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Brady Tkachuk scores OT winner as Sens serve Habs 2nd straight defeat

The Ottawa Senators continue to frustrate the Montreal Canadiens, whose season has now taken a turn for the worse.

Brady Tkachuk scored the overtime winner to give the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa Sunday night.

It’s the second time in three meetings that the Senators have defeated the Canadiens this season. The Sens also outshot the Canadiens 6-0 in overtime.

“As a group we’re learning,” Tkachuk said. “I think when we get to those close games, even games going into the late third (period) or into overtime. We don’t want to just get it to overtime, we want to win. And we want to win whether it’s in regulation or overtime. We want to keep attacking, and keep creating chances and then taking advantage of the chances we had.”

WATCH | Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk scores OT winner against Montreal:

A few minutes after getting stopped on a breakaway Brady Tkachuk redeemed himself to score the overtime winner against Montreal. 1:34

Drake Batherson and Josh Norris also scored a goal for Ottawa (5-14-1), who now have three wins in their last five games.

“You can see some of the young kids are starting to get confidence and are starting to be a lot better with the puck,” Senators head coach D.J. Smith said. “A year ago, in overtime, we would just be hanging on. And I just thought we were attacking, we were dangerous.”

Corey Perry and Nick Suzuki scored for Montreal (9-5-3). Suzuki’s goal snapped a four-game pointless streak, but the Canadiens now have only two victories in their last seven games.

At one point, the Canadiens averaged over four goals a game while holding court near the top of the North Division standings. Montreal has only had one game in their last seven where they’ve scored more than twice in a game.

“I think we’re pretty much all up in our own heads right now. I think just overthinking it, playing not to lose. That’s never a good thing to do. I think at the start of the season we were really energized. Everyone was having fun. That’s just gotten away from us,” Suzuki said.

Canadiens goalie Jake Allen made 36 saves in a losing effort while Senators netminder Matt Murray made 30 saves.

“I think Murray was our MVP tonight,” Tkachuk said. “He’s been our MVP most of the year,”

Murray’s start to the game, however, wasn’t perfect, as he allowed the first goal.

Suzuki scored the game’s first goal one minute at 17 seconds into the contest. He wired a shot off the post and in the net past Murray. Josh Anderson picked up an assist on the goal.

However, the Senators netminder didn’t allow another goal until the third period. His teammates also helped pick up the slack offensively.

WATCH | 9 NHL facts that will make you feel old:

Rob Pizzo proves that for some of us, the saying “time flies” definitely includes the NHL. 2:13

The Senators tied the game eight minutes and 30 seconds later thanks to a goal from Batherson. As the forward drove to the net, he toe-dragged the puck before falling to the ice. As he fell, the puck lightly floated in the air and over Allen’s shoulder before it fell in the back of the net.

Neither team found the back of the net in the second period, despite Montreal outshooting Ottawa 14-8.

The deadlock finally broke in the third period after yet another floating puck beat Allen.

Sens defenceman Nikita Zaitsev fired a shot that deflected off of Norris’s stick. The puck then hit Allen’s own stick before flying over the netminder and falling behind the red line.

But Montreal would tie the game with over five-and-a-half minutes to play thanks to Perry. The 35-year-old, who joined Montreal as a free agent last December, carried the puck into the Senators zone and blew past defenceman Erik Gudbranson along the wing. Perry then drove to the net and put the puck under Murray’s left skate and into the goal.

The Canadiens and Senators traded chances in overtime, with Allen making two saves on breakaways. But the Senators applied more pressure as the period went on, culminating in Tkachuk’s overtime winner with 90 seconds to play.

Montreal and Ottawa will meet again Tuesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

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Late winner lifts U.S. over Finland, sets up showdown with Canada for world junior gold

The United States will play for gold at the world junior hockey championship after beating Finland 4-3 on Monday in the tournament semifinals.

Arthur Kaliyev broke a 3-3 deadlock with 1:16 to go with a snap shot from the slot to advance the Americans into the gold-medal game against Canada.

Alex Turcotte, John Farinacci and Matthew Boldy also scored for the Americans, who have won gold four previous times including their last one in 2017.

Kasper Simontaival had a pair of goals and Roni Hirvonen also found the back of the net for Finland, which will face Russia for bronze.

WATCH | Kaliyev’s late tally sends U.S. to gold-medal game:

Arthur Kaliyev’s goal with 1:16 to play in the third period gave the United States a 4-3 win over Finland in the world juniors semifinal. 0:26

Spencer Knight, one of eight returning players for a U.S., team that finished sixth last year following a quarterfinal loss against Finland, stopped 33-of-36 shots. Kari Piiroinen made 21 saves for the Finns.

Canada, last year’s gold-medal winner, blanked the 2020 silver medallists from Russia 5-0 in Monday’s other semifinal. Both medal games go Tuesday at Rogers Place.

Turcotte held off a Finnish defender to swipe home a bouncing puck from the top of the crease to open the scoring at 12:39 of the first period.

The Finns responded quickly on a power play, with Simontaival finishing off a one-touch pass from Kasper Puutio on a set play at 14:06 to even the score.

Knight stopped 18-of-19 shots through 40 minutes, and was rewarded by his teammates when the U.S. struck twice in a 1:07 span of the second period to take a two-goal lead into the third frame.

Jackson LaCombe caught Finland making a change and sprung Farinacci on a breakaway with a slick pass up the middle from his own zone, with the American forward snapping the puck past Piiroinen at 15:53 of the second.

Then while on a man advantage, Boldy tipped in a perfect snap pass from Trevor Zegras at the side of the net to make it 3-1 with three minutes to go in the period.

Zegras’ assist gives him 16 points in six games and ties him with Jeremy Roenick (1989) for the second highest single tournament point total in American history. Doug Weight set the record with 19 points in 1991.

Simontaival brought Finland back within one midway through the third when he took a pass on his forehand in the slot and snapped it glove side on Knight, and Hirvonen supplied the game-tying goal off a rebound in front on a power play with 3:43 remaining.

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Pennsylvania certifies Biden as winner of presidential vote

Democrat Joe Biden has been certified as the winner of the U.S. presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump, state officials said Tuesday.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first disclosed in a tweet that the Department of State had certified the vote count for president and vice-president.

Wolf sent a “certificate of ascertainment” to the national archivist in Washington with the slate of electors who support president-elect Biden and vice-president-elect Kamala Harris.

Pennsylvania’s 20 electors, a mix of elected Democrats, party activists and other staunch Biden backers, will meet in the state capitol on Dec. 14.

One of them, state Democratic Party chair Nancy Patton Mills, said she will also lead the Electoral College’s meeting in Harrisburg next month.

Patton Mills said it was gratifying that Pennsylvania was “the state that made it possible” for Biden to win.

Biden’s win in the state gave him its haul of 20 electoral votes and put him over the 270 needed, leading The Associated Press to declare him the president-elect four days after the Nov. 3 election day. Biden has collected 306 overall electoral votes to Trump’s 232.

The Pennsylvania results show Biden and Harris with 3.46 million votes, Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence with 3.38 million, and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen with 79,000.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, in a news release, called the state’s election officials and poll workers “the true heroes of our democracy.”

“We are tremendously grateful to all 67 counties who have been working extremely long hours to ensure that every qualified voter’s vote is counted safely and securely,” Boockvar said.

Trump has made Pennsylvania a centrepiece of his unsuccessful legal attempts to invalidate the election results.

A federal judge on Saturday dealt a serious blow to the Trump campaign’s legal efforts by dismissing a lawsuit he said lacked evidence and offered “strained legal arguments without merit and speculative accusations.”

On Monday, the U.S. federal agency that must sign off on the presidential transition told Biden that he can formally begin the transition process.

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In sports, you’re never the winner ’til it’s over

This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports’ daily email newsletter. Stay up to speed on what’s happening in sports by subscribing here.

Here’s what you need to know right now from the world of sports:

It ain’t over ’til it’s over

One of the great things about sports is that everyone accepts the premise that the game ends when the rules say it ends. No one argues they should be declared the winner because they were leading through three quarters, or two periods, or after Game 3 of a best-of-seven series. We keep counting the points until it’s actually over.

So here, for no reason at all, are three famous examples of teams losing their leads — not because they were “stolen,” but simply because there was more game left to play.

1972 Summit Series: Canada vs. Soviet Union

In one of the great surprises in hockey history, the mysterious Soviet national team found itself 3-1-1 through the first five games against Canada’s collection of NHL stars. But, even at the height of the Cold War, the teams had agreed to play eight games, and so they did. Canada won the next two and the series looked like it might end in a deadlock with Game 8 in Moscow knotted at 5-5 in the final minute. But, in an early example of Russian meddling, the Soviets sent word that they’d claim victory because they were plus-1 in goal differential for the series. Luckily for democracy, Paul Henderson rendered that argument moot.

1993 NFL wild-card playoff game: Houston vs. Buffalo

Warren Moon threw four touchdown passes as the visiting Oilers raced out to a 28-3 halftime lead on the Bills, and they made it 35-3 with a pick-6 just after the break. But 28 minutes still remained, so the game continued and Buffalo backup quarterback Frank Reich threw four touchdowns to engineer an epic 41-38 comeback win capped by Canadian Steve Christie’s field goal in overtime.

2014 Olympic women’s hockey gold-medal game: Canada vs. United States

As the clock dipped under four minutes left in the third period, the Americans led 2-0 and could taste their first Olympic gold in 16 years. But the bitter rivals kept playing because, well, that’s just the way it works, and Brianne Jenner cut Canada’s deficit to 2-1 with 3:26 left. After Canada pulled its goalie for an extra attacker, the U.S. almost sealed the win with an empty-netter, but the puck hit square off the post and stayed out. Marie-Philip Poulin then scored the tying goal with 55 seconds left and potted the winner in overtime to give Canada its fourth consecutive Olympic gold.

Marie-Philip Poulin scored the tying goal against the United States with seconds remaining in the gold medal game. Poulin would later score the game-winning goal in overtime. (Getty Images)


The NBA took another step toward returning before Christmas. As expected, players’ union reps voted last night to approve the league’s plan for a 72-game regular-season schedule that begins Dec. 22 and allows for the Finals to be completed before the Summer Olympics open on July 23. Training camps are expected to open Dec. 1, which is only 25 days away. Several key details still need to be worked out, including what the salary cap will be for next season and what portion of players’ salaries will be held in escrow and likely kept by the owners to defray the massive financial hit they’ll take if/when fans aren’t allowed in arenas (about 40 per cent of expected revenue will be lost, the league claims). Read more about the framework for the season here and how the schedule could be problematic for Canada’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympic men’s tournament here.

Milos Raonic made the semifinals of the Paris Masters tournament. The Canadian survived two match points to beat Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a final-set tiebreaker, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7). Raonic’s next opponent is Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who’s ranked fifth in the world. Raonic is ranked 17th and has lost both his meetings with Medvedev. The winner will likely face Rafael Nadal in the final. The Paris Masters is equal in quality to Canada’s Rogers Cup. Both are worth 1,000 rankings points to the champion, which is the most you can earn outside of the Grand Slams and the season-ending ATP Finals. Read more about Raonic’s quarter-final win and watch highlights here.

Canadian swimming star Kylie Masse won another 100-metre backstroke race. The reigning (and back-to-back) world champion at that distance prevailed again in today’s final session of an International Swimming League match in Budapest. Yesterday, Masse won the 50m backstroke and finished third in the 200 back. Her team, the Toronto Titans, placed third among the four teams in the match. Watch her latest win here.

Major League Soccer’s regular season wraps up on Sunday and two of the three Canadian teams are still alive. Toronto FC is definitely going to the playoffs, and it can win the Supporters’ Shield for the league’s best regular-season record. Toronto and Philadelphia lead MLS with identical 13-4-5 marks. But Philly has an insurmountable edge in goal differential, so Toronto needs a better result in its match vs. the New York Red Bulls than Philadelphia gets vs. New England. Meanwhile, the Montreal Impact sit ninth in the Eastern Conference and need to avoid dropping below 10th in order to qualify for a play-in match. A win on “Decision Day” vs. 13th-place D.C. would ensure that. A draw or a loss and they’ll need help. The Vancouver Whitecaps have already been eliminated from playoff contention in the Western Conference.

And finally…

The Red Sox pulled a Steinbrenner. Less than a year after firing manager Alex Cora because of his involvement in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, Boston is reportedly rehiring him for the job. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred identified Cora as the ringleader of Houston’s scheme to steal opposing catchers’ signs during its run to a World Series title in 2017, when he was an assistant coach, and suspended him for the 2020 season. The ban expired about a week ago, and the Red Sox wasted no time in bringing back the guy who led them to a franchise-record 108 wins and a World Series championship in 2018. Still, they’ve got a long way to go to match the five times Yankees owner George Steinbrenner hired and fired manager Billy Martin in the ’70s and ’80s.

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Women’s golf: The third round of the Korean LPGA Tour’s Hana Financial Group Championship is streaming live Saturday from midnight-3 a.m. ET, with a replay from noon-3 p.m. ET. The final round starts Saturday at 11 p.m. ET, with a replay Sunday at noon ET. Watch all the streams on CBCSports.ca or the CBC Sports app.

Grand Prix of Figure Skating — Cup of China: The second Grand Prix of the season (Skate America was two weeks ago, then Skate Canada was cancelled) began Friday. It concludes Saturday with the free skates in each competition, beginning with the ice dance at 1:30 a.m. ET. Watch them all here or on the CBC Sports app.

International Swimming League: Road to the Olympic Games is replaying races from the two ISL matches that happened this week. Watch the shows on Saturday and Sunday afternoon on the CBC TV network. Check local listings for times.

FIG Gymnastics Friendship and Solidarity Competition: Live stream Saturday at 11 p.m. ET, replay Sunday at noon ET on CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app.

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Trump prematurely crowns himself winner in chaotic U.S. election aftermath

The ingredients have now been assembled for a combustible post-election aftermath in the United States. And Donald Trump has begun flinging matches.

Uncertainty had been predicted for months and early returns confirmed that voting day would indeed pass without a clear winner.

As in 2016, Trump defied the polls, forcing a state-by-state duel with Democratic challenger Joe Biden that could conceivably culminate in Trump winning a second term.

The result could become clearer within hours, or perhaps days.

States are still counting mail-in ballots, which tend to skew Democrat, and that will reveal whether Trump’s current leads will hold.

It’s an illustration of the country’s bitter polarization that the parties are now arguing about which ballots are legitimate.

The president has eagerly fanned that polarization. Early Wednesday morning, he falsely claimed that he had already won. Trump did so in an unusual rally from the White House, a seat of government not typically used for election events. 

“This is a fraud on the American public. This is an embarrassment,” Trump said from the executive residence. “We did win this election.”

WATCH | Trump claims win despite uncounted votes:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said as far as he’s concerned he and the Republican Party have won the U.S. election. He said he will go to the U.S. Supreme Court and wants voting to stop. However, several states are still counting votes that have already been cast. 1:12

Trump promised to head to court to try cutting off the counting of votes. 

In Pennsylvania, for example, Republicans have been trying to cancel the counting of ballots that are postmarked before election day but arrive after. It’s one of more than 350 such cases this year over pandemic-related voting measures.

This is different from 2000

This year has already been far more litigious than the 2000 election, which became notorious for its Florida recount battle. Political-risk analysts fear this year’s battles might not only play out in courtrooms but also in clashes on the street.

Trump himself has used language unlike anything George W. Bush or Al Gore would have employed in 2000 — on Monday, Twitter censored a Trump tweet for appearing to warn of post-election violence.

Ben Ginsberg, a longtime Republican election lawyer who just retired, said he’d never heard this kind of language from a president. “No. Not even close,” he told CNN early on Wednesday morning.

In the past few days, windows were boarded up, here in Philadelphia and elsewhere, as fears of election-related unrest grew. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Some of Trump’s usual defenders sounded aghast at his election-night rhetoric.

“He went a step too far,” said Fox News’s Dana Perino, who read out a tweet calling the president’s statement deeply irresponsible.

Trump ally Chris Christie also criticized the president, and former senator Rick Santorum told CNN, “I was very distressed by what I just heard the president say.”

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, the rare Republican lawmaker who occasionally rebukes Trump, said, “Stop. Full stop. The votes will be counted and you will either win or lose. And America will accept that.”

The Trump chapter in U.S. history

One reason we’re entering these choppy waters is the pandemic, and the polemic it has triggered between blue America and red America on mail voting. But it goes far beyond that.

Biden supporters argue with a Trump supporter outside of a polling site in Houston, Tex., on Nov. 3. (Go Nakamura/Reuters)

What’s pushed this election to the vote-by-vote brawl at the finish line is a strong showing from Trump that has preserved for all of history some lessons about American politics.

It has illustrated that a large share of voters have an unflappable loyalty to Trump, despite behaviour his critics decry as unpresidential and anti-democratic.

It now appears official, after two elections, that Trump will never receive the widespread voter repudiation his many detractors have yearned to see.

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Trump might even enter that most hallowed pantheon in what is sometimes described as the world’s oldest democracy: the club of two-term U.S. presidents.

He not only registered high turnout from his white working-class base, he also ate into Democrats’ support among Black and Latino voters.

Trump’s victory is by no means assured; as of this writing, Biden could win and is arguably still slightly favoured.

Democrats got a huge relief by apparently winning Arizona. (Ironically, Trump made clear he wants the vote count to continue there, where it might help him.)

“We’re feeling good about where we are,” Biden said, cautioning that results might take a while but adding that he expected a boost from mail ballots.

WATCH | Biden says election result not yet settled:

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to a crowd at a drive-in rally in Wilmington, Del., where he said he believes he and his party are on track to win the election. 0:59

“It’s not my place or Donald Trump’s place to declare who’s won this election — that’s the decision of the American people. But I’m optimistic about this outcome.”

Democrats’ Senate dreams start to dim

Even if Biden wins the presidency, it might prove a tarnished chalice. His party appears more likely than not to fall short of winning the Senate.

A hostile Senate would be likelier to thwart Biden’s legislative agenda of expanded public health care, political reforms and a massive green-infrastructure program.

Republicans with control of that chamber would also be far likelier to spend the coming years investigating Biden. Investigations have already been launched by Republicans into the Biden’s family’s business dealings.

Whatever the ultimate result of this presidential election, the odds have just grown longer against the American republic sailing into a less-turbulent era.

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Liverpool, 2019 winner, overwhelms upstart Atalanta in Champions League

Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of his admiration for Atalanta’s all-out attacking game.

Perhaps because it’s similar to the way his Liverpool squad pours forward with speed and precision, often overwhelming its opponents.

In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, Klopp’s side was the one doing the overwhelming in a 5-0 rout of last season’s surprise quarter-finalist in the Champions League.

Portugal striker Diogo Jota scored a hat trick to take his tally to eight goals in 10 matches across all competitions since joining Liverpool in September.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane also found the net for the 2019 champion, which strengthened its control of Group D with a full nine points.

Elsewhere on the third match day of the group stage, 13-time champion Real Madrid beat visiting Inter Milan 3-2 in Group B for its first win in this season’s competition courtesy of a late goal from Rodrygo.

Defending champion Bayern Munich got late goals from Jerome Boateng, Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandoski and Lucas Hernandez in a 6-2 win at Salzburg to preserve its perfect start in Group A.

Manchester City also stayed perfect with a 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in Group C with goals from Ferran Torres, Gabriel Jesus and Joúo Cancelo.

In another rout, Borussia Monchengladbach beat Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 in Group B to match its biggest European Cup away win.

Ajax and Porto also won, while Lokomotiv Moscow and Atletico Madrid drew 1-1.

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World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe, WNBA champion Sue Bird announce engagement

Two-time soccer World Cup winner Megan Rapinoe and 11-time WNBA All-Star Sue Bird are getting hitched.

The sports power couple announced their engagement with a photo posted to Bird’s Instagram account on Friday and a representative for Rapinoe confirmed the news to Reuters, as congratulations for the couple poured in across social media.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Bird, 40, won her fourth WNBA title with the Storm earlier this month, bouncing back after missing all of the 2019 season due to a knee injury.

Rapinoe, who claimed the Ballon d’Or in 2019 after a career-defining year in which she won her second World Cup title, along with the Golden Boot and Golden Ball, was a regular fixture on the sidelines during the 2020 WNBA season, which took place entirely inside a quarantined setting in Bradenton, Florida, due to the new coronavirus.

The pair, who have been an item for more than three years, became the first openly LGBT couple to appear in the ESPN “Body Issue” in 2018, and have together been vocal advocates for a variety of political and social causes.

The announcement prompted well-wishes from numerous high-profile figures in sport and politics.

“Love will always win,” tweeted former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee. “Congratulations, @S10Bird and @mPinoe!”

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Canada’s Mike Woods 2nd in Stage 6 of Spanish Vuelta, 25 seconds behind winner

With some help from his brother, Ion Izagirre won the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday in Sallent de Gallego, and Richard Carapaz snatched the overall lead from defending champion Primoz Roglic.

Ion Izagirre was guided by older brother Gorka Izagirre during the final parts of the stage and made a strong attack on the final climb of the 146-kilometre stage. The stage was originally planned to cross into France but had to be altered to stay in Spanish territory because of tightened coronavirus restrictions. A Spanish rider for Astana, Izagirre finished 25 seconds ahead of Ottawa native Michael Woods and Rui Costa of Portugal.

“I have to thank Gorka because he made things easier for me,” the younger Izagirre said.

Roglic crossed the line in 20th place, nearly two minutes after Izagirre, dropping to fourth place in the overall standings. The Jumbo-Visma rider was 30 seconds behind Carapaz. Hugh Carthy of team EF Pro moved to second place, 18 seconds off the lead, with Dan Martin of team Israel Start-Up Nation close behind in third place.

Ineos Grenadiers rider Carapaz finished 12th in Sunday’s stage marked by wet and cold conditions.

“This is a reward for the team, we had worked well all week,” the 27-year-old Ecuadorean said. “There’s still a lot of Vuelta left, we will try to defend this jersey.”

Roglic, a contender in the Tour de France until the final competitive stage, had been wearing the leader’s jersey since winning the first Vuelta stage.

Monday will be the race’s first rest day. On Tuesday, riders will face a hilly 159-kilometre stage from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Valdegovia.

The Vuelta is taking place amid tight health restrictions after Spain recently endured a surge in coronavirus cases. The race was postponed from earlier in the year because of the pandemic.

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Piatti’s late winner lifts league leading Toronto FC over Atlanta United

Pablo Piatti scored in the 89th minute to lift Toronto FC to a 1-0 win over Atlanta United on Sunday night, extending its undefeated MLS run to nine games.

Substitute Richie Laryea made the play, teasing a defender before sending in a cross to Piatti, who flicked a header past Brad Guzan and in off the post for his fourth goal of the season.

It marked Toronto’s seventh 1-0 win of the season and 10th victory overall by a one-goal margin.

Scoring chances had been few and far between at Pratt and Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field. Despite coming into the game 19 points below Toronto in the standings, Atlanta proved to be a tough nut to crack.

After a quiet first half, Atlanta (5-10-4) showed more teeth in attack when it brought on designated players Ezequiel Barco and Marcelino Moreno at halftime. Atlanta’s lone shot on target came in the 68th minute with goalkeeper Quentin Westberg forced to make a smart save off a downward header from substitute Erick Torres.

Atlanta, which ranks 23rd in the league in goal-scoring, is winless in four games (0-1-3) during which it has scored just once.

Toronto (12-2-5) is 6-0-3 in its last nine outings. It has lost just two of 29 regular-season games (15-2-12) since a 2-0 defeat at the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 3, 2019.

TFC had won five straight matches prior to a 1-1 midweek tie with the New York Red Bulls.

WATCH | Piatti’s 89th winner continues TFC’s undefeated MLS run:

Pablo Piatti’s goal in the 89th minute lifts Toronto FC to 1-0 victory over Atlanta. 1:15

Atlanta was coming off a 1-1 midweek tie with Inter Miami and had won just one of its previous five games (1-2-2). The Five Stripes came into the game in 11th place in the East, one place below the playoff line.

Toronto captain Michael Bradley, who missed the last nine games with a knee injury, came on in the 20th minute to replace Jonathan Osorio, who was feeling tightness. It marked only Bradley’s second substitute appearance in 201 career MLS regular-season matches.

The game was the fifth in 16 days for both teams.

Toronto coach Greg Vanney made four changes to the midweek starting 11 that tied the Red Bulls 1-1 with Tony Gallacher, Laurent Ciman, Tsubasa Endoh and Patrick Mullins coming in for Richie Laryea, Chris Mavinga, Nick DeLeon and Ayo Akinola.

Akinola and Mavinga were nursing slight hamstring issues.

Barco had missed the last seven games through injury. Moreno, an Argentine midfielder signed on Sept. 22, played 61 minutes in his Oct. 10 debut — a 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls — but did not figure against Miami.

There were dangers signs early, with an Atlanta giveaway leading to an Alejandro Pozuelo shot that was on target but lacked pace in the third minute. The Spaniard had another chance five minutes later but his shot went straight at Guzan.

At the other end, Mexican winger Jurgen Damm tested the left side of the Toronto defence.

Omar Gonzalez’s header off a Toronto corner in the 40th minute when straight at Guzan. Seconds later, Bradley found Piatti whose hard shot was parried away by Guzan.

Pozuelo’s swerving shot was off target in the 52nd minute.

The last meeting between the two teams was in the Eastern Conference final in October 2019 when Toronto prevailed 2-1 in Mercedes-Benz Stadium thanks to a 78th-minute winner by DeLeon.

Guzan was the only returnee from that playoff game in Atlanta’s starting 11 Sunday, Toronto had seven of its starters from that game in its opening lineup.

Toronto was slated to charter home after the game to spend two days with family, under quarantine, before returning to East Hartford to prepare for a game next Saturday in Philadelphia. TFC has four regular-season games remaining.

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Bengals tap Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow as 1st pick of 2020 NFL Draft

In this most unique of drafts, filled with technological concerns and even uncertainty when real football might return, there was one constant Thursday night: Joe Burrow.

For months, the national champion quarterback from LSU was linked with the Bengals. Cincinnati began the draft by sending the name of the Heisman Trophy winner to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the basement of his home.

This digital/remote/virtual draft — take your choice — was up and running. With no apparent glitches.

Of course, there were no fireworks on the Las Vegas Strip. No bear hug between Goodell and Burrow; the commissioner said he would miss those, even if his body wouldn’t. The most basic of selection meetings, organized in this manner due to the coronavirus pandemic, has team personnel making picks from their homes. And players learning their future employers in their homes.

The NFL cancelled all draft activities in Las Vegas when the national shutdown of large gatherings began. The league had gone full-bore into free agency last month and, now, seven rounds of the draft through Saturday.

“I do believe this draft is going to be the most memorable we have ever had,” said Goodell, noting that it is accompanied by a “Draft-A-Thon” to benefit six organizations on the front lines battling the pandemic.

“I just believe that our job is to continue on and operate within whatever guidelines are necessary to keep our personnel safe, whether it’s players or coaches or their executives or league personnel. We need to make sure that we’re doing things safely and put public safety No. 1, but we also need to carry on. We need to move toward the future. We need to make sure that we’re prepared when we come out of this to be in a position to start our season on time and play our season. That’s our role.”

WATCH | Pro sports league plot return in empty stadiums:

CBC News’ Jamie Strashin reports on the major sports leagues’ plans to return to action, without fans in attendance. 2:32

Normalcy, at least among the picks, was the order of the early evening, though.

First came Burrow: In his spectacular senior season, he threw for 60 — yes, 60 — touchdowns with only six interceptions. The Tigers beat six top 10 teams on their way to the national title.

“To jump up to No. 1 overall is crazy to me,” Burrow said. “But it’s a dream come true. I wasn’t very good my junior year. I worked really hard to get better, my guys worked really hard to get better, and we jelled as a team.”

Bengals coach Zac Taylor was confident Burrow could turn the franchise around after a 2-14 season.

“We will never pick at No. 1 again,” Taylor said. “We don’t want to pick in the top 10 again. We’re looking at this as the only time you’re going to get this calibre player to add him to the program, so obviously this is a big deal.”

The second overall selection, Ohio State All-America edge rusher Chase Young, also was predictable. Washington fielded several offers for that spot, but many scouts and personnel executives felt Young was the best player in this crop.

At 6-foot-5, 264 pounds, Young led the nation with 16 1/2 sacks and forced fumbles with six last season. The All-American won the prestigious Bednarik and Nagurski awards in 2019, leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title.

He joins a Redskins team that went 3-13 and allowed 435 points.

If not for the NFL’s obsession with finding the latest, greatest quarterback prospect, Young might have been the top overall selection. That QB infatuation saw three passers taken in the first six picks.

Dolphins land Tua Tagovailoa

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa went fifth to Miami, followed in the next spot by Oregon’s Justin Herbert to the Los Angeles Chargers. They were preceded by Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah, the highest-rated cornerback, to Detroit, and Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas to the Giants.

Tagovailoa’s health issues didn’t turn off the Dolphins.

The Alabama quarterback went to a team that was accused going into last season of “Tanking for Tua.” Tagovailoa comes off major hip surgery, which made his landing spot one of the first round’s biggest uncertainties.

Blessed with a quick release, excellent mid-range accuracy and nimble feet, Tagovailoa threw 76 touchdown passes in 24 starts the past two seasons. He helped the Crimson Tide to the 2017 national title.

Herbert had a strong post-season, including a terrific Senior Bowl week that raised his stock. At 6-foot-6, 236 pounds, he has the size the pros like, and he’s a good athlete. But he also is not as accurate passing as he’ll need to be.

Los Angeles had a burning hole at quarterback after letting go of longtime starter Philip Rivers. Plus, the Chargers plan to move into a new stadium and could use someone to help sell tickets.

Bucs trade up one spot, secure pass blocker

It took until the 13th spot before a trade was made: Tompa, oops, Tampa Bay moving up one spot to get tackle Tristan Wirfs of Iowa to help protect new/old QB Tom Brady. The Buccaneers got that pick from NFC champion San Francisco.

Wide receiver is the deepest position in this draft, but it took until the 12th selection for one to go. Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III, perhaps the fastest man in this group (4.27 in the 40), was the first-ever draftee by the Las Vegas Raiders. Coach Jon Gruden loves speed, and he got a burner who scored 24 touchdowns among 98 career receptions.

Cowboys grab touted receiver

The Dallas Cowboys selected Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb with the 17th pick, giving Dak Prescott another weapon not long after handing Amari Cooper a $ 100 million contract.

Receiver wasn’t the biggest need for the Cowboys, but they went with the breakaway threat from the Sooners when they also could have taken LSU edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson.

Lamb was projected to go slightly higher, so his availability was a bit of a surprise. The Cowboys appeared to go best available over biggest need in their first draft with new coach Mike McCarthy. They have the 51st overall pick in the second round and the 82nd choice in the third round Friday night.

An All-American at OU, Lamb skipped his final season and left as the school’s career leader with catches of at least 40 yards (24). His 19-yard-per-catch average was the highest among Sooners with at least 130 receptions.

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