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Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins - Game Four

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 07: Nathan Horton #18 of the Boston Bruins handles the puck against Beau Bennett #19 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the TD Garden on June 7, 2013 in Boston, United States. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

2013 NHL Playoffs Conn Smythe candidates

The leading contenders from the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks to take home the playoff MVP award.

  • Upcoming UFC fight schedule a bit of a mess

    Dana White makes it sound so simple. In a conversation with Yahoo Sports, he said he plans to have lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez defend his belt against unbeaten Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov told Yahoo Sports he’d signed two contracts to fight Alvarez: one for UFC 205 in New York in November and another to fight him at UFC 206 in Toronto in December.

    Kevin Iole
  • Dan Patrick challenges Usain Bolt to a race, Bolt spots him 40 m

    Usain Bolt remembers the time he last lost and talks about why Jamaica is so good at Track and Field. Dan Patrick then challenges him to race and which prompts a hilarious reaction from Bolt.

    NBC Sports
  • Brad Marchand coy about playing with Sidney Crosby on Penguins

    TORONTO – Brad Marchand might not be “Brad Marchand” anymore. There was a time his name carried an undeniable connotation. He was a pest. He was a injurious sneak. The President of the United States called him a “little ball of hate.” Not so much now,

    Puck Daddy
  • Manchester United’s Mourinho: Dropped Rooney still “happy. He is my man, I trust him completely”

    Wayne Rooney was the subject of much drama from social media on Saturday after the Manchester United captain was dropped in favor of Juan Mata. Of course, that drama was quickly subdued when United rolled through Leicester City with four first half goals en route to a 4-1 win at Old Trafford. Mata had a goal and an assist, leading to several questions for manager Jose Mourinho after the match. He answered them. That’s not always a given. From the BBC: “Wayne Rooney is a big player for me, United and this country. he is my man, I trust him completely. He is happy.” “We have lost six points in the Premier League. We have four victories which is really important. Today it is about the security and

  • With loss to Duke, Notre Dame's season is off to a disastrous start

    Brian Kelly’s seat just got a whole lot hotter. Notre Dame was a three-touchdown favorite for its home game Saturday against Duke, but allowed the Blue Devils, who have double-digit losses to Wake Forest and Northwestern, to rack up nearly 500 yards of offense in a 38-35 upset. Notre Dame took a 35-28 lead with 7:46 to go, but Duke quickly tied the game on a 64-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Daniel Jones to Anthony Nash.

    Dr. Saturday
  • NCAA rules Villanova's prized freshman ineligible to play this season

    The NCAA ruled Villanova freshman Omari Spellman academically ineligible. Replacing Daniel Ochefu just became a whole lot tougher for reigning national champion Villanova. Omari Spellman, the heralded freshman hailed as Ochefu’s heir apparent at center, has been ruled academically ineligible to play for the Wildcats this season, the school announced Friday morning.

    The Dagger
  • Phil Mickelson 'Experimenting' with Driver to Add Yards for Ryder Cup

    Phil Mickelson has won two Tour Championships in 20-plus years on the PGA Tour. "Not to diminish this tournament," Mickelson said after his second round Friday at East Lake, "but I'd rather win next week. A visit to Hazeltine National, site of next week's Ryder Cup, by members of the U.S. squad was an eye-opener for Mickelson.

  • Doc Rivers calls anthem protests “the most patriotic thing we can do”

    With the NBA season around the corner, there are a lot of eyes on how teams and players will handle the national anthem protests that have become prominent in the NFL. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers wholeheartedly supports the notion of his players participating, and hopes the whole team can figure out a statement to make together. If anyone wants to deny that, they just need to study the history of our country,” he told the Southern California News Group on Friday.

    NBC Sports
  • Richard Childress Racing official likes rule change, says team can’t look back

    NASCAR penalized Newman 15 points for failing the Laser Inspection Station after the Southern 500 earlier this month. The P3 infraction dropped him to 22 points out of the final Chase transfer spot at Richmond. Newman failed to advance. The cars of Martin Truex Jr., who won the opening Chase race, and Jimmie Johnson both failed the Laser Inspection Station two weeks later after the Chicagoland race. Both were at the P2 level. “They made the right decision to go to one level that can’t happen naturally, so if you miss it at the level you have now it’s pretty obvious it takes a lot to do that,’’ said Dr. Eric Warren, director of competition at RCR. “I think that is right.’’ Warren admits had the

    NASCAR Talk
  • Will Michael Bisping get his revenge on Dan Henderson all these years later?

    Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping on his feet at UFC 100. Michael Bisping, facing Dan Henderson in an Ultimate Fighter coaches’ matchup at UFC 100, circled straight into a monstrous knockout right hand. Henderson added another shot for good measure before the referee could intervene.

    Dave Doyle
  • Jets respond to Jacob Trouba’s trade request

    Word surfaced on Saturday night that Winnipeg Jets restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the team so that he can, in his view, reach his full potential as a player. It did not take long for the Jets to issue a statement responding to the request. In a statement released by the team, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said that in his view Trouba “still represents an important part of the long-term future” of the club and that they working diligently to resolve the matter.

    NBC Sports
  • Refs inexplicably miss targeting penalty on brutal UCLA hit

    UCLA jumped out to a 10-3 halftime lead over Stanford. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) Raise your hand if you know what targeting is. Oh, nobody? Neither do I. About five hours after Penn State’s Brandon Smith was ejected for a questionable-at-best targeting

    Dr. Saturday
  • No Wild training camp for Fleischmann after failed physical

    Tomas Fleischmann won’t take part in the Minnesota Wild’s training camp after all. As the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, the team didn’t reveal details of his failed physical, although it’s worth mentioning that Fleischmann has been dealing with blood clot issues for some time. One cannot help but wonder if this is it for Fleischmann’s career.

    NBC Sports
  • Lesnar beats Orton in SummerSlam rematch

    Welp! If you thought there was any chance Brock Lesnar would lose a match at a WWE house show, or that Randy Orton would actually get his win back from SummerSlam, or even that the rumors would be true and they would book a non-finish, you were wrong. The two met at tonight’s (Sept. 24, 2016) house show in Chicago and it went about like you’d expect. You can check out a Periscope of the entire match here, for however long it lasts. Before the match, Paul Heyman cut a promo asking that it become a No Disqualification match. Twitter tells us Orton changed his game plan and, with the new rules in place, opened with a sneak attack: It appeared he may even have a chance! Alas, he met the same fate

    Cageside Seats
  • Wade Miley Goes Undercover to Seek the Truth

    On July 31, 2016, the Seattle Mariners traded SP Wade Miley to the Baltimore Orioles for P Ariel Miranda. A previous investigation by the Lookout Landing Investigative Team uncovered the existence of a plot by two intrepid relief pitchers to subvert the front office machinations of both the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers so as to return one Tom Wilhelmsen back to his preferred home in the Pacific Northwest. This week, an anonymous package was left at Lookout Landing HQ, with a note simply labeled "#KeepFighting". It appears to show former Mariner and current Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wade Miley engaging in an undercover operation ordered by a high-ranking member of the Seattle Mariners’ organization.

    Lookout Landing
  • Another big swing and miss from NYDN's Manish Mehta on the Patriots

    FOXBORO -- On a short week leading up to a Thursday night game, time is of the essence. Coaches have to be mindful that there is only so much they can install for their upcoming opponent, and players have to sort through a wealth of information on a compressed schedule. Practice time is almost non-existent.  That's what makes what the Patriots did against the Texans so impressive. Without any real practice reps to speak of -- they held walkthroughs on Tuesday and Wednesday -- they installed plays they had never run before. Not only did they work, but one of them helped break the game open.  Jacoby Brissett's 27-yard touchdown run in the first quarter came on a play that the team wouldn't call

  • Changes keep Force in drag racing

    John Force wanted to resist, but he knew what needed to be done. It was Friday morning before a day of racing and the thought of trudging to a gym near his St. Louis hotel was not the most appealing of thoughts. But he went anyway, joining several members of his race team. Bike, curls, treadmill, elliptical. All of it was foreign to the NHRA legend 10 years ago, but he’s 67 now, and the gym represents a multitude of changes in his life and career. Exercise has replaced the time he spent drinking. Exercise has helped ward off bouts of depression. Exercise has helped his body recover from a vicious crash in 2007 and allowed him to continue to compete for Funny Car championships as he is doing this

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Colorado Shocks Oregon With Ridiculous Touchdown Catch

    Colorado WR Bryce Bobo made a ridiculous one-handed touchdown catch and the Buffaloes beat Oregon for the first time since 1998.

    Campus Insiders
  • Wenger celebrates 20 years at Arsenal by beating Chelsea 3-0

    For once, a landmark game for Arsene Wenger wasn't spoiled by Chelsea, and this time it was Arsenal humiliating its London rival. Wenger's 500th and 1,000th games in charge of Arsenal both ended in losses to Chelsea but his fortunes finally changed on the 20th anniversary of his appointment. Arsenal turned on the style with a 3-0 victory in the Premier League on Saturday that exposed Chelsea's defensive frailties and showcased the north London side's attacking prowess.

    The Associated Press
  • Honchak: I learned I lost Invicta title on Twitter

    Barb Honchak was the Invicta FC flyweight champion Thursday morning. By later that night, the belt was gone. And she said she only found out about it on Twitter. Invicta announced Thursday evening at the Invicta FC 19 weigh-ins that Honchak was no longer flyweight champion and that the card's main event — interim champ Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi — would be for the undisputed title. Honchak said no one from the promotion informed her that she would no longer be champion. She said she found out after an article was published on social media. "I understand that Invicta would want to take the "interm" [sic] off the title since I have been out for an extended amount of time," Honchak wrote

    MMA Fighting
  • MLB: The Real Reason Curt Schilling Is Not In the Hall of Fame

    Curt Schilling has been called a lot of things during and after his career in baseball, but popular was never one of them. Despite a career that puts him at least on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, the 19-year MLB veteran needs to double his support to enter Cooperstown as anything but a paying customer. As a recap, Schilling entered the ballot in 2013 and received 38.8% of the vote.

    The Cheat Sheet
  • Miesha Tate Tries to Rebound Against Raquel Pennington at UFC 205

    Former women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will try to bounce back against Raquel Pennington in her first fight since losing the title, when she returns at UFC 205 on Nov. 12. UFC officials confirmed the bout to ESPN.com on Friday. Tate (18-6)

    MMA Weekly
  • Red Sox look to make 10 wins in a row Saturday with Rick Porcello on mound

    Rick Porcello can bolster his Cy Young Award candidacy even more Saturday. The Boston Red Sox right-hander will go for his 22nd win of the season Saturday when he faces the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Furthermore, a win would make it 10 in a row for Boston after it won again Friday. Hear a preview of Porcello’s start in the video from NESN’s “Red Sox Final” above.

  • Women's tennis needed 'new face' at top: Muguruza

    French Open winner Garbine Muguruza said Sunday that it was about time women's tennis had a "new face" at the top, after Angelique Kerber broke Serena Williams' 186-week dominance atop the rankings. Kerber became number one when Karolina Pliskova dispatched Williams in the semi-final of the US Open earlier this month. The German beat Pliskova in the final to claim her second slam of the year after victory at the Australian Open in January, where she beat Williams in the final.

  • Kyle Walker the latest to sign new, long-term Tottenham contract

    As DJ Khaled would say, “Another one.” Yes, another of Tottenham Hotspur’s core of young (largely English) players has signed a new long-term contract to remain at the club for the foreseeable future. It was announced on Friday that Kyle Walker — just as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Danny Rose, Eric Dier and Harry Winks did in the summer and fall weeks before him — has signed a new five-year deal through the 2021 season. Just as those before him, Walker is reported to have received a raise to his weekly wages of the not-insignificant variety. The 2015-16 season saw Walker remain healthy and fit for the majority of the Premier League season for the first time since 2012-13. In turn, Walker finally