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Late goal lifts Sens over Leafs

TORONTO—Ottawa coach Guy Boucher didn't think twice about going back with Craig Anderson in net against Toronto—one night after yanking him in an 8-2 loss to Chicago.

Anderson responded with 44 saves, and Tom Pyatt scored the winner with 3:05 to play, as the Senators edged the Maple Leafs 4-3 last night in the final game for both teams before starting their bye weeks.

Vikings' fans hope to settle score

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—For fans of the Minnesota Vikings, at least the ones old enough to drive, there's a score to be settled with the New Orleans Saints.

Eight years ago, the last Minnesota team considered a strong Super Bowl contender was on the verge of victory in New Orleans in the NFC championship game despite four earlier turnovers inside the raucous Superdome.

Raptors pull out OT win

NEW YORK—Toronto's big lead was lost, and its point guard was being carried off the court after a painful fall.

DeMar DeRozan made sure at least the game was won.

DeRozan scored 35 points, including a go-ahead three-point play with 26.1 seconds left in overtime, as the Raptors shook off a late injury to Kyle Lowry to edge the Brooklyn Nets 114-113 last night.

Saints barely able to hold off Panthers

NEW ORLEANS—Saints' All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan grinned playfully as he glanced up at a bottle of red wine in the top shelf of his locker and asked if anyone knew Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's address.

A bottle with the name “Jordan” on the label, even if it isn't made by the Saints star's family, might be the last thing Newton wants right now.

Johnson wins big

KAPALUA, Hawaii—A new year brought out the best in Dustin Johnson, who powered his way to an eight-under 65 and an eight-shot victory yesterday in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

In a field that featured the top five players in the world, Johnson made a strong opening statement that the No. 1 ranking he has held for nearly a year might be difficult to take away.