Hurricanes beat Rangers 3-2 in first NHL playoff game

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 1, 2020 at 1:43 p.m.

TORONTO (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have won the NHL’s opening playoff game. Sebastian Aho scored a goal and set up another in the 3-2 win over the New York Rangers in Toronto. Jaccob Slavin scored 61 seconds into the game, helping the Hurricanes gain the edge in the best-of-five preliminary round series. The Metropolitan Division rivals kicked off the expanded 24-team playoff format, which will feature as many as six games a day being played in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds are set to play Major League Baseball’s first doubleheader scheduled for seven-inning games tomorrow, after today’s game in Detroit was rained out. Today’s game never got started and was called after a 55-minute wait. Tomorrow’s doubleheader is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Eastern time. The new seven-inning doubleheader rule was announced yesterday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association in an effort to promote player health and safety.

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has chosen to opt out of the NFL season because of family health concerns, according to two people familiar with the decision. The 28-year-old was entering his second season with New York after signing as a free agent in 2019 following five years in Baltimore. He played in just two games last year for the Jets while dealing with a groin/core muscle injury. Mosley joins a growing list of players who are choosing to not play this season — if there is a season — amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return for his junior decision. The 6-foot-5 French guard averaged 10.6 points, 6,6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals as a sophomore last season. He was named the West Coast Conference tournament most outstanding player while helping the Zags qualify for their 22nd straight NCAA Tournament. Gonzaga finished 31-2 and was in position to earn a No. 1 seed before the NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois basketball star Ayo Dosunmu plans to return for his junior season rather than turn pro. The first-team, all-Big Ten guard declared for the draft in April. He averaged 16.6 points — fifth in the conference — and shot 48.4 percent. The Illini (ih-LY’-ny) went 21-10 overall and 13-7 in Big Ten play and were in line for their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013 when the season ended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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