Sharks’ Kane gets three-game ban

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san Jose sharks winger Evan­der Kane re­ceived an au­to­matic three-game sus­pen­sion for phys­i­cal abuse of an of­fi­cial dur­ing sun­day night’s pre-sea­son game against the Ve­gas Golden Knights.

the sharks can ap­peal the sus­pen­sion, which would push the de­ci­sion to com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman.

Kane, 28, was in­volved in a third-pe­riod scuf­fle with Golden Knights de­fence­man Deryk En­gel­land when lines­man Kiel Murchi­son en­tered the pic­ture.

Murchi­son grabbed Kane by the jersey and both fell to the ice. Kane ap­peared to shove Murchi­son when he stood up, prompt­ing his ejec­tion and the en­su­ing sus­pen­sion.

Kane, who led the NHL with 153 penalty min­utes last sea­son, called get­ting tossed “an ab­so­lute joke.”

“I get kicked out of the game for get­ting jumped from be­hind by a ref­eree. I’ve never seen a ref take five strides,” he said af­ter the sharks lost 5-1. “If you look at (Murchi­son’s) face, he’s get­ting all this power and he’s try­ing to drive me into the ice, which is what he did. that’s un­be­liev­able. talk about abuse of an of­fi­cial? How about abuse of a player? It’s an ab­so­lute joke.”

DE GRASSE TAKES SIL­VER IN 200M

doha — amer­i­can Noah Lyles shot to 200 me­ters world cham­pi­onships gold on tues­day, pro­vid­ing a bright fin­ish to a day dark­ened by yet an­other dop­ing scan­dal.

the show­man Lyles, his hair dyed sil­ver af­ter a heroic ani­mee char­ac­ter, kicked off what many pre­dict will be a glit­ter­ing ca­reer by win­ning his first world ti­tle by storm­ing across the line un­threat­ened in a time off 19.83 sec­onds.

canada’s An­dre De Grasse, the rio Olympic sil­ver medal­list be­hind Usain Bolt, was se­cond again in 19.95 while ecuador’s Alex Quinonez took the bronze by clock­ing 19.98.

It was a bril­liant fin­ish to a day of com­pe­ti­tion clouded by a drugs con­tro­versy that be­gan with renowned amer­i­can coach Al­berto Salazar be­ing banned for four years for dop­ing vi­o­la­tions.

WOZINACKI GETS EASY WIN AT CHINA OPEN

de­fend­ing champ Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of den­mark needed just 84 min­utes to post a 6-4, 6-0 vic­tory over amer­i­can Christina Mchale in the se­cond round of the china Open on tues­day in bei­jing.

the no. 16 seed won the fi­nal seven games of the match to earn her fourth straight win over Mchale.

Woz­ni­acki is seek­ing her first ti­tle de­fence since win­ning the to­ray Pan Pa­cific Open in 2016 and 2017. next up will be czech Ka­te­rina Sini­akova.

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San Jose Sharks’ Evan­der Kane shoves lines­man Kiel Murchi­son dur­ing Sun­day’s pre-sea­son game.

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