New York Sports

Lightning end Sabres’ winning streak at 10 games

By The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Cedric Paquette broke a tie with 5:41 left and the Tampa Bay Lightning ended the Buffalo Sabres’ franchise-record-tying winning streak at 10 games with a 5-4 victory Thursday night.
Paquette beat Carter Hutton from then top of the left circle.
Dan Girardi, Alex Killorn, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos also scored, and Luis Domingue made saves. Sam Reinhart had two goals for Buffalo, and Zemgus Girgensons and Tage Thompson also scored.
After the Sabres took a 4-3 lead on Thompson’s goal at 2:29 of the third, Stamkos tied it 1:49 later on a power play.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Nikolaj Ehlers had a hat trick, Patrik Laine scored twice and became the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 goals, and Winnipeg beat Chicago.
Laine scored his 100th and 101st goals in his 178th game at the age of 20 years, 224 days. Wayne Gretzky did it the fastest in 20 years, 40 days. Jimmy Carson and Brian Bellows also accomplished the feat faster than Laine. The Finnish forward has an NHL-leading 21 goals this season, 18 of them November.
Ehlers scored a goal in each period, with his third fired in when he went in alone on goalie Corey Crawford and beat him with a low shot at 9:45 of the third period to make it 6-3.
Jacob Trouba added a goal and an assist for Winnipeg, Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler each had three assists, and Connor Hellebuyck made 26 saves. Marcus Kruger, John Hayden, Jan Rutta, Domink Kahun and Artem Anisimov scored for Chicago.
BOSTON (AP) — Ryan Donato scored the decisive shootout goal in his NHL return, Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and Boston outlasted New York.
Donato, recalled Wednesday after a demotion to Providence of the AHL, tucked the winner past Robin Lehner on the Bruins’ fourth attempt. Boston has earned at least one point in five of its past six games.
Brad Marchand scored in regulation for the Bruins. Anders Lee had a goal and Lehner made 35 saves for the Islanders.
The Bruins retired former right wing Rick Middleton’s No. 16 before the game.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and Columbus beat Minnesota to move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.
Nash, who signed as a free agent last summer, got his first goal in 29 games — and first as a Blue Jacket — in the second period and assisted on Markus Hannikainen’s first-period tally. Columbus has won two in a row and six out of eight. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored.
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nick Schmaltz had a goal and an assist, Adin Hill made 29 saves for his first NHL shutout and Arizona beat Nashville.
Schmaltz’s two points were his first since being acquired Sunday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. Clayton Keller and Brad Richardson also scord.
Nashville has lost three of four.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead Vegas past struggling Vancouver for its fifth straight victory.
William Karlsson’s short-handed goal with 6:25 remaining snapped a 3-all tie. William Carrier also scored for the Golden Knights, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 33 saves.
Brock Boeser had two goals for Vancouver, which has lost 10 of 11. Alex Edler also scored for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 27 shots.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oscar Klefbom scored his second straight winning goal and added an assist to help Edmonton beat Los Angeles to improve to 3-1-1 under new coach Ken Hitchcock.
Klefbom broke a 2-all tie with 2:20 remaining on his power-play drive from the point. Jesse Puljujarvi and Alex Chiasson also scored, and Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 shots.
Dustin Brown and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 31 saves in his first start since Oct. 23. He missed 15 games due to surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots for his first shutout of the season and 41st overall, leading Ottawa past New York.
Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist, and Drake Batherson and Magnus Paajarvi also scored.
Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves for New York.
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New York Headlines

Man avoids jail time for house fire that killed son

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man who started a house fire that killed his 7-year-old son after lighting a cigarette with a blowtorch has been sentenced to probation.
A judge sentenced 54-year-old Joseph Conti, of Buffalo, to five years’ probation Thursday. Conti pleaded guilty in August to one count of criminally negligent homicide.
Prosecutors say Conti lit a cigarette with a blowtorch in January and then put the blowtorch on a bed. Police say the blowtorch ignited the mattress, causing a fire that ripped through Conti’s home.
Several family members escaped the burning home but Conti’s son, Anthony, was found inside the house. The boy was taken to a hospital where he later died from smoke inhalation.

New York Headlines

Einstein’s religious views on display at 2 New York auctions

By KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime.
Two Einstein artifacts being auctioned in New York could contain clues to the spiritual beliefs of the 20th century’s best-known thinker.
Sotheby’s is auctioning a Bible Friday in which Einstein inscribed in 1932: “This book is an inexhaustible source of living wisdom and consolation.”
Christie’s, meanwhile, is auctioning a 1954 letter on Tuesday in which Einstein declared, “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable but still primitive legends.”
The Bible being auctioned was a gift from Einstein and his wife, Elsa, to Harriet Hamilton, an employee of the couple. The leatherette-bound English-language Bible is inscribed in German by Einstein and is expected to sell for $200,000 to $300,000, said Cassandra Hatton, a specialist in books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s.
Hatton said it’s hard to reconcile the description of the Bible as a source of “living wisdom” with the harsher view of religion that Einstein expressed elsewhere.
“It’s possible that this gift was given to someone who was quite religious,” Hatton said. She speculated that Einstein might have penned the inscription “out of respect for her religion.”
The letter Christie’s is selling was written the year before Einstein’s 1955 death and was addressed to Eric Gutkind, a philosopher who had written a book about Jewish spirituality and the pursuit of science.
Einstein wrote in German that while he “gladly” belonged to the Jewish people, he believed that the Jewish religion “like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions.”
Christie’s books and manuscripts specialist Peter Klarnet said the letter, which carries a presale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million, is notable for its bluntness.
“Here he is actually quite blunt in what he says,” Klarnet said. “The word ‘God’ is a product of human weakness.”
Both items have come up for auction before. The Bible sold for $68,500 at Bonham’s in New York in 2013 and the letter to Gutkind sold for $404,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions in London in 2008.
Walter Isaacson, the author of the 2007 biography “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” said the great man’s views on religion are hard to pin down.
“Einstein generally avoided giving simple answers, and like most human beings his feelings about spirituality varied over time,” Isaacson said. “Sometimes he expressed himself in more spiritual terms and sometimes he was more of a debunker of religion.”
As Isaacson recounts in the book, everyone from clerics to schoolchildren quizzed Einstein about his religious views. A New York rabbi sent a telegram demanding, “Do you believe in God? Stop. Answer paid. 50 words.” Einstein answered, “I believe in Spinoza’s God, who reveals himself in the lawful harmony of all that exists, but not in a God who concerns himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.”
Isaacson said it’s not surprising that Einstein’s faith or lack thereof sparked so much interest.
“There was a delightful belief that a genius who could fathom the laws of the universe could give us the answer to timeless questions such as about the existence of God,” Isaacson said. “And many people were hungering for a way to reconcile science and religion. They were hoping that he would say, ‘Yes, there is a God. You can quit worrying about it now.’ But his beliefs were not that simple.”

New York Headlines

Charges in death of anti-gang crusader who lost her daughter

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) — An SUV driver pleaded not guilty Friday in a crash that killed a New York mother who had led a nationally recognized crusade against MS-13 gang violence after her daughter was slain.
Annmarie Drago, a 58-year-old nurse, was indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide, criminal mischief and petit larceny and appeared in court with handcuffs behind her back. Her lawyer entered the plea on her behalf. The top charge carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison if she’s convicted.
The victim, Evelyn Rodriguez, was fatally injured in Brentwood, on Long Island, in September after arguing with Drago over the placement of a memorial to her daughter Kayla Cuevas, who died at age 16. Drago has ties to the property near where the teenager’s body was found.
Drago’s lawyer, Stephen Kunken, called the matter a “tragic accident” and said Drago extended her condolences to Rodriguez’s family. After the hearing, she hid in the corner of an elevator, surrounded by court officers, as reporters shouted questions.
“As she put up the memorial, Evelyn had no idea that she would be joining Kayla that day,” Assistant District Attorney Marc Lindemann told Judge Fernando Camacho.
Lindemann said Kayla’s father, Freddy Cuevas, warned Drago twice that she would hit Rodriguez if she drove her car forward. Evelyn was about a half step from the front tire when the vehicle lurched forward, and she grabbed onto the headlight before being thrown to the street.
Rodriguez’s death came two years to the day after her daughter’s body was found. Cuevas and her best friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, were walking when police say they were ambushed by MS-13 gang members and slaughtered.
Their deaths brought sudden attention to a string of killings of teenagers in the Long Island suburbs that had largely gone unnoticed, and in some cases, uninvestigated by police. After he became president, Donald Trump visited Brentwood and vowed a national crackdown on MS-13. He recognized Rodriguez, Cuevas and Mickens’ parents at the State of the Union address in January.
“Her roar was deafening, from the streets of Brentwood to the halls of Congress to the ears of the president himself,” Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said at her funeral.
Freddy Cuevas said after the arraignment that “justice was served today, in a way.”
Cuevas testified before the grand jury that indicted Drago and said it was important he be there to see the defendant hauled into court.
He acknowledged frustration with the pace of the investigation — nearly 2½ months — but said he understood that time was needed to build the case.
Some of Rodriguez’s friends attended the arraignment and were upset that Drago had been released on bail.
Sini explained that bail wasn’t meant as a punishment and said there’s no indication she’ll flee, given that she has no criminal record, has been cooperative and surrendered her passport.

Hawaii Headlines

Consumers sue chip maker over use of Hawaiian name

HONOLULU (AP) — A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the maker of potato chips sold under the brand name Hawaiian, claiming the chips made in Washington state are misleading customers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Michael Maeda of Honolulu and Iliana Sanchez of Los Angeles filed the suit last month, alleging Pinnacle Foods Inc. is using false and deceptive advertising as well as fraudulent and unfair business practices.

They claim they and consumers like them would not have purchased the chips, or would have paid significantly less, if they knew the snacks were made outside of Hawaii and without ingredients from the state.

The chips’ packaging does not say the snacks are made in Hawaii.

An attorney for the company, which is headquartered in New Jersey, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Hawaii Headlines

Rifle-wielding man dies after being shot by Hawaii police

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island police say a man died after officers shot him when he pointed a rifle at them.

Police say they were responding to a report that the man stabbed himself with a knife at a home in Hawaiian Beaches Tuesday night. When they arrived, they saw a rifle next to him.

Police say the man grabbed the gun and officers told him to drop it. He pointed it at the officers, who fired at him.

The man went into the house and police evacuated nearby residents. Officers later went inside and found him dead.

Police say four officers fired at the man but it’s not yet known how many bullets hit him.

An autopsy will determine how the man died. Police are investigating.

Minnesota Sports

On prove-it deal, Richardson giving Vikings plenty of value

By Dave Campbell
AP Pro Football Writer

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had just secured their new quarterback with the splash move of the NFL’s offseason. Coach Mike Zimmer was busy working on addressing another area that needed an upgrade.
The same day Kirk Cousins was introduced with his $84 million fully guaranteed contract, Zimmer was watching video of some of the top defensive tackle prospects in the upcoming draft. Then the solution literally walked into his office to greet him. Sheldon Richardson was at team headquarters on a free agent visit, which the Vikings didn’t let him leave without signing him to a one-year, $8 million deal .
As important as Cousins has been and will continue to be, the value of adding Richardson can’t be overlooked. His presence on the interior at the position next to the nose tackle commonly called the “three technique” has provided a critical boost to the defense in both stopping the run and rushing the quarterback.
“Sheldon’s done a great job of coming in here and kind of fitting into our culture and the way we do things,” Zimmer said, crediting Richardson as well as defensive line coach Andre Patterson.
According to SportRadar, Richardson is fourth among all NFL interior defensive linemen with 21 quarterback pressures, behind Aaron Donald (53), Fletcher Cox (26) and Geno Atkins (25). Richardson had two sacks last week against Green Bay, a bonus from a position where disruption in the backfield is the priority.
The three technique is a less-heralded role on the team than the premier edge pass rusher or the ball-hawking safety. But it’s essential to Zimmer’s scheme to keep the linebackers free to roam from side to side, limit the rushing yardage up the middle, and reduce double teams on the defensive ends. The Vikings seek first-step and lateral quickness from their three technique, which gets its name from a long-ago-established numbering system for designating alignments by defensive linemen.
“He does those things really well, but the thing that kind of surprised me a little bit is the power that he has with it,” Zimmer said. “The good three techniques I have been around have all kind of had those qualities.”
Richardson, a first-round draft pick by the New York Jets in 2013 out of Missouri, was the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year before eventually falling out of favor and being traded to Seattle. After one season with the Seahawks, Richardson was widely considered the best available player at his position on the market last spring. His decision to sign with a contending team on a prove-it contract has set him up well for a much bigger payday.
“It’s a blue-collar organization,” said Richardson, who turned 28 on Thursday. “One of the main reasons why I like the organization is nobody is a prized possession here. No politics. They don’t play their draft picks sometimes. You can pay a guy a lot of money, but he won’t play if he’s not up to par.”
The Vikings play at New England on Sunday, with pressure on Tom Brady a must for slowing down the Patriots and their prolific attack. The defense has been especially successful lately at generating a rush from the front four without having to send an extra blitzer or two from the linebackers or defensive backs.
“That’s how we want it, too,” Richardson said. “We’re happy when they get it, but it’s like, ‘Man, that could’ve been us.’ Usually when those guys get sacks, we turn into offensive linemen basically.”
The Patriots have plenty of experience defending him, of course, from the eight times they faced the Jets over his first four seasons.
“He’s a great player, and he was certainly a problem when he was in this division,” coach Bill Belichick said, adding: “He’s strong. He’s hard to knock off the ball. He’s smart. He reads blocking schemes well. He’s quick and athletic and explosive on the pass rush, and he can run through guys and he can run around them.”

Minnesota Sports

Nash leads Blue Jackets to 4-2 win over Wild

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night.
Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored to help the Blue Jackets move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.
Nash, who signed as a free agent last summer, got his first goal in 29 games — and first as a Blue Jacket — in the second period and assisted on Markus Hannikainen’s first-period tally. Columbus has won two in a row and six out of eight.
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. The Wild have lost two in a row and four of six.

National Sports

Cavaliers trade Korver to Jazz for picks, Burks

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers finalized their trade with Utah and sent Kyle Korver to the Jazz.
The teams agreed to the deal on Wednesday and completed the transaction Thursday following a conference call with NBA officials. Cleveland shipped Korver to the Jazz for guard Alec Burks and second-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021.
Korver played in 124 games for the Cavs and was a valuable member of two Eastern Conference championship teams. One of the league’s most accurate outside shooters, Korver had asked the rebuilding Cavs to send him to a contender.
Korver joined the Cavs in 2017, coming over in a mid-season trade from Atlanta. He played for the Jazz from 2007-10.

National Sports

Not enough bowls: Army, BYU unsure of postseason destination

By Ralph D. Russo
AP College Football Writer

Army is ranked for the first time in 22 years and the Cadets would win 11 games for the first time in school history if they beat Navy next week and follow that up with a win in a bowl game.
The catch? Army, ranked No. 23 with a 9-2 record, is not guaranteed a bowl bid.
For all the complaints about too many bowls, this is the second straight season there will be more eligible teams (at least 81) than available bids (78). That has put Army and BYU (6-6), a fellow independent that also has a large following, in the strange position of tracking results from all over the country in recent weeks. Both head into bowl selection Sunday with postseason plans more uncertain than most.
The chances are good Army will get a bid while Miami (Ohio) and Wyoming might not be so lucky.
That it is not a sure thing for the Black Knights, who haven’t lost since an overtime nail biter at Oklahoma in September, shows how odd the bowl system can be.
“I hope it doesn’t happen,” linebacker Cole Christiansen said about Army being shutout. “We’re in the Top 25 so I really hope we get to a bowl game. It is kind of tough, but it’s not the end of the world if it turns out that way.”
Athletic director Boo Corragan has been working on Army’s bowl problem for months since the program entered the season without a contracted bowl partner — and this is no time to be a free agent on the bowl market.
The days when bowl organizers could pick and choose teams to invite are long gone. Now conferences lock up bowl spots for their teams years in advance. All 39 bowl games are basically spoken for. Most current contracts were negotiated in 2012 and 2013 to coincide with the launch of the College Football Playoff in 2014 and run through 2019.
That was a tough time to sell Army football. The Black Knights had one bowl-eligible season (at least six victories) from 1997-2013. As recently as 2015, Army went 2-10. But coach Jeff Monken has orchestrated an impressive turnaround. Army won seven regular-season games in 2015 and made its first bowl appearance since 1996, winning the Heart of Dallas Bowl against North Texas.
Last season, the cadets did even better, beating San Diego State in the Armed Forces Bowl to finish 10-3.
“The good thing for us is the next cycle will be 2020-25 and we can go into that cycle as an independent showing that we have been bowl eligible, showing that we’re a viable team to fill that slot,” Corragan said.
Army’s situation had Corragan tracking nine games last week, including Florida Atlantic vs. Charlotte, involving teams trying to become eligible.
“It’s a weird dynamic in our profession to want someone not to win,” Corragan said.
BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe can relate to the unlikely scoreboard watching.
“It was nerve wracking,” he said.
It also speaks to the role lower-tier bowls now play in college football.
“Bowls have a tremendous impact on the regular season,” said Wright Waters, executive director of the Football Bowl Association. “We go into the last week of the season and there were people that were trying to get bowl eligible, and so you have games that are suddenly meaningful that 10 years ago 15 years ago meant nothing because … they weren’t going anywhere.”
BYU’s television deal with ESPN since going independent in football in 2011 has given the Cougars access to bowls from San Francisco to Miami Beach. BYU had been penciled in for the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego, but that game went under before last season.
“And that’s why even though we have an agreement with ESPN that they’ll put us in a game we’re not going to know what game that is until the dominoes fall,” Holmoe said.
Every conference championship game this weekend affects the bowl lineup and can create openings or fill spots, depending on which teams land in the four-team playoff or New Year’s Six games.
For example, if Oklahoma wins the Big 12 and reaches the playoff that would put Texas in the Sugar Bowl and leave the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, with an open spot. Perfect for Army, presumably.
And then there is Virginia Tech, which is 5-6 and playing Marshall on Saturday to make up for a game canceled by Hurricane Florence — but also in hopes of getting that crucial sixth win. The Hokies could give the Atlantic Coast Conference 11 bowl-eligible teams to fill 10 spots it has contracts for.
All this goes back to the ongoing conversation about the ideal number of bowl games.
In 2015, with 40 games to fill, there were not enough teams with six victories and the NCAA put rules in place to allow 5-7 teams to be eligible via Academic Progress Rate numbers. In 2016, two 5-7 teams were needed to fill bowl spots. Last season, with the number of bowls down to 39, three eligible teams (Buffalo and Western Michigan from the Mid-American Conference and UTSA from Conference USA) did not receive bids because all the spots were filled.
Army and BYU are good draws at the box office and on television. A bowl with an opening will likely jump at either. Six-win teams such as Wyoming from the Mountain West, Miami (Ohio) from the MAC, Southern Mississippi from Conference USA and Louisiana-Monroe from the Sun Belt are far more likely to be left out. Eastern Michigan (7-5), understanding it could get squeezed, took to social media to make its case with a music video earlier this week.
Army probably won’t have to resort to lip syncing pop songs, but Corragan won’t be totally at ease until an invite is in hand.
“We’ve been living and dying for six weeks,” he said.