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Hoffman scores winner as Senators edge Blue Jackets

Mike Hoffman scores winner as Senators edge Blue Jackets 3-2
Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Mike Hoffman just wants to be a regular player in the NHL and his performance Saturday night might bring the dream that much closer.

Hoffman, who had been a healthy scratch the past two games, made up for missing a penalty shot by scoring the game winner as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2.

Saturday's Scoreboard

Saturday's Scoreboard
The Canadian Press

Saturday's Games

(All times Eastern)


Montreal 20 Toronto 12

Calgary 33 Winnipeg 23



Montreal 3 Colorado 2

San Jose 4 New Jersey 2

Ottawa 3 Columbus 2

Washington 2 Florida 1 (SO)

Boston 4 Buffalo 0

Detroit 1 Toronto 0 (OT)

Pittsburgh 3 N.Y. Islanders 1

Philadelphia at Dallas, 8 p.m.

Nashville at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

St. Louis at Arizona, 9 p.m.

Tampa Bay at Vancouver, 10 p.m.



Rochester 4 Toronto 1

Albany 3 Bridgeport 2

McMaster's Crapigna sets CIS kicking record

McMaster's Crapigna sets all-time CIS kicking record in 27-10 win over Laurier
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - McMaster kicker Tyler Crapigna set a Canadian Interuniversity Sport record Saturday in the Marauders' 27-10 victory over Wilfrid Laurier at Ron Joyce Stadium.

Crapigna, a native of Nepean, Ont., connected on all four of his field-goal attempts to give him 83 for his five-year CIS career. The previous career record of 82 was set by former Sherbrooke kicker William Dion in 2012.

Crapigna had 15 points on the day for the 7-0 Marauders, who will wrap up regular-season play next weekend at Ottawa.

Alouettes earn 20-12 win over Argonauts

Alouettes move into tie for first in East with 20-12 victory over Argos
Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Jonathan Crompton is 6-1 as Montreal's starting quarterback, thanks to John Bowman and the rest of the Alouettes defence.

Crompton was 19-of-28 passing for 219 yards and a TD as Montreal earned an important 20-12 win over Toronto on Saturday night. But it was the Alouettes' defence that anchored the team's fourth straight win by continually harassing Ricky Ray and keeping a potent Argonauts offence without a touchdown before 16,834 spectators at Rogers Centre.

Toronto FC out of the MLS playoffs again

Toronto FC out of the MLS playoffs again as Montreal plays spoiler with 1-1 tie
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The most expensive team in Toronto FC history is finishing the MLS season like all the other ones before it. Out of the playoffs.

A Toronto FC team assembled with a thick chequebook was officially eliminated from post-season contention for the eighth year in a row via a 1-1 tie Saturday with the Montreal Impact, the worst road team in the league, in a game that saw three players sent off.

Giants fan who caught home-run ball gives it back

Giants fan who caught home-run ball sending team to World Series gives it to player who hit it
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO - A lifelong San Francisco Giants fan had a piece of team history in his hands after Thursday's game: the walk-off home-run ball that sent the Giants to the World Series.

Then he gave it back.

Frank Burke, who owns a transmission repair business in Oakdale told the San Jose Mercury News ( that he wanted the hitter, Travis Ishikawa, to have the ball.

"Ishikawa is the guy who hit the ball," Burke said. "I'm just the lucky guy who caught it."

Plans for Toronto track centre scrapped

TO2015 scraps plans to expand Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Plans to redevelop the Toronto Track and Field Centre for the 2015 Pan American Games have been scrapped, leaving Canada's top sprinters outraged.

And delays in replacing the centre's indoor track at York University have left the athletes literally out in the cold.

A spokesman for the Pan Am Games organizing committee confirmed Friday that the plans, which included building a new weight room and meeting rooms, and extending the straightaway of the indoor 200-metre track at York, have been cancelled.

Southampton, City enjoy big wins in Premier League

Southampton crushes Sunderland 8-0, Man City beats Spurs 4-1 in English Premier League
Steve Douglas, The Associated Press

MANCHESTER, England - Southampton crushed Sunderland 8-0 in one of the biggest wins in the Premier League's 22-year history, overshadowing Sergio Aguero's four-goal haul in Manchester City's latest thrashing of Tottenham on Saturday.

Jets announce trade for receiver Percy Harvin

Jets announce trade for receiver Percy Harvin; Seahawks get conditional draft pick
Barry Wilner, The Associated Press

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The New York Jets announced Saturday they have acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick.

Making official a trade that was reported Friday, the Jets get a star from last season's Super Bowl but a player who is injury prone. Harvin brings versatility and game-breaking skills to the Jets, who have lost their last six games to fall to 1-6.

New York released receiver David Nelson to make room for Harvin.

Bruins' Lucic apologizes for obscene gesture

Bruins' Milan Lucic apologizes for 'inexcusable' actions in Montreal
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic apologized Saturday for his actions in a game at Montreal earlier in the week that led to a US$5,000 fine from the NHL.

Lucic took a penalty late in the Bruins' loss on Thursday night and made an obscene gesture toward the fans as he entered the penalty box. He then flexed his arms as if to pretend raising the Stanley Cup.

On Friday the league announced his fine, which was the most allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

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