Canada to play for world junior gold after crushing Czechs

Drake Batherson had a hat trick to lead Canada past the Czech Republic 7-2 on Thursday in the semifinal of the world junior hockey championship in Buffalo. Canada will play Sweden in the gold-medal game Friday night. Sam Steel, Maxime Comtois, Jordan Kyrou, Boris Katchouk also scored for Canada. Carter Hart made 18 saves in net for the win. Filip ...

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Mixed curling partnerships give new meaning to casting 1st stone

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — When it comes to the mixed doubles Olympic curling trials, there are all sorts of different pairings, making for some dynamic conversations on and off the ice. From married couples, an engaged couple, the father/daughter duo of Emilie and Robert Desjardins, a boyfriend and girlfriend team and best friends Chelsea Carey and Colin Hodgson — there have been some great verbal ...

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Strong Czech team awaits Canada in junior semifinal

Switzerland head coach Christian Wohlwend was right on the money. Just as he stated, the Canadian juniors were faster, bigger, stronger, could shoot better, pass better. Canada could do everything better and proved as much in its 8-2 quarter-final victory against the overwhelmed Swiss at the world junior tournament on Tuesday in Buffalo. Wohlwend wasn’t trying to play “mind games” with Canada with ...

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DeRozan drops Raptors record 52 points in OT win over Bucks

DeMar DeRozan poured in a career-high and franchise-record 52 points and the Toronto Raptors opened the new year with a thrilling 131-127 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in overtime Monday, their 12th win in a row at the Air Canada Centre. The dozen consecutive home wins tied their franchise record set early in 2016. Kyle Lowry added 26 points, while ...

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