Candace Parker, Chelsea Gray lead Sparks to win over Fever

Candace Parker had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Chelsea Gray scored 16 points, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Indiana Fever 86-75 on Wednesday night. Riquna Williams added 13 points for the Sparks (3-2). Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (2-3) with 24 points, Candice Dupree scored 16 and Teaira McCowan 13. Gray converted a three-point […]

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Portland Timbers beat Philadelphia Union in MLS Is Back semifinals

Jeremy Ebobisse and Sebastian Blanco each scored and the Portland Timbers earned a spot in the MLS is Back championship game with a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday night. The Timbers will face the winner of Thursday night’s game between Orlando City and Minnesota United in the title match on Tuesday. The […]

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NHL roundup: Panthers avoid elimination with a 3-2 win over Islanders

Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2 minutes, 7 seconds apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders in Game 3 of their preliminary round Stanley Cup playoff series on Wednesday. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped […]

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NHL roundup: Islanders take a 2-0 series lead over Panthers

Jordan Eberle scored twice, including the go-ahead goal, and the New York Islanders rallied to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers and take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NHL preliminary round playoff series on Tuesday. Ryan Pulock and Matt Martin also scored, and Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots for New York, which overcame […]

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Joey Bosa indicates his rookie-year holdout helped him land massive Chargers deal

A season after they failed so often to win close games, the Chargers scored a dramatic buzzer-beating victory before training camp opened. Joey Bosa on Monday colorfully described the final moments before he and the team came together on a record-setting five-year, $135-million extension. The main color was bright blue. “I was parked outside the […]

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NBA roundup: Fred VanVleet leads Raptors over Heat; Nuggets outlast Thunder in OT

Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 36 points and made seven 3-pointers, and the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors added to their strong restart with a 107-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday. VanVleet finished 7 of 12 from beyond the 3-point arc and was a perfect 13 of 13 from the foul line, besting […]

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NHL roundup: Andrei Svechnikov’s hat trick leads Hurricanes past Rangers; Jets beat Flames

Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov scored three times for the first postseason hat trick in franchise history and the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday for a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup qualifier series. The 20-year-old Svechnikov beat Henrik Lundqvist for the game’s first goal less than 5 minutes into the game. He […]

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WNBA roundup: Bria Hartley leads Mercury to victory over Liberty

Bria Hartley scored a career-high 27 points and the Phoenix Mercury beat the New York Liberty 96-67 on Sunday. Hartley, who signed with the Mercury as a free agent after spending the last three seasons with the Liberty, was 10 of 18 shooting. Diana Taurasi had 18 points, nine assists, three steals and two blocks […]

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This You Gotta See: Blackhawks-Oilers, Cubs-Cardinals, a golf major — and a parade bus?

Rookie Dominik Kubalik scored two goals in Game 1. | Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images With baseball fighting against the possible demise of its season, the NBA bubbling on without the Bulls and the NFL attempting to carry out an invisible postseason, the Hawks in the playoffs is kind of the best thing we’ve got […]

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NHL roundup: Coyotes start fast in victory over Predators

Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the first of Arizona’s three first-period goals, a healthy Phil Kessel had two assists and the Coyotes held on to beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 in Edmonton, Canada, to open their Stanley Cup qualifier series. The Coyotes made the most of their first postseason appearance since 2012, scoring three goals in the […]

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Blackhawks shock Oilers in Game 1, earn first postseason win since 2016

Dominik Kubalik and Jonathan Toews each scored twice in the Blackhawks’ win. | Getty The 12th-seeded Hawks erupted for a 6-4 win over the 5th-seeded Oilers to open the playoffs. The last time the Blackhawks made the playoffs, they scored just three goals in four games as the Predators swept. On Saturday, in the Hawks’ […]

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NHL: Sebastian Aho leads Hurricanes to win over Rangers

Sebastian Aho scored a goal and set up another in the Carolina Hurricanes’ 3-2 win over the New York Rangers on Saturday in the NHL’s opening playoff game following a 4 1/2-month pause. Jaccob Slavin scored 61 seconds in on Carolina’s first shot on goal in helping the Hurricanes gain the edge in the best-of-five […]

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NBA roundup: Trail Blazers rally to force overtime, beat Grizzlies

CJ McCollum scored 33 points, teaming with Damian Lillard for 11 of Portland’s 16 in overtime, and the Trail Blazers pulled out a desperately needed victory to resume their season by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 140-135 on Friday. Lillard finished with 29 points and nine assists to help the Trail Blazers boost their hopes for […]

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Chelsea Gray and Candace Parker lead Sparks past Sun

Chelsea Gray had 15 points and six assists, Candace Parker scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked three shots, and the Sparks beat the Connecticut Sun 81-76 on Thursday night. Nneka Ogwumike scored 14 points and Seimone Augustus 13 for the Sparks. DeWanna Bonner had 34 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists, and Alyssa […]

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Kahleah Copper, Azura Stevens score 21 each as Sky beat Sparks 86-78

Kahleah Copper scored 21 points in the Sky’s win over the Sparks. | John Bazemore/AP Cheyenne Parker added 12 points and Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot and Gabby Williams scored 11 apiece for the Sky (2-0). BRADENTON, Fla. — Kahleah Copper and Azura Stevens had 21 points apiece and the Sky beat the Los Angeles Sparks […]

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Houston Beats Chicago to Win N.W.S.L. Title

SANDY, Utah — Sophie Schmidt scored on an early penalty kick and Shea Groom added a stoppage-time goal to give the Houston Dash a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup final on Sunday. The monthlong tournament was the N.W.S.L.’s reboot after its regular season was shut […]

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MLS tournament: Earthquakes shut out Fire to clinch round-of-16 spot

Cristian Espinoza scored his first goal of the season early in the second half, Chris Wondolowski provided the clincher moments after coming on as a substitute, and the San Jose Earthquakes beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Sunday night to clinch a spot in the MLS is Back tournament round of 16. San Jose (2-1-2) […]

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MLS Is Back tournament: Portland beats Houston, secures berth in knockout round

Jeremy Ebobisse and Diego Valeri scored, and the Portland Timbers clinched a spot in the knockout round of the MLS Is Back tournament with a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night. With a pair of wins to open the World Cup-style tournament, the Timbers have secured one of the top two spots […]

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Season stoppage hasn’t paused Mauricio Pineda’s development

Mauricio Pineda celebrates after scoring Tuesday. | Courtesy of the Fire Pineda, who scored the game-winning goal Tuesday, figures to be a key part of the Fire’s future. Back in March, Fire rookie Mauricio Pineda opened the season well. He started the Fire’s first two games and quickly showed he belonged in Major League Soccer. […]

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MLS Is Back tournament: Late goal gives Sporting KC win over Colorado Rapids

Graham Zusi scored in stoppage time to give Sporting Kansas City a wild 3-2 victory Friday night over the shorthanded Colorado Rapids in the MLS Is Back tournament. Jonathan Lewis scored in the 84th minute to pull the Rapids into a 2-2 draw after Alan Pulido’s penalty kick put Sporting up in the 72nd minute. […]

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MLS Is Back tournament: San Jose rallies with three late goals to stun Vancouver

Shea Salinas scored in the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time to cap San Jose’s late rally, and the Earthquakes overcame a pair of defensive blunders for a wild 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night. Trailing 3-1 late in the second half, San Jose got goals from Chris Wondolowski and Oswaldo Alanis […]

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Minnesota United scores twice in stoppage time to stun Sporting Kansas City

Kevin Molino scored in the seventh-minute of second-half stoppage time as Minnesota United rallied with two late goals to beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 on Sunday night in the MLS is Back tournament. The opener of Group D was highly entertaining and switched midway through the second half after Sporting Kansas City was the dominant […]

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