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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The NHL plays rough

By Stacy Title

NHL: Talk about a bruising Stanley Cup final. Mason Raymond's fractured vertebrae will take him off the ice for up to four months. The Vancouver Canucks forward got caught in a scuffle with the Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk that left him face down on the ice. The NHL says it's happy with call on the ice, so no supplemental discipline will be doled out. Let's just hope the guy's all right.

NBA: In a definite dis to fellow Ohioan LeBron James, Ohio governor John Kasich freakishly issued a resolution praising the Mavericks and making them honorary Ohioans. Kasich singled out Dirk Nowitzki for remaining "loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career." Bitter much, Gov?

Speaking of the NBA champions, yes the Mavericks want rings, Mr. Cuban. I'm sure they'd like any additional presents you might choose to bestow, but finger bling is the thing. Not surprised.

MLB: AL pitchers were lights out last night as the Tigers' Justin Verlander, the Rays' James Shields and the Angels' Jered Weaver all tossed shutouts, marking the first time we've seen three on the same night in the AL since May 8, 2009. It was deja vu for Verlander, who was involved both times and both starts were two-hitters against the Indians with at least 11 strikeouts (12 on Tuesday). Oh, and Verlander nearly pitched another no-hitter, taking his latest bid into the eighth inning while leading Detroit into first place in the AL Central.

Tennis: She's baaaack ... Serena Williams played her first match since recovering from three major surgeries in the past year, including two foot operations and a life-saving procedure for blood clots in her lungs. She rallied from a set down to beat Tsvetana Pironkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 at Eastbourne. Too bad her next round is a repeat of the 2010 final. What a difference a year makes, right? I'm betting both Williams and Vera Zvonareva wish they weren't meeting so soon

Tribute: Ashlyn Horry, the 17-year-old daughter of former NBA forward Robert Horry, died Tuesday of complications due to a genetic condition she suffered since birth, 1p36. The rare genetic condition, caused by a missing part of chromosome 1, presents myriad health problems. Horry, whose name is synonymous with big shots and championships, and his wife, Keva, shared a moving tribute to their daughter on their Web site, writing simply: "Ashlyn is the true champion of the Horry family."

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.