VANCOUVER—Vancouver Canucks’ general manager Mike Gillis is in no rush to name a replacement for fired coach Alain Vigneault.
“I don’t have a timeframe,” Gillis said during a news conference yesterday after Vigneault’s dismissal was confirmed.
TORONTO—Mark Buehrle provided the quality start and slugger Jose Bautista came through with the dramatics in Toronto’s first walk-off victory of the season yesterday at Rogers Centre.
Bautista tied it in the ninth inning with his second homer of the game, then drove in the winning run in the 10th to give the Blue Jays a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
MIAMI—LeBron James caught the inbounds pass, changed direction, and immediately attacked the rim.
There was no one in his way. There was no stopping him, either.
ATLANTA—Evan Gattis no longer seems amazed by his improbable rookie season.
Yet, there still are times when it’s a bit of an adjustment for the Atlanta Braves’ catcher. Like when someone recognizes him in the grocery store.
“It’s a little weird,” the 26-year-old Gattis admitted. “I’m not used to that yet.”
Gattis did it again yesterday, hitting his first career grand slam.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—NASCAR honoured a pair of its most famous and successful families with inductions into the Hall of Fame yesterday.
Past champion Dale Jarrett joined father, Ned, in the Hall while master mechanic Maurice “Chief” Petty became the fourth member of one of NASCAR’s most royal families to be selected for enshrinement.
Sergio Garcia apologized to Tiger Woods for saying he would serve fried chicken if they were to have dinner at the U.S. Open—an ugly addition to nearly two weeks of verbal sparring.
TORONTO—R.A. Dickey and the Jays found the win column, notching a valuable victory against an AL East opponent, but remain very much a work in progress.
Toronto needed Tampa Bay to help its cause yesterday, with Rays’ reliever Josh Lueke walking four—one intentionally—in an ugly seventh inning that propelled the Jays to a 7-5 win on a sun-splashed Victoria Day matinee.
DETROIT—The Chicago Blackhawks were controlling the puck and dominating play early in the second period.
It took all of a half-minute for the Detroit Red Wings to swing the momentum.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden—The quarter-final of the IIHF World Championship has become a hurdle Canada just can’t get over.
Canada was eliminated from medal contention in the round of eight for a fourth-straight year. It was a 3-2 shootout quarter-final loss to host Sweden that knocked Canada out this time.
LOS ANGELES—Dustin Brown slumped in front of his locker and contemplated the final minutes of Game 2 with the same bewildered wonder felt by all those joyous Kings’ fans streaming out of Staples Center.