Alex Kile scored a tiebreaking short-handed goal midway through the second period, and Jimmy Lambert, Brooklyn Kalmikov and Owen Pederson each added a goal Saturday night for the Maine Mariners in a 4-2 ECHL win over the Reading Royals at Cross Insurance Arena.

Kyle Keyser made 30 saves for the Mariners, who moved into a four-way tie with Reading, Worcester and Trois-Rivières for fourth place in the North Division. Maine, Worcester and Trois-Rivières all have two games in hand over Reading.


WORLD CUP: Mikaela Shiffrin capped her season that was marred by a six-week injury layoff with her record-extending 60th win in slalom and 97th overall at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria.

The American star trailed Anna Swenn Larsson of Sweden after the first run but ultimately won by 0.54 seconds over Mina Fuerst Holtmann of Norway, while Swenn Larsson dropped to third, 0.63 off the pace.


• Marco Odermatt was unable to complete a perfect giant slalom season at the World Cup finals in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, as the Swiss star skied out in the second run while holding a commanding lead over eventual winner Loic Meillard.

Odermatt had won 12 consecutive giant slaloms since February 2023, including nine this season.


NHL: Montreal Canadiens coach Martin St. Louis is taking an indefinite leave for family reasons.

Assistant coach Trevor Letowski will run the team while St. Louis is away, the Canadiens said.



CUP SERIES: Ryan Blaney won the pole for Sunday’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

The reigning Cup Series champion covered the 0.533-mile concrete track in Bristol, Tennessee, in 15.356 seconds. He edged Josh Berry for the No. 1 spot.

MLB: New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole won’t throw for three to four weeks because of nerve irritation and edema in his throwing elbow.

General Manager Brian Cashman said if the team needs a 40-man roster spot, Cole would be placed on the 60-day injured list, which would mean the earliest the AL Cy Young award winner could be back is late May.

• Kole Calhoun, a Gold Glove-winning outfielder during a 12-year career with the Angels, Diamondbacks, Rangers and Guardians, says he is retiring.



ENGLAND: Second-tier Coventry scored twice deep into stoppage time to beat Wolverhampton 3-2 in the FA Cup and reach the semifinals for the first time since 1987 – the year the team won the famous competition.

United States striker Haji Wright completed the remarkable comeback in the 10th minute of added-on time, after Ellis Simms – with his second goal of the game – equalized for Coventry three minutes earlier.

• Manchester City ousted Newcastle from the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory, secured by two deflected goals by Bernardo Silva in the first half.

• Tottenham’s bid for Champions League qualification was hurt by a 3-0 loss at Fulham in the Premier League.

• Chelsea women’s manager Emma Hayes says she was wrong to describe intrasquad player relationships as “inappropriate.”

Hayes is finishing out the season at Chelsea in the Women’s Super League before she takes over as coach of the U.S. women’s national team.


In Hayes’ initial comments Thursday, she said player-to-player relationships in a team are “ inappropriate “ because they have the potential to create extra challenges to manage.


MIAMI OPEN: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will skip the Miami Open, saying less than a week after a surprise loss at Indian Wells that he needs to balance his “private and professional schedule.”

Djokovic, 36, is a six-time champion in Miami. The hardcourt tournament begins Friday.


ASIAN TOUR: John Catlin of the U.S. holed a 20-foot eagle putt for an 11-under 59 in the International Series Macau in China, becoming the first player in Asian Tour history with a sub-60 round.

Catlin, a 33-year-old Californian with seven worldwide victories, took advantage of soft conditions in which players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairway.

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