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NHL relaxes virus protocols for vaccinated playoff teams

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is relaxing virus protocols for teams that reach a threshold for vaccination, just in time for the playoffs.

The changes are outlined in a memo viewed by The Associated Press that the league sent to teams and players Friday night. The new protocols take hold once 85% or more of the traveling party has been fully vaccinated. For a team with 56 members in its traveling party, 48 would need to be fully vaccinated.

The NHL is the last of the major four North American pro sports leagues to announce plans to relax virus protocols for teams based on vaccination levels. This move is likely to affect the 12 U.S. playoff teams first because vaccinations have lagged for those in Canada.


DeChambeau takes 1,800-mile detour between rounds at Quail

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau thought he had missed the cut in the Wells Fargo Championship. By the time he realized he was still in the tournament in North Carolina, he was already back home in Dallas.

The former U.S. Open champion took a private flight out early Saturday morning and got back to Quail Hollow with about an hour to spare. And then he shot a 68 with a double bogey on the last hole. It was a wild 24 hours that included an 1,870-mile round trip between the second and third rounds.

DeChambeau played the third round with British Open champion Shane Lowry, who also thought he was going to miss the cut when he finished at 2-over 144 on Friday.


Hamilton tops qualifying at Spanish GP for 100th pole

MONTMELÓ, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has won his 100th career pole position after barely edging Max Verstappen to the fastest time in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Hamilton pushed his Mercedes to a flying lap of 1 minute, 16.74 seconds. Verstappen in his Red Bull was only 0.03 seconds behind.

Hamilton leads leads Verstappen by eight points in the Formula One standings. Hamilton won the season opener in Bahrain and last week’s race in Portugal. Verstappen won the season’s second race in Italy.

Hamilton’s milestone increases the distance between his mark and Michael Schumacher’s 68 poles in second place all-time.