Friday, April 18, 2014
Professional Sports
Hawks' Wirtz creates Northwestern endowment fund

Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and his wife Marilyn are creating an endowment fund for Northwestern University's theater program.

University officials say the multimillion dollar gift will fund student and faculty projects in the Theatre and Interpretation Center on the Evanston campus.

Smith brothers to meet in playoffs for 1st time

Growing up in Toronto's Mimico neighborhood, Brendan and Reilly Smith never played organized hockey together. Just everything else.

"We were always playing mini sticks or road hockey or shinny on the ice out on the rink, stuff like that," Brendan Smith said. "We were always playing with or against each other."

Barcelona faces end of winning era

Barring a drastic turn of fortune, Barcelona is on the brink of finishing its worst season since former coach Pep Guardiola molded it into one of the most successful teams to play soccer.

Barcelona's stinging 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final Wednesday completed an eight-day span that can best be described as a debacle for the Catalan club.

Thursday's Sports In Brief

BASEBALL

MIAMI (AP) — The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and against a Cuban boxer who says he defected with Puig, according to court documents.

Clippers-Warriors series billed as must-see TV

Forget the Showtime Lakers or the Sacramento Kings of past decades.

There's a flashy brand of basketball being played by a new pair of rising California rivals. The alley-oops in Lob City, the deep 3-pointers by the Splash Brothers and the overall bitterness between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors should make for one of the most entertaining matchups in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

Wizards' fast-moving John Wall makes playoff debut

John Wall talks as fast as he plays. That makes him entertaining to be around, even when the ball gets thrown out of bounds, or when the sentences come out a bit funky.

"It was a little different Brandon Knight without being there tonight," he rattled off after a recent game. In that same interview, he dished out a rapid-fire sentence that included something that sounded like "vengtrest" — accidentally coining a new word that merges "vengeance" and "interest" and would probably make a good CD title.

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

In the first period, Ryan Miller looked like the goalie who limped home 0-5. For the final 80 minutes, 26 seconds, the St. Louis Blues saw the cool, confident backstop they acquired to make the deep playoff run they've long sought.

Miller allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period, then shut the door on the Chicago Blackhawks to pave the way for Alexander Steen's deciding goal in an epic 4-3, triple-overtime Game 1 victory on Thursday night.

Stastny leads Avs to 5-4 OT win over Wild

Paul Stastny sweated out the trade deadline, wondering if his big, expiring contract and Colorado's desire to beef up its blue line might lead to his departure from Denver.

Instead, he stuck around to help the Avalanche end a four-year playoff drought.

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