In a nutshell: As of 12:05 a.m Wednesday by Hartley Miller

World Junior Hockey Championship (in Edmonton)

(Gold-Medal game)

USA  2  Canada  0

–Spencer Knight made 34 saves for the Americans, who captured gold for the first time in four years. Knight, a  first-round draft pick (13th overall) of the Florida Panthers in 2019, earned his third shutout of the tournament, tying the record set by Canada’s Devon Levi this year and by Justin Pogge in 2006. Levi, a seventh-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers in 2020, made 19 saves in the final and was named the top goalie in the tournament.
Canada had outscored opponents 41-4 before Tuesday night’s game in its bid to repeat as world junior champion. The win gave USA Hockey its fourth consecutive victory over Canada in a World Junior Championship final, (having earned wins in 2004, 2010, 2017 and 2021).

–Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars received a silver medal. Gauthier was the third goalie for Canada and did not play in the tournament.

(Bronze-Medal game)

Finland  4  Russia  1




–The (1-5) Toronto Raptors begin a four-game road trip when they visit the (5-2) Phoenix Suns tonight at 6:00 PT. The Raptors also have stops in Sacramento, Golden State and Portland.


(Playoffs start this weekend)


Indianapolis  at  Buffalo  10:05 AM PT
LA Rams  at  Seattle  1:40 PM
Tampa Bay  at  Washington  5:15 PM
(The Bills are favored by 6 1/2, the Seahawks are favored by 4 and the Bucs are an 8 1/2-point favorite)


Baltimore  at  Tennessee  10:05 AM
Chicago  at  New Orleans  1:40 PM
Cleveland  at  Pittsburgh  5:15 PM
(The Ravens are favored by 3, the Saints are favored by 10 and the Steelers are a 6-point favorite)