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Boyle Nets Shutout in 1st NHL Start

February 15, 2019
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Former UMass Lowell goaltender Kevin Boyle made 35 saves in his first career start and the Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks, 1-0, Wednesday night in general manager Bob Murray’s first game as interim coach.

It helped that Murray had the benefit of Boyle, a 26-year-old undrafted rookie, joining John Gibson as the second Ducks goalie to record a shutout in his first NHL start.

UML now has three former goalies in the NHL -- Boyle, Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg) and Carter Hutton (Buffalo). It was the second NHL appearance for Boyle, who’s stopped 59 of 61 shots for the Ducks.

AUTO RACING

Edelman honorary starter

New England Patriots receiver and Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman has been named the honorary starter for Sunday’s Daytona 500.

The honor caps a whirlwind two weeks for Edelman, who since winning his third Super Bowl on Feb. 3 has visited Disney World with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and served as a presenter at the Grammy Awards. A half-dozen NFL quarterbacks have served as honorary starters at Daytona, including Ken Stabler, Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw.

Kevin Harvick has won the first qualifying race for the Daytona 500. Harvick went unchallenged to the checkered flag in the first of two 150-mile qualifying races that set the field for the Daytona 500.

PRO FOOTBALL

Kaepernick talks to league

A person with knowledge of the conversation tells The Associated Press that the new Alliance of American Football spoke with Colin Kaepernick during its development about joining the league.

But Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league that had its debut last weekend.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side has publicly acknowledged such talks.

GENERAL

Bauer attacked by Indians?

All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer thought the Cleveland Indians had presented a better overall case against him in their latest salary arbitration hearing, until the last 10 minutes he viewed as “character assassination” against him.

“That kind of put a black mark on what I thought was a really well-argued case on both sides,” Bauer said, a day after beating the Indians in arbitration for the second year in a row. “There’s no room for that. ... Let’s just stick to the numbers. Let he numbers decide.”

At the hearing Wednesday in Florida, Bauer was awarded $13 million by the three-person panel over the Indians’ $11 million offer.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber’s contract has been extended by league owners for five years through 2023. Garber’s previous contract expired at the end of 2018. He was hired in August 1999 to succeed Doug Logan, MLS’s first commissioner. ... Golden State coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing and confronting a referee. The penalty, announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, was for Kerr’s actions in a 127-107 loss at Portland on Wednesday night. ... Jordan Spieth made the most out of his chance to start over at rain-soaked Riviera and was tied for the lead at 5-under par through 12 holes in the Genesis Open.

Tiger Woods never made it to the golf course. He was to play in the afternoon, but a seven-hour delay because of heavy rain meant not starting his first round until Friday morning. Spieth hit his opening tee shot on the short par-4 10th off a cart path and into thick, shin-high grass that made it tough to even see his golf ball.

But with increasing rain, along with low visibility at the start, the PGA Tour decided to scrap the round and start over once the course dried out.