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Alexander: A hard act to follow for Vanessa Bryant

It had to be the hardest act possible to follow. At the very end of Saturday night’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Uncasville, Conn., after other inductees had gone to the podium and profusely thanked and recognized those who had helped them reach the pinnacle of the sport, Vanessa Bryant was asked to give the acceptance speech for her late husband, Kobe. “I don’t have a speech prepared by my husband, because he wings every single speech,” she said. “He was intelligent, ...
Tags: Washington, Sports, Toronto, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Nba, Jordan, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Hall of Fame, WNBA, Joe, Lakers, Phoenix


Leafs Report Cards: Toronto gets through regular-season finale unscathed in loss to Jets

It’s over. It’s finally over. I’m not going to lie, it’s been quite difficult for me trying to take meaningful notes on meaningless games lately. Thankfully, Toronto’s 4-2 loss to Winnipeg on Friday is the last night of sludge hockey we’ll have to endure. I take pride in the fact that I evaluated all 56 […] The post Leafs Report Cards: Toronto gets through regular-season finale unscathed in loss to Jets appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Leafs, Winnipeg, Game Reviews


Lakers hold their breath for healthy roster in Indiana

There’s a chance – perhaps a small one – that the Lakers (40-30) will look healthier than they’ve been in weeks when they line up for an unusual Saturday morning tip in Indianapolis. All-Star LeBron James is questionable, All-Star big man Anthony Davis is probable, and point guard Dennis Schröder’s status is to be determined for the penultimate game of the regular season against the Indiana Pacers at 10 a.m. PDT. The last time all three played together was April 30, in an ill-fated loss to the S...
Tags: Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Toronto, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Portland, Davis, Kings, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant, Indiana Pacers


Clippers owe Hornets thanks for Nicolas Batum

The Clippers’ stop in Charlotte on Thursday was another opportunity for them to hurry and build some late-season cohesion ahead of the playoffs – and, perhaps, also to say thank you. Thanks for making Nicolas Batum available. The Hornets waived Batum this offseason. The 32-year-old French forward said he found out just like fans did – on Twitter – that Charlotte was parting ways with him in order to clear salary cap space for Gordan Hayward’s new four-year, $120 million contract. He spent five s...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Houston, Charlotte, Nico, Clippers, Hornets, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Beverley, Lue, Nicolas Batum, Tyronn Lue, Batum


Toronto/Montreal Could Be A Battle

from Michael Traikos of the National Post, If it felt like the NHL season was split into two different leagues this year — one in the U.S. and one in Canada — having Boston and Washington play Game 1 of the playoffs on the same day that Edmonton and Vancouver will be playing an otherwise meaningless regular-season game probably won’t change that. It’s an odd move by the NHL schedule-makers. Call me old fashioned, but is it too much to ask that the regular season ends before the pl...
Tags: Washington, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Canada, Vancouver, NHL, Columbus, Edmonton, Montreal Canadiens, Oilers, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, National Post, North Division, Rogers Sportsnet


Howe Family Asks The NHLPA To Present Gordie’s Stick From His Last NHL Game To Patrick Marleau

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News, Patrick Marleau was given a special gift by the NHL Players’ Association before the Sharks played the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday at SAP Center. At the request of Gordie Howe’s family, the NHLPA presented Marleau with the stick used by Howe in his 1,767th and final NHL game on April 6, 1980. The stick had been on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and will be replaced by a stick used by Marleau on April 19 when he played i...
Tags: Disney, Toronto, Sport, NHL, Lucasfilm, Sharks, Sap, Gordie Howe, Howe, Patrick Marleau, Marleau, Hockey Hall of Fame, NHLPA, NHL Players Association, Curtis Pashelka, Gordie


Leafs Report Cards: Top power-play unit continues to struggle in overtime loss to Ottawa

We’re almost there, folks. It’s becoming tougher and tougher to derive meaning out of these meaningless regular-season games as the season winds down here, but we’ll try our best after Toronto’s 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa on Wednesday night. The Leafs got outplayed at 5v5 by the Senators, both in terms of shot quantity and quality. […] The post Leafs Report Cards: Top power-play unit continues to struggle in overtime loss to Ottawa appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Ottawa, Leafs, Game Reviews


LeBron James won’t play in Lakers’ regular-season home finale tonight

Amid the rumblings and reports that he’d make a return to the Lakers’ lineup during the last homestand of the regular season, LeBron James finally weighed in himself: He won’t play Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, on the night the Lakers are set to unveil their 2020 championship banner. It is undoubtedly a weighty decision for the 36-year-old, four-time league MVP who has missed more than a third of the Lakers’ games this season, and he let that show in a tweet just a few hours prior...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Portland, Nba, New Orleans, Dallas, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston, Denver


LeBron James, Anthony Davis won’t play in Lakers’ regular-season home finale tonight

Amid the rumblings and reports that he’d make a return to the Lakers’ lineup during the last homestand of the regular season, LeBron James finally weighed in himself: He won’t play Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets, on the night the Lakers are set to unveil their 2020 championship banner. It is undoubtedly a weighty decision for the 36-year-old, four-time league MVP who has missed more than a third of the Lakers’ games this season, and he let that show in a tweet just a few hours prior...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Portland, Davis, Nba, New Orleans, Dallas, Espn, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Houston


NHL Short Notes

THREE HARD LAPS * A Jets victory on Tuesday locked in the Scotia North Division’s First Round matchups for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with Toronto squaring off with Montreal and Edmonton going head-to-head with Winnipeg. * The Capitals benefited from a last-second goal in regulation to defeat the Bruins ahead of their First Round series, which begins on Saturday. * The Presidents’ Trophy race takes center stage tonight, with the Golden Knights, Avalanche and Maple Leafs all in cont...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, NHL, Montreal, Edmonton, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Winnipeg The Capitals


Kings fall to Blues in OT in their final home game of season

Kings goaltender Cal Petersen makes a save in front of the Blues’ Tyler Bozak, center, and as the Kings’ Mikey Anderson defends during the first period of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 10: Andreas Athanasiou #22 of the Los Angeles Kings stick handles between Marco Scandella #6 and Ivan Barbashev #49 of the St. Louis Blues during the first period at Staples Center on May 10, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/...
Tags: Colorado, Sports, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Kings, NHL, St Louis, Staples Center, Calgary, Los Angeles Kings, Petersen, Ryan O Reilly, Coyotes, Vladimir Tarasenko


Clippers’ hope Serge Ibaka’s comeback is close

LOS ANGELES — There could be a Serge sighting coming. A sighting, potentially, of Serge Ibaka in uniform instead of in the artistic wardrobe stylings he’s been modeling on the catwalk– er, sideline — at recent Clippers games. Ibaka has been out of action for the past 27 games with what the team has described as lower back tightness. But he’s been ramping up his activity behind the scenes lately, his teammates said Sunday after their 106-100 setback against New York. “I know he’s coming with us o...
Tags: New York, Kentucky, Sports, DeMarcus Cousins, Toronto, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Anthony Davis, Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Lakers, Knicks, Paul George, George


Joseph Woll brilliant despite Toronto Marlies’ third consecutive loss to Manitoba

The Toronto Marlies have now allowed 41 goals in the last nine games while picking up just three points over that span. It was another slow start for Toronto, who were fortunate to still be in the game heading into the first intermission. Manitoba ran roughshod over them, recording 20 shots on goal in the […] The post Joseph Woll brilliant despite Toronto Marlies’ third consecutive loss to Manitoba appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Manitoba, Toronto Marlies, Joseph Woll


Hockey Notes On A Sunday Morning

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - What Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have combined for over a two-year period with the Edmonton Oilers is remarkably rare and historically improbable. Last year, Draisaitl won the NHL scoring title and the Hart Trophy as most valuable player. McDavid finished second in scoring. This season, McDavid is on his way to the breathtaking figure of 100 points or more in 56 games and will be the runaway winner of the Hart. Draisaitl, meanwhile, w...
Tags: Colorado, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Sport, NHL, Vegas, Pittsburgh, Boston Bruins, Barkley, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Leafs, Connor McDavid, Matthews, Charles Barkley


Maple Leafs: 3 Burning Questions Heading Into the Stanley Cup Playoffs

For the first time in 21 years, the Toronto Maple Leafs are division champions. They are heading to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fifth straight season. Toronto has remained…
Tags: Uncategorized, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Frederik Andersen, Nick Foligno, Jack Campbell


Leafs Report Cards: The Swedes spark the comeback as the Leafs clinch the North Division title with win over Montreal

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t appear to be too engaged to start things off in this game. As good teams are able to do, they kicked things into gear in the second period, erasing a two-goal deficit by scoring in bunches. Toronto followed that up with a third period in which they closed the game […] The post Leafs Report Cards: The Swedes spark the comeback as the Leafs clinch the North Division title with win over Montreal appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Montreal, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Game Reviews


Seth Brown Delivers The Big Hits Again, A’s Beat Rays 6-3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seth Brown may sit again Sunday against a left-handed starter and await his chance to help off the bench if regular right fielder Stephen Piscotty returns to Oakland’s lineup. Manager Bob Melvin hadn’t made a decision yet. Brown sure is capitalizing on every opportunity he does get. He hit a two-run homer in the first inning a day after delivering a walk-off drive, sending the Athletics past the Tampa Bay Rays again with a 6-3 win Saturday. “Been unbelievable, the last two...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Ap, Blue Jays, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Athletics, Las Vegas, Oakland, Rays, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay, Brown, Allen, Oakland Calif


Disneyland polishes Fantasyland’s crown jewel with carousel makeover

If Sleeping Beauty Castle is the focal point of Disneyland, then King Arthur Carrousel is the centerpiece of Fantasyland — and the pulsating heart of Fantasyland is once again bringing the fairy tale themed land to life. King Arthur Carrousel once again shines like the crown jewel of Fantasyland after Disneyland’s maintenance crew replaced the carousel’s steel canopy and freshened up the hand-carved horses during the 13-month coronavirus closure of Disneyland. The Fantasyland carousel returned w...
Tags: Disney, Toronto, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Amusement Parks, Disneyland, Southern California, Anaheim, Orange County Register, Niles, Jessie, Walt Disney Imagineering, Walt, Anaheim CA, King Triton


Maple Leafs’ Resilience Will Determine Playoff Fate

There are three games left in the regular season, and the stage is all but set for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The magic number to clinch first place is down…
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Hockey, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Joe Thornton, 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs


Manaea’s No-Hit Bid Ends, A’s Win On Second Big Hit By Brown

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lefty Sean Manaea’s bid to pitch baseball’s second no-hitter of the night Friday ended on a leadoff double in the eighth inning by high school teammate Mike Brosseau, then Seth Brown hit a game-ending homer as the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1. Manaea and Brosseau played together at Andrean High in Merrillville, Indiana. Brown’s pinch-hit RBI single broke up a scoreless game in the bottom of the seventh then Tampa Bay chased Manaea. Brown delivered again fa...
Tags: Boston, Angels, Sports, Toronto, Ap, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Athletics, Oakland, Cleveland, Rays, Reds, Tampa, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati


LAFC trying to find its form as it preps for revitalized Galaxy

The Los Angeles Football club occupies an unfamiliar spot leading into the next installment of “El Trafico” on Saturday. Besides a few weeks in the early portion of its expansion season, and one seven-day stretch last year, LAFC has continually been ahead of the five-time MLS Cup champion Galaxy in the Western Conference standings since 2018. Each of the previous nine times they have met in the regular season, LAFC stood above the Galaxy on points. And when they met in the playoffs in 2019, LAFC...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Mls, Houston, Seattle, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, Carlos Vela, Vela, Lafc, Bradley, Greg, Carlos, Javier


With the Lakers on the ropes, it’s time to get familiar with the NBA play-in

Editor’s note: This is the Friday May 7 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter from reporter Kyle Goon. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here. All the way back in the sunnier days in April, the Lakers had just knocked out a diminished version of the Utah Jazz, and had a 7-8 record without LeBron James or Anthony Davis, keeping them in a solid fifth place in the West. Everything seemed ahead of them: ; Davis was coming back soon, and James seemed closer to a return, too...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Davis, Nba, Dallas, Lebron James, New Orleans Pelicans, Anthony Davis, The Washington Post, Alex, James, Lakers, Dennis


Maple Leafs’ Simmonds Provides Defense From Tom Wilson Antics

Use your imagination and go back to Monday, May 3rd. Instead of the New York Rangers playing the Washington Capitals, it’s the Toronto Maple Leafs. Instead of Pavel Buchnevich getting…
Tags: Washington, Toronto, Sport, Hockey, New York Rangers, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Wayne Simmonds, Tom Wilson, Kyle Dubas, Mark Messier, Pavel Buchnevich


Leafs Report Cards: Auston Matthews notches 40th, Toronto one point away from clinching North Division title

Scoring chances galore in a dominant win for Toronto I’m a big fan of using “scoring chances” to measure how well a team played. These refer to shots from the slot, which is the area on the ice from the posts out to the dots and then up to the top of the circle, making […] The post Leafs Report Cards: Auston Matthews notches 40th, Toronto one point away from clinching North Division title appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Game Reviews, 40th Toronto


Grichuk Drives In 5, Jays Beat A’s 10-4 For Series Split

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 10-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday. Toronto earned a split of the four-game series after dropping the first two games against the AL West leader. Marcus Semien homered among his four hits, Danny Jansen and Teoscar Hernández each drove in two runs and Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio had three hits apiece for the Blue Jays, who have won five of their past eight road games....
Tags: Angels, Sports, Toronto, Ap, Blue Jays, Mlb, Oakland Athletics, Baseball, Athletics, Houston, Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay, Murphy, Cal, Sean Murphy, Oakland Calif


Alexander: Could Lakers, Clippers meet in first round of playoffs?

Remember the good old days, when we all assumed that the road to the NBA Finals was destined to run through Staples Center? Now, 14 months later, we might be looking at a first-round collision between the Lakers and Clippers. And that’s the best-case scenario. It would be a fair fight in all likelihood. The teams play again Thursday night with the Clippers as the home team and both in similar stages of adjustment, trying to capture (or recapture) chemistry on the fly with less than two weeks lef...
Tags: Utah, Sports, Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, West, Soccer, Brooklyn, Portland, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Ben McLemore, Denver, Staples Center


Alex Caruso tackles bigger workload as Lakers adapt with playmakers out

Alex Caruso’s three mistakes came in rapid succession, a span of three minutes in the third quarter of the Lakers’ victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday. In the timeout after his third turnover – trying to force the ball inside to Andre Drummond while Kyle Kuzma waited with open hands in the left corner – Anthony Davis got on him to take care of the ball, and assistant coach Phil Handy told him to be more aggressive when looking to score. And as he’s done for the last couple of seasons as a ...
Tags: Texas, Sports, Denver Nuggets, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Portland, Davis, Nba, Lebron James, Anthony Davis, Denver, Alex, James, Lakers, Phoenix


Clippers focused inward ahead of clash with Lakers

The Clippers are so focused on themselves, so busy reassembling the pieces that have been recently returned to them — and doing it on a tight, six-game deadline — that they seem not to be interested in what’s going on with anyone else. That includes with the Lakers, their down-the-hall rivals and defending NBA champs who happen to be next on the schedule — and, what’s more, penciled in at the moment as their first-round playoff opponent. After knuckling down to beat the Raptors 105-100 on Tuesda...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Sport, Soccer, Nba, Jackson, Reggie Jackson, Lakers, Raptors, Moreno Valley, Paul George, George, Clippers, Serge Ibaka, Beverley, Patrick Beverley


Rasmus Sandin’s emergence, Travis Dermott’s future, Tom Wilson’s fine, Most Underrated & Overrated Leaf in 2021 – MLHS Podcast Episode 14

In Episode 14 of the MLHS Podcast, Ian Tulloch and Anthony Petrielli discuss Rasmus Sandin’s emergence on the blue line, Travis Dermott’s future (and whether it’s in Toronto), the most overrated and underrated Leaf performers of the 2021 season, their preferred round one opponent between the Jets and Habs, the Tom Wilson non-suspension, and much […] The post Rasmus Sandin’s emergence, Travis Dermott’s future, Tom Wilson’s fine, Most Underrated & Overrated Leaf in 2021 – MLHS Podcast Episode 14 a...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Tom Wilson, Travis Dermott, Anthony Petrielli, Rasmus Sandin, Ian Tulloch, MLHS Podcast


Moreland’s 2-run HR Backs Irvin Gem As A’s Top Blue Jays 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cole Irvin stepped into Oakland’s rotation when experienced starter Mike Fiers went down, determined to prove he could more than handle such responsibility — Fiers has pitched a pair of no-hitters, after all. With another impressive outing in the Athletics’ 4-1 win against Toronto, Irvin keeps showing he’s far more than a mere fill-in. “He’s not a seat warmer anymore,” manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s been consistent the entire season. In a day we’re down some guys in the bu...
Tags: Sports, Toronto, Ap, Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Baseball, Athletics, Oakland, Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Bay Area, Kay, Irvin, Oakland Calif, Moreland



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