Bet against these competitive Edmonton Oilers at your own peril

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Rebuilds, those poor folks in Edmonton learned before anyone else, don’t always move along at the speed you hope they will. Happily for them, however, once it takes you also never know how fast a good team can rise from those ashes. One year after finishing in 29th place in the National Hockey League, the Edmonton Oilers closed out their first playoff series in 11 years Saturday, dusting off the defending conference champion San Jose Sharks 3-1 to win their series in six games. A team hopeful of simply making the playoffs when the season began back in October is now in a conference semi-final against… Read More

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Steve Kerr, not Kevin Durant, is Warriors’ biggest health concern

PORTLAND — After scoring the Warriors’ last nine points, including a dagger 3-pointer, Stephen Curry walked off the court with the ball tucked under his arm. He had a game-high 34 points as the Warriors won 119-113, taking a 3-0 lead in the first-round, best-of-seven series against Portland. But the ball wasn’t for him. It was for Steve Kerr. “We’ve got his back,” Curry said. The Warriors biggest worry is not the injury to Kevin Durant. He is all but ready to take the court again, even though the Warriors held him out of Game 3. It’s Kerr’s health that is now the biggest concern. His sudden and mysterious absence… Read More

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Couture lobbies for Thornton, Marleau’s return to Sharks next year: ‘I love those guys’

SAN JOSE — The biggest question facing the Sharks this offseason is a no brainer to Logan Couture. The Sharks alternate captain expressed his opinion regarding Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau’s upcoming free agencies after the Sharks were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday, lobbying for their returns to the club. When asked whether he wants the team to bring back the top two scorers in franchise history, Couture said, “you’re asking a guy who’s played with those guys for eight years.” “I love those guys,” Couture went on to said. “They play hard. If you guys only knew what they play through. The respect level that I have… Read More

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Rockets overtime winner ties series with Thunderbirds

KENT – For the first time this post season, the Seattle Thunderbirds are faced with having to bounce back from a loss. After scoring twice in the third period to erase a two-goal Kelowna Rocket lead, Seattle would fall in overtime 4-3 as Kelowna evens the series and steal home-ice advantage from the Thunderbirds. Kelowna’s Reid Gardiner would pot the game winner 4:56 into the overtime period for his second of the night. The Rockets had a big game from Calvin Thurkauf as well, who added four assists, including picking up a Seattle turnover and setting up Gardiner’s winner. “The overtime games are definitely hard to lose,” Seattle head coach… Read More

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WHL Playoffs: Brooks scores in OT; Pats even series with Hurricanes

REGINA — Adam Brooks scored in overtime as the Regina Pats edged the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-2 on Saturday in Western Hockey League playoff action. Regina evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final 1-1. Lethbridge hosts Game 3 on Tuesday. Jeff de Wit and Austin Wagner staked the Pats to a 2-0 lead before the Hurricanes found their offence in the third period. Zane Franklin and Jordy Bellerive scored 33 seconds apart to force the extra period. Tyler Brown made 29 saves for the win as Stuart Skinner kicked out 48-of-51 shots in defeat. Both clubs went 0 for 4 on the power play. — ROCKETS 4 THUNDERBIRDS 3 (OT) KENT, Wash.… Read More

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UVU softball: Wolverines drop series finale to Grand Canyon

The Utah Valley University softball team found itself on the wrong end of a 10-0 decision to Grand Canyon University in the series finale at GCU Softball Stadium in Phoenix on Saturday night. GCU’s (34-12, 9-3 WAC) Taylor Nowlin pitched a complete game two-hit shutout en route to leading the Antelopes to the 10-0 victory. Nowlin (19-7), who took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, struck out eight and walked three on the way to helping GCU record the series sweep over the Wolverines (12-20, 4-8 WAC). With Grand Canyon holding to a 10-0 lead entering the fifth inning, the Wolverine offense managed to break up Nowlin’s no-hit bid with… Read More

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Herriman boxer uses last year’s disappointment to fuel this year’s effort to earn a trip to Golden Gloves National Tournament

SALT LAKE CITY — Milo Gutierrez thought he’d worked hard enough to earn a trip to the National Golden Gloves Tournament last year. He was wrong. So the 22-year-old Herriman man made more sacrifices, worked even harder and developed a mental toughness he didn’t know he had. That effort paid off when he earned his first Golden Gloves regional championship Saturday afternoon at the Salt Palace with a win over Wrylee Padilla, Wyoming, in the 141-pound division. He is one of four Utah fighters who earned a spot on the Rocky Mountain National Team with victories in Saturday’s championships. Gutierrez fought and beat Padilla at last year’s regional, but it… Read More

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Warriors storm back to take 3-0 series lead over Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 119-113 victory on Saturday night. The Blazers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but couldn’t hold off the Warriors, who can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center. Golden State was without Kevin Durant, who was sitting for a second straight game cause of a left calf strain, and coach Steve Kerr stayed back at the team hotel because… Read More

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Short-handed Warriors complete incredible comeback in Portland to take 3-0 series lead

PORTLAND — The Warriors didn’t have their star small forward, their head coach and two key bench pieces. But Game 3 showcased the benefit of all the gluttony they’ve built. Related Articles WATCH: Warriors scoring streak has Kevin Durant hyped WATCH: JaVale McGee flushes reach-back tomahawk alley-oop dunk Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will return and start in Game 3 Warriors-Blazers: Schedule for Game 3 and how to watch on TV Kevin Durant, Matt Barnes, Shaun Livingston all out for Game 3 in Portland Three All-Stars, a seasoned assistant coach, a former Finals MVP and a revived 7-foot pogo-stick center remained, all combining for a thrilling 119-113 comeback win in Portland,… Read More

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Giveaways doom Real Salt Lake in first loss in the Mike Petke era

SANDY — Ahead of Saturday’s match against Atlanta, Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke offered a insightful comment about what he hoped didn’t happen. “If we allow their press to slow our build-out, it’s going to crush us,” said Petke. Unfortunately for Petke, that’s exactly what happened. Atlanta played high pressure whenever RSL tried to play out of the back, which created periodic havoc and numerous giveaways. Atlanta pounced on two of those miscues, and that proved to be the difference as the expansion side earned a comfortable 3-1 victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. “The two goals they actually scored, they’re on us,” said Luke Mulholland. “We have the ball… Read More

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