Goaltender Corey Crawford, who helped the Chicago Blackhawks win two Stanley Cups, retired Saturday, less than three months after signing a two-year, a $7.8 million contract with the New Jersey Devils and less than a week before the start of the NHL season. The Devils host the Bruins on Thursday in their season opener. Devils coach Lindy Ruff said the decision, which came a day after Crawford, 36, took an indefinite leave of absence, was for personal reasons. “I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living,” Crawford said in a statement. “I wanted to continue my career, but believe I’ve given all I can to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire.” A second-round draft pick of the Blackhawks in 2003, Crawford won 260 regular-season games with a franchise-high 52 playoff wins, winning the Cup in 2012-13 and 2014-15 … Center Mathew Barzal agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract, five days before the Islanders open the season against the Rangers. Barzal, a first-round pick in 2015, led the Islanders with 60 points on 19 goals and 41 assists last season. He added 17 points in the playoffs.
Antetokounmpo out with back spasms
Two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out the Milwaukee Bucks’ 100-90 home win Saturday night over the Cavaliers after taking a hard fall a night earlier in a loss to the Jazz. “He’s very sore, very stiff,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said … Wizards guard Bradley Beal missed Washington’s 128-124 home loss to Miami due to contact tracing, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Beal has not tested positive for COVID-19 and it’s unknown if he’ll miss more than one game … LaMelo Ball, 19, became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists as the Hornets beat the Atlanta Hawks, 113-105, in Charlotte. Ball replaced Markelle Fultz as the youngest player to notch a triple-double by 177 days.
UConn women roll past Providence
Paige Bueckers scored 23 points and No. 3 UConn routed Providence 87-50, in Storrs, Conn., to give coach Geno Auriemma his 1,098th win. That ties him with late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for second in Division 1 women’s basketball wins behind Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer (1,104). It also was the 1,000th game for the Huskies without back-to-back losses. Aubrey Griffin added 8 points and nine rebounds for the Huskies (7-0, 6-0 Big East). Kyra Spiwak and Alyssa Geary each had 10 points for the Friars (5-7, 3-4) … Katie Nelson scored 20 points — including the 1,000th of her career — as Boston University raced to a 79-51 win in the first of two games at Colgate this weekend. Sydney Johnson added 13 points for the Terriers (3-0 Patriot). Alexa Brodie led the Raiders (1-2) with 14 points … Mide Oriyomi’s 16 points helped Northeastern to a 54-53 win at Hofstra. Mossi Staples chipped in 13 points for the Huskies (1-5, 1-3 Colonial). Jaylen Hine’s 19 points led the Pride (4-6, 2-2) … In women’s hockey, Chavonne Truter netted the equalizer with 2:52 left in the third period as host UNH (3-8-1 Hockey East) managed a 2-2 tie with No. 3 Northeastern (4-1-1), which got goals from Brooke Hobson and Alina Mueller … Cayla Barnes, Olivia Finocchiaro, and Jillian Fey scored to give No. 8 Boston College (7-3-0 Hockey East) a 3-1 win at Merrimack (1-5-0).
Walker leads Northeastern men past Hofstra
Tyson Walker scored 23 points, with a career-high seven 3-pointers, and Northeastern men’s basketball rallied for a 67-56 win over Hofstra at Cabot Center. Quirin Emanga added 14 points and Jason Strong 11 for the Huskies (5-5, 4-0 Colonial), which has won four in a row. Tareq Coburn’s 15 points led the Pride (6-5, 2-2) … Cairo McCrory and Carl Pierre each scored 15 points to carry UMass men’s basketball to an 83-67 win over La Salle at the Mullins Center. Noah Fernandes added 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists for the Minutemen (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic 10). Anwar Gill had 14 points for the Explorers (5-6, 2-2) … Jordan Burns had 26 points in Colgate’s 86-79 win at BU. Tucker Richardson added 14 for the Raiders (2-1 Patriot). Javante McCoy had 16 points for the Terriers (1-2) … No. 2 Baylor got 28 points from Jared Butler in a 67-49 win at TCU. MaCio Teague added 12 for the Bears (11-0, 4-0 Big 12). Mike Miles had 17 points for the Horned Frogs (9-4, 2-3) … In men’s hockey, Ty Jackson set up twin brother Dylan’s goal at 2:19 of overtime as No. 14 Northeastern (4-3-2 Hockey East) earned a 3-2 win over Merrimack (1-4-1) at Matthews Arena … Logan Cockerill scored twice to lift BU (1-1 Hockey East) to a 6-4 win at No. 16 Providence (4-4-2).
American skier Ford injured in crash
American Alpine skier Tommy Ford was airlifted to a hospital after crashing in a World Cup giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland. Ford, 31, crashed three gates from the finish after going wide into rough snow beside the course. His skis touched and he fell forward, sliding down the hill first on his neck and left shoulder. The United States ski team said Ford’s “head and neck injuries are minor and resolving nicely. He has a knee injury that is undergoing further evaluation.” France’s Alexis Pinturault won the race by 1.26 seconds over Croatian Filip Zubcic … Italian Olympic champion Sofia Goggia won a women’s World Cup downhill in St. Anton, Austria, by 0.96 seconds over Tamara Tippler of Austria. American Breezy Johnson was third, 1.04 back … Germany’s Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi won a women’s World Cup bobsled race at Winterberg, Germany, in which reigning world champion Kaillie Humphries and three-time Olympic medalist Elana Meyers Taylor made their season debuts for the United States. Humphries and Sylvia Hoffman were sixth, one spot ahead of Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones. Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis won the men’s race, with Americans Codie Bascue and Carlo Valdes finishing 14th … Felix Loch won a World Cup luge race over fellow German Johannes Ludwig in Sigulda, Latvia. Tucker West was the top American, placing 12th, one spot ahead of Chris Mazdzer and three ahead of Jonny Gustafson. Latvia’s Andris Sics and Juris Sics won in doubles, with Mazdzer and Jayson Terdiman 10th for the US.
American Hoppe nets German hat trick
Matthew Hoppe, a 19-year-old forward, scored a hat trick — the first by an American in Germany’s top division — in only his fifth league game to lead host Schalke to a 4-0 victory over Hoffenheim and its first Bundesliga win in nearly a year. A Schalke tie or loss would have matched the league record of 31 straight winless games set more than 50 years ago … Second seed Elina Svitolina is in the third round of the Abu Dhabi Open after a 6-4, 6-1 win over Vera Zvonareva in the United Arab Emirates. Third seed Karolina Pliskova lost, 2-6, 4-6, to qualifier Anastasia Gasanova. Fifth seed Garbine Muguruza took a 6-1, 6-4 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and will face Maria Sakkari, who eliminated American Coco Gauff, 7-5, 6-2 … American qualifier Christian Harrison upset top seed Cristian Garin, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, in the second round at the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open. Harrison, at No. 789, is the second-lowest-ranked quarterfinalist in tournament history. Garin came in ranked a career-best No. 18. Harrison next plays Gianluca Mager, who ousted No. 6-seeded American Sam Querrey, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1.