Devils’ Nico Hischier, Pavel Zacha won’t play in World Championships due to injuries

Chris Ryan may be reached at Devils forwards Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha will not play for their respective countries in the upcoming IIHF World Championships due to injuries. Watch video Devils forwards Nico Hischier and Pavel Zacha will not play for their respective countries in the upcoming IIHF World Championships due to injuries. Neither player will need surgery, but both will have to rest for several weeks to recover. Hischier played the entire season with a chronic left wrist and hand injury, and he will keep the area immobilized for two-to-four weeks. Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, played in all 82 regular-season games… Read More

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Yankees break up Twins’ Kyle Gibson’s no-hitter in 6th

Twins righty Kyle Gibson had allowed only two walks while no-hitting the Yankees through five innings Thursday. UPDATED 3:04 p.m. Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner stroked a two-out single up the middle to break up Twins righty Kyle Gibson’s no hitter in the sixth inning Thursday at Yankee Stadium. * NEW YORK — Twins righty Kyle Gibson had a no-hitter against the Yankees through five innings Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Gibson has allowed just two baserunners — walks to Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in the fourth inning. He had nine strikeouts. The Yankees had ripped the Twins apart in the first three games of the series. They won, 7-4,… Read More

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David Dahl flashes talent for Rockies, but will he stick with big-league club?

His sweet swing, subtle power and gliding speed on the basepaths make David Dahl a joy to watch. All of that was on display in the third inning Wednesday against San Diego when the Rockies’ outfielder hammered a two-run triple off the extended fencing in right field. It certainly looks as if Dahl, 24, is ready to become a fixture in the Rockies’ lineup. He hit from the cleanup spot Wednesday and delivered big time. It was the second time in four games since his promotion from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday that Dahl hit in the No. 4 hole. “It makes me confident,” Dahl said. “It’s a good feeling being… Read More

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NFL prospect Josh Allen apologizes for offensive tweets sent in 2012-13

ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen has apologized for a series of offensive tweets he sent while in high school. The potential No. 1 pick apologized for the now-deleted tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith early Thursday, hours before the NFL draft Yahoo! Sports reported Allen sent the tweets in 2012 and 2013 and they contained racially insensitive language and offensive statements. Allen told Smith he was parroting rap lyrics and catchphrases from TV and pop culture, adding he was “young and dumb” at the time. ESPN says the tweets were removed from Allen’s account when it was vetted in January. Wyoming coach Craig Bohl says Allen had… Read More

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Blue Jays’ bullpen exceeding expectations in early going

If you had to pick any element of the 2018 Blue Jays roster that looked ready to break out, the bullpen would’ve likely ranked near the bottom of the list. Toronto’s most valuable reliever last year using a combination of innings pitched and run prevention was Dominic Leone, and he’d been shipped to St. Louis in January for the right to watch Randal Grichuk give fans a cool breeze with each and every whiff at the plate. Another excellent right-handed setup man, veteran Joe Smith, was also pitching elsewhere courtesy of a summer 2017 trade with Cleveland. Left behind were all-star closer Roberto Osuna, along with a supporting cast that… Read More

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Humanitarian organization awards Kaepernick its highest honor

Disenfranchised quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been able to find an NFL job. But he has found a champion. As reported by colorlines.com, human rights organization Amnesty International on Saturday bestowed its highest honor, the Ambassador of Conscience award, on Kaepernick at a ceremony in Amsterdam. Accompanying Kaepernick was former 49ers teammate Eric Reid. Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in the 2016 season to protest police brutality against men of color. Reid soon knelt down beside Kaepernick in solidarity. Both players are free agents. Neither has been able to find a job in the NFL. Said Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty in a statement: “(Kaepernick) is an athlete… Read More

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