Miroslav Satan and Daniel Briere each had a goal and an assist as the Buffalo Sabres won their first game of the season, 4-3 over the Dallas Stars on Monday. \nThe Sabres, shut out in their first two contests, discovered their offense early against Dallas. \nAles Kotalik snapped the Sabres' scoreless streak at 124 minutes, 36 seconds with a goal in the first period. Just 29 seconds later, the Sabres scored again as Taylor Pyatt lifted a wrist shot over Marty Turco's shoulder. \nStu Barnes made it 2-1 with his third goal of the season for Dallas. \nBriere pushed Buffalo's lead to 3-1 midway through the second period and Satan added a power-play goal. \nThe Stars got power-play goals by Stephane Robidas and Philippe Boucher in the third period. \nHurricanes 2, Panthers 2, OT \nIn Raleigh, North Carolina, Roberto Luongo stopped 33 shots to keep Carolina winless. \nThe Hurricanes scored one goal in each of their first two losses and did one better than that against the Panthers, but Luongo was as tough to beat as four days ago when the Panthers defeated Carolina 3-1. \nLuongo saved his best stop for overtime when he stopped a shot by a wide open Sean Hill from 20 feet with a beautiful glove save. \nThe Hurricanes are 0-2-1 -- their worst start since 1997-98. \nCarolina trailed 2-1 after Marcus Nilson scored Florida's second power-play goal midway through the second period. Kristian Huselius scored the other Panthers goal. \nJesse Boulerice and Josef Vasicek had goals for Carolina. \nBlue Jackets 3, Canucks 2 \nIn Columbus, Ohio, Todd Marchant had a goal and two assists -- his first points in a Columbus uniform. \nIt was the fastest the Blue Jackets (2-1) have won two games in their four years. It took them five games last year, 14 games the year before and 10 games in their inaugural NHL season. \nRick Nash scored on a redirect with 10:16 left for the winning goal. Like Nash, David Vyborny had his second goal of the season for Columbus.
As they celebrated Naomi Osaka’s victory in the final of the US Open in New York City’s Flushing Meadows on Saturday, Tokyoites were eager to embrace their heroines’ stand against racial injustice. Osaka, who won her third Grand Slam title with a victory over Victoria Azarenka, has used her platform to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, wearing a mask bearing the name of a different African American before each of her seven matches in the championship. She had donned masks bearing the names of Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile. On Saturday, she walked
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
THOROUGH THRASHING: Hualien City beat Taichung Blue Whale 2-1, ending their three-year winning streak with one round of matches left and eight points to spare Hualien City on Saturday clinched this year’s Taiwan Mulan Football League title with one game to spare, by beating Taichung Blue Whale 2-1 at Fu Jen Catholic University in New Taipei City. Hualien City have scored 38 points this season. Blue Whale are second on the scoreboard with 30 points, while Taipei Bravo are third with 23 points. One final round of matches is to be played on Saturday. It is the fourth league trophy for Hualien City, and ends Blue Whale’s three-year winning streak. Hualien had won the title from 2014 to 2016. Both teams defended well, leaving few chances in front
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7