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Leafs carry on home win streak

TORONTO—Curtis McElhinney was doing the usual work of a back-up goalie at the end of the Toronto Maple Leafs' bench midway through the second period last night.

Moments later, and to almost everyone's surprise, he was in the middle of the action.

“I'm sitting there [charting] face-offs," McElhinney recalled. "Next thing you know, they're handing my gloves to me.”

Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world’s most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska’s rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year’s top musher at the struggling Iditarod.

“It’s pretty unreal I pulled it off,” Ulsom told reporters at the finish line in Nome, Alaska.

Capitals ground Jets as 'Ovie' nets #600

WASHINGTON—Make it 600 goals and counting for Alex Ovechkin, and give the Washington Capitals two more points for the tough playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

Ovechkin scored twice in another historic performance, and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime winner, as the Capitals returned to first place by edging the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 last night.

Orioles invite kids to attend games free with paying adult

BALTIMORE — Fulfilling a child’s request to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is going to be a cheaper at Camden Yards this season.

The Baltimore Orioles have launched a program that will enable kids to attend home games free of charge. Every adult who purchases a regularly-priced upper deck ticket can bring up to two children, age 9 or under.