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December 28, 2018 3:41 AM Game Centre: Canada hangs on for slim victory over determined Swiss side

Switzerland put up a better fight than Denmark – much better — but the result was the same: A Canadian victory, this one by the razor-thin margin of 3-2. Canada got second-period goals from MacKenzie Entwistle and Noah Dobson and then held on while Switzerland rallied, aided by penalties and the extra attacker, late in the third. But knee-knocking aside 146

December 27, 2018 11:05 PM Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews voted as Atlantic Division all-star captain

Auston Matthews’ selection as one of four captains for the NHL’s all-star game reflects the impact he’s had on the league in just his third season with the Maple Leafs. Fans voted the star centre as captain of the Atlantic Division all-stars for the annual event, being held Jan. 25-26 in San Jose. Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Connor McDavid (Pacific) 171

December 27, 2018 3:42 AM Game Centre: Team Canada sends early message in rout of Denmark at world juniors

Well, the final was 14-0 for Canada and Morgan Frost, whose dad was kind of famous around Toronto, became the first on this team to become a household name, or at least to trend on Twitter. Frost got a hat trick — something he hasn’t done in his four years with the Soo Greyhounds — and had five points. Frost had four points in the first 22 minutes of the game. Frost 136

December 23, 2018 2:50 PM Nikita Kucherov’s five-point effort leads Lightning over Oilers

Nikita Kucherov had a goal and four assists while Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson each scored twice as the Tampa Bay Lightning extended their point streak to 12 games with a 6-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. “I’m just playing hockey and trying to enjoy the game, trying to make the right play every time and sometimes it doesn’t happen 178

December 21, 2018 2:42 PM Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding set

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says “we asked the players — both past and present, commentators, agents and TV analysts — whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there. “We went with a 10-point tiebreak at six-games-all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests 140

December 20, 2018 11:21 PM Kings owner brings NBA games to Mumbai

“Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver added in a statement. The NBA prizes its growth in India. The population and growing middle class has generated grassroots and business opportunities 160

December 20, 2018 6:18 PM Bieksa to lead Canada in push for fourth straight Spengler Cup title

“We are excited with this year’s group of players, as we believe we have assembled a team that combines experience from previous Spengler Cup appearances and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and a group of new faces who will contribute to the success of our team,” general manager Sean Burke said in a statement. “The Spengler Cup is always an exciting tournament 153

December 18, 2018 11:07 PM Duke star Zion Williamson is stunning college basketball fans

At six-foot-seven and 285 pounds, he is not only Paul Bunyan-esque for the college ranks but also, the website FiveThirtyEight noted, heavier than all but one active NBA player. Williamson, however, is hardly earthbound. His 45-inch vertical leap is the highest since Duke started measuring its players, providing the foundation for his explosive moves 157

December 18, 2018 2:15 PM Messi’s picks up record fifth Golden Shoe, moving him ahead of Ronaldo

“I love football, but when I started I didn’t expect all this. My dream was to be a professional player,” Messi said. “This is thanks to the hard work and effort I have put in, and above all to my teammates. I have the best players in the world at their positions playing beside me.” The 31-year-old Messi is Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer. The club credits 139

December 17, 2018 10:42 PM Some fine-tuning should help Toronto Raptors get to the next level

Much of the confusion and disruption is the result of injuries and absences for a variety of reasons, but coach Nick Nurse is still doing a lot of experimenting with groupings at this point in the season. They’ve yet to come up with a consistent rotation that staggers the playing time of key components like Leonard and Lowry to ensure one of them is on the court 168