Column: March Madness gives way to the expected in the NBA playoffs, where surprises are few
Lillard preps for his first playoffs in Trail Blazers' matchup against Rockets
Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 3:01 left gives Red Wings 1-0 win and home-ice advantage over Bruins
Iron-jawed hero: Ryan Getzlaf has 2 points to lead Ducks past Stars 3-2 for a 2-0 series lead
BOSTON -- Hours before puck drop of Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings, Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said it felt like Christmas Day because the Stanley Cup playoffs had finally arrived. Well, the Red Wings played the role of the Grinch and ruined the night with a 1-0 victory over the Bruins on Friday at TD Garden. In an extremely tight defensive game, Pavel Datsyuk notched the lone goal with 3:01 remaining in the third period to give Detroit the early series lead. The Bruins knew their first-round opponent was a strong adversary. The NHL-best Bruins learned first-hand this is not going to be an easy series. The Red Wings know they'll return to Detroit with at least a split in the first two games in Boston. "Obviously, you want to get in and you want to establish yourself in the series, especially when you're the lower seed," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock. "Sometimes the upper seed gets the...
James Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays rally from 4-run deficit to beat Yankees 11-5
Watching and listening to Mark Jackson lately reminds me of Ned Stark near the conclusion of the first season of "Game of Thrones." There's an air of resignation to him, an acceptance of the fact that this won't end well for him. On the night the Golden State Warriors secured their second consecutive playoff berth, something this franchise has not done since 1991 and 1992, Jackson offered this fatalistic comment: "It's not our goal to just be a playoff basketball team," Jackson said. "We want to chase the mark of winning, set a standard for the next group of Warriors -- players, coaches, whoever -- down the road, and put the pressure on them." The best present the Warriors have enjoyed in two decades and he's already talking about the Warriors of the future? Maybe it's because he realizes it won't be too long until his time with the Warriors is up. He has been around the NBA since 1987, experienced it on the court, the sidelines, the locker room and the...
Albert Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels outslug Tigers 11-6 for 10th straight win over Detroit
Aaron Harang pulled with no-hit bid intact through 7 innings, Braves blank Mets 6-0
Bourque scores twice, Price makes 26 saves as Canadiens beat Lightning 4-1 for 2-0 series lead
Light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins is 49. As he likes to put it, "I'm damn near 50." He usually says that just before he jokes about taking out his teeth and relaxing in his rocking chair. Forty-nine is an age when most athletes are retired. Long retired. Yet Hopkins remains one of the best fighters in the world, even if he isn't what he was during his dominant days as the middleweight champion of the world on his way to a division-record 20 title defenses back in the 1990s and early 2000s. "I'm from the old school but I'm stuck in the new era," Hopkins said. "I want people to acknowledge that we're dealing with a special athlete in Bernard," said his longtime trainer, Naazim Richardson. "Thirty is old in boxing. Guys still perform at 30, but it's old. So what he's doing is ridiculous." The three-time light heavyweight titleholder, who calls himself "The Alien" because he believes he can't possibly be of this Earth, has set various...
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