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Apr 23, 2014

Youth served as DeRozan leads ‘Northern Uprising’

TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto Raptors have promoted their return to the NBA postseason after a six-year absence as a ‘Northern Uprising’ and on Tuesday they backed up the marketing campaign with a 100-95 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

The victory was the Raptors’ first in the post-season since 2008 and sends the best-of-seven Eastern conference first round series back to Brooklyn for Game Three on Friday level at 1-1.

Apr 19, 2014

Raptors drop expletive and game to Nets in playoff opener

TORONTO (Reuters) – Sparked by a stinging expletive the NBA playoffs got off to an explosive start as the Brooklyn Nets landed the first blow in a suddenly bitter Eastern Conference first round match-up with a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

Out of the playoffs since 2008, Toronto’s return to the postseason was both eventful and controversial, upping the ante in the best-of-seven series.

Apr 14, 2014

Olympic sprint gives way to Stanley Cup marathon

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – With the sprint for Olympic gold over, the marathon run for the Stanley Cup begins this week with the opening round of the National Hockey League playoffs.

While the Sochi Games was a two-week gold rush, the quest for the Stanley Cup is an ultimate test of endurance requiring the eventual champions to persevere through four best-of-seven series before lifting the NHL’s top prize.

Apr 14, 2014

Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statement on Monday.

Apr 14, 2014

Swimming-Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

April 14 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 meet in Mesa, Arizona, with fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, USA Swimming said in a statement on Monday.

Apr 5, 2014

Tanaka overcomes rocky start to win Yankees debut

TORONTO (Reuters) – Masahiro Tanaka got his debut off to the shakiest of starts before showing why the New York Yankees spent $175 million to bring him to the Major Leagues as he led the Bronx Bombers to a 7-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

Melky Cabrera, the first major league batter the 25-year-old Japanese ace faced in a regular season game, welcomed him to the big leagues by taking him over the wall in right field for a home run.

Apr 4, 2014

Leafs beat Bruins but playoff hopes remain dim

TORONTO (Reuters) – Nazem Kadri scored in overtime to lift Toronto to a 4-3 win over Eastern Conference leaders Boston on Thursday, but the Leafs’ playoff hopes remain dim despite the victory.

Toronto entered the game a point behind Columbus for the Eastern Conference’s second wild-card spot and the gap remained at the end of the night after the Blue Jackets shut out the Philadelphia Flyers 2-0.

Apr 1, 2014

Marlins’ Opening Day bash gives fans reason to return

MIAMI (Reuters) – Miami finished with the worst record and lowest attendance in the National League last year but young ace Jose Fernandez gave jaded fans reason to return to the ball park on Monday, leading the Marlins to a 10-1 Opening Day rout of the Colorado Rockies.

While the Major League Baseball season officially began last week in far away Australia, for Americans from New York to San Diego it was Monday that marked the true Opening Day and for the Marlins, the promise of another clean slate.

Mar 30, 2014

Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

MIAMI (Reuters) – While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal may be the most trendy rivalry in men’s tennis, the most enduring may be top ranked Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who clashed for the 40th time on Sunday in the final of the Sony Open.

Any final featuring the world’s two top ranked players automatically qualifies as significant but Nadal and Djokovic have elevated their clashes to something special.

Mar 30, 2014

Tennis-Nadal, Djokovic rivalry not trendy but enduring

MIAMI, March 30 (Reuters) – While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal may be the most trendy rivalry in men’s tennis, the most enduring may be top ranked Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who clashed for the 40th time on Sunday in the final of the Sony Open.

Any final featuring the world’s two top ranked players automatically qualifies as significant but Nadal and Djokovic have elevated their clashes to something special.