Sports Digest: NHL postpones 3 Calgary games due to COVID-19 outbreak
The NHL has postponed the next three Calgary Flames games after six players and a staff member entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol over a 24-hour period.
The Flames announced on Monday that forwards Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, Brad Richardson and Adam Ruzicka and defensemen Chris Tanev and Nikita Zadorov are in protocol.
Postponed games include Monday night’s game in Chicago, Tuesday’s game in Nashville and Thursday’s home game against Toronto.
The league said in a press release that games have been postponed due to concerns about the continued spread and the likelihood of additional positive cases. The Flames’ training facilities have been closed until further notice.
Calgary is the third NHL team this season to see games postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Last month, the Ottawa Senators postponed three games and the New York Islanders postponed two games.
• The Dallas Stars have put goaltender Anton Khudobin on waiver, a move that could see the club send their starter of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final to minors.
The teams have until Tuesday afternoon to claim Khudobin, who is in the second year of a three-year contract with an annual salary cap of $ 3.3 million.
Khudobin was relegated to the third option behind Jake Oettinger, 22, and veteran Braden Holtby, who signed as a free agent in the offseason.
If Khudobin, 35, is unclaimed, Dallas can send him to the AHL’s Texas Stars while also getting salary cap relief.
OBIT: Roland Hemond, whose 70-year baseball career included three Executive of the Year awards as general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, died Sunday night. He was 92 years old.
The Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom he spent 19 seasons, announced Hemond’s death.
“He passed away peacefully in the arms of his son Jay,” Hemond’s family said in a statement released by the Diamondbacks. “The Hemond family shared a lot of laughs with him until the end, and we appreciate the love and support from his entire baseball family.”
Hemond was general manager of Chicago from 1970 to 1985 and held the same role for Baltimore from 1988 to 1995. He won the Sporting News MLB Executive of the Year award in 1972, then again in 1983 when the White Sox won. the AL West.
His third executive title of the year came in 1989, when the Orioles nearly won the AL East after losing 107 games the previous season.
NWSL: Alex Morgan is joining the San Diego Wave, which will begin playing next season.
Morgan was an early player in the NWSL when the league launched in 2013. She spent three seasons with the Portland Thorns before joining the Orlando Pride expansion. She also had stints in Europe with Lyon and Tottenham Hotspur – and she took time off for the birth of her daughter, Charlie.
AMERICAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: The American Football Federation and its national women’s team union agreed to a three-month extension of their employment contract until March, a decision announced the same day the players filed a brief asking a court to federal appeal to reinstate their claim for equal pay.
As part of the extension, the parties agreed that the federation would stop paying the salaries of female players in the National Women’s Football League. The national team player allocation system had been in place since the league started playing in 2013.
The NWSL Players Association is trying to negotiate an initial employment contract with the league, which dealt with allegations of sexual harassment that led to the resignation of Commissioner Lisa Baird in October.
The extension gives more time for negotiations in the run-up to regional qualifiers for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, scheduled for July 4-20.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Real Madrid ended up paying the highest price for the failed UEFA draw.
Madrid were paired with Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 after UEFA had to redo the entire draw following a big mistake the first time around. The Spanish club were originally drawn against Portuguese club Benfica but are now facing attack from PSG superstar Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
PSG had been linked with Manchester United in the initial draw, which had to be called off after a mistake UEFA blamed on an external software provider.
Man United were originally paired with Villarreal although the English club’s name should not have been placed in that bowl as the two advanced from the same group.
Next, Man United’s name was not mistakenly included among possible Atletico Madrid opponents when it should have been. This oversight meant that the entire print had to be redone.
Atletico and Man United were then paired in the second draw.
Only one of the eight duos turned out to be identical in both processes: defending champion Chelsea facing Lille.
Bayern Munich will now face Salzburg, making their debut at this point, in place of their original opponents, Atletico.
Liverpool had been paired with Salzburg but were later drawn to Inter Milan.
It was also: Sporting Lisbon against Manchester City, Benfica against Ajax and Villarreal against Juventus.
The first leg matches take place in two midweek from February 15 to 23. The return matches take place March 8-16.
The second draw ceremony opened with an apology from UEFA tournament director Giorgio Marchetti, who tried to dissociate the European football body by claiming that the technical errors were caused by created software by an external supplier.
FIRST LEAGUE: The English Premier League reported their strongest weekly coronavirus infections during talks with Manchester United over the postponement of Tuesday’s game in Brentford after the club closed their training center due to an outbreak.
There were 42 cases of COVID-19 in the week to Sunday after 3,805 club players and staff were tested, a jump from 12 cases in the previous seven test days.
COVID-19[FEMALE:[FEMININE:US Open champion Emma Raducanu has tested positive for COVID-19 and has withdrawn from an exhibition match in the United Arab Emirates.
Mubadala tennis world championship organizers have announced Raducanu’s withdrawal, saying the British teenager is isolating and following protocols.
A replacement for Raducanu is wanted to replace and play Belinda Bencic in Abu Dhabi.
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