The war in Ukraine has wrinkled the National Hockey League’s planned return to Europe in October to play its first game outside of North America since the start of the pandemic.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has told the two NHL teams opening the season in Prague that Russian players will not be welcome because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are scheduled to play regular season games at the O2 Arena in Prague on October 7-8. Nashville has forward Yakov Trenin, San Jose has Alexander Balabanov and Yevgeny Svechnikov, who is in training camp on a tryout deal.
NBA: Utah has agreed to continue its roster refresh and send Bojan Bogdanovic to the Detroit Pistons for forward Kelly Olynyk and guard Saven Lee, people familiar with the deal said.
Detroit will be Bogdanovic’s fifth NBA club. He averaged 18.1 points in his 69 games last season with the Jazz, starting every game and averaging 15.0 points in his eight seasons in Brooklyn, Indiana, Washington and Utah. increase.
Olynyk will also join the fifth team after stints in Boston, Miami, Houston and the Pistons. He appeared in his 40 games for Detroit last season, averaging 9.1 points.
• Kawhi Leonard has qualified for basketball again, 5-5, more than a year after his last game in the NBA.
Clippers president Lawrence Frank said the team should take some caution over two-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time All-Star Leonard, who tore his ACL in his right knee during the June 2021 playoffs. said he would proceed.
Nations League: Kylian Mbappé added a spectacular solo goal and Olivier Giroud beat Austria 2-0 in the Nations League in Paris, bringing the defending World Cup champions closer to France’s scoring record.
Giroud scored his 49th goal for the national team with a powerful header to a cross from Antoine Griezmann. This is his two goals behind Thierry’s Henry’s record.
France had already failed to qualify for next June’s Nations League Final Four, but Croatia, the Netherlands and Belgium all won and remained in contention.
Croatia defeated visiting Denmark 2-1. Holland won her 2–0 in Poland. Belgium beat Wales at home to her 2-1.
European Tour: Rasmus Hojgaard holed a 72-foot birdie putt en route to a 9-under 62 at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, giving the Danish player a two-stroke lead over Alexander Bjork of Sweden.
ski jumping: The World Cup will return to the United States for the first time in almost 20 years and visit Lake Placid, New York in February.
Ski jumping’s last US World Cup was held in 2004 in Park City, Utah. The circuit has not been held in North America since it was held in Vancouver in 2009.
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