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  • To become a dynasty, Lightning will …
    To become a dynasty, Lightning will … Reuters - 1 hour 44 minutes ago

    The Tampa Bay Lightning believe they have what it takes to become an NHL dynasty but first must topple a Chicago Blackhawks team that are bidding for a third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Chicago are the first club to make three trips to the Stanley Cup Final in the salary cap era, which began in 2005-06. Now they want to be the first to win three championships in a six-season span since the Detroit Red Wings celebrated titles in 1997, 1998 and 2002. More »

  • Bishop stands tall in net for Light …
    Bishop stands tall in net for Light … Reuters - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop stood tall in the biggest moments of the Lightning's playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final, fueling the Florida team's hopes of a second NHL crown in 11 years. The Lightning have an explosive attack that led the NHL in goals, and a strong, veteran defensive corps but Bishop was entering his first NHL postseason. While there were some high-scoring defeats, Bishop was brilliant when it mattered most. More »

  • Peterson 'feels good' to be …
    Peterson 'feels good' to be … Reuters - 2 hours 46 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Running back Adrian Peterson had a happy reunion with his coach and Minnesota Vikings teammates as he reported for training on Tuesday after missing most of last season while banished by the NFL for beating his son. "It feels good to be back in the building," Peterson, 30, said in a news conference in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, following the team's offseason training activities. More »

  • NFL chief Goodell will not recuse himself …
    NFL chief Goodell will not recuse himself … Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Steve Ginsburg WASHINGTON (Reuters) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday rejected a request by the players union that he recuse himself as the arbitrator in the "Deflategate" appeal of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady, a four-time Super Bowl champion, was suspended by the NFL for four games next season in connection with a scheme to deflate footballs in January's AFC championship game. Goodell said he would exercise his responsibility under the labor agreement to serve as a hearing officer in any appeal of an offense that affects the integrity of the game. More »

  • Fast times and peace coming back for …
    Fast times and peace coming back for … Reuters - Mon, Jun 1, 2015

    By Gene Cherry EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) - Tyson Gay is finally at peace with himself after a 2013 doping positive cost him his reputation and the only Olympic medal he ever won. A big step in the long process came on Saturday at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League in Oregon where the 32-year-old pulled off a season-opening victory in the 100 meters. For Gay, that was a significant accomplishment. More »

  • Ducks come up empty in another Game …
    Ducks come up empty in another Game … Reuters - Sun, May 31, 2015

    The Anaheim Ducks will spend another summer reliving the agony of a Game Seven defeat that crushed their National Hockey League Stanley Cup dreams. For the third season in a row, the Ducks not only suffered a Game Seven loss at home but again squandered a 3-2 series lead. This time it was a 5-3 beating by the Chicago Blackhawks in Saturday's climax of the Western Conference Finals and there was little solace in the fact that in each season the Ducks advanced a round further. More »

  • Contador adds second Giro to grand tour …
    Contador adds second Giro to grand tour … Reuters - Sun, May 31, 2015

    Alberto Contador enhanced his status as one of the greatest grand tour riders when the Spaniard clinched his second Giro d'Italia title on Sunday after finishing safely in the bunch in the final stage won by Belgian Iljo Keisse. The Tinkoff-Saxo leader, who won the three-week race for the first time in 2008, became the second rider after Frenchman Bernard Hinault to have won the three grand tours (Tour de France, Giro, Vuelta) at least twice. Contador, who lost his 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro titles after a positive dope test, will now attempt to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to achieve the Giro/Tour double. More »

  • China's Su runs historic sub-10 …
    China's Su runs historic sub-10 … Reuters - Sun, May 31, 2015

    China's Su Bingtian became the first Asian-born athlete to run a sub-10 second 100 metres when he finished third in the Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday. The 25-year-old clocked 9.99 seconds in the race won by American Tyson Gay in 9.88. "This is definitely a huge boost for me." Su's time is not the fastest by an Asian athlete, however, with Qatar's Femi Ogunode having clocked 9.93 at the Asian Games in South Korea last year on his way to a sprint double. More »

  • Chicago beat Anaheim to reach Stanley …
    Chicago beat Anaheim to reach Stanley … Reuters - Sun, May 31, 2015

    (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks will play in the Stanley Cup Finals for the third time in six seasons after beating the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 in Game Seven of the Western Conference championship series on Saturday. Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored two early goals and the Blackhawks stunned Anaheim by surging to a 4-0 lead in the second period before the Ducks got on the scoreboard. With the road victory in southern California, the Blackhawks won the series 4-3 and will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Finals, which start on Wednesday. More »

  • Lavillenie, Gatlin sparkle in Oregon …
    Lavillenie, Gatlin sparkle in Oregon … Reuters - Sun, May 31, 2015

    (Reuters) - Pole vault world record holder Renaud Lavillenie cleared an impressive 6.05 metres and Justin Gatlin added the year's fastest 200 to his resume at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meeting on Saturday. Only Sergei Bubka has vaulted higher outdoors than Lavillenie did, but the Frenchman, whose world record of 6.16m came indoors, said the outdoor ranking mattered little. "What I did with 6.16 indoors is much better," the Olympic champion said. More »

  • Lightning beat up on Original Six to …
    Lightning beat up on Original Six to … Reuters - Sun, May 31, 2015

    By Tim Wharnsby The Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in 11 years with an entirely new cast and new-found confidence after beating the National Hockey League's old guard along the way. Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards helped the franchise win its only championship back in 2004, but there are no holdovers from that veteran-laden team. Tampa Bay has a new owner in Jeff Vinik, new general manager Steve Yzerman, a different coach in Jon Cooper and a totally changed roster awaiting the Western Conference champion Anaheim Ducks or Chicago Blackhawks. More »

  • Contador suffers but poised to win  …
    Contador suffers but poised to win  … Reuters - Sat, May 30, 2015

    (Reuters) - Barring a crash in Sunday's final stage, Alberto Contador is poised to win the Giro d'Italia after the Spaniard limited the damage on the 20th stage, a punishing 199-km trek from Saint-Vincent to Sestriere on Saturday. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider, who won the race in 2008, lost touch with his main rivals in the penultimate climb, up the narrow dirt roads to the Colle delle Finestre, but retained the overall leader's pink jersey. At the end of the final ascent to Sestriere, Contador was sixth, two minutes 26 seconds behind stage winner Fabio Aru of Italy, who is second overall, two minutes two seconds behind with only one flat stage left to Milan. More »

  • Rangers fans applaud Lundqvist after …
    Rangers fans applaud Lundqvist after … Reuters - Sat, May 30, 2015

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Madison Square Garden crowd saluted New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with chants of "Henry, Henry" after the final horn had sounded on Friday despite the Swede's failure to carry the Rangers to another Game Seven victory. Lundqvist had helped keep the clash against the Lightning scoreless through two periods with his brilliant reflexes and vision, but it was a puck he did not see that sent Tampa Bay on the road to a 2-0 victory and a place in the Stanley Cup Finals. Lightning center Alex Killorn backhanded the puck through traffic and past the Swedish netminder early in the third period for what proved to be the game winner. More »

  • Lightning edge Rangers to claim Stanley …
    Lightning edge Rangers to claim Stanley … Reuters - Sat, May 30, 2015

    By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Lightning booked a Stanley Cup Finals berth with a tense 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Friday, the visitors breaking home goalie Henrik Lundqvist's Game Seven dominance to claim the Eastern Conference championship. Lundqvist had won the last six series-deciding showdowns he had played for New York but third-period goals by Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat ended that National Hockey League record run by the Swede and silenced the Madison Square Garden crowd. Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 22 shots from the Rangers, withstanding an all-out assault in the final minutes, while Lundqvist saved 23 in the defensive battle. More »

  • Hamilton laps up Texas homecoming with …
    Hamilton laps up Texas homecoming with … Reuters - Sat, May 30, 2015

    (Reuters) - Josh Hamilton has returned to Texas with a bang, hitting two home runs in his second game in front of the Arlington crowd as he led the Rangers to a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. One night earlier, Hamilton went 2-for-4 in his first game back in Arlington as a Texas Ranger since 2012. Receiving welcoming ovations from a partisan crowd, Hamilton blasted a solo home run to right field in the second inning then struck again in the fourth on a blow that snapped a 2-2 tie. More »

  • Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in …
    Ex-NFL star Sharper pleads guilty in … Reuters - Fri, May 29, 2015

    Former NFL player Darren Sharper, accused of drugging and raping women in four states, pleaded guilty on Friday to related federal charges in New Orleans, prosecutors said. Sharper, 39, already had pleaded guilty or no contest to rape or attempted rape in Arizona, California and Nevada as part of a series of plea agreements with prosecutors that call for him to serve about nine years in federal prison. In Louisiana, the five-time Pro Bowl National Football League safety admitted to distributing controlled substances to unsuspecting women and then having sex with them while they were incapacitated, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana. More »

  • Aru climbs back up to second in Giro …
    Aru climbs back up to second in Giro … Reuters - Fri, May 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - Italian Fabio Aru attacked in the final climb to win the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia to reclaim second spot overall form his Astana team mate Mikel Landa on Friday. Aru, one of the pre-race favorites, slumped to third overall after cracking in a grueling mountain stage on Tuesday, leaving Spaniard Landa to move up behind dominant leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). But on Friday, the 24-year-old Aru jumped away from a group of favorites and Contador, sitting on a comfortable cushion two days before the finish in Milan, did not react. ... More »

  • Sharks hire DeBoer as head coach
    Sharks hire DeBoer as head coach Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - The San Jose Sharks, who failed to make the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003, appointed Peter DeBoer as the franchise's eighth head coach on Thursday. DeBoer, 46, replaces Todd McLellan, whose departure from the team last month after seven seasons behind the Sharks bench was described as a mutual agreement. "Peter is a well-respected leader who possesses all of the characteristics we were looking for in our next head coach," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. More »

  • Former Penguins coach Bylsma takes over …
    Former Penguins coach Bylsma takes over … Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma was appointed head coach of the struggling Buffalo Sabres, the National Hockey League team said on Thursday Bylsma, 44, joins the Sabres after spending six seasons in Pittsburgh where he led the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup and an impressive regular season record of 252-117-32. More »

  • Schooling sets his sights high at SEA …
    Schooling sets his sights high at SEA … Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    By Julian Linden SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As one of Singapore's most successful and popular swimmers, Joseph Schooling knows the next two weeks of his life will be akin to living in a fish bowl. The teenager is already a sporting celebrity in the tiny city-state because of his feats in the pool but his profile is set to soar to new heights with Singapore hosting the 28th Southeast Asian Games, starting next week. More »

  • Blackhawks force Game Seven with three …
    Blackhawks force Game Seven with three … Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals during a four-minute stretch in the second period to power to a 5-2 victory over Anaheim on Wednesday that forced a Game Seven in their Western Conference Final series. After seeing their 3-0 lead cut to one goal in the third, Andrew Sharp added two goals in the final period to seal the game and tie the series 3-3. Shaw had scored just twice during the playoffs but caught a timely surge to set up the pivotal series decider on Saturday in Anaheim. More »

  • Former Bears tackle McDonald arrested …
    Former Bears tackle McDonald arrested … Reuters - Thu, May 28, 2015

    (Reuters) - Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald, released by the National Football League (NFL) franchise after his arrest this week in Northern California, was arrested again on Wednesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order, police said. The 30-year-old McDonald, who has been involved in a string of domestic assault incidents, was arrested on Monday in Santa Clara for physically assaulting a woman "while she was holding a baby," according to Santa Clara police. In Wednesday's incident, Santa Clara police learned McDonald violated a restraining order - issued as a result of Monday's arrest - by being at a residence from which he was barred in Santa Clara in the afternoon, police said in a statement. More »

  • Olympic champ Park allowed back in pool …
    Olympic champ Park allowed back in pool … Reuters - Wed, May 27, 2015

    Olympic gold medalist Park Tae-hwan, serving an 18 month ban for doping, will return to action in a public pool in Seoul on Monday after parents of local school children allowed him to join a class, local media reported. Park, who became South Korea's first swimming gold medalist when he won the 400 meter freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Games, was banned by world governing body FINA in March after testing positive for testosterone before September's Asian Games. Park's ban means he isn't allowed to train at facilities operated by the government or the Korea Swimming Federation (KSF) but he was granted permission on Wednesday to use the Olympic Swimming Pool in Seoul, Yonhap News reported. More »

  • Rangers trounce Lightning 7-3 to force …
    Rangers trounce Lightning 7-3 to force … Reuters - Wed, May 27, 2015

    (Reuters0 - New York center Derick Brassard scored his first career hat-trick to lead the Rangers to a 7-3 road win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and stave off elimination in their Eastern Conference Final on Tuesday. New York's victory tied the series at 3-3 and set up a decisive Game Seven at Madison Square Garden on Friday. The eventual winner will play either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Anaheim Ducks in the Stanley Cup Finals. More »

  • Bolt wins 200 meters, Powell takes 100 …
    Bolt wins 200 meters, Powell takes 100 … Reuters - Tue, May 26, 2015

    Usain Bolt won the 200 meters in his season's best time of 20.13 seconds in rainy, cold conditions at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting on Tuesday as he builds up for the world championships. Isiah Young of the United States finished second in both races, trailing home behind Bolt in 20.35 and Powell in 10.13. American Dedric Dukes has the world leading 200 time of 19.99. More »

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