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The NHL and NBA playoffs have just started, so the latest set of cryptic clues will be sports themed. Some clues may be about sports other than hockey or basketball, and there may be some names.

The French hear strength for him (6)

Plugs the Light Brigade? (8)

Match coal slice angrily (2,7)

In panic, ingots on the cake (5)

Likelihood of scratcher container (7)

EDIT:

I wrote "sports themed clues". As you can see, none of the clues have anything obviously sports-related. It is actually the answers that will be sports-related.

EDIT 2:

Clue number three had a spelling error. Fixed now

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Adding 1 & 4 from ChrisCudmore and 5 from gannolloy to get everything in one place.

1 (from Chris Cudmore)

LeBron (The French - LE Hear Strength -Brawn BRON)

2

Chargers (plugs=chargers, Charge of the Light Brigade)

3

El Clasico (typically Real Madrid v Barcelona, anagram of "coal slice")

4 (from Chris Cudmore)

in panic, ingots on the cake - Icing, a penalty in Hockey

5 (from gannolloy)

Pitcher (P: probability or likelihood, itcher: scratcher)

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  • $\begingroup$ This one is right! $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe Apr 19 '16 at 19:07
  • $\begingroup$ Three is right now as well. $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe Apr 19 '16 at 19:58
  • $\begingroup$ ARG! Not fair switching languages without a hint! $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Apr 19 '16 at 20:04
  • $\begingroup$ Nice one. didn't think of Spanish either $\endgroup$ – gannolloy Apr 19 '16 at 20:06
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    $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore I've heard/read several native English speakers use the term. $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe Apr 20 '16 at 13:59
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1

LeBron (The French - LE Hear Strength -Brawn BRON

4

in panic, ingots on the cake - Icing, a penalty in Hockey

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  • $\begingroup$ these two are right. $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe Apr 19 '16 at 17:38
  • $\begingroup$ 5, however, is not correct $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe Apr 19 '16 at 18:02
  • $\begingroup$ wrong answer deleted $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Apr 19 '16 at 18:22
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5

Pitcher (P: probability or likelihood, itcher: scratcher)

Possibilities for 3

Bo Jackson, No Hitters, NY Yankees, NY Rangers (has anger in it??)

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  • $\begingroup$ then it should be CONTAINER, not CONTAINS, $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Apr 19 '16 at 18:49
  • $\begingroup$ You think the answer still correct though $\endgroup$ – gannolloy Apr 19 '16 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ Probably. The clue is inaccurate. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Apr 19 '16 at 18:54
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    $\begingroup$ Correct. It is true that a pitcher "contains" things. I admit it was a bit of a stretch, but I did it to make it more grammatically correct. I will change it though. $\endgroup$ – Richard Roe Apr 19 '16 at 19:07
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, these are hard to get exactly right. If this clue were in my newspaper, I'd right off a nasty letter to the editor beginning with "Sirs, This current generation of puzzle setters.....". But things are a bit more lenient here. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Apr 19 '16 at 19:14

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