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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 …

Griffin Breaks Through

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Los Angeles — Every NBA fan knows Blake Griffin, resident dunk-monster of Lob City. His one-handed jams have been fodder for highlight reels since his pro career began five years ago. This playoff season, Griffin is showing a …

Tiger Star Swats 400th

Sunday, May 17, 2015

St. Louis — Miguel Cabrera hit his 400th career home run and nearly five hours later Jose Iglesias had an RBI single in the 10th inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3 on …

Reign Day: American Pharoah Romps

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Baltimore — American Pharoah has Bob Baffert back in the Triple Crown groove. With thunder rumbling and rain pouring down, Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah cruised to the lead early and easily won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. …

McIlroy Shoots 61, Grabs Third-Round Lead in N. Carolina

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Charlotte, n.c. — When Rory McIlroy rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the 13th hole, he started thinking about shooting 59. He didn’t quite get there Saturday, settling for an 11-under 61 to break the Quail Hollow record and take a four-shot lead in the Wells Fargo …

Hamilton Tired to Speak to Angels Boss

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Frisco, Texas — Josh Hamilton says he was rejected several times when he tried to speak to Angels owner Arte Moreno during the slugger’s disappointing two-year stint in Los Angeles. The 2010 American League MVP who returned to the Rangers in a trade last month said Saturday he …

Jury Opts For Death In Bombing

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Boston — A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with …

In Brief: Biffle, Bowyer Qualify for All-Star Race

Friday, May 15, 2015

Concord, n.c. — Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer raced their way into the $1 million NASCAR Sprint All-Star event, and Danica Patrick won the fan vote to complete the field for tonight’s race. Biffle won the first 20-lap segment in Friday night’s Sprint Showdown. The race was for …

Brady, Union Upset With NFL

Friday, May 15, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Tom Brady’s lawyers demanded that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the Super Bowl MVP’s “Deflategate” appeal and threatened to go to court unless the four-game suspension is overturned. Laying out the grounds for …

Goaltender Bishop a Key to Tampa Bay’s Deep Playoff Run

Friday, May 15, 2015

Tampa, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning have a pretty good idea of where they’d likely be without Ben Bishop, and it’s not in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals. The league’s tallest goaltender is making a name for …

Pierce Can’t Beat Buzzer, Hawks Advance

Friday, May 15, 2015

Washington — Avoiding overtime in Game 6 when Paul Pierce’s potential tying 3-pointer was released after the clock expired, the Atlanta Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time by beating the Washington Wizards …