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Tampa Bay is no stranger to Game 7’s in Eastern Conference finals

“The following spring, it lost out on a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals again when it lost in Game 7 of the conference finals at Pittsburgh” writes Roman Stubbs Covers for washingtonpost.com. The outcome felt much like those two Game 6 losses in the conference finals against New York and Pittsburgh in consecutive years, which led to different outcomes in Game 7. Source: washingtonpost.com Share This:

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LeBron James and Tyronn Lue reportedly didn’t want to do the Kyrie Irving trade that has turned into a disaster for the Cavs

“The further away we get, the more the Irving trade looks like a watershed moment for the Eastern Conference” writes Scott Davis for businessinsider.com. On Tuesday, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that James and Tyronn Lue, the Cavs’ head coach, were against trading Irving when he asked for a trade.Joe Vardon reported earlier this year that Irving had threatened to get knee surgery this season if the Cavs didn’t trade him. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Lightning vs. Capitals: Live score, updates from Game 5 of Eastern…

“The Lightning power play was ranked third in the NHL during the regular season at 23.9 percent” reports sportingnews.com. But the Lightning power play has struck in each game in this series, and in each of Tampa’s past nine postseason contests.Against the Capitals, the Tampa power play is 6-for-14, or over 42 percent. Source: sportingnews.com Share This:

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Dow’s 8-session win streak in jeopardy as U.S. stock futures dip

“Read: Why making money in the stock market just got a lot more difficult The stock market seems to have turned a corner this month, overcoming concerns about inflation, rising rates, trade fights and geopolitical tensions” writes Markets Writer for marketwatch.com. U.S. stock futures edged lower Tuesday, indicating the Dow could struggle to stretch its eight-session winning streak into another day.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures YMM8, -0.38% slipped by 41 points, or 0.2%, to 24,845, while S&P 500 futures ESM8, -0.30% eased 2.90 points, or 0.1%, to 2,728.Dow component Home…

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Dollar rises a second day as trade talks, retail data take center stage

“The dollar headed higher as trade talks between the U.S. and China continued” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. The dollar continued to rise on Tuesday, boosted by hopes a trade war between the U.S. and China can be averted and as traders looked ahead to a report on retail sales.Eastern, traders are slated to get a May figure for a housing-market index, as well as March data on business inventories. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Dollar builds on its run to four-month highs

“Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin, in his first public speech since getting that job, said Monday that he wants interest rates to go higher since the economy is growing strong with low unemployment” writes Markets Writer for marketwatch.com. The dollar gained Tuesday against rival currencies, as traders parsed a hawkish Federal Reserve official’s maiden speech and waited for President Donald Trump’s decision on a nuclear deal with Iran. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Gold claws up from 2-month low after Fed largely sticks to script

“Total gold investment demand fell to 973 metric tons in the first quarter, down 7% from 1,047 metric tons in the first quarter of 2017, the WGC reported” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. The decline came as total investment demand dropped 27% to 287 metric tons from the same time a year earlier.The index on Wednesday rose 0.1% and hit its highest level since late December during the session. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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‘I lived alongside death and didn’t die’: a Syrian frontline breathes again

“JOBAR, SYRIA (Reuters) – Muhammad al-Masri spent the Syrian war in a house the 75-year-old described as being on the frontline with death” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In his partly roofless, cobweb-filled house on a government frontline with the formerly rebel-held eastern Ghouta district of Jobar, al-Masri stayed put through years of conflict.Al-Masri’s house was the last inhabited position in his neighborhood before a bank of earth marked Damascus’s frontline with Jobar.But since the fighting ended three weeks ago, a trickle of life has returned to the war-ravaged,…

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German neo-Nazis mass for festival on Hitler’s birthday…

“Sascha Elser, spokeswoman of the counter-protest “Rechts Rockt Nicht”, said that, ironically, Polish extremists are expected to flock to the festival, where she said German and eastern European neo-Nazis hope to “strengthen relations”” writes Frank Zeller for yahoo.com. Organisers say they expect some 800 guests at the festival in Ostritz, population 2,300, in a remote region of the ex-communist eastern state of Saxony (AFP Photo/Pawel Sosnowski) Berlin (AFP) – Hundreds of neo-Nazis were expected to congregate Friday, which marks Adolf Hitler’s birthday, for a two-day festival in a small eastern…

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Greek PM: Greek-Turkish relations in period of “instability”

“On Monday, Ankara accused Athens of a provocation after a Greek flag was hoisted on an uninhabited islet in the eastern Aegean” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Speaking from the small eastern Aegean island of Kastelorizo, which he visited to inaugurate a desalination plant, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he had a “message of cooperation” for Greece’s eastern neighbor, but also “a message of determination.” Greece and Turkey have seen relations deteriorate in recent weeks over disputed boundaries in the Aegean Sea and disputed oil-and-gas drilling rights off the…

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