CCS basketball: Mitty rallying behind Nicole Blakes

The Archbishop Mitty girls basketball team has had everything go right to this point, finishing the regular season undefeated while winning in incredibly dominant fashion. But the Monarchs got some bad news on the eve of their playoff opener Friday night. An MRI exam revealed that senior Nicole Blakes, a first-team all-league performer bound for the University of San Diego, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the final game of the regular season last weekend. The Monarchs are now rallying behind their fallen teammate as they began the Central Coast Section Open Division playoffs with a 70-26 victory over St. Francis at Christopher High in Gilroy. With Blakes watching… Read More

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CCS basketball: Palo Alto makes history, Mitty in top form

SUNNYVALE — Do you believe in miracles? OK, it’s not quite USA vs. the Soviets in men’s hockey back in 1980, or even USA vs. Canada in women’s hockey earlier this week. But for the first time the Central Coast Section playoffs expanded into an Open Division in 2013, a public school reached the boys basketball semifinals. “If feels great,” Palo Alto senior Jared Wulbrun said. “We came into this game thinking, ‘No one’s ever done it, why not us?’ ” Third-seeded Paly didn’t even have to sweat it out after taking command in the fourth quarter of a 75-60 triumph over No. 6 St. Ignatius on Friday night at… Read More

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Canucks’ inconsistency the perfect tonic for Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS – As he sat in the dressing room Friday morning, thrilled to be getting ready for his first National Hockey League game, Philip Holm marvelled at his situation. “I never thought I’d be playing an NHL game in Las Vegas,” he said. That night, the rest of the Vancouver Canucks looked like they could scarcely believe it, either. They were good enough in the first period to beat the miraculous Vegas Golden Knights, but didn’t look good enough in the second to beat anybody and lost 6-3 to the record-setting expansion team. The Knights moved into first place overall in the NHL. There is bling everywhere in Vegas… Read More

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Karlsson scores twice as Golden Knights beat Canucks

LAS VEGAS — William Karlsson scored two goals and Reilly Smith had three assists to lead the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. Tomas Hyka, Jonathan Marchessault, Tomas Nosek and David Perron also scored for the Golden Knights. Vegas, which has won five of its past six games, improved to 16-2-1 against Pacific Division teams. Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury, who is four wins shy of becoming the 13th goalie in NHL history to register 400 career wins, stopped 30 shots. Vancouver, which dropped to 3-7-1 in February, is 5-11-1 against intradivision foes. The Canucks got goals from Sven Baertschi, Thomas Vanek and Daniel… Read More

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CCS basketball playoffs: Friday’s scores; updated schedule

CENTRAL COAST SECTION BOYS Open Division Friday’s quarterfinalsNo. 3 Palo Alto 75, No. 6 St. Ignatius 60 No. 7 Archbishop Mitty 80, No. 2 Menlo 58 No. 4 St. Francis 53, No. 5 Sequoia 39 No. 1 Bellarmine 56, No. 8 Serra 37 Tuesday’s semifinals at TBA No. 3 Palo Alto (23-2) vs. No. 7 Archbishop Mitty (10-15) No. 4 St. Francis (19-6) vs. No. 1 Bellarmine (22-3) Division I Tuesday’s first round No. 11 Carlmont 59, Milpitas 50 No. 10 Evergreen Valley 73, Alvarez 56 No. 12 Independence 75, North Salinas 55 No. 9 Santa Clara 48, Silver Creek 44 Thursday’s second round No. 6 Los Altos 63, No.… Read More

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Complex Brassard trade shows Senators are a motivated seller

No one can accuse the Ottawa Senators of being unable to complete complex transactions. If we learned anything during Friday’s drawn-out three-way deal with Pittsburgh and Vegas, it’s that the salary cap hurdles aren’t too much for Senators general manager Pierre Dorion to handle at a time when he’s a motivated seller. It took some perseverance. The NHL rejected at least one attempt to register the multi-faceted trade before the parties finally sorted out a transaction that grew to include four separate deals. The end result saw Ottawa ship Derick Brassard to Pittsburgh for futures: A 2018 first-round pick and goaltending prospect Filip Gustavsson. The Senators also received defenceman Ian… Read More

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