Friday, June 22, 2018

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After Ayton Goes No. 1, NBA Draft Tough To Handicap

Deandre Ayton is one sure thing in the NBA Draft order

You can bet on one sure thing at the NBA Draft Thursday night. Center Deandre Ayton will go to the Phoenix Suns with the first overall pick. The University of Arizona star is a no-brainer to stay in state and give the Suns an inside offensive force. But after the No. 1 pick, things get dicey. Many teams are looking …

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Favored Germany, Brazil Suffer Anxious World Cup Starts

The pressure builds on Germany after its opening match loss to Mexico at the World Cup.

After one round of group play at the World Cup in Russia, experts must reassess their view of the favorites. Defending champion Germany fell to Mexico 1-0  in what could have easily been 3-0 a loss thanks to its defensive breakdowns. Powerful Brazil settled for a 1-1 tie against Switzerland, with superstar Neymar absorbing foul after foul in his first competitive …

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Healthy Neymar Improves Brazil’s World Cup Odds

Neymar led Brazil to Olympic glory, but can he rise up on the bigger World Cup stage?

If many experts are correct, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain should advance to the World Cup semifinals in Russia and Brazil and Spain should play for the title. Sure, there are at least a dozen strong contenders. EURO 2016 champion Portugal with superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina with the great Lionel Messi and Uruguay with Luis Suarez are serious threats. And nobody …

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Tiger Woods Hopes To Defy Major Odds At U.S. Open

Tiger Woods is looking friskier on the course, so he will get some attention at the U.S. Open. But he will be hard-pressed to win it.

Tiger Woods is not keeping a low profile at the U.S. Open. Rather than, say, use some Hilton points for his accommodations, he parked his $20 million yacht at the Hamptons in advance of this major. So he is not just another face in the field for this major. Although Tiger hasn’t won a tournament in five years and a major …

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Justify Faces Multiple Upset Threats At Belmont Stakes

Justify faces serious upset threats at the Belmont Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert won the 2015 Triple Crown with American Pharoah and he’s guardedly optimistic that Justify can do the same. “You have to prepare yourself for disappointment,” Baffert told reporters last week. “We were quietly confident (with American Pharoah), but you still have to do it. You don’t know how the race is going to play out, but I just …

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Capitals Slow Golden Knights Charge In Stanley Cup Final

The Capitals are throttling Golden Knights with smothering team defense.

For the first time in NHL postseason play, the Vegas Golden Knights have lost two games in a row. Hesitation crept into the their play against the Washington Capitals during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, a 3-1 loss. That put the Golden Knights behind 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, giving the Capitals a chance to build a commanding …

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LeBron James Won’t Go Down Without Fight In NBA Finals

LeBron James won't be easily contained during the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors are prohibitive favorites to dispatch the Cleveland Cavaliers and win their third NBA championship in four years. But LeBron James insists on having a say on that. But for a questionable last-minute foul call reversal, George Hill’s missed free throw and JR Smith’s last-second mental lapse, James would have led the Cavaliers to victory in Game …

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Ovechkin, Capitals Aim To Stop Vegas, Win First Stanley Cup

Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals hope to win their first Stanley Cup at the expense of Vegas.

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin has accomplished about everything possible in his NHL career but winning a Stanley Cup. That failure, if it can be called that, has dogged him in recent seasons. “You don’t define Alex Ovechkin because of a Cup or no Cup because he’s inspired a lot of players to play the game,” Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters. …

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Cavaliers Force Game 7, Warriors Aim To Do Same

LeBron James delivered another one of those career-defining performances Friday night to push the Cleveland Cavaliers into Game 7 of NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. Can Stephen Curry and/or Kevin Durant do the same for the Golden State Warriors over in the Western Conference Saturday night? They have a tough act to follow in this spectacular NBA Final Four. Every time …

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Islanders Hire Lamoriello, Hope to Keep Tavares

With the Islanders getting a long overdue management upgrade, John Tavares may be more inclined to stay.

Lou Lamoriello is taking control of the New York Islanders hockey operation, so the chances of star center John Tavares staying put just increased. With Tavares headed toward unrestricted free agency, the Islanders finally took steps to end general manager Garth Snow’s reign of error and make the situation more attractive. Folks close to Tavares insisted John would like to stay …

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