Capitals star Kuznetsov banned from Russia team for four years

Washington's Evgeny Kuznetsov warms up before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against Vegas on June 2, 2018 in Washington. Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine at the world championship and has been banned from the Russian national team for four years. The IIHF says the ban expires on June 12, 2023. The ban does not affect Kuznetsov playing for the Capitals, who won the 2018 Stanley Cup. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has been banned from the Russia team for four years after testing positive for cocaine at the world championship in May

Central Recasting: Division rivals ready to challenge Blues

Then-Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner defends his net against Carolina during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL second-round playoff series on April 26 in New York. Lehner agreed to a free-agent deal Monday continuing an active summer for Chicago after it missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Lehner got a $5 million, one-year contract after he earned a career-high 25 wins last season with the Islanders. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

After the big and gritty St. Louis Blues bruised their way to the Stanley Cup, Central rivals responded in different ways this offseason to create a stacked division

Sabres among teams focused on trade market over free agency

Buffalo's Jeff Skinner celebrates his goal during the second period of a Dec. 16, 2018 game against Boston at TD Garden. Realizing how difficult it is to lure free agents to Buffalo, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has relied mostly on trades to stock his roster with established talent, like Skinner. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is focused more on adding talent through the trade market in knowing how difficult it is to lure players to Buffalo in free agency

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Rangers, Panthers, Predators winners early in free agency

Then-Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky looks on during the third period of a March 31 game against the Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y. Florida signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year contract. A person with knowledge of the signing says Bobrovsky's deal is worth $70 million for a salary-cap hit of $10 million per season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the team did not announce the terms of the contract. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP Photo)

The New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators were winners on Day 1 of NHL free agency, signing the best players available to seven-year contracts

Blue Jackets breakup, Aho offer sheet highlight free agency

Columbus left wing Artemi Panarin in the third period of a Feb. 7 game against Arizona in Glendale, Ariz. Panarin signed with the Rangers on Monday. (Rick Scuteri/AP Photo)

The anticipated departures of the Columbus Blue Jackets three stars and the Montreal Canadiens signing Carolina's Sebastien Aho to an offer sheet highlighted the first day of the NHL's free agent signing period

AP source: Rangers sign Panarin to 7-year, $81.5M deal

Then-Columbus left wing Artemi Panarin is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against theRangers during the second period of a March 20, 2018 game at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward as Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join them, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday. (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo)

The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward with signing of free-agent left wing Artemi Panarin to seven-year, $81.5-million deal

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Edsall's message to his UConn football team: Be ready

Head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday he envisions playing an expansive list of players when UConn opens its 2019 season on Thursday night against Wagner at Rentschler Field in East Harford. (AP File Photo)

Randy Edsall, who's in year three of his second stint as head coach, plans to go deep into his roster, starting with Thursday's regular-season opener against Wagner at Rentschler Field in East Hartford (7 p.m.).

Attack mode: UConn's Giufre adjusts to role as offensive coordinator

UConn offensive coordinator Frank Giufre is still adjusting to his new coaching position. His previous experience — 11 seasons in college, six in the professional ranks — is primarily working with the offensive line.

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Inconsistent Franks, No. 8 Florida rally to beat Miami 24-20

Florida's Lamical Perine gets past the Miami defense and scores on an 8-yard reception during the second half of Saturday's game in Orlando, Fla. Eighth-ranked Florida won, 24-20. (John Raoux/AP Photo)

Feleipe Franks rallies No. 8 Florida past Miami 24-20 in college football opener

Byrd's four TD night leads Hawaii past Arizona 45-38

Hawaii's Cedric Byrd II pulls in a pass next to Arizona's Christian Young during the first quarter of Saturday's game in Honolulu. Byrd had 14 receptions for 224 yards and four touchdowns in Hawaii's 45-38 win. (Marco Garcia/AP Photo)

Cedric Byrd hauled in four touchdown passes to help Hawaii escape with a 45-38 win over Arizona

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Sparks use big third quarter to down Sun 84-72

Nneka Ogwumike had 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals as the Los Angeles Sparks used a late third-quarter run to beat the Connecticut Sun on Sunday, 84-72, to clinch the regular-season series before 17,076 at Staples Center.

Sun have a quick turnaround with road game at Los Angeles

Sun center Jonquel Jones blocks a shot attempt by Las Vegas guard Jackie Young during Connecticut's 89-85 win over Friday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun visit the Sparks in Los Angeles on Sunday at 5 p.m. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

The Connecticut Sun had little time to celebrate their most important win of the season.

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