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Avalanche beat Lightning in OT to take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Avalanche beat Lightning in OT to take Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final

Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy fails to defend a goal from the Avs’ Andre Burakovsky during overtime to win Game One of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final.Image: Getty Images Usually, especially in a Stanley Cup Final, you need at least a few games before the level of play truly takes off. Coaches and teams want to try …

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Manchester City and Liverpool try to outspend each other on strikers

Manchester City and Liverpool try to outspend each other on strikers

Darwin Núñez (l.)Photo: Getty Images The narrative between Liverpool and Manchester City has always been something like the A’s and Yankees from the early 2000s. The two powers of a league operating on completely different planes and through wildly different methods. The Big Bad with all the money that can buy their way out of …

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The Rangers will almost certainly learn all the wrong lessons

The Rangers will almost certainly learn all the wrong lessons

James Dolan will no doubt handle the ousting of the Rangers with his usual aplomb.Image: Getty Images To figure out where the New York Rangers are going after being dumped out on their ass by the Tampa Bay Lightning, it’s important to trace how, and especially why, they got here. Last offseason, owner and walking …

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Why isn’t Albert Pujols being sent off like Derek Jeter and David Ortiz?

Why isn't Albert Pujols being sent off like Derek Jeter and David Ortiz?

Albert Pujols is one of the game’s all-time greats.Image: Getty Images “The Machine” Albert Pujols said prior to the start of the season that 2022 would be his final season in MLB. Pujols is a three-time MVP, former Rookie of the Year, two-time World Series Champion, and is fifth on MLB’s all-time home run leaderboard …

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Lightning’s Steven Stamkos appears to spit on Rangers Alexis Lafrenière

Lightning's Steven Stamkos appears to spit on Rangers Alexis Lafrenière

Steven Stamkos appeared to spit at Jason Lafreniere.Image: Getty Images The NHL Department of Player Safety needs to get to the bottom of this quickly. The video evidence against Lightning captain Steven Stamkos allegedly spitting on Alexis Lafrenière appears damning, yet not conclusive. Why else would he cock his head back and lunge forward with …

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Pro Football Focus’ head coach ranking is laughable

Pro Football Focus' head coach ranking is laughable

Mike Tomlin and Sean McVay don’t make PFF’s list of top 10 coaches.Image: Getty Images Let me give a disclaimer, so this doesn’t come off as a complete trashing of the analytics community. Yes, advanced stats and analytics have a place in the game of football and sports in general. But they are not…I repeat, …

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EA Sports had better not push these kids away from Madden

EA Sports had better not push these kids away from Madden

The quality of “play” in the latest Madden clips seems questionable.screenshot: EA Sports Tea Madden franchise in recent years has shown the necessity of true competition for capitalism to function properly. Madden hasn’t competed with another NFL video game franchise since NFL 2K5. Some people have fond memories of that game, though personally I believe …

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Colorado Avalanche wait for the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Rangers

Colorado Avalanche wait for the Tampa Bay Lightning or New York Rangers

After sweeping the Oilers, the Avalanche have to wait for the Eastern Conference Finals to play out.Image: Getty Images The Colorado Avalanche are waiting. And waiting for a Stanley Cup Finals opponent hasn’t treated those favorably in returning from mini-vacations in the past. We’re finishing up the 35th NHL postseason in which first-round games are …

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Draymond Green can be infuriating as a Golden State fan

Draymond Green can be infuriating as a Golden State fan

Al Horford (l.) chops Draymond Green.Photo: Getty Images Being a Warriors fan must be relatively easy, at least compared to most other teams in any other sport. You already have three championships in the bag. The greatest regular season ever. Quite probably the greatest team ever in whichever iteration with Kevin Durant you choose. Back …

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LeBron James wants to play with Steph Curry

LeBron James wants to play with Steph Curry

LeBron wouldn’t mind being Steph Curry’s teammate fulltime.Image: Getty Images This year’s NBA postseason has been pretty good, minus all the injuries, even with the absence of LeBron James. While the era of James playing into June every year is over, that doesn’t mean we won’t hear from the King during the playoffs and especially …

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