In the final game before the NHL takes their All-Star break, the Montreal Canadiens hammered the league-best, Detroit Red Wings, 7-2. The loss snapped Detroit's 7-game winning streak.
John-Michael Liles is staying on the Maple Leafs' blue-line for 4 more years. The 31-year-old defenceman signed a 4-year contract extension with Toronto worth 15.5 million U-S dollars.
In local hockey tonight: the Barrie Colts are at home to Plymouth at 7:30... and the Junior C Stayner Siskins are also at home, facing the Midland Flyers at 8:30.
A surprising win for the Raptors in Utah. Toronto beat the Jazz 111-106 in double overtime. The Raptors hadn't won in Salt Lake City since 2004. It wasn't all good for Toronto. Andrea Bargnani re-injured his strained left calf, just two games after returning from a 6-game absence with the injury.
The Oklahoma City Thunder is the NBA's new top team, after a 101-91 win over New Orleans. That moves the Thunder past the Chicago Bulls, who fell to Indiana 95-90.
The Dallas Mavericks have finally been presented with their championship rings for winning the N-B-A title last season, before losing 105-90 to Minnesota. The rings were delayed when team owner Mark Cuban decided to wait until after the N-B-A lockout, so he could get player input on the rings' design.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have locked down their biggest star. Kevin Love has signed a four-year contract extension worth 60 million U-S dollars. The 23-year-old all-star led the N-B-A in rebounding last season.
Washington 92 Charlotte 75
New Jersey 97 Philadelphia 90 (OT)
Miami 101 Detroit 98
Milwaukee 105 Houston 99
Minnesota 105 Dallas 90
San Antonio 105 Atlanta 83
Denver 122 Sacramento 93
Golden State 101 Portland 93
L.A. Lakers 96 L.A. Clippers 91
It's Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open finals. Azarenka advanced to her first Grand Slam final by upsetting defending champion Kim Clijsters in the first women's semifinal. Then Sharapova outslugged Petra Kvitova in the other semi to move on.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer meet in the men's semifinal. In men's doubles action, Canada's Daniel Nestor and his partner were eliminated in the semifinal.
One of the New England Patriots' best players, Rob Gronkowski, is unable to practise since hurting his left ankle in the A-F-C title game. He set an N-F-L record for tight ends with 17 touchdown catches. New England plays the New York Giants in the Super Bowl on February 5th.
Roger Goodell will be N-F-L commissioner through the 2018 season. The 52-year-old had his contract extended after leading the league through a player strike last year.
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