Sports News Roundup: Vegas seeks bounce-back win over Wild; Olympic trials after failing to make weight and more

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 03-04-2021 14:01 IST | Created: 03-04-2021 13:31 IST
Sports News Roundup: Vegas seeks bounce-back win over Wild; Olympic trials after failing to make weight and more
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

NHL roundup: Avs top Blues, run point streak to 13 games

Nathan MacKinnon registered two goals as the Colorado Avalanche extended their point streak to 13 games with a 3-2 victory over the Blues on Friday in Denver. Brandon Saad also scored for Colorado, Gabriel Landeskog recorded two assists and Jonas Johansson stopped 25 shots for his first win this season -- the second of his career. The Avalanche are amid an 11-0-2 stretch and closing in on the club-record point streak of 16 games, set in 2000-01.

Baseball moves its All-Star Game out of Georgia to protest voting law

Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred on Friday ordered the sport to relocate its 2021 All-Star Game and amateur player draft out of Atlanta in protest over Georgia's new voting restrictions. The removal of the lucrative All-Star Game marks one of the most significant and high-profile gestures after Georgia last week strengthened identification requirements for absentee ballots, shortened early voting periods for runoffs, and made it a crime to offer food and water to voters waiting in line.

Vegas seeks bounce-back win over Wild

Home losses have become a rarity since Pete DeBoer took over as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights on Jan. 15, 2020. However, Thursday's 3-2 shootout defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Wild -- which the Golden Knights will look to avenge when they meet again on Saturday -- brought a strange sensation. It marked the first time in more than a calendar year the Golden Knights have lost consecutive home games, whether in regulation time or beyond 60 minutes. Since DeBoer stepped behind the Vegas bench, his team has racked up an incredible 22-4-3 record -- including a 14-3-2 mark this season -- at T-Mobile Arena. World champion Cox out of U.S.

Olympic trials after failing to make weight

World champion J'den Cox's hopes of winning a second Olympic wrestling medal were shattered even before the U.S. Olympic Trials started on Friday as he failed to make the 97 kilogram weight in men's freestyle. The 26-year-old, who won bronze in the 86 kg competition at the 2016 Rio Games before claiming world titles in 2018 and 2019, had switched to the 97 kg class in 2020.

MLB postpones rest of Nationals-Mets series due to COVID-19

Major League Baseball (MLB) postponed the remainder of a series between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets on Friday due to COVID-19, an early sign of trouble as the league navigates a new season amid the pandemic. The Nationals' home opener against the Mets was put on hold Thursday, a day after the Washington team reported one player had tested positive for COVID-19. Later on Thursday, the team said at least two additional individuals had come back with positive tests.

After emergency, Jazz's Donovan Mitchell to resume flying

Saying he understands he has a job to so, Utah Jazz All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell will resume flying with the team after opting out of a trip this week following an emergency on a team flight. Mitchell's chronic fear of flying was exacerbated Tuesday when the Jazz's charter flight hit a flock of birds shortly after takeoff for a trip to Memphis. The plane returned to Salt Lake City after a failure in one of the plane's engines.

Banged-up Panthers aim to maintain winning ways vs. Blue Jackets

In a trying span of nine days, the injuries have piled up for the Florida Panthers -- but so have the wins. Florida managed to dodge injury on Thursday night -- barely -- as they used Alex Wennberg's goal 1:25 into overtime to earn a hard-fought 3-2 comeback victory over visiting Detroit to finish the season 6-2-0 against the Red Wings.

NBA roundup: Raptors produce historic rout of Warriors

Pascal Siakam's season-high 36 points on his 27th birthday spearheaded the Toronto Raptors' 130-77 rout of the short-handed Golden State Warriors on Friday night in Tampa. The Raptors, who led by as many as 61 points, set a franchise record for largest margin of victory. The margin of defeat was the third worst in Warriors history, with one of the top two occurring in the playoffs.

Pieces falling into place for Heat ahead of matchup vs. Cavs

The Miami Heat is starting to put all the pieces in place. The Heat got their first glimpse of Victor Oladipo on the court Thursday during a 116-109 home victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Islanders look to keep pace in East vs. Flyers

The New York Islanders didn't have to look far to find the silver linings following an unusual game Thursday night. But there was no bright side to what happened to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night. The Islanders will look to keep pace in the three-way battle for first place in the East Division on Saturday night, when they host the reeling Flyers in a battle of longtime rivals in Uniondale, N.Y.

(With inputs from agencies.)

Give Feedback