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Daffy Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t called mighty anymore. Now they can simply answer to Stanley Cup champions. For the first time, the Stanley Cup resides in California and at the expense of Canada, which hasn’t boasted a winner since Montreal in 1993. Calgary, Edmonton and now Ottawa each had a chance the past three seasons only to be done in by a U.S. club from the sun belt.

K.C. musters no offense in road setback

CLEVELAND ­— The only walking C.C. Sabathia did was to the dugout after each scoreless inning.

Cleveland’s ace left-hander pitched his fifth career shutout and the Indians kept rolling at home, defeating the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Tuesday night.

Taguchi singles in winning run

ST. LOUIS — Pinch hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit, giving the St. Louis Cardinals a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

Chiefs QB Green will be traded to Miami

MIAMI — Trent Green could be on the field with the Dolphins by this weekend after Miami finally agreed to terms with Kansas City on a trade for the quarterback.

One win from a Ducks’ title

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now that the Anaheim Ducks have that elusive road win, they are ready to do what they do best: close things out at home.

Gibson is Finals X-factor

CLEVELAND — When the older kids in his Houston neighborhood would pick on him or beat him up, little Daniel Gibson would run home crying to his mother. She gave him a nickname for not fighting back.

5-0 Shields shuts down Kansas City

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — No one in Tampa Bay’s clubhouse is ready to declare James Shields the ace of the Devil Rays’ young pitching staff. But he just might be the most consistent starter.

Anaheim one win away

OTTAWA — Andy McDonald bailed out Chris Pronger and set up Southern California for a playoff party like never before. The Anaheim Ducks are within a win of their first Stanley Cup championship.

Influential leader dies at 74

For Bill France Jr., it was never about fame or fortune. Everything he did — helping build Daytona International Speedway, moving the annual awards banquet to New York City and negotiating the first billion-dollar TV contract — he did with NASCAR’s best interests at heart.

Haste hurts coaches

In the 30 hours Creighton went without a men’s basketball coach, fans on Internet message boards buzzed that athletic director Bruce Rasmussen was taking too long to make a hire.

Royals stumble, lose on road

J.P. Howell was one of Tampa Bay’s final cuts at the end of spring training. Now, he’s determined to make the most of his latest chance in the major leagues.

Pronger can’t Duck discipline for forearm

The Anaheim Ducks will have to play without Chris Pronger again.

Power’s back on

Albert Pujols hit two home runs on Sunday and nearly had two more, an encouraging sign for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Surprising Cavs, Gibson heading to Alamo City

Of all the fearsome players the Eastern Conference has sent West to do battle with the game’s most established stars, who would have figured on ’Bron-Bron and Boobie?

Pressure eases for Ottawa

Upon further review, the Ottawa Senators are right back in the Stanley Cup finals.

Cavaliers to meet

Crown them one and all, the kid called King and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Edwards builds Busch lead

Carl Edwards’ hard push to the finish line was slowed only by the caution flag.

Dena Muskopf has flourished with Special Olympics

During a sports summer camp in 2005, Dena Muskopf said two unspeakable words. “I can’t.”

Kip Wells gets his major league-leading tenth loss

The Houston Astros broke out of their hitting slump on Saturday and extended Kip Wells’ misery in the process.

Royals rebounding on road trip

All the Kansas City Royals needed to end a long losing skid was a road trip. It helps that it led off with Tampa Bay.

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