TORONTO - Like a boorish guest reluctant to leave a party, Toronto FC won few friends this weekend.
Outplayed for long stretches by the lowly Montreal Impact, the worst road team in MLS, Toronto was officially eliminated from post-season contention for the eighth straight year after a 1-1 tie Saturday.
Toronto (11-14-8) exited in a fit of pique.
MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao made his professional basketball debut on Sunday, just a month before he is set to defend his WBO welterweight crown.
Pacquiao started Sunday's game for the newly formed KIA Sorento of the Philippine Basketball Association but played only seven minutes and committed two turnovers in his team's 80-66 win over the Blackwater Elite at Philippine Arena.
The boxing icon, who joined the pro league team as a player-coach, played in a preseason game earlier this month, finishing with one point and two turnovers after a 10-minute stint.
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Level on points and with a game in hand on the Portland Timbers in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps earned a valuable point in a scoreless draw against the San Jose Earthquakes in front of a sellout crowd at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson was pleased with the point earned against the conference cellar dwellers, a result that stretches the team’s unbeaten streak to four games, especially as it puts his team one point ahead of the Timbers with one week remaining in the season.
VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack was singing the praise of Steven Stamkos before Saturday night's game, and the Tampa Bay Lightning sniper didn't disappoint.
Stamkos scored on a breakaway on his team's first shot as part of a two-goal effort as Tampa Bay defeated Vancouver 4-2 to hand the Canucks their first loss of the season.
VANCOUVER - Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman left the second period of Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks with an upper-body injury and did not return.
Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said after his team's 4-2 victory that Hedman "is probably done" for the rest of Tampa Bay's current road trip, which still has four games remaining.
The 23-year-old appeared to be favouring his right hand before leaving about halfway through Saturday's contest.
VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Canucks' sellout streak has come to an end.
The club played to a less-than-capacity crowd at Rogers Arena against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night, snapping a string of 474 consecutive sellouts.
Attendance for Saturday was 18,647 — just 223 short of a sellout.
The last time the Canucks didn't play in front of a full house at home was on Nov. 12, 2002, when they secured a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Blues.
DETROIT - Henrik Zetterberg's self criticism made for a great weekend for the Detroit Red Wings.
The captain scored at 4:50 of overtime to give the Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and a sweep of the teams' home-and-home series.
WINNIPEG - Jon Cornish shared any praise for his 160-yard rushing performance Saturday with the Calgary Stampeders' offensive line.
Cornish plowed nine yards past defenders for a touchdown with 1:25 remaining to ensure the Stampeders (13-2) clinched first place in the CFL West Division with a 33-23 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The nine-play winning drive covered 60 yards, with Cornish accounting for 39 of those to record his fifth rushing TD of the season.
MONTREAL - P.K. Subban was just as concerned with taking a penalty as he was in scoring a spectacular goal when he got out of the box.
The Montreal defenceman's second goal of the game, which came at 17:59 of the second period after serving a holding call, proved to be the game winner as the Canadiens downed the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in a freewheeling contest on Saturday night.
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.