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Jun 7, 2015

Leroux prepared for stormy World Cup reception in Canada

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Sydney Leroux, the Canadian-born striker on the U.S. national soccer team, has been jeered in her native country before but vows not to let that distract her at the Women’s World Cup.

“That’s a pretty crazy story. To come into Canada, see my friends and family and be wearing an American jersey,” she told reporters recently at a media day for the women’s team, which begins play on Monday against Australia in Winnipeg.

Jun 7, 2015

Soccer-Leroux prepared for stormy World Cup reception in Canada

June 7 (Reuters) – Sydney Leroux, the Canadian-born striker on the U.S. national soccer team, has been jeered in her native country before but vows not to let that distract her at the Women’s World Cup.

“That’s a pretty crazy story. To come into Canada, see my friends and family and be wearing an American jersey,” she told reporters recently at a media day for the women’s team, which begins play on Monday against Australia in Winnipeg.

Jun 7, 2015

American Pharoah aces each test in Triple Crown run

ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – The mile-and-a-half Belmont Stakes is known as the ‘Test of the Champion’ and American Pharoah passed it with flying colors to become the first horse in 37 years to claim U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.

The bay colt rallied from behind to win the Kentucky Derby, dominated in wet conditions to conquer the Preakness Stakes and on Saturday led wire-to-wire on a dry, fast Belmont track to become the 12th horse to sweep the Triple Crown for three-year-olds.

Jun 3, 2015

American Pharoah draws fifth post at Belmont

NEW YORK (Reuters) – American Pharoah drew the favorable post number five for the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday when the colt looks to become the first Triple Crown winner in nearly four decades.

The Kentucky-bred colt is riding a six-race winning streak but American Pharoah trainer Bob Baffert cautioned that the Belmont Stakes’ gruelling distance is always a question mark for a 3-year-old.

Jun 2, 2015

Bishop stands tall in net for Lightning

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop stood tall in the biggest moments of the Lightning’s playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final, fueling the Florida team’s hopes of a second NHL crown in 11 years.

A towering presence in the net, the 6-foot-7 (2.01 m) goaltender might prove to be the final piece needed for the team to win another championship.

Jun 2, 2015

From hated to hero for James in quest for Cleveland title

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Five years ago, Cleveland Cavalier fans were burning their LeBron James souvenir jerseys after he announced he was taking his talents to South Beach.

Now King James, the greatest basketball player of his generation, is hailed for his renewed quest to lead the Cavs to an NBA championship that would end a 51-year title drought for major professional teams in Cleveland.

May 30, 2015

Rangers fans applaud Lundqvist after Game Seven loss

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Madison Square Garden crowd saluted New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist with chants of “Henry, Henry” after the final horn had sounded on Friday despite the Swede’s failure to carry the Rangers to another Game Seven victory.

Lundqvist had helped keep the clash against the Lightning scoreless through two periods with his brilliant reflexes and vision, but it was a puck he did not see that sent Tampa Bay on the road to a 2-0 victory and a place in the Stanley Cup Finals.

May 30, 2015

Lightning reach Stanley Cup Finals with 2-0 win over Rangers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tampa Bay Lightning beat the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game Seven on Friday to win the Eastern Conference championship and book their spot in the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Finals.

The Lightning will meet either the Anaheim Ducks or the Chicago Blackhawks, who play a Game Seven on Saturday for the Western Conference title.

May 25, 2015

Business at the high end is grand for Trump

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Warnings bells have sounded on the health of golf, from lower participation and course closures to environmental demands for reduced water use, but billionaire Donald Trump says business at the high end is grand.

Trump on Tuesday will stage the grand opening of Trump Links at Ferry Point, his latest golf enterprise, where he oversaw the transformation of a New York City dump into a jewel of a public course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

May 25, 2015

Lightning move within one win of Stanley Cup Finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a scoreless tie with two brilliant second-period goals to beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Sunday and move within one win from the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Lightning hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals with the series heading back to Florida on Tuesday.