Kevin Martin, a Canadian curling star whose career highlights include an Olympic gold medal and a world championship, will soon throw his last rock.
The Edmonton skip announced his retirement Friday at the Grand Slam of Curling's Players' Championship in Summerside, P.E.I. Martin plans to finish the event before joining Sportsnet as a broadcast analyst next season as well as becoming a spokesman for the series.
BOSTON - The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
It vanished with a flick of Pavel Datsyuk's wrist.
Just like that, on Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 left, the Detroit Red Wings got the upper hand with a 1-0 win in the opener of the best-of-seven playoff series Friday night.
"We know we're good enough," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said, "but it's one thing to know you're good enough and another thing to show it."
CLEVELAND - Sergio Santos wasn't as wild. He was just as worrisome.
Santos retired Michael Brantley on a hard grounder with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to close out Toronto's 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night.
Melky Cabrera had four hits and scored Toronto's go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Edwin Encarnacion's single before the Blue Jays withstood a shaky ninth by Santos, who bounced back from an awful outing in Minnesota on Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. - After losing home-ice advantage on the final day of the regular season, the Montreal Canadiens could've found satisfaction in splitting the first two games at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
MONACO, Monaco - Canadian Milos Raonic is out at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The hard-serving Thornhill, Ont., product was limited to just six aces in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 quarter-final loss to third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka on Friday.
Raonic, seeded eighth, was playing his first clay quarter-final at the Masters 1000 level but struggled with consistency against his Swiss opponent, the reigning Australian Open winner.
CLEVELAND - The Toronto Blue Jays plan to activate shortstop Jose Reyes from the disabled list on Saturday.
Reyes hasn't played since straining his left hamstring during his first at-bat of the season on March 31 against Tampa Bay. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Reyes will come off the DL before Saturday's game against the Indians and will play every day once he returns.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Tomas Hertl made an impressive playoff debut for the San Jose Sharks with a goal and an assist against the same Los Angeles Kings team that almost ended his season.
With 52 seconds left in the first period Thursday night, Hertl scored his first career playoff goal, giving the Sharks a 2-0 lead en route to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of their first-round series.
"I'm very excited," Hertl said Friday. "It's my first game and my first goal in the playoffs. I'm very happy. It's a good game. I'm very happy, beating L.A."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Philadelphia Flyers might have No. 1 goalie Steve Mason back for Game 2 against the Rangers.
Mason missed Thursday's 4-1 loss to New York because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. He was hurt last Saturday against Pittsburgh, when he was knocked over and hit the back of his head on the ice. Mason and the Flyers have declined to say whether he has a concussion.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Sidney Crosby is used to the attention. It comes with the territory when you're the best hockey player in the world.
VANCOUVER - Striker Kenny Miller wants to make the most of his seemingly limited time left with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Miller, a former Scottish international slated to become a free agent under a quirky contract that expires at mid-season, hopes to start Saturday in the second of back-to-back games with the Los Angeles Galaxy at B.C. Place Stadium. He was deployed as a second-half substitute in the opening encounter last weekend in Carson, Calif.