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Most troubling sign for Rangers

The Rangers can lament lost overtime opportunities all they like. Their downfall through Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final has been their defense, not their offense. Still, despite their inconsistent puck management and selective discipline from the neutral zone back, the Blueshirts should have landed at Westchester County Airport on Sunday afternoon with at least a split heading into Game 3 on Monday night at the Garden. Instead, they trail two games to none, and Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is the reason why. ... What is startling is that the Rangers are losing games by surrendering backbreaking goals. While most of L.A.'s scores have been due to defensive breakdowns rather than a [Henrik Lundqvist] mistake, the Rangers will not win this series if Quick is outplaying Lundqvist late in games. (New York Daily News) Comment

Knicks getting serious with Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom is headed east, where it appears he'll be working out not far from where he was born in Queens. [Odom] is expected to join the Knicks at their practice facility by the end of the month, according to a source with knowledge of the veteran forward's plans. Odom has been in Los Angeles working out and undergoing physical therapy to strengthen his back, the source said. ... The Knicks signed Odom on the final day of the regular season as Jackson's first personnel move. According to a league source, Odom's deal contains an unguaranteed option for next season. It will be up to the Knicks to exercise the option. This gives the team an opportunity to work Odom out and determine his fitness before committing to him for the 2014-15 season. (ESPN New York) Comment

DeSean Jackson claims agent Rosenhaus bribed him

When it comes to the super-agent who once represented him, these are strange days for DeSean Jackson. According to TMZ, who obtained legal documents in a financial dispute between [Jackson] and his former agent Drew Rosenhaus, Jackson says he accepted a large bribe to sign with Rosenhaus back in 2009. Jeff McLane of the Inquirer had reported in April that an arbitrator ruled that Jackson owes Rosenhaus $516,415 in loans and fees. Jackson's argument seems to be that the money he received from Rosenhaus was not a loan. Rather, it was more like a bribe offered by Rosenhaus to get Jackson to hire him as his agent for his next contract negotiation. ... [Part] of the money he received from Drew came IN CASH -- stuffed inside a Louis Vuitton bag he received just after midnight on Nov. 10, 2009. ( Comment

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TCU's Jerrick Suiter goes airborne to try to evade Pepperdine catcher Aaron Barnett. The acrobatic effort was in vain, as Barnett still got the tag for the out. (Richard W. Rodriguez/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

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For the second time this weekend, Manny Machado caused the A's and Orioles benches to clear as the third baseman flung his bat, seemingly intentionally, following an inside pitch from Fernando Abad.

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SI Vault: More Secretariat
  • 1914 -- 40-year-old Honus Wagner becomes the second player in baseball history to record 3,000 hits.
  • 1946 -- Ted Williams crushes a home run an estimated 530 feet, striking a fan in the 37th row of the right field bleachers at Fenway Park. The seat was later painted red to mark the famous blast.
  • 1973 -- Secretariat wins the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths to claim the first Triple Crown in 25 years.
  • 2008 -- Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the sixth member of the 600 home run club with a 413-foot shot off Mark Hendrickson.

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