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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Abbotsford 3 San Antonio 1
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
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.
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.
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.