Feb. 20 Sports Briefs

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NHL: Anaheim’s Ryan Miller shuts out Minnesota 4-0

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his 44th career shutout as Anaheim beat Minnesota 4-0 on Tuesday. Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Hampus Lindholm scored to help Anaheim get its third win in four games. Miller got his second win in two starts since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 24 games. Devan Dubnyk finished with 20 saves in Minnesota’s fifth straight loss. The Wild have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time all season and haven’t scored in the last 156 minutes.

MCYSA seeks sponsors for state soccer tournament

The Miles City Youth Soccer Association (MCYSA) is seeking sponsors for the Montana Classic Cup Soccer Tournament to be held at Bender Park in Miles City on June 1-2. The tournament is expected to attract 20-30 teams from 10 soccer clubs across the state of Montana. “With 250 hotel rooms blocked out, more than 20 teams with as many as 22 players each, coaches, game officials, parents and other spectators, the tournament should make Miles City an active place for the duration of the weekend,” an MCYSA news release said. To become a sponsor or help staff the event contact Chad Sutter at 853-3027 or send an email to mcpossesoccer@gmail.com.

Dodgers’ pitching legend Don Newcombe dies at 92

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness. Newcombe, like Dodgers teammate Jackie Robinson, was signed by Branch Rickey from the Negro Leagues and went on to make a huge mark in the major leagues. “Newk” was a fierce presence on the mound, a 6-foot-4 and 225-pound bear of a man who stared down hitters and backed up anyone foolish enough to crowd the plate. He was a four-time All-Star and won 20 games three different times. His greatest year was 1956 when he went 27-7 and won both the Cy Young Award, then only given to one pitcher for both leagues, and the National League MVP award.

NFL advocates push for increased pension benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two leading advocates for retired NFL players have teamed up in pushing for increased pension benefits for pre-1993 retirees. The Pro Football Retired Players Association, a nonprofit chaired by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, donated $100,000 to “Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, a nonprofit advocating for pension parity in the upcoming negotiations over the league’s next collective bargaining agreement. The donation follows a pledge of NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith to prioritize retiree benefits in the next labor accord in 2021. Brown called pension disparity “the most pressing issue facing retirees,” and FAIR said it will use the money to continue raising awareness about the plight of some 4,000 pre-1993 retirees.