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NHL On Tap: Jets go for seventh straight win in Vancouver against Canucks –



Welcome to the NHL On Tap. Three writers will share what they are most looking forward to on the schedule each day. Today, their choices from the four games Sunday.

Jets go for another win in Vancouver

There’s something about Rogers Arena that brings out the best in the Winnipeg Jets, who will go for their seventh straight win there against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; NHLN, SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV). Winnipeg made it six in a row with a 2-0 win at the Canucks on Friday, when center Mark Scheifele continued his hot streak by scoring for a fourth straight game and extended his point streak to nine (13 points; six goals, seven assists). Scheifele and the Jets could receive a boost should center Pierre-Luc Dubois be able to play for the first time since Feb. 11; Dubois practiced Saturday and is hoping to return from a lower-body injury. The Canucks are 1-5-0 in their past six games at home. — Brian Compton, deputy managing editor 

Flyers, Bruins play outdoors for second time

When the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins face off just a slap shot away from the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, TVAS), it will be the second time they play against each other outdoors; the Bruins thrilled their fans when forward Marco Sturm scored the winner at 1:57 of overtime in a 2-1 victory at Fenway Park on Jan. 1, 2010. The venue has shifted from an iconic baseball stadium to a postcard-like setting with snow covered peaks in the background, but expect the Flyers to be all business in trying to solve the Bruins for the first time this season. Boston is undefeated (4-0-0) against Philadelphia (0-2-2) in four games and enters the Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday attempting to avoid a three-game skid. Keep an eye on Bruins forward Brad Marchand, who has scored six points (three goals, three assists) against the Flyers this season. — Mike Zeisberger, staff writer

Zajac to play 1,000th NHL game

Travis Zajac had to wait for a while, but the 35-year-old center is expected to play his 1,000th NHL game when the New Jersey Devils visit the Washington Capitals (2 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, SN1). Zajac, who returned after three weeks in NHL COVID-19 protocol to play in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, will become the fourth player to play 1,000 regular-season games for the Devils. He’ll join defenseman Ken Daneyko (1,283), goalie Martin Brodeur (1,266) and forward Patrik Elias (1,240), who each had his number retired by New Jersey. Zajac is third in Devils history with 534 points (197 goals, 337 assists) and has scored two goals in eight games this season. — Tom Gulitti, staff writer

Sunday schedule

New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals, 2 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, SN1)

The Devils seek their third win in four games since returning from a COVID-19 pause. The Capitals have lost five of their past seven (2-5-0) after a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at home Saturday.

Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators, 7 p.m. ET (SN, RDS, NHL.TV)

It’s the opener of a four-game road trip for the Canadiens, who have lost three of their past four (1-3-0). The Senators begin a five-game homestand after going 2-3-0 on the road.

Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins (Edgewood Tahoe Resort, Stateline, Nevada), 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN1, TVAS)

The Bruins will try to continue their strong play on special teams when they go outdoors against the Flyers. Boston is second in the NHL on the penalty kill (88.9 percent) and sixth on the power play (29.8 percent).

Winnipeg Jets at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m. ET (NHLN, SNP, TSN3, NHL.TV)

The Jets, who conclude a four-game road trip, are in a stretch where they play 16 of 22 games on the road. They are 4-3-0 in away games this season.

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Mixed Martial Arts-Door is open for YouTube’s Paul brothers in MMA



Logan and Jake Paul would make great Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, Bellator president Scott Coker has said as he targets exhibition matches featuring the YouTube personalities such as the former’s boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.

Logan Paul went the distance, surviving eight rounds against unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.

USA Today reported the fight brought in one million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from sales in the United States.

It was only the second fight of Paul’s career, while his brother Jake has fought in three professional boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter Ben Askren in April.

Critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow due to the lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have millions of subscribers on YouTube.

However, Coker told Reuters the brothers have impressive physiques and the door is open for them to move into MMA.

“I met with Logan Paul about two years ago and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s manager and Jake on a zoom call recently… The one thing I said was hey, if you want to do MMA we would love to promote you guys,” the 58-year-old said in a Zoom interview.

“These guys are young, athletic, strong and you saw the fight on Sunday night these guys they came and did their work.

“Mayweather couldn’t finish him and I know he tried, I heard he wanted to knock this kid out so bad,” he added.

“When I heard both had high school wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a prominent wrestling state in the U.S., it really made me interested in pursuing them in some super fights in Mixed Martial Arts – and that door is continually open.”


Bellator, owned by Viacom, is gearing up for a busy month of events, starting with Bellator 260 on Friday with the headline fight between reigning welterweight world champion Douglas Lima and the undefeated Yaroslav Amosov.

However, super fights and exhibitions are where Coker is targeting a younger audience.

“My 14-year-old niece, I told her I was going to the Logan Paul fight and she thought that was the greatest thing,” he said.

“She asked me who he was fighting and I said Floyd Mayweather and she said ‘who’s that?’ – I thought wow, she doesn’t know boxing, she doesn’t know MMA, she’s just a 14-year-old girl on the internet doing what they do.”

As the sporting world gears up for the delayed Tokyo Olympics starting in July, Coker believes MMA will feature in future Games.

“When you think about mixed martial arts, what you’re talking about is boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, karate – those are all Olympic sports,” he said.

“Why wouldn’t mixed martial arts eventually get into the Olympics because six out of the seven disciplines MMA is known to use really is already there.

“There’d be a lot of details to work out but to me I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of time.”


(Reporting by Christian Radnedge,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships



Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) said on Wednesday, after the 2020 event Canada was to host was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The championships will return to Montreal from March 18-24, marking the 11th time Canada has staged the event.

“Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best skaters to the fantastic Canadian city of Montreal,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada, in a statement.


(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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Andreescu splits with coach Bruneau after French Open exit



World number seven Bianca Andreescu on Tuesday announced she has split with longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau, a week after falling in the first round of the French Open.

The pair had worked together for four years as Andreescu made her breakthrough with three titles in 2019, including the U.S. Open.

“It is with a heavy heart that I would like to inform my fans that my long time coach, mentor and friend, Sylvain and I, have mutually decided to end our incredible coaching relationship,” Canadian Andreescu wrote on Twitter

“Our friendship will live forever … I am very grateful for everything we accomplished together and all of our great memories.

“Sylvain was more than a coach… he is family.”

Andreescu, 20, returned to action at this year’s Australian Open, having missed 15 months due to a knee injury.

A positive COVID-19 test subsequently ruled Andreescu out of both Madrid and Rome before an abdominal injury forced her to pull out of Strasbourg at the quarter-final stage.

Her most recent appearance at Roland Garros ended with a 6-7(1) 7-6(2) 9-7 defeat by Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek.


(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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