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Outside the Western gates

By Aron Yeomanson
Gazette Staff

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NO BUCKET? THAT’S OLD SCHOOL HOCKEY. Jarome Iginla’s rough and tough hockey play has helped lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Since most of our beloved readers are too engaged in either their summer studies or debauchery to keep up on the latest in the wonderful world of sports, The Gazette thought it would be a swell idea to keep everyone informed. Here are the highlights of the past week:

The 2004 Stanley Cup Final is ready and set to go, and pits the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Calgary Flames. Who’d have thunk it? The Flames earned their spot with a six game victory over San Jose, while it took the Lightning seven games to knock off Philadelphia in the Eastern final.

Calgary’s appearance marks the first time a Canadian squad has earned a spot in the final since Vancouver lost to New York in 1994. Unlike past seasons, this year’s battle for hockey’s Holy Grail promises to be fast and furious as both teams employ the same run-and-gun brand of take-no-prisoners hockey. The best-of-seven series got underway in Tampa on Tuesday night. Go Flames go!

As predictable as ever, the National Basketball Association’s version of the final four is underway with the number-one seeded Minnesota Timberwolves taking on the number-two seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Final. The Eastern Conference Final features the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, ranked number one and two respectively.

In junior hockey, the hosting Kelowna Rockets were crowned as the Mastercard Memorial Cup Champions on Sunday after defeating the Gatineau Olympiques by a score of 2-1 in the exciting Canadian Hockey League final. Rockets’ goaltender and Ottawa Senators’ draft pick Kelly Guard was named the tournament MVP. The John Labatt Centre and the London Knights will host next year’s tournament.

In tennis, the French Open got underway this week in Paris. On Monday, Andre Agassi lost his first round match to French qualifier Jerome Haehnel who is ranked number 271 in the world and was playing in his first tour event. The last time Agassi was upset in the first round of a Grand Slam was at the 1999 French Open, when he was defeated by Marat Safin. At the time, Safin was also playing as a qualifier.

In Major League Baseball news, the Toronto Blue Jays are still horrible. Through Sunday they were a dismal 17-27. Elsewhere, Tom Glavine of the New York Mets came within four outs of a no-hitter on Sunday versus the Colorado Rockies, just days after the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Randy Johnson became the oldest pitcher in MLB history to toss a perfect game at the ripe old age of 40.



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