Physical Nurse excels in world junior championship - Jan 6, 2015

Darnell Nurse’s star shone brightly at the World Junior Hockey Championship when he was named Canada’s best defenceman. That understandably lit up Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish’s face after watching the 19-year-old blue-liner battle in the thrilling 5-4 final against Russia on Monday night in Toronto.

Obama: 'I'd be pretty aggravated' as a Detroit Lions fan - Jan 6, 2015

President Barack Obama says he'd be "pretty aggravated" if he were a Detroit Lions fan after the team lost an NFL playoff game to the Dallas Cowboys after a disputed penalty call.

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Frank Reich set for second HC interview - Jan 6, 2015

The Chargers offensive coordinator is in New York for his latest opportunity.

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Ailing Giroux returns for Flyers - Jan 6, 2015

After taking part in pregame warm-ups, Flyers captain Claude Giroux decided he could be effective enough to play Tuesday against visiting Ottawa.

Claude Giroux "It's about me being able to compete out there at a high level, If I think I can do that, I'll be playing. If I play, I want to be able to help the team."

Flyers beat Senators in shootout to end slump - Jan 6, 2015

After being away from the Wells Fargo Center for 19 days, the Flyers finally returned home Tuesday night and ended their five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion.

Wayne Simmonds "Tonight was a start,"
Wayne Simmonds "He played unbelievable, We owed it to him tonight."
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Forget Lakers' woes — these SoCal teams' seasons were memorably bad - Jan 6, 2015

As brutal as this season has been for the Lakers, who are on pace for one of the worst records in the 55-year Los Angeles history of the franchise, it could be a lot worse.

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Sixers still looking for that winning formula - Jan 6, 2015

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown planned to regularly play Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten together in the backcourt.

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Ravens have postseason edge on Patriots, but much has changed - Jan 6, 2015

Normally quick with a quip or response, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs asked respectfully for a little more time to think about the question. About two minutes elapsed when Suggs turned to the reporter and wanted to hear the question again.

terrell suggs "I still don't have an answer, I'm sorry. I don't know and if I did know, I probably wouldn't tell you either."
tom brady "We can't change what has happened. You just have to move forward and you have to think about the things that we've done really well this year, try to look at those and use those and the ways to attain the goal that we set out for a long time ago — to win this game, We've got a great opportunity to be able to do that. We've put ourselves in a good position — we've just got to take advantage of it. So, you've got to have respect for your opponent and their ability to do things. They're a very good football team. They finished 10-6 [and] won a road playoff game, so it's a very capable team."
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Coyotes prospect Max Domi shows potential - Jan 6, 2015

Max Domi is currently one of the most popular names in the hockey world, but the buzz surrounding the 19-year-old Coyotes prospect probably never would have happened if the team didn't elect to return him to junior during training camp.         

dave tippett "This has been a good year for him to continue to grow his game, You get on a stage like that and not just play in those situations but to excel in those situations, he's got a great future ahead of him."
Shane Doan "The more success you have, the more confidence you get, The more confidence you get, the more success you have. It's great for him and happy for him and to see him play as well as he did was pretty special."
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Ravens' Torrey Smith anticipates matching up against Patriots CB Brandon Browner - Jan 6, 2015

When Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith breaks the huddle Saturday against the New England Patriots, he anticipates having cornerback Brandon Browner frequently matching up against him.

Patrik Elias leads Devils past Buffalo Sabres, 4-1 | Rapid reaction - Jan 6, 2015

Patrik Elias notches 399th career goal

Steve Bernier "No. I don’t think so. Guys want to win and they’ll do everything they possibly can to do so. At the same time, I don’t think anybody would focus on one guy because he was injured. I know I don’t."

Goaltender Karri Ramo focuses on one game at a time for Calgary Flames - Jan 6, 2015

It seems like forever since Karri Ramo’s last start in net for the Calgary Flames.

In L.A. NBA battle, Lakers have the past, Clippers have the present - Jan 6, 2015

Byron Scott smiled in late October when asked which of Los Angeles' NBA teams ruled the city.

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Allie Sherman remembered as great coach, good friend - Jan 6, 2015

Allie Sherman, who will be remembered as much for the sing-songy end of his coaching career with the Giants as the three straight NFL Championship Games he reached at its beginning, died Saturday in Manhattan. The two-time NFL Coach of the Year, and one of only four men to have coached the Giants for eight or more seasons, was 91.

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Dodgers miss out on adding to their Hall of Fame presence - Jan 6, 2015

Don Sutton won 324 games, ranking among the top 15 in major league history. He won 233 games for the Dodgers, the most of any pitcher for the distinguished franchise.

Flames head coach Bob Hartley likes what he sees in Russian junior Rushan Rafikov - Jan 6, 2015

Rushan Rafikov left Canada with more than just a silver medal from the world juniors hockey championship.

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Hudson, D-Backs face post-surgery challenges - Jan 6, 2015

If Daniel Hudson pitches out of the bullpen, he could be working alongside right-hander David Hernandez and left-hander Matt Reynolds, two others who are fresh off their own Tommy John procedures and also will likely need to be handled with care.         

daniel hudson "There's a bunch of different variables going into this season, It's going to be difficult to manage our way through it."
daniel hudson "He said there's no reason why I should throw more than 80 to 90 pitches in any outing this year,"

Royals exec Taylor winding down impactful career - Jan 6, 2015

Royals VP of baseball operations Dean Taylor is ready to transition into retirement after nearly 40 years in the game of baseball and Taylor and those who have worked with him are eager to express gratitude for an exemplary career.

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Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise misses game to be with ailing father - Jan 6, 2015

Zach Parise did not play in the Wild's game against San Jose on Tuesday night in order to be with his father, J.P., who continues to battle Stage 4 lung cancer.

Zach Parise "With what happened to him, it worked out really good to be here and for him to be able to come to all the games, I guess we got kind of lucky with that to be here and for him to be so close."
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Source: Jets have talked to Scot McCloughan, but not about becoming general manager - Jan 6, 2015

McCloughan, a brilliant personnel man with a known drinking problem, is reportedly close to becoming the GM in Washington. The Jets spoke to him about the possibility of some other role, a source said.

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