By Stephen Whyno

The NHL, NHL Players’ Association and NHL Alumni Association are teaming up to get hockey into the NFT marketplace. The organizations announced a multiyear deal Thursday making Sweet their official digital collectibles partner. While not confirming exact terms, NHL executive VP of business development and innovation Dave Lehanski said the […]

By Jenna Fryer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – From Italy to Iowa to the simulator and finally the Finger Lakes, there’s been no rest for Jimmie Johnson. He heads this weekend to Watkins Glen for one of this final two scheduled appearances in the IMSA sports car. Then he’ll turn his attention to planning […]

By Stephen Wade

TOKYO (AP) – The final price tag for last year’s COVID-delayed Tokyo Olympics was put at $13 billion (1.4 trillion Japanese yen), the organizing committee said Tuesday in its final act before it is dissolved at the end of the month. The cost was twice what was forecast in 2013 […]

By Jerry Harmer

BANGKOK (AP) – The world’s largest recorded freshwater fish, a giant stingray, has been caught in the Mekong River in Cambodia, according to scientists from the Southeast Asian nation and the United States. The stingray, captured on June 13, measured almost four meters (13 feet) from snout to tail and […]

By Ciaran Fahey

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, starting Monday. FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an […]


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Canada will return home from the Under-18 women’s Americas Championship with a silver medal, but there were moments on Sunday when the basketball squad looked like it had a chance to upset the powerhouse U.S. squad. Despite trailing 41-31 at halftime in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the […]

By Arnie Stapleton

DENVER (AP) – The Tampa Bay Lightning weren’t the ones who looked like the two-time defending champions in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night. The Colorado Avalanche, playing for the first time in nine nights, raced to 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the first period by […]

By John Wawrow

The Hockey Diversity Alliance is starting with the basics — ball hockey — in its objective to grow the game by making it more accessible to children in under-served communities. The HDA on Thursday announced it has launched a ball hockey skills program for children ranging in age from six […]


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Russian basketball clubs were suspended Thursday from the next season of the EuroLeague. EuroLeague organizers cited “air travel restrictions and prohibitions or other limitations to issuing visas to Russian residents” during the country’s war with Ukraine. The 18-team league had three Russian entrants last season — […]

By Darren Derendorf
Special to the Times

After a week off the Weekend Warriors were ready to do battle again on home turf, while some drivers used the off weekend to take care of chores around the house, others chose to finish their race cars, while the luckiest drivers were able to continue logging laps at a […]


MADISON, Wis. – It had the makings of an early blowout, but the United States made adjustments on the fly Monday night and turned the gold-medal final at the under-18 women’s world hockey championship into a real thriller. But Canada, which built a 3-0 lead on goals by Alexia Aubin, […]