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Will winter meetings sparks finally light the hot stove fire?

2017-12-14 11:34:20.143

The Marlins' salary dump continued, and critics took turns bashing them. A group of relievers cashed in. And, well, the rest of this week was more of a fact-finding mission than a splash of activity. Big moves are coming, it's just a matter of when.



NHL - 2017-18 Power Rankings - Recasting each team as a Star Wars character

2017-12-13 09:09:08.360

The Lightning as Rey? The Penguins as the Death Star? The Canadiens as Darth Vader? Colorado as Lando Calrissian? We channeled our love for both hockey and a galaxy far, far away to identify the Star Wars character who best embodies each team.



NHL - How the Pittsburgh Penguins can get back on track

2017-12-13 04:45:37.357

Pittsburgh looks like a team with a lot of miles on its tires from those two Stanley Cup runs. Our writers offer ideas to help the Pens get back in gear, such as: make a trade, score more even-strength goals -- and keep passing the puck to Phil Kessel.



NHL -- Greg Wyshynski - Goalie David Leggio is the best player in the world of the week

2017-12-12 10:31:58.140

This week's nominees include a vending machine worker who dressed as a goalie for the Blues; St. Louis center Brayden Schenn, who had six goals in four games; and the clown prince of netminders, who knocked off his own net in order to thwart a breakaway.



NHL -- From the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Anaheim Ducks, teams feel the force of Star Wars fervor

2017-12-12 10:13:02.830

From Phil Kessel turning to the dark side to Brent Burns channeling Chewbacca to C-3PO going on the power play for the Penguins, Star Wars theme nights have swept through the hockey galaxy this season.



NHL - Vegas Golden Knights' postseason odds look good, while New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars have doubters

2017-12-11 20:31:25.537

How many teams that didn't make the playoffs last season, but are in position now, will be there in April? The Lightning, Kings and Jets are locks. The Devils have doubters and not everyone is sold on the Stars or the Islanders, but Vegas' odds look good.



Shohei Ohtani choosing Los Angeles Angels says a lot about power of Major League Baseball -- and Mike Trout

2017-12-11 07:15:08.710

Japan's biggest star left tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars on the table to come to America two years early. That's the gravity of playing on the world's biggest stage, and with the world's greatest player.



NHL - Should the Ottawa Senators consider trading Erik Karlsson?

2017-12-10 16:13:46.360

Erik Karlsson is one of the best defensemen in NHL history, but his future has been in flux since he said he won't give the Senators a hometown discount when he becomes a free agent. Our writers discuss Ottawa's options regarding the swashbuckling Swede.



NASCAR - No pumping the breaks on the potential of William Byron in the No. 24 car

2017-12-08 11:54:28.470

The age of the kid and the number on the car should tell you plenty about the potential of William Byron, who some feel can contend early on, given he already has an Xfinity Series title in his back pocket.



NHL - Wyshynski's Weekly Reader - Top 5 line combinations

2017-12-08 07:49:28.050

Watching three players form a juggernaut is one of those "unique-to-hockey" things we take for granted, so we ranked the best current trios. Plus, why Quebec City is on the outside looking in and the story behind that shirtless Jumbo Joe bobblehead.



NHL -- 10 things we learned at the NHL board of governors meetings

2017-12-08 07:53:34.967

Seattle looks likely to get a team, while Houston is on hold. The Hurricanes and Coyotes are staying put. And -- thanks in part to the stunning success of the Vegas Golden Knights -- the salary cap and expansion fees are both on the rise.



NHL - Nashville, Vegas, Chicago ... Where's the best place to watch an NHL game?

2017-12-08 04:26:10.877

Vegas visits Nashville on Friday, which got us thinking: Which NHL arena has the most electric atmosphere? Our writers sing the praises of the United Center's national anthem rendition, catfish-throwing in Smashville and showtime in Sin City.



Hovdey: Honor by naming can cut both ways

2017-12-07 15:45:33.360

They will run the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the Starlet Stakes on Saturday, although participation apparently was neither encouraged nor required.



NHL -- NHL Awards Watch - Mathew Barzal leads rookies, Tampa Bay Lightning boast MVP and top goalie

2017-12-07 13:12:58.810

Greg Wyshynski compares the current leader, someone to watch and a dark horse for each award -- and offers his picks for who'll get the hardware. Mathew Barzal is the best rookie, and the Lightning boast the MVP front-runner and top goalie so far.



Mike Leach could spend entire career as an outsider

2017-12-06 05:35:15.820

In 16 years on the college football outskirts at Texas Tech and Washington State, Mike Leach's style made him a star, despite never winning a conference title. After a near miss at Tennessee, will he ever get a high-profile job?



NHL -- During a road trip to Las Vegas, the Dallas Stars -- and their dads -- finally aligned

2017-12-06 08:08:26.207

Dallas was the league's trendy sleeper pick entering the season, so its slow start felt like a letdown. But a road trip with their dads -- and doubling down on defense under taskmaster Ken Hitchcock -- helped the Stars get their groove back.