Wednesday, December 12, 2018

{allcanada} Raptors rout Warriors without Kawhi to complete sweep


OAKLAND, Calif. — Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists to lead a balanced Toronto offence while leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sat out, Serge Ibaka added 20 points and the Raptors dominated Golden State from the start, routing the Warriors 113-93 on Wednesday night to complete a season sweep.

Danny Green scored 15 points, Pascal Siakam had 13 and Fred VanVleet added 10 to help the Raptors improve to an NBA-best 23-7, matching the best start in franchise history.

They did it despite not having Leonard for a second consecutive night. Toronto's star forward has a sore right hip and was questionable before the game before being ruled out less than 30 minutes before tip-off.

The Raptors also lost 7-foot centre Jonas Valanciunas to a dislocated left thumb in the first half.

Kevin Durant had 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Golden State. The Warriors had won four straight heading into a much-anticipated showdown between two teams many expect to reach the NBA Finals.

Despite playing the second half of a back-to-back following a 123-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, Toronto appeared to be the fresher team. The Raptors repeatedly beat the sluggish Warriors to loose balls and outrebounded the two-time defending champs 48-40.

It was Toronto's first win in Oakland since Feb. 8, 2004.

The Raptors beat the Warriors in overtime earlier this season behind a season-high 37 points from Leonard. Golden State didn't have Stephen Curry or Draymond Green for that game, but both were back for the rematch while Leonard sat out.

It hardly mattered.

Toronto led by 18 in the first half and was up 93-67 early in the fourth following a three-point play by Greg Monroe. Warriors coach Steve Kerr benched his starters midway through the fourth as the Oracle Arena crowd filed for the exits.

Curry scored 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting. Green was 1 for 5 and finished with two points as Golden State went 6 for 26 on 3-pointers.


Raptors: Toronto went 4-0 in California this season for the first time in franchise history. ... Lowry's double-double was his 100th with Toronto. ... Green picked up a technical foul less than four minutes into the first quarter. ... VanVleet (back) started after being questionable before the game.

Warriors: Andre Iguodala sat out a second straight game with a hip injury sustained during warmups Monday. Kerr said Iguodala is day to day but added the team is taking a cautious approach. ... Kerr said there is no new update on DeMarcus Cousins but left open the possibility that the All-Star centre could practice again with the G-League team in Santa Cruz.


Raptors: Play at Portland on Friday.

Warriors: Play at Sacramento on Friday.

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{allcanada} OHL: Leufvenius leads Sting over Knights in shootout


SARNIA, Ont. — Hugo Leufvenius scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the Sarnia Sting edged the London Knights 5-4 on Wednesday in Ontario Hockey League action.

Jamieson Rees, Alexandre Hogue and Adam Ruzicka also scored in regulation for the Sting (15-14-4).

Josh Nelson, Gerard Keane, Connor McMichael and Paul Cotter supplied the offence for the Knights (21-5-3), who have dropped back-to-back games.

Ethan Langevin made 32 saves for Sarnia as Joseph Raaymakers kicked out 42 shots for London.

The Sting went 0 for 6 on the power play while the Knights were 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

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{allcanada} QMJHL: Voltigeurs end Huskies' win streak at five games


DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. — Dawson Mercer scored the go-ahead goal at 15:23 of the third period as the Drummondville Voltigeurs downed the league-leading Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6-4 on Wednesday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action.

Pavel Koltygin, Charles-Antoine Element, Cedric Desruisseaux, Nicolas Guay and Brandon Skubel also scored for the Voltigeurs (23-7-1).

Samuel Naud, Rafael Harvey-Pinard, Vincent Marleau and Peter Abbandonato found the back of the net for the Huskies (27-6-0), who had their win streak halted at five games.

Olivier Rodrigue made 30 saves for Drummondville as Samuel Harvey turned aside 28-of-33 shots for Rouyn-Noranda.

The Voltigeurs went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Huskies were 0 for 1 with the man advantage.



VICTORIAVILLE, Que. — Olivier Garneau struck twice as Rimouski toppled the Tigres for its fourth win in a row.

Jimmy Huntington and Parker Bowman also scored while Carmine-Anthony Pagliarulo made 18 saves for the Oceanic (20-10-2).

Isaiah Gallo-Demetris kept Victoriaville (12-17-3) from being shutout. Tristan Cote-Cazenave stopped 27 shots in a losing cause.



SHERBROOKE, Que. — Brendan Cregan stopped all 35 shots his way as the Phoenix handed the Armada their fourth straight loss.

Patrick Guay and Oliver Okuliar supplied the Sherbrooke (18-12-2) offence.

Gabriel Waked kicked out 44-of-45 shots for Blainville-Boisbriand (14-16-2).



HALIFAX — Ryan Francis scored in the fifth round of the shootout as Cape Breton halted the Mooseheads' win streak at five games.

Mathias Laferriere and Mitchell Balmas scored in regulation for the Screaming Eagles (19-12-2), who got 19 saves from Kevin Mandolese.

Samuel Asselin and Ben Higgins had goals for Halifax (22-7-2). Alexis Gravel turned away 17 shots in a losing cause.



SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Mark Grametbauer stopped 42-of-44 shots as Acadie-Bathurst edged the Sea Dogs to snap a six-game losing streak.

Ethan Crossman, Liam Leonard and Evan MacKinnon supplied the offence for the Titan (6-24-1).

Nathan Larose and Aiden MacIntosh scored for Saint John (4-25-3). Mikhail Denisov made 21 saves in defeat.



CHARLOTTETOWN — Matthew Welsh turned away 49 shots through regulation and overtime, and another six in the shootout to lift the Islanders over Moncton.

Brett Budgell scored twice and Keith Getson and Daniel Hardie had the others as the Islanders (20-8-3) built up a 4-0 lead before Thomas Casey scored the shootout winner.

Jeremy McKenna had a hat trick and Elliot Desnoyers also scored to earn a point for the Wildcats (22-9-3). Charles-Antoine Lavallee stopped 31 shots in a losing cause.



CHICOUTIMI, Que. — Hendrix Lapierre scored twice in regulation and Theo Rochette potted the shootout winner as the Sagueneens slipped past Shawinigan.

Christophe Farmer, Samuel Houde and Justin Ducharme also scored for Chicoutimi (14-12-5). Alexis Shank made 18 saves for the victory.

Mavrik Bourque, Vincent Senez, Xavier Bourgault, Jeremy Manseau and William Cummings scored for the Cataractes (8-20-3). Antoine Coulombe kicked out 27 shots in defeat.

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{allcanada} Davies wins Canadian Men's Soccer Player for the Year Award


TORONTO — Teenage midfielder Alphonso Davies has become the youngest winner of the Canadian Men's Soccer Player for the Year Award.

Davies was chosen in voting by Canadian coaches and media.

Besiktas midfielder Atiba Hutchinson, who won the award the last four years, was runner-up with Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio third, Red Star Belgrade goalkeeper Milan Borjan fourth and Glasgow Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield fifth.

Davies, the former Vancouver Whitecap who turned 18 in November, is now with Bayern Munich thanks to a record-breaking US$22-million transfer deal that will see him play for the German powerhouse through 2023.

"He has been a standout performer for club and country and that is just a consistent reality now for Alphonso Davies," Canada coach John Herdman said in a statement. "For club, he picked up many an accolade, culminating with what looks like one of the biggest signings out country has ever seen.

"For Canada, every time he has been asked to take a responsibility and support the team, even playing out of position, he has shown his character. He is just a humble guy who loves the game and will do whatever it takes to be successful."

The previous youngest men's winners were Simeon Jackson and Jim Brennan, who were 22 when they won in 2009 and 1999, respectively. Christine Sinclair was 17 when she won the women's award for the first time in 2000.

Hutchinson had won the award six times since 2010 — a run interrupted by Will Johnson in 2013 and Dwayne De Rosario in 2011.

On Tuesday, the 35-year-old Sinclair won the Women's Player of the Year Award for the 14th time.

Davies finished his MLS campaign with eight goals and 11 assists. He was a commissioner's pick to the August all-star game in Atlanta, where he became the fourth-youngest player to appear in the game.

Davies was first in the league this season in dribbles completed (123, an MLS record) and third in dribbles attempted (224).

On the international front, Davies played three times for Canada in 2018 — all wins in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying.

Born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the Liberian civil war, Davies ended up in Edmonton after his family immigrated to Canada. He joined the Whitecaps' residency program in 2015, working his way up the ranks to make his MLS debut in July 2016.

On Monday, Derek Cornelius and Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year. Earlier, Jacob Orellana was voted Canadian Futsal Player of the Year and Damien Wojtiw Canadian Para Soccer Player of the Year.

Goalkeeper James Pantemis was chosen winner of the Allstate Canadian National Teams Good Hands Award.

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