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NHL Legend Stan Mikita Dead At 78

8/7/2018 1:24 PM PDT
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Stan Mikita -- a Chicago Blackhawks legend and one of hockey's all-time greats -- passed away Tuesday, his family confirmed.

"With great sorrow, the Mikita family announces that Stan passed away," Stan's loved ones said in a statement.

"He was surrounded by his loving family whom he fiercely loved."

The NHL Hall of Famer -- who was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia in 2015 -- is considered one of the 100 best hockey players that's ever lived ... playing his entire 22-year career with the Blackhawks.

Mikita also had a big pop culture moment back in the '90s -- "Stan Mikita's Donuts" was the main coffee shop in "Wayne's World" where Wayne and Garth hung out.

Despite retiring after the 1979-80 season, Mikita is still Chicago's all-time leader in points (1,467) and games played (1,396). He's also a huge reason the team hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1961.

"There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan's passing," Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said.

"He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey, and to all of Chicago."

Stan was 78. RIP.

NHL's Austin Watson Convicted In Domestic Violence Case

7/24/2018 10:25 AM PDT
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Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson just got a slap on the wrist in his domestic violence case -- after admitting to roughing up his baby mama at a Tennessee gas station. 

As we previously reported, the 26-year-old -- who was a first-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft -- was arrested on June 16 after admitting that he pushed his girlfriend during a heated argument. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Watson told police that he and his GF were arguing about her drinking and not being able to attend a wedding when things got physical. 

Watson admitted to pushing the woman and cops found red marks on her chest. 

Watson was arrested for misdemeanor domestic assault and was facing 12 months in jail. 

But, Watson appeared in court on Tuesday and cut a deal with prosecutors in which he pled no contest to the charge ... and in exchange got probation. 

He was also ordered to complete a 26-week battery intervention program. If he violates probation, the judge can throw Watson behind bars for up to a year. 

If he completes the program and keeps his nose clean, the conviction will be expunged from his record. 

Watson scored 14 goals and logged five assists in 76 games for the Preds last season.

The NHL and the Predators have said they were reviewing the matter. Unclear if they will impose a punishment as well. 

If Watson was an NFL player, the league would impose a 6-game suspension without pay for a 1st time domestic violence offense. 

2018 ESPY Awards Drama, Jokes and Danica Hosts ... Go Behind the Scenes!!!

7/18/2018 7:39 PM PDT

The 26th annual ESPYs brought the feels early with an intense recap of the year's most exciting and touching sports moments ... then Danica Patrick lightened the mood.

Danica -- the show's first ever female host -- came out hard with jokes ... about Cleveland sports, J.R. Smith's Finals blunder, LeBron's hair, Ben Simmons joining the Kardashians -- and even the National Anthem controversy.

As you can see, some went over better than others.

Then it was on to the awards, with Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell kicking things off with an ESPY win for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Other winners included the U.S. Women's Hockey Team for Best Game, Baker Mayfield for Best College Athlete, and Nick Foles for Best Championship Performance.

Chloe Kim took home the ESPY for Best Female Athlete, Alex Ovechkin nabbed Best Male ... and the Houston Astros won Best Team.

The evening also included powerful tributes to Bills QB legend Jim Kelly, who received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, Best Coach going to the 3 coaches killed in the Parkland shooting ... and the sister survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar being honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Check out the pics for a behind-the-scenes look at more of the ESPYs excitement.

Golden Knights Star Vegas Advice for Raiders ... Trust Me!!!

7/18/2018 4:16 PM PDT

The Golden Knights have proven ... just because you play in Vegas doesn't mean you'll be consumed by hookers and blow! 

In fact, the Knights did damn well in 2018 (with really no major off-the-ice issues) ... so, when we saw star defenseman Nate Schmidt at the ESPYs, we asked if he had any essential advice for the Raiders. 

Of course, the Silver and Black are moving to Sin City in the near future -- and even team owner Mark Davis knows there's potential for trouble there. 

But Schmidt has some pearls of wisdom ... and says the NFL squad is gonna love playing and living in one of the best cities in the world. 

Ex-NHL Goalie Ray Emery Dead at 35 ... From Apparent Drowning

7/15/2018 2:25 PM PDT

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery died this weekend from an apparent drowning. 

Emery was reportedly swimming Sunday at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club in Ontario, where police say his body was discovered after an early morning swim near the docks. They say he failed to emerge after diving in with a friend ... and resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The NHL Alumni Association tweeted about Emery's death shortly after the news broke, offering condolences to his friends and family. 

Emery played in the NHL from 2003 to 2015, serving as a goaltender for the Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks. He brought the Senators to the Stanley Cup finals in '07 and eventually won the title with the Blackhawks in 2013. 

He was arrested last year for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend with a weapon in 2016. The alleged victim, BET host Keshia Chante, claimed he'd abused her several times that year. 

Emery was 35. 

Wayne Gretzky NHL Rookie Jersey Hits Auction Block ... Could Fetch $400k

7/6/2018 10:58 AM PDT
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Wanna own a piece of Wayne Gretzky hockey history?! Hope you got $400,000 laying around ... 

A game-worn jersey from Wayne's insane record-setting 1979-80 season is hitting the auction block and experts believe the bidding could hit the $400k range. 

Remember, Wayne LIT UP the NHL during his first year in the NHL -- scoring 51 goals, leading all 1st-year NHL players in points and assists ... and winning league MVP. 

Dude was unreal. 

Now, Goldin Auctions has an authentic autographed game-worn uni from that legendary season ... and it's hitting the auction block with a starting price of $125,000. 

Of course, Gretzky went on to be the greatest hockey player that ever lived ... his 894 career goals are nearly 100 more than second place on the all-time list!!

Goldin tells TMZ Sports ... they were able to authenticate the jersey, in part, by using photos to match up markings, tears, and other imperfections on the item. 

Bidding ends August 2 ... good luck! 

Washington Capitals Staffer Brings Stanley Cup To Capital Gazette Office

7/3/2018 3:55 PM PDT
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Several survivors of the Capital Gazette shooting got to spend some time with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday ... thanks to the Washington Capitals equipment manager. 

The story is heartbreaking ... Capitals staffer Craig Leydig had just finished a phone interview with the newspaper on June 28 -- and, minutes later, a gunman stormed the place and opened fire, killing 5 people

Leydig -- an Annapolis resident -- was devastated and wanted to do something to help. 

Since every Washington Capitals player and staffer gets a day with the Cup, Leydig decided to use his 24 hours to bring Lord Stanley's hardware to the Gazette's temporary office to help cheer up the staff. 

The staff got to spend roughly 45 minutes with the trophy -- and Gazette reporter Rick Hutzell says it's something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

"We want to thank Craig for coming in with the Stanley Cup. It was clearly a big morale boost for everyone, particularly the hockey fans in the newsroom."

"The number of selfies that came out of this was huge and will be treasured forever."

Paulina Gretzky 4th of July Bikini Party ... All Fireworks

7/3/2018 8:16 AM PDT
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Paulina Gretzky is winning ... again. 

The 29-year-old is in the Bahamas with her golf star husband, Dustin Johnson ... but, all eyes are on her. 

Wayne Gretzky's smokin' hot daughter is busting out of the tiny bikinis and showing off her physique ... and good lord. 

Happy 4th, everyone!

NSH Predators' Austin Watson Arrested at Gas Station ... Domestic Violence

6/20/2018 7:28 AM PDT
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Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault at a gas station in Tennessee ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The Franklin Police Dept. tells us ... 26-year-old Watson -- a 1st-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft -- was arrested on Saturday at 7:20 PM outside of a Shell gas station. 

Officials say Watson was charged with domestic assault. He is free on a $4,500 bond and due in court next week. 

Details surrounding the incident are unclear -- but the Predators have already issued a statement saying, "We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement."

"The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND in the fight to end violence against women."

Watson is a pretty solid player for the Preds -- he scored 14 goals in 76 games during the 2017-18 season. 

Washington Capitals Coach Barry Trotz Resigns ... After Stanley Cup Win

6/18/2018 12:16 PM PDT
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Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has RESIGNED -- less than 2 weeks after he led his team to a Stanley Cup trophy. 

The 55-year-old made the shocking announcement moments ago, saying, "After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals."

"When I came to Washington four years ago, we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation's capital."

"We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans."

Trotz and the Caps had reportedly tried to negotiate a new deal that would pay him significantly more money -- but the negotiations clearly fell through. 

And now the fun begins for Trotz, who will be courted by a TON of teams looking for a winner. 

Capitals Star Brooks Orpik Finger Decapitated During Stanley Cup Finals!!

6/14/2018 9:51 AM PDT
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It's incredible Brooks Orpik was able to hold the Stanley Cup ... let alone play hockey -- 'cause the Washington Capitals defenseman straight-up said his finger FELL OFF during the Cup Finals!!

The Caps star told reporters this week that, after getting slashed at the end of Game 2 against the Las Vegas Golden Knights ... the top of his pinkie was no longer a part of his hand.

"It kinda fell off," he said.

The crazy part of the story?? The dude who basically chopped off Brooks' finger with his stick only got a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct for it.

The crazier part of the story?? Orpik didn't miss a minute of action after trainers stitched it back together.

The craziest part of the story?? Brooks says the hand injury he suffered in a previous series against the Blue Jackets will cause him more long-term problems than losing part of his finger!!

Hockey, man.

Alex Ovechkin Drops F-Bomb 'We're Not Going Be F'n Suck,' We're Champs!!

6/12/2018 7:59 AM PDT

Alex Ovechkin let his emotions take over while addressing the massive crowd at the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup victory rally on Tuesday ... and it was AWESOME!!

It was a party 26 years in the making -- the Caps' Stanley Cup victory is the first sports championship in D.C. in nearly 3 decades --- and the players didn't disappoint. 

When Ovi got his chance to talk to the fans, he reminded them of his now-famous quote from the beginning of the season, when he promised, "We're not going to be suck this year."

A.O. addressed his prediction today, yelling "We're not going be f**kin' suck this year, we're Stanley Cup Champions!!"

T.J. Oshie added to the fun by pulling his sweater over his head and chugging a beer. And yes, the fans absolutely loved it.

It's the Caps' first 'ship in franchise history ... but man, do they celebrate like they've done it before.

Alexander Ovechkin One Night Stand with Stanley Cup ... Makes his Wife Watch

6/10/2018 10:41 AM PDT

Alexander Ovechkin wishes he knew how to quit Lord Stanley can't quit -- but he just can't, and now his wife knows it, too.

The Washington Capitals superstar took the Stanley Cup to bed with him, 2 nights after his team secured the trophy. Ovechkin's wife, Anastasia Shubskaya, shot video of her husband cozying up to his new love ... just days after Anastasia and Alex announced she's expecting their first kid.

Let's hope Alex used protection with Stanley, who, as we've learned over the years ... definitely gets around.

The couple -- Alex and the Cup, that is -- had a very busy Saturday around the DC area. 

They were at the Washington Nationals game, where Ovechkin threw out the first pitch, and then later he was seen doing modified keg stands ... drinking beer out of the Cup.

So, yeah ... good luck separating these two.

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