ST. LOUIS (AP) — Annie Pankowski got an email from the NHL asking if she’d like to be a part of its All-Star Weekend and jumped at the opportunity. Then she found out she wouldn’t be alone. A year after U.S. teammate Kendall Coyne Schofield grabbed the spotlight by becoming the first woman to take …

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The NHL’s All-Star Skills event takes place on Friday night (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN) and the league has announced what players will participate in each of the events. Below is the official lineup from the NHL for each skills challenge. FASTEST SKATERJack Eichel, Buffalo SabresNathan MacKinnon, Colorado AvalancheConnor McDavid, Edmonton OilersMathew Barzal, …

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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are still hoping to have a manager in place by spring training, but chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said Thursday it’s possible they won’t hire someone before pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12. ”It would certainly be ideal” to have replaced Alex Cora by then – but not …

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NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL said on Thursday that the number of concussions players suffered increased slightly this season over 2018. The league said there were 224 reported concussions, 10 more than in 2018. But those totals are way down from the 281 in 2017. “We want to see head contact reduced,” said Dr. …

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Reaching the 70-goal mark in the NHL is a pretty impressive feat, to say the least. But for David Pastrnak, it’s not something at the forefront of his mind. The Bruins forward currently has 37 goals in Boston’s first 51 games of the season, and certainly, score another 25 (if not more) more goals by …

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The countdown for the NFL’s greatest moment is down to the final four. As part of its celebration of the 100th season, the league is conducting balloting for its most iconic moment at NFL.com/greatestmoment and is encouraging fans to vote for each of the nominations. The voting started with 32 moments (one for each team) …

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MIAMI (AP) — It’ll be an All-Star rematch: Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks will be the captains for the NBA All-Star Game, just as they were last season. They earned the captaincies by being the top overall votegetters from the Western …

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round of the year since 2011. It wasn’t enough to be among the leaders Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it was fine with him. Coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan, Woods handled …

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Jessica Korda shot a 6-under 66 in high wind Thursday to take the first-round lead in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, the tour’s first full-field event of the season and first official event in Boca Raton in more than 30 years. Korda birdied her final two holes, finishing with …

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Javier Hernández has been to the top of the soccer world. He spent the last 10 years in Europe’s top leagues, winning trophies and representing some of the biggest clubs. Yet from Manchester United to Sevilla, the Mexican striker better known as Chicharito often struggled to get consistent playing time. Whether …

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