World news – Report: NHL signs 7-year US broadcasting deal with ESPN


According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the NHL has signed a seven-year US broadcasting deal with ESPN. According to Johnston, the American sports media juggernaut will own half of the league’s broadcast rights for the life of the contract.

Neither the NHL nor ESPN have confirmed the agreement that the Stanley Cup finals are expected to appear four times between 2022 and 2028 ESPN is broadcast.

It is currently unclear how much ESPN is paying for the rights or which company they are timesharing with. Currently, NBC has the exclusive national broadcast rights in the United States.

The division of rights would be a significant step for the NHL, which is currently exclusive to its broadcast partners in the United States and Canada, increasing exposure and competition between networks be limited. The reality of competing networks has been vital to the development of leagues like the NFL and NBA, which can be seen on multiple broadcast platforms across the country.

As they say, a rising tide increases all boats, and so should the intent be the NHL with this US deal.

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TURIN, Italy – Sérgio Oliveira scored in extra time to send 10-man Porto into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday despite a thrilling 3-2 defeat at Juventus. Porto, who played most of the second leg at a numerical disadvantage after the throw-off from Mehdi Taremi, scored a total of away goals after the 4-4 final score. It’s the second year in a row that Juventus – and Cristiano Ronaldo – have been eliminated on away goals in the round of 16 after losing to Lyon last season. Sérgio Oliveira also scored Porto’s first goal from the penalty spot, but Federico Chiesa scored two goals in the second half to level the tie for Juventus and send the game into extra time. Porto almost seemed to have won it before Adrien Rabiot cut the deficit with three minutes left to move into a thrilling final. Both sides also hit the woodwork in an end-to-end match where the dynamics kept changing. Juventus had to overcome a 2-1 deficit from the first leg. It had conceded early in Portugal and nearly conceded again in Turin when Taremi’s header bounced off the crossbar in the sixth minute after Bianconeri defender Leonardo Bonucci blocked Zaidu Sanusi’s attempt. Taremi was also involved in Porto’s goal when he won the penalty when it was fouled by Merih Demiral, converting Sérgio Oliveira into the lower left corner. Juventus seemed transformed after the break and drew four minutes from time in the second half when Ronaldo controlled a bonucci ball over the top and knocked it to make Chiesa curl into the top right corner. Juve’s hopes of turning the tie grew five minutes later when Taremi was sent off after kicking a ball and receiving a second yellow card shortly after his first booking. Chiesa hit the post before making his comeback when he headed a Juan Cuadrado cross into the top left corner in the 63rd minute. Juventus almost won it in stoppage time when Álvaro Morata did not allow an offside goal before Cuadrado shot off the crossbar. The Bianconeri had to regret these missed opportunities when Sérgio Oliveira’s free kick went under the wall and into the lower left corner five minutes into extra time. Rabiot was partly to blame, although he almost atoned for his mistake when he walked into a corner two minutes later. ___ More AP soccer: and The Associated Press

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DORTMUND, Germany – Erling Haaland sent Borussia Dortmund for the first time since 2017 with two goals in the 2-2 draw against Sevilla on Tuesday in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Haaland scored 10 goals for Dortmund in his season to win 5-4 overall. The Bundesliga team won the first leg of their round of 16 3-2 in Seville, where Haaland also scored two goals. In his young career, the Norwegian made a total of 20 appearances in just 14 appearances in Europe’s most important tournament, and he was the key factor in the further development of Dortmund. « I’m tired, but the next lap feels very good, » said Haaland. Youssef En-Nesyri scored twice for Seville to reach a dramatic final. The guests attacked from the start and let Dortmund put back a large part of the first 30 minutes. Lucas Ocampos tested Dortmund goalkeeper Marwin Hitz early on before passing the ball through Emre Can’s legs to set Suso, who shot just wide of the goal. The Dortmund defenders desperately tossed the ball further than the pressure continued, but the home team took advantage of the indecision in Seville’s build-up game for Haaland to hit Dortmund’s first real chance for a counterattack in the 35th minute. « We knew they were going to come out very tough and yes, when we scored the goal, they needed two or three, I don’t remember. But then we scored 1-0 at halftime, which was very good, » said Haaland Thomas Delaney muscled Jules Koundé from the ball and Nico Schulz passed it on to Mahmoud Dahoud, who played a good ball for Marco Reus. The Dortmund captain stayed cool in front of the overtaken Sevilla goalkeeper and cut the ball back to make Haaland’s easy end Seville’s frustrations and Dortmund’s confidence grew after the goal. Haaland showed remarkable strength and precision to score his second goal after the break, but the goal was recaptured by VAR – Haaland allegedly fouled Fernando, whom he bundled with his shoulder – and a penalty was given for an earlier violation of the Norwegians by Koundé, who had pulled his jersey for a cross from Reus. Yassine Bounou – who was known as Bono annte Sevilla goalkeeper – saved Haaland’s penalty, then the striker’s second attempt after the rebound, but VAR intervened again and ordered another penalty when Bono deviated slightly from his goal line. “I missed it and then he cheated. So I took it again and then I hit when he wasn’t cheating, ”said Haaland. Haaland scored on the second attempt – the third including the illegal goal – on the 54th and was then booked for mocking the goalkeeper with his celebration. Several Sevilla players followed the striker and referee Cüneyt Çakir had to work to keep the mood in check. Haaland said Bono taunted him after his first penalty. « When he screamed in my face after the first one, I thought, oh, it’s even better to score another goal. And that’s exactly what happened. So it was nice, » said Haaland. Can then be penalized for a foul Conceding substitute Luuk de Jong. En-Nesyri hammered the penalty from the underside of the crossbar in the 69th minute to kick off a nervous final. Sevilla needed two more goals to force extra time but were already in the first leg proven capable of achieving this. Diego Carlos was lucky enough to escape with a yellow card for stabbing Haaland in the face. Emotions continued to torn and bookings continued. Çakir was able to avoid sending anyone away. En-Nesyri scored in the sixth minute of stoppage time but it was just too late for Sevilla. ___ More AP soccer: and The Associated Press

MIAMI – Meyers Leonard from the Using an anti-Semitic arc while playing a video game that was broadcast live, Miami Heat prompted both the team and the NBA office to quickly investigate the matter. The video gained widespread coverage on social media on Tuesday afternoon. The Heat, who were on the last day of their All-Star hiatus and won’t officially return to training until Wednesday, had no immediate comment. « We just became aware of the video and are in the process of collecting more information, » said NBA spokesman Mike Bass. « The NBA clearly condemns all forms of hate speech. » Leonard, a 7-foot center in its ninth NBA season, sustained a shoulder injury at the end of the season in January and appeared for the Heat in just three games that year. He could become a free agent this summer, the Heat holds up a team option This is the second time in recent months that Leonard has been the center of controversy. Most of the players and coaches chose to kneel down to play the US and Canadian national anthems at the NBA last summer.The season continued in a bubble at Walt Disney World, central Florida. Instead, Leonard stood with a hand over his heart and did so with the support of Heat teammates. « I’m a compassionate person and I really love everyone, » Leonard told The Associated Press at the time. In this AP interview last summer, he added, “I will continue to use my platform, voice and actions to show how important African American culture is to me and to everyone. I live my life after serving others and influencing them in a positive way. « ___ More AP NBA: and Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Vikings made more room for salary caps on Tuesday by cutting kicker Dan Bailey and keeping their specialist carousel going for another season. Bailey finished last in the league for field goals (68.2 percent) and extra points (86.0 percent) among kickers in 2020 who appeared in 10 or more games. Both were career lows by far. The 10-year-old veteran missed five field goals and five extra points in the last five games, putting his job at risk. The move brings the Vikings a savings of 1 this season , $ 7 million. They’ll pay a dead-money fee of $ 2.1 million for the remaining prorated portion of the signing bonus they gave Bailey a year ago, two seasons left this de al left. “Although the Vikings wanted to keep Dan Bailey, we couldn’t agree on a renegotiated contract. They didn’t want to pay his current contract, so he’ll be a free agent from today, ”Agent Jordan Woy said on Twitter. The Vikings kicked off their replacement plan for Bailey last month by signing Greg Joseph from the training team at Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay. Joseph, a native of South African, played 14 games for Cleveland in 2018 and two games for Tennessee in 2019. Whether they’re playing with Joseph or someone else they haven’t signed up for, the Vikings have a fifth kicker under coach Mike Zimmer. who has started its eighth season. Bailey, who was fired from Dallas at the end of training camp in 2018 with the then-second-highest percentage of career field goals in NFL history, played 46 games for Minnesota. He was selected to replace Daniel Carlson, a fifth-round draft pick who was impulsively dismissed after missing three field goals in his second regular game of the season – two of them in overtime during a draw with Green Bay. Kai Forbath (23 games) and Blair Walsh (41 games) preceded them. Bailey ranks 12th all-time in field goals with 85.9 percent. Special team fights for the Vikings also outperformed the kickers. Zimmer, who recently promoted Ryan Ficken to his third special teams coordinator after Marwan Maalouf’s contract expired, had four different players and five different long snappers in his first seven seasons. Only one of these changes was made due to injury. The rest was due to performance or cost. Last week the Vikings released Kyle Rudolph to make room under the cap just over $ 5 million. More cuts for veterans could come before the free agency starts on March 17th. ___ More AP NFL coverage: and Dave Campbell, The Associated Press


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