NEW YORK—The NBA today postponed training camps indefinitely and cancelled 43 pre-season games because it has not reached a new labour deal with players.
All games from Oct. 9-15 are off, the league said.
Camps were expected to open Oct. 3.
TORONTO—The NHL calls it “stupid and ignorant.”
A banana came out of the stands in London, Ont. last night as Philadelphia Flyers’ winger Wayne Simmonds was skating towards Detroit goalie Jordan Pearce in a pre-season shootout.
Simmonds is black.
Atlanta Braves’ veteran Chipper Jones insists the other teams in the National League wild-card race still are in the rearview mirror.
If he takes a peek, though, he’ll see the St. Louis Cardinals are uncomfortably close.
With their NL wild-card lead dwindling, the Braves mustered only two hits against former teammate Javier Vazquez and lost 4-0 yesterday to the Florida Marlins.
The N.Y. Yankees celebrated another division championship yesterday as the Tampa Bay Rays lamented another missed chance to gain precious ground in the AL wild-card race.
Jorge Posada came off the bench and hit a tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning to propel New York to sweep the Rays by identical 4-2 scores in a day-night doubleheader, clinching the AL East title.
PHILADELPHIA—Prized free-agent goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, making his first appearance as a Flyer, allowed stick-side goals to Juraj Mikus, Matt Frattin, and Joe Colborne as the Toronto Maple Leafs doubled Philadelphia 4-2 last night.
TORONTO—After struggling on Toronto’s first line in his first full NHL season, Tyler Bozak may have found his niche as the Maple Leafs’ third-line centre.
Bozak scored twice in the third period as the Maple Leafs opened their pre-season campaign with a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators last night.
JOLIET, Ill.—Tony Stewart took himself out of title contention before the opening race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
A topsy-turvy season led the two-time NASCAR champion to cross his name off the list of drivers he believes are legitimate title contenders, and nothing he did on track at Chicagoland Speedway changed his mind.
That includes winning.
WINNIPEG—The Jets already have won the hearts of NHL-starved Winnipeg hockey fans.
Now the reborn NHL team wants to start winning games to cement that relationship.
The Jets get their first chance tonight when they play a split-squad, home-and-away exhibition series against the Columbus Blue Jackets
MINNEAPOLIS—Josh Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers retreated to the locker-room after an awful first half—still confident they could win despite a 17-0 deficit.
The comeback, after all, is what Freeman has perfected in his 26-game career.
TORONTO—After a run of poor results over the last month, Blue Jays’ starter Brandon Morrow changed his approach for yesterday’s series finale against the N.Y. Yankees.
The adjustment paid off in a big way.
Morrow allowed just four hits over eight shutout innings, and Adam Lind hit two solo homers, as Toronto blanked New York 3-0 in the rubber game of the three-game set.