Posted on: June 19, 2009 11:03 am
Edited on: June 19, 2009 11:04 am

The U.S. Open continues and Ovechkin wins again

Back Open

The rain has gone away -- for the time being, at least -- allowing Rd. 1 of the U.S. Open to resume play after Thursday's deluge. Tiger? He begins Friday with a bogey on No. 7. | LIVE! Leaderboard | Elling: Marathon

Tickets | Freeman: Paddy | Michaux: No LCP | More | Yo!

Guardian Angel

Trials, tribulations and tragedy: Mike Scioscia has dealt with them all. But it is his unwavering leadership -- especially after Nick Adenhart's tragic death -- that makes him the Angels' backbone, Scott Miller says. Story

B/R: Scioscia a Godsend to Angels | What do you think?

Double take

Is there any doubt who the best player in the NHL is? Not anymore. For the second straight year, Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin earns
the Hart Trophy given to the league's Most Valuable Player. Full story

Goldstein: Hart | Norris | Calder | Vezina | Lady Byng | Selke | Talk!

Posted on: May 14, 2009 11:00 am

Nuggets advance and the Braves get a great arm

Capital collapse

Sidney moves on. Alex does not. Crosby marches his Penguins into D.C. and humiliates Ovechkin's Capitals 6-2 in Game 7. Wes Goldstein says it was such a one-sided affair, they should have invoked the mercy rule.

PIT 4, WAS 3 | Gonchar plays | Bleacher Report | Shoot!

Golden Nuggets

The Nuggets are headed to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 1985. Carmelo Anthony scores 30 points as Denver eliminates Dallas 124-110 to win the physical and emotional series 4-1. Full story

Series: Nuggets 4, Mavs 1 | Bleacher Report | Talk it up!

Special kind of Jair

Jair Jurrjens is used to being overlooked. It's always been the same story for the 23-year-old right-hander. But there's plenty of evidence proving that the Braves' 'best pitcher' is no fluke, Danny Knobler says. Column

Braves: Top Mets in 12 | 2010 options | Fantasy | Glavine back in May

Posted on: May 12, 2009 11:14 am

Mavs stay alive and the Caps force a game seven

Dallas delivers

The Mavs have life. Dallas keeps its playoff hopes alive by stretching out the Western semifinals to a fifth contest by holding off Denver 119-117 in Game 4. The Nuggets should be thanking the Mavs, Ken Berger says.

Related Links: Cuban sideshow | Series: Nuggets 3, Mavericks 1 | Talk!

Goin' the distance

Get ready for Game 7. Dave Steckel scores in OT as the Caps win on the road 5-4 over the Penguins, forcing Wednesday's series finale. A better script couldn't have been written in Hollywood, Wes Goldstein says.

Related Links: Series: Caps 3, Pens 3 | B/R | Speak!

Prime catch

Canton-caliber numbers and being the face of the Chiefs was no longer enough for Tony Gonzalez. The tight end wants to win now and plans to help the Falcons take the next big step, Pete Prisco says. Full story

Related Links: Inside Slant: DBs | Draft Grade: B+ | B/R: Minicamp

Posted on: May 5, 2009 10:23 am

Lakers drop Game 1 and Ovechkin lifts Capitals

The rust of the story

Remain calm. All is well. The Lakers sleepwalk through Game 1 and lose to the Rockets 100-92, but they're not fretting. In fact, they seem to relish this challenge after coasting for six months, Ramona Shelburne says.

Related Links: Series: Houston 1, Los Angeles 0 | Hey!

Cap trick

The Alexander Ovechkin-Sidney Crosby duel is not disappointing. Both stars tally hat tricks in Game 2, but it is Ovechkin's Capitals who prevail 4-3. Crosby does his part, but he needs help, Wes Goldstein says.

Related Links: Series: Capitals 2, Penguins 0 | Expert Picks | Speak!

On point

Orlando nearly blows a 28-point lead to Boston but the Magic hold off the Celtics 95-90 in Game 1 of their series. The key to advancing rests on the decision making of Rafer Alston and Rajon Rondo, Ken Berger says.

Related Links: Series: Orlando 1, Boston 0 | Lee | Hey!

Posted on: April 29, 2009 10:46 am

Carolina advances and the Celtics win in OT

Thrillers on ice

There's nothing like Game 7. Carolina rallies with two goals in the final 80 seconds to win 4-3 at New Jersey. In D.C., the Caps' Sergei Fedorov knocks in the go-ahead goal with 4:59 left to eliminate the Rangers 2-1.

Related Links: Goldstein: Playoff payoff | WAS 4, NYR 3 | CAR 4, NJ 3

No. 5 alive

The Boston-Chicago series has it all: big shots, overtimes, cries of dirty play, Ken Berger says. The Bulls blow a golden opportunity in Game 5, losing to Paul Pierce's Celtics 106-104 in OT to trail 3-2. | Postgame

Related Links: Series: Celtics 3, Bulls 2 | B/R: Brad is bad | Speak up!

Flying colors

Raiders ... Stafford ... grades ... uh, wait, baseball? Larry Dobrow, draft hangover subsiding, revels in the Royals' stunning start, studies St. Louis' success and boosts the BoSox to No. 1 in his newest Power Rankings.

Related Links: Cleveland snaps Boston's streak | B/R | Podcast

Posted on: April 23, 2009 10:46 am
Edited on: April 23, 2009 10:50 am

Magic hold off Sixers and Rangers edge Capitals


The Magic are a good team, even when Dwight Howard struggles. As the Defensive POY deals with foul trouble, Orlando blows an 18-point lead but holds off Philadelphia 96-87 to even the series at 1. Full story

Related Links: Series: Tied at 1 | B/R: Howard | Yo!

Taking control

Alex Ovechkin finally breaks into the scoring column, but the Rangers edge the Capitals 2-1. Chris Drury and Paul Mara score to push New York to a 3-1 lead in the series. Game 5 is Friday in Washington. Story

Related Links: NYR 3, WAS 1 | B/R: Is Ovechkin NHL's Iverson? | Talk!

Double vision

Want a draft sneak preview? Using the latest scuttlebutt from their best sources, Rob Rang and Chad Reuter dish up 10 predictions on what's going to go down this weekend in New York. Story

Related Links: Prisco: Risers, fallers 

Posted on: April 21, 2009 10:52 am
Edited on: April 21, 2009 10:53 am

Allen nails a big 3 and the Capitals get a win

Triple threat

Call it destiny? Ray Allen, his 1-for-12 Game 1 in mind, nails a 3 with two ticks left to clinch a 118-115 win over the Bulls. Boston might not make the Finals, but for one night the Magic is still here, Ken Berger says.

Related Links: Series: Tied 1-1 | Berger: Rondo | Yo!

Small Capital gain

Washington receives a partial bailout, avoiding a three-game hole in its first-round series. Alexander Semin scores twice in the opening period and the visiting Capitals defeat the Rangers 4-0 in Game 3. Full story

Related Links: NYR 2, WAS 1 | Goldstein: No Flames out | B/R | Talk!

Sleeper central

Draft grades? Pete Prisco doesn't need no stinkin' draft grades. He does his own scouting for players who will be better than most of the projections, starting with unlucky QB Stephen McGee. Better-Than Team

Related Links: Prisco: '08 Better-Than Team | Yo! Stafford, Sanchez

Posted on: April 16, 2009 10:43 am
Edited on: April 16, 2009 10:44 am

Intense NHL playoffs and LeBron James as MVP

Pounding start

Playoff intensity is evident from the get-go as the Rangers hit the higher-seeded Capitals for a 4-3 victory. Wes Goldstein says the home team dominates, but goalie Jose Theodore might be Washington's downfall.

Related Links: Series: NYR 1, WAS 0 | Drury sits game | Bracket | Hey!

Draft needs: Chiefs

Two things we don't know about the Chiefs: Whether Matt Cassel will pan out as the long-term QB, and what's on GM Scott Pioli's mind. But Pete Prisco knows this: Kansas City needs help at linebacker. Full story

Related Links: Mocks | Rang blog | Speak up!

It's easy as M-V-P

You're giving Ken Berger a headache with your hypotheticals, not to mention fretting over the definition of 'valuable.' So he'll make this easy: LeBron James had the best season, so he is the NBA MVP. 2009 awards

Related Links: B/R: Here's to the winners | Playoff schedule | Talk MVP!

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