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Devante Smith-Pelly tied it with a full-stretch goal midway through the final
period of the Capitals’ fourth consecutive victory over the Golden Knights,
whose incredible expansion season finally ended in the desert.
So did the Capitals’ agonizing wait for their first championship since the
franchise’s debut in 1974. After so many years of postseason flops and crushing
disappointment, these Capitals won their fourth consecutive closeout game with a
tenacious third-period comeback.
Captain Alex Ovechkin, who scored an early power-play goal, and his teammates
are Washington’s first championship hockey team – and the city’s first champion
in a major pro sport since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in early 1992.
Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after scoring his
franchise-record 15th goal of the postseason.
Terrell Owens will not attend the induction ceremony for the Pro Football
Hall of Fame in August, an unprecedented decision by an enshrinee.
Owens was voted into the hall in February. In a statement released by his
publicist, Owens says: ”While I am incredibly appreciative of this
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invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton.”
The hall confirmed that the former All-Pro receiver informed them he would
not be on hand Aug. 4 for the enshrinements. Owens added, ”After visiting Canton
earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will
be one of the most memorable days of my life, elsewhere. At a later date, I will
announce where and when I will celebrate my induction.”
Owens heavily criticized the voting process when he failed to be elected to
the hall in his first two years of eligibility.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Bryan Colangelo resigned as president of basketball
operations for the Philadelphia 76ers in the wake of what an investigation found
was ”careless and in some instances reckless” sharing of sensitive team
The independent review by a law firm did not determine that Colangelo
operated or was even aware of Twitter accounts that anonymously trashed some of
his own players and fellow executives, and defended him against criticism from
fans and the sports media.
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evidence supported the conclusion that Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini,
operated the four accounts it investigated, and she admitted to doing so –
though also said she deleted contents of her iPhone with a factory reset of the
device prior to surrendering it for forensic review, limiting the
As for Colangelo, there was no evidence he knew of the accounts before a May
22 inquiry from the sports website The Ringer for a story it reported linking
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has agreed to a
two-year extension running through the 2020-21 season.
The Pelicans already had informed Gentry going into the playoffs that the
club would exercise his option through next season. Now he’s under contract two
additional seasons under the extension announced by the club on Thursday
Gentry has gone 117-138 in three seasons, including this season’s playoffs,
when the Pelicans swept Portland before losing a second-round season 4-1 to
defending champion Golden State.
New Orleans missed the playoffs in Gentry’s first two seasons, during which
the team dealt with a spate of injuries to key players.
Tiger Woods will play the opening two rounds of the U.S. Open with Justin
Thomas and Dustin Johnson, which feels like a grouping of Nos. 1-2-3 in the
world ranking. Except that Woods is No. 80.
The USGA released its tee times for the U.S. Open next week at Shinnecock
Hills, and it offered two stacked groups for the morning and afternoon.
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together in the morning of the first round. Woods, Johnson and Thomas are
together in the afternoon.
This is the 10-year anniversary of the USGA first putting together the Nos.
1-2-3 players in the world at Torrey Pines – Woods, Mickelson and Adam
NEW YORK (AP) – Triple Crown contender Justify glided over the track in his
first trip over the Belmont Park strip.
The strapping chestnut colt is the odds-on favorite to complete the series
sweep on Saturday in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes following victories in the
Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Justify arrived here Wednesday afternoon after a flight from Kentucky. Bob
Baffert, his Hall of Fame trainer, was delighted with how well the horse handled
the shipping and the unfamiliar surroundings on an overcast morning. Justify
went 1 3/8 miles, keen and eager as he flashed by the