SOCHI, Russia – Connor McDavid scored a hat trick and Philippe Desrosiers earned the shutout as Canada blanked the Czech Republic 6-0 on Thursday in quarter-final play at the world under-18 hockey championship. Sam Reinhart, Nick Baptiste and…

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EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers assigned left-winger Teemu Hartikainen to their American Hockey League affiliate on Thursday and signed goaltender Frans Tuohimaa to a two-year entry-level contract. Hartikainen had a goal and two assists in 23 …

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday that Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been given medical clearance to resume practicing. Crosby is expected to practice Friday. He has been out of the lineup since breaking his jaw when …

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TORONTO – A technical glitch has left some frustrated Toronto Maple Leafs fans without playoff tickets. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., and Ticketmaster Canada apologized after fans couldn’t purchase tickets when a limited number we…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes say Alexander Semin is out with a concussion. Coach Kirk Muller said Thursday that Semin will miss their final two games of the season, including the home finale against the New York Rangers. Semin e…

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TORONTO – The Toronto Marlies will lean heavily on their veterans to try and replicate last season’s run to the Calder Cup final. Nine players from last season’s Marlies will suit up against the Rochester Americans on Saturday when Toronto ho…

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Carolina Hurricanes put all their Staals in their starting lineup. The Hurricanes had brothers Eric, Jordan and Jared Staal on the line that started the game Thursday night against the New York Rangers. Jared Staal was …

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WASHINGTON – Ottawa Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson has returned to the lineup after being sidelined 2 1/2 months with a torn left Achilles tendon. Karlsson, last season’s Norris Trophy winner as the NHL’s top defenceman, played against the…

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10:54 p.m.: Xavier Rhodes wasn’t going to last much longer. He went No. 25 to the Vikings, who drastically improved their defense in a matter of minutes. Rhodes is a cornerback who’s over 6-foot-1, and runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash. 10:51 p.m.: The Colts just got a very good player. They took Bjoern Werner No. 24 overall. …

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Clay Buchholz has been nothing short of masterful so far this season, and he showed no signs of slowing down against the Astros. The Red Sox starter picked up his league-leading fifth win against Houston on Thursday night, allowing just two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out 10 batters. Buchholz is off to …

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