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Added April 27th, 2011 by Chalk

Canucks Outlast Blackhawks, Win Game 7 in OT

“We never had any doubt.” That’s what Vancouver Canucks star Daniel Sedin said after his squad finally finished off the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks with a 2-1 overtime win in a deciding Game 7. It’s pretty hard to believe after the Canucks won the first three games of the series and then lost the next three to set up one last do-or-die game between the bitter rivals.

The Canucks held on to a 1-0 lead in Game 7 for about 55 minutes of game time, with goaltender Robert Luongo, who had been pulled from Games 4 and 5 and benched for Game 6, taking a shutout into the final two minutes of regulation. Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews tied the game with a shorthanded goal with just 1:56 left in the third period, and it’s hard to believe the Canucks were able to withstand the pressure.

 
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Added April 26th, 2011 by Chalk

Ballantine’s Championship Odds: Westwood Favored in Korea

This week the European Tour heads to Seoul, South Korea for the Ballantine’s Championship. That’s where Lee Westwood will begin his second reign as World No. 1, and make history as the first top-ranked golfer to tee off in Korea. Westwood is the betting favorite at 11/2, but will face a tough field including American Dustin Johnson, who’s the next best bet at 11/1.

Y.E. Yang is the hometown favorite at 20/1, while Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee, who won here in 2009, is another good bet at 22/1.

Here are your 2011 Ballantine’s Championship Odds for all the top competitors:

  • Lee Westwood, England (1) 11/2
  • Dustin Johnson, USA (12) 11/1
  • Ian Poulter, England (17) 18/1
  • Y.E. Yang, Korea (34) 20/1
  • Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand (75) 22/1 – Won Ballantine’s Championship in 2009.
  • Ernie Els, South Africa (15) 25/1

 
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Added April 26th, 2011 by Chalk

Humber Blanks Yankees

Chicago White Sox pitcher Phil Humber was drafted by the Yankees and then again by the Mets, but hasn’t ever amounted to much in the big leagues until he took the hill on Monday night in New Yankee Stadium and kept the Yankees hitless into the seventh inning. Alex Rodriguez broke up Humber’s no-hit bid with one out in the seventh, but that was New York’s only hit in a 2-0 loss.

The White Sox really needed a lift after losing 10 of their last 11 and come off back-to-back shutout losses, but few would have expected it would come from Humber, who is pitching for his fourth organization in the last 16 months. Adam Dunn’s RBI groundout in the fourth inning gave Humber all the run support he would need and broke Chicago’s 23-inning scoreless streak.

 
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Added April 26th, 2011 by Chalk

Lightning Beat Penguins, Force Game 7

The Pittsburgh Penguins had a good chance to end their first round series with the Tampa Bay Lightning in Monday’s Game 6 in Florida, but now will have to face a do-or-die Game 7 back in the Steel City. Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal scored early in the third period of Game 6 to tie the game, but the Penguins couldn’t find another answer for 41-year-old Lightning netminder Dwayne Roloson.

Less than a minute after Staal tied the game 2-2, Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot was all alone on a breakaway against Roloson, but couldn’t convert. Roloson stopped Talbot twice, then turned aside a rebound shot from Pascal Dupuis. Thirty seconds later, the Lightning took the lead for good when Steve Downie scored at the other end.

“That was a series-changer for sure,” said the Lightning’s top scorer Steven Stamkos. “[Roloson] saved the game for us … He just never quits. He’s defying the odds, doing it at his age is unbelievable. He was our best player.”

 
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Added April 25th, 2011 by Matt

Hockey Thug Donald Brashear Turns MMA Fighter Hockey goon/thug/enforcer Donald Brashear is taking his toughness to the world of MMA.

 
Added April 25th, 2011 by Chalk

Westwood Back at No. 1 With Win, Donald’s Playoff Loss Lee Westwood is again the world's No. 1 golfer after winning in Indonesia and watching Luke Donald's near-miss in South Carolina.

 
Added April 25th, 2011 by Chalk

Mattingly’s Goatee Inspires Ethier, Dodgers The Los Angeles Dodgers are finally scoring runs and Andre Ethier is closing in on the longest April hitting streak in Major League Baseball history.

 
Added April 25th, 2011 by Chalk

Blackhawks, Flyers Stay Alive with OT Wins The Blackhawks fought back three times from one goal deficits, while the Flyers twice came from two goals down.

 
Added April 22nd, 2011 by Chalk

Francona: Pedroia Clutch As Jeter The Sox are still in last place in the American League East at 7-11, but why should that keep the Boston Herald from singing Dustin Pedroia's praises?

 
Added April 22nd, 2011 by Chalk

Westwood Shares Lead in Indonesia World No. 2 Lee Westwood has a share of the lead after the second day of the Indonesian Masters, an Asian Tour event.

 
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