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In brief: Oilers outlast Lightning, earn first victory of the season

From Staff And Wire Reports

NHL: Taylor Hall scored a penalty-shot goal and added an assist, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted the winner in the final minutes to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night in Edmonton, Alberta, giving the Oilers their first win of the season.

Justin Schultz also scored for the Oilers. Edmonton was the final team in the Western Conference to earn a victory.

• Concussion lawsuit filed: The consolidated class-action lawsuit by former NHL players against the league over concussion-related injuries has been filed in federal court. They are seeking a jury trial for unspecified financial damages and NHL-funded medical monitoring for neurological disorders.

Davidson QB arrested, suspended

FOOTBALL: Davidson quarterback J.P. Douglas has been suspended from the team after his arrest following a fight at his on-campus apartment.

The Mecklenburg, North Carolina, County Sheriff’s Office said on its website that Douglas was arrested Sunday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He was released on a $5,000 bond.

Manning steps away from committee: Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence from the College Football Playoff selection committee, which will not replace him this season and go forward with 12 members as it chooses four semifinalists for the first time.

Playoff executive director Bill Hancock said Manning will have surgery next month to help relieve discomfort he has while moving around and will be unable to travel to the meetings.

Williams beats Ivanovic in opener

MISCELLANY: Serena Williams won her opening match at the WTA Finals in Singapore, beating Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-4 in the Red Group for her 16th consecutive victory at the season-ending tournament.

Williams came into the finals after injuries forced her out of her previous two outings and following Russian official Shamil Tarpischev’s disparaging comments about her and sister Venus.

Mutumbo eyes former team: Former Hawks player Dikembe Mutombo has met with a group of investors about joining their bid to buy the NBA Atlanta Hawks.

The group, which is made up in part of Atlanta businessmen, has begun the preliminary work to get involved in the sale of the team. Talks are ongoing.

Leagues file against sports betting: The nation’s four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA want to stop New Jersey’s plans to allow legal sports betting, just days before it’s due to start. They filed legal papers in federal court in Trenton, seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.

Champion drag racer dies: Raymond Beadle, a three-time NHRA Funny Car world champion and a championship NASCAR team owner, died Monday in Waco, Texas. He was 70.

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