Rangers shake off slow start, top Penguins 5-1
Rangers shake off slow start, top Penguins 5-1
Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in nine meetings, but Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a 2:28 span of the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games.
Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday and completed a 3-1 homestand. Henrik Lundqvist made 28 saves.- -
Blackhawks 4, Jets
Captain Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane scored in the closing minutes of the first period and rookie center Brandon Pirri gave Chicago a 3-0 lead as the Blackhawks (10-2-4) beat the Jets.
It was their fourth win in five games and the Blackhawks are 7-1-3 in their last 11.
Winnipeg (6-9-2) dropped their third game in the past six and fell to 3-6-2 in their past 11 contests.
Ducks 5, Coyotes 2: Right winger Corey Perry’s goal with two seconds remaining in the second period was the turning point as the Anaheim Ducks rallied for a victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.
Perry’s goal broke a 2-2 tie and was his team-leading 10th of the season.
Defenseman Cam Fowler added a third-period goal and center Andrew Cogliano capped the scoring with an empty-netter in the final minute for the Ducks (13-3-1), who snapped the Coyotes’ (11-4-2) five-game winning streak.
Anaheim has won six of its past seven games.
Predators 6, Avalanche 4: Center Colin Wilson scored two goals and added two assists and left winger Viktor Stalberg scored a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators prevented Colorado from joining NHL history.
The Avalanche (12-2) fell a game short of matching the 2007-08 Ottawa Senators and set a franchise record for the best 14-game start in league history.
Colorado’s Matt Duchene netted his 10th goal of the season to tie the game 4-4 in the third but Nashville answered with scores by Colin Wilson and Gabriel Bourque.
Saudi Arabian football clubs helped with debts by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs
- Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million)
RIYADH: The General Sports Authority and Saudi Arabia Football Federation (SAFF) have announced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will cover all external debts owed by Saudi Professional League clubs.
According to reports, the Crown Prince will provide 1,277,000,000 Saudi riyals (around $340 million) that will not only clear monies owed but also enable clubs to invest ahead of the 2018-19 season.
The issue of debt had become a major issue in the country’s football scene.
“Some Saudi Arabian clubs are currently experiencing financial problems that require immediate and urgent intervention,” the General Sports Authority, which oversees Saudi Arabian sport, said in a statement released on social media.
The body noted that there are a total of 107 cases under appeal at world governing body FIFA regarding unpaid salaries in Saudi Arabia.
“Failure to intervene urgently to rescue clubs may result in damage to the reputation of the Kingdom in general and Saudi Arabian sport in particular,” added the GSA.
“Some Saudi Arabian clubs may face severe disciplinary sanctions because of the failure to meet financial obligations such as the
denial of the registration of players in general or the deduction of points.”
Unpaid salaries were also a factor in Al-Ittihad and Al-Nassr being unable to appear in this year’s AFC Champions League after they were denied AFC club licenses.
Al-Ittihad were the club with the highest debt of 309 million riyals ($82 million) and welcomed the news.
“We are delighted by the generous initiative of His Royal Highness,” Al-Ittihad president Nawaf Al-Muqairn said in an official statement released by the two-time Asian champions.
“This contributes to creating solid ground for all clubs to move toward achieving their goals.”
Legendary Saudi striker Sami Al-Jaber, recently appointed president of champions Al-Hilal, announced his gratitude on social media.
“Great thanks to His Highness the Crown Prince for the great support that the clubs have enjoyed which enables sport in our country to keep pace with the aspirations of our leadership,” Al-Jaber wrote.
The Crown Prince’s move followed the SAFF announcing a new raft of regulations in April that will come into effect next season and are designed to take the league forward. These included restricting club spending on transfers and salaries to 70 percent of revenue. The size of first-team squads has been reduced from 33 to 28, of which five must be homegrown players of 23 or younger.