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Predators too much for Leafs to handle

TORONTO—Class was in session for the Maple Leafs last night.

And Toronto head coach Mike Babcock was clear in his grading—they didn't pass the test.

Pekka Rinne made 18 saves for his third shutout of the season as the Nashville Predators jumped out to a 2-0 lead through two periods before choking off any hope of a comeback over the final 20 minutes in a 4-0 victory.

Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 ‘Bama for national title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With stunning ease ‚Äî and a freshman quarterback ‚Äî Clemson toppled college football’s greatest dynasty again to become the first perfect playoff champion.

Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Finns win junior gold

VANCOUVER—Jack Hughes still had tears in his eyes Saturday night as he talked about losing the gold-medal game at the world junior hockey championship.

“Right now, there's nothing I really want to learn from this,” the 17-year-old said after Finland beat the Americans 3-2 in a dramatic finals performance.

“It's sad. I don't want to go through this again.”

Jets bounce back to topple Stars

WINNPEG, Man.—Kyle Connor was happy to be part of an offensive burst the Winnipeg Jets needed.

The winger ended a 10-game pointless streak with a goal that helped the Jets dump the Dallas Stars 5-1 yesterday.

“Yeah, felt good,” Connor said.

“Nothing's really changed too much from my game," he added. "I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed.”