ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There was some doubt over whether Chris Archer would even be able to pitch Sunday. When he did make the start, the Rays right-hander exceeded all expectations, even his own.
CALGARY - The Calgary Flames advanced to the second round of NHL playoffs for the first time since 2004 and will face the Anaheim Ducks. Not considered a playoff contender this season, here are five reasons the Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks four games to two in the first round.
1. A light team plays a heavy game
CALGARY - For the Calgary Flames to extend their Cinderella run in the NHL playoffs, they'll need to conquer the hostile Honda Centre.
The Flames open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series on the road this week against the Anaheim Ducks. The NHL has yet to announce the schedule as other first-round series are still in progress.
Calgary hasn't won a regular-season game in Anaheim since Jan. 19, 2004, for a 20-game losing streak.
CALGARY - Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has been added to Canada's roster for the upcoming world hockey championship, giving the Canadian team a huge boost as it seeks to win its first gold medal since 2007.
Crosby became available after the New York Rangers beat Pittsburgh in five games in their first-round NHL playoff series.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps ended the day as they started — with the most points in Major League Soccer.
But there were also regrets as the Whitecaps, reduced to 10 men after 42 minutes, failed to convert several late chances to secure a probably deserved point and lost 2-1 to D.C. United on Saturday night.
"Sometimes you don't get things you deserve. And I think that's what we got today," said Vancouver coach Carl Robinson.
CALGARY - The Vancouver Canucks are returning home but not for a Game 7 as it looked would be the case when they took an early 3-0 lead on Saturday.
Instead, Vancouver limps home wondering what happened after a 7-4 loss to the Calgary Flames, who won the Western Conference first-round series 4-2.
CALGARY - A season of many improbable comebacks gave the Calgary Flames the confidence to pull off their biggest one yet.
The Flames came from behind twice in a 7-4 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. Calgary advanced to the second round of NHL playoffs for the first time in over a decade.
Calgary meets the Anaheim Ducks in a best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal after eliminating the Canucks four games to two in the opening round.
MONTREAL - UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson retained his title in dominant fashion, controlling opponent Kyoji Horiguchi for nearly the entirety of their five-round affair before scoring the latest submission win in UFC history — tapping out his opponent with just a single second left in the fight.
The bout served as the featured contest of Saturday's "UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi" event, which took place at Montreal's Bell Centre.
CHICAGO - Duncan Keith waited and waited for just the right moment, and then unloaded.
Another big goal for Chicago's top defenceman moved the Blackhawks into the second round of the playoffs.
Keith scored at 16:12 of the third, and Chicago overcame a brutal start on its way to a clinching 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of their tight post-season series.
TAMPA, Fla. - Petr Mrazek's confidence is growing by the victory.
One more win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Detroit Red Wings and their young goaltender will advance in the NHL playoffs.
"Calm, solid all the way through," veteran defenceman Niklas Kronwall said about the 23-year-old goalie from the Czech Republic. "Doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low."