BUFFALO – On Monday, the Buffalo Sabres acquired New Jersey Devils right-winger Wayne Simmonds in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round draft pick. If Simmonds plays 10 games for the Sabres this season, or if the Sabres make the playoffs, the draft pick New Jersey received bumps up to a fourth-round selection.In 61 games this season for the Devils, Simmonds scored eight goals and added 16 assists.Simmonds will be on his third different team in the last two seasons after spending seven-plus seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. He also played for the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators. Simmonds has scored at least 25 goals in a season five times in his 12-year career. The winger has scored 498 points in 902 regular season games (251 G-247 A).Simmonds has played in 44 playoff games. Simmonds will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Silva’s far-post cross was forced towards goal by Diogo Jota, with Luxembourg goalkeeper Anthony Moris getting a hand to the ball before Ronaldo turned in from the goalline.– France sign off with win –Later on Sunday, world champions France wrapped up top spot in Group H as goals from Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann sealed a 2-0 win over Albania in Tirana.“I’m very dependent on the players,” French World Cup-winning coach Didier Deschamps said after his 100th game in charge.“It’s a personal pride. But it’s good to see what the players do together. At times, it can be a bit more difficult with changes to the players, injured players, but the spirit is there.”The French national anthem was roundly booed before kick-off as retribution for the error that saw the Andorran anthem played instead of the Albanian one when the teams met in September at the Stade de France.The visitors made a quick start on the pitch, though, as Bayern Munich midfielder Tolisso headed Griezmann’s free-kick into the bottom corner.The Barcelona star slotted in the second himself on the half-hour mark, before the dead rubber petered out in the second period, with Olivier Giroud going closest to a third by striking the post.The other games in the group saw Turkey, who had also already sealed qualification, beat Andorra 2-0, while Iceland edged to a 2-1 victory at Moldova.England rounded off an impressive campaign with a 4-0 thrashing of Kosovo.Goals from Harry Winks, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Mason Mount ensured England finished at the Group A summit, having scored 37 goals in just eight matches.“We know there is still a bit of work to do but I can’t fault the players in this campaign, they’ve been ruthless. We’re more settled with the group now,” said England manager Gareth Southgate.The Czech Republic are also through, but lost 1-0 in Bulgaria on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApp Ronaldo scores 99th Portugal goal as holders seal Euro 2020 spotParis, France | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 99th international goal as reigning champions Portugal secured their place at the Euro 2020 finals on Sunday with a 2-0 victory away to Luxembourg, while France ended their qualifying campaign with victory.Bruno Fernandes struck the opening goal on 39 minutes before Ronaldo tapped in a scrappy second late on to clinch second place in Group B behind winners Ukraine, who drew 2-2 in Serbia.Iranian striker Ali Daei holds the world record with 109 international goals scored in 149 appearances between 1993 and 2006.“All records must be broken and I will beat that record,” said Ronaldo.Portugal became the 17th nation to qualify for next year’s multi-host tournament, which kicks off in Rome on June 12, joining the likes of world champions France, Spain, Italy and England.“We can’t give the match high marks for style,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos, who admitted the heavy pitch made life challenging for his team.“I’m very happy for my players because the qualifying campaign has been more difficult than we expected.“We’re through to the finals of a major tournament for an 11th straight time. You’ve got to believe in these players.”Portugal knew they would book their place at Euro 2020 with a win or by matching Serbia’s result from their game in Belgrade.But they were made to work hard by a Luxembourg team ranked 96th in the world that notably held France to a 0-0 draw in 2018 World Cup qualifying.Sporting Lisbon midfielder Fernandes broke the deadlock before half-time, controlling Bernardo Silva’s pinpoint pass expertly before lashing in from 20 yards.Ronaldo, who smacked in a hat-trick in Thursday’s 6-0 thrashing of Lithuania, moved to the brink of his international century four minutes from time.
by Malik VincentOn Super Saturday, some of the best teams of the 2010 Western Pa. High School football season will be on display in the postseason’s final round at Heinz Field, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Each classification will feature, at least one familiar face in—well, three of the four WPIAL title games. NO. 1 CENTRAL CATHOLIC FALLS—Central Catholic’s Damian Moore-Jones looks for running room against the North Allegheny defense during the WPIAL AAAA semifinal game at Fox Chapel High School on Nov. 19. Moore-Jones’s Vikings (11-1) came up short in the game however, losing to the Tigers, 17-7. North Allegheny (11-1) clinched a spot in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game. (Photo by Chris Lopez) The New Pittsburgh Courier would like to take a look into what all of those matchups will present:Class A—Rochester (12-0) vs. Clairton (12-0), 9:30 a.m.The WPIAL championship round is certain to get off to a fast start as these two perennial powerhouses are set to do battle.Rochester will feature its senior running back Devin Glass who rushed for 154 yards in a 20-7 semi-final win against Avonworth last Friday.But, Clairton has one of the best quarterbacks in the area in the 6-5, 230 pound Desimon Green—a senior, who’s looking to lead his Bears to a third straight title in Class A.Malik’s prediction: Clairton 28, Rochester 14.Class AA—Aliquippa (12-0) vs. South Fayette (12-0), 1:30 p.m.There’s no question that Aliquippa’s roster full of experienced athletes gives them a slight advantage over a very talented South Fayette team. It will be up to Lions’ senior quarterback Christian Brumbaugh and his offense to put points on the board against an Aliquippa defense that gave the only touchdown that it’s allowed during the entire postseason.Malik’s prediction: Aliquippa 31, South Fayette 17.Class AAA—Central Valley (9-3) vs. Montour (12-0), 4:30 p.m.In their first year of existence, Central Valley will try to knock off star running back Julian Durden and the undefeated Montour Spartans in Class AAA.Central Valley beat Thomas Jefferson, who had won four titles since 2004—in convincing fashion, 44-24, last Friday in the semi-finals. But Montour has had a solid campaign and have been impressive in the playoffs by outscoring their three opponents, 91-42.Malik’s prediction: Central Valley 41, Montour 38 in overtime.Class AAAA—Woodland Hills (9-3) vs. North Allegheny (11-1),7:30 p.m.The Wolverines hope that their eight-game winning streak will help them defend their title in Class AAAA. In order to do that, they’ll have to be able to stop one of the area’s best runners in North Allegheny’s Alex Papson who has rushed for 2,360 yards this season.But Woody High’s senior running back Lafayette Pitts is fresh off a 267-yard performance on 34 carries in last Friday’s semi-final game against North Hills.Malik’s Prediction: North Allegheny 24, Woodland Hills 21.(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])
The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons know first hand the importance of rallying around the fight against cancer. Which is why the team was right there, leading the way at the 2011 Terry Fox Run, Nelson edition, Sunday at the Lakeside waterfront. Not only is the team eager to improve the physical and psychological well being of people specifically with breast cancer, it also wants to raise community awareness of breast cancer survivorship. So well done ladies and thanks for all your hard work to raise awareness to help defeat all cancers.Mallard’s Source for Sports would like to help in any way they can by saluting the ladies with Team of the Week status. The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons include, back row, L-R, Marg McCauly, Cath Little, Dawn Jacobsen, Wendy Hughes, Sandy Price, Lauretta Bullanoff, Lorna Maxwell, Janet Stephenson, Holly Reid, Judy Sheppard and Rebecca George. Front, Judith Deon, Pat Glackin, Linda Hoffmann, Marlene Pozin, Betty Radcliffe, Bobbie Maras, Suzanne McPherson, Pat Gibson and Sylvia Smith.
The question before Wednesday’s Kootenay International Junior Hockey League clash between West Kootenay rivals Nelson and Castlegar was which Leaf team would show up.Well, Leaf fans were happy to see the Green and White squad of old take to the ice at the NDCC Arena.The problem for Nelson was, so did the defending KIJHL champs from Castlegar.The Rebels, still smarting from a 9-0 drubbing five days ago, started slow but rallied to edge the Leafs 6-5 in double overtime Wednesday in Murdoch Division action in Nelson.Aaron Brewer scored in the final minute of the second overtime period to send the Leafs packing for the second straight time on home ice.The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Rebels — a string where Castlegar was out scored 21-5 by the opposition.Nelson started fast, building a 3-0 lead 18 minutes into the opening period on goals by Linden Horswill and Travis Wellman with a pair of power play markers. But a goal in the final 40 seconds of the period by Aaron Petten gave the Rebels new life.Connor Beahchemin and Darren Medeiros, the latter coming again in the final minute of the period, tied the game for Castlegar.In the third the teams traded goals with Alec Wikinson giving Nelson a 4-3 lead before Derek Georgopoulos and Diego Bartlett put the Rebels back in front.Jamie Vlanich tied the game sending the contest into extra time.Nelson out shot the Rebels 37-35.Nate Rabbit out dueled Brad Rebagliati in goal to grab the win for Castlegar.Nelson, 32-8-1-4, once again squandered a chance to take over top spot in the Murdoch Division. The Leafs are now tied with Beaver Valley after the Hawks lost Tuesday to Creston.Meanwhile the Rebels put a little more distance between third place and the hard-charging Spokane Braves. Castlegar leads Spokane by three points.Nelson, losers of three of the last five games, travel to Spokane to face the Braves Friday while Castlegar travels to Creston Friday.OVERTIME: The KIJHL’s leading scorer, Jamie Vlanich extended his lead on Nick Josephs to nine points after totalling three points Wednesday. Teammate Travis Wellman also had three points. Alec Wikinson and Linden Horswill each had two points. . . .Connor Beahchemin, Diego Bartlett, Derek Georgopoulos and Jeremy McNeill each finished the game with two points for Castlegar. . . . Nelson welcomed back defenceman Austin Seaman to the roster. The Calgary native has been out of the lineup since December 6 due to a leg injury. . . . Leaf captain Darnel St. Pierre missed his second game due to suspension. St. Pierre is expected to be back in the lineup Friday against Spokane. Leafs Kyle Clayton played his first game for Nelson on the blueline.
-30- Joseph Talamo16624172314%39%$838,443 ADVANCE WAGERING TODAY ON SATURDAY’S DUBAI WORLD CUPThere is advance wagering on races three through nine today on Saturday’s Dubai World Cup program. Early bird wagering opens at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with betting available on races seven through nine, the ninth race being the World Cup with an approximate post time of 9:45 a.m.Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert, drew post position nine in a field of 14. Hoppertunity, also trained by Baffert, has post position 11. Steven Miyadi62817713%52%$403,716 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10521111020%40%$923,201 ILIAD BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA DERBYSan Vicente Stakes winner Iliad, one of four possible starters in the Santa Anita Derby for Doug O’Neill, worked five furlongs Friday morning in 1:01.40 for the $1 million, Grade I event on April 8, the West Coast’s major steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby on May 6.Also working for the 1 1/8-mile Santa Anita Derby was San Felipe third-place finisher Term of Art, who went five furlongs under Tyler Baze in 1:01.80.“Both horses went real well,” said O’Neill, who watched the drills with Kaleem Shah, owner of Iliad. “Iliad finished up great and both Kaleem and I thought he showed great energy.”Iliad had jockey Amir Cedeno in the saddle. He worked with Royal Albert Hall who also was clocked in 1:01.40.O’Neill, who won the Santa Anita Derby back-to-back in 2012 and 2013 with I’ll Have Another and Goldencents, also plans to enter California Derby winner So Conflated and California-bred Milton Freewater. So Conflated also worked Friday morning, going four furlongs in 52.80. William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 SAN LUIS REY DISTANCE SUITS FLAMBOYANTMarathon turf specialist Flamboyant, who has run 23 of his 25 career races on grass, will add to those statistics in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes at a mile and a half on the green.The French-bred son of Peer Gynt trained by Paddy Gallagher for owners Bienstock or Winner was third in the Feb. 4 San Marcos Stakes, his first start in nine weeks.“He seems to be doing well since his last race,” Gallagher said. “He acts like he’ll run OK at a mile and a half. He’s run well at a mile and a quarter.” Flamboyant won the Grade II San Marcos at a mile and a quarter in 2016.Asked if a mile and a half marathon was “a jockey’s race,” Gallagher quipped, “It’s a jockey’s race as long as they have the horse.”Brice Blanc, who rode Flamboyant in this year’s San Marcos, says he could have had better racing luck when beaten just 2 ½ lengths.“I got fanned out, but otherwise had a perfect trip,” said the native of Lyon, France. “The rider inside me kept moving out and pushed me a little bit, but my horse ran well anyway.“It’s going to be tough to beat Ashleyluvssugar, but if Flamboyant takes to the distance, I really have a good shot, I think.”The San Luis Rey, the ninth and final race: Inordinate, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Power Foot, Kent Desormeaux, 15-1; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc, 6-1; Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens, 5-2; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza, 12-1; Syntax, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; Papacoolpapacool, Edwin Maldonado, 10-1; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo, 7-2; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; and Site Read, Stewart Elliott, 30-1. Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 James Cassidy4788317%40%$430,916 TOP NOTCH MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN DREAM OF SUMMERTop Notch makes her stakes debut and her first race beyond six and a half furlongs Sunday in the $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on the main track, another in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired runners.Trained by Jeff Bonde for owners/breeders George and Mary Schmitt, Top Notch is a four-year-old chestnut daughter of Old Topper who won her last start, an overnight race at five-and-half furlongs under Edwin Maldonado, who retains the mount Sunday.“She’s a consistent filly and tries hard every time and she should route,” Bonde said. “She’s a big, long-striding filly and training well.”The field: Top Notch, Edwin Maldonado; Skye Diamonds, Tiago Pereira; Time for Ebby, Stewart Elliott; Ashley’s Sassy, Jaime Theriot; Run for Retts, Tyler Baze; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza; Mizzen Glory, Chantal Sutherland; Sheer Pleasure, Kent Desormeaux; Dressed to a T, Corey Nakatani; and Cuddle Alert, Israel Ocampo. Edwin Maldonado8312101114%40%$386,531 Flavien Prat23552404422%58%$3,313,910 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Glatt789111312%42%$470,535 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won VAN DYKE DUE BACK IN TWO MONTHSDrayden Van Dyke, the nation’s Eclipse Award winner as outstanding apprentice of 2014, is expected to resume riding in two months after recovering from a major injury in a spill at Santa Anita in the fourth race on Jan. 26, suffering “an open break” in which the bone went through the skin on his right forearm.“His cast has been cut down so it’s below the elbow now,” said his agent, Brad Pegram, who also represents the nation’s leading money earner and regular rider of Arrogate, Mike Smith. “Drayden will have that on for three weeks, then it will be replaced with a soft brace that he can take on and off.“He’ll start therapy at that time, so we’re looking at two months from yesterday that he can resume riding, putting us at mid-May. He’s at home in Pasadena, he’s comfortable, he’ll start therapy in a couple weeks and is looking forward to coming back.”A 22-year-old native of Louisville, Kentucky, Van Dyke had five wins, nine seconds and two thirds from 51 mounts, with earnings of $319,786, before his mishap. Tyler Baze25543463217%47%$2,392,202 Corey Nakatani78138917%38%$806,897 Stewart Elliott16118162511%37%$854,293 (Current Through Thursday, March 23) Richard Baltas13022222017%49%$1,265,107 WAGERING FRIDAY ON THE DUBAI WORLD CUP Mike Smith571861432%67%$1,872,172 Kent Desormeaux14630181821%45%$1,733,081 Tiago Pereira11314121712%38%$467,561 Victor Espinoza66917714%50%$779,422 Jamie Theriot81108812%32%$471,365 O’NEILL WORKS ILIAD FOR SANTA ANITA DERBY Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Jerry Hollendorfer12526202221%54%$1,708,469 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won DRAYDEN VAN DYKE DUE TO RETURN IN MID-MAY FLAMBOYANT SET FOR MARATHON SAN LUIS REY Bob Baffert631581024%52%$1,582,516 Martin Pedroza12016212513%52%$739,697 Santiago Gonzalez1371323179%39%$689,981 Philip D’Amato9319131420%49%$1,244,380 Vladimir Cerin551112920%58%$545,589 LIAM THE CHARMER EYES FIRST STAKES WINVictor Espinoza hopes to pilot Liam the Charmer to his first stakes victory in the San Luis Rey after capturing an overnight race at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 9. The lightly raced son of Smart Strike trained by Michael McCarthy for Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Warren Jr. bobbled at the start of his last race but closed from ninth and last to win anyway.“This distance is exactly what he wants,” Espinoza said of Liam the Charmer, bred byRon and Deborah McAnally. “The first time I rode him, at a mile and a sixteenth, it was too short for him (he raced willingly but finished fourth). He came back at a mile and a quarter and it was an ideal distance.“He broke a little slow but still won easy. I think a mile and a half is definitely going tohelp him.”ESPINOZA SAYS FAMILIARITY WOULD HELP ARROGATE, SMITHVictor Espinoza knows his way around Meydan Racecourse whether the saddle is on properly or not.Last year the Hall of Fame nominee who turns 45 on May 23 piloted California Chrome to victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup despite riding with a saddle that slipped early on in the mile and a quarter race.Espinoza will be watching from afar Saturday when Arrogate is favored to vanquish 13 rivals in the World Cup under Mike Smith, no stranger to the Meydan course, although he is winless in his lone try in the lucrative event.Espinoza says it helps to have ridden over the course at least once before a race like the World Cup.“Things change,” Espinoza said, reflecting on what a difference a year makes for him. “Last year I won the race; now, I’m watching it. Everything is different about that track except the distance. That’s the same everywhere you ride. In Dubai you’re competing against a lot of different horses and you really don’t know how they’re going to run.“As for me, when I was there, I was just guessing what all the horses and jockeys were going to do. I just did my thing and I think that was best. If a jockey tries to study every single horse in the race, he’s really going to get confused.“I didn’t worry about any other horse or study anything. I just broke out of there and did my thing, but I think it helps a lot if a jockey has at least one race over that surface before the big race. Any other track in the world, it doesn’t matter.“It took me twice to really nail it, but the first race helped me a lot when I won last year. That was a bonus.” TOP NOTCH SHOULD FANCY A MILE ON SUNDAY J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 Mario Gutierrez104919109%37%$815,888 John Sadler6410121316%55%$636,690 FAMILIARITY BREEDS VICTORY IN DUBAI: ESPINOZA Rafael Bejarano14627242318%51%$1,770,096 Doug O’Neill15620302213%46%$1,715,052 Peter Miller10431221030%61%$1,475,921 FINISH LINES: Stellar Wind, champion three-year-old filly of 2015, worked six furlongs Friday for John Sadler under Victor Espinoza in 1:13 prepping for her 2017 debut in the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn April 14. She went in company with Mr. Opportunist who was clocked in 1:13.60. “She went good,” Espinoza said of Stellar Wind, two-time conqueror of four-time champion Beholder. “She’s going in the right direction.” . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $368,689.71 into Friday . . . Martin Garcia, Mario Gutierrez and Gary Stevens ride at Sunland Park in New Mexico Sunday. Joe Talamo was scheduled to ride Kimbear for Eric Kruljac there Sunday, but the trainer had an 11th hour change of heart and is passing the Sunland Derby. The son of Temple City is a late nominee to the Santa Anita Derby . . . What a View, winner of the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on grass last year, worked four furlongs on the training track Friday in 49.40 for trainer Kenny Black, who was aboard the six-year-old California-bred Vronsky gelding. “It was the best he worked in the three years I’ve had him,” Black said. It was the first breeze for What a View since his crushing head loss to Bal a Bali in this year’s Kilroe on March 11. “I can’t say enough about this turf course,” Black said. “Horses just come out of the grass races here in great shape.” Black said What a View’s next start could either be in Southern California or out of town.