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Leafs closing in on playoff berth

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Auston Matthews' record-setting rookie season has the Toronto Maple Leafs on the verge of returning to the playoffs.

Matthews recorded his 67th point of the season with his 39th goal, to set the franchise rookie scoring record, as the Leafs doubled the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 last night to move closer to clinching just their second post-season berth in 12 years.

Jays fall to Orioles in opener

BALTIMORE—Five months later, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays reprised their winner-take-all post-season showdown.

The stakes weren't as high yet the drama was palpable and the game was eerily similar.

Mark Trumbo homered with two outs in the 11th inning as the Orioles edged Toronto 3-2 yesterday afternoon for their seventh-straight opening-day victory.

Skaters break record

HELSINKI—Canadian ice dancing darlings Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are poised to capture their third title at the world figure skating championships.

Skating to a Prince medley, the Olympic gold- and silver-medallists scored 82.43 points to break their own world record in the short dance today in Helsinki.

Fowler in early lead

HUMBLE, Tex.—Rickie Fowler shot an eight-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Sung Kang after the first round of the Houston Open yesterday.

Fowler had his best round in six appearances at the tournament, topping a previous low score of 68.

He overcame damp conditions and a chilly, breezy morning to jump out to a hot start.