October 21st, 2016

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Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for rookie Merritt

CLEVELAND – The guest list for Ryan Merritt’s upcoming wedding could be growing. Cleveland’s rookie pitcher has made a lot of new friends. A most improbable October hero for the Indians, Merritt has been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring from some Cleveland fans for sending wedding gifts to him and his fiancee, Sarah, after the ... Read More »

Whitecaps looking to knock rival Timbers out of playoff race in season finale

VANCOUVER – It’s a result that stills gnaws at the Vancouver Whitecaps. After finishing second in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference last season to secure the first home playoff date in franchise history, the club was set up to make a memorable run. Instead, a home defeat to the rival Portland Timbers denied the Whitecaps ... Read More »

Woman in alleged Quebec Liberal sex assault says Sklavounos should resign

MONTREAL – The woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a Liberal member of the Quebec legislature says his career is not as important as what she had to endure. Alice Paquet told Radio-Canada she was assaulted twice by Gerry Sklavounos, a longtime member of the national assembly who stepped down from the Liberal ... Read More »

Trump attorneys seek to bar his campaign comments at trial

SAN DIEGO – In an unusual legal manoeuvr, Donald Trump’s attorneys have asked a federal judge to exclude any statements made by or about the Republican nominee during the presidential campaign from his upcoming civil trial over the now-defunct Trump University. The legal request, filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District ... Read More »

New Brunswick judge rejects fast-track appeal in cross-border beer battle

FREDERICTON – There will be no fast-track appeal in a cross-border beer battle that has national implications for interprovincial trade. New Brunswick government lawyers had sought leave to appeal the April provincial court ruling that effectively threw out limits on cross-border alcohol imports. They had hoped to skip the usual appeal route — Court of ... Read More »

Wally Buono: ‘Stupidity’ hampering slumping Lions with Eskimos up next

VANCOUVER – Wally Buono’s explanation for the B.C. Lions’ recent failings is simple. “Stupidity,” said the club’s head coach and general manager. “The games that we’ve lost in the last (month) have been basically a result of not being smart, not playing smart.” B.C. downed the Montreal Alouettes at home on Sept. 9 to improve ... Read More »

‘Overwhelmed’ Nova Scotia deportee’s new battle: health care funding

HALIFAX – A woman facing deportation to Britain will be detained for another 30 days, while advocates work to secure private health care funding they hope will enable her to be free as she fights to stay in the country she has called home since she was eight years old. “It’s really overwhelming. I just ... Read More »

Toronto FC head coach sends out note to keep his players on same page

TORONTO – When Toronto FC substitute Tsubasa Endoh entered the game at Montreal’s Saputo Stadium in the 83rd minute last weekend, he ran on the field clutching a note. The Japanese rookie ran straight to Italian striker Sebastian Giovinco to show him the contents. Montreal Impact defender Laurent Ciman, standing next to Giovinco, leaned in ... Read More »

Wayne Gretzky takes to the ice again in a rare alumni game in Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Wayne Gretzky says he doesn’t lace up his skates much these days. The Great One will make a rare return to the ice Saturday to play alongside other former Edmonton Oilers greats against Winnipeg Jets alumni as part of the Heritage Classic weekend. “I mean, I skate once a year. I just really ... Read More »

1 classification upgrade in new batch of Clinton emails

WASHINGTON – One document in a new batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails released by the State Department on Friday contains classified information. The department posted to its website 112 documents that the FBI recovered during its investigation into Clinton’s private email server. In one email, the department censored several paragraphs that it determined contained “foreign ... Read More »