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Quite a change since 2014; Cavs meet Hawks in East finals

Who saw this coming a year ago? LeBron's Cavaliers meet top-seeded Hawks in Eastern finals
Paul Newberry, The Associated Press

ATLANTA - The Cleveland Cavaliers could only watch enviously as LeBron James made a run at another NBA title in Miami.

The Atlanta Hawks were trying to move on after a tough loss in the opening round of the playoffs.

My, how things have changed from a year ago in the Eastern Conference.

Hinchcliffe taken to hospital after another wreck at Indy

James Hinchcliffe taken to hospital after another wreck at Indianapolis 500 practice
Jim Johnson, The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Canasian IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was in stable condition in the intensive care unit of a local hospital following surgery on his left leg for injuries sustained Monday in a crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"Obviously we're relieved that James is awake and out of surgery," Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team owner Sam Schmidt said.

Andersen's Ducks knock off Blackhawks 4-1 in WCF opener

Frederik Andersen stands tall as Anaheim Ducks beat Blackhawks 4-1 in West Conf finals opener
Greg Beacham, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Frederik Andersen lunged forward and stretched out his stick, taking a desperate chance to stop Patrick Kane. The Chicago star's shot somehow glanced off Andersen's lumber and flew over a painfully open net.

Andersen kept the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference finals opener while his teammates got rolling. When they did, the Ducks streaked out to yet another early series lead.

Spezza scores 2, Ottawa blanks Rangers

Spezza, Anderson and rest of Senators shut down streaking Rangers 3-0
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Henrik Lundqvist has been among the NHL's best goalies lately. Ottawa's Craig Anderson won't be joining his New York Rangers counterpart at the all-star game, but he sure is making a good case that he should be.

Anderson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, Jason Spezza scored twice and the Senators beat the surging Rangers 3-0 on Thursday night.

Habs trade Cammalleri during 2-1 loss to Bruins

Struggling Canadiens lose 2-1 to Bruins; trade Cammalleri to Calgary
Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

BOSTON - The Montreal Canadiens have struggled so much this season that even the Boston fans couldn't muster much of a hatred for their Original Six rivals.

So the crowd yelled derogatory cheers about Tim Tebow instead.

"They've got a lot going on right now, and I think their situation is a little bit different," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday night after Boston beat the embattled Canadiens 2-1.

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle

Knicks' Carmelo Anthony sprains right ankle after earlier injuring left wrist
The Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - New York forward Carmelo Anthony left the Knicks' game against Memphis on Thursday night after spraining his right ankle early in the second half.

Knicks officials said Anthony wouldn't return and that X-rays were negative.

Anthony, the Knicks' leading scorer at 26.6 points a game, injured the ankle on New York's end of the floor and immediately limped to the bench. He was taken to the locker room moments later.

He had 14 points and three rebounds when he left the game.

Canadian freestyle skier Burke in coma

Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke injured on superpipe, in coma
The Canadian Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in a coma after suffering a serious injury while training on a superpipe Tuesday.

Burke, a halfpipe pioneer who lobbied tirelessly to get her sport included in the Winter Olympics, was airlifted from Park City, Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital after crashing at the end of a training run.

Canadian freestyle skier Burke in coma

Top Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke injured on superpipe, in coma
The Canadian Press

SALT LAKE CITY - Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke was in a coma after suffering a serious injury while training on a superpipe Tuesday.

Burke, a halfpipe pioneer who lobbied tirelessly to get her sport included in the Winter Olympics, was airlifted from Park City, Utah to a Salt Lake City hospital after crashing at the end of a training run.

Raymond scores in SO, Canucks top Lightning

Mason Raymond scores lone shootout goal to lift Canucks over Lightning 5-4
The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Mason Raymond used some fancy stickhandling to help Vancouver overcome a blown lead.

Raymond scored the lone goal in the shootout on a spinning backhander and the Canucks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-4 on Tuesday night.

"It's a trick, if you want to say, or a move you have in your bag, but it's not used that often," Raymond said. "It's maybe a high-risk one, but maybe also high reward."

Horton scores twice to lead Bruins past Jets

Horton has two goals, Seguin and Pouliot also score as Bruins beat Jets 5-3
The Associated Press

BOSTON - There's nothing like a tying goal eight seconds into the third period to shake a team out of a two-period slumber.

Nathan Horton's second goal of the game keyed Boston's three-goal third period as the Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 Tuesday night in game that saw both teams attempt penalty shots.

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