August 17, 2012 |
Serena and Venus Williams moved into the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open by handling the afternoon heat, humidity and wind at Mason, Ohio. The conditions were too much for Andy Murray. Murray's off day turned into the biggest upset of the tournament, a straight-sets loss Thursday that left him with hardly any hard-court time heading into the U.S. Open. Murray lost, 6-4, 6-4, to France's Jeremy Chardy, an opponent he had beaten easily the four previous times they had played.
May 11, 2012 |
Upon further review, and the helpful distance of about three months, Kings center Mike Richards considered the wisdom of taking on someone about six inches taller and 35 pounds heavier. That would be a certain Phoenix Coyotes forward named Martin Hanzal. "I don't know what I was thinking," Richards said Thursday, chuckling about their scrap in a fight-filled game between the Kings and Coyotes at Staples Center in February. "Defense. " Survival, perhaps? Anyhow, there will be a rematch … and no rematch.
April 2, 2012 |
Several playoff berths and positions will be decided as the season winds down. Saturday's league finale, featuring the Kings at San Jose, might determine who wins the Pacific Division and who goes home. The overall point title is being contested by Vancouver, St. Louis and the New York Rangers. The Atlantic, Southeast and Pacific division titles are still undecided. Here's a look at the most crucial games this week: Tuesday Pittsburgh at Boston: The Penguins have a slim chance to pass the Rangers in the Atlantic but are more likely to battle for the No. 4 seeding and home-ice advantage in the first round.
December 10, 2011 |
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have continued a season-long trend by winning games and losing players. Despite seeing Claude Giroux depart late in the second period with a head injury and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov leave with 13 minutes 1 second left in the game, the Flyers defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Giroux was hurt late in the second period when he was inadvertently kneed in the head by teammate Wayne Simmonds. "He was in front of me and I tried to jump over him and I don't know where I caught him," Simmonds said.
October 15, 2011 |
When: 4 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center. On the air: TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: KTLK (1150) Records: Kings 1-1-1; Flyers 3-0-0. Update: Mike Richards, the return. Funny how the lone Kings-Flyers game this season happens to come so quickly as Richards plays against his former team for the first time. The Kings acquired Richards in June in exchange for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, and the deal carried more than the usual baggage. Richards was asked about how he was planning to handle the homecoming.
October 6, 2011 |
Acquiring Mike Richards gave the Kings two scoring centers and great credibility. Signing Simon Gagne should remedy their scoring problems, though they might need another scoring winger later. Drew Doughty played only one exhibition game after signing an eight-year, $56-million contract, leaving his fitness in question. If he and the Kings get a good start this team can make noise in the West. Expectations for them are high but justified. Projected lines First line 12, Simon Gagne, left wing 10, Mike Richards, center 23, Dustin Brown, right wing Gagne and Richards played together in Philadelphia.