Boston Takes 2-1 Lead in Stanley Cup Finals: A 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals gives the Boston Bruins a 2-1 series lead. Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron scored second-period goals. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots. "They had shots but most of them came from the outside," Rask said. "We eliminated a lot of their rebound opportunities."
Spurs One Game from Title: The San Antonio Spurs dominated game 5 of the NBA Finals, defeating the Miami Heat 114-104 to take a 3-2 series lead. Manu Ginobili started for the Spurs and had a season-high 24 points and 10 assists. Spurs guard Danny Green's six three-pointers pushed him into record territory for the most threes in a playoff series. "I can't believe he's still open at this point in the series," said teammate Tony Parker. Miami's big three played well -- LeBron James scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade 25 with 10 assists and Chris Bosh 16 points -- but now must win both games in Miami to repeat as NBA champions.
England's Rose take U.S. Open: Justin Rose shot an even-par 70 Sunday, capping it with one of the loveliest pars he ever has made, to win the U.S. Open by two shots over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old became the first English player to win the U.S. Open in 43 years.
African Muslim Rises Up Sumo Ranks: An Egyptian Muslim has become the first sumo wrestler from Africa to reach the second-highest division of the sport. Osunaarashi Kintaro, 21, whose real name is Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, is a Giza, Egypt, native who began practicing sumo at age 15 and moved to Japan two years ago. He's 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds and was promoted to juryo division after only eight tournaments. "God has given me the gift (of victory) after I have gone through a lot of pain," he said. Favoring pushing and thrust-out techniques so far in his career, Osunaarashi's sumo name means "great sandstorm."
Bruins Win Game 2 in Overtime: A Daniel Paille goal 13:48 into overtime gave the Boston Bruins a 2-1 road win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals, evening the series at 1. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask made 18 saves in a first period onslaught by the Hawks, letting in only one goal by Patrick Sharp.
Beware the $100 Million MLB Man: If there’s any enduring lesson from Pujols’s increasingly scary-looking contract, it’s that teams would do well to build farm systems so flush with talent that those teams don’t need to even consider breaking the bank for aging stars who’ll likely disappoint.
Robert Kraft: Putin Stole My Super Bowl Ring: New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has revealed that he didn't give Russian leader Vladimir Putin his Super Bowl ring in 2005 during a visit to St. Petersburg, Russia, as he's previously said. After Putin put it on, he pocketed the ring and kept it, Kraft said. When the NFL owner came home and demanded it back, the White House told him to claim it had been a gift. "I put my hand out (to get it back) and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out," Kraft said. He said he was told by someone in the Bush White House, "It would really be in the best interest if you meant to give the ring as a present."
The Boston Bruins are the toughest team in the NHL: So what is it good for, this heady melange of swagger and glower and grit and facepunching? What is it, if it's not a way to win? Consider this possibility: toughness in hockey isn't a strategy. It's an aesthetic.
Heat's Big Three Lead Game 4 Win Over Spurs: Dwyane Wade scored 32 points, LeBron James 33, and Chris Bosh 20 in the Miami Heat's 109-93 road win over the San Antonio Spurs to even the NBA Finals at 2-2. The Spurs may want to rethink assigning center Tiago Splitter at the start to guard Wade, who shot 14-for-25 and was 4-4 from the charity stripe. During the game, a waterfront deck collapsed in Miami's North Bay Village as people gathered to watch the game, sending 100 people down five feet into Biscayne Bay. Two dozen were injured, two seriously. "There was just a crack, and then we were in the water," said Crystal Infante.
Four new, not-racist names for Washington D.C.'s football team: The slideshow at the bottom of the article is sort of interesting too, as insight into how branding companies think.
Blackhawks Win Game 1 in Triple OT: In the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup Finals history, the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in triple overtime Wednesday night in game one of the championship series. Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw scored on a deflection 12:08 into the third extra period. The Bruins led 3-1 in the third but the Hawks scored two goals in a four-minute span. "We've preached it -- go to the net, you'll find a way to get a greasy goal," Shaw said.
Jason Kidd hired as Brooklyn Nets head coach: The Brooklyn Nets named Kidd their coach Wednesday in a rare and speedy transition from uniform to suit. Jason Kidd getting Brooklyn Nets job irks Patrick Ewing Jr.
Spurs Crush Heat in Game 3: In the third-largest rout in NBA Finals history, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 113-77 and took a 2-1 series lead. The Spurs had 16 three pointers -- 13 from Danny Green and Gary Neal -- as Green scored 27 points and Neal 24, both personal playoff highs. LeBron James scored 15 points on 7-for-21 shooting and failed to reach the foul line for the first time in his Heat career. "He missed a lot of shots he normally makes," Green said of James. "LeBron is not just us stopping him. He's kind of stopped himself out there and we're getting a little lucky."
'The Doctor' a vivid recollection, but Julius Erving's not done yet: Julius Erving enjoys the game and what it has become, and he relishes the global success that's on display during the NBA Finals. More than anything, though, he loves to hear the players speak, because sometimes he can hear a little bit of his own voice.
Blackhawks Fans Cheer Over Anthem: The return of the Chicago Blackhawks to the NHL's Stanley Cup Finals brings to the spotlight an unusual tradition among the team's fans -- making noise during the National Anthem. The custom of drowning out the song with roaring cheers dates to the 1985 playoffs and a series against the Edmonton Oilers. "It gives me goose bumps," Chicago forward Bryan Bickell said. "I can't imagine a better way to start a hockey game." Game 1 between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins is Wednesday night in Chicago.
Patriots Will Sign TIm Tebow: The New England Patriots will sign Tim Tebow, league sources told ESPN. Tebow is expected to participate in the team's mandatory minicamp Tuesday as a quarterback, according to sources. Belichick values versatility in his players, having used wide receivers Troy Brown, Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater at defensive back when injuries hit that position.
Heat Beat Spurs to Even Series: In perhaps the biggest game of his career, Mario Chalmers led all scorers with 19 points in the Miami Heat's 103-84 victory against the San Antonio Spurs. Tied 1-1, the best-of-seven NBA Finals now shifts to Texas for three consecutive games. LeBron James finished with 17 points, a postseason low, but other Heat players stepped up in a 30-5 run.
2013 SpoFi Stanley Cup Pickem - Finals edition: When the NHL added six teams in 1967, it brought an end to the Original 6 era. No two Original 6 teams have faced each other in the Stanley Cup Finals since then...until now. Result after the conference finals and picks for the Finals inside...
Spurs Take Game 1 Over Heat: The San Antonio Spurs began the NBA Finals with a 92-88 road win over the Miami Heat. Tony Parker scored 21 points, none more important than a desperate heave with time running out on the shot clock in the final 8 seconds. LeBron James had a triple-double with 18 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists. Tim Duncan had 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Special One returns to Chelsea: After more (Inter Milan) and less (Real Madrid) spells elsewhere, Jose Mourinho signed a four year deal to return to Stamford Bridge. One wonders if he'll get on any better with his billionaire boss and how much change he'll ring before the season kicks off--speculation's already out there that Torres and Terry are goners and Essien will return to take the DM spot from Obi-Mikel. And maybe CR7? My main hope is that BetFair continues to back Special1 TV!
Pacers' Roy Hibbert Fined for Gay Joke: The NBA fined Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert $75,000 on Sunday for using the phrase "no homo" and calling the media an expletive during his postgame press conference after Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. Hibbert used the phrase as a joke. Asked about defending LeBron James, Hibbert referred to teammate Paul George and said, "I really felt that I let Paul down in terms of having his back when LeBron was scoring in the post or getting to the paint, because they stretched me out so much. No homo."
Nate Silver's analysis of Canada's 20 year Stanley Cup drought.: Just how unlikely has Canada’s Stanley Cup drought been? And is there anything in the league’s economics that might help to explain it?