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Bowman is 2nd driver to suffer concussion in Next Gen car

Alex Bowman will miss Sunday's race at Talladega Superspeedway with a concussion the Hendrick Motorsports driver apparently suffered last week at Texas. HMS said Bowman was evaluated Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and ruled out of this weekend's playoff race. Noah Gragson will drive ...

Conor Daly to make Cup debut at Roval with Mayweather’s team

Conor Daly ended the 2021 IndyCar season without a job and unsure where his racing career was headed. Just about a year later, he's brought a new sponsor to motorsports that not only shored up Daly's future but now has him prepared to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut. Daly will enter his first ...

Langasque shoots 61, ties Old Course record in Dunhill Links

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — With nasty weather on the horizon, golfers at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship were looking to get in a good early score on the storied Scottish courses staging the European tour event. No one did better than Romain Langasque on the most famous course of ...

PGA Tour countersuit accuses LIV Golf of unfair tactics

The PGA Tour has filed a counterclaim against Saudi-funded LIV Golf accusing the rival league of inducing top players to breach PGA Tour contracts by claiming the tour could not enforce them. The counterclaim was included in the PGA Tour's response to the amended antitrust lawsuit filed in ...

Riley with 66 shares lead at Sanderson Farms in home state

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Davis Riley got off to a hot start and kept bogeys off his card to the end for a 6-under 66 and a share of the lead Thursday with Will Gordon in the Sanderson Farms Championship, the PGA Tour event he considers his fifth major. Riley grew up about 90 miles away in ...

Xiyu Lin makes late eagle to take LPGA lead in Texas

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) — Xiyu Lin of China made a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th hole Thursday that sent her to a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead in The Ascendant LPGA. The late eagle from Lin, twice a runner-up on the LPGA Tour this season, took attention away from Atthaya Thitikul and ...

Forward Johnny Gaudreau’s arrival energizes Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled off the improbable, landing the hottest free agent on the market in winger Johnny Gaudreau. The 29-year old Gaudreau had a career-high 115 points last season in his ninth year with Calgary. He was lured to Columbus with a seven-year deal ...

Panthers welcome Tkachuk, Maurice to help chase a title

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — There will be a couple of new banners over the Florida Panthers' home ice this season. They'll be nice additions to the rafters. They're just not the ones the Panthers want. Winning the Presidents' Trophy and a division title last season proved the Panthers are no ...

Aging Capitals think they can go on another long playoff run

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Look no further than the extra gray hair on Alex Ovechkin's head for evidence he and the Washington Capitals are getting older. The stress of the past few years has not helped. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Capitals have not won a playoff series and are now ...

New coach, old captain: Bruins hoping for another run at Cup

BOSTON (AP) — For one day, they were all in the building: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Zdeno Chara, Tuukka Rask and other members of the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup championship team. What Boston fans can expect to see on the ice this season will be much different. Marchand, the team's No. ...

Philadelphia Flyers head into a season of low expectations

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Scroll Philly sports headlines on the smartphone and there's plenty about Jalen Hurts and the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. The Phillies are in a pennant race. The Sixers have two of the biggest stars in the NBA in Joel Embiid and James Harden. The Union is one of the ...

Devils hope they have right mix of youth, veterans

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have been one of the youngest teams in the past four seasons and missed the playoffs every time. The COVID-19 pandemic year was the only one in which they came close to making the postseason, only because the league increased the number of playoff ...

Old Pens or Pens of old? Pittsburgh opts to run it back

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby doesn't remember worrying about his age when he was 18. He's not about to do it now that he's nearly double that. So what if the 35-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain has been in the NHL nearly half his life? His legs are fresh. His mind too. Same for Evgeni ...

Rangers’ simple goal for new season: make the playoffs again

A year ago, the New York Rangers were coming off a bevy of changes to the front office, the coaching staff and the roster. The result was a run to the Eastern Conference Final. The Rangers are preparing for the new season with an eye on returning to the postseason again. "We need the goal of ...

Islanders focused on bouncing back, returning to playoffs

After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, the New York Islanders had a long offseason to reflect on what went wrong. With a new coach and mostly the same roster that reached the Stanley Cup semifinals the previous two years, they are ready for a fresh start. "It was nice to ...

Hurricanes aim for 5th straight playoff trip, deeper push

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded overhauls for retooling in becoming a perennial playoff team. The hope is the latest changes are enough to win the Stanley Cup. Headlining talents like Sebastian Aho, Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen have matured from playoff newcomers to veteran ...

Glimpses of hope begin to shine on young, maturing Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rasmus Dahlin is done trying to impress others, or care what they think. Once shy and timid, the Sabres 22-year-old defenseman and No. 1 overall draft pick in 2018 arrived in Buffalo for his fifth training camp brimming with confidence. No longer guarded when addressing ...

Tampa Bay Lightning using Cup loss as motivation to win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay isn't content with being one of the NHL's best teams. Three months after falling short in a bid to become the first NHL club in 40 years to win three straight Stanley Cup titles, the Lightning entered training camp eager to begin the quest to reclaim the crown ...

Red Wings’ sources of hope: Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have faded from relevance in the NHL due to a lack of stars. Help appears to be on the way with Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond. Seider, a savvy defenseman, is the reigning rookie of the year. Raymond is a skilled forward coming off a 57-point debut ...

Coyotes aiming to take step forward in franchise rebuild

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes predictably labored during the first season of their rebuilding project, finishing near the bottom of the NHL standings. The focus of the second year will be about making progress, no matter how incremental. "I told the team, the odds are stacked ...