Goals from unexpected sources put the Los Angeles Kings in position for another road triumph. Jonathan Quick — no surprise there — made those scores stand up.
Matt Greene scored his first career playoff goal short-handed late in the second period and rookie Slava Voynov also got his first of the playoffs as the Kings beat the St. Louis Blues 3-1 in the opener of a Western Conference semifinal series on Saturday night.
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Derrick Rose crumbled to the floor, clutching his left knee. His season is over and the Bulls’ title hopes just might be finished, too.
Rose will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee late in Chicago’s 103-91 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Saturday’s playoff opener, casting a big cloud over a team eyeing a championship run.
Excerpt from: Rose done for year as Bulls beat 76ers
Japan’s 4-1 victory over Belgium in their Fed Cup World Group playoff last weekend will put the host nation back into the event’s top tier next year for the first time since 2007.
The experience of Japan’s top two players, Ayumi Morita and Kimiko Date-Krumm, proved decisive against a young team from Belgium, as the pair recorded three victories in singles to secure the tie.
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Ayumi Morita clinched victory for Japan with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Belgium’s Tamaryn Hendler in the opening reverse singles match of their Fed Cup World Group playoff on Sunday.
Morita’s win at Ariake Colosseum gave the host nation an unassailable 3-0 lead and assured a return to the eight-nation World Group in 2013. Japan last played in the World Group in 2007.
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Chris Kelly’s newest piece of jewelry is a thick, padlocked chain that he wore around his neck after scoring the game-winning goal in Boston’s playoff opener on Thursday night.
The message: Try not to be the weak link
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The Washington Capitals wasted a chance to enhance their push toward the playoffs.
Steven Stamkos scored two late goals, giving him an NHL-best 58 this season, and the Tampa Bay Lightning handed the playoff-hopeful Capitals a damaging 4-2 loss on Monday night.
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Linsanity won’t be around for a playoff push.
Jeremy Lin is instead heading for left knee surgery that is expected to sideline him six weeks, possibly ending his amazing breakthrough season and leaving the New York Knicks without their starting point guard as they fight for a postseason spot.
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