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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.

May 19, 2015

Johnson hat-trick sparks Lightning to victory, levels series

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tyler Johnson’s hat-trick powered the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning to a 6-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday that leveled the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final at 1-1.

Johnson, a 24-year-old NHL All Star, scored a pair of goals in a frantic, penalty-filled first period and added another in the second, while towering netminder Ben Bishop stopped 34 of 36 shots to quieten the Madison Square Garden crowd.

May 14, 2015

Ovechkin falls short again; fails to deliver on guarantee

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Alex Ovechkin has size, speed, skill, three NHL Most Valuable Player awards and five goal-scoring titles but the individual accolades have not been enough to give the Russian even a sniff at a Stanley Cup.

The 29-year-old captain of the Capitals tried to will his team into their first Eastern Conference finals together this week by predicting victory over the New York Rangers in Wednesday’s do-or-die Game Seven at Madison Square Garden.

May 14, 2015

Rangers reach conference finals with Game Seven overtime win

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Rangers capped an historic comeback with a 2-1, Game Seven overtime win over the Washington Capitals to reach the NHL Eastern Conference finals at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

Derek Stepan blasted home a rebound off a blistering Dan Girardi shot at Caps goalie Braden Holtby with 8:36 left in overtime to lift the Rangers to a 4-3 series triumph and set off wild celebrations on the Madison Square Garden ice.

May 12, 2015

‘Tom Terrific’ Brady squeaky clean no more

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Overlooked as a college quarterback and a lowly sixth-round draft pick by the National Football League’s New England Patriots in 2000, Tom Brady rose to become one of the game’s greatest winners.

The handsome signal-caller with steely nerves and an intense competitive streak steered the Pats to a record six Super Bowl appearances, winning four of them and taking home Most Valuable Player honors in the NFL’s championship game on three occasions.

May 7, 2015

Team Brady balks at NFL ‘Deflategate’ probe, awaits sanctions

By Steve Ginsburg and Larry Fine

(Reuters) – The team behind Tom Brady ran defense for the star quarterback on Thursday after a report found he likely knew footballs were deflated to the New England Patriots’ advantage in a scandal that could lead to a multigame suspension and a tainted legacy.

As Brady’s agent issued a stinging rebuke of the findings, the National Football League clammed up the day after releasing the 243-page “Deflategate” report, refusing to give a timetable or range on possible sanctions against Brady or the Patriots.

May 7, 2015

Reaction bubbles up to deflategate report

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Reaction to Wednesday’s release of the long-awaited report on the “deflategate” scandal involving the New England Patriots varied wildly.

Some asked ‘what did you expect’, others claimed it was much ado about nothing, while at the other end of the opinion spectrum there were calls to punish the offenders.

May 5, 2015

Latest NFL draftees could benefit from new-age concussion test

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The 2015 NFL Draft class has now been
welcomed into the league, one that could grow safer as their
careers unfold through new-age research into identifying
concussions.

Following a final settlement of a lawsuit brought by former
players over concussions that could cost the league $1 billion,
and a stunning retirement by a young player concerned about
brain injury risks, there is high-tech hope for the future.

May 1, 2015

Boxing boom may help concussion safety battle

By Larry Fine

(Reuters) – Boxing is surging as evidenced by the wildly lucrative Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight and return of bouts to network TV, and the revitalization may lead to better protection for fighters in the ring.

Dr. Charles Bernick of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas recently announced an agreement to add fighters from the Premier Boxing Champions Series to his research study.