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Raptors win OT thriller in Brooklyn


DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points, Amir Johnson made the tiebreaking basket with 41 seconds left in overtime, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 on Friday night.

NHL players, prospects make Super Bowl predictions

Steven Stamkos

Various NHL players and prospects took a moment to offer their thoughts on the outcome of the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots that will take place on Sunday.

Deflate-gate: Patriots' Tom Brady defended by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

A group of Boston celebrities including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Thursday to defend New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the NFL investigation into underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game.

Seahawks punter makes history

Seattle punter Jon Ryan, a former standout at the University of Regina, will become the first CIS graduate to play in two Super Bowls Sunday, when his Seahawks face the New England Patriots in the NFL championship game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

A year ago, Ryan, who starred for the U of R Rams from 2000 to 2003, became the first Canadian Interuniversity Sport grad to win the Super Bowl as a participating player when the Seahawks crushed Denver 43-8 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The two-time CIS all-Canadian and three-time Canada West all-star had to punt only once in the game, a 45-yard effort, and was also the holder on field goal and extra point attempts.

Before Ryan, three former CIS players, including Israel Idonije (Manitoba Bisons), Jean-Philippe Darche (McGill Redmen) and Ken Clark (Saint Mary’s Huskies), competed on American football’s biggest stage but they were all unsuccessful in their quest for a Super Bowl ring.

Idonije played defensive end for Chicago when the Bears lost 29-17 to Indianapolis in 2007. Darche was Seattle’s long snapper when the Seahawks dropped a 21-10 decision to Pittsburgh in 2006.

Clark was the Los Angeles Rams punter when they were defeated 31-19 by Pittsburgh in 1980.

Three other CIS standouts have reached the Super Bowl over the years but were not in the lineup come game time.

The list includes offensive lineman Dan Federkeil (Calgary Dinos) with Indianapolis in 2007 (active roster) and 2010 (injured reserve); receiver Samuel Giguère (Sherbrooke Vert & Or), also with the Colts in 2010 (active roster); as well as receiver Tyrone Williams (Western Mustangs) with Dallas in 1993 (practice roster) and 1994 (active roster).

Federkeil (2007) and Williams (1994) own a Super Bowl ring even though they weren’t in the lineup for their team’s triumph. 

In Seattle's overtime win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship game Ryan became the first punter in NFL history and the first Canadian since Mark Rypian in 1992 to throw a touchdown pass in a playoff game.

Roger Goodell seeks to look past 'tough year' for NFL

Roger Goodell

As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league -- and himself -- as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.

Super Bowl: Lenny Kravitz rooting for Seahawks

Lenny Kravitz

Add Lenny Kravitz to the list of Super Bowl performers who are rooting for a Seattle Seahawks victory on Sunday.


4 more years: Weston Dressler returning to Saskatchewan Roughriders


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have re-signed receiver Weston Dressler to a four-year deal.

Tiger Woods shoots worst score as a pro

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods never looked more lost on a golf course Friday on his way to an 82, the worst score of his career, at the Phoenix Open.

Patriots' LeGarrette Blount has marijuana charge dropped

LeGarrette Blount

Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell.

NHL: 3 things to know for Friday

Ryan Miller

Though they're still in playoff contention, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been struggling lately, the Anaheim Ducks look to shake off a poor outing and Ryan Miller faces the Sabres for the first time as a Canuck. Here are three things to know for Friday in the NHL.

Marathon champ Rita Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

Rita Jeptoo

Rita Jeptoo, a three-time winner of the Boston Marathon and two-time Chicago Marathon champion, was handed a two-year doping ban Friday in a case that has cast a shadow over Kenya's famed distance runners.

Blue Jays sign infielder Ramon Santiago

Ramon Santiago

The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran infielder Ramon Santiago to a minor-league contract Friday with an invite to major-league spring training.


Kaillie Humphries takes bobsleigh bronze


Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Cherrelle Garrett won the women's bobsleigh World Cup race on Friday in La Plagne, France for their fourth win this season, while Canadian Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries finished third with teammate Melissa Lotholz.

NHL great Stan Mikita suffering from dementia


Chicago Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita is facing serious health issues after being diagnosed with a form of dementia.

Who will win Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks or Patriots?


A titanic matchup is on tap for Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday in Arizona, with the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks — the top seeds in their respective conferences — battling for the NFL championship. Who will win? Two of our writers take sides.

Djokovic unseats Wawrinka, wins spot in Aussie Open final


Novak Djokovic did enough to beat defending champion Stan Wawrinka Friday in a semifinal match that lacked the intensity of their recent five-setters, setting up an Australian Open final against long-time friend and rival Andy Murray.

Leafs' Jonathan Bernier allows goal from beyond centre


The free-falling Maple Leafs lost their eighth game in a row on Thursday night, and the visiting Phoenix Coyotes added insult to injury at the start of the third period when defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson beat Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier from a few steps past his own blue-line.

NHL: 7 must-see moments from Thursday night

Jonathan Bernier

It was a busy night in the NHL with six Canadian clubs hitting the ice. It went well for the Canadiens and Oilers, who earned victories, while things weren't as great for the Leafs, Senators, Jets and Flames, who all lost. Here are the seven must-see moments from Thursday's NHL action.

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