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Bolts blank Rangers, reach Stanley Cup finals

Ben Bishop made 22 saves Friday night as Tampa Bay won Game 7 in MSG to reach the Stanley Cup finals.

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7mNick Friedell

Sources: Bulls confident Hoiberg is next coach

The Chicago Bulls are quietly confident that Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg will accept an offer to become the next head coach of the team, according to multiple league sources.

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5mColey Harvey

Leah Still suffers setback in cancer treatment

Leah Still, the 5-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, has been diagnosed with veno-occlusive disease resulting from a complication in her recovery from pediatric cancer.

1hKevin Arnovitz

Sefolosha says arrest has hurt his reputation

Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha blames police for the leg injuries he suffered during his April arrest in New York and told ESPN that the incident has damaged his reputation.

22hDavid Schoenfield

Time for some fearless predictions!

Among the predictions: The San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford will win the NL MVP award and the Los Angeles Dodgers will pick up Aroldis Chapman.

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Photos: Friday Funnies - Celebration Fails

Celebrations can be pretty epic, but for some ... in not such a great way. A look at some of the top celebration fails on the field.

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9hMatt Walks, ESPN.com

Reimagining NBA mascots as cartoon characters

A two-man, Montreal-based design firm released a batch of 16 reimagined NBA mascots that look like they were taken straight out of Looney Tunes.


#VoteDbacks @Dbacks

A.J. Pollock gives the #Dbacks the insurance they were looking for, blasting an opposite field two-run homer to make it 7-4 in the 9th!

Hamilton at home as a Ranger

There's just no comparing Josh Hamilton's power output in his time in and out of a Rangers uniform.


Josh Hamilton goes boom... twice

Hamilton stroked his first two homers of the season in the Rangers' 7-4 win over the Red Sox tonight. Box score


Strasburg's injury a pain in the neck

Stephen Strasburg's brief 16-pitch outing and early exit against the Reds were the result of tightness in his left trapezius muscle, the Nationals announced after the game. Manager Matt Williams said there is no decision on Strasburg's status yet and that he will be re-evaluated Saturday.

Gentry garners 2nd Pelicans interview

Alvin Gentry, the lead assistant for the Warriors and former head coach of the Suns, had a second interview with New Orleans for its vacant head-coaching position, according to multiple reports. Thibodeau's candidacy unclear

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Mark Simon @msimonespn

Great execution of the game plan by the Lightning tonight. The Lightning earned it...3 wins on the road, including games 5 and 7

Final: Lightning 2, Rangers 0

Tampa Bay's two third-period goals powered them to a Game 7 win and a trip to the Stanley Cup finals. The Lightning are now 9-0 in the playoffs when scoring first. Box score


Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

Young, brash Lightning hand Rangers first-ever Game 7 defeat at MSG. Off to the Cup finals from the impressive kids from Tampa.

The ups and downs of Scott Skiles

There will be days Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and the rest of the young Magic will despise Skiles and his methods. He tends to grind on players, Michael Wallace writes. But Skiles also gets results. Banking on a turnaround


Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN

#NYR has scored just four goals in what is about to be 240 minutes worth of Eastern Conference finals hockey at the Garden

Triplets a triple threat

Ondrej Palat's goal in the third gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead. It's the 28th goal for the "Triplets" line in these playoffs (team scored 55 total). Tyler Johnson has 12 (leading all scorers), Nikita Kucherov has 9, and Ondrej Palat has 7. In this series, Johnson and Palat have 4 goals each, and Kucherov has 3.