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‘Black Aces’ in bubble have toughest job in NHL playoffs

When Joel Kiviranta capped a hat trick by scoring the series-clinching goal in overtime in his playoff debut in the second round, the young Finn had one real desire. ”I hope I get more games,” Kiviranta said. Kiviranta hasn’t come out of the Dallas Stars lineup since, and he’s emblematic of the impact a player can have in the fight for the Stanley Cup after playing but not practicing for weeks on end.

Holding on for 3-0

There were a lot of firsts for UTSA against Middle Tennessee on Friday night. There was the first action of the season for Zakhari Franklin. Josh Adkins stepped in for his first action in the second quarter after Frank Harris went down with an injury.

Astros clinch final AL playoff spot despite loss to Rangers

Ryan Pressly had no interest in waiting to see if the Astros would get the help they needed to clinch the last spot in the expanded American League playoffs after the Houston reliever couldn’t finish it himself when he was a strike away. The Los Angeles Dodgers pitched in anyway by beating the Angels to give Houston a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the postseason, and a shot at redemption after the offseason sign-stealing scandal that tarnished a 2017 World Series championship. Joey Gallo’s run-scoring fielder’s choice in the 10th inning completed a 5-4 victory for Texas as the Rangers rallied from a run down in each of the last two innings Friday night, starting with Ronald Guzman’s two-out, two-strike solo homer off Pressly in the ninth.

Padres optimistic on Lamet’s injury, split DH with Giants

The San Diego Padres are still very much counting on a healthy Dinelson Lamet making his playoff start next week. The big right-hander gave them a scare when he reported biceps tightness and made an early exit Friday night – but, for now, Lamet will throw in a couple of days with expectations of pitching Wednesday at Petco Park in San Diego’s first postseason berth in 14 years. ”Everybody is pretty optimistic right now,” manager Jayce Tingler said.