Team Canada continues to dominate at this year’s world junior hockey championship. Bowen Byram, Dylan Cozens and Connor McMichael each scored a goal in a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic in quarterfinal action. Devon Levi made 29 saves in the win for his second shutout of the tournament. Canada will play Russia in their semifinal matchup Monday.
The Americans are through to the semifinals at the world junior hockey championship. John Farinacci scored twice in a 5-2 quarterfinal win over Slovakia. The United States will play Finland in their semifinal on Monday.
Roni Hirvonen’s game-winning goal with 25 seconds to play helped Finland defeat Sweden 3-2 in their world juniors quarterfinal matchup. Sweden had a 54-game winning streak snapped in the round-robin before losing three consecutive games including tonight’s quarterfinal loss. In the fourth quarterfinal game of the day, the Russians edged the Germans 2-1 to reach the semifinals.
Today is the first day N-H-L training camps can open for all 24 playoff teams from last season of ahead of January 13. This includes all seven Canadian teams. Each team will play 56 games in a shortened season. As of now, Alberta is the lone Canadian province that has confirmed that they’ll allow N-H-L games to take place.
The Toronto Raptors lost yet again to the New Orleans Pelicans. This time, by a score of 120-116. Guard Fred VanVleet led all Raptors in scoring with 27 points. Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram scored 31 points in the victory.
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with their offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore. This comes after the 32-year old revealed he was no longer pursuing a head coaching job with Boise State. The Cowboys had the league’s best total offence last season and held that distinction until they lost quarterback Dak Prescott to injury in the fifth week of the season.
Hall of Fame basketball player and coach Paul Westphal has died at the age of 70. The California native won an N-B-A championship in 1974 with the Boston Celtics and coached three N-B-A franchises. Westphal had been diagnosed with brain cancer last August.
World Junior Hockey Championship Quarterfinals at Edmonton
Russia 2 Germany 1
Finland 3 Sweden 2
Canada 3 Czech Republic 0
U.S. 5 Slovakia 2
Houston 102 Sacramento 94
Philadelphia 127 Charlotte 112
New York 106 Indiana 102
Oklahoma City 108 Orlando 99
Cleveland 96 Atlanta 91
New Orleans 120 Toronto 116
Sunday’s Games (All Times Eastern)
Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m.
Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Jacksonville at Indianapolis, 1 p.m.
L.A. Chargers at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 1 p.m.
New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at New England, 1 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia, 1 p.m.
Arizona at L.A. Rams, 4:25 p.m.
Las Vegas at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Seattle at San Francisco (at Glendale, Ariz.), 4:25 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 3 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 6 p.m.
Washington at Brooklyn, 6 p.m.
Denver at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Utah at San Antonio, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
Portland at Golden State, 8:30 p.m.