Maple Leafs name Mike Babcock head coach


The Toronto Maple Leafs named Mike Babcock their 30th coach in team history Wednesday after the two sides agreed to an 8-year contract worth around $50 million, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The deal comes after a crazy morning that reportedly saw a bidding war break out between the Buffalo Sabres and Maple Leafs, after multiple teams dropped out of the Babcock sweepstakes.

The deal makes Babcock far and alone the highest-paid coach in the NHL, a title previously held by Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, who makes $2.95 million per season.

Empty Camden Yards


Camden Yards was quiet. The Baltimore Orioles' bats were not.

Baltimore scored six times in the first, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven strong innings and the Orioles hammered the Chicago White Sox, 8-2, in the first game in MLB history played without fans in attendance.

The league made the unprecedented decision to close Wednesday's game to the public due to violent rioting in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The unrest resulted in postponing two games, rescheduling Wednesday's contest five hours early and moving the Orioles' home games this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays to St. Petersburg.

Lightning advance to 2nd round


The Tampa Bay Lightning gained the only edge they needed in the decisive Game 7 and never let go.

Braydon Coburn scored early in the third period and Anton Stralmanlater added an empty-net insurance marker, while Ben Bishop made 31 saves to earn a 2-0 shutout victory, propelling the Lightning past the Detroit Red Wings and into the second round of the of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Lightning will now face the Montreal Canadiens in the next round.

Kronwall suspended for Game 7



Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall will miss Wednesday's Game 7 against the Tampa Bay LIghtning as punishment for an illegal hit on Nikita Kucherovduring Game 6.

Capitals advance to 2nd round


The Washington Capitals are moving on.

They defeated the New York Islanders by a score of 2-1 in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Monday, advancing to the second round of the NHL playoffs.

The Islanders were suffocated by the Capitals' aggressive play, which allowed their opponents to take just seven shots through two periods before the real action got underway in the third period, where two of the game's three goals were scored.

Star Performer: Evgeny Kuznetsovgets the nod thanks to his top shelf game-winner with 7:18 left in the game, beating a sprawling Jaroslav Halak.

McCarthy out for season with torn UCL


Brandon McCarthy's first year in Los Angeles lasted all but four starts.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Monday that McCarthy will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Mattingly declined to say whether McCarthy requires Tommy John surgery, which would likely sideline him until the middle of next season.

McCarthy, 31, parlayed a career year in 2014 into a four-year, $48-million contract with the Dodgers this past winter. He set personal highs last season in starts (32), innings (200) and strikeouts (175), while splitting his time between the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks