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Digest: Blues sign first-round draft pick Neighbours

Digest: Blues sign first-round draft pick Neighbours

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Jake Neighbours skates in the the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 16, 2020, in Hamilton, Ontario. CHL Images

Blues sign first-round pick Neighbours

First-round draft pick Jake Neighbours has agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with the Blues, the team announced Saturday. Neighbours, 18, is a left winger who was the 26th player taken in the draft on Oct. 6. The native of Airdrie, Alberta, has played the last three seasons for the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League. He had 70 points in 64 games (23 goals, 47 assists) last season for the Oil Kings.

“Very honoured and excited to have signed my first NHL contract with the @StLouisBlues!” Neighbours said on his Twitter account. “Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to this point! Excited for the future!” (Jim Thomas)

Florida football coach tests positive for virus: Dan Mullen, the University of Florida football coach, who recently said he wanted 90,000 fans packed inside the team’s stadium amid a pandemic, says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

Mullen made the announcement Saturday on Twitter, saying his initial positive result was confirmed by a second test. The 10th-ranked Gators had at least 21 players and coaches test positive in recent days, an outbreak that prompted the Southeastern Conference to postpone Florida’s next two games. (AP)

Controversial KU basketball player decides not to play: Kansas forward Silvio de Sousa is opting out of the upcoming college basketball season, potentially ending what has been one of the most controversial tenures of any player in coach Bill Self’s blueblood program. Self said in a statement that de Sousa was opting out to “focus on matters in his personal life.” De Sousa joined the Jayhawks midway through the 2017-18 season and helped them reach the Final Four. But he was forced to sit out the next season amid eligibility questions after his name surfaced in the FBI probe into college basketball corruption, then served a 12-game suspension last year for his role in a brawl against Kansas State. (AP)

Briscoe rolls in Xfinity race: Chase Briscoe swept the first two stages of the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Kansas Speedway, in Kansas City, Kan., then dominated after a restart with four laps to go to win the first race in the round of eight and clinch his spot in the season finale. Daniel Hemric was second and Ryan Sieg third. Justin Allgaier was involved in a wreck but avoided major damage, finished 10th and came away leading the rest of the playoff field heading to Texas and Martinsville. (AP)

Moffitt drives truck to victory: Brett Moffitt held off a field full of NASCAR trucks series playoff contenders, winning a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag at Kansas Speedway, in Kansas City, Kan. He got a big push from teammate Sheldon Creed, who won the first two stages and finished second overall, on the final restart to win. Moffit’s first victory of the season came in the first of three races that will trim the playoff field from eight to four for the finale, and the victory means that he won’t have to worry about qualifying the next two events. Austin Hill finished third, with Grant Enfinger fourth and Chandler Smith fifth. (AP)

Enders wins in NHRA event: Erica Enders regained the NHRA Pro Stock points lead, beating Jason Line in the final round of the rain-delayed Midwest Nationals at the AAA Texas FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, in Ennis. She raced to her third victory of the season, finishing in 6.572 seconds at 208.49 mph in the finale of the event postponed two weeks ago in Madison, Illinois, because of cold temperatures and wind direction. Pro Stock Motorcycle points leader Matt Smith had a 6.775 at 200.50 to beat Scotty Pollacheck in the final round of the Midwest Nationals.

In qualifying for the FallNationals, Steve Torrence took the No. 1 spot in Top Fuel, Matt Hagan in Funny Car, Deric Kramer in Pro Stock, and Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle. (AP)

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