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Blackhawks, Lightning prepare to clash in Stanley Cup finals

The Chicago Blackhawks headed south this week to secure a dynasty, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only obstacle left. Jonathan Toews and his teammates have raised the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, compiling a wealth of big-game accolades in seven years as an elite team. ...

Jun 3, 2015

Devils tap Hynes to fill coaching vacancy

John Hynes was hired Tuesday as coach of the New Jersey Devils, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 years old. General manager Ray Shero said under Hynes, the Devils will be a fast, attacking team that knows how to play defense. ...

Aggressive New Zealand ties series

Jun 3, 2015

Aggressive New Zealand ties series

New Zealand’s bold approach to test cricket was further vindicated with a 199-run win over England in the second test on Tuesday, tying an enthralling series 1-1 and maintaining the Black Caps’ two-year undefeated run in the longer format. England began the fifth day ...

Nishikori falls to Tsonga in French Open quarterfinals

Jun 3, 2015

Nishikori falls to Tsonga in French Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori’s epic comeback effort in the French Open quarterfinals fell short on Tuesday, when he lost 6-1, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 to local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at a raucous center court. With his impressive wingspan, the 188-cm Tsonga was more than ...

Jun 2, 2015

Ivanovic advances to semifinals

Ana Ivanovic reached her first Grand Slam semifinal in seven years on Tuesday when she defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 at the French Open. The seventh-seeded Serb, who last made the semifinals of a major on her way to her only Grand Slam ...

Djokovic, Nadal set to clash in quarters

Jun 2, 2015

Djokovic, Nadal set to clash in quarters

From the moment the French Open draw was made more than a week ago, this is the match the tennis world has been awaiting: No. 1 Novak Djokovic against nine-time champion Rafael Nadal. Except instead of the final, Wednesday’s blockbuster will come in the ...

Jun 1, 2015

Browns' Manziel has run-in with fan

Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a heckler in an incident that didn’t lead to any arrests or charges at the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament. Irving police spokesman James McLellan says the fan had been asking the Cleveland quarterback for an autograph ...

Jun 1, 2015

McEnroe backs call for instant replay

After a much-debated call in her French Open loss to Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka suggested that perhaps it’s time for full-on instant replay to be used in tennis — beyond simply the Hawk-Eye line-calling technology used at other tournaments. “Sometimes we need to have ...

Nishikori advances in Paris

Jun 1, 2015

Nishikori advances in Paris

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in more than 80 years to reach the quarterfinals at the French Open, breezing past Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 as rain played havoc with other matches at Roland Garros on Sunday. In a nearly ...

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

Jun 1, 2015

Jones still upset over handling of ARC finale

A week after returning from Hong Kong following the shortened finale to the Asia Rugby Championship, Japan coach Eddie Jones was still seething Sunday about the game being called off and the Brave Blossoms’ subsequent drop in the world rankings. “Because it’s Japan everyone ...

Sharapova bundled out of French Open

Jun 1, 2015

Sharapova bundled out of French Open

Defending champion Maria Sharapova’s bid for a third French Open title in four years is over. Coughing between points on an overcast day, the second-seeded Sharapova was outplayed throughout a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 loss to 13th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the ...

Kirani James wins 400 meters at Prefontaine Classic

Jun 1, 2015

Kirani James wins 400 meters at Prefontaine Classic

Kirani James won the 400 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic, pulling away from a strong field at Hayward Field. James, the 2012 Olympic champion from Grenada, and American rival LeShawn Merritt ran side by side on the final curve before James turned it ...

Nishikori cruises into French Open quarterfinals

Jun 1, 2015

Nishikori cruises into French Open quarterfinals

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man in more than 80 years to reach the quarterfinals at the French Open, breezing past Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 as rain played havoc with other matches at Roland Garros on Sunday. In a nearly ...