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Ferrer ends qualifier's run to win Paris Masters

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Ferrer ends qualifier's run to win Paris Masters

PARIS (AP) David Ferrer ended the amazing run of Polish qualifier Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-3 at the Paris Masters on Sunday, clinching his first Masters title and winning a tour-leading seventh trophy of the season.

The 69th-ranked Janowicz eliminated five top-20 ranked players, including No. 3 Andy Murray, to reach the final. Ferrer's seven titles is one more than Roger Federer, who did not defend his title in Paris.

``I was very nervous because it was my chance to win a first Masters title, but somehow I knew it was my turn,'' Ferrer said. ``To me this is a dream to win here. If I won, it's because I have a great team.''

The fourth-seeded Spaniard lost his three previous Masters finals - twice to Rafael Nadal and once to Murray. This time he didn't have a Grand Slam winner in front of him and never looked in real danger, although he did lose his serve early in the second set.

In the fourth game of the match, the entertaining Janowicz hit a booming serve of 150 mph and drew cheers from the crowd at the Bercy arena when he followed up a drop shot with a spectacular volley winner.

In the second set, Ferrer saved two break points and broke Janowicz again to take control of the match at 4-2.

Ferrer collapsed to the court and held his head in his hands after securing victory on his first match point when Janowicz's two-handed backhand was wide.

``Again, I slept only four hours last night. I'm not a machine. I'm proud of myself,'' Janowicz said. ``This has been an incredible week. I would like to thank my family, my fans here and all my supporters back home.''

Janowicz had previously reached only one career quarterfinal, which came last month in Moscow. He's projected to improve to 26th in the rankings.

Janowicz played in his first final and tried to become the first qualifier to win a Masters title since Albert Portas in 2001. The last qualifier to reach the final in Paris was Radek Stepanek in 2004.

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Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

Stanley Cup Final 2018: Who could win the Conn Smythe Trophy?

The Stanley Cup is not the only trophy that will be awarded at the end of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The Conn Smythe will also be given to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the playoffs.

Who will that player be?

It's not hard to figure out who the frontrunner is right now. Marc-Andre Fleury hasn't just been the best goalie in the playoffs, he's been the best player with a dominant postseason in which he has posted a .947 save percentage and four shutouts. He has been so dominant, he could win it even if Vegas loses the series.

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

The last player from the losing team to win the Conn Smythe was Jean-Sebastian Giguere from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2003.

But what about the Caps?

Alex Ovechkin is the leader of Washington and has been absolutely dominant throughout the postseason. He even scored the series-clinching goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Surprisingly, however, Ovechkin does not lead the team in points through the playoffs. Evgeny Kuznetsov holds that edge with 24 points to Ovechkin's 22.

Will their offensive dominance propel them to win the Cup and the Conn Smythe? Will a different player emerge as the hero of the series?

See the top contenders for the Conn Smythe heading into the Stanley Cup Final here.

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

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Las Vegas changes iconic welcome sign to include no capital letters

The Washington Capitals official #ALLCAPS hashtag started in 2017 during a Caps-Penguins game after the Pittsburgh Penguins' official Twitter account decided to tweet in all lowercase letters during the game. 

Now, as the Caps look to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final ahead of Game 1 Monday, Vegas has followed suit by changing their iconic "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to include only lowercase letters, a jab at the Capitals #ALLCAPS.

Additionally, the City's official Twitter account has changed their handle to "the city of las vegas" without any capital letters and the hashtag #nocaps.

It will be interesting to see how the Capitals' official Twitter will respond...

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