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Blazers still battling for postseason as they face Mavs

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The stretch run of the seeding round in the NBA’s Orlando-area bubble comes with significant playoff implications for the Portland Trail Blazers and Dallas Mavericks, who meet on Tuesday. Dallas (43-30) pulled within a game of the Utah Jazz for the Western Conference’s No. 6 seed on Monday, beating Utah......
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Playoff Luka: What to expect in his first NBA postseason

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Luka Doncic is just days away from his first NBA playoff series — and it should be a fun one. The Dallas Mavericks are currently seventh in the Western Conference, with a first-round matchup with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the LA Clippers appearing extremely likely. Doncic has looked the......
Sports Illustrated - MMA

Christopher Tanev Scores 11 Seconds Into OT as Canucks Beat Wild

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press EDMONTON, Alberta — Christopher Tanev’s slap shot just 11 seconds into overtime gave the Vancouver Canucks a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night to win the best-of-five Western Conference qualifying round series in four games.......
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Auston Matthews Scores Power-Play Goal in OT, Leafs Tie Series

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Another penalty? Why NHL officials have been whistle-happy during the postseason

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Like other players in the NHL’s “bubble,” Ryan Hartman of the Minnesota Wild watched a lot of postseason hockey during the first few days of the restarted 2019-20 season. He couldn’t help but notice an obvious trend during his viewing binge. “A lot — a lot — of penalties were......
New York Times - Sports

Toronto Tones Down Its Postseason Party

New York Times
Morgan Campbell The setup helps ensure that all teams feel like visitors, including the hometown Maple Leafs, who like every other team in the hub are staying in a downtown hotel. “There will be some familiarity for us” being in the home arena, Maple Leafs captain John Tavares said Sunday......
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48 hours of hockey: The NHL postseason viewing diary

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The NHL returned this past weekend to restart its season with a 24-team postseason tournament, featuring both a round-robin series for the top seeds and a best-of-five qualification round for the others. The league adopted an “All Day Hockey” approach, with puck drop of the first game on Saturday at......
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Stanley Cup Playoffs Daily: The NHL postseason begins!

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The NHL’s postseason is officially underway with the most unconventional Stanley Cup tournament in the trophy’s 127-year history. With five games staggered throughout Saturday between the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, we have a March Madness-style buffet of hockey. Here’s a primer of what to look for in......
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2020 NHL postseason: Picks for qualification round, Stanley Cup

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After months of a pandemic-induced pause, the NHL returns in earnest Saturday. Players will hit the ice again as the NHL’s return-to-play plan hits Phase 4 and the postseason begins. Unlike the traditional playoff format, the league is running a 24-team tournament, with 12 teams from each conference playing in......
New York Times - Sports

Divergent Paths Bring Rangers and Islanders to Same Postseason Start

New York Times
Allan Kreda After a four-month pandemic pause to the N.H.L. season, the Rangers and the Islanders find themselves at the same point — with a berth in a play-in round in the league’s expanded playoffs, which begin this weekend. That did not seem likely way back when the regular season......
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2020 NHL postseason preview: Qualification-round matchups, series picks

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On March 12, the NHL hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday, players will hit the ice again as the NHL’s return-to-play plan hits Phase 4 and the postseason begins. Unlike the traditional playoff format, the league is running a 24-team tournament,......
Sports Illustrated - NCAA Football

MLB to Expand Postseason Field in 2020

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Are NHL coaches worried about players breaking the postseason bubbles?

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John Tortorella gathered around his Columbus Blue Jackets for their first day of training camp in the NHL’s restarted season. The famously direct coach explained what he expected from them under the league’s COVID-19 “return to play” protocols. “We don’t want a bunch of drama. We’re trying to win a......
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Report: MLB, MLBPA Discussing Last-Minute 2020 Postseason Expansion

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Ben Pickman One day before the start of the 2020 MLB regular season, the league and the players union are re-engaging on the possibility of an expanded postseason this fall, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.  According to MLB Network,......
New York Times - Sports

N.H.L. and Players Agree to Start Postseason Tournament on Aug. 1

New York Times
Andrew Knoll The National Hockey League and its players union announced on Monday that the two groups agreed on a four-year extension to the current collective bargaining agreement, a pivotal decision that paves the way for hockey to resume play amid the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the deal, the......
Sports Illustrated - NCAA Football

Six MLB Teams Hurt Most by No Postseason Expansion

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