WHL Roundup: Franklin has three points as Hurricanes beat Blazers

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Zane Franklin scored twice and added an assist as the Lethbridge Hurricanes beat the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Tuesday night in Western Hockey League action. Taylor Ross and Brad Morrison also had goals for the Hurricanes (21-19-3) while Logan Flodell turned away 37 shots. Jermaine Loewen struck twice and Dylan Ferguson stopped 24 shots for Kamloops (18-23-3). Lethbridge was scoreless on two power plays and the Blazers went 1-for-4. — HITMEN 6 BLADES 5 CALGARY — Jake Kryski and Riley Stotts had a goal and two assists apiece to lift the Hitmen over Saskatoon. Jakob Stukel, Tristen Nielsen, Vladislav Yeryomenko and Hunter Campbell rounded out the attack… Read More

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No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki saves 2 match points, advances to 3rd round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki fended off two match points and rallied from 5-1 down to win the last six games in the third set and avoid a second-round upset at the Australian Open. Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki used her experience to save match points in the seventh game of the deciding set against No. 119-ranked Jana Fett, who was making her main draw debut at a major, and eventually pull off a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win. “That was crazy,” said Wozniacki, who has reached two Grand Slam finals and was a semifinalist here in 2011. “I don’t know how I got back into the match. “She’s a tricky… Read More

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Lillard scores 31 as Trail Blazers beat Suns

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard scored 31 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 118-111 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. CJ McCollum had 27 points, including six 3-pointers, and the Trail Blazers led by as many as 27 points in third quarter. Devin Booker had 43 for the Suns, who have lost three straight and five of their last six. Booker rallied the Suns in the final quarter with 21 points. His 3-pointer got the Suns within 103-93 with just over seven minutes left and Portland coach Terry Stotts put his starters back in. Booker hit another 3-pointer to narrow Portland’s… Read More

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Kiszla: Pressure is on Michael Malone to prove he’s coach that can guide Nuggets to playoffs

For the first time in his stint as Nuggets coach, the pressure is on Michael Malone. Here in Denver, we’re sick and tired of hearing the same old yada yada about player development and establishing a culture. This team needs to make the playoffs. Not next year. Now. In 2018. So with the Denver offense gone stagnant, team energy on the wane and a berth in the Western Conference playoffs slip-sliding away, Malone needed to do something, anything to shake the Nuggets from their dead-of-winter doldrums. So Malone made a strategic gamble Tuesday. He changed the starting lineup, opting for small ball, replacing 6-foot-11 Mason Plumlee with Will Barton, the… Read More

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Pavelski scores in shootout to lift Sharks over Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Joe Pavelski scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the San Jose Sharks over the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 on Tuesday night. Pavelski scored on San Jose’s first attempt, and Sharks goalie Aaron Dell was perfect through three rounds in his first NHL shootout. Dell also had 30 saves. Joe Thornton and Mikkel Boedker had regulation goals for San Jose. Arizona had a power play in overtime after Tomas Hertl was called for tripping, but they couldn’t convert. The Coyotes had rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second period. The Sharks beat Arizona for the second time in four days after Saturday’s overtime win. Antti… Read More

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