The NHL will stop testing asymptomatic players, coaches, and staff who are fully vaccinated following the All-Star break in early February, saying coronavirus cases continue to decline across the league. The league and Players’ Association announced the protocol changes Tuesday. The current policy will remain in place until the All-Star break begins Feb. 3. There still will be testing of asymptomatic individuals when it is needed for crossing the US-Canada border. Testing will not be required at All-Star Weekend, with one negative result needed to return to team facilities after the break.
Stamkos joins All-Stars
Centers Steven Stamkos of the Lightning, Nazem Kadri of the Avalanche, and Mika Zibanejad of the Rangers, and Anaheim winger Troy Terry won the final roster spots for All-Star Weekend as a result of fan voting. Zibanejad cannot attend the Feb. 4-5 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for personal reasons. He will be replaced by Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel . . . The Canadiens hired player agent Kent Hughes as their general manager.
Baylor men rebound
LJ Cryer scored a career-high 25 points in his second start of the season, and No. 5 Baylor snapped a two-game losing streak with a 77-68 victory over West Virginia at Morgantown, W. Va. Baylor (16-2, 4-2 Big 12) bounced back after losing twice at home and relinquishing the No. 1 ranking. The defending national champion has won 13 straight away from home, including four consecutive true road games. Malik Curry scored 19 points for West Virginia (13-4, 2-3) . . . Jalen Wilson scored 16 points, Christian Braun hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 10.9 seconds left, and No. 7 Kansas (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) beat Oklahoma (12-6, 2-4), 67-64, at Norman, Okla.
Lusia Harris, only woman drafted by NBA, dead at 66
Lusia Harris, who was the only woman to be drafted by an NBA team and scored the first points in women’s basketball history at the Olympics, died, her family announced. She was 66. Harris, who died in her native Mississippi, was officially drafted by the New Orleans Jazz in the seventh round in 1977, but didn’t try out for the team because she was pregnant at the time. Harris was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 as the first Black woman to earn that honor. She was later enshrined into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
Gomes is Dodgers GM
The Dodgers promoted former major league pitcher Brandon Gomes, 37, to general manager, filling a spot that had been vacant since 2018. Gomes had been an assistant GM with the team since 2019.
Globe’s Dupont honored
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Globe was named Massachusetts sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. Bob Socci of 98.5 The Sports Hub was named Massachusetts sportscaster of the year.