Friday, June 22, 2018
Sports

Sports in brief

HOCKEY

U.S. ENDS world junior round-robin with victory

HELSINKI, Finland — Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist to lead the United States to a 4-1 victory over Denmark on Thursday in their final round-robin game at the world junior championship.

Matthews, who plays professionally in Switzerland, tied it at 1 in the first period, and Blue Jackets prospect Sonny Milano put the United States ahead in the second period. Matthews assisted on Boston College center Colin White's third-period goal, and Notre Dame wing Anders Bjork added a power-play goal.

Goalie Brandon Halverson, who plays junior hockey for Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario League, made 16 saves for the United States.

"We had a slow start, but we came together in the middle of the game and capitalized on some chances," said Matthews, 18, expected to be the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL draft.

The Americans finished second in Group A at 3-1-0. They face the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals Saturday.

Sweden beat Canada 5-2 and won Group A at 4-0-0. Sweden plays Slovakia in the quarterfinals, and Canada faces Finland.

In Group B, Finland beat the Czech Republic 5-4, and Russia topped Slovakia 2-1 to finish 4-0-0. Russia plays Denmark in the quarterfinals.

SOCCER

Transfer window opens today

The January transfer window opens for business today in Europe, and rarely has so much been at stake for teams in the lucrative English Premier League. Lagging behind in the race for Champions League qualification, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool could be the most active of the major powers as they look for a strong finish to arguably the most unpredictable season in the Premier League's 24 years. Then there's the scramble to avoid the costliest-ever relegation from England's top division. Next season is the start of the EPL's new three-year TV deal worth a record $8 billion, and no club wants to miss out on a share of that bounty. So count on England being where most deals are done over the next month.

Times wires

Comments
Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Chris Godwin on SiriusXM: Bucs have confidence in backup QBs

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin, who has had as good an offseason as any Tampa Bay player, was on SiriusXM NFL radio for a scheduled interview on Thursday night, talking about a range of subjects, including the news of Jameis Winston's suspension to start...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

Derrick Brooks won’t pursue USF’s AD job

The local favorite for USF's athletic director job said Friday that he is not a candidate.In a three-paragraph statement, Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks said his commitments to Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, his charities and fam...
Updated: 1 hour ago
With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With Winston suspension, how might Bucs split QB reps in preseason?

With news that Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of 2018, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has an interesting decision to make for training camp and especially in preseason games: How does he split reps between Winston and backup Ryan...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

Bucs QB Jameis Winston’s suspension: What they’re saying

There are so many sides to the Jameis Winston suspension, and it will continue to be a major Bucs story line through September and beyond. Here's some of the reactions and notes that have already emerged in the first 24 hours since news broke Thursda...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

Support growing for Tom Jurich to become Bulls’ next AD

This dispatch comes at you from a remote south Georgia lake shore, where the waters remain far more pristine than the waves being made in USF athletics circles.Which is to say, a number of prominent folks are clamoring for Tom Jurich to become the Bu...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

Welcome back to the dark side, Bucs fans

TAMPA — Thursday was not the end of Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay, but it is in sight.Me? I was sitting at home. I was tired of the NBA draft, even with Tampa's Kevin Knox going to the New York Knicks.So I switched to the NFL Network. An episode ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

Winston aftermath: Report says Darby wasn’t in car for whole ride

There's no telling how much detail will be disclosed in what the NFL learned in its investigation that led to Jameis Winston being suspended for the first three games of the upcoming season, but some have already been reported in the first 24 hours s...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

Kwon Alexander to Jameis Winston: ‘We gotcha back’

There are many questions in the aftermath of Thursday's news that Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston will be suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season, but even before the suspension is officially announced, he is drawing support on social ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

Kevin Knox brushes off crowd reaction to take center stage

New York Knicks fans are a boisterous bunch. They voice their displeasure at just about everything. Four years ago, the fans booed the team's first-round selection of Kristaps Porzingis, who became an all-star this past season.So it was widely assume...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls basketball team

Hillsborough Player of the year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonWhy we picked her: Henderson is the type of player opponents know they have to stop. That has proven easier said than done. The Knights went 22-3 and that record would be much worse with...
Updated: 4 hours ago