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NHL roundup: Lightning overwhelm Devils

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Tampa Bay blitzed visiting New Jersey for the second time in less than a month as four different forwards scored on four of the first seven shots in the Lightning’s 5-2 win over the Devils on Sunday.

Nov 25, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) shoots the puck as New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider (35) defends during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Lightning exploded Friday for three goals in the first 10 minutes of a 4-2 home win over the Chicago Blackhawks, and they bettered that output Sunday, scoring four times in the opening 11:25 against Devils goalie Cory Schneider.

Tampa Bay won the previous meeting against the Devils on Oct. 30 in an 8-3 rout — one of two games this season when the Lightning registered eight goals. On Sunday, Brayden Point scored twice, and Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette also had goals for the Lightning, who won their third straight.

Point added an assist for a three-point game, Nikita Kucherov had two assists, and goalie Louis Domingue made 33 saves. Jesper Bratt and Stefan Noesen scored for New Jersey.

Flames 6, Coyotes 1

Defenseman Noah Hanifin scored his first two goals of the season, Mark Jankowski added two goals, and Calgary had three short-handed tallies in a win over Arizona in Glendale, Ariz.

Sean Monahan scored his 13th goal of the year, TJ Brodie had a goal and an assist and Mike Smith made 28 saves for Calgary. Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano each had an assist, giving both 19 for the Flames this season.

Clayton Keller scored an unassisted goal at 13:44 of the third period for the Coyotes, who have lost four in a row and eight of 10. They lost the final four games of a five-game homestand.

Predators 5, Ducks 2

Austin Watson recorded his first career hat trick as Nashville defeated visiting Anaheim, winning its sixth straight game at home and fourth in the past five games overall.

Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist, Colton Sissons and Roman Josi had two assists each, and Pekka Rinne made 17 saves for the Predators.

Adam Henrique and Ondrej Kase scored for the Ducks, who opened a five-game road trip after playing 11 of the previous 13 games at home. John Gibson made 28 saves.

Kings 5, Oilers 2

Anze Kopitar scored the game-winning goal to cap a three-point outing, and Dustin Brown collected a hat trick as host Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing skid by beating Edmonton.

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With the score tied 2-2 after two periods, Derek Forbort made a great pass to spring Kopitar on a breakaway, and the Kings captain snapped a blocker-side shot into the net at the 4:27 mark of the third period for his seventh goal of the season.

Cal Petersen, who made 32 saves, held strong between the pipes the rest of the way for the Kings — who sit last in the league — before Brown and Matt Luff iced the affair with empty-net goals into final minute. Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Oilers, who got 27 saves from Cam Talbot.

—Field Level Media

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Reports: Bears to cut K Parkey in March

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After a difficult season culminated by a crucial missed field goal on a potential game-winning field goal in the NFC playoffs, kicker Cody Parkey will be released by the Chicago Bears when the new league year begins in March.

FILE PHOTO: Sep 17, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) watches his field goal during the first half against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

According to multiple reports on Friday, the team intends to cut ties with Parkey once the NFL free agency period begins on March 13.

Parkey, who turned 27 on Tuesday, endured an inconsistent season in Chicago after inking a four-year, $15 million contract last winter following the team’s release of Robbie Gould, the Bears’ all-time leading scorer who moved on to the San Francisco 49ers.

Parkey, a five-year veteran, not only missed a career-high seven field-goal attempts and three extra points during the regular season, but his 43-yard attempt in the final seconds of the NFC wild-card round against the Philadelphia Eagles first hit the upright then the crossbar before bouncing back on the field.

Despite the NFL later ruling that the kick was partially blocked, Parkey took much of the public blame for the Bears’ season ending.

Parkey began his career with the Eagles in 2014 when he made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, scoring a franchise-record 150 points while making 32 of 36 field-goal tries. In two seasons with the Eagles, Parkey never missed an extra point.

Parkey later kicked for the Cleveland Browns in 2016 and Miami Dolphins in 2017.

In January, the Bears signed Tulsa product Redford Jones after conducting a workout that reportedly included multiple hopefuls. Jones made 50 of his 67 field-goal attempts at Tulsa from 2015-17, and he does have a kick on his resume where he hit both uprights. Unlike Parkey’s double-doink, though, that 2016 attempt against Cincinnati ended up going over the crossbar for three points.

“We need more production out of that position,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said last month after signing Jones. “We know we need to get better there, and it will be an area of focus.”

—Field Level Media

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WTA roundup: Bencic upsets Svitolina to reach Dubai final

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WTA roundup: Bencic upsets Svitolina to reach Dubai final

Belinda Bencic secured a spot in the final by stunning two-time champion Elina Svitolina 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3) on Friday at the Dubai Duty Free Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Tennis – WTA Premier 5 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 22, 2019 Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in action during the Semi Final against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina REUTERS/Satish Kumar

Bencic trailed 5-3 in the final set before recovering to defeat the sixth-seeded Svitolina. She will face second-seeded Petra Kvitova in the championship match after the Czech Republic star defeated Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“I think I’m always the most proud of how I fight,” Bencic said after posting the victory. “Even when I lose, I learned myself to just look in the mirror and be proud of myself when I’m fighting, when I’m giving my all, when I’m trying to do what I have to do.”

Bencic won eight consecutive points after Svitolina was in position to close out the match. Then the Switzerland native carried the momentum into the tiebreaker to notch one of the biggest victories of her career by outdueling the Ukrainian.

“Basically, I stayed in the zone, even in (the) tiebreak,” Bencic said. “I was barely breathing, just playing automatic. You are not thinking any more. It’s where the instincts just guide you through it.”

Bencic will be seeking her third career title when she squares off with Kvitova, who will be shooting for her 27th.

Kvitova dropped the first set on Friday before recovering to win the last two.

“It was a tough one today, for sure,” Kvitova said. “She really didn’t give me anything for free. It was a tough first set. I’m glad that I was able to came back in the second. I didn’t play great at the end of the first.

“I think I’m pleased with my kind of mental focus after losing the first set, that I was calmer when I came back and played from the beginning of the second set. I still kind of felt that I can do that somehow. I don’t know. It was something weird.”

Kvitova overcame eight double faults to claim the victory.

Hungarian Ladies Open

Top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck defeated Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals in Budapest.

Van Uytvanck, of Belgium, will face fifth-seeded Ekaterina Alexandrova in the semis. The Russian dispatched third-seeded Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic will face Russian Anastasia Potapova in the other semi. Vondrousova outlasted Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 while the 17-year-old Potapova fought past Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-5 in 2 hours, 50 minutes.

—Field Level Media

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft facing charges of solicitation of prostitution

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is facing charges of misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday.

The 77-year-old Kraft was one of 25 people involved in the alleged solicitation at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter.

Michael Edmondson, spokesman for the state attorney’s office in Palm Beach County, told ESPN that the nature of any charges that the 25 people face will not be released until next week.

Kraft has denied wrongdoing.

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