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)
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.
Clue number three had a spelling error. Fixed now