Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, prizefighter who became symbol of racial injustice, dies at 76
After early punch-filled brawl, Davis homers in 14th inning to lead Brewers over Pirates 3-2
Heat top Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1 of East series, with James and Wade combining for 50
Popovich says he looks forward to Sager's return and 'I promise I'll be nice'
'Profoundly impacted' by Boston bombings, and pleading for a spot in marathon: 'I need to run'
Kuchar comes from 4 strokes behind, chips in on 18th hole to win RBC Heritage
Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs rally to beat Mavericks 90-85 in Game 1
NBA: Referees missed late foul of Clippers' Chris Paul in Clippers' Game 1 loss to Warriors
Flyers rally from 2 goals down, beat Rangers 4-2 with Emery in net to tie series
Harper back in Nationals lineup against Cardinals following early exit
LOS ANGELES -- Maybe instead of wondering why the Golden State Warriors weren't better than a No. 6 seed this season, we should have wondered why they weren't worse. Yes, we took into consideration that David Lee, Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala each missed at least 15 games with injuries. We acknowledged they had lost key reserves and positive locker-room presences Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry. But we didn't consider how many new players they had to work into the mix: Iguodala, Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights at the beginning, then Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake before the trade deadline. And we had no knowledge just how difficult that integration was, at least not to the extent Iguodala alluded to Saturday. "Everyone's fighting for minutes," Iguodala said. "The chemistry didn't look so bad on the court, but you could tell there was a lot of tension at times...
DENVER -- The Stanley Cup playoffs are supposed to be a grind. They're a place young teams are supposed to get chewed up and spit out in a learning process that, years later, they can reference when they win something meaningful. It's why you tempered your expectations for a young team like the Colorado Avalanche and its 18-year-old star, Nathan MacKinnon. Sure, his speed puts him among a class of the league's elite, but this is the playoffs -- the place for big, banging wingers and dirty goals that take multiple shots, second efforts and traffic in front of the goalie. Well, for one night in Denver, that's not what the playoffs looked like. For one night, speed and talent and passing and creativity won out. The young Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 to open a 2-0 series lead. It was the teenager MacKinnon leading the way, like he woke up Saturday morning and decided he was going to be the best player in the postseason. That's...
PITTSBURGH -- Changing the course of history is hard. Sometimes it takes a long time. And sometimes it feels like history is thumbing its nose at you, laughing behind your back. But when it happens, when history is re-written, when it is made, it sure is sweet. Just ask the Columbus Blue Jackets who earned their first-ever postseason victory Saturday night by beating the favored Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in double overtime. And the Jackets didn't just even this Eastern Conference quarterfinal at one game apiece; they won the hard way, climbing out of a 3-1 deficit and killing off seven of eight Pittsburgh power plays, including two in overtime. "I think that the confidence of a young team is getting built from little successes that you have along the way. This was a big step for us. Now we just got to enjoy it a little bit and put it behind us. Go for the next one," Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen told ESPN.com after Matt Calvert carved a...