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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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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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