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MONTREAL—The Florida Panthers are inching closer to a playoff spot.
Roberto Luongo's 28-save shutout lifted the Panthers to a 2-0 victory over the injury-riddled Montreal Canadiens last night.
It left them three points back of New Jersey for the eighth and last Eastern Conference playoff spot, with two games in hand on the Devils.
AUSTIN, Tex.—Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed go from being partners to opponents in match play.
Spieth and Reed, who have a 7-2-2 record as partners in the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, were drawn in the same four-man group last night for the Dell Technologies Match Play.
DUNEDIN, Fla.—J.A. Happ will be the Toronto Blue Jays' opening-day starter this season.
The veteran left-hander will pitch against the N.Y. Yankees next Thursday at Rogers Centre.
He will face a Yankees' lineup that could see Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gary Sanchez hit 2-3-4.
It will be the first time in his 10-year career that Happ will start opening day.
TORONTO—The Toronto Raptors' attempt at a franchise-record 12-straight wins imploded in the dying seconds yesterday afternoon.
When the dust finally settled, the Oklahoma City Thunder had prevailed 132-125 and the Raptors were missing coach Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan, and Serge Ibaka, who were all ejected with 8.1 seconds left.
WINNIPEG—Patrik Laine promised he'll do better in the next Winnipeg Jets' game.
The vow came after the sophomore sniper scored twice yesterday in a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars.
The performance tied him with Alex Ovechkin at 43 goals as the top NHL goal scorer, but he said he hopes to vault his boyhood idol when the Jets host the L.A. Kings on Tuesday.
One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: madness.
But even that's probably under-selling it.
A comeback for the ages by Nevada. An entire region left without a top four seed in the “Sweet 16” for the first time in tourney history.
The 16-seed winner UMBC falling short in its attempt to extend its historic run as underdog darlings.
FONTANA, Calif.—Martin Truex Jr. saw nothing but clean air and green flags down the stretch in his first victory of the new NASCAR Cup season.
Truex didn't get much of a look at Kevin Harvick, whose bid for four straight-wins was ruined by an early crash at Fontana.
ORLANDO, Fla.—The connection Rory McIlroy had with Arnold Palmer was strong even before he delivered a Sunday charge that would have made the “King” proud.
ORLANDO, Fla.—The future of Tiger Woods is filled with optimism because of the past.
The next stop on his remarkable road to recovery from four years' worth of back trouble is the Arnold Palmer Invitational—the tournament he has won a record eight times on a course that feels comfortable to him.