January 20th, 2018

National Sports

Defence wins championships, or at least the NFC title

By Rob Maaddi, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – One team has a suffocating defence. The other has the NFL’s No. 1 unit. Defence should win at least the NFC championship. Two of the league’s elite defences go at it Sunday when the Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host the Minnesota Vikings (14-3) in the conference title game. “They have a great defence, we ... Read More »

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Jaguars don’t fear Patriots’ history in AFC title matchup

By Kyle Hightower, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2018

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The week started with a little trash talk from the underdog . The rest of it was dominated by speculation about a certain 40-year-old quarterback’s injured throwing hand . Plenty of intrigue for when the Jaguars and Patriots meet in Sunday’s AFC championship game? New England (14-3), the defending Super Bowl champion, ... Read More »

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Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

By Dan Gelston, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2018

The Rock told jabronis to know their role long before he travelled to Jumanji. Batista defended championships before he guarded the galaxy. Steve Austin left losers in his path with “Stone Cold” stunners instead of Skullbusters . Before the trio of WWE stars stretched into other entertainment avenues, they had talked trash, flipped middle fingers, ... Read More »

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Last Slam standing: Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round

By John Pye, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia – Angelique Kerber is on her own in an elite club at the Australian Open. The 2016 champion routed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3 in a third-round win that showcased her credentials as a title contender and ensured she’ll be the only Grand Slam champion still playing in the second week in the women’s ... Read More »

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England posts huge win over Canadians at ICC U19 Cricket World Cup

By The Canadian Press on January 20th, 2018

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand – England had its way with Canada at the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup on Saturday, winning by a massive 282 runs. England, which won the tournament in 1998, ran up a score of 383 for seven after being put in to bat first. Centuries by Liam Banks (120) and Will Jacks ... Read More »

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IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

By Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press on January 20th, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – A Korean unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will see 22 North Korean athletes cross the border with South Korea to compete and march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony. A total of 12 North Korean women’s hockey players will join their South Korea neighbours in a united roster ... Read More »

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The Latest: Djokovic into 4th round at Australian Open

By The Associated Press on January 20th, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia – The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Six-time champion Novak Djokovic is through to the Australian Open’s fourth round after a 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Djokovic took a medical timeout in the second set to have his back and legs massaged, but appeared ... Read More »

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Friday’s Games

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

Friday’s Games NHL Montreal 3 Washington 2 Florida 4 Vegas 3 (OT) Anaheim 2 Los Angeles 1 — AHL Toronto 4 Syracuse 1 Rockford 4 Cleveland 3 Providence 1 WB/Scranton 0 Binghamton 5 Springfield 3 Hartford 3 Utica 2 (OT) Belleville 4 Laval 1 Grand Rapids 5 Milwaukee 2 Texas 4 Manitoba 0 Bakersfield 4 ... Read More »

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Top-ranked Halep fends off Davis in marathon Round 3 match

By John Pye, The Associated Press on January 19th, 2018

MELBOURNE, Australia – Top-ranked Simona Halep saved three match points and finally fended off Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 in a 3-hour, 45-minute marathon Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. The third set took 2 hours and 22 minutes and, after wasting three previous chances to serve out the match, Halep ... Read More »

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John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be the oldest living former NHL player, dies

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be the oldest living former NHL player, has died. He was 97. Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969. He played in five different professional leagues between 1940 and 1952, including a stint with the New York Rangers. Webster played 14 games ... Read More »

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