Palat scores late, Tampa forces Game 6

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DENVER (AP) The Stanley Cup was in the building and just waiting to be paraded around the ice.

Pack it up. It's heading back to Florida.

The resilient Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado's party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5.

Hornets bringing back Clifford as coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Steve Clifford is heading back to Charlotte.

Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the NBA's Hornets four years after being fired by team owner Michael Jordan, the team announced Friday night. (MORE)

Judge, Yankees avoid arb., agree to $19M

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge arrived at the players' association office in Manhattan for his salary arbitration hearing, set for noon Friday.

"I don't know who picked that, but kind of bad timing," he said. "We were logged in, ready to go. All dressed up." (MORE)

Astros end Yankees' 15-game home streak

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Verlander was amped up, throwing nine of his 20 fastest pitches this season.

"Maybe it was the adrenaline," he said. (MORE)

Freeman helps Dodgers win in ATL return

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman was smiling after his long, emotional day.

At the end of a night that included a lot of tears, Freeman was happy because he felt good about showing his appreciation to Atlanta fans - and playing well for his new Los Angeles team. (MORE)

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