Game over, Hawks win 87-86: So close. Rondo came up with an improbable steal as the Hawks inbounded, but with no timeouts and great defense by Horford, Rondo was left to dribble wildly as the clock expired. The series goes back to Boston. See you Thursday. Fourth quarter, :10.9, Hawks 87-86: Pierce went from hero …

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Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks has been on a tear since breaking into the big leagues late last week. While the 23-year-old has impressed during his four games in the majors, thus far, he still has plenty to learn and he wants to share his experiences with Red Sox fans. Middlebrooks will be dropping …

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End 8th, Royals 6-4: The bullpen just collapsed on Daniel Bard, who walked two batters to start the inning. Upon coming in, Matt Albers allowed a three-run shot to Billy Butler, who has completely changed up this game. You can’t fault Albers completely since he inherited two base runners, but that’s a tough one. Mid …

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Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler will likely miss the start of next season after undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum, the team announced on Tuesday. Kesler is expected to “make a full recovery in six months,” according to a …

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Valtteri Filppula scored two third-period goals in just over two minutes to seal Finland’s 5-2 victory against Switzerland Tuesday, the Finns’ third straight win to begin their quest to win a second consecutive IIHF World Hockey Championship. Afte…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Although the Los Angeles Kings are in uncharted playoff territory, they’re meeting a familiar opponent there. The Kings spent Tuesday in early preparations for their all-Pacific Division matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes i…

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Although the Los Angeles Kings are in uncharted playoff territory, they’re meeting a familiar opponent there. The Kings spent Tuesday in early preparations for their all-Pacific Division matchup with the Phoenix Coyo…

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler has undergone shoulder surgery, the team said Tuesday. The Canucks expect the 27-year-old to be out up to six months, meaning he will likely miss the start of the regular…

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CHICAGO (AP) – Mike Haviland was fired Tuesday as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks after coach Joel Quenneville determined there was some “dysfunction” on the staff last season. Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the pl…

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CHICAGO – Mike Haviland was fired Tuesday as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks after coach Joel Quenneville determined there was some “dysfunction” on the staff last season. Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the playoff…

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