Kyle Lowry’s triple-double leads Raptors past Nets 103-95

“It’s just how you find ways to get through it, and I’m always going to find a way to get through it.”Playing again without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan, the slumping Raptors ended a two-game skid and won for just the third time in 11 games. A lot different,” Lowry said. “Her voice was beautiful but the anthem, the song, the words … They have lost nine in a row overall and 12 straight at home, where they haven’t won in 2017.“I thought in the second half we improved,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. You’re going to get injured, you’re going to get hurt,” Lowry said. “That’s why we gave ourselves a chance, because our defense was not great but decent enough to have a chance to win the game.”Brooklyn cut a 17-point deficit to four midway through the fourth quarter but Lowry soon took over, throwing a lob to Valanciunas for a basket, making a pair of free throws and then finding DeMarre Carroll for a basket that pushed the lead back into double digits at 92-82.DeRozan has missed seven of the last eight games because of right ankle injuries during a frustrating time for the Raptors, who snapped a five-game road losing streak.“Good teams, bad teams, whatever it is, frustration’s a part that you’ve got to fight through as a team,” coach Dwane Casey said.TIP-INSRaptors: Lowry finished 0 for 5 from 3-point range staying at 799 3-pointers in his Raptors career, two behind Morris Peterson’s franchise record. Los Angeles won the first meeting this season after the Raptors won the previous four.Nets: Travel on Tuesday to Charlotte, where they have lost three in a row. … He has missed 11 of the last 20 games with knee injuries.Nets: Lopez entered averaging 21.7 points against the Raptors, second-highest among Nets players with at least 10 appearances. … Patrick Patterson also sat out after leaving Toronto’s loss in Orlando on Friday with a bruised left knee. The coach whose team had the second-highest winning percentage through Sunday’s games – Cleveland’s Tyronn Lue is ineligible after coaching last year – earned the spot, and Boston’s Brad Stevens clinched it Friday. Casey said he was disappointed, but only because that meant the Raptors weren’t playing well.“I’d much rather for us to be playing well right now more so than coaching in the All-Star Game,” Casey said. “If we were in third playing well I’d be happy, but I’m more upset about not playing well and everybody not being healthy than coaching in the All-Star Game.”O NO CANADARaptors players and coaches looked around in confusion during the singing of Canada’s national anthem, as Broadway performer Amber Iman included some lyrics that aren’t in O Canada.“I’m going to leave that alone, but yeah, that anthem was a lot different than I’ve heard over the last five years. have her come to Toronto, we’ll come and get somebody to give her some lessons.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host the Clippers on Monday. “It’s a part of the game. Jonas Valanciunas led the way with 22 points.Terrence Ross had 17 points for the Raptors, who extended their longest winning streak ever against the Nets to eight.Brook Lopez scored 20 for the Nets, who had 16 turnovers in the first half and finished with 22. But he played more than 39 minutes and recorded his first triple-double of the season. Former Toronto star Vince Carter averaged 23.3 in 18 appearances after being traded to the Nets. Rookie Caris LeVert sat out to rest his sore knee.DWANE’S DISAPPOINTMENTThe Raptors’ struggles cost Casey a chance to coach the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game. Kyle Lowry was already ill, then he was injured.Neither was going to keep him off the floor with the Toronto Raptors badly needing a victory.Lowry finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career triple-double, as the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-95 on Sunday.Already feeling sick, Lowry needed four stitches after cutting his right forearm on a camera mounted to the basket stanchion.

Denis Shapovalov hits official with ball, Britain tops Canada in Davis Cup

You can’t compete if you don’t have emotional control and this lesson can serve him for the rest of his career and the rest of his life.”Britain will play France in the quarter-final, while Canada will be forced to play a World Group play-off tie to keep its spot for 2018 play.Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil defeated Daniel Evans 7-6(3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5) earlier Sunday, tying the Davis Cup World Group tie at 2-2.It was a disappointing turn of events considering how well Pospisil had played earlier, but he was quick to come to his teammate’s defence on Twitter.“No one is nicer or carries themselves better for a 17 y/o than Shapovalov. But firstly I hope the umpire’s okay. Shapovalov was remorseful and emotional while addressing the media.“Obviously this is unacceptable behaviour from me,” Shapovalov said. I’m just very happy with how I played the big moments.”Pospisil, ranked 133rd, had 25 aces to Evans’s seven in the match that took three hours 23 minutes to be decided.“When he was behind he was serving so well and I don’t even know how many break points I had and my conversion must have been diabolical really,” Evans said. He played better than me today.”Evans seemed to find his second wind in the fourth set. That can be really dangerous.”Pospisil’s participation had been in question as he’s struggled with a knee issue over the weekend and admitted a decision wasn’t made until the last possible moment.Evans, ranked 45th in the world, struggled to handle Pospisil’s serve and it was the difference in the match.“I had to play at my best,” Pospisil said. It’s just the beginning of his career so he’ll draw a big lesson out of this,” Laurendeau said. Britain advances to the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final as the winner of the tie. Denis Shapovalov says he’s ashamed and embarrassed for his actions that caused a Canadian defeat at the Davis Cup.The 17-year-old saw his Davis Cup action come to an abrupt end Sunday when he hit the umpire with an errant ball.Shapovalov was automatically defaulted under tennis rules, allowing Britain’s Kyle Edmund to earn an easy 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 victory and 3-2 series win. Everyone can see that today was an accident. “I just feel awful for letting my team down, for letting my country down, for acting a way that I would never want to act.“I can promise that’s the last time I will do anything like that.”The crowd of 7,497 at TD Place was stunned when Shapovalov, who had just been broken by Edmund and was disappointed with a shot, took a ball out of his pocket and hit it in frustration. Evans made it 6-5 with an ace, but Pospisil fired a serve that Evans was unable to return, hitting it wide to give Canada the win. Evans came right back and won the fourth game and the set ended in a tiebreaker.Trailing 4-2 in the tiebreaker, Pospisil scored four unanswered points to take a 6-4 lead. “I’ve got to give it to him. The umpire had swelling and bruising under his left eye and was taken to Ottawa General Hospital for a precautionary evaluation.Team Canada captain Martin Laurendeau had never dealt with a similar situation, but clearly felt for his young player.“He’s not that kind of guy. “If I slipped up a little bit, he was there playing great tennis. Can happen to anyone,” Pospisil tweeted.Team captain Leon Smith called the turn of events “a shame.”“I feel sorry for Denis. “Curbing your emotions on the court is probably something that he’ll need to make a living out of this sport. He went up two games to none, but Pospisil had four aces to win the third game. “He’ll learn I’m sure. He’s gotten a harsh lesson,” Smith said.

Canada’s Kaillie Humphries takes silver at bobsleigh World Cup

They are in a healthy competition and the results are showing.”Francesco Friedrich won both heats in a two-man bobsleigh World Cup race to claim his fourth victory of the season.Edmonton’s Alysia Rissling and Quebec City’s Geneviève Thibault slid to ninth place with a combined time of 1 minute 47.36 seconds. Bringing Cynthia into the mix has pushed both of them. Humphries also teamed up with Toronto’s Cynthia Appiah for a victory at the season opener in Whistler and a bronze in Lake Placid, N.Y. She also has one World Cup gold and a bronze, along with one silver with Lotholz at last year’s World Championships in Austria.It was the fifth medal of the season for Humphries and her third podium this year with the 24-year-old Lotholz on the sled. Our sled came out of [start] groove about five metres in, and I had a tap in corner nine, so we really tried to correct those things in the second run,” Humphries said. Canadian bobsleigh star Kaillie Humphries won silver on Saturday at a women’s bobsleigh World Cup event.Calgary’s Humphries and pusher Melissa Lotholz of Barrhead, Alta., posted the second-fastest start and run times in both heats to lock up second place with a two-run time of 1 minute 46.39 seconds, 0.25 seconds behind Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lolo Jones, who won their fourth straight women’s race. American driver Justin Olsen, with pusher Evan Weinstock, was fourth for his personal best World Cup result.Canada’s Justin Kripps and Jesse Lumsden finished fifth with a time of 1 minute 43.77 seconds.Friedrich extended his lead in the overall standings to 101 points over the United States’ Steven Holcomb, who finished Saturday’s race in 10th.The meet in Austria will be concluded by the four-man race on Sunday, and is the last World Cup event before the Feb. Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans made it an American 1-3 finish, trailing the winners by 0.39 seconds.“We had a few mistakes on our first push. this year.Coming off a fourth-place finish with Appiah last week in Konigssee, Germany – the site of the 2017 World Championship in two weeks – Humphries made the decision on Saturday to go back to her sled from last year.“I just felt the sled wasn’t running properly in Konigssee for that track, so I wanted to test it this week so that when we go back to World Championships it will hopefully create a bigger advantage,” said Humphries.“Melissa has worked hard, and looking at the results with the coaches, when she is in the sled our velocity and speed is far greater. The rivalry between her and Cynthia has been awesome to see. Christine de Bruin, also of Edmonton, and Catherine Medeiros, of Mascouche, Que., were 11th (1:47.46).Three-time world champion Friedrich and his pusher Thorsten Margis of Germany set a track record in the opening run before beating Oskars Melbardis and Janis Strenga of Latvia by 0.73 seconds.Austria’s Benjamin Maier and Markus Sammer trailed by 0.80 in third. The pushes are really coming together for Melissa and I, and the velocity is great.”Humphries remained in the overall World Cup lead with 1,446 points, 27 clear of Greubel Poser and 126 ahead of Meyers Taylor.The silver was only the fourth career podium finish for Humphries on the flat 10-corner Austrian track that brings the field together. “Over all it was a decent day. 17-26 World Championship in Koenigssee.With files from The Associated Press

Clippers’ Paul Pierce starts in emotional farewell at Boston Garden

31 and has appeared in just 12 games this season for the Clippers. “I’m just soaking it all in, enjoying every moment of it, giving it back to the fans what they gave me.”Isaiah Thomas stole the spotlight from Pierce, scoring 28 points to lead Boston to its seventh straight victory, a 107-102 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. “[I will] always have a relationship with these guys; it’s just something that when you win a championship, you know it forms a natural bond with you and your teammates that you share with each other forever. The Clippers got within four in the final minute, 103-99, but Griffin missed a three-pointer from the left side, Horford got the rebound and sank his foul shots.A first-round draft pick out of Kansas in 1998, Pierce toiled in Boston through the down years of M.L. 31 but former Celtics coach Doc Rivers put him in the starting lineup so he could have a fitting farewell.Boston scored the first six points of the game and had a 29-14 lead late in the first quarter. A highlight video at the first timeout appeared to bring him to tears. He had not played since Dec. “When you come back to it, you just kind of go around and reminisce about it and enjoy the time that I had here.”Pierce, 39, hadn’t played since Dec. “So it is, it is like my going-out moment.” 34 Celtics jerseys filled the crowd – more even than the Patriots shirts worn by fans looking to rush home after the game to watch the football team play Atlanta in the Super Bowl. “I’m glad Doc was able to get me out there one last time, knowing that this would be my last game as a player in the Boston Garden,” Pierce said after signing autographs before the game. Thomas had eight assists but had a four-game streak of 35-point games snapped.Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford scored 23 apiece, and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost for the sixth time in eight games. Pierce spent time in Brooklyn and Washington before reuniting with Rivers in Los Angeles.“The memories are always going to be with me,” Pierce said. Pierce’s only points came on a three-pointer after checking in with 19 seconds left and the game out of reach.With fans undecided on whether to cheer louder for the Celtics, for Pierce, or for the New England Patriots, who played in the Super Bowl later Sunday, the basketball team held on as the Clippers cut a 12-point lead to 103-99 in the final minute.Pierce started and played the first five minutes and then went to the bench – even as the crowd chanted his name, egged on by the Celtics cheerleaders and even Thomas himself. The Clippers ran off 10 straight points in the second – five from Raymond Felton followed by five from Jamal Crawford – to make it a two-point game.But it was 56-47 at the half and a 14-point Boston lead at the end of three. The next year, after the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Boston won its NBA-record 17th championship, and Pierce was the Finals MVP.But as the New Big Three aged, general manager Danny Ainge traded them – and Rivers – off for the draft choices that would help them rebuild. Carr and Rick Pitino, watching as the once-proud team lost a franchise-record 18 games in a row while he was injured in 2006-07. He was still 0 for 1 when went to the bench at the first timeout. And so I’ll forever hold that.”Pierce’s No. Rivers said he went to the team first to ask if it was okay.“They were looking at me like, ‘What a dumb question,’” Rivers said. (He did not return in the first half, and early in the second the Garden crowd broke into a chant of “We want Paul!”)“I spent 15 years here, and these people really appreciate what I was able to bring to the game,” he said before the game. After Griffin missed a three-pointer that could have made it a one-possession game, Pierce checked back in for the final possessions and, with the fans already standing and cheering, hit a three-pointer that was meaningful only to them.As the crowd was filtering out to get home in time for the Super Bowl, Pierce walked back onto the parquet floor, dropped to his knees, and kissed the leprechaun at centre court.Pierce, 39, has said he will retire after the season. With a deafening cheer and a shout of “Let’s go, Pats,” Paul Pierce was back in Boston on Super Bowl Sunday to give Celtics fans one last chance to celebrate the player who helped the NBA’s most-decorated franchise return to the top of the league.Restored to the Los Angeles Clippers’ starting lineup by current and former coach Doc Rivers, Pierce was greeted with a long and loud ovation at his introduction, when the new Boston Garden rang out again with his nickname: The Truth. Al Horford had 13 points and a season-high 15 rebounds for the Celtics. “They wanted him to start, which I thought was great.”Pierce played the first five minutes and missed the first shot of the game. During a silent moment in national anthem, a shout came from the stands: “Let’s go, Pats!”Even walking into the building, Pierce said, gave him chills.“When you spend 15 years in one place, it’s hard to let it go,” he said.

Canada’s Marianne St-Gelais takes gold at short-track World Cup event

“I reached my goal of qualifying for the final, but I didn’t feel as good as I would have hoped for, and I’m a bit disappointed about that. Maltais also won bronze in Saturday’s 1,000.“Today’s bronze medal is a little less satisfying than yesterday’s,” said Maltais. I’m disappointed because I feel I could have done better.”Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., who won gold Saturday in the men’s 1,500, finished fourth in the 500.Hungary’s Shaolin Sandor Liu won gold while his brother Shaoang Liu won bronze. Francois Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, Que., finished second.In the men’s relay, Charles Hamelin, Cournoyer, Dion and Samuel Girard won the B final.Canada won a total of eight medals in Dresden, including four gold, for the team’s highest total since the World Cup stage that was held last year in the same city. Kim Ye-jin of South Korea was second while Jamie Macdonald of Fort St. Canadian speed skater Marianne St-Gelais capped her weekend at a short-track World Cup event with two medals on Sunday, including gold in the women’s 500-metre final.St-Gelais of Saint-Felicien, Que., who also won gold in the women’s 1,000 on Saturday, led Sunday’s 500-metre race from start to finish, crossing the line in 42.963 seconds. I thought a lot about the technical points that will help me keep my position and keep my focus level up, so that I can keep going though round after round. Kassandra Bradette, also of Saint-Felicien, was fourth.St-Gelais earned her second medal of the day by helping Canada’s 3,000-metre relay team to bronze. Dae Heon Hwang finished between them in silver. The Dutch led from start to finish for gold and Italy took silver.“I’m satisfied with how my weekend went,” St-Gelais said. I was able to maintain a very high level of concentration in both events this weekend, technically and tactically, and it paid off.”“I’m confident looking towards the World Championships, but I realize that some of the top skaters weren’t here this weekend. “Today, I had a great 500. Still, in terms of my technical points, this weekend’s results have boosted my confidence level.”In the women’s 1,500, Valerie Maltais of Saguenay, Que., won bronze – her second in as many days – while Kim Boutin of Sherbrooke, Que., placed fifth in a race won by Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands. Pascal Dion of Montreal finished sixth overall.“Today was like a roller coaster,” said Hamelin. James, B.C., placed third. I didn’t feel good out there today.”Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, Que., was the top Canadian in the 1,500 men’s B final. “I was happy to be on the podium, but I felt that I could have moved up at the expense of Suzanne Schulting, who was first, but I stayed stuck behind her.

Russian athletes hope for swift end to track-and-field doping exile

Kuchina easily won her event in Moscow, but her result of 1.91 metres was far below her best.However, after a string of false starts, Russia is inching closer to a return.On Monday, track’s world governing body, the IAAF, will hold a council meeting with the stated aim of drawing up a road map for Russia’s return though, in some ways, the process has quietly begun.Over the winter, the IAAF has been accepting applications from top Russian athletes who want to compete in international events as “neutral” athletes, rather than representatives of Russia’s still-suspended track federation.As of Wednesday, 33 Russians had applied, sending off forms listing their drug-test history under newly relaxed IAAF rules which no longer insist on Russian athletes training outside their home country. “We’re all waiting.” If more Russians get permission to compete this season, “I’ll feel a lot better, because I didn’t like competing alone with that huge responsibility.”Competing as neutrals, not Russians, is a sensitive issue.Many fans support the athletes who have submitted applications to the IAAF, though some Russian nationalists accuse them of betraying their country.“There’s more support because people who I know understand what sport means to me,” Kuchina said. More than a year into Russia’s exclusion from international track and field, high jump world champion Maria Kuchina feels like she’s stagnating.“I need emotion, I need competition, I need rivals,” Kuchina said.That’s all missing because Russian track and field exists in limbo, banned since November, 2015, as a series of investigations revealed widespread doping and allegations that government officials helped to cover it up. Sunday saw Russia’s biggest meet of the year so far, though it featured only Russians, with very mixed quality in many events. “Even if they let me, I won’t compete at the Europeans because I want to race under my own flag,” she said.Even as Russia nears a return, there have been setbacks.Documents released in December as part of a World Anti-Doping Agency inquiry showed eight unnamed Russians from the national track and field team had given suspicious samples ahead of the 2014 world indoor championships, but most were recorded as clean. The IAAF is looking into the issue.In another blow, a German TV channel broadcast footage showing national-team runner Artyom Denmukhametov appearing to train with coach Vladimir Kazarin, who is suspended over alleged steroid use by several of his other athletes. Denmukhametov was in action at Sunday’s meet, coming second in the 400m. Kuchina doesn’t know if she’ll be able to defend her world title in London in August.“There’s no information,” she said, criticizing the lack of updates about her application. He hasn’t applied to the IAAF to compete as a neutral, according to Russian track federation records.Until the IAAF either reinstates Russia or allows its top athletes to compete as individuals, Russian track will remain in suspended animation. If the IAAF accepts all of them, Russia will have close to a full team at next month’s European indoor championships in Serbia, just without a flag.That’s good news for Daria Klishina, the long jumper who was allowed to be Russia’s only representative in track and field at last year’s Rio Olympics because she has long trained in Florida, rather than in the Russian system.“I don’t want to be in that situation again, never,” Klishina said Sunday, recalling how she found it tough to be on her own at the Olympics, where she finished ninth. “I try never to read online comments because they could destroy anyone’s well-being.”Middle-distance runner Elena Korobkina, however, said she’ll refuse a place at major championships if it means competing as a neutral, though she will take part in other meets.

Relegation a genuine prospect for stumbling Leicester

This time last season, the Foxes were atop the standings and on their way to the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history.“Let’s not talk about last season. “It is not a comfortable situation. That loss left Claudio Ranieri’s team in 16th place in the 20-team league, one point above the relegation zone with 14 matches left. It has been terrible, embarrassing. If we don’t, we will be relegated.”Leicester hasn’t scored in five league games in 2017 and is still without a win away from home all season, hardly encouraging statistics ahead of an important game next weekend at 17th-placed Swansea.Unconfirmed reports of dressing-room unrest have surfaced in the British media in recent weeks, adding to Leicester’s problems. It’s gone,” Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said. Motivation also seems an issue, with progress in the Champions League having been the priority in the first half of the season.Ranieri, who is starting to come under criticism, has tried different formations and different players but to no avail. Relegation is looming as a genuine prospect for stuttering Premier League champion Leicester.It’s been 79 years since a defending champion was relegated from England’s top division – the fate befell Manchester City in 1938 – but Leicester is heading that way after a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Sunday. In 24 games of the title defence, Leicester has lost 13 of them.For United, it’s 15 matches unbeaten in the league and the top four – and therefore the Champions League qualifications positions – are in sight for Jose Mourinho’s men. The team clearly misses the influence of central midfielder N’Golo Kante, who left for Chelsea in the off-season, while other star players from last season – notably Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy – have lost their form altogether. Players from both sides then got involved in the melee, leading to three players getting booked and both Wagner and Monk getting sent to the stands.Wagner said he was not being disrespectful with his celebration, with Monk replying: “I hold myself in a certain way and I have humility and respect.” “But we are closer to the others so we keep fighting.”MAN CITY 2, SWANSEA 1Gabriel Jesus again started ahead of Sergio Aguero and justified the selection by scoring twice, including the winner two minutes into second-half stoppage time.That’s three goals in his first two starts in the league for the 19-year-old Brazil striker, who has adjusted quickly to the English game and delighted City coach Pep Guardiola with his work ethic and desire, as well as his goals.“Everybody is a bit surprised by his level,” said Guardiola.Gabriel Jesus put City ahead in the 11th minute, before Swansea equalized in the 82nd through Gylfi Sigurdsson.LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPA clash between rival managers sparked a free-for-all between players and coaching staff of Huddersfield and Leeds at the end of a Yorkshire derby in the second-tier League Championship.Huddersfield coach David Wagner raced down the touchline and joined in the celebrations of his players after an 89th-minute goal by Michael Hefele, which proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory for the hosts.As Wagner returned to his bench, he was blocked off by Leeds manager Garry Monk, leading to a confrontation. United is sixth, two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.It was also a good day for Man City, which beat Swansea 2-1 thanks to Gabriel Jesus’ injury-time goal to climb above Arsenal and Liverpool into third place.A look at Sunday’s games:LEICESTER 0, MAN UNITED 3United scored three goals in an eight-minute period either side of halftime at King Power Stadium.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s brilliant run and finish broke the deadlock in the 42nd and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second with a first-time strike 88 seconds later , his 15th league goal of the season.Juan Mata was perhaps fortunate not to receive a first-half red card for a robust tackle on Vardy in the first half, so it was even more galling for Leicester fans to see the Spain playmaker make it 3-0 in the 49th from Mkhitaryan’s pass.“We are still in the same position,” Mourinho said. It is time for each one of us – from the top to the bottom of this club – to be counted.

Calgary Flames’ third period rally falls short in loss against New York Rangers

…This is the place where you gain the most confidence when you win.”Michael Grabner had a goal and an assist, Rick Nash also scored and J.T. and we were able to get two points.”Hamilton gave the Flames a 1-0 lead on the powerplay when his shot from the point deflected off Rangers defenceman Nick Holden and past Lundqvist’s glove side for his eighth at 6:59 of the first.The Rangers tied it on their own powerplay less than two minutes later. Miller had two assists to help the Rangers win for the fifth time in seven games overall and improve to 5-0-1 in their last six against Calgary.“I don’t think we had our ‘A’ stuff, but we did a good job defending and not getting hurt by it,” Rangers centre Derek Stepan said.Flames veteran Kris Versteeg got ejected after losing his jersey during a fight in the third period, and waved to jeering fans as he skated off.Versteeg, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago and not known as a brawler, tangled with Pavel Buchnevich and got his jersey pulled over his head during the scrap. Although the New York Rangers weren’t happy with every aspect of the game, they were glad to get a needed win at home.Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast scored 3:12 apart in the middle of the third period to help the Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 4-3 Sunday for their second victory in their last seven at Madison Square Garden. “These are the types of games that make you better and we were good tonight, we just didn’t get the points.”The Rangers outlasted Calgary in a furious third period that began with the score tied at 1.Kreider put the Rangers ahead 3-2 as he brought the puck up the left side and sent a shot from outside the left circle that deflected in off the skate of defenceman Dennis Wideman for his career high-tying 21st goal at 8:20.Fast made it 4-2 with about 8 1/2 minutes left off a pass from Miller.The Flames took advantage of a Rangers giveaway less than a minute later as Backlund fired a shot that deflected off Tkachuk past Lundqvist.Grabner gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 1:54 of the third, taking a pass from Brady Skjei in the right circle and putting it into the top right corner for his 23rd.Brouwer tied it at 4:40 as he got the deflection of Johnny Gaudreau’s shot and put it past Lundqvist for his ninth.Nash appeared to give the Rangers the lead in the final second of the second period, but it was waved off after a review showed the puck went in after the clock had expired.After the Rangers outshot the Flames 15-13 in the opening period, the chances slowed down in the second.“It was an awful period from both sides,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. Ryan McDonagh also had an assist on the goal for his 200th career point.New York scored on the man advantage for the second straight game after going 0 for 15 over their previous five. Nash got a pass in front from Stepan in front and his second attempt went in for his 15th at 8:55. “Obviously there’s no better feeling than to win in front of your own fans. “We’re aware obviously of the record we’ve had here the past few weeks and it’s something we want to improve,” said New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped 29 shots. The 30-year-old forward was tossed because, by rule, his jersey hadn’t been properly tied down.The Flames, who practised on an outdoor rink in Central Park on Saturday, had won three in a row.Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist, and Dougie Hamilton and Troy Brouwer also scored for the Flames. Brian Elliott finished with 28 saves and Mikael Backlund had two assists.“I thought we deserved to get some points out of this building,” Calgary coach Glen Gulutzan said. “In the third, I thought we executed better …

Lady Gaga plays it extra safe at Super Bowl halftime show

They tend to be humorous these days: ironic, self-deprecating.The same country singer who sang the national anthem, Luke Bryan, appeared in a Busch beer ad with a second of goofy humour that made him look a little embarrassed. There is not necessarily a meaning to each year’s aesthetic.Read more: New England Patriots come back from 25 points down to win Super Bowl over Atlanta FalconsLike the Oscars, the moment presents an opportunity for artists to make some statement of defiance against this military-musical complex, as M.I.A. That was fashion reference without content. She began with a patriotic song, God Bless America, on the roof of the stadium, then descended on ropes into a medley of her biggest hits – Poker Face, Born This Way, Just Dance, Bad Romance, Telephone – performed with her usual vigour alongside a team of five or six million fit dancers (by my count).Did the aesthetic of the stage set indicate any commentary? But we know Born This Way so well it hardly shocks now.It was a slick, sexy, professional show – and Gaga’s breathlessness as she sat at her piano to sing, after some acrobatic dancing, showed that she was actually singing, which was refreshing, in an age of simulacra.Otherwise it was just nice: polite to the point of being timid. There were some costumes that mixed football helmets and white drapery, to uncertain effect. There was not even any humour.It could be argued that Born This Way, an anthem to gay rights, is inherently disrespectful of a conservative administration that seems likely to curtail those same rights. What we saw was the tamest Lady Gaga performance on record. It was hard to tell what the aesthetic was. There was a scrap-metal tower that was vaguely reminiscent of Mad Max-style dystopias. The commercials. Because the performers at the Super Bowl halftime show are the most popular in the United States, they are expected to provide a kind of definition of contemporary culture: Their costumes and references will summarize the moment in fashion, their political statements will be seen to represent the mainstream. Lady Gaga flies solo at Super Bowl halftime show (literally) (The Associated Press)

The Super Bowl is a nationalistic spectacle: The anthems – America the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner – are sung with a backdrop of military uniforms, celebrities of entertainment appear in every commercial (this year, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake appeared to hawk products in separate ads) and the F-16s scream overhead, a congealing of military and cultural power.Some of the cultural references assembled on that massive stage have been frankly bizarre – as when Madonna had dancers dressed in the costumes of the thugs in the film A Clockwork Orange. Even Mr. It didn’t happen. What there was not was any kind of statement. Gaga will not be the hero of the revolution.You know what was more subversive than Gaga’s show, though? Bieber mocked himself a bit.This is the real sophistication of the United States: the sense that to be cool involves humour, even when millions of dollars are at stake.This is where the popular culture of that country shows itself to be far more sophisticated than its Commander in Chief, for this kind of cool is beyond him. did when she gave the finger to the cameras during her performance (and was subsequently sued for $16.6-million by the NFL).The choice of Lady Gaga as star of Super Bowl LI was a similarly dangerous one for the league, as her political views are known to be liberal: Was she likely to make some kind of uncomfortable anti-Trump statement to the most conservative audience of the United States?Expectations for this were set when cast members of the musical Hamilton – known to be not the President’s favourites – sang one of the anthems.We were all waiting for it.

No goals, but Connor McDavid still dazzles Montreal Canadiens

I kind of compare him to the Cristiano Ronaldo of hockey,” he said.On that, both teams might even agree; more than one Hab grumbled about the soccer-like ease with which McDavid tumbled to the ice in a game decided, FIFA-style, on penalty shots.That’s another thing about the Newmarket, Ont., native: he makes people take penalties at a league-leading rate.The 27 he has drawn through 55 games is far and away the highest total in the league (Nikolaj Ehlers of Winnipeg is second with 20).On this day, the Habs took three trying to contain McDavid; Weber for tripping, Nathan Beaulieu for hooking, Alexei Emelin for hooking.Andrew Shaw should have gotten another for what looked suspiciously like a slew foot, and surely would have had the referee’s arm not been up already for the Weber trip.This is a player whose mere presence on the ice forces opponents to reach and defenders to backpedal.We haven’t even started in on the breakaways yet.There was one in the first, after he astutely intercepted Alex Radulov’s cross-ice breakout pass at centre (Beaulieu was penalized for preventing his shot).There was another in overtime, when Habs goalie Al Montoya made a save (one of the 32 he would make on the night) despite not appearing to know for sure where the puck was; on a couple of other occasions he roared around the Montreal defence to create chances.“He could have had a hat trick today,” Lucic said.As it was, McDavid’s linemate Leon Draisaitl provided the winning marker in the shootout to secure the 1-0 win.In the first period, the Bell Centre crowd paid McDavid the ultimate compliment: lusty boos when he fell over theatrically after some sneaky, accidentally-on-purpose contact from penalty killer Tomas Plekanec.“The crowd was getting on me a little bit, but I was definitely not diving, all three of those chances I was trying to make a play to the net, stuff like that happens,” McDavid said afterward.As to the catcalls, McDavid said “I don’t usually get those … but I don’t mind, if it’s a compliment I’ll take it.”It also happens Sunday was McDavid’s 100th career game.His totals at the milestone are 34 goals, 74 assists, 108 points, and too many edge-of-the-seat rushes to count.When it was put to McDavid afterward that he had just completed an NHL century of games, he said, “I didn’t even know that.”“It goes by so fast, honestly, it feels like just being drafted a day ago,” he said. Well, he’s pretty much the present, too … he’s going to get chances no matter what you do.”Game planning for star players is nothing new, but on Super Bowl Sunday the Habs essentially played a road game at home in a bid to bottle up the NHL’s leading scorer.“A lot of clogged-up areas out there,” observed Oilers winger Milan Lucic.The former Bruin also contributed the best line of the day about his 20-year-old superstar teammate. I don’t know what else to say, I’ve pumped his tires pretty good,” he said.Montreal coach Michel Therrien likened McDavid to Sidney Crosby, whom he coached at 18 and 19, and said, “You can see he’s the future of the NHL. On his first shift, number 97 in white looked like he was in a nothing position, caught between the boards and a defenceman, and then, well, he wasn’t.Instead, Connor McDavid scooted around the Montreal Canadiens’ Shea Weber, widely considered one of the elite defenders in the game, and presented himself in front of the net. “He’s electrifying, and for a lot of reasons. Not only that, he’s got the mind for it. His speed, his skill, his ability to finish, his ability to pass. A lot of guys have maybe one or two things, or a thing here or there, but he’s definitely as close as it gets to having it all.”Like many before him and a large number to come, Weber fielded multiple questions about the man against whom he was matched up (McDavid played 25:07, Weber played 25:09) and – it must be said – managed to hold off the scoresheet.“He’s strong, too. His hands are as good as his speed, but he’s agile and shifty as well. “It just goes by quick.”It’s an appropriate frame; if everyone else is impressed by the way he flies around, the man himself may as well be surprised at the alacrity with which he is taking the league by storm. It came to nothing, but the thing about the Edmonton Oilers captain is he makes opponents question the very idea of certainty; you can’t conclusively say you’ve got him where you want him, because you don’t.Read more: Is Connor McDavid the next Gretzky of endorsements?After the game, Weber, winner of two Olympic medals and a World Cup trophy, and a man who has been among the first defencemen selected to Team Canada for the last eight years, was asked whether the challenge presented by McDavid is merely one of speed.“Everything,” he snorted.“Obviously, he’s fast, but there’s a lot of guys that are fast.

Hideki Matsuyama wins second straight Phoenix Open

The South Korean player shot a 73 to finish sixth at 14 under par.Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., entered the day tied for third but shot a 71 in his final round to finish tied for ninth. Simpson’s drive on 332-yard hole ended up on the right edge of the green with a bunker blocking his path to the hole. The South African birdied Nos. Simpson birdied three of the last four for a 64, the best round of the day.The tournament drew an estimated 58,654 fans Sunday to shatter the weekly record with 655,434. Hideki Matsuyama won the Waste Management Phoenix Open on the fourth hole of a playoff for the second straight year, outlasting Webb Simpson on Sunday at TPC Scottsdale.Matsuyama won with a 10-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th, the same hole where the 24-year-old Japanese star finished off Rickie Fowler a year ago. Matsuyama closed with a 5-under 66, parring the final three holes to match Simpson at 17-under 267. tied for 12th.Matsuyama won his second PGA Tour title of the season and fourth overall. The Japanese player also is the first to win a playoff in an event two straight years since Ernie Els in the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2003-04.Matsuyama and Simpson matched pars on the first three extra holes, playing the par-4 18th twice and the par-4 10th before heading to 17. Instead of trying to hit a wedge over the bunker, he putted and left himself a 25-footer that burned the right edge.Simpson and Matsuyama each eagled the par-5 third, with Simpson hitting a 272-yard shot to 5 feet, and Matsuyama a 254-yarder to 2 1/2 feet.Louis Oosthuizen finished a stroke back after a 65. Spaun (67) at 15 under.Phil Mickelson tied for 16th at 10 under after a 71. The 46-year-old former Arizona State star played his 100th round in the event he won in 1996, 2005 and 2013.Fellow former Sun Devils player Jon Rahm shot a 70 to also finish 10 under. The other five are Hall of Famers Ben Hogan (1946-47), Jimmy Demaret (1949-50), Lloyd Mangrum (1952-53), Arnold Palmer (1961-63) and Johnny Miller (1974-75). The previous mark of 618,365 was set last year. He has won five worldwide events in the last 3 1/2 months, also taking the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, two events in Japan and Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge.He’s the sixth player to successfully defend a title in the event and the first to do it at TPC Scottsdale. Adam Hadwin (66) of Abbotsford, B.C. Three strokes ahead of Matsuyama, An bogeyed the first two holes on the back nine and closed with two more. Last week, the Spaniard won at Torrey Pines for his first PGA Tour victory. He made a run with four front-nine birdies, then played the back nine in 4 over with a double bogey on 17, four bogeys and two birdies. A record 204,906 packed the grounds Saturday.Matsuyama took advantage of third-round leader Byeong Hun An’s back-nine collapse. 14, 15 and 17, then hit in the right bunker on 18 and scrambled to save par.Fowler also shot a 65 to match J.J.

New England Patriots come back from 25 points down to win Super Bowl over Atlanta Falcons

This story has been updated. By the middle of the second quarter, Brady was looking every one of his 39 years as a young, quick Falcons defence kept the pressure on him. Brady may be trying to downplay it now, but there is no denying he, Belichick and Kraft cozied up to Trump even after he began spreading his xenophobic and divisive messages.For those still reeling from Trump’s election and the prospect of what lies ahead for the U.S. As another sign of just how big this Super Bowl was, Pope Francis checked in before the game. “I like Bob Kraft. Brady and the Patriots were relentless in the fourth quarter, finally tying the game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Patriot machine, oiled by the most driven head coach in an occupation populated by obsessives and control freaks, ground to a halt by the third quarter. It’s believed to be a first for a pontiff.“Great sporting events like today’s Super Bowl are highly symbolic, showing that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace,” Pope Francis said. over the next four years, what looked like a sure Falcons win was a badly needed balm for the soul. Naturally, the interviewer was Bill O’Reilly, who could give Trump a run for his money as biggest mouth on television if the latter had not already become the most powerful man on earth.The usual hobby horses were ridden by Trump when the interview began, from undoing “the worst deal I’ve ever seen” when it comes to Iran to voter fraud. But you know what? But the youthful Falcons unraveled in the fourth, undone by the same kind of mistakes and penalties the Patriots committed earlier in the game.Trump set the scene with an interview on the television pregame show which just happened to be on Fox, the network that fawned over him leading up to last November’s election as it vilified Hilary Clinton. When it came to the Patriots, Trump made it clear there was no other football team for him. For almost three quarters of the Super Bowl, the schadenfreude was slowly savoured by those who detest both the New England Patriots and their unofficial patron, U.S. Finally, with the Falcons up by three touchdowns in the third quarter, the team known for scandal as much as success, Deflategate, Spygate and other skirting of the rules, was to get its comeuppance.Related:  Lady Gaga plays it extra safe at Super Bowl halftime showRead more: Super Bowl shows how ad houses are keeping it in the familyBut the Falcons, who looked so young and fast on both sides of the ball as they built that big lead, couldn’t hold it. “By participating in sport, we are able to go beyond our own self-interest and in a healthy way, we learn to sacrifice, to grow in fidelity and respect the rules.“May this year’s Super Bowl be a sign of peace, friendship and solidarity to the world.”Well, maybe.Editor’s Note: Tom Brady has appeared in seven Super Bowl games, not eight. They had the NFL’s dynasty, one that is detested for more than just its leaders’ coziness with Trump, on the run. Tom’s a winner,” Trump said.But, he added, perhaps just in case the Falcons were watching, “I think the other team is fantastic, though.”It certainly was. By then, the overtime result seemed inevitable.Perhaps it’s best to leave the last word with a third party. And Tom Brady is my friend,” he said.The Falcons were “the other team.” O’Reilly mentioned Kraft, Belichick and Brady were “taking gas” for their connection with Trump. They’re also getting a lot of popularity out of it. Brady went from looking every bit of his 39 years to turning the clock back in the fourth quarter and overtime.No Super Bowl team had ever come back from a 14-point deficit, let alone 25 points.And who else would do it except Brady, who directed the Patriots to 31 unanswered points and a 34-28 win in overtime for the Patriots’ fifth NFL championship in his 15 seasons.There is no arguing now about who the greatest quarterback in NFL history is, not when you can point to five Super Bowl rings in seven appearances in the game in 15 seasons.Going into the game, it was the Trump factor that set up this Super Bowl as one of the most memorable ever. I think they’re going to do very well. I like Coach Belichick. Then  it was over.After sitting out a four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate, the tampering with footballs in the AFC title game in 2015, Brady showed that even at 39 years of age he was still the best quarterback in the NFL. By halftime, the Pats were making all kinds of uncharacteristic mistakes as Atlanta took a 21-3 lead thanks to quarterback Matt Ryan, running back Devonte Freeman and receiver Julio Jones, who all matched their defensive teammates’ exploits.This was too great a dynasty and a quarterback to go quietly, though. President Donald Trump.Trump loomed over the Super Bowl as no politician ever managed before, hailing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, imperious head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft as his “friends.” The Atlanta Falcons, as Trump put it in a pregame television interview, were just “the other team.”

Highlights from the Patriots’ biggest comeback in Super Bowl history (Reuters)

The Falcons shocked just about everyone Sunday night by slapping around the Patriots for three-quarters of the game. “They’re taking a lot of heat. And Belichick is the best coach.The deliciously anticipated awkward scene that would crown the Super Bowl when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who fought Brady and Kraft in court over Deflategate, had to present the trophy to the pair along with Belichick practically became an afterthought amid the game’s dramatics.

Patriots’ Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for plan to skip White House trip

It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office. Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration. Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president.

Speedskater Isabelle Charest to lead Canada’s team at 2018 Olympics

9, 2018. Former short-track speedskater Isabelle Charest will lead Canada’s team at next year’s Winter Olympics.The three-time Olympic medallist has been named Canada’s chef de mission for the Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Charest competed in Lillehammer in 1994, Nagano in 1998 and Salt Lake City in 2002, winning medals in the 3,000-metre relay in each of those Games. Olympic speedskater Isabelle Charest feels ‘privileged’ to be Canada’s chef de mission (The Canadian Press)

She was the Canada’s chef de mission at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2016 and the assistant chef at the Rio Olympics last summer and at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.The chef de mission is the face of the team at the Games, acting as a spokesperson, mentor and head cheerleader for the athletes.The Pyeongchang Games open Feb.

Man pleads not guilty in fatal shooting of CFL player Joe McKnight

He’s jailed on US$750,000 bond. They said that Gasser did not know McKnight and said the shooting was not racially motivated.McKnight, who played for the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders last season, was considered the No. The confrontation took place as they were travelling over the Mississippi River on a heavily travelled bridge that links downtown New Orleans to its west bank and adjoining suburbs in neighbouring Jefferson Parish.Authorities said the shooting happened after both cars had stopped and McKnight approached Gasser’s vehicle. Last week, he was indicted on a second-degree murder charge, which carries a mandatory life sentence. 1 death. In the NFL, he played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs. They noted that Gasser stayed on the scene after the shooting and said he co-operated with police. “It was a case of justifiable homicide,” defence attorney Gerard Archer told reporters after a brief arraignment hearing at the Jefferson Parish Courthouse in the New Orleans suburb of Gretna.Authorities have said the 28-year-old McKnight, who was black, and Gasser, who is white, were driving erratically and yelling at each other prior to the shooting. The man accused of fatally shooting CFL player Joe McKnight formally pleaded not guilty Monday to a second-degree murder charge.Ronald Gasser, 55, of Terrytown, had initially been arrested on a manslaughter charge following McKnight’s Dec. Gasser shot McKnight three times.Last week, Archer and co-defence counsel Matthew Goetz said they believe McKnight tried to enter Gasser’s car through the passenger window. 1 running back recruit in the United States when he came out of John Curtis Christian School in Louisiana in 2006.He signed with the University of Southern California, where he ran for 2,213 yards and 13 touchdowns and caught 66 passes for 542 yards and two scores in three seasons.