New England’s 3rd string rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett had a 27-yard touchdown run in his first NFL start as the Patriots beat the Houston Texans 27-0 in the NFL Thursday nighter. It was New England’s first shutout win since 2012 and the first time the Texans have been shutout since 2003.

Russia will meet Canada in Saturday’s semifinal after shutting out Finland 3-0 at the World Cup of Hockey yesterday.  In other action Team USA lost 4-3 to the Czech Republic finishing with an  0-3-0 record and a minus-6 goal differential, the U.S. finished seventh among eight teams, ahead of only Finland.

The Cochrane Crunch skunked the Elliot Lake Wildcats last night at the Tim Horton Event Centre.  Final score 6-2.