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NHLCanucks beat Bruins

Henrik Sedin broke a tie with the third of Vancouver's four power-play goals and the visiting Canucks beat the defending champion Boston Bruins 4-3 Saturday in the first game between the teams since the Stanley Cup Finals . . . Danny Briere's hat trick with 5.3 seconds left in overtime lifted the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.


Stricker takes control

Steve Stricker shot 10-under-par 63, giving him a five-shot lead over Webb Simpson halfway through the PGA Tour's season-opening Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Stricker was at 15-under 131, two shots off the 36-hole record that Ernie Els set in 2003.

Kevin Na, six strokes back at 9 under, wasn't even part of the picture until he holed a 5-iron from 221 yards for eagle on the 554-yard 17th hole, then hit 3-wood down the hill on the par-5 18th to about 10 feet for another eagle.

Oosthuizen tied for lead

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen birdied three of his last four holes for a 6-under 67 to share the third-round lead at the Africa Open with Tjaart van der Walt (65) in East London, South Africa.


Tsonga takes Qatar title

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga shrugged off a slow start and beat Gael Monfils, 7-5, 6-3, in an all-French final at the Qatar Open, giving himself a confidence boost for the Australian Open. The sixth-ranked Tsonga, who reached the final when Roger Federer withdrew with an injury, fell behind 3-1 before finding a rhythm, coming to the net more often and reeling off the final four games to win the first set.

-- AP

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