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January 15, 2019 5:21 AM Lucic, Kassian each score twice to power Oilers in win over Sabres

EDMONTON—Milan Lucic and Zack Kassian each scored a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers came away with a 7-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl also scored for the Oilers (22-21-3), who have won two of their last three. Casey Mittelstadt and Evan Rodrigues replied for the Sabres (23-17-6), who have lost three 106

January 14, 2019 1:51 AM Saints squeak past Eagles into NFC championship game

Brees had 2-yard touchdown passes to rookie Keith Kirkwood and all-pro wideout Michael Thomas, who had 12 receptions for 171 yards. Philadelphia had ball for more than nine minutes in the first quarter, after which the Eagles had the ball about 13 minutes and never scored. New Orleans, which routed Philadelphia 48-7 in November, gambled on its first 40

January 12, 2019 11:07 PM Raptors’ reserves are finally settling into their roles

It was a stellar night that included 22-of-44 shooting from the field, six three-pointers in 15 attempts, 16 rebounds and only two combined turnovers. The combination of VanVleet and Wright seems to be rounding into the same form that made them so dangerous last season. They had 22 points and eight assists between them but, most important, they were flying 41

January 12, 2019 12:59 AM New Toronto Raptor Patrick McCaw keeping things in perspective

Patrick McCaw, the free-agent guard who officially signed with the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, knows that better than most. The 23-year-old former Golden State Warrior suffered a particularly scary bone bruise when he was undercut by Vince Carter in a game against the Sacramento Kings last April. McCaw landed hard on his back and was stretchered 42

January 10, 2019 1:55 AM Seattle will get to host draft, all-star game: Gary Bettman

“If you talk about in terms of kicking the tires, the tires are in great shape,” Bettman said. “We couldn’t be more excited. When the board made the decision to come to Seattle, we knew it was the right decision, it would be a great decision and everything that has transpired has not only lived up to expectation but has exceeded our expectations.” The franchise 20

January 9, 2019 6:03 PM Heavyweight Ryan Reaves-Adam McQuaid scrap a microcosm of NHL fighting debate

According to statistics on hockeyfights.com, only 18.9 per cent of games this season have had a fighting major on the scoresheet. In 2017-18, 17.9 per cent of games had fights. Compare that to five seasons ago (2013-14) when 29.8 per cent of NHL games had fights, or 10 seasons ago (2008-09) when it was at 41.4 per cent. With the all-star break two weeks 22

January 9, 2019 6:44 AM Kane, Donskoi each score two goals as Sharks pummel Oilers

SAN JOSE, CALIF.—Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi each scored two goals, Erik Karlsson had three assists again and the San Jose Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 7-2 on Tuesday night. Marcus Sorensen, Brent Burns and Joe Thornton also scored for San Jose, which has won four straight and six of seven — totalling 36 goals during that stretch. The Sharks 22

January 9, 2019 2:09 AM Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem is leaving the NBA quietly

MIAMI—It was a quiet moment before another Dwyane Wade moment, which is the way Udonis Haslem said he prefers it. Moments later, his friend would win over another crowd in his final appearance in Atlanta. But as Haslem winds down a 16th NBA season of his own, it is being done in the shadows. “I mean, stuff like that doesn’t really matter to me,” the chiseled 24

January 9, 2019 1:55 AM Chicago brewery offers ‘beer for a year’ 43-yard field goal challenge

CHICAGO—On Sunday, the Chicago Bears lost a heartbreaker of a playoff game, as kicker Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt clanged off the goalposts — twice — to end what had been a promising season. On Monday, amid the social media fury of irate football fans, Goose Island Beer Co. had an idea: Let the fans kick out their disappointment. At first 29

January 8, 2019 11:10 PM Hey Vince Carter, nice to see you again. Welcome home

The last time Vince Carter was a Toronto Raptor YouTube hadn’t been invented yet, among other things, which is a little like Dorothy Parker existing before Twitter. On Tuesday, Vince returned to Toronto again, on a seventh different team since he left his greatest and only enduring NBA home. He is 41 years old, all of a sudden. Is this the last time he comes 32