JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Blake Bortles put together one decent drive all day, doing as much with his legs as his arm, and the defensive-minded Jacksonville Jaguars eked out an ugly—and sometimes unwatchable—10-3 victory against the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game yesterday.
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BUFFALO, N.Y.—Canada's returnees at the world junior hockey championship have been waiting 12 months for a shot at redemption, and tonight they'll get it.
KAPALUA, Hawaii—Marc Leishman is having a much better time at Kapalua this year, on and off the golf course.
Leishman, coming off his best year with two PGA Tour victories that helped him become the highest-ranked player from Australia, made eight birdies in a strong wind yesterday on the Plantation Course for a six-under 67 and a one-shot lead over Brian Harman and Jhonattan Vegas.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga.—Ricardo Allen remembers when the Atlanta Falcons' defence ranked among the worst in the NFL.
That's not difficult. It was only one year ago when the Falcons ranked near the bottom of the league in total defence and dead last in red-zone stops.
TORONTO—Nazem Kadri was an assist short of a bizarre Gordie Howe hat trick last night in the Leafs' 3-2 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks that saw the Toronto centre rip out part of Joe Thornton's mountain-man beard in a fight.
Kadri also scored in regulation time—ending a 12-game scoring slump dating back to Nov. 30.
CHICAGO—All DeMar DeRozan wanted to talk about was the lift Toronto's bench provided.
As for his recent scoring tear?
“I don't think nothing of it,” he remarked.
DeRozan had 35 points, and Delon Wright set career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds, as the Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 124-115 last night.
KAPALUA, Hawaii—Dustin Johnson sat outside the Honolua Store on the first day of the new year, scarfing down the “Hobo Breakfast” of steamed rice and eggs as the sun just was starting to filter through the Cook pines that line the entrance to Kapalua.
He abruptly closed the lid on his carton and announced, “Let's go.”
NEW YORK—Jeff Glass is starting to get comfortable in goal for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Glass, the 32-year old rookie who bounced around the hockey world before finally reaching the NHL last month, made 23 saves to lead Chicago to a 5-2 victory over the N.Y. Rangers last night.
“This is my chance right now,” Glass said after securing his second career NHL victory.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Underselling your team's chances against Canada is becoming a popular tactic among coaches at the world junior hockey championship.
First, Swiss coach Christian Wohlwend predicted Canada would crush his team two days before the Canadians routed Switzerland 8-2 in the quarter-finals.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings have begun another post-season adventure, backed by an often-burned fan base carrying several scars from flameouts of playoffs past.