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With the draft in the books, the clock continues to tick away toward July 1 and the start of the league's annual free-agency period -- with little or no clarity as to what will bec...(full article)

“We have a trade to report…” Let’s face it: Who wants to watch tonight’s first round and see all 30 clubs draft in order? Toronto is taking Auston Ma...(full article)

This year is turning out to be the year of the comeback. From TCU in the Alamo Bowl to Texas A&M during March Madness and Cleveland in the NBA Finals against Golden State, we've se...(full article)

There will be pro hockey in Las Vegas. On Wednesday afternoon, commissioner Gary Bettman answered an oft-asked question from the past year and a half -- will the NHL expand? -- in ...(full article)

It’s an origin story that makes little sense. An 18-year-old kid from Scottsdale, Ariz. – a place known for its cacti, golf courses and desert nightlife – is the best prospec...(full article)

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