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Maple Leafs look to ramp up pressure on Capitals

Trotz counted "four, five absolute outstanding chances to win the game in overtime where we were standing in the slot and we just couldn't finish". As in, how the Toronto Maple Leafs didn't have any against the Washington Capitals, a team that may have playoff baggage, but is now big, strong and fast, and cruised to first place overall by playing it any way it needed to. Read More »

Portland centre Jusuf Nurkic out for Game 1 of playoffs

Their lead scorer at the time was Kevin Durant with 16 points. "This is the NBA", Durant said . "We don't look at paper, we don't look at who's the underdog, we don't look at none of that stuff". It's fun. You hit a shot, he's talking to us. We come out here, represent our teams, representing our hometowns where everybody's from. Elsewhere in the West, the Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder tipped off in a series featuring the top contenders in the Most Valuable Player race - ... Read More »

Anthony Johnson Says Goodbye: 'The End of Rumble'

Cormier will again stake his light heavyweight belt against Johnson when they slug it out at UFC 210 in a rematch. The 38-year-old was all over Rumble and eventually took his back with just over a minute left. "Don't talk to me about a guy that's ineligible", Cormier said as Jones stood cageside. At Friday's weigh-in, Cormier arrived to the scale just minutes before a two-hour window ended and initially weighed 206.2 pounds, which is 1.2 pounds over the allowable limit of 205. Read More »

Mariners' Paxton gets scoreless streak to 21 IP, beats Texas


With a new approach, Felix Hernandez is back to his old self. Hernandez delivered his best outing of the young season, showing excellent command and the pitch efficiency the Mariners have craved to see from him. With one out and a runner on first, Robinson Cano hit a grounder to short that looked like a double-play ball, but Andrus bobbled it and rushed an off-target flip to second. Read More »

Blue Jackets rookie returns to game after gnarly cut to face


According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Blue Jackets are favored at home today, as they are getting odds of -120 to win , while the Penguins are getting a money line of +100 to prevail. His 20 minutes and 34 seconds of even-strength ice time did not include a goal against, and during that time the Penguins also held a 9-1 edge in high-danger scoring chances as defined by naturalstattrick.com. Read More »

Vettel beats Hamilton in Bahrain thriller

Germany's Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, that team's first points of the year, and French rookie Esteban Ocon bagged the final point for Force India. Hamilton had moved to second after the safety vehicle by overtaking Bottas, but his long second stop had left him back in third, more than 20 seconds behind Vettel. Read More »

Durant shines in Golden State playoff debut in Game 1 win

Putting away these questions for now, the Golden State Warriors are entering the First Round of the playoffs fully healthy and seem to be locked and loaded to bring a second championship in three years back to the Bay Area. The Warriors locked this game up, just like Vegas, you, me, the guy at Oracle, and Chancelor Bennett thought. "So, that tells you that we don't talk about stuff like that". Read More »

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas' sister killed in car accident

Over Boston's last five games, it scored and allowed 110 points per contest. Really for all games played in late April and, at least, a few weeks in May (we'll discuss late May and early June in another column). Stevens said decisions on the player's availability are Thomas' alone. Thomas plays through the emotional anguish on Sunday night. "We're never going to make excuses, but this is hard", Horford said. Read More »

Verstappen makes Hamilton take notice after podium charge

After two races, Vettel and Hamilton share the title points lead, with 43 apiece as they head to Bahrain for the next grand prix of the season in just one week's time. A wet track caused havoc early on with the virtual safety auto deployed on lap one after Lance Stroll spun off in his Williams. A dominant Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing victory at the Chinese Grand Prix to join title rival Sebastian Vettel at the summit of the Formula One championship. Read More »

Raptors roll, assure Cavs of East's No. 2 seed


I know our team. One of them, the Boston Celtics , won the NBA East at 53-29. "I wish it wasn't against us". We're (the) second seed. There were a number of times earlier in his career when it seemed like he and his team will fail, but they still managed to have a deep run in the playoffs. Read More »

The A-League finals schedule

Perth Glory goalkeeper Liam Reddy showed exactly why he doesn't play outfield, as his poor control led to Melbourne City netting an open goal. Brisbane Roar also head into the post-season on the back of a thriller, having bounced back from a shoddy first half to beat Wellington Phoenix 4-3. Read More »

Isaiah Thomas' Sister Killed In Car Accident On Saturday

Center Al Horford, who touted the opportunity to play alongside Thomas as one of the main reasons he chose to sign with Boston as a free agent this past summer, said everyone is just trying to give him space right now. " He's an incredible player, unbelievable person. This particular situation with his family takes precedent over everything else going on, and we're here for him if he needs us". Read More »

Again, Wenger Refuses To Clarify Future After Arsenal's Humiliating Loss To Palace

Some Gunners fans at Selhurst Park again called for Wenger to leave the club and they also let the players know what they thought of them with a chorus of " you're not fit to wear the shirt . that's very disappointing. It has been unclear all season whether Wenger would decide to stay on at the club and he has constantly refused to answer questions on the matter. Read More »

Paul George Wanted Ball Back From CJ Miles

Paul George led the way for seventh-seeded IN with 29 points but had only four IN the fourth quarter. The Pacers will now try to even the series on Monday night, while the Cavs will seek to take a 2-0 lead at home. Antetekounmpo made 13 of 18 shots and added eight rebounds to help the Bucks deal the Raptors their eighth straight series-opening loss. Star forward, Paul George led the Pacers with 29 points and 7 assists. Read More »

Neymar banned three matches, will miss El Clasico

Barcelona forward Neymar has been slapped with a two-game suspension for his sarcastic applause of an assistant referee and will miss the club's upcoming contest against Real Madrid as a result . After all, they're trailing Real by three points in La Liga's standings and if they lose (or play to a draw in) El Clasico, it'll practically doom their chances of winning the league's championships. Read More »

Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks - 4/14/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

In his last seven playoff games going back to last season, Hertl has three goals and three assists for six points and a plus-three rating. For the most part, however, he was held in check by the Sharks . Fuelled by excitement, the Oilers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, and then got schooled by the older, more experienced Sharks . If the Oilers could get the first ten minutes of Wednesday's game for an entire sixty minutes tonight, things will work out just fine. Read More »

Top seed Celtics carry expectations into matchup with Bulls

But it's a safe bet Butler won't draw the assignment for that long. Even though we know better, Bulls fans will root for the 8-1 upset over the Celtics . Chicago is getting hot and healthy at the right time , but do they have what it takes to get past the insane good Celtics team? Unfortunately for Thomas, he has more pressing matters on his mind. Read More »

Jazz Lose Rudy Gobert, Beat Clippers Anyway on Joe Johnson Buzzer-Beater

He left the building for an MRI and doctors later diagnosed him with a hyperextension in his left knee, as well as a bone bruise. He will continue to be reevaluated and further updates will be provided when appropriate. "I felt bad for him". For all the talk of the Jazz not being able to score on the Clippers, the Clippers haven't done much against the Jazz this season. Read More »

Corbin blanks Indians, D-backs sweep series


The Diamondbacks tweeted out that he is the first Major League Baseball player to reach base safely in his first eight at-bats to start a season since 2006. "You open up the season sweeping and then getting swept, but really at the end of the day tip you cap to those guys", Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. Read More »

Cavs escape Pacers, Spurs put boot to Grizzlies in openers

James added 13 assists and six rebounds in his 200th playoff game as he won his 18th consecutive first-round match. - Milwaukee stole homecourt advantage from the Raptors as Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH'-nihs an-teh-tuh-KUHM'-poh) scored 28 points and rookie Malcolm Brogdon had 16 to carry the Bucks to a 97-83 win at Toronto. Read More »

Chelsea cruise on, pounce Bournemouth 3-1

The Nigerian was on for 90 minutes before leaving the pitch for Kurt Zouma as Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points after defeating Bournemouth by three goals to one at the Vitality Stadium. "We have shown all season great character, great desire, great will to fight for the title", he said. "Don't forget last season Tottenham fought for the title until the end which means they are a really good team". Read More »

Klopp: We didn't practise 3-5-2 formation

Klopp chose to bring both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho on at half-time while 1-0 down to Stoke , changing his formation from three at the back to four. Firmino after the last game had a bit of a groin problem and was a bit exhausted, maybe he could have started but we had to leave him out of training for three days, so it was his first session today! Immediately Liverpool improved. Read More »

Hamilton hopeful Red Bull can join title battle

Verstappen then wasted no time moving up the field. At one stage it looked as though he may do the unthinkable and pass the triple world champion - another who excels in the wet conditions - after moving to within one second of the eventual victor. Read More »

More to come from Celtic, warns Rodgers

But the Ulsterman does not intend to head back south of the border any time soon, after being named as a potential candidate to succeed Wenger. Rodgers has confessed that whether Patrick Roberts returns to Glasgow next term on loan from Manchester City will impact upon his plans, while a number of new faces are expected at Parkhead. Read More »

Collins: Mets not worried about Syndergaard's finger issues


The Marlins walked off on Friday, won it with an eighth-inning comeback on Saturday and almost no-hit the Mets before walking off yet again on Sunday. "It's going to be a fun summer". On Sunday, it came in the form of Dan Straily, who walked five batters but gave up no hits before exiting with one out in the sixth. Read More »

Ibra sparks Man Utd against 10-man Sunderland


United extended their unbeaten record to 21 league games and climbed to fifth place in the table, four points below fourth-place Manchester City, who have played a game more . Sunderland have gone seven league games without scoring and with seven games remaining they are 10 points adrift of safety and seemingly doomed to relegation. Read More »

Preds Pound Blackhawks 5-0 for 2-0 Series Lead

On Saturday night? Different story. "It will be fun". The netminder also logged assists on two of Nashville's five goals in the Game 2 blowout - Nos. "We're going to have to find ways to fight through that and more than likely, that comes with dumping the puck and hopefully getting pucks back, making them play in their end". Read More »

Pens down Jackets in series opener

The playoffs have officially arrived so the crew discusses the New York Rangers as they battle the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round. "Everybody has a clean slate and a great opportunity in front of them to make a difference and an impact in the playoffs", coach Alain Vigneault said. Read More »

Bulls beat Celtics 101-94; Thomas plays after sister's death

Thomas nearly lifted the Eastern Conference top seeds to victory with two late baskets in their best-of-seven first-round series opener against the Bulls, but the visitors survived to draw first blood, 106-102. Rajon Rondo said the Bulls wanted to be aggressive. "Isaiah, to me, he's family", Bradley said. His teammate, Avery Bradley, was right there by his side. Read More »

Babcock thinks playoff hockey will surprise young Maple Leafs

Pittsburgh has nothing on the line in the game against the Toronto , already due to host Columbus in the first round. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Curtis McElhinney (35) makes a diving stop on Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby (87), not shown, during third period NHL hockey action, in Toronto on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Read More »

Wilson's first goal saves Washington

The Capitals have their own issues, for sure, not least of which is taking too many penalties - starting with four in the first period, then Dmitry Orlov late in the second that led to a Toronto power-play goal, and finally Holtby in the first overtime, slashing a Maple Leafs player and giving Toronto's risky power play yet another chance - this time to win it. Read More »