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Gushue cruising

EDMONTON—The numbers are in Brad Gushue's favour at the Ford World Men's Curling Championship.

He posted impressive wins yesterday over Jaap Van Dorp of the Netherlands and Japan's Yusuke Morozumi to extend his unbeaten streak to nine games.

Gushue has outscored his opponents 77-29 overall and games have ended early on seven occasions.

Leafs closing in on playoff berth

BUFFALO, N.Y.—Auston Matthews' record-setting rookie season has the Toronto Maple Leafs on the verge of returning to the playoffs.

Matthews recorded his 67th point of the season with his 39th goal, to set the franchise rookie scoring record, as the Leafs doubled the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 last night to move closer to clinching just their second post-season berth in 12 years.

Jays fall to Orioles in opener

BALTIMORE—Five months later, the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays reprised their winner-take-all post-season showdown.

The stakes weren't as high yet the drama was palpable and the game was eerily similar.

Mark Trumbo homered with two outs in the 11th inning as the Orioles edged Toronto 3-2 yesterday afternoon for their seventh-straight opening-day victory.