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San Jose Sharks Acquire Evander Kane From Buffalo Sabres

The San Jose Sharks traded for free agent Evander Kane on Monday, according to reports. The Buffalo Sabres will receive a conditional first-round pick in 2019 if Kane re-signs with San Jose, but it will be a second-rounder if he doesn’t. Buffalo also gets a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020 and forward prospect Dan O’Regan. Kane, 26, has posted 20 goals and 20 assists in 61 games in 2017-18 for the Sabres. He is in the final season of a six-year contract he initially signed with the Winnipeg Jets that has an annual salary-cap hit of $5.25 million.Kane has been traded for the second time in his career. He was dealt to the Sabres in February 2015. ...Read more

Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler Out Indefinitely After Undergoing Meniscus Surgery

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Jimmy Butler has undergone surgery on his injured meniscus, the team announced Sunday. The Timberwolves announced that Butler’s surgery, performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was successful. He has been ruled out indefinitely. Butler was telling close confidants that he was optimistic about his chances to come back before the playoffs begin, should the Timberwolves clinch their first playoff berth in 13 seasons. Butler suffered the noncontact injury in the third quarter of the Timberwolves’ road loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday.   ...Read more

Sweden Take The Gold Over South Korea In Women’s Curling At Olympic Games

The Swedish women won the gold medal in the final match of curling on Sunday, beating South Korea 8-3 in nine ends to leave them with the silver, their first-ever Olympic medal in the sport. Sweden took control of the match by stealing a point in back-to-back ends, even though Korea had the advantage known as the hammer. After Korea took just one point in the sixth, Swedish skip Anna Hasselborg delivered a takeout on her final rock of the seventh to score three points and open a 7-2 lead. The Koreans picked up one point in the eighth, but when they couldn’t keep the Swedes from scoring in the ninth, they conceded.   ...Read more

USA vs. Sweden Set For Men’s Curling Gold-Medal Match At 2018 Winter Olympics

The USA will compete for a men’s curling gold medal for the first time on Saturday. They will take on Sweden in the curling final after both teams won their semi-finals on Thursday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. John Shuster’s team edged past Canada 5-3 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, while Sweden beat Switzerland 9-3.  As the top-ranked team in the world, Sweden will be considered favorites for the gold medal.  They beat the USA 10-4 in the round robin and will hope for a similar result on Saturday, but Shuster’s team should not be discounted after their victory. ...Read more

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Likely Done for The Rest of the Season

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich told reporters he’d be “surprised” if Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard returns to action this season after battling a quadriceps injury that has lingered all year long. “We only have X number of games left in the season, and he’s still not ready to go,” Popovich told reporters in San Antonio. Leonard has been medically cleared to return from the right quad tendinopathy injury, but since shutting it down after only nine games this year, he has elected against returning to the active roster. If Leonard does return, it will be because he has decided he can manage the pain of the injury. The injury to Kawhi’s hip has caused a ton of tension between the Spurs organization & the star forward, with possible implications spilling over into the 2019 free agency next Summer. ...Read more

Carolina Panthers Name Marty Hurney General Manager

The Carolina Panthers franchise officially named Marty Hurney their general manager, removing Hurney’s interim tag on Wednesday morning and officially heralding his second stint in the position. He had re-entered the post last summer after predecessor (and successor) Dave Gettleman was fired before training camp. “We are very fortunate to have Marty as our general manager after he did an exceptional job in the interim role this past season.” Panthers COO Tina Becker said.  Carolina reached the playoffs as a wild-card entry in 2017 but lost in the opening round to the NFC South’s New Orleans Saints. Hurney originally served as GM from 2002 until he was fired midway through the 2012 season. He oversaw Carolina’s first run to the Super Bowl during the 2003 season, which culminated with a loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. ...Read more

Cross-Country Skier Kikkan Randall Wins Her First Gold Medal In Her Fifth And Final Olympics

Kikkan Randall, the only mom competing for Team USA in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, combined with Jessie Diggins to win the United States’ first medal in women’s Olympic cross-country competition. The medal is the first for American cross-country skiers in the Olympics since Bill Koch won a silver in 1976.  Randall, 35, appeared in her fifth Olympics appearance in Pyeongchang and her first since the arrival of son Breck 22 months ago. Randall finished under 5th place in three other events in South Korea, and plans to retire when these Games end.  ...Read more

“Shib Sibs” Win Ice Dancing Bronze Medal For U.S.

The American brother-sister combination of Maia and Alex Shibutani won bronze in ice dance on Tuesday. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won gold for the second time. The French team of Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, who endured a wardrobe malfunction in Monday’s short program, rebounded with a world-record score of 123.35 to win silver. The Shibutanis of Ann Arbor, Michigan, edged fellow Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, who started the day in third but slipped to fourth after Donohue stumbled during the performance. Known on social media as the Shib Sibs, the duo were thrilled with their performance and the judges saw the same thing, pushing them into a long-awaited bronze medal spot. ...Read more

Free Agent J.D. Martinez Agrees To Deal With Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox agreed to a five-year deal with slugger J.D. Martinez. Reports state the deal is worth $110 million, with opt-out clauses after the second and third years, according to multiple reports. Martinez will be paid $25 million in 2018 and ’19 before the first opt out, $22 million in 2020 before the second opt out, and $19 million in the last two years if he remains with the club. The Red Sox emerged as a potential suitor for Martinez earlier this offseason and reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million last month.  Martinez played outfield in Detroit and Arizona, but is expected to serve primarily as the DH for Boston. ...Read more

Minnesota Wild Beat New York Islanders In A 5-3 Win

Matt Cullen and Tyler Ennis scored in Minnesota’s three-goal second period, and the Wild beat the New York Islanders 5-3 Monday. New York began the day tied with Carolina, but held the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference due to more regulation/overtime wins. However, the Hurricanes now hold the tiebreaker due to a game in hand on the Islanders.   The Wild will next meet New Jersey on Thursday night, in the middle game of a three-game trip to New York that concludes against the Rangers on Friday The Islanders are next up in Toronto on Thursday night to open a stretch of three straight road games. ...Read more