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Kadri signed a seven-year, $49 million contract ($7 million average annual value) with Calgary on Aug. 18.

MacKenzie Weegar and Jonathan Huberdeau scored, and Brett Sutter and Michael Stone each had a goal and an assist for the Flames. Jacob Markstrom made 12 saves in two periods before being replaced by Dustin Wolf, who stopped all nine shots he faced to preserve the shutout.

Calvin Pickard stopped 16 of 17 shots in 31:36 for the Oilers. Stuart Skinner made 14 saves in relief.

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Sutter gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 6:56 of the second period, and Stone made it 2-0 at 16:36.

Weegar scored his first of the preseason to extend the lead to 3-0 at 16:23 of the third, and Huberdeau scored with three seconds left for the 4-0 final.

Ducks 3, Coyotes 1: Trevor Zegras sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of the Anaheim Ducks’ 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Zegras was second among NHL rookies with 61 points (23 goals, 38 assists) in 75 games last season. Ducks coach Dallas Eakins did not have an update postgame.

“He got dinged,” Eakins said. “It was obviously a very hard hit (by Coyotes forward Jan Jenik). You never like to see your player go down like that.”

Lukas Dostal made 28 saves for Anaheim. Ryan Strome, who signed a five-year contract with the Ducks on July 13, had a goal and an assist in his debut.

Karel Vejmelka made 20 saves for Arizona.

Pavol Regenda scored his second of the preseason to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead at 17:25 of the first period.

Dylan Guenther tied it 1-1 at 10:18 of the second period, but Strome put Anaheim back in front at 19:06.

Isac Lundestrom pushed the lead to 3-1 at 9:00 of the third period.

Golden Knights 7, Avalanche 1: Alexandar Georgiev allowed six goals on 18 shots in his debut for the Colorado Avalanche, a 7-1 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Georgiev was acquired by the Avalanche in a trade with the New York Rangers on July 7 and signed a three-year contract three days later. He was replaced in the third period by Jonas Johansson, who made nine saves.

William Karlsson, Keegan Kolesar, Gage Quinney and Paul Cotter each had a goal and an assist, and Zach Whitecloud had four assists for the Golden Knights. Logan Thompson made 25 saves.

Karlsson scored 53 seconds into the game to give Vegas the lead, and Quinney made it 2-0 at 10:26.

Michael Amadio pushed it to 3-0 at 2:05 of the second period.

Cotter scored his second of the preseason to make it 4-0 at 9:06 before Kolesar extended the lead to 5-0 at 13:30.

Kaedan Korczak made it 6-0 at 19:07. 

Alex Beaucage ended the shutout bid at 4:47 of the third period, and Chandler Stephenson scored at 14:49 for the 7-1 final.

Video: Whitecloud post a 4 point night in a 7-1 victory

Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 0: Matt Murray stopped all 16 shots he faced in his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, a 3-0 victory against the Montreal Canadiens at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

Murray, who was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on July 11, played the first two periods. He is competing for Toronto’s No. 1 job with Ilya Samsonov, who also made 16 saves on 16 shots in two periods against the Senators on Saturday.

Denis Malgin had a goal and an assist, and Erik Kallgren made 11 saves to finish the shutout for Toronto.

Sam Montembeault started and made 14 saves in 31:10 for Montreal. He was replaced by Kevin Poulin, who allowed two goals on 14 shots in relief.

Nicholas Robertson gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 6:53 of the first period. Murray had the secondary assist on the play.

Malgin made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 19:15 of the second period, and Nick Abruzzese scored another goal on the power play at 16:35 of the third period for the 3-0 final.

Maple Leafs defensemen Jordie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) were each injured in the first period. Coach Sheldon Keefe said both players will undergo further testing on Thursday, but he expects them to miss some time.

Video: Robertson, Malgin score in a 3-0 win over Canadiens

Capitals 3, Flyers 1: Dylan Strome scored two goals, and Connor Brown had a goal and an assist for the Washington Capitals in a 3-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Strome, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract on July 14, and Brown, who was acquired in a trade with the Senators on July 13, were each making their debuts for Washington.

Bobby Nardella had two assists, and Charlie Lindgren started and made 13 saves in two periods for Washington. Zach Fucale allowed one goal on eight shots in the third.

Kevin Hayes scored for Philadelphia. Felix Sandstrom allowed two goals on 15 shots in two periods before being replaced by Samuel Ersson, who made 11 saves in relief.

Brown gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at 4:23 of the second period, and Strome made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 7:42.

Hayes cut it to 2-1 at 3:44 of the third period, but Strome scored at 16:20 off a pass from Brown for the 3-1 final.

Video: Strome nets 2 goals in a 3-1 win over the Flyers

Blue Jackets 4, Sabres 1: Jakub Voracek scored his second goal of the preseason for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-1 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Emil Bemstrom, Kirill Marchenko and Carson Meyer also scored for the Blue Jackets. Daniil Tarasov started in goal and made nine saves in 31:24 before being replaced by Jet Greaves, who stopped all 13 shots he faced in relief.

Chase Priskie scored, and Eric Comrie made 27 saves for the Sabres.

Bemstrom gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead at 8:47 of the first period. Andrew Peeke, who signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract ($2.75 million average annual value) with Columbus earlier Wednesday, had the secondary assist on the play.

Marchenko made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 13:29.

Priskie cut it to 2-1 at 3:49 of the second period, but Voracek restored the two-goal lead for Columbus at 7:58 of the third period.

Meyer scored a short-handed goal at 16:36 for the 4-1 final.

Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 2: Jujhar Khaira had a goal and an assist for the Chicago Blackhawks in a 4-2 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Sam Lafferty also had a goal and an assist, and Arvid Soderblom made 31 saves for Chicago.

Adam Erne scored twice for Detroit. Alex Nedeljkovic allowed two goals on 10 shots in 31:56 before being replaced by Jussi Olkinuora, who made 10 saves in relief.

Dylan Sikura scored 11 seconds into the game to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

Erne tied it 1-1 at 1:27, but Lukas Reichel put Chicago back in front 2-1 at 6:35.

Erne scored his second goal 59 seconds into the second period to tie it 2-2.

Khaira scored the tiebreaking goal on the power play to make it 3-2 at 13:57, and Lafferty shot into an empty net at 19:22 of the third for the 4-2 final.

Video: Khaira records 2 point night in 4-2 victory

Sharks 3, Kings 1: Thomas Bordeleau and Evgeny Svechnikov each scored a power-play goal for the San Jose Sharks in a 3-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Toyota Arena in Ontario, California.

Aaron Dell made 16 saves for San Jose.

Carl Grundstrom scored, and Matt Villalta made 12 saves for Los Angeles.

Bordeleau made it 1-0 at 5:54 of the first period, and Svechnikov made it 2-0 at 12:48 of the second.

Grundstrom cut it to 2-1 with a power-play goal at 2:28 of the third period.

Scott Harrington scored at 18:32 for the 3-1 final.

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James questions media disparity in coverage of Irving tweet, Jerry Jones photo



LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has questions about the disparity of media scrutiny he believes is being applied to a 1957 photo of Jerry Jones and the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.

The photo of Jones, captured by an Associated Press photographer, shows him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock High School in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. The group was blocking six Black students who were attempting to desegregate the school and news reports said that moments after the image was taken, the students were shoved down a flight of stairs.

The photo accompanied a Washington Post story last month that was about Jones’ legacy as owner of the Dallas Cowboys, including how the team has never had a Black head coach.

James has spoken often about the Cowboys — he was a fan of the team for years before saying in October on Instagram Live that he has switched allegiances — but said Wednesday that he found it interesting that he wasn’t asked about the Jones photo.

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“When I watched Kyrie talk, and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things they’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ game on Wednesday night. “And I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, someone with power and with a platform, when we do something wrong or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage. It’s on the bottom ticker. It’s asked about every single day.

“But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, the photo, and I know it was years and years ago, and we all make mistakes, I get it. It seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, it happened. OK. We just move on.’ And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”

Irving was suspended for an eventual eight games by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season after the guard — a former teammate of James’ with the Cleveland Cavaliers — tweeted a link to a film containing antisemitic material.

James was asked by reporters about that last month, and he made clear that he thought Irving made a significant mistake.

“There’s no place in this world for it,” James said in November. “Nobody can benefit from that and I believe what Kyrie did caused some harm to a lot of people. … We as humans, none of us are perfect. But I hope he understands how what he did and the actions that he took were just harmful to a lot of people.”

Jones told reporters last week that he was at that school entrance as “a curious kid.” He was 14 at the time.

“That was, gosh, 65 years ago, and (I was a) curious kid,” Jones said. “I didn’t know at the time the monumental event really that was going on. And I’m sure glad that we’re a long way from that.”

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Canada coach John Herdman disputes Croatian counterpart’s account of skipped post-match handshake



Canada head coach John Herdman during a World Cup match against Croatia, at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Doha, Qatar, on Nov. 27.The Associated Press

Canada coach John Herdman is disputing his Croatian counterpart’s account of why there was no handshake after their World Cup game.

Herdman had antagonized the Croatian camp with a heated postgame message to his players after Canada’s opening 1-0 loss to Belgium at the soccer showcase. Asked in a pitch-side interview what he had said in a postgame huddle to his players, Herdman replied: “I told them they belong here and we’re going to go and eff – Croatia. That’s as simple as it gets.”

That prompted a stern lecture from Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on the need for respect. And after Croatia beat the Canadians 4-1 Sunday, Dalic was asked if he had a chance to shake hands with Herdman following the final whistle.

“I did not see the other head coach after the match,” he said through an interpreter. “When I lose I always congratulate the winner. He was not there and that’s his way of doing things. He’s obviously mad. He is a good coach. He is a high-quality professional. But it will take some time for him to learn some things.”

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Herdman, whose postgame news conference preceded Dalic’s on Sunday, disputed that account Wednesday when asked about it.

“Look, we shook hands before the game. So that happened,” he said. “At the end of the game, the usual process – no different than [with Belgium coach] Roberto Martinez. You shake hands with the coach, then you go shake hands with the referee.

“When I turned round, [Dalic] was already off down the touchline, which is his right to do. He’s celebrating. He’s just beaten Canada. It was a big celebration for him. He was off and I couldn’t get to shake his hand. I went into the field, shook the ref’s hand, shook players’ hands. And didn’t get to see him.

“That moment’s gone. We’re into process now – team huddle, see your fans, flash interviews, calm yourself down so you don’t say anything and move on.”

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