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MacKinnon near return for banged-up Avalanche

4:50 PM ETDENVER — – This was a promising sight for the Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon going through on-ice drills in an optional practice.The speedy forward with the accurate shot appears on track to be back in the lineup Wednesday night against Arizona after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury.It’s a big…

Jets place franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye

ReutersCubs, White Sox allowed 20 percent capacity to open seasonOpening Day in Chicago will take place with fans in the ballparks for the first time in more than a year. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration announced Monday that crowds at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field initially will be limited to 20 percent capacity, with at…

WFT places franchise tag on RG Scherff again

9:02 PM ETWashington has placed the franchise tag on right guard Brandon Scherff for a second consecutive year, the team announced Monday night.Scherff will receive $18.03 million in the 2021 season — a 20% increase over last season. But Washington still hopes to sign him to a long-term deal. It has until July 15 to…