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FILE - In this May 29, 2012, file photo, Russian national ice hockey team member Alexander Ovechkin, right, holds a certficate of recognition given to him by President Vladimir Putin, left, in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow.  **FILE**

LOVERRO: Ovechkin destined for supporting role in Trump-Putin drama

No one knows for sure if Putin is coming, and if he does, when in the fall it might be. But October seems like the likely time, and the further away from the Nov. 6 election day, the better. In this political environment, who knows? But the Capitals have five home dates in October, and Putin could conceivably be in town for any one of them.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Trump gives Putin an Ovechkin jersey

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump presented Russian President Vladimir Putin with a gift of a hockey jersey and puck from Alexander Ovechkin at the two leaders’ summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2011 file photo Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery keeps his eyes on a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. Emery has drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35. Hamilton Police confirmed Emery was identified as the victim of the swimming accident Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, file) **FILE**

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton, Ontario

- Associated Press

Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.

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Duke's R.J. Barrett (5) goes up against Toronto's Inaki Alvarez (3) during a college basketball exhibition game in Mississauga, Ontario, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP)

R.J. Barrett scores 35 points, Duke beats Toronto 96-60

Associated Press

R.J. Barrett scored 35 points in his second hometown exhibition game for Duke, Zion Williamson added 24 and the Blue Devils beat the University of Toronto 96-60 on Friday night in an exhibition game.