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Senators continue Atlantic chase with win over Panthers


Kyle Turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Sunday night.


Mo Ahmed sets new Canadian indoor record in 5,000


Canadian Olympian Mo Ahmed has another national record. The 26-year-old runner from St. Catharines, Ont., broke the Canadian record in the 5,000-metre indoor on Sunday with a time of 13 minutes 4.60 seconds at Boston University.


Kurt Busch wins Daytona

Decked in Monster gear, chugging a tall boy of the energy drink as he was flanked by scantily clad models, Kurt Busch celebrated the biggest win of his racing career.

It was Monster Madness!

Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy's new role as title sponsor of NASCAR's top series. Busch, it just so happens, is also sponsored by Monster, and the company has strongly stood by him through his rocky career.

So this was a victory of redemption for Busch, who was suspended by NASCAR two days before the 2015 Daytona 500 for his off-track behaviour, and for Monster, which has promised to pump new life into NASCAR's sagging sport.

"I've had a lot of people that have believed in me through the years, a lot of people that have supported me," Busch said.

Add NFL star Rob Gronkowski to Busch's bandwagon, too.

Gronkowski celebrated with Busch and the Monster girls in victory lane and raved about the win.

"Monster's the best!" Gronk shouted to The Associated Press. "We picked Kurt to win and he won 'cause he's a Monster guy. It was awesome. ... I love being part of Monster, love being here with Monster. Kurt did an awesome job today. Monster killed that race."

Gronk and Busch likely will celebrate late into the night, well after the banged-up No. 41 Ford heads to the museum for its yearlong display at Daytona International Speedway.

"The more that becomes unpredictable about Daytona, the more it becomes predictable to predict unpredictability," Busch said. "This car's completely thrashed. There's not a straight panel on it. The strategy today, who knew what to pit when, what segments were what. Everybody's wrecking as soon as we're done with the second segment.

"The more that I've run this race, the more that I just throw caution to the wind, let it rip and just elbows out. That's what we did."

It wasn't NASCAR's finest moment, though, as multiple accidents pared down the field and had a mismatched group of drivers racing for the win at the end.

It appeared to be pole-sitter Chase Elliott's race to lose, then he ran out of gas. So did Kyle Larson, Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Kasey Kahne. As they all slipped off the pace, Busch sailed through for his first career Daytona 500 victory in 16 tries.

The race was slowed by wreck after wreck after wreck, including a 17-car accident at the start of the final stage that ended the race for seven-time and reigning series champion Jimmie Johnson and Danica Patrick. It was a particularly rough incident for Patrick and her Stewart-Haas Racing team, which had all four of its cars collected in the accident.

Canada's McLean skates to 2 personal bests at sprint championships


Heather McLean delivered with personal bests in the 500- and 1,000-metre events at the world sprint speedskating championships at the Olympic Oval on Sunday.


Wild acquire Martin Hanzal from Coyotes


The Minnesota Wild acquired centres Martin Hanzal and Ryan White as well as a fourth-round pick in the upcoming draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for multiple draft picks.


Lightning trade Ben Bishop to Kings

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The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks.



2 more Canucks players, trainer experiencing mumps symptoms

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Coach Desjardins confirmed Sunday that forward Anton Rodin and defenceman Ben Hutton are the latest players to be affected by the disease that has dismantled the Canucks' lineup.


Gaudreau powers Flames past Hurricanes

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Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist to help the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday. The team have earned at least one point in six straight games, going 5-0-1 in that stretch to move into playoff position in the Western Conference.


Ontario's Rachel Homan captures 3rd Scotties title


Ontario's Rachel Homan has won the Canadian women's curling championship for a third time.


DeRozan scores 33 points to lift Raptors over Portland


DeMar DeRozan and newcomer Serge Ibaka continue to propel the Toronto Raptors back up the Eastern Conference standings.


New Canadian diving tandems win gold, silver at Grand Prix

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Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu won gold in the synchro three-metre springboard on Sunday at the Grand Prix in Germany after Meaghan Benfeito and Caeli McKay won silver in synchro 10-metre platform.


Milos Raonic pulls out of Delray Beach Open final

Delray Beach Tennis

​Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the final of the Delray Beach Open with an injury. American Jack Sock, Raonic's opponent in in the final, wins the title in a walkover.


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