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Raptors Cruise to Victory Over Nets

The Raptors ushered out the home part of the schedule for the calendar year in much the way they ushered in the season — with a convincing win. That’s four wins in the past five games, a trap portion of the schedule if ever there was one with games against Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Orlando and Brooklyn, and only two of …

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Canada downs Finland 5-0 in exhibition

There was no stopping Canada when Tyson Jost and his teammates stormed out of the gate. Jost scored the first of his two first-period goals only 11 seconds into the game as Canada cruised to a 5-0 victory over Finland in a pre-tournament game Monday night ahead of the world junior hockey championship. “I thought we controlled the play and …

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Jaguars Fire Coach Gus Bradley After Loss to Texans

Jeff Fisher has some company on the unemployment line. With the NFL off-season loom and less than a week after the Los Angeles Rams created the first coaching vacancy, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired head coach Gus Bradley in the aftermath of yet another debacle, this one a 21-20 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday that dropped them to 2-12 …

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Red Wings-Hurricanes Game Postponed Due to Ice Issues in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. — A scheduled game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Detroit Red Wings was postponed Monday night because of unplayable ice. A Freon leak in the cooling system at PNC Arena was discovered earlier in the day. The issue was fixed, but not in time to restart the game. NHL rules state a game cannot start less than 22 …

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Trump Picks Florida Panthers Owner as Army Secretary

SUNRISE, Fla. — Vincent Viola has insisted for the past three years that his sole focus as owner of the Florida Panthers was to win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup. He’ll be otherwise occupied now. Viola’s nomination by President-elect Donald Trump on Monday to be the next secretary of the Army means he will be giving up his roles as …

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‘The Wins Will Come’

There was ample opportunity to blame some of the Maple Leafs’ early season losses on the mistakes of youth, but Jake Gardiner said that company line can’t be employed all the time. “Closing out games has been tough for us this year,” Gardiner said after the delivering the game-winning goal Saturday against Pittsburgh. “We had leads, but we feel we …

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Same Old Story: Maple Leafs Drop 1-goal Game to Ducks

TORONTO — The Maple Leafs have had trouble connecting their Christmas lights throughout this five-game homestand — particularly the red ones. Another night of close to 40 shots could not avert a close loss, this time a 3-2 defeat to the Anaheim Ducks Monday at the Air Canada Centre. The Leafs won just one of the five they played on …

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Sidney Crosby Unplugged: On Top of His Game, the Penguins Captain Doesn’t Discount Another 50-goal Season

When Sidney Crosby says reaching the 50-goal mark is a realistic target, history suggests that you believe him. After all, given the run he’s been on in the past 12 months, it would be foolish to doubt the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar. “Yeah, I think 50 is obtainable,” Crosby said when asked by Postmedia to assess the possibility. “You need some …

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