Pirates’ four-game winning streak ends as Providence skates to a 6-1 victory

Alexander Khokhlachev recorded two goals and two assists Saturday night, and the Providence Bruins moved back into third place in the AHL’s Atlantic Division with a 6-1 win over the Portland Pirates at Cross Insurance Arena.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Pirates, who dropped from third to fifth place in the Atlantic. Portland has four games remaining and can clinch a playoff berth with a home win in regulation Sunday against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Ben Sexton of Providence scored the only goal of the first period. The Bruins extended the lead to 3-1 in the second, getting goals from Seth Griffith and Brandon DeFazio to offset a goal by Logan Shaw of Portland.

Khokhlachev’s goal just 1:11 into the third period started a three-goal outburst for the Bruins.


MLS: Sebastian Giovinco scored in the 58th minute to tie it, and Clint Irwin had seven saves to help Toronto FC rally for a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Jozy Altidore slipped behind the defense on a breakaway and dropped the ball to a streaking Giovinco, who scored the equalizer from just outside the top of the box.

Kelyn Rowe’s header into the corner, set up by Je-Vaughn Watson’s long cross from the right wing, gave New England (1-1-4) a 1-0 lead.

Lee Nguyen of the Revolution scored an apparent winner in extra time but was called offside.

FIFA: The English Football Association will ask FIFA to investigate whether former players have dementia as a consequence of brain damage from playing the game.

Three members of England’s 1966 World Cup squad – Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles and Ray Wilson – have Alzheimer’s, family members told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

SPANISH LEAGUE: Barcelona stumbled for a third straight match in its quest to defend its Spanish league title, losing 1-0 at Real Sociedad. The loss cut Barcelona’s lead to three points over Atletico Madrid and four over Real Madrid.


NFL: A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos agreed to trade left tackle Ryan Clady and a seventh-round draft pick to the New York Jets for a fifth-round selection in the upcoming NFL draft.

The move frees up nearly $9 million in cap space for the Super Bowl champs, who are searching for a quarterback to help them defend their title. And it gives the Jets a replacement for D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who announced his retirement after 10 seasons.


VOLVO CAR OPEN: Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, ranked No. 2 in the world, retired because of a viral illness during her semifinal match, sending American Sloane Stephens to the final in Charleston, South Carolina.

– From staff and news services