(As of 12:01 a.m.) by Hartley Miller

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings)  UPDATE at 2:30 p.m.

The Prince George Spruce Kings beat the BCHL-leading Coquitlam Express 4-3 today (Wednesday).

This was the start of six consecutive games on the road for Prince George.

The Spruce Kings also play Friday in Surrey, Saturday in Chilliwack, Jan, 29th in Trail, Jan. 31st in Vernon and Feb. 1st in West Kelowna before hosting Wenatchee on Feb. 5th.

With 13 regular-season games left, the (16-24-2-3) Spruce Kings are last in the Mainland Division, 4 points behind the (19-22-1-1-1) Langley Rivermen and 6 points back of the (18-20-3-4) Surrey Eagles.

The BCHL standings are right here.

The Spruce Kings 2019-20 schedule/results right here.

 

WHL: (PG Cougars)

The Prince George Cougars are gearing up for six consecutive games at CN Centre beginning with a doubleheader against the BC Division-leading Kamloops Blazers Friday and Saturday.

The (12-24-3-4) Cougars are eight points behind the (18-22-2-1) Seattle Thunderbirds for the final Western Conference wild-card spot with both teams having 25 games left, including four against each other.

The Cats are also two points back of the (14-23-4-1) Tri-City Americans.

The Cougars also host Tri-City Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st and Seattle on Feb. 4th and 5th.

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The P.G. Cougars schedule/results right here.

The WHL standings are right here.

 

AHL: (Brandon Manning)

Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning of Prince George has been slapped with a five-game suspension by the AHL for uttering a racial slur to an opposing player.

The incident took place Monday during a game against the Ontario Reign.

Bakersfield is the top farm club of the Edmonton Oilers.

The 29-year-old Manning, who has four points in 10 AHL games this season, has apologized for his comments.

 

BCMML: (Cariboo Cougars)

The (18-8-1-1) Cariboo Cougars visit the (19-7) Vancouver Northeast Chiefs Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. in Burnaby.

Both teams are tied for 4th place in the BC Major Midget League, although the Chiefs hold two games in hand.

The Cougars have a dozen regular-season games left, with the last eight of them on home ice at Kin 1.

The Major Midget League schedule/results/standings right here.

 

NHL: (5 Tuesday games)

The Vancouver Canucks are off until Monday when they host the St. Louis Blues.

The (27-18-4) Canucks have won their last eight home games.

Vancouver leads the tight Pacific Division but is just a point over Edmonton, Calgary, Arizona and Vegas.

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There are just a pair of NHL games tonight, the final action prior to the All-Star break: Winnipeg is at Columbus and Detroit visits Minnesota.

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The NHL schedule is right here.

The Canucks schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are right here.

The NHL scoring leaders are right here.

 

Canada West Basketball: (UNBC Timberwolves)

5th-year player Maria Mongomo of the UNBC Timberwolves is the women’s Canada West third star of the week.

In a pair of basketball victories over the UBC Okanagan Heat (104-54 and 72-70), Mongomo averaged 32.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and four steals.

She became the Timberwolves all-time leading scorer.

Mongomo now sits top five in scoring, rebounding, and steals in the conference.

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The UNBC Timberwolves host the Brandon Bobcats Friday night at 6 and 8 and again Saturday at 5:00 and 7:00 PMThe UNBC women are 5-9 and in 12th place out of 17 teams.

The UNBC men, who have lost their last seven, are 4-10 and also in 12th spot.

The top 12 teams advance to the playoffs.

Brandon is 1-13 (both women and men).

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The Canada West men’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West men’s basketball standings are right.here

The Canada West women’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball standings are right here.

NBA:

The Toronto Raptors, riding a four-game win streak, host the Philadelphia 76’ers tonight (4:00 p.m. PT).

The (29-14) Raptors are 3rd in the NBA Eastern Conference while the (29-16) 76’ers are 5th.

MLB:

Larry Walker is the second Canadian player to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Ferguson Jenkins.

Walker received 76.6 per cent of the vote in his 10th and final year of eligibility.

Larry gets the call to the Hall.

— MLB (@MLB)

 

The only other player elected in 2020 to enter Cooperstown is New York Yankees great Derek Jeter.

Walker, from Maple Ridge,  had a career .313 batting average with 383 home runs and 1,311 RBI.

 

 

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January 21, 2020 

 

Australian Open tennis:

Canadian Milos Raonic, the #32 seed, whipped No. 36, Cristian Garin of Chile, in straight sets in the second round of the Australian Open.

Raonic will face #6 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the third round on Thursday (North America time).

 

NFL: 

The Kansas City Chiefs are favoured by just a point over the San Francisco 49’ers in the Sunday, Feb. 2nd Super Bowl game in Miami.

Kansas City has reached the Super Bowl game for the first time in 50 years.

The Chiefs are 1-1 all-time in the Super Bowl.

San Francisco is just the third team to make it to the Super Bowl a year after winning four or fewer games.

Cincinnati did it in 1988 and the Rams 1999, with the Rams the only team to go from four wins to a championship in one year.

The 49’ers will be making their seventh Super Bowl appearance. They are 5-1.

The NFL odds are right here.