Thursday, June 22, 2017

Als Hold Off Riders In CFL Season Opener

At Montreal:

In Thursday's opening contest of the Canadian Football League's 2017 regular season, quarterback Darian Durant haunted his former team with touchdown passes to B.J. Cunningham and Ernest Jackson while Boris Bede kicked the game-winning field goal with 2:29 remaining as the Montreal Alouettes held off the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders 17-16.

The Riders' Tyler Crapigna, who made his three previous field-goal attempts, had his 45-yard game-winning attempt as time expired go wide right.

Connie In Color!

Here's a color photo of screen legend Constance Bennett.

Lizabeth!

Here's a photo of 1940s and 1950s screen actress Lizabeth Scott as she appeared as a guest star in an episode of the early-to-mid 1960s ABC Network series Burke's Law.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NHL Expansion Draft: Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal Plucked By Golden Knights

Here is the list of players selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the National Hockey League's expansion draft, as announced on Wednesday.

Listed in order are the player's name, position, and former team:

Calvin Pickard, goaltender, Colorado

Luca Sbisa, defenseman, Vancouver

Teemu Pulkkinen, left wing, Arizona

Jon Merrill, defenseman, New Jersey

William Carrier, left wing, Buffalo

Cody Eakin, center, Dallas

Tomas Nosek, left wing, Detroit

Jonathan Marchessault, center, Florida

Brayden McNabb, defenseman, Los Angeles

Connor Brickley, center, Carolina

Chris Thorburn, right wing, Winnipeg

Pierre-Eduard Bellemare, right wing, Philadelphia

Jason Garrison, defenseman, Tampa Bay

Jean-Francois Berube, goaltender, New York Islanders

James Neal, left wing, Nashville

Deryk Engelland, defenseman, Calgary

Brendan Leipsic, left wing, Toronto

Colin Miller, defenseman, Boston

Marc Methot, defenseman, Ottawa

David Schlemko, defenseman, San Jose

David Perron, left wing, St. Louis

Griffin Reinhart, defenseman, Edmonton

Alexei Emelin, defenseman, Montreal

Clayton Stoner, defenseman, Anaheim

Erik Haula, center, Minnesota

William Karlsson, center, Columbus

Trevor van Reimsdyk, defenseman, Chicago

Marc-Andre Fleury, goaltender, Pittsburgh

Nate Schmidt, defenseman, Washington

The Golden Knights are set to start their inaugural regular season on October 7.

Superman Helps Loons Top Timbers In Twin Cities

At Minneapolis:

Goals from Amobi Okugo (OG-7'), Christian Superman Ramirez (47'), and Abu Dunladi (64'; he would be ejected in the 70th minute via the red card) carried Minnesota United to a 3-2 Wednesday Major League Soccer home victory over the Portland Timbers in a match that saw both clubs reduced to ten men.

For the Timbers, Diego Valeri successfully converted a penalty kick in the 37th minute and Vytas had a pass deflect off the Loons' Francisco Calvo for an own goal in the 49th minute.

Portland's Sebastian Blanco was red carded out of the match in the 71st minute for his foot fight on the ground with the aforementioned Mr. Dunladi.

The Timbers will host the Seattle Sounders in a Cascadia Cup clash on Sunday at 7:30 PM Pacific Time (moved back from 1:00 PM Pacific Time due to heat concerns with the temperature expected to reach 95 degrees in the Rose City), to be telecast nationally over ESPN 2.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Wheaties: Breakfast Of Mousketeers!

From around 1955, here's a Wheaties cereal box with a special offer from Mickey Mouse.

General Mills was at that time a sponsor of ABC's Mickey Mouse Club.

Madeleine!

Here's another glamour photo of 1930s and 1940s English-born screen actress Madeleine Carroll.

Monday, June 19, 2017

'52 Hudson

Here's a 1952 Hudson Commodore four-door sedan.

'55 Pontiac

Here's a 1955 Pontiac Star Chief two-door hardtop.

Connie!

Here's another glamour photo of screen legend Constance Bennett.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Timbers Drop Tough One In Suburban Denver

At Commerce City, Colorado:

In one of ten Saturday Major League Soccer contests, Dominique Badji (51') and Alan Gordon (89') each scored once in the second half as the Colorado Rapids battled back and upended the visiting Portland Timbers 2-1.

Sebastian Blanco scored for the Timbers in the 18th minute.

Next up for Portland is a visit to the Twin Cities for a road encounter with Minnesota United FC on Wednesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (broadcast over the Timbers' television network via KPDX, Portland-Vancouver).

Too Much Energy For T2

At Portland, Oregon:

Andy Craven successfully converted two penalty kicks (74', 78') on Friday as the Oklahoma City Energy posted a 3-1 United Soccer League road victory over struggling Portland Timbers 2.

Next Saturday, T2 will host Reno 1868 FC at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (live streaming at timbers2.com)

Friday, June 16, 2017

'60 Caddy

Here's a 1960 Cadillac Series 62 convertible.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Claire!

Here's another glamour photo of 1930s and early 1940s screen actress Claire Dodd.

Gloria!

Here's an autographed glamour photo of 1930s and 1940s screen actress Gloria Dickson.

Gloria Dickson

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

'49 Nash

Here's a 1949 Nash Ambassador four-door fastback sedan.

'56 Nash Ambassador

Here's a 1956 Nash Ambassador four-door sedan.

'62 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk

Here's a 1962 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Timbers Fall To Sounders In Open Cup Contest

At Tukwila, Washington:

Aaron Kovar (3') and Zack Mathers (PK-54') each scored once as the Seattle Sounders defeated the visiting Portland Timbers 2-1 in Tuesday fourth-round (Round of 32) action from the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament.

Augustine Williams scored the Timbers' lone goal in the 38th minute.

The Timbers will now concentrate on Major League Soccer play as they will travel to Commerce City, Colorado for a Saturday night contest with the Colorado Rapids (6:30 PM Pacific Time, ROOT Sports Northwest).

Monday, June 12, 2017

WARRIORS HOLD OFF CAVALIERS TO WIN SECOND NBA TITLE IN THREE YEARS; KEVIN DURANT NAMED SERIES MVP

At Oakland, California:

Kevin Durant (named series Most Valuable Player) scored 39 points on Monday while Stephen Curry (shown here celebrating with Draymond Green) added 34 (to go with his ten assists) as the Golden State Warriors defeated the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in game five of the NBA Finals and won their second NBA title in three years four games to one as they avenged their title series defeat from last year at the hands of the Cavaliers.

Andre Iguodala added 20 points to the Warriors' coffers.

USA Today Sports photo by Cary Edmonson

For the now ex-champs, LeBron James scored 41 points, grabbed 13 rebounds, and dished out eight assists, while Kyrie Irving added 26 points and J. R. Smith 25.

This marked the fifth league championship for the Warriors (Philadelphia:  1947 [BAA], 1956; Golden State: 1975, 2015, and 2017).

Sunday, June 11, 2017

PENGUINS SCORE LATE TO FINISH OFF PREDATORS, BECOME FIRST TEAM SINCE '97 AND '98 RED WINGS TO WIN BACK TO BACK STANLEY CUPS; SID THE KID WINS CONN SMYTHE TROPHY AS PLAYOFF MVP

At Nashville:

Patric Hornqvist (tht's him wearing #72, seen here celebrating after scoring) and Carl Hagelin (empty netter) each scored a goal in the final two minutes on Sunday while Matt Murray saved all 27 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the visiting Nashville Predators 2-0 to capture their fifth Stanley Cup overall and their second straight after winning the Final four games to two.

The Penguins became the first team since the 1997 and 1998 Detroit Red Wings to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

For the second successive year, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs most valuable player.

Getty Images photo by Frederick Breedon

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Broken Record: Chalk Up Another Defeat For T2

At Sandy, Utah:

In Saturday United Soccer League action, Andrew Brody (41') and Chandler Hoffman (67') each scored once as Real Monarchs SLC blanked visiting Portland Timbers 2 by a score of 2-0.

The next match for the Portland Timbers' USL affiliate is set for this coming Friday at home against the Oklahoma City Energy at 7:30 PM Pacific Time (live video streaming over timbers2.com).

Fanendomania Returns As Timbers Blank Hoops At Home

At Portland, Oregon:

With Fanendo Adi scoring both goals (32', 72'), the Portland Timbers racked up their second straight 2-0 Major League Soccer home victory on Saturday, this time at the expense of FC Dallas.

Two saves enabled Jake Gleeson to preserve his third shutout of the season.

The Timbers' next competitive match is this coming Tuesday at Tukwila, Washington as they will visit the Seattle Sounders in a US Open Cup fourth round contest at 7:30 PM Pacific Time (streamed live over YouTube).

Portland's next MLS match is at Commerce City, Colorado against the Colorado Rapids at 6:30 PM Pacific Time (ROOT Sports Northwest).

149th Belmont Stakes: Tapwrit Overtakes Irish War Cry To Capture Triple Crown Finale

At Elmont, New York:

Tapwrit, with jockey Jose Ortiz aboard, overcame morning-line favorite Irish War Cry on Saturday to capture the 149th edition of the Belmont Stakes, the final jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown.

It was Mr. Ortiz's first victory in a Triple Crown race while for trainer Todd Pletcher, his was his third Belmont Stakes triumph.

The aforementioned Irish Was Cry finished second while Patch finished third.

'54 Hudson Hornet

Here's a 1954 Hudson Hornet 4-door sedan.

Holy Obit, Batman!

Adam West, the actor who will always bestbe remembered for his portrayal of the title role in the Batman television series, passed away on Friday at age 88.

Mr. West passed on in Los Angeles after a short battle with leukemia.

Adam played the role of Gotham City millionaire Bruce Wayne, who, as the Caped Crusader, fought alongside his youthful ward Dick Grayson (as Robin the Boy Wonder; portrayed by Burt Ward) for law and order in the big city.

The series ran on ABC from 1966 to the end of 1967 and in its first two seasons, aired twice weekly, before becoming a once-a-week show in its' final season.

You can find more on Adam's life and career here.

Friday, June 09, 2017

NBA Finals: Cavs Stay Alive By Smothering Warriors, Cut Golden State's Series Lead To 3-1

At Cleveland:

In Friday's fifth game of the NBA Finals, Kyrie Irving (pictured here) scored 40 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers prevented the Golden State Warriors from completing an unprecedented 16-0 postseason run by dominating the guests 137-116 to cut the Warriors' advantage to three games to one.

LeBron James delivered a triple-double (31 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds) while Kevin Love added 23 points to help carry the Cavaliers, who scored 49 points in the first quarter and 86 in the opening half, both NBA playoff records.

Kevin Durant topped the Warriors with 35 points.

Golden State can still finish off the Cavaliers and wrap up their second NBA title in three years (and avenge their collapse in last year's title series) by winning game five back home in Oakland on Monday (6:00 PM Pacific Time, ABC).

USA Today Sports photo by Kyle Terada 

Hedy!

Here's another glamour photo of screen legend Hedy Lamarr.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Stanley Cup Final: Penguins Crush Predators To Take 3-2 Series Lead; Pittsburgh Can Lock Up Second Straight Cup Title With Win On Sunday In Music City

At Pittsburgh:
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In Thursday's fifth game of the Stanley Cup Final, Justin Schultz (power play; that's him on the right, celebrating after scoring), Bryan Rust, and Evgeni Malkin each scored once in the first period while Conro Sheary, Phil Kessel, and Ron Hainsey each did likewise in the second period, and Matt Murray saved all 24 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins demolished the visiting Nashville Predators 6-0 to take a three-games-to-none series lead.

Sidney Crosby had three assists for the Penguins.

The Penguins can lock up their second straight Stanley Cup Title (and become the first club since the Detroit Red Wings of 1997 and 1998 to do it in back-to-back years) with a game-six win in Nashville on Sunday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (NBC).

USA Today Sports photo by Donald Wright

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

NBA Finals: Warriors Overcome Cavaliers To Take 3-0 Series Lead With Chance To Lock Up Title On Friday In Cleveland

At Cleveland:

Kevin Durant scored 31 points as the Golden State Warriors came back from a six-point deficit with roughly three minutes remaining in regulation by scoring the last 11 points en route to a 118-113 game-three Wednesday road win over the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a three-games-to-one NBA Finals series lead.

Klay Thompson added 30 points to the Warriors' coffers while Stephen Curry added 26 points to go with his 13 rebounds.

LeBron James paced the Cavaliers with 39 points (while grabbing eleven rebounds and dishing out nine assists) while Kyrie Irving added 38.

The Warriors, who became the first club in North American major sports history to win 15 straight postseason games, can win their second NBA title in three years (and avenge their collapse from last year) by beating the Cavaliers again in game four on Friday in Cleveland (6:00 PM Pacific Time, ABC).

It appears that Steph and KD were having a bloody good time as seen here.

USA Today Sports photo

Marlene!

Here's a glamour photo of screen legend Marlene Dietrich.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Claire!

Here's a glamour photo of 1930s and early 1940s screen actress Claire Dodd.

Claire Dodd

More Glenda!

Here's another glamour photo of 1930s-1960s screen actress Glenda Farrell.

Glenda Farrell

Monday, June 05, 2017

Broken Record: Another Defeat For T2

At Portland, Oregon:

Marco Bustos converted his penalty kick for the only goal of the match in the 56th minute on Sunday as Vancouver Whitecaps 2 knocked off Portland Timbers 2 on the road in United Soccer League action by a score of 1-0.

The next match for T2 is set for Saturday at 6:00 PM Pacific Time at Sandy, Utah against Real Monarchs SLC.

Stanley Cup Final: Predators Overpower Penguins, Level Series At 2-2

At Nashville, Tennessee:
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Calle Jarnkrok, Frederick Gaudreau (that's him, wearing #32, being congratulated by teammates after scoring), Viktor Arvidsson, and Filip Forsberg (empty netter) each scored a goal while Pekka Rinne saved 23 of 24 shots on Monday night as the Nashville Predators squared the Stanley Cup Final at two games apiece following their 4-1 game-four home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

USA Today Sports photo by Scott Rovak

Hedy!

Here's another glamour photo of screen legend Hedy Lamarr.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

NBA Finals: Warriors Too Much For Cavs Again, Stretch Series Lead To 2-0

At Oakland, California:

Kevin Durant scored 33 points (to go with his 13 rebounds and who is pictured here) while Stephen Curry added 32 (to go with his 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first career playoff triple-double) and Klay Thompson 22 as the Golden State Warriors overpowered the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 in Sunday's second game of the NBA Finals which the Warriors now lead two games to none.

The Warriors have now won an NBA record 14 straight playoff games.

After a six-week absence, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr returned to the bench.

LeBron James had a triple-double (29 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds) to pace the Cavaliers while Kevin Love added 27 points and Kyrie Irving contributed 19.

USA Today Sports photo

Glenda And Friends

Here's a snapshot of 1930s-1960s screen actress Glenda Farrell with a couple of kitty cats.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Stanley Cup Final: Predators Use Big Second Period To Roast Penguins And Cut Series Deficit To 2-1

At Nashville:
 
Roman Josi (power play), Frederick Gaudreau, and James Neal each scored a second-half goal, while Craig Smith and Mattias Ekholm (PP) each added a third-period tally as the Nashville Predators overcame a 1-0 deficit after the first period and blew past the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 on Saturday in game three of the Stanley Cup Final, which the Penguins still lead two games to one.

After a rough second game in Pittsburgh, Predators goalie Pekka Rinne saved 27 of 28 shots. 

Seen here are the happy Preds, whose P.K. Subban (wearing #76), who correctly predicted that Nashville would bounce back and win game three.

Photo from NHL.com Website

Friday, June 02, 2017

DV8's Double Fuels Timbers Past Quakes As Five-Match Winless Streak Ends

At Portland, Oregon:

In the lone Friday Major League Soccer contest, Diego Valeri scored twice (50', 90'+4) as the Portland Timbers snapped their five-game winless run with a 2-0 home victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Quakes' Darwin Ceran picked up two yellow cards in two minutes late in the opening half and was ejected in the 37th minute, reducing the guests to ten men.

Next Saturday night, the Timbers will host FC Dallas at 7:30 PM Pacific Time in a contest to be broadcast over the Timbers' television network (via KPTV, Portland).

Hot Hedy!

Here's a photo of Hedy Lamarr either from a scene in or a promotional pic for the 1942 MGM film she starred in "White Cargo."

Madge!

Here's another glamour shot of former child actress/model-turned-1930s screen actress Madge Evans.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Scalp Cavaliers In Series Opener

At Oakland, California:
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In Thursday's opening contest of the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant (shown here dunking) scored 38 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out eight assists as the Golden State Warriors dominated the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91, despite a 28-point, 15-rebound night from the guests' LeBron James.

Stephen Curry added 28 points to the Warriors' coffers.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points for the Cavaliers. 

USA Today Sports photo by Kelley L. Cox

Still More Hedy!

Here's another glamour photo of screen legend Hedy Lamarr.

Hedy On TV!

Here's a vidcap of Hedy Lamarr as she appeared as a guest on a CBS Network telecast of The Merv Griffin Show.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Stanley Cup Final: Penguins Erupt For Three Third-Period Goals To Stretch Series Lead Over Predators To 2-0

At Pittsburgh:
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Third-period goals from Jake Guentzel (his second of the game; that's him [#59] celebrating with defenseman Brian Dumoulin after scoring what proved to be his second game winner of the series), Scott Wilson, and Evgeni Malkin scored during a stretch of three minutes and 18 seconds in the third period broke open what was a 1-1 stalemate after two periods on Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the visiting Nashville Predators 4-1 in game two of the Stanley Cup Final, which the Penguins now lead two games to none.

Matt Murray saved 37 of 38 shots for the Pittsburgh.

USA Today Sports photo by Charles LeClaire

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

'60 Dart

Here's a magazine ad for the 1960 Dodge Dart.

Connie!

Here's a glamour photo of screen legend Constance Bennett.

Magic Madeleine!

Here's a glamour photo of English-born 1930s and 1940s screen actress Madeleine Carroll.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Stanley Cup Final: Penguins Outlast Predators In Series Opener

At Pittsburgh:
 
Jake Guentzel scored the game-winning goal at 16:43 of the third period (shown here) while Nick Bonino scored twice (once on an empty netter) as the Pittsburgh Penguins recovered from blowing a three-point lead and outlasted the visiting Nashville Predators 5-3 in Monday's opening game of the Stanley Cup Final. 

Photo from NHL.com

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Chalk Up Another Defeat For T2

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Joaquin Rivas (17'), Juan Pablo Caffa (PK-25), and Ian Svantesson (41') each scored once as the Tulsa Roughnecks produced a 3-1 Saturday United Soccer League home win over struggling Portland Timbers 2.

T2 will try to get back on track as they host Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 next Sunday at 2:00 PM Pacific Time.

Cristian Roldan's Header Carries Sounders Past Timbers In Cascadia Cup Clash As Portland's Recent Woes Continue

At Seattle:

Cristian Roldan scored the only goal of the match in the fourth minute as the Seattle Sounders, despite being outshot 19-8, defeated the visiting Portland Timbers 1-0 in Saturday Major League Soccer action that was also a Cascadia Cup clash.

The Timbers, whose winless streak has now stretched to five games, will host the San Jose Earthquakes next Friday at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (UniMas).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NBA Playoffs: It's Cavaliers vs. Warriors III For NBA Crown After Cleveland Blows Out Celtics In Beantown For East Title

At Boston:

LeBron James scored 35 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out eight assists on Thursday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers demolished the Boston Celtics 135-102 on the road in game five of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals, which the Cavaliers won four games to one.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points to the Cavaliers' coffers.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points.

For an unprecedented third straight year, the same two teams---the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors---will battle for the NBA Championship as the Finals are set to start next Thursday in Oakland (6:00 PM Pacific Time, ABC).

Stanley Cup Playoffs: It's Penguins vs. Predators For Lord Stanley's Cup After Pittsburgh Eliminates Ottawa In OT #2 Of Game #7 Of East Final

At Pittsburgh:

The second of Chris Kunitz's goals on Thursday night was the game (and series) winner at 5:09 of the second overtime period as the Pittsburgh Penguins won their second straight Eastern Conference title following their 3-2 home victory in game seven of their conference final against the Ottawa Senators (which means that the Montreal Canadiens' title in 1993 is still the most recent won by a Canadian club).

Matt Murray saved 27 of 29 shots for the Penguins.

The Penguins--who are the defending champions--will host the Nashville Predators in the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, which will open on Monday in the Steel City (5:00 PM Pacific Time, NBC).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

T2 Fall Again, This Time At OKC

At Oklahoma City:

Daniel Gonzalez (54') and Michael Daly (75') each scored a goal on Wednesday as the Oklahoma City Energy defeated visiting Portland Timbers 2 by a score of 2-1 in United Soccer League action.

The Portland Timbers' owned-and-operated USL affiliate will pay a visit on the Tulsa Roughnecks this coming Saturday at 5:30 PM Pacific Time.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Overcome Early Deficit, Upend Celtics To Take 3-1 East Finals Series Lead

At Cleveland:

Kyrie Irving scored 42 points while LeBron James added 34 and Kevin Love 17 (to go with his 17 rebounds) on Tuesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a double-digit first-half deficit and upended the visiting Boston Celtics 112-99 in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Avery Bradley paced the Celtics with 19 points.

The Cavaliers, who lead the series three games to one, can close out the Celtics with a game-five victory on Thursday night in Boston and make an unprecedented third straight NBA title series between themselves and the Golden State Warriors (set to open on June 1 in Oakland) a reality.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Senators Force Game Seven With Penguins

At Ottawa:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Tuesday, Mike Hoffman scored the winning goal in the third period while Craig Anderson saved 45 of 46 shots as the Ottawa Senators squared the Eastern Conference Final at three games apiece after their 2-1 come-from-behind game-six home victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The series will conclude in Pittsburgh on Thursday (5:00 PM Pacific Time, NBCSN) with the winner set to take on the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final, set to open next Monday in either Pittsburgh or Ottawa.

Sir Roger Moore, Actor Who Played James Bond 007 Times, R.I.P.

Sir Roger Moore, the British actor best remembered for his seven film portrayals as British Secret Agent James Bond, passed away on Tuesday in Switzerland at age 89.

More on Sir Roger's life and career can be found here.

Monday, May 22, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Advance To Finals For Third Straight Year After Completing Sweep Of Spurs

At San Antonio, Texas:

Stephen Curry scored 36 points while Kevin Durant added 29 on Monday night as the Golden State Warriors completed a four-game sweep of the San Antonio Spurs by winning game four of the NBA's Western Conference Finals 129-115 on the road.

Kyle Anderson paced the Spurs with 20 points while Manu Ginobili, in what may have been his finale in a San Antonio uniform, added 15.

The Warriors, who became the first club to ever open an NBA playoff season at 12-0, will open their third successive NBA Finals at home in Oakland next Monday against the winner of the Boston-Cleveland Eastern Conference Finals (which the Cavaliers lead two games to one).

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predators Finish Off Ducks, Advance To First-Ever Final

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Colton Sissons produced a hat trick while Austin Watson scored twice (once on an empty netter) as the Nashville Predators defeated the visiting Anaheim Ducks 6-3 in Monday's sixth game of the Western Conference Final and won their first-ever conference championship four games to two.

The Predators will open their first-ever Stanley Cup Final next Monday night at either Pittsburgh or Ottawa, depending on who wins the Eastern Conference Final (the Penguins lead that series three games to two).

Sunday, May 21, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Avery Bradley's Game-Winning 3-Pointer Lifts Celtics Over Cavaliers In Cleveland To Cut East Finals Deficit To 2-1

At Cleveland:

Avery Bradley, who scored 20 points on Sunday, sank the game-winning three-point basket with 0.1 seconds remaining to left the Boston Celtics, who trailed by 16 points at halftime, stormed from behind to knock off the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 on the road in game three of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

Marcus Smart paced the Celtics with 27 points as they bounced back after being blown out in the first two games of the series at home (and losing Isaiah Thomas for the balance of the playoffs with a hip injury).

Kyrie Irving paced the Cavaliers, who still lead the series two games to one, with 29 points while Kevin Love added 28 (to go with his 10 rebounds).

LeBron James was held to 11 points.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins Nuke Senators To Move To Within A Victory Of Return To Finals

At Pittsburgh:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday, seven players---Olli Maatta, Sidney Crosby (power play), Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, Matt Cullen, Phil Kessel (PP), and Trevor Daley (PP)---each scored once while Matt Murray saved all 25 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins annihilated the visiting Ottawa Senators 7-0 in game five of the Eastern Conference Finals to take a three-games-to-two series advantage.

The Penguins, who are the defending Stanley Cup Champions, can lock up a berth in the finals with a game-six victory in Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Outlast Spurs In San Antonio; Golden State One Win From Another Finals Appearance

At San Antonio, Texas:

Kevin Durant scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on Saturday night as the Golden State Warriors outlasted the game San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on the road in game three of the NBA's Western Conference Finals and now hold a commanding three-games-to-none advantage.

Stephen Curry added 21 points to the Warriors' coffers.

Manu Ginobili came off the bench to pace the Spurs with 21 points.

The Warriors can finish off the Spurs and clinch their third successive appearance in the NBA Finals by winning game four in San Antonio on Monday.

No team has ever come back from a three-games-to-none deficit to win a best-of-seven NBA playoff series.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predators Knock Off Ducks In Anaheim; Nashville One Win Away From First Finals

At Anaheim, California:

Coptin Wilson (power play), Pontus Aberg, and Austin Watson (empty netter) each scored a goal while Pekka Rinne saved 32 of 33 shots as the Nashville Predators came from behind to upend the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on the road in game five of the Western Conference Finals as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday.

The Predators, who now lead the series three games to two, can lock up their first-even appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals by finishing off the Ducks in game six back in Nashville on Monday night.

Impact Manhandle Shorthanded Timbers

At Montreal:

In Saturday Major League Soccer action, Ignacio Piatti scored twice (PK-13', 50') while Kyle Fisher (43') and Ambroise Oyongo (77') each tallied once as the Montreal Impact dominated the Portland Timbers (who were reduced to ten men after Diego Chara was ejected via the red card in the 18th minute) 4-1 at home.

Diego Valeri scored the Timbers' lone goal in the opening minute of first-half stoppage time.

The Timbers' next match is in Seattle against the rival Sounders in a nationally-televised Cascadia Cup clash next Saturday at 12:00 Noon Pacific Time (FOX).

142nd Preakness Stakes: Cloud Computing Nips Out Classic Empire While Derby Winner Always Dreaming Fades Down The Stretch, Ending Possibility Of Triple-Crown Winner

At Baltimore:

In Saturday's 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes, Cloud Computing, with jockey Javier Castellano aboard, nosed out Classic Empire to win the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown.

Senior Investment, a 30-1 morning line longshot, finished third.

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, who was dueling with Classic Empire for much of the race, faded down the stretch to finish eighth out of ten horses, thus making sure there would be no Triple Crown winner this year.

For Mr. Castellano, it was his second Preakness win while Cloud Computing's trainer Chad Brown won his first Triple Crown race.

Friday, May 19, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Destroy Celtics In Boston, Stretch East Finals Series Lead To 2-0

At Boston:

LeBron James scored 30 points while Kyrie Irving added 23 and Kevin Love 21 (to go with his 12 rebounds) as the Cleveland Cavaliers handed the home-standing Boston Celtics their most lopsided playoff defeat ever, 130-86 in game two of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals, which the Cavaliers now lead two games to none.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins Hold Off Senators To Square East Finals At 2-2

At Ottawa:

Goals from Olli Maatta, Sidney Crosby (power play), and Brian Dumoulin enabled the Pittsburgh Penguins to square the Stanley Cup Playoffs' Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece on Friday as they defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-2 on the road in game four.

Matt Murray in his first start in goal for the Penguins in this year's  playoffs, saved 22 of 24 shots.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ducks Beat Preds In OT, Square West Finals At Two Games Apiece

At Nashville:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Thursday, Corey Perry scored the game-winning goal at 10:25 of overtime as the Anaheim Ducks reclaimed home-ice advantage in the Western Conference Finals after their 3-2 game-four road victory over the Nashville Predators, which squared the series at two games apiece.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Cavs Too Much For Celtics In East Finals Opener

At Boston:

LeBron James scored 38 points (while grabbing nine rebounds) while Kevin Love added 32 (to go with his 12 rebounds) on Wednesday night as the Cleveland Cavaliers downed the home-standing Boston Celtics 117-104 in the opening match of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals.

Tristan Thompson (who also pulled in nine boards) added 20 points to the Cavs' coffers.

Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder each scored 21 points to top the Celtics while Isaiah Thomas added 17 (to go with his ten assists) for Boston.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Senators Score Four Goals In Opening Period To Smother Penguins And Take East Finals 2-1 Series Lead

At Ottawa:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Wednesday, Mike Hoffman, Marc Methot, Derick Brassard, and Zack Smith each scored a first-period goal as the Ottawa Senators made short work of the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in game three of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Craig Anderson saved 25 of 26 shots for the Senators, who now lead the series two games to one.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Predators Top Ducks To Take 2-1 West Finals Series Lead

At Nashville, Tennessee:

Third-period goals from Filip Forsberg and Roman Josi (power-play) enabled the Nashville Predators on Tuesday to come from behind and upend the visiting Anaheim Ducks 2-1 in the third game of the Western Conference Finals as the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued.

Pekka Rinne saved 19 of 20 shots for the Predators, who now lead the series two games to one.

The Ducks' John Gibson was the hard-luck loser as he saved 38 of 40 shots.

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Skewer Spurs, Stretch West Finals Series Advantage To 2-0

At Oakland, California:

Stephen Curry scored 29 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out seven assists on Tuesday night as the Golden State Warriors (with seven players scoring in double figures) ran roughshod over the shorthanded San Antonio Spurs 136-100 at home to open up a two-games-to-none NBA Western Conference Finals series lead.

Jonathan Simmons paced the Spurs with 20 points (17 of them in the opening half).

Monday, May 15, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Celtics Finish Off Wizards With Game Seven Victory, Will Open East Finals At Home Against Cavs

At Boston:

Isaiah Thomas scored 29 points (while grabbing 12 rebounds) while Kelly Olynyk added a playoff-career high 26 off the bench as the Boston Celtics won the seventh and deciding game of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series against the visiting Washington Wizards 115-105.

All eleven games between the Celtics and Wizards---four in the regular season and seven in this playoff series---were won by the home team.

Bradley Beal scored 38 points while Otto Porter added 20 while grabbing 10 rebounds to pace the Wizards.

The Celtics will host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Wednesday's opening game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins Square East Finals At 1-1 After Home Win Over Senators

At Pittsburgh:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Monday, Phil Kessel scored the only goal of the game in the third period while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins leveled the Eastern Conference Finals at one game apiece following their 1-0 game-two home victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Senators goalie Craig Anderson stopped 28 of 29 shots.

Timbers Settle For Home Draw With ATL United

At Portland, Oregon:

In Sunday Major League Soccer action, Liam Ridgewell's equalizer in the 50th minute lifted the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 home draw with Atlanta United in the first-ever regular-season meeting between the two clubs.

Julian Gressel scored his first career MLS goal for the visiting expansion club from the Peach City in the 46th minute.

The Timbers will play a visit to Montreal for a contest against the Impact this coming Saturday at 12:00 Noon Pacific Time (ROOT Sports Northwest).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Ducks Square West Finals With Preds At 1-1

At Anaheim, California:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday, Jakob Silfverberg, Ondrej Kase, and Nick Ritchie each scored a second-period goal as the Anaheim Ducks battled back from a two-goal deficit to upend the visiting Nashville Predators 5-3 and squared the Western Conference Finals at one game apiece.

NBA Playoffs: Warriors Open West Finals By Storming Back To Upend Visiting Spurs

At Oakland, California:

In Sunday's opening game of the NBA Western Conference Finals, Stephen Curry scored 40 points while Kevin Durant added 34 as the Golden State Warriors overcame a 20-point halftime deficit and upended the visiting San Antonio Spurs 113-111.

The Warriors once trailed by as many as 25 points.

LaMarcus Aldridge paced the Spurs with 28 points while Kawhi Leonard added 26 points before re-inuring his ankle in the third quarter (this was followed by an 18-0 Golden State run).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Senators Open Up East Finals With OT Win In Pittsburgh

At Pittsburgh:

As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continued on Saturday, Bobby Ryan scored the winning goal at 4:59 of overtime as the Ottawa Senators took the opening contest of the Eastern Conference Finals 2-1 on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Craig Anderson saved 27 of 28 shots for the Senators while his Pittsburgh counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury saved 33 of 35 shots.

Glenda!

Here's another glamour photo of 1930s-1960s screen actress Glenda Farrell.

Glenda Farrell

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: OT Goal Lifts Preds Past Ducks In West Finals Opener In SoCal

At Anaheim, California:

In Friday's opening game of the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, James Neal scored the winning goal at 9:24 of overtime to carry the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 road win over the Anaheim Ducks in the opening contest of the Western Conference Finals.

NBA Playoffs: John Wall's Late Three-Pointer Allows Wizards To Force Game Seven With Celtics

At Washington:

John Wall, who scored 26 points, converted the game-winning (and series-leveling) three-point shot with 3.5 seconds remaining on Friday to carry the Washington Wizards to a 92-91 game-six home victory over the Boston Celtics that squared their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series at three games apiece.

Bradley Beal paced the Wizards with 33 points.

Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley each scored 27 points to lead the Celtics while Al Horford added 20.

The series will be decided in game seven at Boston on Monday night at 5:00 PM Pacific Time (TNT), with the winner to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

NBA Playoffs: Spurs Destroy Rockets In Houston, Win Series And Get Shot At Warriors

At Houston:

In the lone Thursday NBA Playoff contest, LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 34 points (to go with his 12 rebounds) as the San Antonio Spurs, with six players scoring in double figures, demolished the Houston Rockets 114-75 on the road in game six of their Western Conference semifinal series and ousted their downstate rivals four games to two.

Trevor Ariza paced the Rockets with 20 points as James Harden was held to 10 points.

The Spurs will open up the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland on Sunday (12:30 PM Pacific Time, ABC).

Stadium Expansion For Timbers

4,000 seats are set to be added to Portland's Providence Park.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Penguins, Ducks Advance To Respective Conference Finals As Second Round Ends

The quarterfinal round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs concluded on Wednesday with two games.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

At Washington:

Bryan Rust and Patric Hornqvist each scored a goal while Marc-Andre Fleury saved all 29 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0 on the road to win their conference semifinal series in seven games.

The Penguins will face the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Finals, set to open on Saturday in Pittsburgh.



WESTERN CONFERENCE:

At Anaheim, California:

Andrew Cogliano and Nick Ritchie each scored a goal while John Gibson saved 23 of 24 shots as the Anaheim Ducks came from behind to upend the visiting Edmonton Oilers 2-1 and win their conference semifinal series four games to three.

The Ducks will open the Western Conference Finals at home on Friday night against the Nashville Predators.