Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Panthers give big contract to Yandle

The Panthers signed Keith Yandle, a defenseman and impending free agent, to a seven-year deal on Thursday worth $44.5 million.

The Panthers had traded a sixth-round pick in this week's NHL draft to the Rangers for the rights to negotiate with Yandle before free agency opens, and they will also send a 2017 fourth-round pick to New York as a result of the deal being consummated.

Yandle has a no-move clause for the first six years of the deal.

Florida also sent forward Rocco Grimaldi to Colorado for backup goalie Reto Berra.

Draft doings: Auston Matthews will have to wait along with everyone else to learn if the Maple Leafs select him with the first pick in the draft. Toronto general manager Lou Lamoriello said he will keep everyone guessing — including the Arizona-born 18-year-old — until tonight. "I think we know who we're going to pick," Lamoriello said. "No dissension." Matthews, who played professionally in Switzerland last season, is ranked first by NHL Central Scouting.

Flyers: The team signed Czech defenseman Radko Gudas, a former member of the Lightning, to a multiyear contract extension.

Penguins: Center Evgeni Malkin won't need surgery for his injured left elbow, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Malkin, who initially sustained the unspecified injury March 11, will rehab and is not expected to miss any playing time, the team said.

Predators: Part owner David Freeman is suing the team and chairman Tom Cigarran, saying they breached fiduciary obligations and contractual commitments to him after he helped keep the franchise in Nashville, the Tennessean reported.

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Captain’s Corner: Live baits outperforming artificials

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Updated: 2 hours ago
Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

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Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: La Salle at Rhode Island11 a.m.CBSSNPurdue at IowanoonESPNFlorida State at Virginia TechnoonESPN2; 1010-AMWichita State at HoustonnoonESPNUVillanova at ConnecticutnoonCBSSt. John’s at GeorgetownnoonFS1Ohio State at Minne...
Published: 01/19/18
Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

SUNRISE — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Friday, spoiling Vegas coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. By gaining a point, Vegas moved within one point of the Lightning...
Published: 01/19/18

Well Humored ready to get back on a dirt track

OLDSMAR — It is time for Well Humored to get dirty again.The WinStar Farm homebred makes her first start on the Tampa Bay Downs main track Saturday afternoon in the $50,000 Wayward Lass, one of three stakes events on the Skyway Festival Day 11-race p...
Published: 01/19/18
Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making...
Published: 01/19/18

National Hoopfest: Berkeley Prep proves to be no pushover

TAMPA —  Berkeley Prep's four-game win streak came to end Friday.That was expected.The Buccaneers faced West Oaks Academy, an independent powerhouse from Orlando that plays a national schedule, during Friday's National Hoopfest tournament....
Published: 01/19/18