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Big moves made at NHL deadline
The 2014 NHL trade deadline was reliably active, with a number of deals going down not long before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff. Among the biggest: The Montreal Canadiens acquired left wing Thomas Vanek from the New York Islanders; the Los Angeles Kings grabbed right wing Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets; and, in a deal involving two potentially playoff-bound parties, the New York Rangers acquired right wing Martin St. Louis -- who had requested a trade -- and sent right wing Ryan Callahan and two high draft picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Which was the biggest deal? Which team will fare best down the stretch? Who wins it all?
Would Messier succeed as coach?
Mark Messier brought the New York Rangers their first Stanley Cup in decades. But does that qualify Messier, who has no coaching experience, to replace the fired John Tortorella? It's true that some former star athletes have succeeded as both player and coach; Bill Russell won two NBA titles while holding both jobs. But others have found their skills didn't translate to X's and O's and managing egos. Would Messier succeed? Would his former teammate Wayne Gretzky, who is also said to be interested and has four years' coaching experience, be a better choice? Vote below!
With the Heat seconds away from dropping Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James takes control and drives for the game-winning, last-second layup. His reaction is one of a player who just hit a shot to take a two-point lead in the second quarter. Perhaps he is just used to being the hero and frustrated he had to hit the shot in the first place? Fast forward to Thursday night and 13-year-old Arvind Mahankali is one word away from winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee. "K-N-A-I-D-E-L!" Down comes the confetti! Wait, is he trying to act like he's been there before even though he hasn't?