October 22nd, 2017

National Sports

Delon Wright steps up in new role as leader of Raptors’ second unit

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

TORONTO – Early in the second quarter of Toronto’s opening-night win over Chicago, Delon Wright pump-faked then drove to the hoop, tossing up an acrobatic basket that landed him on his back side and drew a whistle. Hitting the court with a thud, he flexed his biceps and grinned. It was part of a 15-0 ... Read More »

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Lowly Lions host Edmonton Eskimos as B.C. searches for positives in lost season

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Solomon Elimimian has had seasons end in titles and heartbreak, awards and devastating injuries. What he hasn’t experienced is a year like 2017. Elimimian’s B.C. Lions have lost four games in a row and seven of eight to tumble down the CFL’s West Division standings as the club lurches towards what will be ... Read More »

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Rugby Canada coaches scouring other sports to add to sevens talent pool

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

TORONTO – With Montreal Alouettes defensive back Tevaughn Campbell slated to come on board after the CFL season and a space open for Adam Zaruba should he quit his NFL dream, the Canadian men’s rugby sevens team already has football talent on its roster. Coach Damian McGrath wants more. And he’s ready to scour talent ... Read More »

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Ex-coach Levy inspires Alouettes, but last home game vs. Ti-cats meaningless

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

MONTREAL – A visit from 92-year-old coaching legend Marv Levy may have been uplifting but it came far too late to save the Montreal Alouettes season. Levy, who led the Alouettes to a pair of Grey Cups in the 1970s, spoke to the players and coaches in a meeting room at Olympic Stadium before practice ... Read More »

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Toronto FC looks forward to Atlanta test in MLS regular season finale

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

TORONTO – With a record crowd and motivated opponent, Sunday’s MLS regular-season finale in Atlanta is just what Toronto FC wants ahead of the playoffs. Iron sharpens iron. And Atlanta United, an explosive expansion team that leads the league with 46 home goals this season, will be a tough test. “It’ll be a big crowd ... Read More »

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Canucks defenceman Gudbranson suspended one game for hit on Vatrano

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

NEW YORK – Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano. Gudbranson hit Vatrano from behind at 6:13 of the first period of Vancouver’s game at Boston on Thursday night. The Canucks blueliner also received a game misconduct and a fighting ... Read More »

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Whitecaps visit Timbers needing a point to clinch first in MLS West

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

The Vancouver Whitecaps have made a habit of grinding out points away from home this year. They’ll need one more gritty effort to guarantee an easier playoff road. The Whitecaps visit the Portland Timbers on the final afternoon of Major League Soccer’s regular-season Sunday knowing a draw or better against their bitter rivals will secure ... Read More »

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Argos defence wary of threats versatile Bombers’ Andrew Harris presents

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

TORONTO – Bears Woods and the Toronto Argonauts’ defence are very wary of the threats Andrew Harris presents. Toronto (7-9) hosts Winnipeg (11-4) on Saturday with Harris threatening to become the first CFL player ever to register 1,000 yards receiving and rushing in the same season. The five-foot-10, 214-pound Winnipeg native is third overall in ... Read More »

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Baker gone as manager of Nationals after 2 NL East titles

By The Associated Press on October 20th, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Washington Nationals say manager Dusty Baker won’t be back next season. The team announced the move Friday. Baker led the Nationals to the NL East title in each of his two years with the club. But Washington lost its NL Division Series both times. His contract expired at the end of this ... Read More »

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Toronto FC looking for record-breaking finale to MLS regular season

By The Canadian Press on October 20th, 2017

Toronto FC is looking to end the MLS regular season on a record note. A win or tie Sunday in Atlanta and Toronto will set an MLS single-season points record. Toronto (20-5-8) is currently tied with the 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy at 68 points although that team reached its tally in two fewer games in ... Read More »

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