Talking Points: Don't trust teammates

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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The nightmare is over. Albert Pujols has hit a home run.

But that was hardly the end of the story Sunday. Pujols’ teammate Torii Hunter had something cookin’.

Hunter had all the players evacuate the dugout so when Pujols got back, there was no one to celebrate with.

“I thought that would be cool. I always wanted to do that, and it worked,” Hunter told reporters after the game. “I just said: ‘Let’s get off the bench and go to the tunnel.’ He was excited about it and we were, too. We had to think fast. When I have a day off, man, I do stupid stuff.”

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The Los Angeles Kings are storming through the Stanley Cup playoffs as a No. 8 seed possessed.

First the Kings knocked off No. 1 Vancouver in five games, and now they just finished off No. 2 St. Louis in a sweep.

The Kings are the first No. 8 seed in NHL history to eliminate their conference’s top two seeds in the same postseason. The Kings only clinched a playoff berth right before their 81st game, but they’ve been unstoppable ever since.

The Kings made their only previous trip to the conference finals in 1993, when Wayne Gretzky and Luc Robitaille propelled Los Angeles past Toronto and into their only Stanley Cup finals, a loss to Montreal. The Kings won just one playoff series in the ensuing 17 seasons before routing the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Canucks in five first-round games last month.

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