Feb. 21 Sports Briefs

Thursday, February 21, 2019

NHL: Wild trade center Charlie Coyle to Boston Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick that would become a fourth-round choice if the Bruins win a playoff round. Coyle represents a significant forward upgrade for Boston, which has won six in a row to move into second place in the Atlantic Division. The 26-year-old Coyle had 10 goals and 18 assists this season, but no points in his past seven games. Minnesota hasn’t scored in 156 minutes, approaching a franchise record, and has lost nine of 10. The 22-year-old Donato has been unable to stick in the NHL lineup with the Bruins after joining them late last season.

Duke frosh Zion Williamson injured by Nike blow out

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game with a knee sprain after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils’ opening possession Wednesday night. While describing the sprain as mild and the knee as stable, coach Mike Krzyzewski said he doesn’t know how much time Williamson will miss. Williamson grabbed his right knee in pain after slipping awkwardly and falling when his left shoe fell apart as he planted hard while dribbling near the free throw line. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe from the heel to the toes along the outside edge, with Williamson’s foot coming all the way through the large gap. Nike said in a statement that it was “concerned” and wished Williamson a speedy recovery. It said it was “working to identify the issue.” No. 8 North Carolina took advantage of Williamson’s absence to beat the Blue Devils 88-72.

Steve Stricker to captain American Ryder Cup team

(AP) — Steve Stricker is going to his seventh straight Ryder Cup, this time in his home state of Wisconsin as the American captain. Stricker officially was appointed Ryder Cup captain Wednesday morning in Milwaukee, an hour south of where the Americans will try to win back the Ryder Cup in 2020 at Whistling Straits. Europe already has appointed Padraig Harrington as its captain. Stricker, who turns 52 on Saturday, is the first U.S. captain to have never won a major, part of the old formula for picking captains. He won 12 times on the PGA Tour and didn’t play in his first Ryder Cup until he was 41, in 2008 at Valhalla, a rare U.S. win.

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