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Vegas Golden Knights' Mark Stone (61) and Paul Stastny (26) celebrate a goal against Dallas Stars goalie Anton Khudobin (35) during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Western Conference final, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
September 08, 2020 - 8:34 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After running into a hot goalie late last round and being shut out in the opener of the Western Conference final, pressure mounted in the minds of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2. When Paul Stastny scored to end a lengthy goal drought by Vegas forwards, the entire mood...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. Four years after Kaepernick spoke out against racism and eventually lost his job for peacefully protesting, the NFL supports his fight and now encourages players to stand up for racial equality and social justice.(AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)
September 08, 2020 - 12:06 pm
Four years later, the NFL admitted it was wrong and said it now supports Colin Kaepernick in his fight against racial injustice, encouraging players to take a stand - or a knee - for the cause. What happens next? The league’s 101st season kicks off Thursday night, when the Super Bowl champion...
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Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman (77), Brayden Point (21), Ondrej Palat (18) and Alex Killorn (17) celebrate a goal during second-period NHL Eastern Conference final playoff game action against the New York Islanders in Edmonton, Alberta, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
September 07, 2020 - 9:40 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Braydon Point and the well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning resembled a refreshed team eager to come off an extended break after switching cities in the NHL playoff bubble. The New York Islanders, on the other hand, looked predictably travel- and game-weary. Point scored twice...
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Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) blocks the shot of Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka (9) during the second half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
September 07, 2020 - 7:03 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The game plan from Boston coach Brad Stevens was simple: Start things off with an increased effort on defense to set an immediate tone. The Celtics did exactly as he asked — and put the reigning NBA champions on the ropes. Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and the Celtics...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) drives the puck along the boards with St. Louis Blues center Tyler Bozak (21) during second-period NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario. Ryan has been named the Bill Masterton Trophy winner for publicly sharing his battle with alcohol issues. The 33-year-old Ryan missed more than two months after entering the NHL/NHLPA players assistance program on Nov. 20, 2019. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
September 07, 2020 - 6:31 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was named the Bill Masterton Trophy winner on Monday after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol issues. The 33-year-old Ryan missed more than two months after entering the NHL/NHLPA players assistance program on Nov. 20. Upon his...
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Vegas Golden Knights' Ryan Reaves (75) checks Vancouver Canucks' Alexander Edler (23) during the third period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
September 07, 2020 - 3:34 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Ryan Reaves stood in the tunnel outside the locker room, fist-bumping his Vegas teammates as they marched to the ice. Instead of skates, pads and a jersey, his uniform was made up of jeans, a sweater over top of a button-down shirt and dress shoes. Reaves then took his spot...
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Colorado Avalanche's Nazem Kadri (91) scores against Dallas Stars' goalie Anton Khudobin (35) as Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon (29), Stars' Miro Heiskanen (4) and Stars' Blake Comeau (15) battle during second-period NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
September 07, 2020 - 1:31 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Victor Hedman put the Tampa Bay Lightning on his back and carried them to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015. Five years later, the 6-foot-6 monster of a man can shoulder even more of a load. Hedman is perhaps the best defenseman in the world and headlines an NHL playoffs...
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FILE - Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway questions a foul call during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Houston, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Houston. As the NCAA gets set announce its plans for the 2020-21 college basketball season, there are clear precedents and blueprints in place should it decide to go the bubble route. “Maybe do it for maybe a week or two at a time, playing a certain amount of games and getting retested after you come back or something like that,” Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said. "It’s possible, it’s not going to be easy.”(AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
Associated Press
September 07, 2020 - 1:16 pm
The NBA bubble has held. So has the NHL's double bubble. The WNBA and MLS, no leaks. In this unprecedented landscape of sports in a pandemic world, one indisputable fact has emerged: bubbles work. Thousands of tests, minimal to no positive COVID-19 test results. So as the NCAA gets set announce its...
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Vegas Golden Knights' Paul Stastny (26) is checked by Dallas Stars' Radek Faksa (12) during the first period of Game 1 of an NHL Western Conference final hockey game, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
September 06, 2020 - 8:43 pm
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Two days after they and the Vegas Golden Knights each won a hard-fought Game 7 to move on, the Dallas Stars figured there might be an emotional letdown at the start of the Western Conference final. They filled that void with hit after hit, got one early goal and played the...
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New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) celebrates his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers with teammates during first-period NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game action in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Associated Press
September 05, 2020 - 7:06 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Thomas Greiss stopped 16 shots and the New York Islanders advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1993, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-0 in Game 7 of the second-round series Saturday night. Brock Nelson had a goal and two assists, and defensemen Scott...
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