PRAGUE (AP) -- Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 on Sunday with a goal and an assist in a dominant 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the final.
In a meeting of the two most decorated teams in world championship history, Canada claimed its 25th title with another attacking display that Russia simply couldn't cope with.
"That's why we all came. We came to win," said Crosby, who finished the tournament with four goals and 11 points. "We got better as the tournament went on and saved the best for here today."
For several years, the Astros have been the laughingstock of baseball. But in 2015, the young, rejuvenated ‘stros are sitting pretty at the top of the American League. As of May 15, Houston is 22-13, tied for the best record in the AL with the Kansas City Royals.
The Astros’ first round draft picks of the last few years are maturing, their starters are pitching like aces, and they have traded to get some solid, major-league tested players. Now all the pieces are in place, and Houston is playing its best ball since the start of the millennium. Let’s explore how the team got here.
It began with a tweet. In the early morning hours of January 19, as much of America slept after the New England Patriots’ 45–7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game, Indianapolis sportswriter Bob Kravitz broke the news that the NFL was investigating the possibility that New England had intentionally deflated footballs, in violation of league rules.
So commenced a months-long circus that involved Patriots quarterback Tom Brady seeming to pretend that he didn’t know what a football was and coach Bill Belichick attempting to act like he had a PhD in air-pressure sciences.
The drama finally came to an end Monday when the NFL severely punished Brady and the Pats’ organization on the heels of the release of a much-anticipated league-commissioned report into the matter.
When Chris Paul found himself cornered by Chris Bosh in the second quarter of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, he used the height difference to his advantage. As the Miami Heat big man closed in and reached to swipe the ball with his left hand, the 6-foot Los Angeles Clippers point guard saw an opening for a pass. The path? Between the 6'11" center's legs. The receiver? Paul himself. In a flash, Paul bounced the ball between Bosh's legs, raced around him to collect it, and then drove the baseline. The play didn't result in a basket, but it gave Paul another highlight to add to his reel while Bosh was left frozen on the wing. "Bosh was turned to force me left," says the eight-time All-Star, who would go on to win the game's MVP award. "I saw his legs were wide apart, so I went for it."
That's the special thing about Paul. The undersized floor general has never let his lack of size hold him back. He's unafraid to blow past his defender and drive into a lane clogged with big men. He can shut down opposing scorers of all sizes. He grabs rebounds like a small forward. Paul, who has led the league in steals five times and assists three times, is having one of his best all-around seasons. As of April 6, he was leading the NBA in offensive win shares, an advanced stat that estimates how many victories a player produces for his team. He showed just how effective a little guy can be no matter who he's up against when he put up 41 points and 17 assists — while turning the ball over only once — in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers last month. Here, Paul shares a few tips on how he's become one of the league's most successful guards despite his stature.
Last night, the Tampa Bay Lighting closed out the Montreal Canadiens to move to the Eastern Conference Finals in the NHL. And in the NBA playoffs, the Houston Rockets gave the LA Clippers a taste of their own medicine in a 124-103 drubbing to even that series 2-2. With so much great postseason action, chances are you weren’t watching the LA Dodgers host the Miami Marlins last night. And that’s OK. But you missed an earlier contender for home run of the year.
The shot came off the bat of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Naturally. In the top of the first, Stanton crushed an 0-1 pitch literally out of Dodger Stadium. Statcast measured it at 475 feet (the third longest recorded by MLB’s real-time tracking system), and it left the park at a speed of 114 miles per hour.
More than three months ago, quarterback Tom Brady led the New England Patriots to its fourth Super Bowl victory. But the celebration came to an abrupt end.
Yesterday, the NFL suspended Brady for four games for his role in a scheme to illegally deflate footballs. The Patriots were fined $1 million and lost a first-round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth-round selection in 2017 because of the "Deflate" gate scandal.
The punishment was handed down after the NFL released the findings of an investigation into Deflategate led by Ted Wells.