NHL releases conference finals schedules

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NHL releases conference finals schedules

May 10, 2011SHARKS PAGE SHARKS VIDEOBOX SCORE SERIES SCHEDULENHL PAGE NHL SCOREBOARD

The National Hockey League announced the dates, starting times, and broadcast information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, which begin with the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, May 14 when the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 5 p.m.

The Western Conference Final will match the Vancouver Canucks against the winner of the San Jose Sharks-Detroit Red Wings Conference Semifinal series, which San Jose leads 3-2. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final will be Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Sharks (if Sharks advance)
Sunday, May 15 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 18 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 20 at San Jose, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 22 at San Jose, 12 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 24 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 26 at San Jose, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 28 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Vancouver Canucks vs. Detroit (if Red Wings advance)
Sunday, May 15 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 18 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 20 at Detroit, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 22 at Detroit, 12 p.m. NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 24 at Vancouver, 6 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 26 at Detroit, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Saturday, May 28 at Vancouver, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS

Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, May 14 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 17 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Thursday, May 19 at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m. VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Saturday, May 21 at Tampa Bay, 10:30 a.m. NBC, TSN, RDS
Monday, May 23 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Wednesday, May 25 at Tampa Bay, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Friday, May 27 at Boston, 5 p.m. VERSUS, CBC, RDS
denotes if necessary

Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

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Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs at White House

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office.

On what usually is a sleepy federal holiday at the White House, Cubs players filed into the White House East Room on Martin Luther King Day for Obama's final ceremony for a championship sports team. Even sweeter for Obama is that the Cubs hail from his hometown.

The president has a home in Chicago and is a White Sox fan. He rooted for the Cubs after the Sox failed to reach the playoffs.

Obama invited the Cubs hours after they won the series in November, asking on Twitter if the team wanted to visit before his term ends on Friday.

The Cubs won their first World Series title since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians.

NBA Gameday: Warriors welcome Cavaliers with vengeance in mind

NBA Gameday: Warriors welcome Cavaliers with vengeance in mind

OAKLAND -- With the Christmas Day Collapse lingering about the back of their minds, the Warriors are out for vengeance against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

When the teams meet Monday for a late-afternoon Matinee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Warriors will be trying to end a four-game losing streak to the Cavs, who came from behind for a 109-108 win on Christmas Day in Cleveland.

The Warriors (34-6) hope to benefit from the sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, where they have been nearly invincible over the past two-plus seasons. They are 95-7 at home since coach Steve Kerr arrived before 2014-15 season.

The Cavaliers (29-10) are making the final stop of a six-game road trip that spanned 12 days in three different time zones.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 7.5

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Kyrie Irving: Though they don’t always defend each other, each point guard is his team’s catalyst. Irving has been winning this battle of late, and the result is success for Cleveland. Curry is playing well of late, better than Irving. If that trend continues Monday, the Warriors will take their chances.

Kevin Durant and LeBron James: Durant was superb on Christmas Day, clearly outplaying James until the final quarter, when he melted down with his teammates, missing seven of his last nine shots. James seized the moment, leading his team to victory. Nothing would please the Warriors more than KD getting the best of James.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Cavaliers: G J.R. Smith (R thumb fracture) and F/C Chris Andersen (R ACL surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Cavaliers: 6-4.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors lost the previous meeting this season and, including the last three games of the 2016 NBA Finals, have lost four straight. They are 10-8 (including postseason) against Cleveland since James returned before the 2014-15 season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE START: In winning their last three games, all against sub-.500 teams, the Warriors cruised through the first half and didn’t get serious until the third quarter. That formula would be particularly dangerous against a defending champion. A faster start is called for, and the Warriors know it.

THE GLASS: What killed the Warriors in the Christmas Day Collapse, perhaps as much as turnovers, was Cleveland’s relentless work on the offensive glass. The Cavs piled up 18 offensive rebounds, leading to 17 additional shot attempts. If the Warriors can’t do a better job, it could be disastrous.

THE 3-BALL WAR: The Warriors rank fourth in 3-point shooting percentage; the Cavs are third. The Warriors rank fifth in attempts from beyond the arc; the Cavs are third. Cleveland put up more triples, with more accuracy, on Christmas Day. But . . . the Warriors are No. 1 in defense against triples, while the Cavs are 14th.