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Canucks’ Burrows bites back in OT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Everybody knew Alex Burrows was fast. Just not this fast.With the second-speediest overtime goal in NHL playoff and finals history, Vancouver’s bitingly talented...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Revenge? U.S. women only have eyes for World Cup

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The last time they hooked up, Mexico beat the U.S. women for the first time, grabbed an automatic spot in the upcoming World Cup, and forced the Americans to take a circuitous...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

World Cup champs knock out Americans 4-nil

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – After allowing three goals in a 13-minute span, United States goalkeeper Tim Howard pounded his hands on his thighs in frustration.And there was still another half to go.“When...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Mavericks’ mettle is proven yet again

DALLAS – Their best player hardly can jump. Their fastest player hasn’t played a minute all postseason.So it’s not breathtaking athletic ability that’s gotten the Dallas Mavericks three wins from...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Shaq-Fu kicks playing days, Superman soars into retirement

WINDERMERE, Fla. – Shaquille O’Neal changed from his gray T-shirt and sweat pants into a three-piece suit, then walked by some of the souvenirs he accrued during his NBA days for the final time as...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Celebration? What celebration?

MIAMI – Once again, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade basked in the roar of the crowd in their home arena, only to be accused of celebrating prematurely.Again, they pleaded innocent.The Miami Heat’s...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Heat try to avoid collapse hangover

DALLAS – Dwyane Wade knows in the NBA finals, collapses can carry over.Wade was in the Dirk Nowitzki role five years ago, summoning a desperate charge to rescue a team that was down but refused to...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Creative goes the Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – When Daniel and Henrik Sedin streak down the ice, exchanging crisp passes in a display of their jaw-dropping offensive creativity, it’s easy to forget the Vancouver...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Djokovic’s streak slides to a stop at 43 matches

PARIS – No go, Djoko. It’s again Roger vs. Rafa in the French Open final.Novak Djokovic’s perfect season and 43-match winning streak were ended by Roger Federer in the semifinals at Roland Garros....

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

For women, it’s more than just a major championship

PARIS – With a racket in her hand, Li Na holds the key to a burgeoning tennis boom in China.The 29-year-old Li, who is trying to become the first from her country to win a Grand Slam singles title,...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

USA: A fine wine, or a shriveling fruit?

SOMERSET, N.J. – Too young, or just young enough.Either could wind up being the description – and ultimately, the deciding factor – for the U.S. women.With 13 World Cup newcomers on the roster, the...

DATE: June 3, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

Imperfect 10

PARIS – As Maria Sharapova prepared to serve only a point from defeat in the French Open semifinals, Li Na, at that precise moment, was thinking:“I was, like, ‘Please, double-fault. That way I can...

DATE: June 2, 2011 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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