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Blackhawks beat Ducks 5-2 to force Game 7 in West finals

CHICAGO — Duncan Keith had three assists and saved a goal in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 5-2 on Wednesday night to force a Game 7 in the Western Conference finals. Brandon Saad, Marian Hossa and Patrick Kane scored in the second to help the Blackhawks hand the Ducks […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TV sports Baseball MLB •Miami at Pittsburgh or Colorado at Cincinnati, MLB, 9:30 a.m. •San Francisco at Milwaukee, CSNBA, 10:30 a.m. •Detroit at Oakland, CSNCA, 12:30 p.m. •Detroit at Oakland, MLB, 12:30 p.m., or Houston at Baltimore, MLB, 1:30 p.m. •Washington at Chicago Cubs or Arizona at St. Louis, MLB, 5 p.m. Basketball NBA Playoffs […]

This date in sports history for May 27

May 27 1823 — A $20,000 match race between American Eclipse (representing The North) and Henry (representing The South) is held at Union Course on Long Island. American Eclipse wins in two of three heats after jockey William Crafts is replaced by Samuel Purdy before the second heat. The race, before a crowd of 60,000, […]

Corporate maneuver at Samsung strengthens heir’s influence

SEOUL, South Korea — Two key Samsung companies are merging in a step toward giving the son of the group’s ailing chairman control of the theme parks to smartphones conglomerate. Samsung says its defacto holding company Cheil Industries Inc. will acquire Samsung C&T Corp. by offering 0.35 new Cheil shares for every Samsung C&T share. […]

‘Ugly’ potential fallout from Supreme Court health care case

WASHINGTON — A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama’s health care law. But it’s Republicans — not White House officials — who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty-six of the 34 states that would be […]

Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, […]

China cuts import tax on clothes, other goods

BEIJING — China announced Monday it will cut import taxes on clothing, cosmetics and some other goods by half in a new tactic to spur consumer spending and economic growth. Beijing is in the midst of a marathon effort to reduce reliance on trade and investment to drive economic growth by nurturing domestic consumption. Tariff […]

Woman hanging on Shell ship since Friday ends drill protest

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The woman who had been hanging off the anchor chain of a support ship that is part of Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to explore for oil in the Arctic Ocean ended her dayslong protest north of Seattle on Monday morning. Student activist Chiara D’Angelo requested assistance getting down from her perch […]

Hundreds of taxi drivers march in Mexico against Uber

MEXICO CITY — Hundreds of taxi drivers marched through Mexico City Monday chanting “Uber Out!” and demanding city authorities ban the online ride service. Some drove their pink-and-white cabs in ranks, snarling traffic along the city’s main boulevard. The drivers say that Uber and other ride-sharing services evade the tax, registration and safety laws that […]

Charter nears deal for Time Warner Cable

Charter Communications Inc. is close to buying Time Warner Cable for about $55 billion, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because of the private nature of the deal talks. One of the people said the deal will be announced early Tuesday morning. Charter had wanted […]

Kevin Na regains sole lead at Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — The last time Kevin Na took the lead into the final round of a tournament, he faltered badly. For Ian Poulter, though he laughs about it, there is that anonymous survey of PGA Tour players done by Sports Illustrated where he and Rickie Fowler tied as the most overrated player on […]

Hometown report: BMX, bowling

Bicycle racing North Bay BMX North Bay BMX in Napa held a USA BMX Single Points Race on May 13. There were seven Motos with a total of 23 Riders. These are the top 3 finishes from each division. 15 Cruiser 1. Cooper Miller (Napa). 2. Jake Smith (Napa). 3. Gavin Dretzka (Vacaville). 5 & […]

Colin Montgomerie shoots 70 to take Senior PGA lead

FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Colin Montgomerie was long considered one of the best players in golf who had never won a major championship. As a senior, he has said no more. Montgomerie shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to take a three-shot lead into the final […]

Cavs’ Irving tests knee with brace, questionable for Game 3

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Kyrie Irving plopped down on a courtside bench following a brisk workout and two team trainers quickly went to work adjusting straps on his new knee brace. The Cavaliers, completely in command of the Eastern Conference finals, may soon be closer to full strength. Irving made some cuts and drives while wearing […]

Molinari, An tied for BMW PGA Championship lead

VIRGINIA WATER, England — Byeong Hun An shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Francesco Molinari after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. The South Korean trailed by a shot at the midway stage but made seven birdies, including two in the last two holes, to equal the […]

Belt’s HR helps Giants beat Rockies, 11-8

DENVER — Brandon Belt homered into the third deck, Ryan Vogelsong threw six scoreless innings and also doubled and the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 on Friday night. Buster Posey singled and doubled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games as surging San Francisco won its seventh straight. Belt’s mammoth […]

Lundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning 5-1 in Game 4

TAMPA, Fla. — Henrik Lundqvist and a couple of other old standbys picked a nice time to reassert themselves for the New York Rangers. New York’s star goalie reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers […]

Tom Lehman starts fast, takes Senior PGA Championship lead

FRENCH LICK, Ind. — Tom Lehman started the second round of the Senior PGA Championship on the 10th tee Friday afternoon. He might as well have started it on a launch pad. Lehman birdied three of his first four holes on French Lick Resort’s rigorous Pete Dye Course and kept right on going. He shot […]

UC Davis basketball coach Jim Les signs extension

DAVIS — UC Davis basketball coach Jim Les has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season. The school announced the deal Friday. Les led the Aggies to the Big West regular-season title and a spot in the National Invitation Tournament last season. They were 14-2 in the Big West and 25-7 overall, a year […]

Antron Brown leads Top Fuel qualifying

TOPEKA, Kan. — Top Fuel points leader Antron Brown raced to the qualifying lead Friday in the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. In cool conditions, Brown powered to a track-record time of 3.727 seconds at 313.37 mph. Brown won last weekend in Georgia and is looking for his third victory of the season. […]

Kevin Na closes with ‘good bogey,’ leads wet Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas — Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert. Not even that could dampen Na’s second round that gave him the lead halfway through the soggy tournament. Na took the […]

Scolari out of a job, without many supporters in Brazil

SAO PAULO — Not long ago, Luiz Felipe Scolari was seen as an indisputable hero in Brazil. Most agreed he was the perfect coach to lead the national team at the home World Cup. But almost a year after the “catastrophic” loss to Germany on what he called the “worst day” of his career, Scolari […]

Rome mayor wants Olympic medal ceremonies at Colosseum

ROME — Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino proposed Friday that medal ceremonies be held at the Colosseum if the Italian capital wins the bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Marino was meeting with IOC President Thomas Bach and bid committee officials, as well as Italian President Sergio Mattarella and Giovanni Malago, president of Italy’s national Olympic […]

Joel McHale to host annual ESPY awards

NEW YORK — Actor and talk-show host Joel McHale will be the host of the annual ESPY Awards show in July. The irreverent sports awards show, created by ESPN, is actually being shown on sister network ABC on July 15. ESPN said Friday the show will take place in the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. […]

Manager: Schumacher improving 17 months after ski accident

GLAND, Switzerland — Michael Schumacher’s manager says the seven-time Formula One champion is still improving, almost 17 months after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident. Sabine Kehm says in a video interview: “We are happy to say still he does improvement and I say this always considering the severeness of the injury he […]

Isiah Thomas doesn’t reject idea of eventual return to NBA

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Isiah Thomas said he hasn’t spoken with New York Knicks President Phil Jackson since joining the Liberty as a consultant in February. Thomas didn’t reject the notion that someday he could return to the NBA. The new president of the New York Liberty was introduced Thursday after being rehired by Madison Square […]

Army removes WWII bomb near London’s Wembley Stadium

LONDON — British police say the army has safely removed an unexploded World War II bomb found near London’s Wembley Stadium. The 50-kilogram (110-pound) bomb was discovered Thursday by workers at a construction site near the stadium. It is believed to have been dropped over London during German bombing raids in the early 1940s. The […]

Contador crashes and loses lead to Aru on 13th Giro stage

JESOLO, Italy — Alberto Contador lost the overall lead of the Giro d’Italia to Fabio Aru after he was involved in a crash toward the end of Friday’s 13th stage, which was won by Sacha Modolo. Aru escaped the crash which took out a number of cyclists just outside the final three kilometers (two miles) […]

Lawyer: Ex-NFLer Aaron Hernandez, now in prison, low on cash

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Former NFL player and convicted killer Aaron Hernandez is running out of money after hiring a platoon of lawyers for all his criminal cases, his attorney said. Attorney John Fitzpatrick told a judge in New Bedford on Thursday that Hernandez was paid for only one year of his now-terminated $40 million […]

Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he’d done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds — or, at least, hoped to. […]

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