TORONTO—Four games, four wins, two shutouts, and just three goals given up.
Martin Jones’ entry into the NHL just keeps getting better and better.
The 23-year-old from North Vancouver stopped 38 shots, and Jeff Carter and Kyle Clifford scored third-period goals, as the L.A. Kings beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 for their fifth-straight win last night.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson was selected by the Texas Rangers from the Colorado Rockies today in the Triple-A portion of baseball’s winter meeting draft.
Wilson, who played minor-league baseball for parts of two seasons before becoming an NFL star, will be placed on Texas’ restricted list.
OTTAWA—Jason Spezza always believed he could score in the shootout and last night he finally was able to prove it.
Spezza scored the lone goal in the shootout to give the Ottawa Senators a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
This was Ottawa’s first shootout win of the season after losing their four previous attempts.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—A teeming, colourful sea of mourners danced and sang under a cold, exhilarating South African downpour today as tens of thousands of people, including political leaders from around the world, gathered to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela.
CHICAGO—Neither the brutal cold nor the league’s worst defence could stop Josh McCown and the Bears.
Instead, Chicago jumped right back into the playoff race.
McCown threw for a career-high four touchdowns, and the Bears scored on their first eight possessions, to grab a share of the NFC North lead with a 45-28 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on a frigid Monday night.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—The winter meetings began with a look back today when retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox unanimously were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Torre and Cox retired as managers after the 2010 season and La Russa after leading St. Louis to the 2011 championship.
TORONTO—The Boston Bruins—in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons the previous night—stuck to hockey yesterday.
Minus the suspended Shawn Thornton, awaiting his punishment for a red mist that saw him send Penguins’ defenceman Brooks Orpik to hospital on Saturday, the injury-ravaged Bruins rallied to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on the strength of three second-period goals.
BALTIMORE—At first, it appeared the unrelenting snow would be the main topic of conversation.
Then came an incredible flurry of touchdowns—five over the final 125 seconds—that truly made this a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable football game.
LOS ANGELES—Nearly eight months after Kobe Bryant limped off the Lakers’ home court with a torn Achilles tendon and a career in doubt, he struggled to keep his composure when he finally stepped back onto the same hardwood.
WINNIPEG—It was fitting that Brad Jacobs sealed his right to represent Canada at the Olympics with one more big-weight double yesterday afternoon—and he never even considered a less-risky shot.
“You’re throwing that double to win the game,” he said after beating John Morris 7-4.
He said his third, Ryan Fry, told him it was coming.