There were many crutches to lean on in the Ducks’ 6-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Friday.
They used a goalie who hadn’t started a game since last season. They were playing the second game on back-to-back nights at the end of a long trip. Two of their best defensemen were sidelined.
All of those things contributed to the defeat, but the fact that is was so one-sided and the Ducks lacked energy … that’s what ate at Coach Bruce Boudreau.
Speaking about his decision to finally sit goalie Frederik Andersen after 20 consecutive starts in favor of recent veteran free-agent addition Ilya Bryzgalov, Boudreau spoke in a voice genuinely at a loss by the performance.
“Freddie’s been playing so much … that was Bryz’s game to win or lose,” Boudreau said. “I’m not finding too many positives in it. To do that and use cliches and excuses, man, the last time we were in a back-to-back, it was our best game in Winnipeg” six days earlier.
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Just four races back into her skiing career, Lindsey Vonn is on the verge of World Cup history.
After clinching a second straight win — and third consecutive podium — with a victory in Saturday's downhill, the 30-year-old American now has the chance to secure a 62nd career win in Sunday's super-G and move level with Austrian great Annemarie Moser-Proll for all-time wins.
“I have to get there first. If it happens tomorrow, great,” said Vonn, a four-time World Cup champion. “I feel like I have been talking about (the record) for a long time now and, if I keep talking about it, I feel like it's never going to happen.”
It would have been a distant dream one year ago, however, when she re-injured her troublesome right knee on the same Oreiller-Killy course in Val d'Isere and required surgery for the second time. The first knee operation came after she tore two ligaments following a spectacular fall at the world championships 10 months earlier.
Aside from one small wobble in the middle of...Read more
A video released Friday shows Ray Rice's then-fiancee crying and kissing him while they are both handcuffed and being taken to jail by police officers after Rice punched her in a casino elevator.
The video was obtained by ABC News through a public records request filed with the New Jersey Gaming Enforcement Division. Rice's attorney fought to keep the video from being released but lost.
The video shows Janay Palmer — now married to the former Baltimore Ravens running back — crying and being comforted by officers or security officials at the Revel casino early on the morning of Feb. 15.
An officer walked a handcuffed Rice toward an elevator, pulling Rice's sweatshirt hood over his head. Palmer, also handcuffed, appeared to be crying as another officer led her behind Rice.
Both of them were placed in an elevator with several officers. Rice and Palmer moved their heads together as if they were talking. Palmer leaned in and appeared to kiss Rice before they are escorted out of the elevator...Read more
The good news: the Clippers can defend -- as long as they feel like it.
The bad news -- they didn't feel like it for long enough in their 109-106 loss to the Nuggets on Friday night in Denver.
After trailing at halftime by 16 points, 59-43, the Clippers opened the second half with a 16-0 run to tie the score at 59 with 7 minutes 32 second left in the third quarter. The Nuggets finally scored when Danilo Gallinari made a three-pointer with 6:30 left. The Clippers went on to lead by as many as seven points in the third.
At the start of the fourth quarter, the Nuggets retook the lead, going ahead by as many as nine points. The Clippers then tied the score, 93-93, with 4:40 left. But the Nuggets pulled ahead by seven points with just over a minute left behind the strong play of Gallinari and Wilson Chandler.
The Clippers cut the deficit to three with 12.6 seconds left following a big turnover by the Nuggets and a free throw by Blake Griffin. The Clippers' superstar power forward missed his...Read more
Gabriel Medina has won his first ASP World Championship Tour surfing title, becoming the first Brazilian to claim the sport's top prize.
The 20-year-old clinched the championship Friday when Australian Mick Fanning, the defending world champion, failed to advance out of the fifth round of the Billabong Pipeline Masters in Hawaii.
Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater of Florida had previously been eliminated Friday when he failed to advance out of the third round.
Medina has advanced to the Pipeline Masters semifinals by defeating countryman Filipe Toledo. Medina will face Australian Josh Kerr.
It was another Brazilian, Alejo Muniz, who helped deliver the title to Medina. Muniz defeated Slater and Fanning on his way to the Pipe Masters quarterfinals.
Medina broke onto surfing's biggest stage at 17 when he finished 12th on the World Championship Tour. He has 11 professional victories, including five on the WCT. He finished seventh in 2012 and 13th last year.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks sacked Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst to end Thursday night's victory for Jacksonville over Tennessee, 21-13. It also earned Marks a hearty $600,000 bonus.
In dramatic fashion, as a desperate Whitehurst looked for an open receiver with what would be the Titans' final play, he was grabbed by Jaguars defensive end Chris Clemons, but the 6-foot-3, 254-pounder couldn't hold on.
Marks, breaking through the middle of the Titans' offensive line, jumped Whitehurst, bringing him down as the final seconds of the game ticked off the clock. The tackle gave him 8.5 sacks and triggered a $600,000 contract escalator for recording eight sacks in a season.
"Last night it was special," Marks told ESPN on Friday. "The thing that was more humbling for me was how much everybody was excited for my accomplishment more than I was. The team was more excited. The fans were super excited."
In Week 14, the sixth-year pro was initially credited with...Read more