NEW ORLEANS—With a stutter step and shoulder fake to his right, Baltimore Ravens’ running back Justin Forsett seemed to throw New Orleans’ defence off balance for a moment.
That was all he needed to burst through a hole to his left and sprint 20 yards untouched for a game-sealing touchdown.
“The offensive line did a great job of making those lanes open for me,” Forsett noted.
DETROIT—Welcome back, Stephen Weiss.
Playing only his second game this season after missing much of it with injuries, Weiss had a pair of rebound goals late in Detroit’s three-goal second period to lift the Red Wings over the Ottawa Senators 4-3 last night.
SAN FRANCISCO—From his three-homer game in the 2012 World Series to that lasting image of his arms in the air celebrating another championship last month, Pablo Sandoval left quite a mark in San Francisco.
No wonder fans are stunned he really is leaving. Right after he said he would love to retire in a Giants uniform, no less.
TORONTO—The final nail-biting minute of the Toronto Raptors’ win over the Phoenix Suns last night featured a couple of huge offensive rebounds and a Kyle Lowry steal that saw the point guard go sprawling to floor like a football player for the umpteenth time of the night.
CALGARY—The Calgary Stampeders are a win away from capping a stellar season with a Grey Cup.
After matching the franchise’s best record of 15-3, Calgary will play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL’s championship game this Sunday in Vancouver.
The Stampeders were efficient and versatile in a 43-18 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in yesterday’s West Division final.
MINNEAPOLIS—The ground game with Eddie Lacy was working so well for Green Bay that even Aaron Rodgers wanted a running play to try to put Minnesota away.
“I just kind of chuckled because it’s usually the other way around,” said Packers’ coach Mike McCarthy.
On the ice, behind the bench, and behind his desk, Pat Quinn was an imposing figure.
“‘The Big Irishman’ is a guy that loves the game so much that when he walks in, you know hockey’s in the room,” longtime broadcaster and executive John Davidson said.
Quinn died last night in Vancouver after a lengthy illness, the Hockey Hall of Fame and Vancouver Giants said today.
HAMILTON—For linebacker Simoni Lawrence and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, silence indeed is golden.
The gregarious Lawrence and his teammates quietly have gone about their business this week preparing to host Montreal in the Eastern final on Sunday.
They’ve refused to become embroiled in a war of words with Alouettes’ linebacker Bear Woods and receiver Duron Carter.
EDMONTON—Stop Jon Cornish.
That will be both a primary focus of the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday and also their biggest challenge in their attempt to beat the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL West final and earn a berth in the Grey Cup.
The Stampeders’ running back led the league in rushing with 1,082 yards while playing just nine games.
OAKLAND, Calif.—After 368 days and 16-straight losses, the Oakland Raiders finally had something to celebrate.
Rookie Derek Carr threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 to go, and the Raiders got one last defensive stop, to snap a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last night.