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Grigsby gives Ticats solid ground attack

Grigsby gives Ticats solid ground game heading into East Division final
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

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.

Hamilton 1, Rosberg 2 in both Abu Dhabi practices

Lewis Hamilton edges F1 title rival Nico Rosberg in both Abu Dhabi GP practice sessions
Jerome Pugmire, The Associated Press

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 settles in New York

Former Toronto FC fullback Richard Eckersley gets second chance in New York
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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.

Humphries finds her groove in four-man bobsled

Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries finding her groove in a four-man bobsled
Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press

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.

Kesler, Ducks triumph in return to Vancouver

Kesler triumphs in return to Vancouver; Ducks down Canucks in 4-3 shootout win
Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press

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.

Kane continues to heat up in Blackhawks win

Patrick Kane continues to heat up in Blackhawks' 4-3 win over Flames
Darren Haynes, The Canadian Press

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.

Raiders snap 16-game skid with 24-20 win vs. KC

Carr's late TD pass helps Raiders snap 16-game losing streak with 24-20 win over Chiefs
Josh Dubow, The Associated Press

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.

Tomas Tatar powers Red Wings past Jets

Tomas Tatar's two goals power Detroit Red Wings past Winnipeg Jets 4-3
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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.

Van Riemsdyk, Leafs bounce back with 5-2 win

Van Riemsdyk scores twice as Maple Leafs bounce back with 5-2 win over Lightning
Jamie Ross, The Canadian Press

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.

Pacioretty, Habs have statement win over Blues

Pacioretty leads Montreal Canadiens to 4-1 statement win over St. Louis Blues
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

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."

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