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NHL fines Florida Panthers Mike Matheson


NEW YORK (Aug. 4, 2020) – Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Matheson has been fined $2,500 for high-sticking New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson during Game 2 of the teams’ Stanley Cup Qualifiers series in Toronto, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

Mike Matheson


The incident occurred at 6:15 of the first period. Matheson was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.


The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.




NHL announces Start Times for Stanley Cup Qualifiers Series on Thursday, August 6


NEW YORK (Aug. 4, 2020) – The National Hockey League today announced the following updates to the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers schedule for Thursday, Aug. 6. National broadcast information will be announced later today.


  • The start time of Game 4 (if necessary) between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes is 12 p.m. ET.


  • The start time of Game 3 between the Minnesota Wild and Vancouver Canucks is 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT.


  • The start time of the Round Robin game between the Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals is 4 p.m. ET.


  • The start time of the Round Robin game between the St. Louis Blues and Vegas Golden Knights is 6:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. MT.


  • The start time of Game 3 between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs is 8 p.m. ET.


  • The start time of Game 4 between the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames is 10:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. MT.





ICYMI: NHL Morning Skate: Stanley Cup Qualifiers Edition – Aug. 3, 2020



Joonas Korpisalo (CBJ) and Alex Stalock (MIN) each posted shutouts in the opening games of their best-of five-series, a feat only one other goaltender has accomplished in the last 81 years.

Nazem Kadri scored a buzzer-beating go-ahead goal with 0.1 seconds on the clock in the third period as the Avalanche edged the Blues in their round-robin opener.

* Four of six games on Monday’s schedule will be Game 2s. Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five series possess an all-time series record of 55-1 (.982) – with more details in the preview below.

Joonas Korpisalo of the Blue Jackets and Alex Stalock of the Wild each posted a shutout to give their respective club a 1-0 series lead. Aside from Korpisalo and Stalock, only one other goaltender in the last 81 years posted a shutout in the opening game of a best-of-five series: Buffalo’s Bob Sauve in the 1983 Division Semifinals.

* Korpisalo turned aside all 28 shots he faced to become the 14th goaltender in NHL history – and 10th in the modern era (since 1943-44) – to record a shutout in his postseason debut. It was the first playoff shutout in franchise history and the first by a goaltender against the Maple Leafs in the postseason since Arturs Irbe for the Hurricanes in Game 4 of the 2002 Conference Finals.

* Making his second playoff start and first in more than six years, Stalock also made 28 saves to record his first career postseason shutout and victory. He became the fourth goaltender to record a playoff shutout for the Wild, joining teammate Devan Dubnyk (2), Ilya Bryzgalov (1) and Darcy Kuemper (1). Stalock played a career-high 38 games in 2019-20, hitting the 20-win mark for the first time and posting a career-best four shutouts (two back of the League lead).

The Coyotes raced to a 3-0 lead in the opening period – with Phil Kessel and Taylor Hall each recording a pair of assists – and Michael Grabner netted the eventual winning goal as Arizona edged Nashville in Game 1 of their best-of-five series. It was the Coyotes’ first playoff win in more than eight years (since Game 4 of the 2012 Conference Finals at Los Angeles).

* Kessel, who registered 1-3—4 in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final versus Nashville (6 GP) as a member of the Penguins, recorded his 21st career multi-point game in the postseason, the third-most among active U.S.-born skaters behind Patrick Kane (34) and Joe Pavelski (24).

* Grabner scored his second career shorthanded goal in the playoffs (also Game 2 of 2017 R2). Only three active players have more career shorthanded goals in the postseason: Patrick Marleau (4), Jonathan Toews (3) and Patrice Bergeron (3).

The Avalanche and Flyers each earned wins as the battle for seeding among the top four teams in each conference began with round robin play in the West and East:

Nazem Kadri scored the go-ahead, game-winning goal with 0.1 seconds remaining in the third period as Colorado stunned the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues. Kadri recorded the second go-ahead goal at 19:59 of the third period in postseason history – Jussi Jokinen scored the other for the Hurricanes in Game 4 of the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals against the Devils.

Carter Hart turned aside 34 shots and four different Flyers players scored as Philadelphia defeated Presidents’ Trophy-winning Boston. Hart, who will turn 22 on Aug. 13, became the youngest Flyers goaltender to earn a win in the postseason, eclipsing the previous mark held by Pete Peeters (22 years, 235 days in Game 1 of 1980 PRLM).

An action-packed Monday in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers features a six-game slate, including four Game 2s and two round robin matchups.

* Teams that take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-five series own an all-time series record of 55-1 (.982), a total includes three series involving non-NHL clubs (1920 SCF1925 SCF1926 SCF). The Islanders are the lone team to advance after losing the first two games in a best-of-five series, rallying to defeat the Capitals in the 1985 Division Semifinals.

* Of the eight teams playing in Game 2s Monday, seven have contested a best-of-five series previously – noted here with their record in the second game of those series: the Canadiens (6-8), Rangers (7-5), Blackhawks (6-4), Oilers (6-1), Flames (4-3), Penguins (1-2) and Hurricanes (1-1 as the Whalers).

A few players to watch in today’s best-of-five series:

* Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin has recorded multiple points in four of his 16 career playoff games, including 1-1—2 in Game 1 on Saturday. Only one other blueliner in Hurricanes/Whalers history has as many multi-point games in the postseason: Dave Babych (6 in 31 GP).

* Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, a finalist for the 2019-20 Vezina Trophy, led the NHL with 18 wins in appearances following a loss of any kind during the 2019-20 regular-season (18-7-1). The next-closest goaltenders in that regard were Carey Price (14-13-3) and John Gibson (14-15-2).

* Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored in Game 1 to boost his totals to 67-120—187 in 165 career playoff games and now needs one point to tie Joe Sakic (84-104—188 in 172 GP) and Doug Gilmour (60-128—188 in 182 GP) for eighth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list.

* After putting on a record-setting five-point performance in Game 1 on Saturday, Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kubalik looks to become the 11th player in NHL history to post at least six points through his first two career playoff games. The only active players to do so are Nathan MacKinnon (1-6—7 in 2014 w/ COL) and Tyler Seguin (3-3—6 in 2011 w/ BOS).



OHSAA gives schools permission to seek venue from Media companies for live video of Home Football Games

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association | |


For Immediate Release – August 4, 2020


Schools are encouraged to seek revenue from partners for live video of Friday night football games


COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Directors has accepted a proposal from OHSAA staff that now allows schools to seek rights fees from local media outlets or video production companies to provide live video of their home regular-season Friday night football games during the 2020 season.


Since the mid-1990s, live video of Friday night regular-season football games has only been permitted by the host school on the school-owned TV station or website or the school-controlled webpage, leaving media to show Friday night games only on delay. At the time, that regulation was added at the request of a majority of OHSAA member schools to protect ticket revenue from their home games and have a statewide policy.


While continuing to provide their own live video, a growing number of schools have asked to partner with third-party sources to generate revenue from rights fees and pay-per-view of their Friday night home football games due to decreased crowd sizes that are expected this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Schools are already permitted to do that for all other regular-season contest in any sport, and regular-season football games that are not played on Friday.


“We believe that many of our schools will be able to work with partners to stream and televise their home regular-season football games,” said Bob Goldring, OHSAA Interim Executive Director. “Most of our schools rely on revenue from their home football games to help fund their athletic department, so this is one way that schools can still do that while facing limited ticket sales.”


Spectrum News 1 is the official TV partner of the OHSAA. As the home of the OHSAA, Spectrum will resume its Friday Night Game of the Week and Scholar-Athlete program when the fall season begins.


Of note, live video of any OHSAA postseason tournament contest is still only permitted by the official TV partner of the OHSAA or with OHSAA approval.


As always, the host school controls media access and seating in the press box. Due to the pandemic, some schools will limit the number of people in the press box. For postseason games, host facilities are asked to follow the OHSAA’s press box priority seating guidelines, posted at:


Section 2 (television) and Section 4 (streaming) of the OHSAA media regulations will be updated to reflect the change for 2020 for Friday night regular-season football games. The OHSAA and Board of Directors will reevaluate the regulation prior to the 2021 season.




Indianapolis Motor Speedway issues COVID-19 Update


Tue, Aug 4, 2020


Dear Race Fan,

We greatly regret to inform you that the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will take place on Aug. 23 without fans at the venue. This also includes all practice, qualifying and Miller Lite Carb Day activities. As a passionate IMS fan myself, I want you to know that this very difficult decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership.

I know how much many of you have been looking forward to attending this year’s race in person, and please know that all of us at the Speedway appreciate your patience and support throughout the last few months. The experiences at IMS and on Indy 500 Race Day are like none other, from the opening cannon to the checkered flag. But more than anything, it is the passion of our fans that has elevated the Indy 500 to its one-of-a-kind status at the pinnacle of sport.

If you are a current Indy 500 customer, please know that you will receive an IMS account credit for your tickets to all August events and all related items (badges/credentials, parking, camping, etc.), and you will retain your seniority and your original May seating location for 2021. You will receive a follow-up email with details later this week on next steps regarding your 2021 Indy 500 renewal.

As dedicated as we were to running the Indy 500 with 25% attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened. Since our June 26 announcement, the number of cases in Marion County has tripled while the positivity rate has doubled. We said from the beginning of the pandemic we would put the health and safety of our community first, and while hosting spectators at a limited capacity with our robust plan in place was appropriate in late June, it is no longer the right path forward based on the current environment.

The Penske Corporation has made a long-term investment to be the steward of our legendary facility, and we were very excited to showcase the many investments and enhancements we have made over the last eight months. As much as Roger and all of us associated with the “500″ wanted to race with fans this year, we ultimately reached this conclusion in partnership with the state of Indiana and city of Indianapolis.

Our commitment to the Speedway is unwavering, and we will continue to invest in the Racing Capital of the World. While it won’t be the same as walking through the gates at IMS and watching from your seats, we encourage you to watch this year’s race on NBC and we look forward to welcoming all of you back to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Thank you again for your patience and support, and we hope you and your loved ones continue to stay safe and healthy this summer.


J. Douglas Boles, IMS President

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4790 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN 46222


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