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Kyle Lowry Pours in 33 Points to Lift Toronto Raptors 101-93 Over Utah Jazz

Toronto – Toronto Raptors’ first home game in 16 days played out quite a bit like the first contest of its tough six-game road swing. Though this game wasn’t in Utah, the Jazz once again were the opponents and the Raptors rode another brilliant fourth quarter Kyle Lowry performance to another victory over a solid Western Conference opponent, 101-93. At …

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Guryanov’s OT Winner to Give Russia 2-1 Win Over Sweden in bronze-medal Game

MONTREAL – Russian netminder Ilya Samsonov was at his best on Thursday and it showed in a bronze-medal victory for his team at the world junior hockey championship. The 19-year-old Samsonov stopped 38 of 39 shots, including 15 in the first period alone, as Russia defeated Sweden 2-1 to claim its seventh straight medal at the under-20 tournament. “That was …

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Disappointing Performance Still Wins Sergachyov a Medal

MONTREAL — Mikhail Sergachyov was smiling. As one observer remarked, it was possibly for the first time in weeks. It had been that kind of tournament for the 18-year-old. As a ninth-overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens, Sergachyov had come into the world junior championship with the expectations that he would dominate defensively for Russia in the same way that …

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Canada Falls to US in Heartbreaking Gold Medal Shootout Loss

We had been expecting something special. Memorable. One of those “where-were-you?” type moments that comes along only so often. We were not disappointed. Well, that might depend on where you were born. The last time Canada and the United States had met at the World Junior Hockey Championship, American-born defenceman John Carlson had become a national hero when he scored …

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Canada Wins Hart-stopper of a Semifinal

MONTREAL — Here’s a closer look at the 2017 world junior gold medal final between Team Canada and Team USA. When: Thursday, Jan. 5, 8 p.m. EST Where: Bell Centre, Montreal At stake: The gold medal of the 2017 world junior hockey championships HOW THEY GOT HERE CANADA Preliminary round Canada 5, Russia 3 Canada 5, Slovakia 0 Canada 10, …

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Pacioretty Scores in OT to Lift Canadiens Past Stars

DALLAS — Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the game, on a breakaway 19 seconds into overtime, lifted the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night. Pacioretty took a pass from Jeff Petry and skated in on Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen for the win. Montreal was playing its fifth straight overtime game and improved to …

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Blues beat Blackhawks 4-1 in Busch Stadium Winter Classic

ST. LOUIS – Vladimir Tarasenko looked quite comfortable at Busch Stadium. It turns out his wicked wrist shot works outside, too. Tarasenko scored two goals in the third period, Jake Allen stopped 22 shots and the St. Louis Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in the Winter Classic on Monday at the longtime home of baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals. Tarasenko …

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Recapping NFL’s Coaching Vacancies and the Leading Replacement Candidates

For the first time in years, no NFL head coaches were fired on Black Monday, the day after the regular season concludes. It’s not that impatient owners hung up their axes for the holidays. Rather, it’s because they’d already done their chopping by Monday morning. Three clubs fired their head coaches well before the new year: the Los Angeles Rams …

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Poeltl, Nogueira Step up as Raptors Knock Off Lakers

LOS ANGELES — All that concern about finding a replacement for the injured Patrick Patterson’s minutes got rather quiet for about nine minutes Sunday night. Raptors coach Dwane Casey, true to his word, looked far and wide for a solution to Patterson’s absence and, with about two minutes to go in the third quarter, trotted out the duo of Jakob …

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