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Toronto FC: How to fix a franchise

Toronto FC down and out of the playoffs again, How to fix a franchise
Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press

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.

Pacquiao makes professional basketball debut

Manny Pacquiao makes pro basketball debut as player-coach for KIA Sorento
The Associated Press

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.

Whitecaps slip into playoff spot with draw against Earthquakes

Whitecaps take over fifth in the west with 0-0 draw against Earthquakes
Robert Jonas, The Canadian Press

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.

Stamkos shines as Lightning down Canucks 4-2

Steven Stamkos leads the way as Tampa Bay Lightning down Vancouver Canucks 4-2
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

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.

Tampa Bay's Hedman leaves game with injury

Lightning D Victor Hedman suffers upper-body injury in victory over Canucks
The Canadian Press

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.

Canucks' sellout streak snapped at 474 games

Canucks fail to sell out for 1st time since '02, snapping streak of 474 games
The Canadian Press

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.

Zetterberg lifts Red Wings past Maple Leafs in OT

Zetterberg scores late in OT as Red Wings beat Maple Leafs 1-0 to sweep home-and home
The Associated Press

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.

Stampeders beat Blue Bombers to secure first in West

Cornish secures Stampeders first in the West after rushing for 160 yards against Bombers
Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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.

Subban scores two; Habs top Avs 3-2

Subban scores two as Canadiens down Avs 3-2 in Pickard's first start
Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press

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.

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.

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