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  • A bit of game stuff and awful lot to end the weekend mail

    December 30, 2013 3:04 AM 30

    Guess you could say Mission Accomplished. Knicks are far more buried in the Atlantic today than they were Friday morning; sweeping a home and home is never easy; taking care of business at home is not something the Raptors have done consistently and more wins are good things. Oh, yes. The 15 three-pointers they made were a wonderful thing – the Knicks

  • Rematches galore in wild-card playoff round

    December 30, 2013 2:56 AM 35

    It begins with the Colts hosting the Chiefs on Saturday. Indianapolis won at Kansas City just last week. At night, in the only first-round game not involving teams that faced each other this season, New Orleans is at Philadelphia. On Sunday, it’s San Diego at Cincinnati; the Bengals won at the Chargers on Dec. 1. And the wild-card finale with San Francisco

  • Leafs' Holland says he's 'earned' spot on roster

    December 30, 2013 2:02 AM 21

    Praised by the man in charge of his minutes, it appears Peter Holland is not on the clock after all. When the Maple Leafs acquired the 22-year-old forward from the Anaheim Ducks in mid-November, the presumption was that Holland would get a few games in with the Leafs before ultimately landing with the Marlies of the AHL, a league he was playing in before

  • Panthers thump visiting Habs 4-1

    December 30, 2013 1:05 AM 15

    A huge crowd of Canadiens fans did little to help the Habs Sunday in Sunrise Florida, as the hometown Panthers won their team-record eighth victory for the month of December. Veteran rearguard Brian Campbell lead the Panthers with a goal and an assist to lead the Panthers to victory, as any serious hope of a Canadiens comeback was wiped out when a goal by Daniel

  • World juniors: Rabid Canadian fans turn Swedish town into ‘sea of red’

    December 29, 2013 11:31 PM 25

    Team Canada fans are so loyal, they not only turn out to support their own squad, they also show up to cheer whoever is playing the archrival Americans. MALMO, SWEDEN—As far as anyone can tell, the thousands of Canadians who made the holiday-season trek to Sweden for the world junior hockey championship have three jobs. The first, of course, is to support

  • Canada headed to Spengler Cup semi-finals after 6-3 win over Rochester

    December 29, 2013 9:50 PM 50

    DAVOS, Switzerland -- Byron Ritchie and Jacob Micflikier each scored twice as Canada advanced to the semifinals of the Spengler Cup with a 6-3 win over the Rochester Americans on Sunday. Canada will play Swiss club HC Geneve-Servette in Monday's semifinal. Geneve-Servette had an automatic berth to the semis after finishing first in its group

  • Bo Horvat finds his groove at world juniors between two young phenoms

    December 29, 2013 2:22 PM 22

    MALMO, Sweden -- Bo Horvat landed a sweet assignment for Canada at the world junior hockey championship -- playing centre between two of the best young prospects in the sport. The sturdy London, Ont., native was matched from the beginning of camp with Sam Reinhart, a candidate to go first overall in the 2014 NHL draft, and 16-year-old Conner McDavid

  • Canada's Erik Guay wins World Cup bronze; breaks Podborski's record

    December 29, 2013 1:56 PM 26

    BORMIO, Italy -- Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal mastered the fresh snow conditions on the Stelvio course Sunday to win a downhill for his fourth victory of the Olympic season. The Norwegian clocked 1 minute, 54.08 seconds to finish 0.39 seconds ahead of Hannes Reichelt of Austria. Canada's Erik Guay placed third, 0.51 back, for a strong

  • Giants downed by high-flying Rockets

    December 29, 2013 6:52 AM 21

    Kelowna finds its power-play groove, downs Vancouver 4-2 in entertaining contest The Kelowna Rockets came into the Pacific Coliseum on Saturday night with the No. 2 national ranking, the WHL’s top record and a 13-game winning streak. Their power play was merely 10th best in their circuit. It may have found a spark of late, if their tilt with the Vancouver

  • Jeremy Wotherspoon’s Sochi dreams not over yet after he falls short Saturday

    December 29, 2013 4:42 AM 32

    For a brief moment, time stood still Saturday night amid the suffocating tension at Calgary’s Olympic Oval. At age 37, coming out of retirement for one more shot at Olympic glory, Jeremy Wotherspoon turned in a vintage performance in the first of two 500-metre races at the Intact Insurance 2014 Speed Skating Team Selections. On the line: the chance to represent