• Raffl scores late, Flyers beat Oilers for 7th straight win

    Philadelphia Flyers' Michael Raffl (12) celebrates with Jakub Voracek (93) after Raffle scored the go-ahead goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 6-5. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Raffl scored with 1:29 remaining to cap Philadelphia’s rally from two goals down in a 6-5 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night for the Flyers’ seventh straight win.

  • Woman described as Canada’s Rosa Parks to appear on banknote

    Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, left, Minister of Status of Women Patricia Hajdu, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau, right, and Wanda Robson unveil an image of Viola Desmond who will be featured on the new Canadian ten dollar bill during a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada  Thursday Dec.  8, 2016. Robson is Viola Desmond's sister. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

    GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A black woman often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

  • Staal scores again on Leafs, Wild win 3-2

    Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal, center, celebrates scoring against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

    TORONTO (AP) — Eric Staal never has trouble finding motivation when he’s up against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Canadiens’ Galchenyuk, Desharnais out with knee injuries

    MONTREAL (AP) — Montreal Canadiens forwards Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais are expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks because of knee injuries.

  • Red Wings erase 2-goal deficit, beat Jets in shootout

    Detroit Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson (52) trips up Winnipeg Jets' Patrik Laine (29) during first period NHL hockey action in Winnipeg, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press via AP)

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Henrik Zetterberg backhanded in the deciding goal in the shootout and the Detroit Red Wings came back from a two-goal deficit to beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night.

  • Cavs’ Smith sidelined with hyperextended left knee

    Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith grimaces in pain after being injured during first half NBA basketball action against Toronto Raptors in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers starting shooting guard J.R. Smith will miss at least one game — and probably more — with a hyperextended left knee.

  • World Cup luge races pushed back by heavy snow

    WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) — World Cup luge races scheduled for Friday at the Whistler Sliding Center have been delayed until Saturday because heavy snow has delayed the delivery of sleds.

  • Son of Seattle now has Sounders on verge of MLS Cup

    In this Nov. 30, 2016, file photo, Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer talks to reporters following a soccer training session in Tukwila, Wash. Schmetzer has shepherded a remarkable turnaround that has finally landed Seattle in the finale of the MLS season. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, FIle)

    TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — As he walked off the practice field recently, Brian Schmetzer was greeted in a manner usually reserved for players.

  • Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State

    Zammo Marza, Sherineh Marza, Charli Kanoun and Abdo Marza, from left, kneel at the grave of Marza Marza in Saarlouis, Germany in this Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 photo. The Marza family were among 226 Assyrian Christians taken captive by the Islamic State group in a February 2015 attack on their villages in Syria’s Khabur River valley. It took a year to free the hostages, and only after three were killed and millions of dollars gathered by the Assyrian diaspora worldwide was paid to the militants, and in the end the Khabur region has been totally emptied of the tiny, centuries-old minority community. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) — The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group.

  • Johansson scores twice as Capitals beat Sabres 3-2 in OT

    Washington Capitals right wing Jay Beagle (83) celebrates his goal agains Buffalo Sabres Robin Lehner (40), of Sweden, and Buffalo Sabres right wing Erik Burgdoerfer (46) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trailing by a goal, the Washington Capitals spent their second intermission venting about their poor play. Marcus Johansson used the rest of the game to lead the comeback.