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The Pittsburgh Penguins won the 2015/16 Stanley Cup in six games with their 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks at the SAP Arena in San Jose, California on Sunday, June 12th. This is the fourth Stanley Cup triumph in the team’s 48-year history and it comes exactly seven years to the day after their last championship. It’s also the fourth time they’ve won it on the road. They also won the title in 1990/91 and 1991/92. In addition, Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs and finished the postseason with six goals and 13 assists. The Sharks were attempting to become the first club since the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs to win a Final series after falling behind three games to one. In fact, the Leafs won their series in seven games after losing the first three.
The world lost arguably the greatest ever boxer in history last week when Muhammad Ali passed away and this week arguably the best ice hockey player in history has joined him. Eighty-eight-year old Gordie Howe of Floral, Saskatchewan passed away at his son’s home in Ohio early Friday morning after being diagnosed with dementia back in 2012. He also suffered a major stroke two years ago. Howe, who was known as Mr Hockey, set most of the NHL’s scoring records during his career until Wayne Gretzky came along and eclipsed most of them. The Hall of Fame right-winger broke into the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings as an 18-year-old in 1946 and didn’t hang up his skates for good until 1980 when he was 52.
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova is generally considered to be the top-earning female athlete in the world for the past decade, but she likely won’t be making any money on the court for the next year or two. She has been banned for failing a drug test, but an International Tennis Federation tribunal has said she didn’t intentionally cheat. Sharapova and Max Eisenbud, her agent, claim they didn’t know the drug she tested positive for, meldonium which is also known by its brand name of Mildronate, was on the banned substance list. However, there are those who feel the drug shouldn’t be on the banned list since it can remain in a person’s system for quite some time and it doesn’t really enhance and athlete’s performance.
Even though there was no chance of a Triple Crown winner this year, the 148th running of the Belmont Stakes was quite dramatic as Creator managed to win it at the wire by a nose. The horse, which was run by jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. poured it on down the stretch and edged out Destin at the finish line to take home the $1.5 million in prize money. Lani came in third while the favourite, Exaggerator, who had won the Preakness three weeks ago, came in a disappointing 11th in the field of 13 horses 14 lengths behind Creator. The winner’s trainer Steve Asmussen, was thrilled with the victory and told media after the race, “Today was perfect for us by inches.”
In a move that has been panned by most people, professional boxers will be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games starting this August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as long as they qualify. The announcement was left a little late since it came down in early June and the Games are set to begin in just over two month’s time. The AIBA, which is the worldwide governing body for amateur boxing, announced the decision and the organization’s president CK Wu said it was agreed to by a wide vote. However, most professional boxing organizations and current and former boxers feel it’s a dangerous move since relatively inexperienced amateurs could be involved in mismatches against established pros.
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