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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.”

Jun 8, 2014

California Chrome co-owner rips Triple Crown rules

NEW YORK (Reuters) – California Chrome failed in his bid to join racing royalty on Saturday, and his disappointed co-owner said winning horse Tonalist’s owner had taken “the coward’s way” by not running the first two Triple Crown races.

The chestnut colt, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, finished fourth at the Belmont behind 9-1 shot Tonalist, who did not run the opening two races of the series.

Jun 5, 2014

Cotto seeks Puerto Rico first in title bout vs Martinez

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Miguel Cotto hopes to benefit from the “Roach factor” when he tries to become Puerto Rico’s first four-division champion against world middleweight champ Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

After a bitter 2012 in which he lost championship decisions to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout, Cotto joined forces with renowned trainer Freddie Roach and believes he is poised to take the WBC middleweight crown from Argentina’s Martinez.