Darryl Sutter is back as head coach of the Calgary Flames after the team fired Geoff Ward on Thursday night. (Getty) Now-former Flames bench boss Geoff Ward led his squad to a 7-3 blowout win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, and then he was fired. In a stunning bit of news shortly after …

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MMA Weekly Khamzat Chimaev says he’s done; Chechen leader and Dana White say he’s not retiring In the space of 24 hours, rising UFC star Khamzat Chimaev indicated that he was done fighting, but then was talked into continuing on by controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. UFC president Dana White also backed that sentiment, telling …

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DALLAS (AP) — Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eric Robinson added third-period goals, and the Columbus Blue Jackets held off a late rally attempt to beat the struggling Dallas Stars 3-2 on Thursday night. Korpisalo stopped 22 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have won two straight – equaling …

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In their last four games, the Boston Celtics have done a complete 180 degree turn. After a blowout loss to a 16-20 Atlanta Hawks team that fired its coach a few days later, they apparently did some successful soul searching. The rut seems to have brought Boston together, and since that moment, it has found …

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CHICAGO (AP) — Victor Hedman jumped on the ice and got the puck from Alex Killorn. He heard Tampa Bay’s bench yell “Shoot,” so he flung the puck toward the net. Right in the nick of time. Killorn got a piece of Hedman’s shot and the puck crossed the goal line right before the overtime …

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad had two goals and two assists to lead the Florida Panthers to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. Carter Verhaeghe, Mason Marchment and Jonathan Huberdeau also scored for Florida, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Aleksander Barkov had three assists and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 …

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High praise probably means a lot more when it’s coming from LeBron James. The NBA All-Star Game captain selected Jaylen Brown to his team with his fourth pick of the player draft. James called Brown “underappreciated” Thursday after choosing him, and the 24-year-old expressed his excitement and gratitude. “That’s great to have one of — …

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Wayne Gretzky made a heartbreaking announcement Thursday night. His father Walter, known as “Canada’s hockey dad,” died after battling Parkinson’s Disease. Wayne shared the news on his personal Twitter account. “It’s with deep sadness Janet and I share the news of the passing of my Dad. He bravely battled Parkinson’s and other health issues these …

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CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Killorn scored 4:59 into overtime, with the puck barely over the line at the horn, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night for their sixth straight victory. Steven Stamkos and Anthony Cirelli also scored for Tampa Bay, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves in another …

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The Royals continued their hot start to spring training with a come-from-behind 5-3 victory over the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday night. Danny Duffy started the game for the Royals, making his spring debut. Early in the first, Mike Moustakas got the best of his old teammate as the former Royals star ripped an RBI …

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