Colorado Avalanche Unseat Tampa Bay to Win the Stanley Cup

The Avalanche took the lead in the second period to win their first title since 2001 and end the Lightning’s bid for a third consecutive title. They did it convincingly, never facing elimination.

#colorado-avalanche, #hockey-ice, #mackinnon-nathan-1995, #makar-cale-1998, #playoff-games, #rantanen-mikko-1996, #stamkos-steven, #stanley-cup, #tampa-bay-lightning, #vasilevskiy-andrei-1994

Stephen Curry Left His Critics With Nothing Else to Say

Four N.B.A. championships. Two Most Valuable Player Awards. And yes, a finals M.V.P. Golden State’s Curry has nothing else to prove.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #content-type-personal-profile, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #kerr-steve, #looney-kevon-1996, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #smart-marcus, #sports-injuries, #wiggins-andrew

Golden State Beats Boston Celtics to Win NBA Championship

It’s the fourth championship in eight seasons for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay

Golden State Needs 1 Win for Title After Beating Celtics in Game 5

Andrew Wiggins powered Golden State’s victory on an off night for Stephen Curry, who went 0 for 9 from 3-point range.

#boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #tatum-jayson-1998, #wiggins-andrew

The Celtics Got Lucky by Not Getting What They Wanted

Other teams’ superstars kept getting traded, and the Celtics wanted in on the action. Boston (mostly) missed out, and is probably better off for it.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #trades-sports

From Santo Domingo to the N.B.A. Finals, Al Horford Is at Home

Horford, the Boston Celtics center, is the first Dominican player in the N.B.A. finals. With the way he’s competing, it’s hard to tell he hasn’t been here before.

#atkinson-kenny-1967, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #free-agents-sports, #golden-state-warriors, #horford-al, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #trades-sports

Stephen Curry’s 43 Points Help Golden State Beat Celtics in NBA Finals

Golden State desperately needed a win after losing two of the first three games in the N.B.A. finals. Curry’s 43 points on Friday got it done.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #thompson-klay, #wiggins-andrew

Boston Celtics Withstand Stephen Curry’s 3-pointers for Game 3 Win

Golden State’s Curry had 31 points, including six 3-pointers, but Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Jayson Tatum had big games of their own for Boston.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #horford-al, #kerr-steve, #nba-championship, #payton-gary-ii-1992, #playoff-games, #porter-otto-jr-1993, #smart-marcus, #tatum-jayson-1998, #udoka-ime

Golden State Beats Boston Celtics in Game 2 of NBA Finals

After collapsing in the fourth quarter of Game 1, Golden State turned an early lead in Game 2 into a big-time victory to even the series.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #tatum-jayson-1998, #thompson-klay

For Tampa Bay, a Win Over the Rangers Comes at an Opportune Time

At risk of falling into a three-game deficit, the Lightning scored a late goal to beat the Rangers for the first time in six games this season and maintain their pursuit of a third straight title.

#hedman-victor-1990, #hockey-ice, #national-hockey-league, #new-york-rangers, #palat-ondrej-1991, #playoff-games, #shesterkin-igor-1995, #stamkos-steven, #tampa-bay-lightning, #vasilevskiy-andrei-1994

Golden State Headed to NBA Finals After Beating Dallas Mavericks

After injuries contributed to the end of a streak of five straight finals runs, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are back.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #dallas-mavericks, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #kerr-steve, #playoff-games, #thompson-klay

Trae Young, Your Hair Is a Magnificent Unsolved Mystery

The complex ’do of the Hawks player has been debated, dissed and memed. But our critic pays respect to its “confusion, awe and strength.”

#atlanta-hawks, #basketball, #hair, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games, #young-trae-1998

The Nets and the Lakers Did Not Win. But Superteams Never Die.

The stars did not align in Brooklyn or Los Angeles this time, but it’s certain that someone will try again. Kyrie Irving is already making plans.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #davis-anthony-1993, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #james-lebron, #los-angeles-lakers, #playoff-games, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #vogel-frank, #westbrook-russell

Golden State’s Playoff Reappearance Doesn’t Quite Feel Like Old Times

The heart of the roster — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — is back in the N.B.A. playoffs, a world away from Oakland, the team’s soul.

#basketball, #chase-center-san-francisco-calif, #curry-stephen, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-basketball-assn, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #playoff-games, #san-francisco-calif, #stadiums-and-arenas, #thompson-klay

Stephen Curry Returns, and Golden State Beats the Nuggets

Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Golden State’s championship core, are back together in the postseason for the first time since 2019.

#basketball, #curry-stephen, #denver-nuggets, #golden-state-warriors, #green-draymond, #iguodala-andre, #jokic-nikola-1995, #playoff-games, #poole-jordan-1999, #sports-injuries, #thompson-klay

N.B.A. Playoffs Preview: Good Luck Predicting Anything

The Suns have dominated, and the Bucks are the reigning champions. But the Grizzlies, Celtics, Sixers, Nets, Heat and Golden State all have a real shot to win.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #playoff-games

How it Feels to Watch Ja Morant Fly: ‘A Magician Up There’

An aerial artist. A skateboarder. A BMX rider. A skydiving instructor. They all see parallels between what they do and what Morant does when he dunks in the N.B.A.

#basketball, #memphis-grizzlies, #morant-ja-1999, #playoff-games, #skateboarding

Karl-Anthony Towns and the ‘Swaggy’ Timberwolves Are Ready

Towns, the Timberwolves center, said he’s never doubted himself and now he has the right team behind him. “Whatever it takes to win, we will do as a team,” he said.

#basketball, #beverley-patrick-1988, #minnesota-timberwolves, #playoff-games, #towns-karl-anthony

NFL to Change Postseason Overtime Rule After Bills’ Playoff Loss

Each team will get an overtime possession in playoff games.

#buffalo-bills, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #national-football-league, #playoff-games

On Super Bowl Sunday and the Dark Side of Gambling

Our society’s rules for gambling are becoming more internally consistent and more socially disastrous.

#advertising-and-marketing, #atlantic-city-nj, #gambling, #las-vegas-nev, #marijuana, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #united-states

Joe Burrow’s Last Playoff Loss Was in High School. He Still Thinks About It.

“It was the first time I had a firsthand experience of something that was bigger than the collective team,” said Tyler Bailey, one of Burrow’s teammates at Athens High School.

#burrow-joe-1996, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #louisiana-state-university, #playoff-games

Joe Burrow’s Last Playoff Loss Came in High School

“It was the first time I had a firsthand experience of something that was bigger than the collective team,” said Tyler Bailey, one of Burrow’s teammates at Athens High School.

#burrow-joe-1996, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #louisiana-state-university, #playoff-games

Cincinnati Bengals’ Kicker Evan McPherson Aims for Perfection

Evan McPherson has attempted 12 field goals in the N.F.L. postseason and made each one, including the overtime winner at Kansas City that put Cincinnati in the Super Bowl.

#cincinnati-bengals, #content-type-personal-profile, #football, #mcpherson-evan-1999, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #super-bowl

In the N.F.L., It’s Fourth-and-It-Doesn’t-Matter

This season, N.F.L. teams have opted to attempt a historic number of fourth-down conversions based on data modeling. But that risk-it-all trend may not apply in the Super Bowl.

#cincinnati-bengals, #coaches-and-managers, #football, #los-angeles-chargers, #los-angeles-rams, #mcvay-sean-1986, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #super-bowl, #taylor-zac-1983

Super Bowl Preview: Rams and Bengals Bring Offensive

The Super Bowl, set for Feb. 13 near Los Angeles, will feature two quarterbacks who were No. 1 draft picks, Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow and Matthew Stafford of the Rams.

#american-football-conference, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #los-angeles-rams, #national-football-conference, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #super-bowl

How the Rams Beat the 49ers to Advance to the Super Bowl

Los Angeles’s high-profile roster additions provided sparks, but the homegrown talents Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp provided crucial plays to win the N.F.C. championship.

#beckham-odell-jr, #bosa-nick-1997, #coaches-and-managers, #donald-aaron-1991, #football, #garoppolo-jimmy-1991, #kupp-cooper-1993, #los-angeles-rams, #mcvay-sean-1986, #miller-von, #national-football-conference, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #ramsey-jalen-1994, #san-francisco-49ers, #shanahan-kyle-1979, #stafford-matthew

Bengals Beat Chiefs to Advance to the Super Bowl

With a calm that belied their underdog status, the Bengals intercepted Patrick Mahomes and completed a field-goal drive in overtime to end Kansas City’s streak of Super Bowl appearances.

#american-football-conference, #burrow-joe-1996, #chase-jamarr, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #hill-tyreek-1994, #kansas-city-chiefs, #kelce-travis, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #mathieu-tyrann, #mixon-joe, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #spagnuolo-steve

Rams vs. 49ers: What to Watch in the NFC Championship Game

The N.F.C. West rivals meet for the third time this season with a Super Bowl berth on the line. Sean McVay will try to end the 49ers’ six-game win streak over his Rams by relying on a talented roster.

#beckham-odell-jr, #bosa-nick-1997, #coaches-and-managers, #donald-aaron-1991, #football, #garoppolo-jimmy-1991, #kupp-cooper-1993, #los-angeles-rams, #mcvay-sean-1986, #miller-von, #national-football-conference, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #ramsey-jalen-1994, #san-francisco-49ers, #shanahan-kyle-1979, #stafford-matthew

What to Watch as Kansas City Hosts the Bengals in the AFC Championship

Joe Burrow and the Bengals are all that stand in the way of Kansas City’s return to a third consecutive Super Bowl.

#american-football-conference, #burrow-joe-1996, #chase-jamarr, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #hill-tyreek-1994, #kansas-city-chiefs, #kelce-travis, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #mathieu-tyrann, #mixon-joe, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #spagnuolo-steve

Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow Took Different Paths to the AFC Championship

Despite just a year’s difference in age, Joe Burrow, 25, and Patrick Mahomes, 26, have a vast gap in N.F.L. experience that will be on display in the A.F.C. conference championship.

#burrow-joe-1996, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #playoff-games

What We Learned in the Divisional Round of the N.F.L. Playoffs

Jimmy Garoppolo screened his way back to a conference championship, the Bengals’ defensive front outshone its stars, and only Kansas City benefited from home-field advantage.

#adams-davante-1992, #brady-tom, #buffalo-bills, #burrow-joe-1996, #cincinnati-bengals, #d-j-reader, #football, #green-bay-packers, #kansas-city-chiefs, #kittle-george-1993, #los-angeles-rams, #national-football-conference, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #samuel-deebo-1996, #san-francisco-49ers, #shanahan-kyle-1979, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #tennessee-titans

How the Rams Beat the Buccaneers to Advance to the NFC Championship

Los Angeles won on a field goal on the game’s final play.

#brady-tom, #football, #kupp-cooper-1993, #los-angeles-rams, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #stafford-matthew, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

What Time Are the Rams-Buccaneers and Chiefs-Bills Games Today?

The Los Angeles Rams take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Buffalo Bills face the Kansas City Chiefs.

#buffalo-bills, #football, #kansas-city-chiefs, #los-angeles-rams, #playoff-games, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

NFL Playoffs: How to Watch Bengals vs. Titans, 49ers vs. Packers

The divisional round games feature a style clash in the early meeting between the Bengals and Titans. Then, the 49ers will try to extend their postseason streak against the Packers.

#burrow-joe-1996, #chase-jamarr, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #garoppolo-jimmy-1991, #green-bay-packers, #henry-derrick, #jones-aaron-1994, #mixon-joe, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #rodgers-aaron, #samuel-deebo-1996, #san-francisco-49ers, #tennessee-titans

N.F.L. Divisional Round: Our Picks Against the Spread

Green Bay and Tennessee will have the benefit of a week’s rest against San Francisco and Cincinnati. Buffalo and Kansas City will provide tougher tests for each other after coasting last week. The Bucs and the Rams’ veteran quarterbacks will take center stage.

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Stafford, Beckham Get Playoff Vindication in Rams Win

Matthew Stafford and Odell Beckham Jr., prolific stars with little postseason notoriety, propelled the Rams to a wild-card round victory over the Cardinals on Monday.

#arizona-cardinals, #beckham-odell-jr, #football, #kupp-cooper-1993, #los-angeles-rams, #mcvay-sean-1986, #miller-von, #murray-kyler-1997, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #stafford-matthew, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

Why Can’t We Turn Away From the N.F.L.?

The exploding viewership for N.F.L. games and the league’s ever-expanding season resist all scandal and reason. Our columnist asks why.

#black-people, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #football, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #ratings-audience-measurement, #sexual-harassment

What We Learned in the N.F.L.’s Wild-Card Round

The 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo managed their game plan just well enough to upset the Cowboys, but blowouts in the rest of the wild-card matchups showed the folly of playoff expansion.

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Cowboys Come Up Short Against 49ers Long Before Clunky Finish

The No. 6-seeded 49ers upset the No. 3-seeded Cowboys after a chaotic final drive that will prolong Dallas’s disappointment.

#dallas-cowboys, #football, #garoppolo-jimmy-1991, #jones-jerry, #national-football-league, #playoff-games, #prescott-dak-1993, #samuel-deebo-1996, #san-francisco-49ers

Tampa Bay Takes Eagles Out of Their Game and Out of the Playoffs

Quarterback Tom Brady’s record in the playoffs improved to 35-11 as Tampa Bay clamped down on the league’s top rushing team.

#arians-bruce, #barrett-shaquil-1992, #brady-tom, #evans-mike-1993, #football, #fournette-leonard-1995, #hurts-jalen-1998, #pederson-doug, #philadelphia-eagles, #pierre-paul-jason, #playoff-games, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

How Sunday’s Games Affect the NFL Playoff Picture

The Eagles ran up against the Buccaneers’ fearsome defense. Now the 49ers and Cowboys will square off ahead of the Steelers and Kansas City in prime time.

#brady-tom, #dallas-cowboys, #evans-mike-1993, #football, #hurts-jalen-1998, #kansas-city-chiefs, #philadelphia-eagles, #pittsburgh-steelers, #playoff-games, #san-francisco-49ers, #tampa-bay-buccaneers

How to Watch the NFL Playoffs Today

The Las Vegas Raiders will face the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots will visit the Buffalo Bills.

#buffalo-bills, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-football-league, #new-england-patriots, #playoff-games

What to Watch For in Saturday’s N.F.L. Playoff Games

The Las Vegas Raiders will face the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots will visit the Buffalo Bills.

#buffalo-bills, #cincinnati-bengals, #football, #las-vegas-raiders, #national-football-league, #new-england-patriots, #playoff-games

N.F.L. Playoff Predictions: Our Picks in the Wild-Card Round

The postseason’s first weekend will see the third matchup between the Patriots and the Bills, and for the Cardinals and the Rams.

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The Reason Every N.F.L. Playoff Team Will Lose

Only one of these teams will prove us wrong.

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Push to Expand College Football Playoff Stumbles

Eleven of the sport’s top figures have been unable to reach an agreement after months of negotiations, stalling hopes for more teams to be included in the national title race.

#atlantic-coast-conference, #big-12-conference, #big-ten-conference, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #football-college, #hancock-william-r-jr-1950, #pacific-12-conference, #playoff-games, #sankey-greg, #southeastern-conference, #television, #warren-kevin-1963

How Week 18 Could Shape the N.F.L. Playoff Picture

In the N.F.C., Green Bay has clinched the bye, but a divisional race and a wild-card spot are still up for grabs. In the A.F.C., things are messier.

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Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati Make College Football Playoff

The semifinal games are scheduled for New Year’s Eve, with the national championship planned for Jan. 10 in Indianapolis.

#american-athletic-conference, #big-ten-conference, #bowl-games, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #fickell-luke, #football-college, #harbaugh-jim, #playoff-games, #saban-nick, #smart-kirby, #southeastern-conference, #university-of-alabama, #university-of-cincinnati, #university-of-georgia, #university-of-michigan

Alabama Picks Georgia Apart, Setting Course for Another Playoff

No. 3 Alabama, the reigning national champion, fell behind early. Then it pounded the country’s best defense to run away with the Southeastern Conference championship.

#college-football-playoff-national-championship, #football-college, #playoff-games, #saban-nick, #university-of-alabama, #university-of-georgia

Atlanta Braves Beat Los Angeles Dodgers to Reach World Series

In third place on Aug. 13, Atlanta rode a surprising group of trade deadline acquisitions to a pennant, outlasting the 106-win Dodgers. Next up: the Houston Astros.

#albies-ozzie-1997, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #buehler-walker-1994, #los-angeles-dodgers, #playoff-games, #rosario-eddie-1991