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Top Sports Stories (Jun 14, 2014)

Resilient Kings Beat Rangers to Complete Remarkable 2014 Stanley Cup Title Run

On Friday night, for the second time in three seasons, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. It is a truism that the race for the NHL championship is a marathon and not a sprint, but even by hockey’s grueling standards, the Kings’ road to the Cup …

Bleacher Report June 14, 2014, 4:55 AM (PST)


Bleacher Report

AP PHOTOS: Who won the game? No poker faces here

Who won the big World Cup soccer tilt between the Netherlands and defending champion Spain? You don’t need to look further than the fans. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, one of the game’s greatest, deployed a clinical display of counterattacking foot…

FOX News June 14, 2014, 2:44 AM (PST)


FOX News

Sri Lanka on 212-2 at lunch vs England

LONDON (AP) — Kumar Sangakkara hit an undefeated 73 to lead Sri Lanka to 212-2 at lunch on the third day of the first test at Lord’s, 363 runs behind England’s first innings of 575-9 declared. Resuming Saturday on 140-1, Sri Lanka saw Kaushal Silva add…

Yahoo News June 14, 2014, 5:44 AM (PST)


Yahoo News

Australia beats France 6-0 in sloppy 2nd test

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia clinched its three-test series against France with a dour 6-0 win in the second match on Saturday, the lowest-scoring encounter ever between the two teams. Second-half penalties from flyhalf Bernard Foley and …

Yahoo News June 14, 2014, 5:44 AM (PST)


Yahoo News

World Cup: Bay Area’s Beitashour wearing jersey of Iran

San Jose native Steven Beitashour wasn’t about to let international politics squash his World Cup dream. Instead of donning the colors of his country this month in Brazil, Beitashour is wearing the white and red of Iran. Now the player finds himself …

San Jose Mercury News June 14, 2014, 4:20 AM (PST)


San Jose Mercury News

Witten on Romo, expectations for Cowboys this upcoming season

It doesn’t seem possible that Jason Witten should be on the cusp of his 12th season in the NFL. Bill Parcells took him in the third round of the 2003 draft when Witten was a 20-year-old. "I’ve got this," Romo shouted as he pushed Witten away.

FOX Sports June 14, 2014, 5:30 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

MVP Justin Williams is definition of clutch

LOS ANGELES — Wearing khaki cargo shots, flip flops and a vintage, purple Justin Williams jersey given to him on a fathers’ road trip, Craig Williams watched as his son Justin celebrated the third Stanley Cup of his career on the ice moments after …

ESPN June 14, 2014, 2:59 AM (PST)


ESPN

One mistake derails Jordan Zimmermann in complete-game loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Jordan Zimmermann needed just 76 pitches to throw his second straight complete game for the Washington Nationals. He made one big mistake, and Matt Adams drove it over the wall in center to lead Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1…

Washington Times June 14, 2014, 5:36 AM (PST)


Washington Times

Arizona at Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw allowed one run over seven innings, Matt Kemp homered for the first time in more than a month, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Friday night. Kershaw (6-2) gave up eight hits and one run …

CBS Sports June 14, 2014, 5:18 AM (PST)


CBS Sports

Legendary Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll dies

Chuck Noll, the four-time Super Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has passed away at the age of 82. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Noll’s death Friday night, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation. Noll died…

NFL June 14, 2014, 4:05 AM (PST)


NFL

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Top Sports Stories (Jun 13, 2014)

Porsche return to Le Mans makes 24-hour race this weekend more competitive

Porsche’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a 16-year absence in the top category has made the race less predictable. Only Toyota could realistically challenge Audi’s dominance in the past two years. But Porsche’s performances this year suggest L…

FOX News June 13, 2014, 5:56 AM (PST)


FOX News

Padres could be close to making changes after slow start

The Padres are at a breaking point. Ron Fowler, the team’s executive chairman, indicated in an e-mail to FOX Sports on Thursday night that changes could be imminent for his struggling franchise. "At this time, we will not be discussing our situati…

FOX Sports June 13, 2014, 4:32 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

Don’t be mad at Fred for diving, be mad at soccer for encouraging it

Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in the opening game of the World Cup, and the main talking point after the game was a controversial penalty call against Croatia. Brazilian striker Fred appeared to dive after he was lightly grabbed on the shoulder by Croatia …

USA Today Sports For The Win June 13, 2014, 5:53 AM (PST)


USA Today Sports For The Win

LeBron James gets dark look at Heat’s future in Game 4

MIAMI — On a night when the San Antonio Spurs were exorcising those NBA Finals demons first spawned here a year ago, LeBron James was having a new nightmare all his own. It was only one night, albeit one of great magnitude as his Miami Heat fell 107-86…

USA Today June 13, 2014, 4:50 AM (PST)


USA Today

Jon Lester, Red Sox offense wake up in win over Indians

In what has been a rare phenomenon of late, the Red Sox had multiple facets of the game clicking last night. Jon Lester was dominant on the mound and the offense put together a well-rounded effort as the Sox dropped the Cleveland Indians, 5-2, in the …

Boston Herald June 13, 2014, 4:50 AM (PST)


Boston Herald

Former Arsenal defender Sagna agrees three-deal with Man City

Manchester City have announced the signing of former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna. The 31-year-old France international will join the Barclays Premier League champions on a three-year deal following the World Cup in Brazil.

FOX Sports June 13, 2014, 5:59 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

Aaron Gordon an intriguing option for Celtics

WALTHAM — There is a belief in some quarters that Aaron Gordon could be a very forward-thinking pick for the Celtics at No. 6 on June 26. The 6-foot-8 Arizona freshman, a power forward in college, is lean and athletic enough to guard small forwards .

Boston Herald June 13, 2014, 5:15 AM (PST)


Boston Herald

Report: Alex Boone doesn’t intend to show for 49ers minicamp

The San Francisco 49ers had two starters considering skipping next week’s mandatory minicamp: tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone. That number shrunk to one after Davis said Thursday he plans on showing up. Boone, however, reportedly still plan…

NFL June 13, 2014, 5:12 AM (PST)


NFL

Boris Diaw: From waiver wire to Spurs’ NBA Finals star

MIAMI — Boris Diaw backed down Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh came to double-team. Diaw slipped a deft behind back pass to Bosh’s man, Tiago Splitter, who finished with an easy one-handed dunk. USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down what…

USA Today June 13, 2014, 4:51 AM (PST)


USA Today

Heat venture into uncharted territory

MIAMI — Over the past four seasons the Miami Heat have endured a lifetime of playoff experiences. Nearly every situation they encounter offers a frame of reference — a moment when they held similar feelings, or faced the same challenges. In a morbid

ESPN June 13, 2014, 2:41 AM (PST)


ESPN

Top Sports Stories (Jun 12, 2014)

Brazil tops Croatia in World Cup opener behind Neymar and a suspect call

SAO PAULO — The opening match of the World Cup, a 3-1 victory by Brazil over Croatia on Thursday night in front of a yellow-splashed sellout crowd at Arena de Sao Paulo, was decided by Neymar’s two goals and Oscar’s excellence, by Thiago Silva’s …

Washington Post June 12, 2014, 4:05 PM (PST)


Washington Post

A Fifth FIFA Term for Sepp Blatter? What Planet Is He On?

RIO DE JANEIRO — There was that face again. Popping up among all the green and yellow revelry here in Brazil, sitting next to President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil during the opening game of the World Cup, was the face global soccer just cannot shake: tha…

New York Times June 12, 2014, 5:49 PM (PST)


New York Times

After missing most of 2013, Percy Harvin feeling fast, healthy during Seahawks’ offseason

RENTON, Wash. – After the surgery and the rehabilitation, the setbacks and finally the triumph in the Super Bowl, a simple voluntary offseason workout has more meaning for Percy Harvin. His appreciation is a byproduct of spending most of his first seas…

FOX News June 12, 2014, 4:48 PM (PST)


FOX News

SportsCars: Patrick Dempsey Hoping Third Time’s A Charm At Le Mans

Patrick Dempsey is used to cameras and the spotlight. Yet heading into his third 24 Hours of Le Mans start, and second collaborative effort between his Dempsey Racing organization and the European Proton Competition outfit, he’s got a better idea of ho…

FOX Sports June 12, 2014, 4:31 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

NBA free agency rumors already in midseason form

NBA free agency doesn’t begin until July 1, but rumors already are in midseason form. The latest came courtesy of ESPN.com, which reported the Heat internally are pondering ways to add Carmelo Anthony to its Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and C…

Chicago Tribune June 12, 2014, 5:48 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Giants top Nationals to avoid a 1st at China Basin

The Giants had not been swept in a four-game series at AT&T Park, ever, and manager Bruce Bochy took the issue seriously when asked about that prospect Thursday morning. He looked at the stuffed elk head on his office wall and said, "If we los…

San Francisco Gate June 12, 2014, 4:51 PM (PST)


San Francisco Gate

Kaymer leads as Pinehurst takes toll on U.S. Open field

PINEHURST, N.C. – One player after another staggered off Pinehurst No. 2 on Thursday, whipped by an unmerciful golf course and thoroughly beaten by a punishing combination of heat and humidity. And all of them know the restored gem playing host to the …

USA Today June 12, 2014, 5:31 PM (PST)


USA Today

Michael Ola in perfect spot for chance with Bears

As the Bears prepared for minicamp to conclude their offseason a year ago, J’Marcus Webb was lining up with the starters at right tackle. It wasn’t until the early portion of training camp that Jordan Mills moved him aside in one of four changes made o…

Chicago Tribune June 12, 2014, 4:29 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Buccaneers sign 2 more draft picks, wrap up whirlwind offseason with frozen treats

TAMPA, Fla. – Offensive tackle Anthony Collins sprinted toward the shaved ice truck parked next to the practice field, arriving just ahead of running back Doug Martin and a bunch of other Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The team finished a three-day mandatory …

FOX News June 12, 2014, 4:31 PM (PST)


FOX News

Mariners recall Montero from Triple-A Tacoma

SEATTLE — Jesus Montero, regarded as one of the top hitting prospects in baseball three years ago when he was acquired by the Mariners, was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma by the club on Thursday and said he’s ready to do what it takes to stay in the bi…

Major League Baseball June 12, 2014, 5:47 PM (PST)


Major League Baseball

Top Sports Stories (Jun 12, 2014)

Brennan: Low expectations mean Mickelson wins U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. — There is no logical reason to pick Phil Mickelson to win his first U.S. Open this week. He has had a terrible year by his standards, with zero finishes in the top 10 of the 14 PGA Tour events he has played. He missed the cut at the Ma…

USA Today June 12, 2014, 5:19 AM (PST)


USA Today

World Cup by the numbers: Most expensive ever!

The 2014 FIFA World Cup gets underway Thursday in Brazil. The month-long tournament will crown a champion in men’s football—or soccer as it’s stubbornly called in the U.S. Some 32 countries are participating, including a U.S. contingent. A total of 64 …

CNBC June 12, 2014, 5:57 AM (PST)


CNBC

Making the Leap, No. 22: Ziggy Ansah

During Ezekiel Ansah’s two-sack Thanksgiving feast against the Green Bay Packers, sideline cameras caught then-Lions receiver Nate Burleson happily exclaim that the destructive defensive end "just started playing football … like two weeks ago.&q…

NFL June 12, 2014, 4:35 AM (PST)


NFL

A’s Cespedes and his incredibly accurate cannon arm strike again

You would think that all of Major League Baseball — specifically the Los Angeles Angels — would learn its lesson: Don’t run on Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes. Need we remind everyone? (OK, fine. Below is Cespedes possibly making the "Play of the Year&q…

FOX Sports June 11, 2014, 10:47 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

Rangers Stave Off Kings Sweep

The New York Rangers held off a sweep in the Stanley Cup Finals by the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night, eking out a 2-1 victory. The series now stands at 3-1 in the Kings’ favor. The Kings fell behind 2-0 for the third time in four games, and …

Daily Beast June 12, 2014, 5:18 AM (PST)


Daily Beast

Tanner Roark wins again, Ryan Zimmerman shines in LF as Nationals top Giants, 6-2

Other developments were more responsible for the Washington Nationals’ 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants, beginning with Giants starter Matt Cain walking the first three batters of the game. Other moments led to the Nationals’ 10th win in 12 …

Washington Post June 12, 2014, 2:55 AM (PST)


Washington Post

Blueshirts are better on the brink

NEW YORK — Maybe at this point, the New York Rangers should just face it: Desperation suits them more than being front-runners. That has been the thread running through their wholly unpredicted postseason run to this point, through their cliffhanger …

ESPN June 12, 2014, 12:57 AM (PST)


ESPN

Once again, Lundqvist answers the call

NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist arrived at his own postgame news conference fashionably late. With defenseman Anton Stralman fielding questions at the dais, originally intended for both of them, Lundqvist finally arrived to meet the media through a side d…

ESPN June 12, 2014, 12:22 AM (PST)


ESPN

Just In: Rockland man charged with fatally stabbing wife

Tiger Woods is home in Florida rehabbing his surgically repaired back but his name keeps popping up this week on a myriad of fronts. As Rory McIlroy addressed the media yesterday, he was asked if he “missed’’ Woods here at the 114th U.S. Open.

Boston Herald June 12, 2014, 3:26 AM (PST)


Boston Herald

White Sox chase Justin Verlander for 8-2 victory

Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander has encountered some troubles on the mound in the last few weeks, but White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Wednesday’s game against the Tigers that his team would not underestimate the right-hander. "I know o…

Chicago Tribune June 11, 2014, 10:04 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Top Sports Stories (Jun 11, 2014)

Live blog from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final

The Los Angeles Kings have a chance to win the Stanley Cup tonight, exactly two years after they won their first one in 2012. Follow along our coverage of Game 4 from Madison Square Garden: Close call Maybe the Rangers’ luck is turning after defenseman…

USA Today June 11, 2014, 5:58 PM (PST)


USA Today

Jimmy Clausen eager to make most of opportunity

Jimmy Clausen continued his climb back to the NFL on Wednesday during the Bears’ team drills inside the Walter Payton Center. He dropped back to pass behind the offensive reserves while Jordan Palmer watched from the periphery — two quarterbacks trying…

Chicago Tribune June 11, 2014, 5:51 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Kevin Love responds to Saunders’ ‘frustrated’ comment, refers to Timberwolves as ‘they’

Earlier this week, new Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders said Kevin Love had no reason to feel frustrated over the team’s future. On Wednesday, Love spoke with our own Aja Dang at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2014) in Los Angeles…

FOX Sports June 11, 2014, 4:53 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

For real Garden transformation, Derek Fisher and Knicks will need stars

Howard Simmons/New York Daily News Derek Fisher is dressed for success as he speaks of bringing championships back to Garden, but he knows as well as anyone that NBA is a player’s league and he will need stars like Carmelo Anthony to fulfill vision.

New York Daily News June 11, 2014, 5:58 PM (PST)


New York Daily News

Shea Weber not on trade market: Predators GM

Shea Weber not on trade market: Predators GM The Nashville Predators are not looking to trade defenseman Shea Weber, general manager David Poile said Wednesday at the NHL general managers’ meeting in New York. NEW YORK –Nashville Predators general man…

NHL June 11, 2014, 5:35 PM (PST)


NHL

Jay Cutler impresses former QB Bernie Kosar

Bernie Kosar says he’s considering getting involved in coaching, and his observation of quarterback Jay Cutler and the Bears on Wednesday seemed to advance that notion. The former quarterback who played mainly for the Browns in a 12-year NFL career tha…

Chicago Tribune June 11, 2014, 5:07 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Yordano Ventura, Royals complete sweep of Indians with 4-1 victory

The Royals continued to correct their record against division opponents with a 4-1 victory Wednesday over Cleveland, securing a two-game sweep heading into a seven-game trip against the White Sox and Tigers. A day off on Thursday beckons, and the team

The Kansas City Star June 11, 2014, 5:09 PM (PST)


The Kansas City Star

Arians loves speed, and he’s got it in diminutive receivers Ginn and Brown

TEMPE, Ariz. – Sure, the Arizona Cardinals have two standout receivers in Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. But coach Bruce Arians loves small receivers with dazzling speed, and he’s added two of them this year in Ted Ginn Jr. and John Brown.

FOX News June 11, 2014, 4:23 PM (PST)


FOX News

Detroit Lions want 2014 season to be without blown 4Q leads

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The fourth quarter often was a nightmare last season for the Detroit Lions. Their opener still is months away, but it’s never too early to develop a closer’s mentality. The Lions had fourth-quarter leads in six of their nine losses …

FOX News June 11, 2014, 4:17 PM (PST)


FOX News

Brennan: Low expectations mean Mickelson wins U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. — There is no logical reason to pick Phil Mickelson to win his first U.S. Open this week. He has had a terrible year by his standards, with zero finishes in the top 10 of the 14 PGA Tour events he has played. He missed the cut at the M…

USA Today June 11, 2014, 5:16 PM (PST)


USA Today

Top Sports Stories (Jun 11, 2014)

Heat burned by turnovers, from LeBron James on down

MIAMI — Erik Spoelstra was disappointed, frustrated and angry. But that probably passed quickly, and the Miami Heat coach likely got back to the business of trying to win Game 4 after the San Antonio Spurs crushed the Heat 111-92 in Game 3 Tuesday.

USA Today June 11, 2014, 4:49 AM (PST)


USA Today

In Brazil, It’s Time for the World to Play

Let play begin. Although accusations of disrepute hang over FIFA and its officials, it’s the players on the field who can restore the World Cup’s global shine beginning this week in Brazil, the country that created the legend of the “beautiful game.”

New York Times June 11, 2014, 5:41 AM (PST)


New York Times

Brooklyn Nets’ Andray Blatche granted Filipino citizenship to play for national team

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine officials say Brooklyn Nets player Andray Blatche has been granted Filipino citizenship so he can play for the national team in the FIBA World Cup this year. Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno …

FOX News June 11, 2014, 4:01 AM (PST)


FOX News

Barcelona reaches an agreement with Sevilla to sign captain Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic has admitted that joining Barcelona is a dream come true after the Catalan club reached an agreement with Sevilla to sign their captain. The Croatia midfielder will complete the formalities of the move when he returns from the World Cup an…

FOX Sports June 11, 2014, 6:00 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

Spurs beat Heat, take 2-1 Finals lead

MIAMI — Tuesday night was typical of the San Antonio Spurs, who have remained an NBA staple of consistency and dominance by ignoring outside elements and sticking to their philosophy the past 15 years. It appeared the Miami Heat were entering Game 3 of…

The Boston Globe June 11, 2014, 5:53 AM (PST)


The Boston Globe

Red Sox bounce back, blank Orioles 1-0

BALTIMORE — Given the considerable clarity of hindsight, it’s fair to say Ben Cherington could have been more aggressive in the offseason, particularly with regard to the outfield, to give the Red Sox a better chance of defending their World Series crown.

Boston Herald June 11, 2014, 3:36 AM (PST)


Boston Herald

Ohio State Football: Projecting Who Will Win Buckeyes’ Open Starting Positions

The Ohio State Buckeyes are less than three months away from kicking off the 2014 season, and when they take the field against Navy in Baltimore, there will be a host of new faces in the starting lineup. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes must replace 10 …

Bleacher Report June 11, 2014, 5:57 AM (PST)


Bleacher Report

Greg Cote: With loss, pressure falls on a Miami Heat team in search of an identity

LeBron James is a body-language guy. He might not even know it, but he is easy to read — especially when the Heat is struggling, because what he conveys physically is shouting. In one bunched sequence during Tuesday night’s NBA Finals Game 3 here he …

The Miami Herald June 11, 2014, 4:25 AM (PST)


The Miami Herald

FIFA World Cup 2014: Pre-Tournament Team Power Rankings

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is upon us, finally, after months and months of intense, exciting buildup. Ahead of the big kick-off between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo on Thursday evening, we’ve taken one final chance to provide a definitive 32-team power…

Bleacher Report June 11, 2014, 5:51 AM (PST)


Bleacher Report

Vernon eyeing Scotland Test recall

Richie Vernon hopes selection for Scotland’s rugby sevens Commonwealth Games squad will help him win his place back in Vern Cotter’s 15-a-side line-up. The 26-year-old went to the 2011 World Cup with former boss Andy Robinson’s squad but a week on Mond…

MSN Sport June 11, 2014, 5:38 AM (PST)


MSN Sport

Top Sports Stories (Jun 10, 2014)

Don’t stop believin’ : Five improbable comebacks that never should’ve happened

It remains, to this day, the most famous and unlikely comeback in hockey history, but the fact is that the Detroit Red Wings really had no business ever being up 3-0 on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first place. With a dismal 19-25-4 regular-season re…

FOX Sports June 10, 2014, 4:15 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

Knicks’ hiring Fisher a calculated risk

Waiting on a rental car shuttle at the Raleigh-Durham airport on the way to Pinehurst for the U.S. Open, a couple of New Yorkers were reading the news on their cell phones and wondering aloud why Phil Jackson would hire a novice instead of a veteran co…

ESPN June 10, 2014, 5:32 PM (PST)


ESPN

Calvin Johnson feeling healthier after offseason operations on knee, finger

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – From his catchy nickname to his sturdy performance on the field, Calvin Johnson often seems indestructible. So it was a bit startling when the star wide receiver was limited by injuries toward the end of last season, finally sitting…

FOX News June 10, 2014, 4:35 PM (PST)


FOX News

Avisail Garcia frustrated while shoulder on mend

Avisail Garcia doesn’t watch many White Sox games these days. The Sox right fielder said he doesn’t stick around U.S. Cellular Field after rehabilitation to catch home games, and he doesn’t view them much on TV. He will check his phone for updates to s…

Chicago Tribune June 10, 2014, 5:34 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Great One backs Sid the Kid after lackluster playoff performance

When things don’t go your way, it’s nice to know somebody has your back. When you’re a hockey player, it’s especially nice when that support’s coming from Wayne Gretzky. Crosby had trouble finding the back of the net throughout the postseason …

FOX Sports June 10, 2014, 5:25 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

Retired math teacher Mark Geiger is the only American selected to referee the World Cup

It was 2:24 a.m. on a Tuesday in January when the e-mail from Zurich softly chimed into Mark Geiger’s phone. A former high school math teacher, Geiger is one of only nine salaried full-time professional soccer referees handling Major League Soccer …

Washington Post June 10, 2014, 5:26 PM (PST)


Washington Post

Nightengale: Machado not a punk, just lost his temper

Sure, we can think of a whole myriad of better ways to express fiery emotion on a baseball field. You can’t threaten someone because of a hard tag, and certainly can’t throw your bat at someone simply because you’re in a rotten mood. MACHADO: Will appe…

USA Today June 10, 2014, 5:30 PM (PST)


USA Today

Bradley Beal season in review: Wizards guard took next step in meeting his great expectations

For 11 playoff games, Bradley Beal had shown why this postseason wouldn’t be his last as he knifed through defenses for critical floaters and served up daggers from the perimeter, making his way into the history books while leading the Washington Wizar…

Washington Post June 10, 2014, 5:26 PM (PST)


Washington Post

Kansas coach Bill Self gets a handle on a more versatile Jayhawk backcourt

If you listen to what Bill Self is saying about his team’s point-guard position, it may sound as if he’s embracing some kind of radical innovation. “I don’t want to play a point guard anymore,” Self is saying. But let him explain: What Self is …

The Kansas City Star June 10, 2014, 5:51 PM (PST)


The Kansas City Star

Cubs Game Day: Rizzo rips 2-run HR

PITTSBURGH — About two hours before Tuesday night’s game, Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria gave a thorough scouting report on Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco. "He’s a five-tool play who has some pop," Renteria said of Polanco,

Chicago Tribune June 10, 2014, 5:01 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Top Sports Stories (Jun 10, 2014)

Don’t stop believin’ : Five improbable comebacks that never should’ve happened

It remains, to this day, the most famous and unlikely comeback in hockey history, but the fact is that the Detroit Red Wings really had no business ever being up 3-0 on the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first place. With a dismal 19-25-4 regular-season re…

FOX Sports June 10, 2014, 4:15 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

Knicks’ hiring Fisher a calculated risk

Waiting on a rental car shuttle at the Raleigh-Durham airport on the way to Pinehurst for the U.S. Open, a couple of New Yorkers were reading the news on their cell phones and wondering aloud why Phil Jackson would hire a novice instead of a veteran co…

ESPN June 10, 2014, 5:32 PM (PST)


ESPN

Calvin Johnson feeling healthier after offseason operations on knee, finger

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – From his catchy nickname to his sturdy performance on the field, Calvin Johnson often seems indestructible. So it was a bit startling when the star wide receiver was limited by injuries toward the end of last season, finally sitting…

FOX News June 10, 2014, 4:35 PM (PST)


FOX News

Avisail Garcia frustrated while shoulder on mend

Avisail Garcia doesn’t watch many White Sox games these days. The Sox right fielder said he doesn’t stick around U.S. Cellular Field after rehabilitation to catch home games, and he doesn’t view them much on TV. He will check his phone for updates to s…

Chicago Tribune June 10, 2014, 5:34 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Great One backs Sid the Kid after lackluster playoff performance

When things don’t go your way, it’s nice to know somebody has your back. When you’re a hockey player, it’s especially nice when that support’s coming from Wayne Gretzky. Crosby had trouble finding the back of the net throughout the postseason …

FOX Sports June 10, 2014, 5:25 PM (PST)


FOX Sports

Retired math teacher Mark Geiger is the only American selected to referee the World Cup

It was 2:24 a.m. on a Tuesday in January when the e-mail from Zurich softly chimed into Mark Geiger’s phone. A former high school math teacher, Geiger is one of only nine salaried full-time professional soccer referees handling Major League Soccer …

Washington Post June 10, 2014, 5:26 PM (PST)


Washington Post

Nightengale: Machado not a punk, just lost his temper

Sure, we can think of a whole myriad of better ways to express fiery emotion on a baseball field. You can’t threaten someone because of a hard tag, and certainly can’t throw your bat at someone simply because you’re in a rotten mood. MACHADO: Will appe…

USA Today June 10, 2014, 5:30 PM (PST)


USA Today

Bradley Beal season in review: Wizards guard took next step in meeting his great expectations

For 11 playoff games, Bradley Beal had shown why this postseason wouldn’t be his last as he knifed through defenses for critical floaters and served up daggers from the perimeter, making his way into the history books while leading the Washington Wizar…

Washington Post June 10, 2014, 5:26 PM (PST)


Washington Post

Kansas coach Bill Self gets a handle on a more versatile Jayhawk backcourt

If you listen to what Bill Self is saying about his team’s point-guard position, it may sound as if he’s embracing some kind of radical innovation. “I don’t want to play a point guard anymore,” Self is saying. But let him explain: What Self is …

The Kansas City Star June 10, 2014, 5:51 PM (PST)


The Kansas City Star

Cubs Game Day: Rizzo rips 2-run HR

PITTSBURGH — About two hours before Tuesday night’s game, Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria gave a thorough scouting report on Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Gregory Polanco. "He’s a five-tool play who has some pop," Renteria said of Polanco,

Chicago Tribune June 10, 2014, 5:01 PM (PST)


Chicago Tribune

Top Sports Stories (Jun 09, 2014)

Danica Patrick’s promising Pocono run gets flattened

Danica Patrick, who drives the No. 10 Chevrolet, is in her second full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and her second with Stewart-Haas Racing and crew chief Tony Gibson. Patrick, who spent seven years driving open-wheel cars in the IndyCar…

USA Today June 09, 2014, 5:15 AM (PST)


USA Today

LeBron can’t miss, Spurs can’t hit, and we head to Miami all tied up

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, LeBron James was gassed before halftime and pretty much finished by the third period, and his inability to finish the game sent the Internet and the haters into a frenzy. In Game 2 on Sunday night, James was just getting go…

FOX Sports June 09, 2014, 3:08 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

James and the Heat Coolly Even the N.B.A. Finals

SAN ANTONIO — The air-conditioning system at AT&T Center was in working order Sunday night, and so was LeBron James. Three days after James watched the closing minutes of the N.B.A. finals on the bench, his left leg seized with cramps after a faili…

New York Times June 09, 2014, 5:22 AM (PST)


New York Times

Report: Cavs will offer Kyrie max, but not ruling out trading him

After years as an afterthought, the Cleveland Cavaliers are quite the hot item in the NBA. But for all the talk of the resurgence of the Cavs, of who they may pick with that top pick, what kind of roster they could build in an effort to entice the one …

FOX Sports June 09, 2014, 2:46 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

Kings’ resiliency on full display

NEW YORK — When the Los Angeles Kings have gone down by a goal, by two goals — which has happened often, too often, this postseason — Justin Williams takes a peek around the dressing room. He appraises his teammates, studies them. And he believes.

The Boston Globe June 09, 2014, 5:57 AM (PST)


The Boston Globe

Anxious wait for Saints

English champions Northampton must wait to discover if they will be a tier one team in Tuesday’s inaugural European Rugby Champions Cup draw. The 20-team competition will see its pool stages formed from four tiers of five clubs each. The seven qualifyi…

MSN Sport June 09, 2014, 5:56 AM (PST)


MSN Sport

Fred: Brazil not 100 per cent ready for World Cup

Fred has admitted Brazil have not yet reached their full potential and are working hard to correct any weaknesses ahead of the World Cup. Brazil will host the tournament in four days when they open up the competition against Croatia in Sao Paulo.

MSN Sport June 09, 2014, 5:48 AM (PST)


MSN Sport

David Ortiz lifts Red Sox out of skid

DETROIT — The Red Sox were two outs away from another dispiriting loss. Another night with too many runners left stranded in scoring in position, another wasted quality start. Then, with one swing of the bat, David Ortiz fixed it all. His three-run hom…

The Boston Globe June 09, 2014, 4:37 AM (PST)


The Boston Globe

U.S. will have eyes on Ghana during World Cup tuneup against South Korea at Sun Life Stadium

Monday’s friendly at Sun Life Stadium, the last before the World Cup for Ghana and South Korea, should draw the eyes of soccer fans in at least three nations: the two participants and the United States. Ghana and South Korea often play friendlies again…

The Miami Herald June 09, 2014, 5:22 AM (PST)


The Miami Herald

Andrew Heaney’s promotion looms as Miami Marlins’ pitching rotation is hard to guess

CHICAGO — Nathan Eovaldi’s wife is due to deliver any day. Andrew Heaney turned in yet another strong pitching performance Saturday in the minors. And the Marlins don’t play on Monday or Thursday. Add it all up, and the Marlins aren’t entirely sure ho…

The Miami Herald June 09, 2014, 5:22 AM (PST)


The Miami Herald

Top Sports Stories (Jun 08, 2014)

Stanley Cup Final: NY Rangers drop second straight to Kings on Dustin Brown deflection in 2OT loss

Andrew Theodorakis/New York Daily News Henrik Lundqvist seems to look on in disbelief after the Rangers lose another heartbreaker to Kings. LOS ANGELES – Even the Rangers’ purported "A" game might not be enough to hold off these vaunted Kings…

New York Daily News June 08, 2014, 5:57 AM (PST)


New York Daily News

Baseline Buzz: Djokovic’s chances

PARIS — At least there won’t be pressure on Novak Djokovic come Sunday. After all, the only things at stake for him are the world No. 1 ranking; a career Grand Slam; a seventh major title, which would tie John McEnroe and Mats Wilander, among others;

ESPN June 08, 2014, 6:01 AM (PST)


ESPN

Peng Shuai, Hsieh Su-wei win French Open women’s doubles title

Top-seeded Peng Shuai of China and Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan won their second Grand Slam title together by defeating Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the French Open women’s doubles on Sunday. Peng and Shuai also won the wom…

FOX Sports June 08, 2014, 5:53 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

Lundqvist ticked at goal interference

LOS ANGELES — Sitting in his dressing room stall after a crushing 5-4, double-overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist peeled the tape off his skate, balled it up and fired it. The frustration of the loss was st…

ESPN June 08, 2014, 5:19 AM (PST)


ESPN

Dominique Wilkins is proud of his longtime friend Randy Wittman

During his first interview after his three-year contract extension was announced, Wizards coach Randy Wittman attempted to clear the air about a much-discussed pact he made with his players before their first-round playoff series against Chicago.

Washington Post June 08, 2014, 5:34 AM (PST)


Washington Post

Andy Murray hires Amelie Mauresmo as coach

PARIS (AP) — Andy Murray hired former tennis player Amelie Mauresmo as his coach on Sunday, and will work with her at least through the grass-court season. Murray, who won the Wimbledon title last year, has been without a coach since he parted ways wit…

Yahoo News June 08, 2014, 6:00 AM (PST)


Yahoo News

Hail Mary picks: Manziel not first QB drafted in MLB

NEW YORK– Hut … hut … home run! The San Diego Padres threw a Hail Mary on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday by taking Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel – listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, even though he nev…

FOX Sports June 08, 2014, 2:06 AM (PST)


FOX Sports

Hodgson: Draws aren’t a concern

Roy Hodgson touched down in Rio and issued a calming message to those who were unimpressed by England’s back-to-back draws against Ecuador and Honduras. England rounded off their week-long stay in Miami with a storm-affected goalless stalemate against …

MSN Sport June 08, 2014, 5:46 AM (PST)


MSN Sport

Snapshot: Pocono 400

Hendrick Motorsports has been all but dominant in 2014 — well, three of its teams have been. Kasey Kahne remains a winless enigma, but he’s getting a push from his teammates and they think he’ll win soon. Shift in approach: Sprint Cup Series rookie Ky…

Nascar June 08, 2014, 5:59 AM (PST)


Nascar

On the morning after at Belmont, Steve Coburn digs the hole a little deeper

ELMONT, N.Y. — Apparently, they don’t call themselves "Dumbass Partners" for nothing. Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn, who hails from Nevada, would choose to double down on the incendiary comments…

The Baltimore Sun June 08, 2014, 5:54 AM (PST)


The Baltimore Sun