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Experience early theme of Raptors-Nets series

Playoff experience is the early theme of Toronto Raptors-Brooklyn Nets series
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Kyle Lowry addressed his teammates after the Toronto Raptors concluded the regular-season Wednesday night.

While Toronto's point guard wouldn't repeat his speech for reporters — "That's for me and my guys to know" — any words of wisdom are much appreciated by this young Raptors playoff team.

"I think they're going to lean on us (veterans) a lot," Lowry said of his less experienced teammates. "But we're all going to help. We're all going to be in this together.

MacDonald ready to make welterweight mark

In absence of GSP, Rory MacDonald ready to make welterweight mark
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

Georges St-Pierre's departure from the welterweight scene, temporary or otherwise, changed the playing field for everyone in the UFC's 170-pound weight class.

None more so than Rory (Ares) MacDonald. The 24-year-old can finally chase the title unencumbered.

MacDonald, ranked No. 2 among welterweight contenders, trains at the same Montreal gym as the former UFC champion. St-Pierre has been one of his mentors. They share coaches and training partners.

Cardiff backs player over lineup leak allegations

Cardiff backs midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, denying he's linked to lineup leak allegations
The Associated Press

CARDIFF, Wales - Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has been backed by the south Wales club after being linked to an alleged leak of team information to a rival.

Cardiff has lodged a complaint with the English Premier League, claiming Crystal Palace obtained its lineup before their match this month. Relegation-threatened Cardiff wants the 3-0 loss overturned.

Weegar working hard during early career

Sticking with it has paid off for Halifax Mooseheads defenceman Mac Weegar
Darren Desaulniers, The Canadian Press

Mac Weegar is a poster child for resiliency.

Now on the cusp of playing in the NHL, Weegar has gone from the forgotten one to a star in a span of a few seasons.

The 20-year defenceman in his second season with the defending Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads had a rough start to his career.

Weegar was cut from AAA teams as a 13- and 14-year-old, got passed over in two Ontario Hockey League drafts and found himself playing junior-B hockey with the Winchester Hawks of the Eastern Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

Stastny scores OT winner after tying game late in regulation as Avs beat Wild 5-4 in opener
Pat Graham, The Associated Press

DENVER - Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.

The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game — like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining — and yet the ploy worked out.

It's been that kind of season for Roy and his youthful squad.

Sharks beat Kings 6-3 in Game 1

Healthy Hertl, Torres help spark Sharks to 6-3 win over Kings in playoff opener
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose Sharks spent seven games struggling to get the puck past Jonathan Quick in a playoff loss a year ago.

Quick struggled to stop anything in the opener of the rematch.

Tomas Hertl and Raffi Torres both scored in their first game together as teammates and the Sharks jumped on top of Quick and the rival Los Angeles Kings with a 6-3 victory in their playoff opener Thursday night.

Thursday's Scoreboard

Thursday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Thursday's Games

NHL

NY Rangers 4 Philadelphia 1

(NY Rangers lead series 1-0)

Colorado 5 Minnesota 4 (OT)

(Colorado leads series 1-0)

St. Louis 4 Chicago 3 (3OT)

(St. Louis leads series 1-0)

San Jose 6 Los Angeles 3

(San Jose leads series 1-0)

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AHL

Abbotsford 3 San Antonio 1

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MLB

American League

Minnesota 7 Toronto 0, 1st game

Detroit 7 Cleveland 5

Texas 8 Seattle 6

N.Y. Yankees 10 Tampa Bay 2

Minnesota 9 Toronto 5, 2nd game

Boston 3 Chicago White Sox 1

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

Steen gets winner at 26 seconds of third OT, Blues knock off Blackhawks 4-3
R.B. Fallstrom, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues went the distance, and then some, to get the jump on the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to cap the longest playoff game in franchise history and give the Blues a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

Twins use wild rally past Blue Jays for sweep

Twins follow Gibson's gem in matinee with wild rally past Blue Jays to sweep doubleheader
Dave Campbell, The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - With the Minnesota Twins well into a truly wild rally, Jason Kubel and Chris Colabello shared a joke as they waited for their turn to bat.

"Man, we've been doing it all wrong for a while. We've been trying to hit the ball to score runs. We don't need to do that," Colabello said.

Not on Thursday night they didn't.

Jones edges Sigfridsson at Grand Slam event

Jones beats Sigfridsson in Olympic rematch at Players' Championship
The Canadian Press

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - Jennifer Jones defeated Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson 7-6 in a rematch of the Olympic final Thursday at the Players' Championship.

Jones and her Winnipeg rink scored one point in the eighth end to beat Sigfridsson. Jones won gold at the Sochi Games by defeating Sweden 6-3 in February.

The win moves Jones into a tie for second place at 3-1 with Sigfridsson.

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