Canadian broadcaster Bob Cole ends 50-year career

[ad_1] MONTREAL (AP) — Long-time Canadian broadcaster Bob Cole has always said the focus should be on the players — not him. There was little chance of that on Saturday night. The play-by-play man called his last game for “Hockey Night in Canada” to cap a 50-year run behind the microphone. The regular-season finale in Montreal between the Canadiens and the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs was meaningless in the standings,
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The foul call that will forever overshadow the Virginia-Auburn Final Four

[ad_1] MINNEAPOLIS -- A great Final Four game deserved a better ending.For three, maybe four seconds, Auburn thought it would be playing in the national title game for the first time in school history.The Tigers, who launched an explosive run in the final minutes to take the lead over Virginia in the Final Four, embraced one another and screamed in unison after Kyle Guy's go-ahead 3-pointer over Samir Doughty's right-in-his-chest

Stars beat Wild for top wild-card spot in Western Conference

[ad_1] DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin broke open a scoreless game with two third-period goals, and the Dallas Stars beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 to take the Western Conference’s top wild-card spot Saturday night. Ben Bishop made 22 saves for his career-high seventh shutout of the season, and Tyler Pitlick also scored for the Stars. Dallas will open the postseason against Nashville. Seguin scored the first goal on the power
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Controversy? Yes. But Kyle Guy still had to hit the free throws

[ad_1] MINNEAPOLIS -- Kyle Guy heard the referee's whistle right away. When he buried his face in his jersey after getting fouled by Auburn guard Samir Doughty in the process of shooting a 3-pointer on Virginia's final possession of Saturday's national semifinal win, the junior sharpshooter wasn't expressing relief. Guy had mere moment to lock in with his team's fate resting on his shoulders."That was me focusing," Guy said. "I

Poehling gets hat trick, Canadiens beat playoff-bound Leafs

[ad_1] MONTREAL (AP) — Ryan Poehling recorded a hat trick and added the shootout winner in his NHL debut as the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams. Jordan Weal and Andrew Shaw also scored for the Canadiens (44-30-8), who were eliminated from playoff contention Friday night. Goalie Charlie Lindgren, in his first game of the season, stopped 44 of 49
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Brooklyn gets breathing room in Eastern Conference playoff push

[ad_1] 10:11 PM ETMalika AndrewsESPN MILWAUKEE -- After Kenny Atkinson fulfills his postgame duties, loosens his tie and boards the team plane to Indianapolis, he plans to have a glass of red wine. The head coach of the Brooklyn Nets is cautious to get too high off a win over the Milwaukee Bucks, but he doesn't want the accomplishment to pass without indulging some."Sometimes you have to celebrate," Atkinson said.

Dubois scores 2 goals, Blue Jackets beat Senators 6-2

[ad_1] OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Ottawa Senators 6-2 in the regular-season finale for both teams Saturday. The Blue Jackets, who clinched a playoff berth with a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Friday, finished 47-31-4 and secured the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. They’ll face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round
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Disputed whistle on 3 lifts Virginia in wild finish

[ad_1] MINNEAPOLIS -- A controversial foul call on a 3-point attempt by Virginia's Kyle Guy in the final seconds of Saturday's Final Four game against Auburn allowed the Cavaliers to pull out a dramatic 63-62 win and left at least one member of the Tigers fuming.Auburn junior guard Samir Doughty made contact with Guy on the desperation heave in the corner and was whistled for the foul by official James

Ko takes 1-shot lead over Kim into ANA Inspiration finale

[ad_1] RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — Jin Young Ko turned a four-stroke deficit into a five-stroke lead in 10 holes at the ANA Inspiration. She nearly gave it all back, setting up a final-round shootout in the first major championship of the golf season. Ko ended up with a one-shot advantage over second-round leader In-Kyung Kim, shooting a 4-under 68 in unexpected calm conditions Saturday at Mission Hills to reach

Islanders beat Capitals to earn home-ice in first round

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — Valtteri Filppula scored twice in his return from injury, Robin Lehner stopped all 29 shots he faced and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-0 in each team’s regular-season finale Saturday night to clinch home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Barry Trotz’s team came into the game against his former team needing at least one point to secure a second-place