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McIlroy Must Strive Harder to be the Greatest – Nicklaus

World number two Rory McIlroy has the talent but he must work harder to dominate golf, 18-times major title winner Jack Nicklaus has said. McIlroy is only behind Australian Jason Day in the world rankings and has won four majors in his career so far, the last of which came in 2014. “Rory is one of those young men who …

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NFL Playoff Seeding Scenarios Heading Into Final Day of Action

NFL playoff seeding scenarios for both conferences, heading into Sunday’s final day of regular-season games: AFC No. 1 seed and first-round bye * New England (if it wins or ties; or if Oakland loses or ties). * Oakland (if it wins and New England loses). No. 2 seed and first-round bye * Oakland (if it wins or ties and New …

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Prospects Eeli Tolvanen, Nico Hischier Have Spotlight to Themselves

Eeli Tolvanen couldn’t explain it. All he knew was that his play had been uncharacteristically bad. The absolute worst, he said. “The first two games were like the worst games of the season, the worst games for me in my life,” Tolvanen said after a 3-1 loss to Sweden on Thursday. “I just couldn’t get anything going. I wasn’t shooting …

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Can Leafs Stave off another January Collapse?

After the past two Januarys when they won a combined four games, the Leafs and their fans have come to look upon the New Year with a wary eye. Pre-scouting this year’s NHL schedule, the outlook was not much different for the rebuilding Buds. Once the hoopla of the Centennial Classic was over, the majority of games are on the …

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Warm Memories of 2014 Outdoor Game for Tyler Bozak

No matter what time of year Tyler Bozak looks at the framed picture on his wall, he’s taken back to the Big House snow globe. The famous photo was snapped at the decisive moment of the 2014 Winter Classic, the Leaf centre bearing down for the shootout winner before the largest crowd ever to witness a hockey game. At least …

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Rousey Can’t Last a Minute vs. Dominant Nunes

The UFC can’t deny T.J. Dillashaw a title shot. Not anymore. Not after the performance he put in on Friday night. The former bantamweight champion put in a masterclass at UFC 207, completely and totally dominating the No. 2-ranked John Lineker with a brilliant performance. It was a reminder of the fact that Dillashaw is one of the best pound-for-pound …

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Finland, Heading to Relegation Round, Fires Entire Soaching Staff

Finland has fired its coaching staff, mid-tournament. In a shocking move, timing-wise, Jukka Rautakorpi has been axed, along with three of his assistants, according to a report from Finnish NHL correspondent Sami Hoffren and later confirmed by the IIHF. The firings come after Finland, the defending champion, dropped its first three games at the world junior championship. Switzerland’s win over …

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Randall The Handle’s NFL Picks for Week 17

BEST BETS Texans (9-6) at Titans (8-7) LINE: TENNESSEE by 3 Someone had to win this lousy division. The Titans were in position to at least have this game decide it, but that was before they laid an egg in Jacksonville last week. Houston’s ugly win over Cincinnati sealed the deal and the Texans will head to the playoffs as …

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Daniel Alfredsson’s No. 11 Retired During Emotional Ceremony

OTTAWA — Number 11 in the rafters, No. 1 in the hearts of Ottawa fans. Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was the toast of the town Thursday night when his No. 11 was officially retired during an emotional ceremony before the club faced the Detroit Red Wings. On those many nights where he helped the Senators find success, his goals …

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Shanahan Preaching Patience as Maple Leafs Rebuild Progresses

TORONTO — As far as fashion statements go, Brendan Shanahan is sending mixed messages. It is Thursday morning at the MasterCard Centre, and Shanahan has joined the likes of Curtis Joseph, Darcy Tucker, Paul Coffey and Tie Domi in a spirited game of shinny as they prepare for the Centennial Classic Alumni game at BMO Field Saturday. He’s easy to …

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