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Jun 27, 2014

‘Great thing for Canada’ says top pick Wiggins

NEW YORK (Reuters) – High-springing swingman Andrew Wiggins was over the moon after being taken with the first pick of the NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday and proclaimed it “a great thing for Canada.”

The ultra-athletic Wiggins, son of former American NBA player Mitchell Wiggins and two-time Olympic sprinter Marita-Payne Wiggins from Canada, wore a huge smile and a splashy dinner jacket and could hardly harness his emotions.

Jun 27, 2014

Canada’s Wiggins is top pick of NBA Draft by Cavs

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Canada’s Andrew Wiggins from the University of Kansas was taken with the number one pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Wiggins, an athletic, 6-foot-8 (2.03m) guard with great leaping ability who averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds last season as a freshman, joins a Cavs team that was 33-49 last season in the National Basketball Association.

Jun 25, 2014

Canadian crew expected to feature in NBA Draft

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The 2014 NBA Draft could set off a Canadian celebration with three prospects from the country expected to go in the first round of the annual selection process to be held on Thursday at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

The Canadian crew are led by ultra-athletic Andrew Wiggins, the University of Kansas freshman projected as a possible number one overall pick along with Duke University’s offensively-minded forward Jabari Parker of Chicago.

Jun 15, 2014

Bondarenko, Barshim wage epic NY high jump duel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World champion Bodan Bondarenko of Ukraine beat world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in an epic high jump duel at New York’s Diamond League meet on Saturday.

Bondarenko and Barshim both cleared 2.42 meters – the first time two athletes jumped that high in the same competition – and both took shots at 2.46.

Jun 14, 2014

Bondarenko, Barshim wage historic NY high jump duel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World champion Bodan Bondarenko of Ukraine beat world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in an epic high jump duel at New York’s Diamond League meet on Saturday.

Bondarenko and Barshim both cleared 2.42 meters – the first time two athletes jumped that high in the same competition – and both took shots at 2.46.

Jun 13, 2014

Jamaica’s Blake sets sights on top sprint ranking

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake is pacing himself in his comeback from hamstring problems that undercut him last year but he aims to finish on top of the world by the time the season is over.

“In 2012 I started the season ranked number one,” Blake told Reuters on Friday. “I want to get that ranking in 2014. That’s what I’m really working on, to get back on top.”

Jun 10, 2014

Grumpy Rangers gear up for steep Stanley Cup climb

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Rangers have had their backs to the wall before during this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs but have never faced a climb as steep as the one facing them in the championship series versus the Los Angeles Kings.

“We’re down 3-0 (in the series). We’re all lacking sleep. This is tough,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters at Tuesday’s somber practice. “I didn’t expect my players today to be cheery and upbeat.”

Jun 10, 2014

Knicks hire Fisher as coach in bid to end title drought

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Derek Fisher was named head coach of the New York Knicks on Tuesday in one of the first major moves in a makeover of the once-proud National Basketball Association franchise by team president Phil Jackson.

A five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Jackson was the coach, during his 18-year playing career, Fisher takes over from Mike Woodson, who was fired in April.

Jun 10, 2014

Kings take commanding 3-0 lead in Stanley Cup Finals

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Kings moved to the brink of reclaiming the Stanley Cup by beating the New York Rangers 3-0 on Monday at Madison Square Garden to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven National Hockey League title series.

A last-second goal at the end of the first period by Jeff Carter gave the Kings a 1-0 lead, and the Western Conference champions increased their advantage with second-period goals by Jake Muzzin and Mike Richards.

Jun 9, 2014

Rangers expect more from veteran Richards in Cup Final

NEW YORK (Reuters) – One year ago, New York Rangers veteran center Brad Richards was benched in the team’s last two games of the National Hockey League playoffs because of poor play.

“It was the lowest point in my career,” Richards said about being made a healthy scratch during last year’s conference semi-finals. “You never want to be on the outside looking in when your teammates are battling in what I consider the best part of hockey – the playoffs.”