HAMILTON - Nic Grigsby has quickly become a key part of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' offence.
In just three games the five-foot-11, 195-pound Grigsby has emerged as a bona fide rushing threat in a predominately pass-oriented offence. And that's something the Montreal Alouettes must account for Sunday in the East Division final at Tim Hortons Field.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Lewis Hamilton edged Formula One title rival Nico Rosberg in the both practice sessions Friday for the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The British driver posted a best lap of 1 minute, 42.113 seconds in the second practice at the Yas Marina circuit to finish .083 faster than his Mercedes teammate.
Both drivers gave their super-soft tires a good run in the warm evening.
Former Toronto FC fullback Richard Eckersley is finally getting his second chance.
Deemed surplus to requirements in Toronto due to his salary, Eckersley became a New York Red Bull this season only to find himself derailed by an ankle injury and, to a lesser degree, difficulties adjusting to his new surroundings.
Now healthy and happy, Eckersley is contributing on the field once again. The 25-year-old from England regained his right fullback position late in the season and started both playoffs games against D.C. United.
CALGARY - Kaillie Humphries is on track to make her World Cup debut in the four-man bobsled next month in Calgary.
The two-time Olympic gold medallist in women's bobsled has set Dec. 20 as the target date for her first World Cup race as a four-man pilot with an all-male crew.
Humphries and teammates D.J. McLelland, Dan Dale and Joey Nemet are competing Sunday in Calgary in a pair of races on the North America Cup developmental circuit.
VANCOUVER - Bo Horvat had a night to remember while Ryan Kesler had one to forget.
Kesler still had a reason to celebrate, though, as the Anaheim Ducks edged his former Vancouver Canucks squad 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday.
The loss, which prevented the Canucks from overtaking the Western Conference-leading Ducks, made rookie Horvat's first NHL goal and point bittersweet.
CALGARY - After a slow start, Chicago right-winger Patrick Kane is heating up offensively, which is good news for the Blackhawks and not-so-good news for everyone else.
Kane made it goals in three straight games Thursday night, scoring the winner in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames.
With the game tied 3-3, Kane's unassisted goal at 9:12 of the third period came after Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller turned the puck over behind his net.
OAKLAND, Calif. - After 368 days and 16 straight losses, the Oakland Raiders finally had something to celebrate.
Rookie Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining, and the Raiders got one last defensive stop to snap a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
"Hopefully there's many more to come because I like this feeling better than the other one, that's for sure," Carr said.
WINNIPEG - Tomas Tatar was just following his coach's advice, and it paid off with a pair of goals Thursday night.
Tatar scored twice and added an assist as the Detroit Red Wings downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-3.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock had told his players to keep shooting the puck at the net after the team lost 4-1 to Montreal on Sunday.
"I guess (Babcock's) right, he's been in the league forever," said Tatar, who had three shots. "He's a great coach.
TORONTO - James van Riemsdyk knew the Toronto Maple Leafs needed a bounce-back win after dropping back-to-back ugly losses to the Buffalo Sabres and Nashville Predators.
Van Riemsdyk went top shelf twice in the second period and Jonathan Bernier provided a solid showing in goal to lead the Maple Leafs to a much-needed 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
MONTREAL - Max Pacioretty thinks the Montreal Canadiens just made a big statement by beating a Western Conference powerhouse.
Pacioretty scored twice and Carey Price made 31 saves to lead the first-place Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
"We had stretches where we've struggled to score goals, and we came in and scored four against a team that doesn't give up many," said Pacioretty. "That really helps the confidence."