Family ties to Seattle a big part of Mike Hopkins’ decision to become Huskies head coach

Mike Hopkins spent a long time with the Syracuse Orange. He played for the New York university from 1989 to 1993 then he returned as an assistant coach for Jim Boeheim in 1996 after spending some time as a professional player in the CBA and in Europe. Over the next 20-plus years, he not only established himself as Boeheim’s right-hand man and a valuable member of Mike Krzyzewski’s Team USA coaching staffs, he also earned the distinction of being the man picked to replace Boeheim as Syracuse’s head coach after the 2017-18 season. That won’t happen now, though. Not after he accepted the job as Washington’s new men’s basketball coach… Read More

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9 reasons why the Raptors should sign-and-trade Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry is unequivocally the Toronto Raptors most valuable player. As I’ve said on the Free Association podcast, a strong case can be made that the Raptors would be better off moving on from him this summer. At the recent Sloan analytics conference, Raptors president Masai Ujiri mentioned a GM’s job is all about taking risk. A Lowry-free future would be a risk, but so too would be doing the same thing expecting different results. Here are nine reasons why the Raptors should explore a sign and trade this summer for the impending free agent. 1. THEY HAVE INTERNAL OPTIONS What the Cory Joseph, Delon Wright, Fred VanVleet trio has… Read More

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Three things we learned in the NHL: Islanders move into playoff spot

• Islanders move into a wild-card spot • Lightning move closer • Ducks catch up to Sharks in Pacific As he made his way around the ice at PPG Paints Arena on Friday night, Josh Ho-Sang was met with some boos from the home crowd. The New York Islanders forward likely wasn’t too bothered, though. He’s made headlines recently for wearing Mario Lemieux’s No. 66 — a way of paying homage to his childhood hero — and while Lemieux himself told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he’s “fine” with the gesture, Ho-Sang said ahead of Friday’s clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins that he would understand if fans there had some animosity… Read More

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole in record pace at Australian GP

MELBOURNE, Australia — Something that surprised Lewis Hamilton after he posted the fastest lap ever at the Albert Park circuit and equaled Ayrton Senna’s record of six pole positions at the Australian Grand Prix was that his time wasn’t even quicker. New technical and tire regulations for the 2017 season were designed to make the F1 cars faster and maybe reduce Mercedes’ dominance. Hamilton maintained Mercedes’ status quo at the front of the grid, although Ferrari is showing signs of competing for the top of the podium. Sebastian Vettel split the Mercedes drivers with the second-fastest time in qualifying, and Kimi Raikkonen was fourth. The times kept improving during the… Read More

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Carl Stankowski shines for T-Birds in Game 1 win

KENT – Making his first career playoff start, 16-year-old goalie Carl Stankowski found himself in the cross hairs Friday night. With the T-Birds clinging to a 3-2, third period lead, the Tri City Americans’ Morgan Geekie had been awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked on a short-handed breakaway. Geekie notched 35 goals this season and is one of the league’s top snipers. Stankowski showed no fear as Geekie made his way down the ice. As Geekie moved in on the rookie goalie, he tried to slide the puck through the five-hole but Stankowski was ready for it. He got his stick down and stopped the shot to preserve… Read More

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WHL Roundup: Adam Brooks has 4 points to lead Pats over Hitmen

REGINA – Adam Brooks had two goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded Regina Pats past the Calgary Hitmen 5-2 on Friday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series. The Pats host Game 2 on Saturday. Austin Wagner, Bryan Lockner and Josh Mahura rounded out the attack for Regina. Tyler Brown made 20 saves. Jake Kryski struck twice for the Hitmen, who got 27 saves from Cody Porter. The Pats were 1 for 2 on the power play, with Calgary scoring once on three attempts. — BRONCOS 2 WARRIORS 0 MOOSE JAW, Sask. — Jordan Papirny stopped all 40 shots he faced as Swift… Read More

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BYU men’s volleyball: BYU scores a thrilling five-set win over No. 1 Long Beach

PROVO — Sometimes sporting events live up to their billing, and that was certainly the case Friday night at the Smith Fieldhouse, with the No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball team coming out on top of No. 1 Long Beach in five sets (20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 17-15.) BYU fans filled the stands — all 5,213 of them, with none of them losing their voices up until the final match point. In the end it was Cougar senior Jake Langlois smashing through a kill as the home crowd perhaps gave its loudest cheer of the night. “I think it was the second or third set, but we couldn’t even hear ourselves.… Read More

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Friday – The Morning Show at Inglewood Golf & Curling Club!

Friday, the boys from the Morning Show are at Inglewood Golf & Curling Club Boomer, Warrener, and Pinder will be at 19 Gosling Way Southeast The Boomer and Warrener 1st ever Celebrity Bonspiel goes after the Morning Show wraps up With the end of curling season…get back into the swing of things at Inglewood Golf and Curling Club. Play on fast greens with amazing skyline views and tree-lined fairways! Visit Inglewoodgolfclub.ca …read more Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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Lakers beat Wolves in OT to snap six-game skid

LOS ANGELES — Jordan Clarkson had career highs of 35 points and eight 3-pointers, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-119 in overtime Friday night to snap a six-game skid. Julius Randle added 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who earned just their second victory since the All-Star break. They had lost 15 of 16 coming into the matchup of last-place teams in their respective divisions. Andrew Wiggins scored 36 points before fouling out with 1:17 left in OT and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 points and 13 rebounds for Minnesota, which dropped its fifth in a row. The Wolves blew a 15-point lead… Read More

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Bradley scores, U.S. crushes Honduras in World Cup qualifying

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Bruce Arena’s return as U.S. coach reignited American confidence, and his players responded with an emphatic rebound in World Cup qualifying. Clint Dempsey returned from an irregular heartbeat to score his second international hat trick, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 Friday night to get right back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth. Surprise starter Sebastian Lletget got his first international goal in the fifth minute after Pulisic’s shot deflected off the goalkeeper, Michael Bradley doubled the lead in the 27th and Dempsey scored off Pulisic’s perfectly weighted chip in the… Read More

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