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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.

May 22, 2015

Cuba, U.S. wrestlers tussle in Times Square

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World class wrestlers from Cuba and the United States celebrated the improving relations between the countries on Thursday with an outdoor exhibition amid the hubbub of Times Square.

Billed as “Salsa in the Square,” the event opened at rush hour and ended at nightfall with Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs registering the only pin of the showdown, taking down Luis Esteban Quintana Martinez in a bout lit only by the massive electronic screens that dominate the area.

May 22, 2015

Wrestling-Cuba, U.S. wrestlers tussle in Times Square

NEW YORK, May 21 (Reuters) – World class wrestlers from Cuba and the United States celebrated the improving relations between the countries on Thursday with an outdoor exhibition amid the hubbub of Times Square.

Billed as “Salsa in the Square,” the event opened at rush hour and ended at nightfall with Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs registering the only pin of the showdown, taking down Luis Esteban Quintana Martinez in a bout lit only by the massive electronic screens that dominate the area.

May 20, 2015

Timberwolves win lottery for top draft pick

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Minnesota Timberwolves won the National Basketball Association’s draft lottery on Tuesday, giving them the first selection in the NBA draft for the first time.

The Timberwolves had a 25 percent chance — the best odds among the 14 non-playoff teams in the draw — at winning the weighted lottery after finishing with the worst record in the 2014-15 regular season.

May 19, 2015

Diminutive Johnson a huge force for Lightning

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Undersized Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson, passed over in every NHL Draft he was eligible for, is silencing his critics by carrying the Tampa Bay Lightning on his shoulders in the thick of the playoffs.

The 5-9 (1.75m) Johnson, once considered too small for the NHL, has a playoff-leading 11 goals that have put the Lightning three wins away from upsetting the top-seeded New York Rangers and advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.