The Toronto Raptors beat the L-A Lakers 102-93.  Kyle Lowry had 27 points for the Raptors.   Meanwhile the game featured the last visit of Lakers` star Kobe Bryant to Toronto.  The 37-year-old is retiring at the end of the season and occasionally got warm applause from the Raptors` fans throughout the game. 

The Vancouver Canucks were 5-2 winners over the Buffalo Sabres in NHL play last night.

 The Dallas Cowboys squeezed out a 19-16 win over Washington in the NFL`s Monday Nighter.  The Cowboys connected for a 54-yard field goal with nine seconds left to break a 16-16 tie.

EDMONTON, ALTA: /January/ 7, 2011 -- Kids l-r: Felix Andrews, Cody Seyforth and and Kieran Cooper 8 play street hockey at the Deep Freeze: Byzantine Winter Festival on 118 Ave between 92 and 94 Street in Edmonton, January 7, 2011.  (Photo by Bruce Edwards/Edmonton Journal)