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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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Auston Matthews’ Overtime Goal Worth $212,500

Scoring a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in the Centennial Classic on Sunday came with some added benefits for Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews. That overtime score at BMO Field was Matthews’ 20th goal of the season, which allowed him to hit one of his signing bonuses. A mark that was inevitable almost from his first night in the …

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Underappreciated Maple Leafs Forward Matt Martin Finding Ways to Contribute

TORONTO — Turn the other way, hockey pacifists because one of the brightest young stars in the NHL has words that might make you cringe. Yes, Auston Matthews may be the Centennial Classic hero, the NHL’s player of the week and an emerging face of the new generation of skill and speed in the sport. You might be surprised, however, …

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2017 Forecast: An Expo Enshrined, Deep Playoff Runs for Habs, Impact

Okay, folks. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has just endured 2016: Looking ahead at 2017, you will want to build a bomb shelter and say goodbye to everyone you love in the music world — assuming there’s anyone left by the time you read this. Around here, the only thing that really matters is whether the …

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Milos Raonic Succumbs to Murray in Third place Abu Dhabi Match

World number one Andy Murray ended 2016 with a 6-3 7-6(6) win over big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic to take third place at the year-ending exhibition tournament Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The 29-year-old Scot succumbed to a surprise loss to Belgian David Goffin on Friday, having ended the official season with a 24-game string of wins. …

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