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Marner has five points, Maple Leafs score eight in win against Hurricanes –



TORONTOMitchell Marner scored twice and had three assists to tie his single-game NHL career high in points, and the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied past the Carolina Hurricanes 8-6 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Marner had two goals and an assist in a span of 59 seconds in the third period, including the tiebreaking goal with eight minutes left.

“Our adrenaline was pumping, heart’s pumping, I’m fired up,” Marner said. “The first was a great pass from [Auston] Matthews, the second was a great play by Tyson [Barrie] to find the open spot and make a move, and the third one, I jumped through and was able to pick it off and get down the ice and score. I don’t think the timeout [after the second] one mattered. You’re just riding the high and feel like you could play forever. I felt like a little kid out there skating around, we knew we could do the job, and it’s a great team win.”

[WATCH: All Hurricanes vs. Maple Leafs highlights]

John Tavares had a goal and two assists, and Matthews, Barrie and Jason Spezza each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (20-14-4), who have won a season-high five games in a row. Frederik Andersen made 35 saves.

Video: CAR@TOR: Tavares snipes wrister upstairs for PPG

“Probably yeah, that was one of the craziest games I’ve been a part of,” Andersen said. “I don’t have anything that can top that, off the top of my head. I tried to stay as level as I can and worry about what I could control. The only thing I could do is try to make sure I stopped the next puck, and for a rough game, I was able to do that in the third period.” 

Martin Necas had two goals and two assists, and Erik Haula had two goals and an assist for the Hurricanes (22-13-2). Petr Mrazek made 27 saves after replacing James Reimer, who allowed three goals on seven shots in the first period.

Video: CAR@TOR: Haula sets up Necas’ game-tying goal

“Not in a while I haven’t been a part of anything like that. That was a tough game,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We didn’t come out ready, it wasn’t everyone, but we had a couple guys sleeping, and it cost us. Got back in and we had the game in hand, and then just fell asleep, took a little breath, and against a team with high high-end talent, you can’t do that. It’s another tough lesson. I would have rather lost 8-0 to be honest because we were so bad to start.”

Marner scored at 11:01 of the third to cut the Hurricanes lead to 6-5, and Barrie scored off a pass from Marner to tie the game 6-6 at 11:54. Marner put Toronto up 7-6 six seconds later when he stole the puck and scored on a breakaway at 12:00.

Carolina took a timeout following Barrie’s goal.

Video: CAR@TOR: Barrie backhands puck home to tie game

Pierre Engvall scored into an empty net with 1:40 left to make it 8-6.

The Hurricanes scored three times in 1:04 in the second period to take the lead. They tied it 3-3 at 15:09 after Ryan Dzingel knocked down Morgan Rielly‘s pass in the Maple Leafs zone and got the puck to Haula, who fed Necas for a shot past Andersen from above the right hash marks.

Haula gave Carolina a 4-3 lead at 15:29 after Necas stole Justin Holl‘s pass behind the net and passed to Haula in the slot.

Andrei Svechnikov tipped in a pass from Jordan Staal at 16:13 to put Carolina up 5-3.

Matthews cut the lead to 5-4 at 2:35 of the third, but Haula scored at 5:58 to put the Hurricanes back up by two, 6-4.

Video: CAR@TOR: Matthews rifles Hyman’s dish past Mrazek

The Maple Leafs went up 1-0 30 seconds into the first period when Spezza put in a rebound from the slot.

William Nylander made it 2-0 at 3:40 on the power play when he took a pass from Tavares in the slot and shot between Reimer’s pads.

Tavares scored at 5:10 on the power play to put Toronto up 3-0.

“I don’t really know how to describe that, it was probably really entertaining for people watching but that was brutal,” Haula said. “With Reimer starting who has played [for the Maple Leafs] before, and that’s how we start in front of him, that was quite embarrassing.”

The Hurricanes cut the lead to 3-1 at 13:49 when Brock McGinn took a pass from Brett Pesce on a 2-on-1 while shorthanded and shot past Andersen’s blocker.

Necas made it 3-2 when he deflected Lucas Wallmark‘s shot in the slot on the power play.

They said it

“I would have rather lost 8-0 to be honest with you because we were so bad to start and to fight back, you’re basically throwing it away unless you finish it off. Unless you win it, there’s no point in coming back because now we had a couple guys who had really good games, but we had a couple guys who fell asleep in the third. In today’s game, you have to have 20 guys doing it right.” — Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour

“Lots of emotions in the game from our start and we’re feeling great and then it gets away from us. We start to come back in the third and we give it up again so it was a lot of emotions, but I really liked how our team stayed with it and found a way and everybody goes home happy.” — Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe

Need to know

Marner’s first five-point game was Feb. 10, 2018, when he had two goals and three assists in a 6-3 win against the Ottawa Senators. … Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner faced the Maple Leafs for the first time since signing a four-year contract with Carolina as an unrestricted free agent Sept. 6. He played the first 551 games of his NHL career with Toronto. … Tavares’ three points in the opening 5:10 set a Maple Leafs record for fastest three points to begin a game. It was the 10th time in his NHL career he had three points in the first period. … Maple Leafs forward Trevor Moore was a late scratch because he was ill. Keefe gave no further update.

What’s next

Red Wings: At the New York Rangers on Friday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV)

Maple Leafs: At the New Jersey Devils on Friday (7 p.m. ET; TVAS, MSG+, SNO, NHL.TV)

Video: Marner, Maple Leafs down Hurricanes in thriller, 8-6 

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Mixed Martial Arts-Door is open for YouTube’s Paul brothers in MMA



Logan and Jake Paul would make great Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, Bellator president Scott Coker has said as he targets exhibition matches featuring the YouTube personalities such as the former’s boxing bout against Floyd Mayweather.

Logan Paul went the distance, surviving eight rounds against unbeaten (50-0) five-division world boxing champion Mayweather in an exhibition on Sunday at Miami’s Hard Rock stadium.

USA Today reported the fight brought in one million pay per view buys with $50 million generated from sales in the United States.

It was only the second fight of Paul’s career, while his brother Jake has fought in three professional boxing matches, beating former MMA fighter Ben Askren in April.

Critics have labelled the bouts a sideshow due to the lack of sporting credibility of the duo, who made their names as social media personalities and have millions of subscribers on YouTube.

However, Coker told Reuters the brothers have impressive physiques and the door is open for them to move into MMA.

“I met with Logan Paul about two years ago and I’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s manager and Jake on a zoom call recently… The one thing I said was hey, if you want to do MMA we would love to promote you guys,” the 58-year-old said in a Zoom interview.

“These guys are young, athletic, strong and you saw the fight on Sunday night these guys they came and did their work.

“Mayweather couldn’t finish him and I know he tried, I heard he wanted to knock this kid out so bad,” he added.

“When I heard both had high school wrestling backgrounds in Ohio, which is a prominent wrestling state in the U.S., it really made me interested in pursuing them in some super fights in Mixed Martial Arts – and that door is continually open.”


Bellator, owned by Viacom, is gearing up for a busy month of events, starting with Bellator 260 on Friday with the headline fight between reigning welterweight world champion Douglas Lima and the undefeated Yaroslav Amosov.

However, super fights and exhibitions are where Coker is targeting a younger audience.

“My 14-year-old niece, I told her I was going to the Logan Paul fight and she thought that was the greatest thing,” he said.

“She asked me who he was fighting and I said Floyd Mayweather and she said ‘who’s that?’ – I thought wow, she doesn’t know boxing, she doesn’t know MMA, she’s just a 14-year-old girl on the internet doing what they do.”

As the sporting world gears up for the delayed Tokyo Olympics starting in July, Coker believes MMA will feature in future Games.

“When you think about mixed martial arts, what you’re talking about is boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, karate – those are all Olympic sports,” he said.

“Why wouldn’t mixed martial arts eventually get into the Olympics because six out of the seven disciplines MMA is known to use really is already there.

“There’d be a lot of details to work out but to me I think it will happen, it’s just a matter of time.”


(Reporting by Christian Radnedge,; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships



Montreal will host the 2024 world figure skating championships, the International Skating Union (ISU) said on Wednesday, after the 2020 event Canada was to host was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The championships will return to Montreal from March 18-24, marking the 11th time Canada has staged the event.

“Skate Canada has a proven track record of holding successful ISU events and we are looking forward to bringing the world’s best skaters to the fantastic Canadian city of Montreal,” said Debra Armstrong, CEO of Skate Canada, in a statement.


(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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Andreescu splits with coach Bruneau after French Open exit



World number seven Bianca Andreescu on Tuesday announced she has split with longtime coach Sylvain Bruneau, a week after falling in the first round of the French Open.

The pair had worked together for four years as Andreescu made her breakthrough with three titles in 2019, including the U.S. Open.

“It is with a heavy heart that I would like to inform my fans that my long time coach, mentor and friend, Sylvain and I, have mutually decided to end our incredible coaching relationship,” Canadian Andreescu wrote on Twitter

“Our friendship will live forever … I am very grateful for everything we accomplished together and all of our great memories.

“Sylvain was more than a coach… he is family.”

Andreescu, 20, returned to action at this year’s Australian Open, having missed 15 months due to a knee injury.

A positive COVID-19 test subsequently ruled Andreescu out of both Madrid and Rome before an abdominal injury forced her to pull out of Strasbourg at the quarter-final stage.

Her most recent appearance at Roland Garros ended with a 6-7(1) 7-6(2) 9-7 defeat by Slovenia’s Tamara Zidansek.


(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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