This is ESPN The Magazine's 2011 Franchise Rankings entry for the Dallas Stars.
Paul Pierce scored five of his 20 points in overtime as the Washington Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 93-86 on Saturday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.
For the second straight year, Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri swore during a fan rally prior to the team's postseason opener.
Injured defenseman Shea Weber won't travel with the Nashville Predators for Games 3 and 4 in Chicago in their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Blackhawks.
While LeBron James finds himself on a new team on the eve of the Cavaliers' playoff opener against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, his past playoff experiences are on his mind.
Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino's Wet Republic pool complex.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic overcame a strong challenge from Rafael Nadal to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-3, 6-3 win Saturday.
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Mel Kiper Jr. plays GM for all 32 NFL teams, making his optimal picks for the first three rounds of the 2015 NFL draft -- 99 picks in total.
Ubaldo Jimenez was tossed Friday for hitting Pablo Sandoval in the right shoulder with a pitch, an ejection that Baltimore manager Buck Showalter later called "professionally embarrassing."
The Raptors caught fire in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but the Wizards proved too much in a 93-86 victory.
At this week's NBA Board of Governors meetings in New York, teams were advised that the league's salary cap could rise past the $100 million mark as soon as the 2017-18 season, sources said.
Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Josh Hamilton this week for the first time in months, and he said he isn't sure when the star will return to the team.
Cavaliers coach David Blatt does not want to put too much responsibility on LeBron James' shoulders in the playoffs.
Former Lakers and Bucks star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recovering after undergoing quadruple coronary bypass surgery.
Nike has likely assured itself of the top overall pick in the NFL draft, adding Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Melvin Gordon and Amari Cooper to its stable of endorsers.
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Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was released from a rehab treatment facility last week, apologized Friday to the Browns organization and fans for letting them down.
Little-known Troy Merritt one-upped Masters champion Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage, shooting a 61 to take the lead. Spieth surged into contention with a 62 earlier Friday.
Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons plans to play in Saturday night's series opener against the Houston Rockets after missing the final six games of the regular season due to a sore right knee.
Dallas police have suspended an investigation into an alleged aggravated assault incident that involved Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.