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In Brief: Cardinals strike gold, get Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

thespec 2018-12-06 02:44:01

Manchester City just cannot shrug off Liverpool in what is looking increasingly like a two-horse race for the Premier League soccer title. Three days after scoring an injury-time winner in the local derby against Everton, Liverpool came from behind to beat Burnley, 3-1, and move back to within two points of the defending champions. Fewer and fewer sides look capable of keeping touch with the unbeaten top two. Chelsea lost for the second time in three matches, squandering an early lead in a surprise 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. That allowed Tottenham to climb into third place — six points behind Liverpool — after a 3-1 win over Southampton. Manchester United dropped Paul Pogba and was held to a 2-2 draw with Arsenal in a bruising match at Old Trafford. After 15 games, United is already 18 points behind City. The other two matches finished in 1-1 draws between Fulham and Leicester, and Everton and Newcastle.


Photo of Crosby with Trailer Park Boys in Pens locker-room goes viral

A peak Halifax moment occurred in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night when the main cast members of the "Trailer Park Boys" posed in the Penguins' locker-room with Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby. The photo of Crosby sitting on a bench with the show's stars went viral when actor Mike Smith, who plays the role of Bubbles on the hit cult comedy, posted it on his Twitter account. Smith said in an earlier tweet that he, along with fellow "Trailer Park Boys" stars Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay and Patrick Roach were at the game. The photo features Crosby still sporting a scraggly Movember moustache, Smith wearing Bubbles' signature Coke-bottle glasses and Roach, whose character Randy is always shirtless, lying on the locker-room floor sans top. "Trailer Park Boys," a mockumentary set in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, N.S., aired its 12th season in 2018 on Netflix. Crosby is from Cole Harbour, N.S.


Forbes: Rangers remain most valuable franchise followed by Leafs, Habs

TORONTO — The New York Rangers are the National Hockey League's most valuable franchise for a fourth consecutive year, according to the latest estimate by Forbes. The Rangers top the annual list of franchise valuations at US$1.55 billion, up three per cent over last year. The Toronto Maple Leafs are second at $1.35 billion and Montreal Canadiens third at $1.3 billion, a four per cent increase for both clubs. Original Six clubs make up the top five of the list, with the Chicago Blackhawks fourth at $1.05 billion and the Boston Bruins fifth at $925 million. The Detroit Red Wings are not far behind their Original Six cousins in eighth ($775 million) and have seen an 11 per cent increase in value thanks to a new downtown arena. Los Angeles (sixth, $810 million), Philadelphia (seventh, $800 million), Vancouver (ninth, $735 million) and Washington (10th, $725 million) round out the top 10. The Capitals enjoyed a league-best 16 per cent boost in valuation over last year thanks to a run to its first ever Stanley Cup title. According to the list, the value of the average NHL team rose six per cent during the past year, to a record $630 million.


Caps' Kuznetsov grabs opponent's stick, then gets penalized for trying to use it

Evgeny Kuznetsov's stick (among many other attributes) has made him one of the best offensive players in the National Hockey League. So, on Tuesday, the Capitals centre decided to see what he could do with an opponent's. In the second period, Kuznetsov lost hold of his stick at about the same time Golden Knights defenceman Nick Holden's stick got wedged in the stanchions. Thus, Kuznetsov did what any good goal scorer would do: Find the nearest stick and use it. The Capitals forward grabbed Holden's left-handed stick from the boards, corralled the puck and looked to make a play in the offensive zone. Then, he realized it wasn't his. Too late. Kuznetsov was called for a two-minute illegal equipment penalty. Washington killed off the penalty, but it did not have the same luck in its Stanley Cup rematch, losing 5-3.


Warriors' Green expected to return early next week

CLEVELAND — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green could return from a right toe injury as early as Monday's National Basketball Association home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Green "had another good day" Wednesday and is "really making strides after missing 12 of the past 14 games. Kerr said that the Warriors are expecting Green to return for Monday's game against Minnesota or Wednesday's game against Toronto. Green spent the end of morning shootaround on Wednesday receiving treatment on his toe. During the team's pregame preparations, Green rode on a stationary bike.


Curry, McGirt among nine picked for Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y. — Two-division champions Donald Curry, Julian Jackson and James "Buddy" McGirt have been selected for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Also to be enshrined are welterweight champion Tony DeMarco in the old-timer category, promoter Don Elbaum, referee/judge Guy Jutras, publicist Lee Samuels and broadcaster Teddy Atlas in the nonparticipants and observers category. Journalist Mario Rivera Martino was selected posthumously in the observer category. Inductees were voted in by members of the Boxing Writers Association and a panel of international boxing historians. The induction ceremony is June 9 in Canastota, N.Y.


Royals sign versatile Owings to one-year deal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals have added a position player to their Major League Baseball roster for the first time this off-season. And he plays nearly all of them. The Royals signed Chris Owings to a one-year contract Wednesday. Owings, 27, has seen considerable time in both the infield and outfield over his six-year career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the club that drafted him out of high school with the No. 41 overall pick in 2009. His career splits are .250/.291/.378. He endured a career-worst .206 average in 2018, hitting four home runs in 281 at-bats. He has reached double digits in stolen bases in four straight seasons, one of 26 players in the majors to achieve that qualification. His career-best season came in '16, when he hit .277 with 40 extra-base hits and 21 stolen bases. He led the league with 11 triples that season. Versatility is one of his biggest attributes. Owings has played at least 60 career games at shortstop, second base, right field and centre field, and he played 15 games at third base last season. In 2018 alone, he made at least three starts at all five positions.

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