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Murray, Penguins top Lightning 2-1 to advance to Stanley Cup Final NHL PLAYOFFS

PITTSBURGH — The hours before the biggest game of Bryan Rust's life were restless. The nap he tried to sneak in never materialized. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward's mind was simply too busy. "I was just sitting up there looking...

Don Cherry: "no way" Lightning captain Stamkos should be playing Game 7 TELEVISION

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos wouldn't have played Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final if it was up to Don Cherry. The popular hockey commentator was adamant that Stamkos, who appeared in Thursday's game for the first time...

Defending champion Warriors stave off elimination, beat OKC NBA

OAKLAND, Calif. — "We're not going home! We're not going home!" Stephen Curry screamed at the top of his lungs. No, his Golden State Warriors are going back to Oklahoma City, after keeping their title reign and the winningest...

Happ pitches Blue Jays past Yankees, Sabathia in 3-1 win TORONTO BLUE JAYS

NEW YORK — In between retiring Yankees hitters, Toronto starter J.A. Happ could appreciate the moment of dueling with CC Sabathia. "It was kind of fun, definitely, being out there — Yankee Stadium, pitching against him," Happ...

How Joe Pavelski went from seventh-round unknown to Conn Smythe favourite NHL PLAYOFFS

The NHL scouts parading through Waterloo, Iowa, usually said the same thing about Joe Pavelski. "'He can't skate, he's not big enough. He can't skate, he's not big enough'," recalls P.K. O'Handley, who coached...

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips announces his retirement NHL

OTTAWA — Longtime Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips is announcing his retirement. He made his debut with the Senators in 1997 and spent his entire NHL career with the team. Phillips missed this past season due to back problems....

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard loses at French Open TENNIS

PARIS — Canadian Eugenie Bouchard has been eliminated from the French Open after a 6-4, 6-4 second-round loss to eighth-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland. A French Open semifinalist last year, Bacsinszky was broken in her first service...

Martin hits first 2 HRs of season, Blue Jays top Yankees 8-4 TORONTO BLUE JAYS

NEW YORK — Once he finally produced some power at the plate, Russell Martin got into a dangerous groove. Martin hit his first two home runs of the season, Michael Saunders also went deep and the Toronto Blue Jays broke out their big bats...

Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues NHL PLAYOFFS

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and the rest of the San Jose Sharks gathered around the Campbell Bowl for a celebratory picture after winning the Western...

Canucks send Jared McCann, picks to Panthers for Erik Gudbranson and pick NHL

VANCOUVER — Defenceman Erik Gudbranson was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks in a trade with the Panthers on Wednesday night that sent centre Jared McCann to Florida. Vancouver also got Florida's 2016 fifth round pick (NYI) and the Canucks...

Cavaliers roar back to clobber Raptors 116-78, taking 3-2 series lead TORONTO RAPTORS

CLEVELAND — The Toronto Raptors rode a wave of momentum into Cleveland on Wednesday. But by the merciful end of an atrocious Game 5 effort, it was tough to believe...

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