NHL finds no evidence Kane bet on games
The NHL found no evidence that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane bet on NHL games or tried to throw games after investigating allegations made by his estranged wife.
Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram post this summer that Kane bet on NHL games and was “obviously throwing games to win money,” launching a probe by the league.
The NHL released the findings of that investigation conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security on Wednesday, a day before the Sharks are set to begin training camp.
The league said the investigation included detailed reviews of social media, public data, court filings from Kane’s bankruptcy proceeding and pending divorce and a review of sports betting data and analysis.
The league said it interviewed Kane and other members of the Sharks organization but Anna Kane declined to participate in the probe.
NBA WARRIORS OWNER LACOB
FINED 50K FOR COMMENTS
ABOUT DISGRUNTLED 76ERS STAR » The Warriors have been linked to disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons for months, and Wednesday, the NBA fined Warriors owner Joe Lacob $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule for comments he made a day earlier about an unnamed player who pretty clearly was Simmons.
TIMBERWOLVES FIRE BASKETBALL
OPS BOSS ROSAS AFTER 2 SEASONS » The Minnesota Timberwolves fired president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, less than a week before training camp in yet another change in leadership for this long-languishing franchise.
Owner Glen Taylor announced that the Timberwolves “parted ways” with Rosas in a two-sentence statement that revealed no direct explanation for the dismissal after just two seasons.
GATOR CHOMP: LEDECKY HEADS TO FLORIDA WORK WITH NESTY » Katie Ledecky will be learning a new stroke.
The Gator Chomp. Ledecky announced Wednesday that she is moving to the University of Florida to be closer to home and train under Anthony Nesty, a rising star coach who will oversee her preparations for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Ledecky, a seven-time Olympic gold medalist, spent the last five years at Stanford University, where she worked with U.S. national team coach Greg Meehan while earning a psychology degree.
The Washington, D.C., native will now be training with Nesty, a 1988 Olympic gold medalist
who serves as the primary coach to both Bobby Finke, who swept the 800and 1500-meter freestyles at the Tokyo Games, and Kieran Smith, who took bronze in the 400 free.
Ledecky will also serve as a volunteer assistant coach on the Gators staff, a coup for Nesty when he hits the recruiting trail.
RAIDERS’ BLACK HOLE COFOUNDER
‘RAIDER ROB’ RIVERA
DIES OF COVID-19 » Rob Rivera, known as “Raider Rob” to the fans of the iconic south end zone at the Coliseum — the Black Hole — has died of COVID-19.
Rivera, who was his 50s, according to ESPN, was known as the co-founder of the Black Hole, the rowdy group of fans at field level which grew during the Raiders’ second tour in Oakland from 1995-2019.
“Sad day for Raider Nation,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden told ESPN in a text.
“He was The Original. Most importantly, a great man who loved life.”