Eastern Conference

PHILADELPHIA | Hart stops 22 shots in NHL debut, Flyers top Red Wings 3-2

PHILADELPHIA— Carter Hart made 22 saves in his NHL debut and Shayne Gostisbehere and James van Riemsdyk each had a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night and made interim coach Scott Gordon a winner in his first game. Radko Gudas also scored for Philadelphia, … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Hart stops 22 shots in NHL debut, Flyers top Red Wings 3-2

MEXICO CITY | Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoil

MEXICO CITY— Mexican fans have waited a lifetime for the opportunity to watch their favorite team, the Chicago Bulls, in their homeland. But hardly anyone envisioned that they’d get to see the current version of the team that will face the Orlando Magic on Thursday night amid reports of turmoil in the locker room under … Continue reading MEXICO CITY | Popular Bulls visit Mexico amid reports of turmoil

CLEVELAND | Unhappy JR Smith wants Cavaliers to trade him

CLEVELAND  — J.R. Smith has added another tier to the Cavaliers’ mounting troubles. Dropped from the rotation and unhappy with his role on a team rebuilding through youth, Smith said Thursday that he wants to be traded. The enigmatic guard said he hasn’t formally requested a trade by Cleveland’s front office because the Cavs are … Continue reading CLEVELAND | Unhappy JR Smith wants Cavaliers to trade him

MARIETTA, Ga. | Josef Martinez picks up Golden Boot from surprise presenter

MARIETTA, Ga.  — Josef Martinez knew he was receiving one of Major League Soccer’s top awards. The Atlanta United star was caught off guard by the presenter. After the greatest goal-scoring season in MLS history, the Venezuelan striker got a surprise when countryman and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte showed up Thursday at United’s training … Continue reading MARIETTA, Ga. | Josef Martinez picks up Golden Boot from surprise presenter

Capitals try to forget Cup celebrations as NHL camps open

When Alex Ovechkin embraced Josh Norman in a meeting of two of Washington’s biggest sports stars, the Redskins cornerback had a question for the Capitals’ Stanley Cup-winning captain. “You still celebrating?” Norman asked. “We’re done,” Ovechkin said. “We’re done for right now.” The Capitals seemed to celebrate as hard as any champion in NHL history. … Continue reading Capitals try to forget Cup celebrations as NHL camps open

Boogie Bomb: Warriors set to add DeMarcus Cousins to lineup

DeMarcus Cousins will be ready to play at some point this season. And when he is, the two-time defending NBA champions will be waiting. Adding a fifth All-Star to their already glitzy lineup, the Golden State Warriors have come to terms with Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal — not the biggest money move … Continue reading Boogie Bomb: Warriors set to add DeMarcus Cousins to lineup

Foes to teammates: Rondo joining LeBron with Lakers

Even when their respective teams were vicious rivals, Rajon Rondo often gave LeBron James high praise. He’ll now be giving him the ball. A person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed The Associated Press that Rondo had agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke to The Associated Press … Continue reading Foes to teammates: Rondo joining LeBron with Lakers

Homeward bound: Star center John Tavares chooses Maple Leafs

John Tavares needed to post only one picture on his Twitter account to explain the grip the Maple Leafs have had on him since he was a youngster growing up in suburban Toronto. The photo featured a young Tavares in bed, fast asleep on a pillowcase and under a blanket adorned with Maple Leafs logos, … Continue reading Homeward bound: Star center John Tavares chooses Maple Leafs