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Stanley Cup, Formula One, and more sports news

By J.A. HaglApril 18, 2017

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The puck is officially up in the air for the Stanley Cup. The first night of the NHL playoffs left NY Rangers, Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks, and the San Jose Sharks all lead. Catch games on NBC, CNBC, USA and the NHL Network.

Hockey or soccer? Penguin’s Phil Kessler assisted in the Bryn Rust score a goal with a kick. Four out of the five teams on the road won. The Canadian teams weren’t so lucky.  All three teams lost on the opening night. The Anaheim Ducks made a comeback tonight after an overtime game-winning goal from Corey Perry. Capitals Braden Holtby ate ice with quite the save. In other NHL news, Stanley Cup-winning coach Ken Hitchcock is the Dallas Stars new coach.


The NBA playoffs have kicked off, too. Golden State, Portland, L.A. Clippers, Utah, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Memphis are the top seven teams to round out the Western Conference. Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukie Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indian Pacers make up the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers are up two games against the Pacers and Spurs are up two games against the Grizzlies. The Finals begin June 1.  


The first woman to ever run the Boston marathon ran it again. This time, she was 70 years old. Katherine Switzer, who unofficially registered for the marathon in 1967, managed to complete to race despite organizer Jock Semple attempting to stop her. The bib number she wore 50 years ago and in the 2017 race is retired. she wore 50 years ago, and on Monday, has been retired. Switzer’s daring attempt opened the way for women to run in the marathon in 1972.


Good thing there’s 162 games in a baseball season, cause Pirates Starling Marte is sitting out 80 games of the season. Marte tested positive for performance enhancing drug Nandrolone, resulting in an unpaid suspension.  He’s losing $2.47 million during the suspension.


Do you know how professional athletes are always retiring but then come out of the woods like they’re not?  Ahem, Jenson Button, that’s you.  The British world champion racer is heading to Formula One, one more time. He’s replacing Fernando Alonso for McLaren. The Monaco Grand Prix starts May 25 and ends May 28.