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NHL: Toronto 3, Montreal 1

Toronto -- Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle notched first-period goals Saturday and the Toronto Maple Leafs went on to down Montreal 3-1.

Kessel put his own rebound past Alex Auld 7:38 into the game to give the Leafs a lead they wouldn't relinquish and Kaberle's shot from the left circle off a pass from Fredrik Sjostrom 3 minutes later made it 2-0.

Kris Versteeg added an empty-netter and Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned aside 22 shots for Toronto, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Michael Cammalleri scored for the Canadiens and Auld allowed two goals on 22 shots in the loss.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

NBA: New York 116, Toronto 99

Toronto -- Amare Stoudemire scored 31 points and pulled down 16 rebounds Sunday, helping the New York Knicks win their seventh straight road game, 116-99 over Toronto.

Wilson Chandler chipped in with 21 points and Raymond Felton added 18 points and eight assists as the Knicks continued their longest road winning streak since the 1994-95 season.

Landry Fields connected for a basket 9:44 into the game, giving New York the lead for good at 10-8 and sparking a 17-2 run that featured a pair of Stoudmire slam dunks.

The Knicks led 60-50 at halftime and cruised the rest of the way.

Fields ended up posting 15 points and 10 boards for the victors.

Missing pythons turn up at ex-neighbor's

Toronto -- A Toronto man was reunited with his two pet pythons after they both turned up in the home of a former neighbor and one appeared on TV.

Jacob Lance, 18, said he was watching TV Monday morning when he recognized Veyera, his python missing since June, on the news, the Toronto Star reported Tuesday.

Janet Wilkinson said Veyera turned up in her washing machine less than two weeks after another python was found in her home.

Lance said the first snake, named Steve French, was also his. He said Steve French escaped from the home where he used to live with his girlfriend and her family. Veyera escaped from the home, which is next door to Wilkinson's house, two weeks later.

Bad-luck address changes surge in Ontario

Markham, Ontario -- City Hall officials in a Toronto suburb say they want to pull the plug on a growing stream of requests to change street addresses to luckier numbers.

It all began this spring when a real estate agent requested a home at No. 4 Dancer Drive in Markham, Ontario, be changed to No. 2 in order to appeal to buyers in the largely Asian neighborhood who see four as bad luck.

The National Post said Saturday the idea has caught on with more sellers following suit with their properties.

"We have to find ways to show leadership and find ways to get beyond these things," said Deputy Mayor Jack Heath.

Snake loose in Toronto apartment building

Toronto -- Residents of a Toronto apartment building said they are on the lookout for a 3-foot snake loose in the building.

Notices have been posted on walls and the 20-story building's tenants' association Web site urged residents to be on the lookout for the albino California king snake, which experts said is not poisonous and does not pose a threat to animals larger than rodents, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Thursday.

The snake, which escaped from its owner's apartment, can go up to a week without eating, experts said.

WTO says protectionist measures in check

Geneva, Switzerland -- Group of 20 nations have largely held back from increasing protectionist policies since the summit meeting in Toronto, the World Trade Organization said.

World leaders met in Toronto in June. Since then, "by and large ... governments have continued to resist protectionist pressures," the WTO said in a report released Thursday.

"The majority of new investment measures taken by G20 governments has aimed at facilitating and encouraging investment flows," the report said.
In advance of next week's G20 meeting in Seoul, the report warned of "three potential dangers" to international trade.

The first is "dark clouds that are being driven by persistent high levels of unemployment in many G20 countries," the report said.

Farrell to manage Blue Jays

Toronto -- John Farrell, who spent four years as the Boston Red Sox' pitching coach, was hired to be manager in Toronto, the Blue Jays announced Monday.

Farrell, 48, replaces Cito Gaston, who retired after this season. The Blue Jays were 85-77 in 2010. Gaston managed the Blue Jays from 1989-97 and 2008-10.

Farrell has never been a manager on any level of baseball. Prior to his four-season stint as the Boston pitching coach he was Cleveland's director of player development from November 2001 through the 2006 season.

He was a major league pitcher from 1987-96, pitching for Cleveland, the Los Angeles Angels and Detroit. After he retired as a player, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.

Bette Midler named 'Priscilla' producer

New York -- Entertainer Bette Midler has joined the producing team of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical," the stage show's producers announced.

The musical began a pre-Broadway engagement Tuesday at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, prior to beginning performances at Broadway's Palace Theatre in New York Feb. 28. Its official Broadway opening is set for March 20.

Midler famously starred in her eponymous stage show at the Palace Theatre in 1973.

"A new star on Broadway and her name is Priscilla! So much fun, it's practically illegal! In fact, it is illegal in four states," Midler said in a statement.

NHL: Toronto 5, Ottawa 1

Toronto -- The Toronto Maple Leafs, led by first-period goals by Nikolai Kulemin and Phil Kessel, bounced Ottawa 5-1 Saturday.

Kessel, Kris Versteeg and Clarke MacArthur each ended with a goal and an assist to boost their Maple Leafs to their second straight win to start the season -- the first time that's happened since 1999-2000.

Tim Brent also scored and Jean-Sebastien Giguere delivered a 17-save performance in net for the Leafs.

The Senators got their lone goal from Jason Spezza.

Pascal Leclaire had a rough night in goal for Ottawa, allowing all five goals on 38 shots.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Pigs escape onto highway

Toronto -- A busy highway junction just west of Toronto was closed Monday morning when about 60 pigs escaped from a flipped tractor trailer, police said.

Ontario Provincial Police Constable Graham Williamson said the driver lost control of the truck, which was carrying 235 pigs, on the ramp leading from southbound Highway 427 to the eastbound Gardiner Expressway and the vehicle overturned, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Monday.

Police said the junction would remain closed until the 60 escaped pigs are herded off the roadway. Authorities from the Canada Food Inspection Agency were called to the scene to examine the animals.

The truck driver, who was not injured, was charged with careless driving, police said.