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A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world: Sunday at Tokyo Naoya Inoue KO3 Ricardo Rodriguez Retains a junior bantamweight title Records: Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs); Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs) Rafael's remarks: Two-divi

2017-05-22 07:09:12.070

A roundup of the past week's notable boxing results from around the world: Sunday at Tokyo Naoya Inoue KO3 Ricardo Rodriguez Retains a junior bantamweight title Records: Inoue (13-0, 11 KOs); Rodriguez (16-4, 5 KOs) Rafael's remarks: Two-divi



There are few shortcuts on the road to the Stanley Cup finals, and often the journey begins with solid scouting, diligent work in nerve-wracking development camps and on long bus rides through the doldrums of minor-league campaigns. Since the 2005 NH

2017-05-22 06:45:22.243

There are few shortcuts on the road to the Stanley Cup finals, and often the journey begins with solid scouting, diligent work in nerve-wracking development camps and on long bus rides through the doldrums of minor-league campaigns. Since the 2005 NH



PITTSBURGH -- The reigning champion Penguins are now one win away from advancing to their second consecutive Stanley Cup finals. With the way they beat the Ottawa Senators so convincingly, 7-0, in Game 5 on Sunday, new evidence was provided

2017-05-21 14:32:37.370

PITTSBURGH -- The reigning champion Penguins are now one win away from advancing to their second consecutive Stanley Cup finals. With the way they beat the Ottawa Senators so convincingly, 7-0, in Game 5 on Sunday, new evidence was provided



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Nashville Predators have become expert finishers, undaunted by deficits or dwindling time on the clock. Through it all, left winger Filip Forsberg has set the table. The Preds lead the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in the Western Conferenc

2017-05-21 12:41:08.893

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Nashville Predators have become expert finishers, undaunted by deficits or dwindling time on the clock. Through it all, left winger Filip Forsberg has set the table. The Preds lead the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 in the Western Conferenc



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite both teams being hobbled by injuries, there was no limping to the finish line as the Nashville Predators topped the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in a frenetic Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Nashville winger Pontus Aberg scor

2017-05-20 17:01:05.520

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Despite both teams being hobbled by injuries, there was no limping to the finish line as the Nashville Predators topped the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 in a frenetic Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. Nashville winger Pontus Aberg scor



GREENVILLE, S.C. -- This week is a very special one on tour. Not the PGA Tour, but the Web.com Tour. It's the first of four tournaments where lasers (electronic distance measuring devices, but without the "slope" feature) are being allowed during t

2017-05-19 12:12:38.417

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- This week is a very special one on tour. Not the PGA Tour, but the Web.com Tour. It's the first of four tournaments where lasers (electronic distance measuring devices, but without the "slope" feature) are being allowed during t



ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As the Anaheim Ducks have made adjustments and juggled lines, winger Nick Ritchie has emerged as a steady contributor at the moment and a building block for the future. In Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Nashvil

2017-05-19 17:30:44.117

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- As the Anaheim Ducks have made adjustments and juggled lines, winger Nick Ritchie has emerged as a steady contributor at the moment and a building block for the future. In Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Nashvil



There comes a point each spring when the buds of a bullpen revolution seem to be everywhere. One team's closer competition between two great relievers inspires a managerial pledge to "play matchups" and get both pitchers saves. Another team's "fluid"

2017-05-18 07:45:56.593

There comes a point each spring when the buds of a bullpen revolution seem to be everywhere. One team's closer competition between two great relievers inspires a managerial pledge to "play matchups" and get both pitchers saves. Another team's "fluid"



Corey Perry's goal 10 minutes, 25 seconds into overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, evening the best-of-seven series against the Nashville Predators at two games apiece. Perry's second over

2017-05-18 19:08:41.527

Corey Perry's goal 10 minutes, 25 seconds into overtime gave the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday, evening the best-of-seven series against the Nashville Predators at two games apiece. Perry's second over



MONTREAL -- Russia's anti-doping agency is ready to take its first toddling steps back to credibility later this month. So said the World Anti-Doping Agency's Foundation Board, which lengthened RUSADA's leash slightly Thursday without unclipping it.

2017-05-18 17:57:22.050

MONTREAL -- Russia's anti-doping agency is ready to take its first toddling steps back to credibility later this month. So said the World Anti-Doping Agency's Foundation Board, which lengthened RUSADA's leash slightly Thursday without unclipping it.



One of the biggest fights on Bellator MMA's 2017 schedule goes down on Friday, as Rory MacDonald will make his promotional debut against Paul Daley at SSE Arena in London. MacDonald is one of the most prestigious free-agency acquisitions in Bellator

2017-05-18 08:39:21.207

One of the biggest fights on Bellator MMA's 2017 schedule goes down on Friday, as Rory MacDonald will make his promotional debut against Paul Daley at SSE Arena in London. MacDonald is one of the most prestigious free-agency acquisitions in Bellator



BEFORE Noah Syndergaard registered his first triple-digit radar gun reading this season or Yoenis Cespedes launched his first light-tower home run, the New York Mets stars pushed their bodies to the limit in the weight room. Syndergaard opened a

2017-05-17 11:22:47.343

BEFORE Noah Syndergaard registered his first triple-digit radar gun reading this season or Yoenis Cespedes launched his first light-tower home run, the New York Mets stars pushed their bodies to the limit in the weight room. Syndergaard opened a



Game 4 of the Western Conference finals is on deck at Bridgestone Arena, where the Nashville Predators might have turned the corner on the Anaheim Ducks for celebrity sightings at home games. The Preds have mounted a 2-1 series lead thanks to their 1

2017-05-17 18:23:51.480

Game 4 of the Western Conference finals is on deck at Bridgestone Arena, where the Nashville Predators might have turned the corner on the Anaheim Ducks for celebrity sightings at home games. The Preds have mounted a 2-1 series lead thanks to their 1



1. A chance to start anew The 10-year sponsorship extension between the PGA Tour and FedEx announced last week offers not only a great opportunity for players to cash in over the coming decade but an excellent chance to now get the format correct,

2017-05-17 08:48:00.923

1. A chance to start anew The 10-year sponsorship extension between the PGA Tour and FedEx announced last week offers not only a great opportunity for players to cash in over the coming decade but an excellent chance to now get the format correct,



Arrogate won't be running until the summer. Unique Bella is on the shelf, and Mastery is still recovering from surgery. Songbird is close to a race, though it isn't certain where or when, and his Derby horse disappeared at Churchill Downs without a t

2017-05-17 09:18:05.297

Arrogate won't be running until the summer. Unique Bella is on the shelf, and Mastery is still recovering from surgery. Songbird is close to a race, though it isn't certain where or when, and his Derby horse disappeared at Churchill Downs without a t



Heading into a pivotal Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Nashville on Thursday, the Nashville Predators have an opportunity to take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, while the Anaheim Ducks will try to even the series and turn this into

2017-05-17 09:23:57.123

Heading into a pivotal Game 4 of the Western Conference finals in Nashville on Thursday, the Nashville Predators have an opportunity to take a 3-1 stranglehold on the series, while the Anaheim Ducks will try to even the series and turn this into