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Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18), of the Czech Republic, watches his shot go in the goal past New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, during the third period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh is at right. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Lightning Strike Rangers in Overtime

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. Ondrej Palat had two goals and an assist, and Tyler Johnson, Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each had one goal and an assist for the Lightning. …

Bruins Have a GM, but But Coach’s Future Not so Clear

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boston — On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement. “He’s the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure,” Sweeney said Wednesday in a news conference after he …

Astros Remain Hot

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Houston — Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer to help Dallas Keuchel earn his eighth straight win, and the Houston Astros kept rolling with a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. The Astros improved to an American League-best 27-14, giving them the best start through 41 games in franchise history. Sitting …

.500 Mark Remains Elusive for Red Sox

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Boston — Phil Klein allowed one run in his first major league start, Robinson Chirinos hit a solo homer and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. The Rangers took a 1-0 lead …

Smith, James Power Cavs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Atlanta — LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. Intent …

Commentary: Kraft Makes Right Call

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Robert Kraft isn’t Al Davis. Far, far from it. So it shouldn’t particularly surprise anyone that Kraft, one of the NFL’s most powerful owners, but also one of those firmly convinced that the league’s prosperity has resulted from …

NFL Changes PAT Kicks

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

San Francisco — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers. The owners on Tuesday approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more …

At Long Last, Wolves Win Draft Lottery

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, the first time since 2004 the team with the worst record won the No. 1 pick. After years of bad luck in the lottery, things finally worked out for the Wolves, who can perhaps choose …

Nats Top Yanks in 10

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Washington — Ryan Zimmerman’s two-run shot with two outs in the 10th inning off Yankees closer Andrew Miller, who hadn’t allowed a run this season, lifted the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 comeback victory over AL East-leading New …

Sox Hang On, Blast Past Rangers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Boston — David Ortiz and Mike Napoli each homered and drove in two runs, Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Boston got a scare when …

NFL Has Let QBs Become Masters of Inflation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When he played quarterback for the Vikings in the 1960s and ’70s, Fran Tarkenton never paid attention to whether the footballs he threw were too heavy, too light or just right. “Just grab the ball and throw it,” …

Brickyard Wipeouts Leaving IndyCar in Crisis

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Indianapolis — IndyCar had a crisis looming well before James Hinchcliffe was injured in another spectacular accident during preparations for the most esteemed race in motorsports. Three cars have gone airborne, and one of the series’ most popular …

Lightning Buzzes Rangers, Ties Series

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New York — Tyler Johnson is carrying the Tampa Bay Lightning in the playoff and making more than a name for himself. The 24-year-old is becoming one of the front-runners to be the postseason MVP. Johnson scored shorthanded, even strength and on the power play in tallying the …