Canadian ranked fourth in the world hobbled onto a practice court where Sock was warming up and announced he would be unable to play.The third-seeded Sock wound up with his second title of the year and moved up to a career-best 18th in the ATP rankings. Now I just have to keep my head down and do everything I can to progress,” he said. The 24-year-old also won last month in New Zealand and helped the U.S. Top-seeded Milos Raonic withdrew from the Delray Beach Open final Sunday after injuring his hamstring a day earlier, giving the title to Jack Sock.Raonic slightly tore his right hamstring Saturday night, feeling a sharp pain while chasing down a drop shot in his semifinal victory over Juan Martin del Potro. reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.Sock is 11-1 this year, with his only loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of the Australian Open.Only Roger Federer, who won the Australian Open, has a better winning percentage that Sock this year. He also helped lead the United States to the Davis Cup quarter-finals with a first-round win over Switzerland.“This is disappointing in a lot of ways,” said Raonic, who also suffered an adductor injury during his run to the Australian Open quarter-finals that forced him to pull out of Canada’s Davis Cup tie versus Britain. Being one match away from a title and not being able to compete, that’s not easy to accept.”Sock, who supplanted John Isner as the top-ranked American male last October, said the walkover was “not ideal for either side, but a title is a title.”“I’ve been playing well.

Heather McLean posts two personal bests at speedskating sprint worlds

“But I realize that that just means he believes in me. “If you think about track and field and some girl keeping up to Usain Bolt, it’s not conceivable. Heather McLean’s coach demanded more from her after a disappointing result on Saturday.She delivered with personal bests in the 500– and 1,000-metre events at the world sprint speedskating championships at the Olympic Oval on Sunday.McLean finished seventh overall after placing fourth in the 500 in 37.29 seconds, 0.49 off leader Nao Kodaira of Japan, and ninth in the 1,000 in one minute 14.36 seconds, 2.08 seconds behind first-place American Heather Bergsma. We just haven’t translated that completely to racing yet, so that’s frustrating for me. But the good news is underachieving for her is still really respectable. She showed she’s tough. What I expected for her this season was definitely a lot more podiums.“But this is a great way to cap the season and realize that she’s on the right track. “I’m really impressed,” said Kevin Crockett, one of Canada’s team coaches. She just rocketed up the rankings and that was awesome to see.”The Winnipeg native, who placed eighth in Saturday’s 500 and 18th in the 1,000, didn’t downplay Crockett’s influence on her turnaround.“The biggest thing was, my coach is really hard on me,” said McLean, 24. It just took a hell of a long time to get there.”Crockett says McLean often keeps pace with the fastest men on the team.“No other girl in the world can do that, which tells me she has another gear that she’s trying to find in racing,” he said. A great day.“To be honest, I don’t think she was doing it for the crowd or doing it for Canada per se, I think it was, ‘I want to beat the girls I’m supposed to beat.’ And that happened. If he believes in me, I should believe in myself and be a bit more confident. “Coming off I wouldn’t say horrible, but an average day, I wanted to see what she was made of. I want PBs.”McLean, who said she’d been “rattled” after wiping out in practice Friday and “exhausted” on Saturday, responded to her coach’s plea the next day.“It’s never perfect,” she said. “But I’m definitely happier ending the season on a positive note.”After earning four bronze medals in World Cup action last season, McLean didn’t medal once this winter.“It hasn’t been the greatest season,” said Crockett. “She had this whirlwind season last year so I would say for the most part she’s underachieved. That was the difference-maker, knowing that I can skate faster than I did (Saturday) and I think I showed that.”Kodaira captured the women’s title, edging out Bergsma and Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands.On the men’s side, the Netherlands nailed down the top two spots – Kai Verbij and Ronald Mulder – while third went to Norway’s Havard Holmefjord Lorentze.Laurent Dubreuil, of Levis, Que., who registered two personal bests on Saturday, placed seventh after an eighth-place finish (34.50) in the 500.Vincent De Haitre, of Cumberland, Ont., who shattered the Canadian record in the 1,000 metres on the opening day, finished 12th overall. He placed second in the men’s 1,000 in 1:07.23 but 20th in the 500.Weekend expectations had been high for McLean after placing fifth at the world single-distance championships earlier this month in South Korea.She was a bit listless on Saturday, finishing eighth in the 500 metres and 18th in the 1,000.Crockett’s message to McLean post-race, was direct – “No excuses. But Heather does that, week-in and week-out. But I’m being patient and my patience paid off.” There’s a lot of pressure here – big crowd, Mom and Dad in the stands. She showed up and it was a big breakthrough. It was a big victory in that sense.