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For the second time in three seasons, the Madrid derby takes European soccer's center stage in the UEFA Champions League final, as Real and Atletico face off in Milan. Real Madrid ...(full article)

The Blues found themselves Saturday night in San Jose. After losing their game earlier in the Western Conference finals, they rediscovered the key traits that have made their group...(full article)

American Pharoah broke a 36-year-long Triple Crown drought in 2015, and now Nyquist is trying to repeat the feat - last done in 1977 and 1978 when Seattle Slew and Affirmed pulled ...(full article)

Legend-building in sports comes with trophies. No matter how great someone was, if he never won a title, sports fans and media will never let him forget it. And that's exactly what...(full article)

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz is a big believer in amnesia. “I think we’ve been able to have a real short-term focus on the next game, looking forward,” T...(full article)

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U.S. Takeover of NHL in Full Flight

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Blackhawks, Kings Skate on Thin Ice

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Gretzky Regrets the Slog NHL Has Become

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Stanley Cup Champs Self-Immolating

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Devils Chipping Away at History

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Kings Feed Off Penner's Humor

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