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Raptors notch fourth-straight win

TORONTO—While the Raptors ran their record to 4-0, and came close to a franchise record with 36 assists in their highest offensive output of the young season, coach Nick Nurse pointed to his defence after a 127-106 win over the Charlotte Hornets last night.

“I think we created a lot [of offence] out of our defence tonight, which I was probably more happy with,” he remarked.

Flames top Rangers

NEW YORK—The Calgary Flames have had trouble winning in New York in recent seasons.

Opportunistic scoring and stellar goaltending changed that on this trip.

Johnny Gaudreau and Garnet Hathaway each scored twice, and back-up goalie David Rittich made 44 saves, as the Flames snapped a six-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden with a 4-1 victory over the Rangers last night.

Cora has put players first as manager

BOSTON—When Alex Cora was hired to manage the Red Sox a year ago, he knew he wanted to put relationships with his players first.

It made him a success as general manager of Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, again as a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League, and as bench coach for the Houston Astros during their World Series title run last season.

Elliott chasing a title of his own

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Chase Elliott first had to figure out how to win at NASCAR's top level.

Now that he's got that handled, the son of 1988 champion Bill Elliott is chasing a title of his own.

Elliott won at Kansas Speedway yesterday for his second victory in three races, cementing himself as a title threat late in a season in which mighty Hendrick Motorsports has lagged.