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Sports News Roundup: NBA roundup: Damian Lillard (41) lifts Bucks past Clippers; NFL-Beloved Eagles centre Kelce retires after 13 seasons and more

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.

NBA roundup: Damian Lillard (41) lifts Bucks past Clippers

Damian Lillard scored a game-high 41 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-106 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Bobby Portis added 28 points and 16 rebounds off the bench for the Bucks, who won their sixth straight game. Milwaukee’s Patrick Beverley tallied 12 points and nine rebounds against his former team. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo missed the game due to a left Achilles injury.

Report: Panthers parting ways with CB Donte Jackson

The Carolina Panthers are expected to release or trade veteran cornerback Donte Jackson, ESPN reported Monday. Jackson, 28, has a $4 million roster bonus due March 16. His release would save $5.9 million against the salary cap.

Spring training roundup: Twins earn split-squad sweep

Ryan Jeffers, Willi Castro and Carlos Santana hit solo home runs to guide the host Minnesota Twins to a 4-3 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday in Fort Myers, Fla. The Twins entered the fourth inning down 2-0 before Jeffers and Castro knocked back-to-back homers off Dylan Lee. Santana delivered the go-ahead dinger the next inning off Grant Holmes (0-2).

Preds F Tommy Novak signs three-year, $10.5M extension

The Nashville Predators signed center Tommy Novak to a three-year, $10.5 million contract on Monday. Novak, 26, has recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) through 51 games this season.

Buccaneers keep WR Mike Evans with $52M extension

Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans signed a two-year, $52 million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one week before he was eligible to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The first draft pick made by current general manager Jason Licht, Evans’ deal includes $35 million guaranteed and his annual average earnings put him in the top four in the NFL at his position. This is his third contract with the Buccaneers.

Report: Suns G Devin Booker (ankle) out another 7-10 days

The Phoenix Suns will be without All-Star guard Devin Booker for another 7-10 days with a right ankle injury, The Athletic reported Monday. The four-time All-Star sprained his ankle with 1:15 left in Saturday’s 118-109 loss to the Houston Rockets. The Suns were on defense when Booker’s foot got tangled with teammate Royce O’Neale.

NHL roundup: Panthers top Rangers in heavyweight tilt

Ryan Lomberg scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period Monday night for the visiting Florida Panthers, who continued surging with a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers in a battle of Eastern Conference division leaders. Sam Reinhart scored twice — both times off impressive feeds from Aleksander Barkov — for the Panthers, who won their fifth straight game and for the 15th time in 17 games (15-2-0) to remain two points ahead of the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division and increase their NHL-leading points total to 88.

Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin out two weeks

Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will miss the next two weeks with a lower-body injury. The center left Saturday’s 4-0 loss to the Florida Panthers after receiving a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct at 9:57 of the third period.

Olympics-Canada sports organizations face crisis without extra funding, says COC

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) on Monday called on the federal government to increase financial support to national sport organizations, which it says are overstretched and face a substantial reduction in services and programs. The request for additional funding, which the COC said was necessary to avoid the system taking a step backwards, comes less than five months before the start of the Paris Olympics.

NFL-Beloved Eagles centre Kelce retires after 13 seasons

Philadelphia Eagles centre Jason Kelce announced his retirement on Monday after a 13-year National Football League career during which he established himself as one of the best at his position and endeared himself to the team’s fanbase. Kelce, the older brother of Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, won a Super Bowl in February 2018, earned seven Pro Bowl selections and was named a first-team All Pro six times in an NFL career spent entirely with the Eagles.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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