AHL: The Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets are moving their affiliates and the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls will play in Hamilton, Ontario, next season.

Montreal is shifting its AHL team from Hamilton to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where it will be called the IceCaps, while the Jets are moving their farm team from St. John’s to Winnipeg. The Bulls will move to Hamilton’s FirstOntario Centre and be renamed the Bulldogs.

Also Thursday, owner Michael Andlauer sold the AHL’s Bulldogs to the Canadiens and purchased the Bulls.

IceCaps CEO Danny Williams will lease the AHL club from the Canadiens for two years and bring it to the Mile One Centre in St. John’s. The Canadiens are expected to eventually move their affiliate to a proposed new rink in Laval, Quebec.


PGA: Brian Davis chipped in for birdie on his final hole Thursday for a 6-under 65 and a one-shot lead in the Valspar Championship at Palm Harbor, Florida.

Sean O’Hair got more evidence his game is turning around with seven birdies in his round of 66. Also at 66 was Ricky Barnes.

WORLD LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea and Becky Morgan of Wales shared the first-round lead at 4-under 69 in the Ladies European Tour event at Hainan, China.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark finished with a hole-in-one and an eagle for a 7-under 63 to share the first-round lead with David Horsey at the Tshwane Open in Pretoria, South Africa.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Mardy Fish, playing competitively for the first time in over 18 months, battled for 2 hours, 36 minutes before losing to fellow American Ryan Harrison, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in the first round at Indian Wells, California.

OUDIN’S HEALTH: American Melanie Oudin says her heart problems have returned, pushing back the start to her season.

Oudin, a surprise quarterfinalist at the 2009 U.S. Open at age 17, wrote on Twitter that she “will probably have to undergo another procedure” for a heart condition.

She already had a heart procedure in November.


GOLD CUP: The United States will open its title defense on July 7 against Honduras or French Guiana at Frisco, Texas.

The Americans’ opponent will be decided on March 25 and 29 in a two-leg playoff between the teams.

The No. 32 U.S. plays 77th-ranked Haiti three days later at Foxborough, Massachusetts, and closes Group A on July 13 versus No. 61 Panama at Kansas City, Kansas.

WORLD CUP: FIFA expelled Zimbabwe from 2018 World Cup qualifying for failing to pay its national team coach.

– From staff and news services