Compiled from wire reports

HOCKEY

NHL announces two games?are set to be held in China

•?The NHL will play its first games in China this fall when the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks meet in Beijing and Shanghai. The preseason games will take place Sept. 21 in Shanghai and Sept. 23 in Beijing. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the launch of the NHL China Games at a news conference Thursday morning at Le Sports Center. Bettman called it a historic moment for the league and said the NHL’s commitment to China goes beyond the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He and other league officials have said it’s a long-term arrangement with China that also includes contributions to growing grassroots hockey in the country.

• The Buffalo Sabres signed forward C.J. Smith to a two-year, $1.85 million contract after he completed his junior season at UMass-Lowell. Smith finished tied for eighth in the NCAA with 23 goals and 12th with 51 points this past year. The player from Des Moines, Iowa, earned Hockey East Tournament MVP honors after scoring four goals and four assists in five games.

• The Chicago Blackhawks recalled forward Vinnie Hinostroza from Rockford of the American Hockey League. Hinostroza, who is from nearby Bartlett, Illinois, has six goals and eight assists in 48 games with Chicago this season. He was sent down when the Blackhawks acquired forward Tomas Jurco in a trade with Detroit on Feb. 24.

TENNIS

Federer, Wozniacki move?forward in the Miami Open

•?Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki rolled through the first few matches of the Miami Open, never facing any significant challenges. That changed Thursday, and both survived. The fourth-seeded Federer fought off two match points before beating No. 10 Tomas Berdych 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a quarterfinal matchup. Wozniacki rallied with far less drama, the No. 12 seed topping second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the final at Key Biscayne for the first time in her 10 appearances at the tournament.

FIGURE SKATING

Javier Fernandez skates?into lead at men’s event

•?Javier Fernandez took the lead in the men’s event Thursday at the figure skating world championships. The two-time defending champion skated an immaculate short program to the tune of “Malaguena,” landing a quadruple toeloop-triple toeloop combination, plus a quad salchow, for 109.05 points. Japanese skater Shoma Uno is second with 104.86 points ahead of Saturday’s free skate.

Horse racing

Knee fracture has El Areeb?out of the Kentucky Derby

•?El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture. Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.

— From wire reports