Thompson Sports News Archives for 2020-08

Raptors beat Bucks 114-106; key players for both teams sit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-106 on Monday.

 

Though the meeting featured the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings, both teams were missing key players.

 

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. Bucks coach Mike Budehnolzer said Monday it was uncertain whether Antetokounmpo would play in the team's final two seeding games Tuesday against the Washington Wizards and Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

For Toronto, Kyle Lowry sat out with a sore lower back, Serge Ibaka missed the game with a bruised right knee and Fred Van Vleet was out with a hyperextended right knee.

 

The Bucks already had clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season, and defending NBA champion Toronto was locked into the No. 2 spot, so there was little to gain for either team.

 

Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for the Raptors.

NHL reports no positive COVID-19 tests in second week in Toronto, Edmonton

NEW YORK - The NHL says it has had no positive COVID-19 test results in its first two weeks in secure zones in Edmonton and Toronto.

 

The league says it administered 7,245 tests in its second week, from Aug. 2-8, with no positive results.

 

In the first week, from July 27 to Aug. 1, the league says it had no positive results in 7,013 tests.

 

Testing is done daily on all 52 members of each team's travelling party.

Eight of 24 teams have now been eliminated and have exited the secure zones.

 

Players and staff in the secure zones are separated from the general public and no fans are in attendance at games.

2020 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed due to COVID-19

TORONTO - The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place Nov. 16 in Toronto.

The 2020 class of forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa, defencemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women's goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland was announced by the Hockey Hall of Fame in June.

 

In a release Monday, the hall said rescheduling plans for the induction celebration will be addressed at its board of directors meeting on Oct. 29.

 

Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said the most likely scenario is to postpone the ceremony to November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 election or combining the 2020 and 2021 classes.

 

McDonald said the hall has ruled out a virtual induction ceremony.

Flames defeat Jets 4-0 to win NHL qualifying series three games to one

EDMONTON - The Calgary Flames overwhelmed the injury-addled Winnipeg Jets, beating them 4-0 Thursday to knock them out of the NHL's post-season.

 

Dillon Dube, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Rasmus Andersson scored for the Flames while Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout at Rogers Place.

 

Calgary won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1.

 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30-of-32 shots in net for Winnipeg.

 

It was a series the Jets were chasing from the get-go, when they lost elite scorers Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele to injury in Game 1, and two other top point-getters Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor failed to step up to fill the void.

 

Wheeler and Connor (the regular season team leader with 38 goals and 73 points) combined for just two assists in four games.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveil Grey Cup championship rings celebrating 2019 win

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveiled their 2019 Grey Cup championship rings on Thursday night.

 

Made by Canadian jeweller Baron Championship Rings, the diamond-studded two-toned ring celebrates Winnipeg's 33-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last November.

 

The distinctive Blue Bombers “W” made of diamonds and custom blue enamel sits atop the ring.

 

The outer edge of the face is lined with 11 sapphire stones representing the organization's total championship wins and is complemented by the title of “Grey Cup Champions.”

 

One shoulder displays the player's name and number in diamonds over the IG Field background.

 

The opposite side features the Winnipeg skyline behind the Grey Cup and the Golden Boy, framed by the team name and year.

Winnipeg Jets douse Calgary Flames 3-2 to even up qualifying series

EDMONTON - The Winnipeg Jets recovered from a gaffe and bad luck to edge the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Monday and draw even in their qualifying-round series.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers broke a 2-2 tie with a goal at 10:24 of the third period, and the Jets held on to even the best-of-five series at 1-1.

 

Adam Lowry led the Jets with a goal and an assist.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the eventual winner in the third period, rookie Jansen Harkins also scored for Winnipeg and Jack Roslovic contributed a pair of assists.

 

Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the win.

Elias Lindholm and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames. Calgary starter Cam Talbot stopped 23 shots in the loss.

VanVleet has 36 points, Raptors stretch win streak to six with win over Miami

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 36 points and had a big deflection in the dying seconds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 107-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday.

 

Pascal Siakam had 22 points, while Serge Ibaka had 15 and Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Raptors (48-18) stretched their win streak to six games, and improved to 2-0 in the NBA's restart after the COVID-19 hiatus.

 

Goran Dragic had 25 points to top the Heat (42-25). Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had 17 points, two nights after a big game against Denver that saw him score 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 125-105 win. Jimmy Butler, who'd missed Sunday's practice sparking speculation he was in quarantine, had 16.

 

The Raptors, who were slotted into Monday's matinee spot because of the holiday in most of Canada, led for most of the afternoon and broke the game open with a 20-7 third-quarter run that put them up by 17 points. But Miami sliced the difference to 84-79 with one quarter to play.

 

Olynyk's three-pointer midway through the fourth put Miami up by three, but Siakam's three-pointer sparked a mini Raptors run and when Lowry dished off a short pass to Ibaka for a dunk, Toronto was back up by six with 6:11 to play.

 

Tyler Herro's driving layup got Miami back within two. Free throws from Lowry and VanVleet had Toronto up by six, but a big Jae Crowder three-pointer and Dragic layup made it a one-point game with 41 seconds to play.

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