Sunday, July 15, 2018
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NHL

Sabres' Kane countersues accuser

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sabres forward Evander Kane says a woman's civil suit claiming he seriously injured her during an attack in his hotel room is meant solely to harass him.

Kane calls the 21-year-old woman's allegations "a sham" in a counterclaim filed in state Supreme Court last week.

The filing, first reported by the Buffalo News on Tuesday, seeks dismissal of the July 1 complaint and legal costs.

The woman says she suffered emotional trauma and required multiple surgeries and blood transfusions after the December encounter. In March, prosecutors declined to charge Kane, 25, with any crimes following an investigation into a possible sexual assault. Kane has pleaded not guilty to harassment, disorderly conduct and trespass stemming from a separate incident in June during which he allegedly grabbed three women by the hair and neck. Kane's next scheduled court appearance for that case is Oct. 31.

Islanders: They agreed to terms on a two-year, $5 million deal with restricted free-agent forward Ryan Strome. Also, Claude Loiselle was named hockey operations consultant.

WNBA

Sparks' Ogwumike honored

Los Angeles forward Nneka Ogwumike was named the Associated Press WNBA player of the year by a 14-member media panel. She averaged 19.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists and shot 66.5 percent, helping lead the Sparks to the second best record in the WNBA and a bye until the semifinals of the playoffs. The postseason starts tonight with two single elimination games on ESPNews, Phoenix at Indiana at 6 p.m. and Seattle at Atlanta at 8.

Soccer

Everton knocked out of cup

Everton, which sits second in the Premier League through five games, was stunned at home by second-tier Norwich 2-0 in the third round of England's League Cup. Chelsea knocked out reigning EPL champion Leicester City 4-2 in extra time and Liverpool and Arsenal also reached the round of 16.

Italy: Second-place AC Milan has consecutive Serie A wins for the first time since February after beating visiting Lazio 2-0.

Et cetera

Tennis: American Varvara Lepchenko tested positive four times for meldonium, according to the International Tennis Federation, which cleared her because it was determined she took the substance before its ban went into effect on Jan. 1. … Caroline Wozniacki defeated Belinda Bencic 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Bobsledding: American sprinter Tyson Gay is the latest track star to try sledding. Gay, who ran in each of the past three Summer Olympics, is entered in the USA Bobsled National Push Championships, which start today in Calgary, Alberta.

Times wires

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Rays Wilson Ramos is “going to miss some time”

Rays Wilson Ramos is “going to miss some time”

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Updated: 2 hours ago
For starters: Rays at Twins, with a lot going on

For starters: Rays at Twins, with a lot going on

UPDATE, 1:03: Cash said it's "not the best" news on Ramos, who has a left hamstring issue. … No set timetable but "he's going to miss some time." … Duffy was scratched from the lineup after all, the Rays deciding not to risk a further iss...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays shuffle bullpen, acquire Hoby Milner, send down Chih-Wei Hu

Rays shuffle bullpen, acquire Hoby Milner, send down Chih-Wei Hu

The Rays went outside the the organization to add a fresh arm to the bullpen, acquiring LHP Hoby Milner from the Phillies on Saturday night for cash considerations.The Rays sent down RHP Chih-Wei Hu to make room on the 25-man roster and designated fo...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Rays journal: Wilson Ramos will miss All-Star Game

Rays journal: Wilson Ramos will miss All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS — C Wilson Ramos had been so looking forward to starting Tuesday's All-Star Game in Washington, where he played seven seasons and, depending on the latest rumor, could be returning via trade.But he lost that opportunity Saturday, wi...
Published: 07/14/18
Updated: 07/15/18
Rays’ Blake Snell: This is how a Star is born

Rays’ Blake Snell: This is how a Star is born

MINNEAPOLIS — Blake Snell didn't know where he was headed at this time last year.Having made a couple of unimpressive starts after rejoining the Rays following a six-week demotion to Triple A he earned with a brutal beginning to what was suppos...
Published: 07/14/18

Sports on TV/radio for Sunday, July 15

TODAYAutosIndyCar: Honda Indy Toronto3:30 p.m.NBCSNBaseballPhillies at Marlins1 p.m.FSFYankees at Indians1 p.m.TBSRays at Twins2 p.m.Fox Sun; 620-AMFutures All-Star Game4 p.m.MLBCyclingStage 96:30 a.m.NBCSNGolfPGA Europe: Scottish Open10 a.m.GolfPGA ...
Published: 07/14/18
Rays roar back to blast Twins 19-6

Rays roar back to blast Twins 19-6

MINNEAPOLIS – There was a time late Saturday afternoon when things actually looked bad for the Rays in what turned out to be a very good day, a 19-6 victory that ensured a winning record at the All-Star break.Tampa Bay had given back an early l...
Published: 07/14/18
Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Twins game

Marc Topkin’s takeaways from Saturday’s Rays-Twins game

As offensively challenged as the Rays have been much of this season, Saturday was the fifth time in their past 11 games they have scored eight or more runs. The reality check: All against the Marlins, Mets, Tigers and Twins.OF Carlos Gomez hasn't had...
Published: 07/14/18
UPDATE: Rays C Wilson Ramos out of All-Star Game due to hamstring injury

UPDATE: Rays C Wilson Ramos out of All-Star Game due to hamstring injury

UPDATE. 6:45: Ramos said he will not be able to play in the All-Star Game and will be removed from the active roster but still plans to attend and take part in the festivities.He also said he "probably" will end up on the DL, which will cause the Ray...
Published: 07/14/18
He’s back: Djokovic tops Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final

He’s back: Djokovic tops Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final

LONDON — From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he’s past the roughest patch of his career. Djo...
Published: 07/14/18