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Alex Ovechkin Scores Twice, Including OT Winner as Washington Capitals Defeat Winnipeg Jets for Fourth Straight Victory

WASHINGTON — Even after Alex Ovechkin bailed the Washington Capitals out of trouble to win their fourth game in a row, all he wanted to talk about was how it almost slipped away. The Capitals blew a three-goal lead in the third period Thursday night before beating the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 in overtime. Ovechkin had two goals, including the game-winner, …

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Toronto FC’s Armando Cooper Skilled in Soccer’s Dark Arts

Like an annoying kid brother, Armando Cooper’s strength is baiting the opposition. Not only does the Toronto FC midfielder possess unmistakable quality, he prides himself on being an agitator. Flopping and flailing, jostling and jawing, Cooper’s most recent target was New York City’s David Villa, who should have paid the price for his reaction during the opening leg of the …

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Francois Hamelin making Own Short Track Name in Shadow of His Brother, Olympic Legend Charles Hamelin

CALGARY — Upon retirement from speedskating, Francois Hamelin could become a motivational speaker for all those kids out there growing up with a superstar for a brother or sister. For Hamelin, 29, understands what it’s like to live in the shadow of a high-achieving sibling, whether that be in school, or music lessons or sport. Francois is a two-time Olympian. …

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Craig Anderson Unites Hockey Fans Through Performances

Craig Anderson continued to play through emotional adversity as the Ottawa Senators won 2-1 against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday. Although Jaccob Slavin ended Anderson’s shutout streak at 122 minutes, Kyle Turris scored during overtime to give the Senators’ fans a reason to return to their seats, as they face another 9 home games this …

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Maple Leafs’ Matthews not Worried About Mini Dry Spell

TORONTO — From four goals in his first game to no points in the past four, Auston Matthews has kept a level head. “That stuff will come, you can’t get too hung up on that,” he said as the team prepared for Thursday’s game in Buffalo. It would probably take some digging to find examples of Matthews getting blanked in …

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Canadian short-tracker St-Gelais Believes it’s Her Time to Shine

CALGARY — Marianne St-Gelais plans to hide out this weekend during her fiancée Charles Hamelin’s races at the 2016-17 World Cup season opener in short-track speed skating. Perhaps she’ll slip on a pair of headphones and crank up the music to drown out the sound of the public address announcer at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. If there’s a TV in the …

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England and Scotland to face FIFA Sanctions Over Wearing Poppies

LONDON — England and Scotland will face FIFA sanctions after insisting their players will wear black armbands with embroidered poppies to honour Britain’s war dead for a match between the neighbours. England and Scotland will meet for a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, Remembrance Day, when Commonwealth forces who have died on duty since World War I are honoured. …

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DeRozan Continues to Dominate as Raptors Take Down Wizards

WASHINGTON — In hindsight maybe calling it a must-win night against a team with a guy averaging 35 a night was a bad idea. But give the Washington Wizards points for effort and enthusiasm. They just didn’t have an answer for DeMar DeRozan and that combined with some rather generous giveaways — 21 turnovers resulting in 30 Raptors points — …

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Cavaliers hang on to beat Raptors in turnover-filled game

It has been five months since the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers last squared off, but there was considerably less at stake at Air Canada Centre other than whatever bragging rights can be gleaned from the second game of the regular season. And even then, in a game that was littered by a litany of turnovers and botched offensive assignments, …

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