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Sunday, January 8, 2017

SUNDAY SPORTS

The Calgary Flames have snapped Vancouver's six-game winning streak. Matt Stajan's goal late in the first period held up as the winner as the Flames topped Vancouver 3-1 in the second game of a home-and-home series between the teams. Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk had an assist to extend his point streak to nine games.

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Nikita Scherbak's NHL debut was a memorable one. The Canadiens rookie scored his first career goal to help Montreal down the Maple Leafs 5-3 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre. Carey Price stopped 33 shots to pick up his 20th win of the season. The win was Montreal's 13th straight against the Leafs.

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The Ottawa Senators extended their losing skid to four straight games. Braden Holtby stopped all 30 shots he faced as the Capitals topped Ottawa 1-0. Mark Letestu scored in overtime as Edmonton topped the Devils 2-1. And the Winnipeg Jets fell 4-3 to Buffalo. Rookie Patrik Laine had to leave the game after taking an open-ice hit from Jake McCabe.

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The Toronto Raptors couldn't hold on to a big lead. Jimmy Butler scored 42 points, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a 19-point deficit to beat Toronto 123-118 in overtime. Butler led a big run in the fourth quarter and hit a three-pointer with 17.3 seconds left in overtime for a five-point lead. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 36 points.

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Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists for his 17th triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 121-106. Westbrook made seven 3-pointers after hitting a career-high eight Thursday at Houston. He also matched his season high in rebounds with the 54th triple-double of his career.

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The Seattle Seahawks are moving on. Seattle won its 10th straight home playoff game, 26-6 over the Detroit Lions in tonight's NFC wild-card game. Thomas Rawls rushed for a franchise playoff-record 161 yards. Earlier, Brock Osweiler threw for a touchdown and ran for another as Houston downed the Raiders 27-14 in an AFC wild-card game.

(CP)

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