FARGO, N.D. Wednesday’s news that the University of North Dakota’s new nickname would be Fighting Hawks was greeted matter-of-factly by some UND players and coaches.
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CINCINNATI—The Texans were the perfect team to give the Bengals their first loss—on their home field in a big Monday night game, no less.
They have a way of doing this to them, especially if T.J. Yates is running the offence.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—One of coach Mike Zimmer’s favourite warnings for the Minnesota Vikings is this: “Don’t take the cheese.”
The advice to stay hungry and avoid complacency—analogous to a mouse sniffing a trap set with a tasty snack—will be especially pertinent now that they’ve moved past the Green Bay Packers in the NFC North.
ST. LOUIS—David Backes wasn’t sure what to expect from the St. Louis Blues’ new-look top line.
It turned out to be a winning combination last night.
Backes had two goals, and assisted on Vladimir Tarasenko’s score, to lead the Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
TORONTO—Henry Burris is proving age is just a state of mind.
The 40-year-old Ottawa Redblacks’ quarterback was named a finalist for the CFL’s outstanding player award yesterday in voting by the Football Reporters of Canada and league head coaches.
Calgary Stampeders’ star Bo Levi Mitchell is the West Division nominee.
MINNEAPOLIS—Stephen Curry dribbled across mid-court in the third quarter and went into a trademark crouch as he started to break down Andre Miller.
As Curry rose to take the shot, the 39-year-old Miller somehow got a hand on the ball and jarred it loose.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.—Jilted by the Jets, Rex Ryan got even.
Thanks to his pride and joy (the defence), Ryan’s return to the Meadowlands was a successful one last night.
That defence shut down Ryan’s former team for much of the game, with the Bills scoring on offence and special teams in a 22-17 victory over New York.
PHILADELPHIA—After a buzzer-beating “three” put the 76ers on the ropes, Kyle Lowry had fellow Philly native and boxer Danny Garcia at his side in the locker-room for a post-game celebration.
They were there for the latest KO against the Sixers.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—After Ryan Getzlaf inexplicably left the puck sitting at the Arizona blueline in overtime, Mikkel Boedker gratefully accepted the gift and exchanged it for a big road win for his Coyotes.
Boedker scored on a breakaway 1:18 into OT after an atrocious turnover by the Ducks’ captain as the Coyotes snapped Anaheim’s four-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory last night.
OTTAWA—Veteran Henry Burris never doubted his ability—despite age not being on his side at this point in his career.
Burris threw for six touchdowns, and set a single-season record for completions, as the Ottawa Redblacks clinched first place in the East Division with a 44-28 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday afternoon.