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Jun 5, 2014

Espinoza on ride of his life with California Chrome

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the jockey of Triple Crown contender California Chrome, Victor Espinoza already knows he is on the ride of his life.

One triumphant lap around the enormous Belmont Park track in New York on Saturday is all that stands between him and a place in racing folklore.

Jun 4, 2014

California Chrome’s rivals happy to spoil the party

NEW YORK (Reuters) – While the vast majority of American racing fans are desperate to see California Chrome win Saturday’s Belmont Stakes and complete the elusive Triple Chrome, his rivals’ connections face a bittersweet prospect.

As devoted race fans themselves, most would love nothing more than to see a horse end the 36-year Triple Crown drought, knowing that it would help raise the profile of the sport in the United States.

Jun 4, 2014

California Chrome draws post two for Belmont

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The racing gods smiled on California Chrome again on Wednesday, handing the colt post position two for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes where he will attempt to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.

With a field of 11 runners entered for the $1.5 million classic, California Chrome drew perfectly near the inside for the exhausting 1 1/2-mile (2,400 meters) journey that will determine whether he conquers U.S. racing’s greatest challenge and joins the sport’s immortals.

Jun 3, 2014

Owners want California Chrome to keep racing

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The owners of Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome have taken out an insurance policy on their horse in the hope that he can keep racing regardless of whether or not he wins Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

The superstar colt would be worth millions of dollars as a stallion if he becomes the first horse in 36 years to complete the elusive Triple Crown but his connections want him to stay in the sport.

Jun 3, 2014

Belmont Stakes is true ‘Test of the Champion’

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – The Belmont Stakes may not carry the same prestige as the Kentucky Derby but in U.S. horse racing, it is the one race that determines which horses join the stable of immortals.

As the third and final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont is the race where the greatest horses are coronated – but also the one where their dreams can be shattered.

Jun 1, 2014

U.S. raise World Cup hopes with 2-1 win over Turkey

HARRISON New Jersey (Reuters) – The United States continued their solid build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday, raising expectations of a good showing in Brazil.

Defender Fabian Johnson combined with Michael Bradley to score a superbly executed goal in the first half before Clint Dempsey added a second after the re-start.

Jun 1, 2014

Soccer-U.S. raise World Cup hopes with 2-1 win over Turkey

HARRISON, New Jersey, June 1 (Reuters) – The United States continued their solid build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday, raising expectations of a good showing in Brazil.

Defender Fabian Johnson combined with Michael Bradley to score a superbly executed goal in the first half before Clint Dempsey added a second after the re-start.

Jun 1, 2014

Soccer-U.S. raise World Cup hopes with 2-1 warm-up win over Turkey

HARRISON, New Jersey, June 1 (Reuters) – The United States continued their solid build-up to the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Turkey on Sunday, raising expectations of a good showing in Brazil.

Defender Fabian Johnson combined with Michael Bradley to score a superbly executed goal in the first half before Clint Dempsey added a second after the re-start.

May 30, 2014

Lundqvist rebounds in spectacular style for NY Rangers

NEW YORK, May 29 (Reuters) – Just two days after one of the worst nights of his professional career, Henrik Lundqvist was celebrating one of his greatest successes, leading the New York Rangers to their first Stanley Cup appearance in two decades.

The Swedish goalie is already a cult figure in the Big Apple after spending years saving goals for the Rangers but his popularity soared to legendary status after his roller-coaster week ended in spectacular triumph.

May 30, 2014

Rangers beat Canadiens to reach Stanley Cup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Rangers beat the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday to seal their first Stanley Cup appearance in two decades. Dominic Moore scored the game’s only goal in the second period as the Rangers wrapped up the Eastern Conference finals series 4-2. The Rangers will play either the Los Angeles Kings or the Chicago Blackhawks for the Stanley Cup when the National Hockey League’s championship started on June 4. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who was surprisingly pulled during Tuesday’s Game Five loss in Montreal, made a spectacular return with 18 saves and his first shutout of the playoffs. He pulled off one miraculous save from Thomas Vanek in the second period when he dropped his stick but flipped around just in time to stop the puck going into the net, whipping the Big Apple’s hockey fans into a frenzy. With Lundqvist back in goal and the Rangers back on home ice, the Blueshirts came out with all the ferocity of a prizefighter looking for a quick knockout. Montreal’s rookie goalie Dustin Tokarski soon found himself under attack, forced to save the first seven shots of the contest, including a vicious snap from Mats Zuccarelolo that rifled into his face mask. But the Rangers failed to capitalise on their early chances – including a golden opportunity to score off a short-handed wraparound – and the Habs slowly began to grow in confidence in a scoreless opening period. The Rangers came desperately close to scoring in the second period when Derek Stepan, playing with a broken jaw he suffered in Game Three, hit the post, triggering some anxious groans from the team’s long suffering fans. The Canadiens, who won the last of their 24 Stanley Cup championships a year before the Rangers’ last success in 1994, killed off two New York penalties then almost snatched the lead when Lundqvist acrobatically stopped Vanek’s backhander. Moore finally broke the deadlock less than two minutes before the end of the middle period when Brian Boyle got in behind the Montreal net and fed the puck to Moore, who slipped it past Tokarski for his third goal of the playoffs.

The last time the Rangers made the Stanley Cup finals was in 1994 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games and the odds were stacked against them this season.

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