Game 7

The San Francisco Giants celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

New Dynasty: Bochy, Giants Capture 3rd Title In 5 Years

In a remarkable every-other-year pattern, San Francisco somehow finds its best form in even years. With new faces and old ones, with castoffs and misfits and some key midseason acquisitions.

10/30/2014

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy celebrates with Madison Bumgarner after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to win Game 7 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Giants Ace Madison Bumgarner Wins World Series MVP

While sealing Game 7, Bumgarner boosted his World Series stats to numbers never seen before: 4-0 with a save and an 0.25 ERA, along with three championship rings.

10/30/2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Brandon Belt #9 celebrates with Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Bumgarner, Giants Edge Royals To Win World Series In 7 Games

Madison Bumgarner pitched five innings of near-perfect relief and the San Francisco Giants held off the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Wednesday night.

10/30/2014

Omar Infante of the Kansas City Royals slides into home to score in the fifth inning against San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey during Game 6 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 28, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

World Series: Royals, Giants Headed To Winner-Take-All Game 7

Recent history favors Kansas City. Home teams have won nine straight Game 7s in the Series since Pittsburgh’s victory at Baltimore in 1979.

10/29/2014

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 01:  The Los Angeles Kings celebrate defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 5 to 4 in overtime in Game Seven to win the Western Conference Final in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at United Center on June 1, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Justin Heiman/Getty Images)

Martinez Nets Overtime Goal To Give Kings Edge Over Blackhawks In Game 7

Alec Martinez scored at 5:47 of overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Chicago Blackhawks.

06/02/2014

Henrik Lundqvist defends the net against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rangers Ride Red-Hot Henrik Lundqvist To Conference Finals

The horn sounded and Lundqvist lifted his arms in a mixture of joy and exhaustion. Hey, nobody said carrying a team back from the brink was going to be easy, even for the goaltender his Rangers teammates call “King.”

05/14/2014

Benoit Pouliot #67 of the New York Rangers attempts to steal the puck away from Kris Letang #58 of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second period in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 13, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rangers Cap Comeback, Top Penguins 2-1 In Game 7

Henrik Lundqvist set an NHL record with his fifth straight Game 7 victory, making 35 saves to lift the New York Rangers to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night and earn a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

05/14/2014

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 9:  Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins attempts to screen goaltender Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers as Lundqvist makes a save in the third period in Game Five of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 9, 2014 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. New York defeated Pittsburgh 5-1.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Rangers Top Penguins 3-1, Force Game 7

Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin scored 2:51 apart in the first period, and Henrik Lundqvist made 36 saves and the New York Rangers avoided elimination again with a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night.

05/12/2014

Mirza Teletovic #33 of the Brooklyn Nets goes up for the shot against the Toronto Raptors during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Barclays Center on May 2, 2014 .(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Nets Beat Raptors 97-83 To Force Game 7

Deron Williams scored 23 points, shaking off a second-half injury, and the Brooklyn Nets forced a seventh game in their first-round series by beating the Toronto Raptors 97-83 on Friday night.

05/02/2014

Henrik Lundqvist the New York Rangers after giving up his fourth goal against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

We Lost, Let’s Move On: Rangers Quickly Shift Focus To Do-Or-Die Game 7

As they trailed in the series, the Flyers always believed they’d return to New York. Even on short rest, they’re ready for one more comeback. It’s up to the Rangers to make sure that doesn’t happen.

04/30/2014

Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers is tripped up by Benoit Pouliot #67 of the New York Rangers during the second period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on April 29, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Flyers Beat Rangers 5-2, Force Game 7

Wayne Simmonds scored three goals and Steve Mason stopped 34 shots to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night, forcing a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference playoff series.

04/29/2014

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Want To Go If Stanley Cup Reaches Game 7? Got $300K?

What would a ticket to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final be worth? You might need to remortgage your house if you want to get in to see the Blackhawks play the Bruins at the United Center, should the series go that far.

06/24/2013

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Spoelstra Overcomes It All To Become A Champ Again

He’s never won NBA Coach of the Year, but Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has had the last laugh as the leader of the back-to-back champions.

06/21/2013

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Role Players Swing Game For Heat

Coming into the deciding Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals, everyone knew what to expect from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, but it was the role players who would help swing the game for the Heat.

06/21/2013

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Wade Etches Name Into NBA History

The Miami Heat are NBA Champions for the third time in seven years and the one constant through all of that time has been superstar guard Dwyane Wade.

06/21/2013

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