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January 8, 2019 10:36 PM Sarah Thomas first female ref in NFL playoff history

Back in 2017, Thomas was an alternate for the Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams’ wild-card game but never took the field. She’s spent the last two seasons as a down judge, after starting out as a line judge. Thomas is in her fourth season as an NFL official. And in another move for equality, Terri Valentini, the NFL’s first female instant replay official 160

January 8, 2019 1:17 AM Carey Price to skip NHL all-star weekend

Price participated in the all-star game in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. The 31-year-old from Anahim Lake, B.C., has a 16-11-4 record this season, with a 2.76 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage. He earned his 300th career NHL win Dec. 20 at Arizona. JOHNNY HOCKEY HONOURED: Calgary Flames left-wing Johnny Gaudreau, San Jose Sharks defenceman 148

January 7, 2019 11:22 PM Adam Hadwin aims for Presidents Cup, return to PGA majors

With the Presidents Cup in his sights and high hopes to return to major championship fields, Adam Hadwin knows a strong start to 2019 is essential. The Abbotsford, B.C., golfer is in the field this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii — the first full-field event of the 2019 portion of the PGA Tour season — alongside fellow Canadians Mackenzie Hughes, Ben Silverman 198

January 7, 2019 11:06 PM Bears kicker’s deflating field-goal miss ruled a block

Eagles coach Doug Pederson on Monday praised Hester, who began the season on the practice squad, for having “a big hand in the game” and the team posted on Twitter it was the first blocked field goal in the franchise’s post-season history. The Eagles took a one-point lead when Nick Foles threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 56 seconds 155

January 7, 2019 5:22 PM Leafs prep for Preds and second half of season

Michael Hutchinson (2-2-2, 3.40, .879) will start again in net for the Maple Leafs, backed up by Kasimir Kaskisuo. Pekka Rinne (15-10-2, 2.31, .919) will start for the Predators. “Another really good challenge here for us tonight, against a team that’s been near the top of the standings for the last three or four years,” said Matthews. “It will be a good challenge 148

January 7, 2019 4:05 PM Canada’s Andreescu rockets up 45 positions after reaching Auckland final

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu jumped 45 positions to a career-high No. 107 in the world rankings Monday after her surprising run to the final at the ASB Classic. The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., stunned former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and American Venus Williams en route to her first appearance in a WTA Tour final on Sunday in Auckland 140

January 7, 2019 3:42 AM Xander Schauffele wins Tournament of Champions with record round

KAPALUA, HAWAII—Xander Schauffele tied the Plantation course record with an 11-under 62 on Sunday, and he needed every shot to beat Gary Woodland by one shot and win the Sentry Tournament of Champions. His fortunes turned quickly, and it got better with every hole. He ran off three straight birdies. He chipped in from the front of the green on the par-5 ninth 132

January 6, 2019 5:21 AM Cowboys edge Seahawks to reach divisonal round

Prescott, the NFL offensive rookie of the year in 2016 when the Cowboys lost to Green Bay at home as the top seed in the NFC, threw for 226 yards and had a 1-yard sneak for what appeared to be a clinching score before Tyler Lockett’s 53-yard catch set up a quick Seattle touchdown. Wilson’s 7-yard scoring pass to J.D. McKissic got the Seahawks within 158

January 6, 2019 1:30 AM Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck handle Houston Texans in NFL wild-card game

The Colts, who opened the season 1-5, continued an impressive run by winning their fifth straight and for the 10th time in 11 games. Saturday was their first playoff appearance since the AFC championship game loss at New England in the “Deflategate” game in the 2014 season. It was another good game in a splendid season for Luck, who grew up in a suburb 149

January 5, 2019 10:00 PM Mikaela Shiffrin wins her seventh World Cup slalom in a row

She was challenged by a furious final run by Vlhova, who posted the fastest second-run time on a course set by her coach, Livio Magoni. The Slovakian is the only skier beside Shiffrin to have won a women’s World Cup slalom since the start of last season. Carrying a lead of 1.34 over Vlhova from the opening run, Shiffrin started fast in her final run but briefly 209