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Apr 17, 2014

Heat playoff run could decide James’ future in Miami

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – The Miami Heat may not be entering the playoffs as the top seed but they are still very much the team to beat, and anything less than a third consecutive NBA title could lead to the breakup of their Big Three.

No club has won three straight titles since the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s, and the 16-team field for this year’s playoffs, which begin on Saturday, has no shortage of contenders for the NBA’s Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.

Apr 3, 2014

Resilient Raptors shedding reputation as a pushover

TORONTO (Reuters) – The unexpected success of the long-suffering Toronto Raptors this season has instilled a rare bout of optimism on a team that is suddenly turning heads.

Long considered a National Basketball Association doormat, the Raptors were not on anyone’s radar when the season began five months ago but have already clinched their first playoff berth in six years and look anything but complacent.

Feb 24, 2014

Women’s ice hockey: Canadian gold, but competition is key

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada’s stunning comeback against the United States in the final of the women’s ice hockey at the Sochi Games capped a more competitive tournament that could help the sport remain part of the Olympic program.

Women’s ice hockey was under the microscope in Sochi, not so much to see if any nation would stand in the way of the two superpowers but more to determine whether the overall level of competition had improved from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Women’s ice hockey-Canadian gold, but competition is key

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Canada’s stunning comeback against the United States in the final of the women’s ice hockey at the Sochi Games capped a more competitive tournament that could help the sport remain part of the Olympic programme.

Women’s ice hockey was under the microscope in Sochi, not so much to see if any nation would stand in the way of the two superpowers but more to determine whether the overall level of competition had improved from the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Feb 23, 2014

Ice hockey: Canada’s Crosby saves best for last in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Canada captain Sidney Crosby proved his mettle yet again by snapping a tournament-long scoring drought that gave his team some much-needed breathing room in a gold-medal clinching win at the Sochi Games on Sunday.

Crosby, who scored the gold-medal winning overtime goal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, finally broke his scoreless streak late in the second period to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Sweden in a game they went on to win 3-0.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Canada’s Crosby saves best for last in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Canada captain Sidney Crosby proved his mettle yet again by snapping a tournament-long scoring drought that gave his team some much-needed breathing room in a gold-medal clinching win at the Sochi Games on Sunday.

Crosby, who scored the gold-medal winning overtime goal at the 2010 Vancouver Games, finally broke his scoreless streak late in the second period to give Canada a 2-0 lead over Sweden in a game they went on to win 3-0.

Feb 23, 2014

Price was right for Canada in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Goaltending was the main concern for the Canadian men’s ice hockey team ahead of the Sochi Olympics but Carey Price was up for the task, proving a stable force in net en route to winning a gold medal.

Price registered two shutouts in four games during Canada’s golden Sochi run, including Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sweden in the tournament’s finale that drew praise from his team mates.

Feb 23, 2014

Ice hockey: Price was right for Canada in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Goaltending was the main concern for the Canadian men’s ice hockey team ahead of the Sochi Olympics but Carey Price was up for the task, proving a stable force in net en route to winning a gold medal.

Price registered two shutouts in four games during Canada’s golden Sochi run, including Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sweden in the tournament’s finale that drew praise from his team mates.

Feb 23, 2014

Olympics-Ice hockey-Price was right for Canada in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Goaltending was the main concern for the Canadian men’s ice hockey team ahead of the Sochi Olympics but Carey Price was up for the task, proving a stable force in net en route to winning a gold medal.

Price registered two shutouts in four games during Canada’s golden Sochi run, including Sunday’s 3-0 win over Sweden in the tournament’s finale that drew praise from his team mates.

Feb 22, 2014

Selanne, Finland humble U.S. to take bronze

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Finland’s Teemu Selanne capped his international ice hockey career in style, scoring twice while dealing the United States a humiliating 5-0 loss to capture the bronze medal at the Sochi Games on Saturday.

Selanne’s goal 87 seconds into the second period opened the floodgates for a Finnish team that overcame a semi-final loss on Saturday to win a medal for the third straight Olympics, following a silver in 2006 and bronze in 2010.