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Bruins rout Canucks, even Stanley Cup finals

Posted: June 09, 2011 9:42 AM ; Updated: June 09, 2011 9:43 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- The tattered, kitschy Bruins jacket has been moving around the Boston locker room for the past few months, going to the most valuable player in every victory.

It belonged to Nathan Horton when he went down with a serious concussion two days earlier in the Stanley Cup finals. He showed up in the Bruins' locker room Wednesday night, delighting his teammates by putting the jacket on Rich Peverley.

That strange, old jacket bought on eBay has become the Bruins' most valuable trophy.

After two dominant games in Boston, the Bruins are halfway to winning a bigger, shinier prize.

Tim Thomas made 38 saves in his third shutout of the playoffs, Peverley scored two goals after replacing Horton on Boston's top line, and the Bruins emphatically evened the finals at two games apiece with a 4-0 victory over the foundering Vancouver Canucks in Game 4.

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Despite sinus infection, Nowitzki, Mavs tie finals

Posted: June 08, 2011 9:37 AM ; Updated: June 08, 2011 9:40 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Dirk Nowitzki lingered on the bench during timeouts, waiting for the horn to sound before getting up. When he made a key shot, he walked back on defense without so much as nodding in celebration.

He was sick. A sinus infection left him coughing and wheezing, his temperature spiking to 101 degrees. At tip-off, he was still worn out from hardly sleeping the night before.

Somehow, he managed the energy to play Game 4 of the NBA finals.

And, like a flu-ridden Michael Jordan in Game 5 of the 1997 finals, he still managed to lead his team to a pivotal victory.

Nowitzki struggled through the first three quarters, then willed himself and his team at the end. He scored 10 of his 21 points and grabbed five of his 11 rebounds in the final period, lifting the Dallas Mavericks to an 86-83 victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night that ties the NBA finals at two games.

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Bruins rally after Horton's injury to beat Canucks

Posted: June 07, 2011 10:13 AM ; Updated: June 07, 2011 10:13 AM

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Bruins gingerly tapped their sticks on the ice while medical personnel wheeled Nathan Horton out of the hushed arena through the Zamboni tunnel, his neck fixed in a brace after a late hit to the head from Vancouver's Aaron Rome.

Horton's teammates needed a few minutes to clear their minds after such a frightening injury. When they finally got their heads together, they created an offensive avalanche that got them right back in this series. Andrew Ference and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist during Boston's four-goal second period, Tim Thomas made 40 saves, and the Bruins beat the Canucks 8-1 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals Monday night, trimming Vancouver's series lead to 2-1.

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Wade's actions, words send Heat to 2-1 finals lead

Posted: June 06, 2011 10:18 AM ; Updated: June 06, 2011 10:18 AM

DALLAS (AP) -- Back in Dallas, the site of his greatest triumph, Dwyane Wade knew exactly what to do. The NBA finals were up for grabs and he was determined to seize control.

Wade began setting the tone in practice the day before Game 3 and never let up. Soaring to the rim, chasing every loose ball and demanding the best from his teammates, Wade guided the Miami Heat to an 88-86 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night that puts them two wins from the championship. Game 4 is Tuesday.

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Nadal bests Federer again for record-tying 6th French Open title

Posted: June 06, 2011 9:30 AM ; Updated: June 06, 2011 9:30 AM

PARIS (AP) -- Regardless of the setting or the surface, Rafael Nadal confounds Roger Federer the way no other man can.

Put the two greats of the game on opposite ends of a court in a Grand Slam final - particularly at Roland Garros, on the red clay that Nadal rules - and the one-sided nature of the rivalry grows even more pronounced.

Grinding along the baseline, using every inch of his wingspan to extend points, whipping fearsome forehands this way and that, Nadal flummoxed Federer yet again Sunday in a riveting, highlight-filled match, beating him 7-5, 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-1 for a record-tying sixth French Open championship and 10th major title overall.

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Burrows scores fast in OT, Canucks lead Bruins 2-0

Posted: June 05, 2011 11:17 AM ; Updated: June 06, 2011 11:21 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- In a mere 11 seconds, Alex Burrows used the strengths of the Boston Bruins ' two best defensive players against them.

In one electric moment, the Vancouver Canucks ' scrappy forward made sure he'll be remembered for something other than his infamous bite in the Stanley Cup finals.

Everybody knew Burrows was fast. Just not this fast.

Burrows circled the net and scored a stunning goal right off the overtime faceoff, capping a three-point night and ending the Canucks' 3-2 win in Game 2 Saturday night with the second-speediest overtime goal in NHL playoff and finals history.

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Nowitzki rallies Mavs to win that ties NBA Finals

Posted: June 03, 2011 2:11 PM ; Updated: June 03, 2011 2:11 PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Tie game, seconds to go. Time for the Dallas Mavericks to put the ball in Dirk Nowitzki's hands.

In this case, the one with a splint protecting a torn-up finger.

Nowitzki had insisted the injury wouldn't affect him - and the Mavericks weren't going to change their strategy even if it had.

"Dirk knew it was coming to him," teammate Jason Terry said. "He does what he always does. He comes through in a big way."

Nowitzki shook off a torn tendon in the middle finger of his left hand to make the tie-breaking layup with 3.6 seconds left, and the Mavericks roared back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Miami Heat 95-93 on Thursday night and tie the NBA finals at one game apiece. Game 3 is Sunday night in Dallas.

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