Saturday, January 20, 2018
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If Warriors lose, then it's a flop

Despite finishing the regular season with a record-breaking 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors found themselves tied 3-3 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference final. The defending NBA champions had to win Monday night to advance. If they lost, Golden State would join a list of dominant regular-season teams that were eliminated without reaching the finals.

Seattle SuperSonics (1993-94): The Sonics had the NBA's best record at 63-19 and the top seed in the West. Behind All-Stars Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, Seattle scored an average of 105.9 points per game. Facing the Nuggets and Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo in the first round, the Sonics lost in five games. The Nuggets were the first eight seed to win a playoff series. They lost to the Jazz in the next round.

Detroit Red Wings (1995-96): The Red Wings finished with 62 wins and 131 points, breaking the NHL regular season records. Right wing Sergei Fedorov had a team-high 39 goals, followed by captain Steve Yzerman with 36. The Avalanche upset them in six games in the conference final, then went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Minnesota Vikings (1998): The 15-1 Vikings were only the third team in NFL history to win 15 games. Minnesota broke the then scoring record with 556 points, led by quarterback Randall Cunningham, wide receiver Cris Carter and rookie wide receiver Randy Moss. The team lost 30-27 to the Falcons in the NFC title game. Kicker Gary Anderson — who had not missed a kick all season — missed a 38-yard field goal that would have iced the game for the Vikings, who lost in overtime.

Los Angeles Angels (2014): With a 98-64 record, the Angels were the best team in baseball during the 2014 regular season behind sluggers Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols. Then the Royals stunned them with a 3-0 sweep in the ALDS as the Angels batted just .170.

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Avalanche climbs into playoff spot with ninth straight win

DENVER — The Avalanche has gone from pushover to powerhouse in less than a season, and its recent streak is evoking memories of past glory. Nathan MacKinnon, Erik Johnson and Mikko Rantanen had a goal and an assist each, Jonathan Bernier made 27 save...
Updated: 8 minutes ago
Andrei Vasilevskiy: ‘I have to be better’

Andrei Vasilevskiy: ‘I have to be better’

The rest of the Lightning players had already left the ice Friday afternoon, heading into the dressing room for a quick change before the team's charter flight to Minnesota.But goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, 23, stayed on late, facing about 15 minutes mo...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Sophomore Tulio Da Silva leaves USF basketball team

Sophomore Tulio Da Silva leaves USF basketball team

USF redshirt sophomore F Tulio Da Silva, one of three remaining Bulls scholarship players signed by former coach Orlando Antigua, has left the program in what was described as a mutual decision."I met with Tulio and his family this week to discuss hi...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Why free agency hasn’t turned out fun (yet) for ex-Rays pitcher Alex Cobb

Why free agency hasn’t turned out fun (yet) for ex-Rays pitcher Alex Cobb

RHP Alex Cobb never expected to be going into late January without knowing where he was going for spring training.The longtime Ray's first foray into free agency hasn't gone as planned, much like the 150-plus others waiting for something to give in a...
Updated: 10 hours ago

Captain’s Corner: Live baits outperforming artificials

Amberjack have been the hot topic in the area since their season opened Jan. 1. Anglers have been targeting wrecks and other large structures in depths of 80-120 feet for these tackle-testing monsters. Although amberjack are caught on a wide variety ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

Fennelly: Lightning needs a reset on the road … pronto

TAMPA — Vegas has left the building.Wasn't the Lightning just arranging place settings for next weekend's NHL All-Star Game party?With that in mind, I headed to the home dressing room at Amalie Arena late Thursday after the Lightning was manhan...
Published: 01/19/18
Updated: 01/20/18

Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballWomen: La Salle at Rhode Island11 a.m.CBSSNPurdue at IowanoonESPNFlorida State at Virginia TechnoonESPN2; 1010-AMWichita State at HoustonnoonESPNUVillanova at ConnecticutnoonCBSSt. John’s at GeorgetownnoonFS1Ohio State at Minne...
Published: 01/19/18
Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

Golden Knights move within one point of Lightning for top spot in NHL

SUNRISE — Aaron Ekblad scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the Panthers to a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Friday, spoiling Vegas coach Gerard Gallant’s return to Florida. By gaining a point, Vegas moved within one point of the Lightning...
Published: 01/19/18

Well Humored ready to get back on a dirt track

OLDSMAR — It is time for Well Humored to get dirty again.The WinStar Farm homebred makes her first start on the Tampa Bay Downs main track Saturday afternoon in the $50,000 Wayward Lass, one of three stakes events on the Skyway Festival Day 11-race p...
Published: 01/19/18
Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

Star-struck Kyrgios stays cool on court

MELBOURNE, Australia — With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open. Time to put on a show. One of his favorite actors — Smith was making...
Published: 01/19/18