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Oct 24, 2014

LeBron’s Cavs help bring focus back to the hardwood

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – After a tumultuous offseason that forced the National Basketball Association to confront the delicate issue of race, the league will usher in a new season starting next week that could prove to be one of the best in years.

The defining story of the offseason could have been LeBron James’s return to his home state’s Cleveland Cavaliers, where the game’s most popular player hopes to ease the pain from his defection in 2010, but instead racism dominated headlines.

Oct 6, 2014

Crosby and Ovechkin to get company as face of the NHL

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin are the National Hockey League’s marquee players of their generation but must now make room in the elite club after enduring a string of playoff misfortunes.

The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with Crosby the centerpiece of a talented team that surely expected to win at least a couple more by now but have since only reached the penultimate round of the playoffs once.

Sep 29, 2014

Ravens, Texans and Lions show early playoff promise

By Frank Pingue

(Reuters) – The Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and Detroit Lions missed the playoffs last season but on Sunday they looked serious about crashing the next postseason party as they all improved to 3-1.

Among the other games, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Indianapolis Colts signal caller Andrew Luck each threw four touchdown passes in wins over division rivals, while the Philadelphia Eagles suffered their first loss of the season.

Sep 22, 2014

Bettman says mistakes ‘magnified’ when doling out punishment

TORONTO (Reuters) – In light of the National Football League’s poor response to its domestic violence crisis, National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman said on Monday there is no margin for error when doling out discipline.

Speaking at a luncheon for The Canadian Club of Toronto, Bettman did not specifically mention the NFL or its embattled commissioner Roger Goodell but did stress the importance of being proactive about off-ice conduct.

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.