Montana State awarded 2020 NCAA skiing championships 

The Montana State Bobcats were named the hosts of the 2020 NCAA Division I skiing championships on Wednesday for the eighth time in the program's history. 

The events will be held at Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch. The last time the Bobcats hosted the national championships in 2012. 

This past winter, the 'Cats team finished sixth at the NCAA skiing championships. 

Oilers' Leon Draisaitl fined for spearing Sharks' Chris Tierney

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was fined for spearing San Jose's Chris Tierney.

The NHL Department of Player Safety had a hearing with Draisaitl on Wednesday before fining him $2,569.44, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

Draisaitl received a major penalty and game misconduct when he hit Tierney in the groin with his stick in the second period of Edmonton's 7-0 loss Tuesday night. Draisaitl had just 20 penalty minutes in the regular season.

Draisaitl was eighth in the league in scoring with 77 points in the regular season but has none in the playoffs. He was moved from the top line wing to a third-line center role in Game 3.

The series is tied at two games apiece with Game 5 on Thursday in Edmonton.

Monaco offers Dortmund a gift as a show of solidarity 

MONACO (AP) — In a show of solidarity before they faced each other in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Monaco offered Borussia Dortmund a gift following last week's bus attack in Germany.

Last Tuesday in Germany, three explosions went off as the team headed to the stadium for the home leg against Monaco, leaving defender Marc Bartra needing hospital treatment following injuries to his wrist and arm after a window was shattered.

The match was hurriedly rescheduled for the next day and Monaco won 3-2 to put itself in a strong position to reach the semifinals. Dortmund's fans rallied to help their stranded Monaco counterparts by offering them a place to stay for free on Tuesday night, while Monaco's fans chanted for Dortmund for long spells during the rescheduled game.

It was this mutual respect that prompted Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev to give Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke a plaque with several photos showing the communion between the two sets of fans last week.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers gearing up for "Hard Knocks" life

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Coming off their first winning season in nearly a decade, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be featured on HBO's "Hard Knocks" sports reality series during training camp — an opportunity coaches and players are embracing but hardly sought.

The team was selected from among eight clubs meeting NFL criteria for consideration for the popular five-episode series that takes viewers behind the scenes of a club's preparation for the regular season.

Coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht said Wednesday they don't think the constant presence of a 30-person film crew — on or off the field — will become a distraction for one of the youngest teams in the league.

Tampa Bay, which hasn't made the playoffs since 2007, finished 9-7 a year ago in its first season under Koetter.


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