The qualifying-round, round-robin and first-round games are now behind us as the Stanley Cup playoffs march on to crowning the 2020 champion.
The games of Aug. 11 began what will be an almost two-month stretch of heart-thumping, speed-and-skill, goal-saving hockey action. If the second round of the playoffs is anything like the postseason’s first 21 days, then it’ll be a doozy. Who will advance in 2020 is anyone’s guess — because, well, anything is obviously possible this year — but one thing is for sure: It’ll be a wild ride.
Here’s everything to know about watching NHL playoff games in 2020, including a complete TV schedule with start times and channels for every series.
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It started with text messages that led to conversations that turned into a movement.
One day after Milwaukee Bucks players boycotted their NBA playoff game to protest racial inequality, sending a tidal wave of action across the sports world, the NHL’s players opted to not play on Thursday or Friday. The efforts came in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., over the weekend
“If you look around this room, there’s a lot of white athletes in here, and I think that’s the statement that’s being made right now,” said the Golden Knights’ Ryan Reaves as he stood in front, and next to, players from the Western Conference bubble. “It’s great that the NBA did this, and MLB and the WNBA — they have a lot of Black players in those leagues... Read More
Serena Williams believes the whole year of 2020 should have an asterisk as she sets her sights on a record-equaling grand slam title at the U.S. Open.
Williams is still seeking to move level with Margaret Court by winning her 24th major, though her hopes of doing so were hit by the WTA Tour’s coronavirus-enforced stoppage and the cancellation of Wimbledon, where she has prevailed seven times.
The 38-year-old made her return to action at the Top Seed Open this month, reaching the quarterfinals before losing to Shelby Rogers.
Williams has lost her past four grand slam finals, including last year’s showpiece at Flushing Meadows to Bianca Andreescu.
Andreescu will not defend her title at this year’s event, however; the Canadian is one of six members of the WTA’s top 10 who elected not to ente... Read More
It’s official. Sixteen teams are set to hit the ice between Toronto and Edmonton as the Stanley Cup playoffs begin with first-round action.
But who will skate away with Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end is anyone’s guess because, well, 2020.
The Blackhawks and Canadiens were the 23rd and 24th teams, respectively, in the league standings when the season had to pause due to the pandemic and now they’ll face off against the Golden Knights and Flyers in the first round. Not to mention neither Vegas nor Philadelphia won the Presidents’ Trophy or led their conference way back on March 12, when the regular season paused. Those two teams, the Bruins and Blues, are heading into the playoffs as No. 4 seeds.
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The first major tournament of the golf season, the 2020 PGA Championship, produced a fun finish.
At one point in Sunday’s final round, seven golfers were tied for the lead on the back nine at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Third-round leader Dustin Johnson was in that group. So was Collin Morikawa.
Then Morikawa took over on the 16th hole.
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The Los Angeles native and former Cal-Berkeley player drove the reachable par-4 hole and then drained a short eagle putt to take a two-stroke lead. He eased through the final two holes, with only a slight bit of anxiety as he watched his approach at 18 flirt with missing the green.
After putting out, he just had to wait for the final groups to finish before he could celebrate his first major win and ... Read More
Say this for Major League Soccer’s return-to-play tournament: It hasn’t been boring. Before it started, two teams had to be withdrawn due to a rash of positive COVID-19 tests. Rather than the normal pre-tournament pomp and circumstance, the league opened with a ceremony honoring the Black Lives Matter movement. Once it kicked off, there has been no shortage of breakout performances.
The MLS is Back Tournament now begins the knockout phase with the Round of 16 on Saturday before wrapping up on Aug. 11 and potentially going into some sort of regular-season after that.
Here’s everything you need to know to be prepared for the rest of the tournament:
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Just when I thought nothing good could come out of 2020 we’re gifted a makeover video of Gritty by the incredible cast of Queer Eye.
Season five of Queer Eye took place in Philadelphia, and The Fab Five had one final makeover challenge as a sendoff to the City of Brotherly Love: Revamping Flyers mascot Gritty. Nominated by the one and only Philly Phanatic, the aim wasn’t to completely change Gritty — but rather teach him a little about self love, and make him the best Gritty he could be.
First up was hairdressing icon Jonathan Van Ness, who wanted to keep the spirit of Gritty — but just zhuzh it up a bit. Jonathan wanted the world to learn the secret of Gritty’s perfect eyebrows, which apparently just involve spraying water directly into your open eyeballs. Read More
It has been 30 years since Liverpool FC last won a league championship. There has been plenty of glory in between, including two UEFA Champions League titles. England is a small neighborhood, though, and failing to conquer the block for such a long time has been a burden.
That weight was lifted when Manchester City failed to defeat Chelsea in Thursday afternoon’s Premier League game at Stamford Bridge. It has been academic that LFC would win the title for months now — three months longer than anyone expected, because of the league shutdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic — but now it is official.
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How long ago was 1990? LFC right back Trent Alexander-Arnold was eight years from being born into life as a hometown hero... Read More
The Belmont Stakes provides the first big Triple Crown horse racing betting opportunity of 2020, only a month and a half later than usual. With no Kentucky Derby or Preakness in May, there should be many eager to get in on the off-track wagering action for the year’s marquee race at Belmont Park on Saturday (5:42 p.m. ET post time, NBC).
With a heavy favorite in Tiz The Law for the adjusted 1 1/8-mile race, the bigger payoffs may lie in who shows and places, and making those picks part of a exacta, trifecta or superfecta behind him. That should bring up more interest for the latest 2020 Belmont Stakes prop bets, many of which are set up to be an extension of Tiz The Law’s expected strong performance.
Here’s a look at all of the Belmont Stakes props offered, via SportsInsider, with Sp... Read More
It has now been nearly a week since Major League Soccer came to terms with the players’ union on a modified Collective Bargaining Agreement that cleared the way for returning to play in 2020. The games would be the first since the league put a halt on its 25th season on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic with the 26 teams having played just two games apiece.
Despite that agreement, the league has yet to officially unveil its exact plan nor what the season might look like after. There have, however, been many reports surrounding those plans. While there are still a lot of unknowns, there’s at least enough out there that we have a good idea of what this season might look like. (Update: MLS made it official on June 10.)
What is the plan?
Keeping in mind that this has not been for... Read More