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Jun 5, 2014

Lefty’s title bid stands out at Pinehurst U.S. Open

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Of all the storylines swirling ahead of next week’s U.S. Open, where Tiger Woods is a notable absentee as he recovers from back surgery, none is more compelling than Phil Mickelson’s bid to win the tournament for the first time.

Mickelson has been a runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times, most recently last year when he finished two shots behind England’s Justin Rose at Merion, and he is yearning for the chance to complete a career grand slam of the four majors.

Jun 5, 2014

Rangers and Kings 2-2 after third period

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The ever-resilient Los Angeles Kings rallied from two goals down to beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in overtime in an action-packed Game One of the Stanley Cup Finals at Staples Center on Wednesday.

Right wing Justin Williams scored the game-winning goal with a snap shot, on an assist from Mike Richards, almost five minutes into the extra period as Los Angeles struck the first blow in the best-of-seven series.

Jun 4, 2014

Kopitar relishes chemistry with Kings team mate Gaborik

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Recent acquisition Marian Gaborik has played a big role in helping the Los Angeles Kings reach the Stanley Cup Finals and his team mate, center Anze Kopitar, is delighted by the chemistry the duo already share.

Slovak right wing Gaborik, picked up by the Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline three months ago, has scored a team-high 12 goals for Los Angeles during the playoffs while Kopitar heads the points standings with 24.

Jun 4, 2014

Rangers’ Carcillo has ban cut to six games from 10

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – New York Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo will be eligible to play in Game Four of the Stanley Cup Finals after the National Hockey League reduced his original 10-game ban to six on Tuesday.

Carcillo was suspended last month for physically abusing an official during a playoff game but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman decided to reduce the penalty after holding a hearing with the player in New York on Friday.

Jun 3, 2014

Inspirational St. Louis ready for stiff Cup challenge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Martin St. Louis has been a goal-scoring inspiration for the New York Rangers since he joined them three months ago but he knows as well as anyone how tough a challenge they face heading into the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Rangers will meet the Los Angeles Kings in a best-of-seven series starting on Wednesday, and their opponents are widely regarded as favorites after ousting the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals.

Jun 2, 2014

Road to Stanley Cup never easy for ‘comeback Kings’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Since being founded in 1967 as part of the National Hockey League’s first major expansion, the Los Angeles Kings have traveled a long and winding road where very little has come easily to them.

More often than not, they would frustrate their loyal fans by producing plenty of impressive plays during the regular season before failing to reach the postseason, or making an early playoff exit if they ever got that far.

Jun 1, 2014

‘Phil the Thrill’ Mickelson, the people’s champion in golf

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Phil Mickelson has richly entertained fans with his swashbuckling, sometimes high-risk, approach to golf and his dazzling skills around the green.

    Nicknamed “Phil the Thrill” by many, the American left-hander is known for being a gambler, both on and off the course, and has long been one of the biggest drawcards in the game.

May 31, 2014

Kane shines as Blackhawks beat Kings to tie series

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, with Patrick Kane back to his best, staved off playoff elimination for a second straight game by beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 at Staples Center on Friday.

Two goals in the second period, followed by two more late in the third, made the difference in a Game Six of electrifying pace and high energy as Chicago tied the best-of-seven Western Conference finals series at 3-3.

May 22, 2014

Pacquaio vs. Mayweather will happen, says Arum

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The prospect of a long awaited mega-bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may have receded in recent years but promoter Bob Arum believes the fight will take place, most likely before the end of 2016.

A duel between the defence-minded Mayweather and the aggressive Pacquiao, the biggest drawcards of their generation, has long been savored by boxing fans, if only to decide the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

May 20, 2014

Interview – U.S. Open could be bomber’s paradise: McDowell

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) – Past U.S. Opens have been notorious for narrow fairways and thick rough but next month’s edition at Pinehurst in North Carolina will buck that trend and could end up as a bomber’s paradise, says 2010 winner Graeme McDowell.

The fabled Pinehurst No. 2 course, designed by Donald Ross and restored to his initial specifications by the architectural team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, will have wide fairways and no rough whatsoever for the June 12-15 championship.