Niederreiter gives Wild win over Sharks in OT

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nino Niederreiter scored 3:26 into overtime and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night after squandering a three-goal lead.

Eric Staal scored twice and Ryan Murphy added a goal as the Wild extended their winning streak over the Sharks to four games.

Tomas Hertl tapped in a loose puck for San Jose with five minutes left in regulation to tie it at 3.

Hertl’s goal followed a furious Sharks attack that Wild goalie Alex Stalock was able to fend off until a shot from Dylan DeMelo bounced off his shoulder pads and into no man’s land just above the crease.

Brent Burns scored twice for the Sharks, who had won five of seven.

Stalock made 31 saves in his first appearance against his former team. Martin Jones stopped 20 shots for the Sharks.

The Wild, winners in four of their last five games, scored twice in the first 10 minutes. A series of sharp passes set up Murphy for a power-play goal just more than four minutes in. Staal …read more


Steelers lock up AFC North with win over Ravens

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers won one for injured star Ryan Shazier — and wrapped up the AFC North in the process.

Chris Boswell made a 46-yard field goal with 42 seconds left and Pittsburgh’s defence overcame a sloppy night to stop one Baltimore’s last-gasp drive in the Steelers’ 39-38 victory Sunday night.

The Steelers (11-2) trailed by 11 points going into the fourth quarter but capped an emotionally trying week following Shazier’s spinal injury to rally for their eighth straight victory and third division title in four years.

Ben Roethlisberger threw for 506 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to top 500 yards passing three times. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 213 yards, including two long gains in the fourth quarter that allowed the Steelers to recover after blowing an early 14-point lead. Le’Veon Bell had 125 yards of total offence and scored three touchdowns.

Baltimore’s Joe Flacco threw for 269 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception but was strip-sacked by rookie linebacker T.J. Watt on the Ravens’ final snap.

Alex Collins ran for 120 yards …read more


Canada in good hands with Kevin Koe & Rachel Homan at Olympics

OTTAWA — Kevin Koe and Rachel Homan have represented Canada in recent years at the world championship, now they’ll get the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf on the grandest sporting stage of them all.

The Calgary-based Team Koe and Ottawa’s own Team Homan were victorious in Sunday’s Roar of the Rings finals wrapping up the nail-biting nine-day tournament to crown Canada’s men’s and women’s teams for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Koe edged Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen 7-6 in the men’s final while Homan slipped past Carey 6-5 on the women’s side and sent her hometown Canadian Tire Centre crowd into thunderous applause.

“You plan for this event for four years, so it’s so hard especially in Canada,” Koe said. “You have nine of the greatest teams in the world and there’s just so much pressure to come through and get it done given the circumstances, couldn’t be happier.”

It came down to the final shot in both games, of course, with McEwen and Carey not giving up until the last rock and they could have stolen the victories. Third Marc Kennedy leaped from the house to help second Brent Laing and lead Ben Hebert drag in …read more


Club president Bill Manning: TFC built for long-term success

TORONTO – As music blared and Toronto FC players wildly celebrated in the locker room following their MLS Cup victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday, club president Bill Manning was the very picture of 1950s crooner cool.

Manning was subconsciously doing his best Frank Sinatra impression, with the top button on his shirt undone, and his dress pants still perfectly creased, as he languidly swigged from a bottle of champagne. Had someone handed him a microphone then and there, he likely would’ve started singing, “Fly Me to The Moon.”

And why not? Manning would’ve had every right to burst out in song after a victory that capped off an incredible season for the Reds.

Still, amidst all the revelry, Manning couldn’t help but think of next year, and that all-important question: Where does Toronto FC go from here? What does TFC do after a dream 2017 campaign that saw them win the Supporters’ Shield trophy, set the record for most points in a single season, repeat as Canadian club champions, and hoist the MLS Cup?

The answer is they get to try to do it all again in 2018, and although history is not on their side – only …read more