The Timberwolves-Nuggets series opener shows Minnesota is built to stop Jokić

DENVER — The silence was surreal. One by one, just seconds after young Anthony Edwards and his mighty Minnesota Timberwolves completed their 106-99 victory over Denver in Game 1 of the West Semifinals on Saturday night, the stunned Nuggets left the Ball Arena floor with barely any sound between them. Michael Porter Jr. was the … Read more

Trea Turner will miss at least six weeks, testing the Phillies’ depth without their most dynamic player

PHILADELPHIA – Trea Turner knew it. He acknowledged that he had done a good job of fooling everyone at the time, but thirty minutes into a Philadelphia Phillies win that cost Turner at least six weeks, it was harder to conceal his concern. Rob Thomson found Turner in the Phillies clubhouse and put his hand … Read more

Leafs’ latest playoff exit makes it clear: the time is ripe for the Shana Plan

BOSTON – When Brendan Shanahan took over the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey operations a decade ago, he felt he had to eliminate the organization’s tendency to take “shortcuts.” The Leafs he inherited were known for chasing trends rather than trying to establish them. Because they constantly changed course when the wind blew them in a … Read more