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Sunday, April 9, 2017

SUNDAY SPORTS


Mark Letestu scored the go-ahead goal on a power play in the third period as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. The Oilers clinched second place in the Pacific Division with the victory. They can still finish first if they beat the Canucks in Sunday's regular-season finale in Edmonton and the Anaheim Ducks lose to the Los Angeles Kings in regulation.

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Chris Tierney scored one goal and set up Mikkel Boedker for another in the second period to help the banged-up San Jose Sharks finish the regular season by beating the Calgary Flames 3-1. Curtis Lazar scored his first goal of the season and Brian Elliott made 15 saves in the first two periods for Calgary.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are going back to the post-season. Connor Brown scored the go-ahead goal with less than three minutes left in regulation as the Leafs clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 with a 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Elsewhere, Ottawa clinched second in the Atlantic with a 3-1 win over the Rangers, Montreal edged Detroit 3-2 in overtime and Winnipeg beat Nashville 2-1.

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Casey Lawrence got the loss in his MLB debut. The Blue Jays reliever walked in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning as Toronto fell 3-2 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Lawrence had been called up from AAA Buffalo earlier in the day. Toronto is now 1-4 on the season with two of those losses coming in extra innings.

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Toronto F-C is still undefeated after settling for a 2-2 draw with Atlanta United at BMO Field. Sebastian Giovinco and Justin Morrow scored for Toronto. And Albert Rusnak had a goal and two assists in the second half during a snow storm and Real Salt Lake ended a 13-match winless run with a 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are tied atop the Masters leaderboard at 6 under after a tense third round at Augusta. They have a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, who made birdies on all four of the par 5s to offset a few mistakes in a round of 71. Abbotsford, B-C's Adam Hadwin is well back at 8 over.

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With a vicious choke, Daniel Cormier forced Anthony Johnson into submission and retirement.

Cormier's next title challenger?

Pick a fighter outside of the cage.

Cormier easily defeated "Rumble'' Johnson for the second time in two years, using a rear naked choke to retain the light heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 210 on Saturday night.

With tears in his eyes, Johnson announced his retirement inside the octagon, saying "it's time for me to do something else.''

It's time for Cormier to figure out what's next - and he has options for a major fight later this year.

Cormier jawed with No. 4 ranked contender Jimi Manuwa immediately after the bout and then talked trash with perhaps the class - and considered, the uncrowned champ - of the division, Jon Jones.

(Canadian Press)

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