Lightning beats Maple Leafs....Video assistant doctors for World Cup to assess concussion....5 female golfers to take part in men’s European Tour event
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Brayden Point scored the deciding goal in a shootout for the second consecutive game, lifting the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. Tyler Johnson, Chris Kunitz and Adam Erne scored in regulation for the NHL-leading Lightning, who played most of the game without Nikita Kucherov after the league’s top scorer was injured.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) — World Cup teams are being told that replays will be extended to their doctors to help in the diagnosis of concussions. FIFA’s top medical official tells The Associated Press that a second team doctor will be allowed access to match footage to evaluate injuries in real time to supplement any on-field diagnosis. FIFA is strengthening procedures to treat head injuries following cases at the 2014 World Cup where players tried to stay on the field after a concussion.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Open is changing to a two-hole aggregate playoff, the last of the four majors to do away with an 18-hole playoff. The change takes effect immediately and would be used at Shinnecock Hills on Long Island in June if there is a tie after 72 holes. The U.S. Golf Association also decided to make its other three open championships two-hole playoffs — the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Five female golfers will take part in a men’s European Tour event in May as part of more innovations to the GolfSixes tournament. Suzann Pettersen and Mel Reid will form a European Women’s team and Georgia Hall and Charley Hull will combine for an England Women’s team in the six-hole match-play tournament at Centurion Club, England, on May 5-6.
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Former France international soccer player Samir Nasri has been banned from playing for six months for an anti-doping violation from 2016. UEFA says Nasri has been found guilty of using a “prohibited method” in violation of the World Anti-Doping Code and UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. A Los Angeles clinic called Drip Doctors posted a photo of Nasri on its Facebook and Twitter accounts in December 2016, saying it provided him with a drip “to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.”