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    • Stanley Cup Final: Who has the better playoff beards?
      Puck Daddy

      Stanley Cup Final: Who has the better playoff beards?

      Leading up to Monday’s Game 1, Puck Daddy is previewing every facet of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Nashville Predators — on the ice and off the ice. For various and sundry reasons, the Puck Daddy Beard Watch took a breather this postseason. Obviously, there wasn’t much turnover from last year’s Stanley Cup winners, which means there isn’t much novelty in the Penguins’ playoff beards.

    • San Francisco 49ers cheerleader's conspiracy lawsuit against NFL tossed out of court
      Los Angeles Times

      San Francisco 49ers cheerleader's conspiracy lawsuit against NFL tossed out of court

      A lawsuit accusing the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders lacks evidence to support that claim, a federal judge said. U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed the lawsuit by a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader. The lawsuit sought class-action status on behalf of all NFL cheerleaders. “To state an antitrust claim here, plaintiff must plead not only ‘ultimate facts, such as conspiracy, and legal conclusions,’” Alsup said in his filing late Thursday night. “The complaint must answer the basic questions of ‘who, did what, to whom (or with whom), where, and when?’” Alsup gave the former 49ers cheerleader — identified in the lawsuit only as “Kelsey K.” — an

    • Mattis at West Point: Terrorists must not define ‘our sense of the norm’
      USA Today

      Mattis at West Point: Terrorists must not define ‘our sense of the norm’

      WEST POINT, N.Y. — Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told cadets graduating from the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that they serve a crucial role in not letting terrorists define "our sense of the norm." Mattis was the commencement speaker for the academy's 219th graduation ceremony, which sent 936 cadets off to different ranks in the military. The retired Marine Corps general spent much of his nearly 15-minute speech commending the cadets for their commitment to the military and called West Point “one of the foundation keystones of our nation." He told the stadium of more than 20,000 people that this week's bombing at a concert venue in Manchester, England, "underscores the purpose for your