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Champagne remains on ice as Colorado returns to Tampa for Game 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Stanley Cup Final returns to Tampa for Game 6 Sunday after the Colorado Avalanche failed to close out the two-time defending champion Lightning Friday night in Denver.

The Avalanche never led in their 3-2 loss that sent the series back to Amalie Arena with Colorado holding a three games-to-two edge in the best-of-seven series. The Avs know the immense challenge they have in front of them against a desperate opponent that has more experience this deep into the playoffs.

The odds are still against the Lightning winning a third consecutive crown. No team since the 1942 Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup after losing three of the first four games in the final.

The status of a couple of key players remains uncertain for Game 6. Colorado coach Jared Bednar says there’s a chance Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky could return Sunday night. Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point figures to be a game-time decision.


Astros activate rookie Peña, option McCormick; Alvarez sits

NEW YORK (AP) — The Houston Astros have activated rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña from the injured list and optioned outfielder Chas McCormick to Triple-A Sugar Land.

Star slugger Yordan Alvarez is out of the lineup Sunday with an ongoing hand issue as Houston tried to win its four-game series against the major league-leading New York Yankees. Alvarez hurt the hand on a swing July 18, sat out a game against the White Sox a day later and has played every day since. Manager Dusty Baker says Alvarez’s hand is still sore, and the 24-year-old may need regular rest.

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