Sport: Winter's Last Hurrah

It is hard to imagine anything more incongruous than an ice-hockey game played just before Memorial Day. Or, for that matter, a basketball game. But that is exactly what fans will be facing this week as the long, long hockey and basketball seasons finally wind down with championship play-offs between the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres on melting ice, and the Washington Bullets and Golden State Warriors on overheated courts. If the action is anywhere near as dramatic as the semifinal rounds, few fans will complain about delaying the season's first trip to...

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