FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli welcomed Connor McDavid to the Edmonton Oilers, his successor started remaking his team.
"He built most of it," Don Sweeney said of Chiarelli. "As of today, it's not necessarily the case going forward."
The Bruins shook up the NHL draft with two major trades before it even got under way. They sent defenceman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three picks and left-winger Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings for another first-rounder, goaltender Martin Jones and prospect Colin Miller .
TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have been on a roll of late, and Edwin Encarnacion did his part to continue that trend on Friday night.
Encarnacion hit two home runs — including a grand slam — as the Blue Jays routed the Texas Rangers 12-2.
"The one thing I like is we play like a team, everybody playing together," said Encarnacion. "We play like we used to play, like we're supposed to play right now and play like a team. Everybody is doing their part — with pitching, with hitting, with defence — everything together.
"That's why we're winning games"
SUNRISE, Fla. - Mitch Marner had a double homecoming, of sorts, on Friday night.
Marner was drafted fourth overall by his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, with Mark Hunter, the man who drafted him in to the Ontario Hockey League, calling his name at the NHL Draft.
"There's really no words to put it," said Marner minutes after being picked by the Leafs. "When the Leafs got up there, my heart started beating, I didn't know what was going to happen.
SUNRISE, Fla. - The time between the NHL draft lottery and Friday added up to the longest 69 days of Connor McDavid's life. Waiting the final few minutes before getting drafted felt like an eternity, too.
"They had to introduce everyone and all the teams and the roll call, it just felt like it was going by so slowly," McDavid said. "All I wanted to do was just have that pick called."
SUNRISE, Fla. - The Edmonton Oilers took another step to try to win now by acquiring defenceman Griffin Reinhart from the New York Islanders on Friday night.
Reinhart cost the Oilers the 16th and 33rd picks in the draft.
The 21-year-old, who was the fourth overall pick in 2012, has just eight regular season games and one post-season game of NHL experience.
OTTAWA - American captain Carli Lloyd scored the only goal Friday night as the United States defeated China 1-0 in a quarter-final match at the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Lloyd got her head on a ball sent into the box by Julie Johnston and put it to the corner of the net just past the outstretched arms of Chinese keeper Wang Fei in the 51st minute.
That goal was enough to propel the U.S. into a semifinal showdown with Germany on Tuesday at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - An attorney for a man who was charged with murder along with ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez argued Friday that police coerced him to answer questions in the investigation and the information should not be allowed into evidence.
Defence attorney John Connors said at a hearing on a motion to suppress that police acted improperly when they questioned Carlos Ortiz about the June 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Police misstated the Miranda warning and used coercive tactics, suggesting Ortiz was being used by Hernandez, the defence said.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Get your goaltender, any goaltender. Well, at least one of a handful of goaltenders.
In the lead-up to the NHL draft, the goalie trade market was hot and more unique than ever. With Robin Lehner and Martin Jones on the move, two more could be dealt before the hockey world leaves South Florida this weekend.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - By trading Robin Lehner to the Buffalo Sabres, the Ottawa Senators solved their crowded-crease problem, shed a contract and picked up another first-round pick in the NHL draft.
The Senators got the 21st pick Friday night for Lehner and centre David Legwand in the first big deal of the weekend. General manager Bryan Murray held out for the first-rounder and could be satisfied about the return for the sought-after 23-year-old goaltender.
VANCOUVER - John Herdman says his team has made Canada proud at the Women's World Cup. Now it's time to make history.
"Two games away from the final. A couple of opponents in our way. Let's do it," the Canadian coach told his pre-match news conference Friday.
Standing in eighth-ranked Canada's way Saturday is No. 6 England in a quarter-final showdown before an expected crowd of 50,000-plus at B.C. Place Stadium. The winner will face either No. 4 Japan or No. 10 Australia in Wednesday's semifinal in Edmonton.