December 16th, 2017

National Sports

Lemieux hopes top preparation, home ring advantage trump WBO champ Saunders

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

LAVAL, Que. – There is no shortage of confidence from either British champion Billy Joe Saunders or Canadian challenger David Lemieux going into their bout for the World Boxing Organization middleweight title. Lemieux (38-3, 33 knockouts) figures home ring advantage and his punching power mixed with improved technique will win the day over the defence ... Read More »

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Turris settling in with Predators on and off the ice after trade from Ottawa

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Kyle Turris’s pre-game routine is a little different these days. As a member of the Ottawa Senators, he used to meet up with a close-knit group of neighbours every afternoon to chat and get their dogs some exercise. Since a blockbuster three-team trade that saw Turris shipped to the Nashville Predators, most of ... Read More »

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At The Turn: Need to give a golf gift but don’t get the game? Help is here

By James McCarten, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

OTTAWA – For anyone unfamiliar with the game, buying a gift for a golfer can be a stressful and intimidating ordeal – so much so that many people won’t bother, reasoning that the links-obsessed loved one in question can just get what they want themselves. Sound logic, that. A Golf Town gift card always works ... Read More »

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MLS champion Toronto FC starts work on shaping 2018 roster by opening up space

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

TORONTO – MLS champion Toronto FC started work on next season’s roster Thursday, declining contract options on eight players. While goalkeeper Mark Pais, defenders Brandon Aubrey and Oyvind Alseth, midfielders Sergio Camargo, Armando Cooper and Benoit Cheyrou and forwards Ben Spencer and Tsubasa Endoh did not have their options renewed, the club said they will ... Read More »

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Dillon Dube will be key to Canada’s offence – once he’s 100 per cent

By John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Fans fell silent and teammates stopped what they were doing as Dillon Dube, wearing a yellow no-contact jersey, slid on his back and crashed into the endboards with a loud bang. But Dube popped back up and skated to the back of the drill line with a smile on his face, ... Read More »

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Defence closings at soccer corruption scandal trial

By The Associated Press on December 14th, 2017

NEW YORK – A lawyer for the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation has told a U.S. jury that his client was clueless about a bribery scheme that’s scandalized the sport. The remarks came Thursday in closing arguments at the trial of Jose Maria Marin and two other former South American soccer officials. Defence Attorney ... Read More »

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Player safety: CFL schedule stretched over additional week to increase rest

By The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

TORONTO – The Canadian Football League season will be spread over an additional week next year in an effort to promote player safety. The league announced its schedule on Thursday, two months earlier than last year. The season kicks off a week earlier on June 14, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host Edmonton. The schedule ... Read More »

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Bertrand Charest’s lawyers ask for their client’s release from prison

By The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

MONTREAL – Lawyers for ex-national ski coach Bertrand Charest have argued in court their client should be released from prison pending an appeal of his conviction on sex crimes involving teenage girls. Charest was found guilty last June of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he was facing and a judge sentenced him to a ... Read More »

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Titanic Celine Dion megahit becomes part of winning tradition for Winnipeg Jets

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

WINNIPEG – It was a song request Mathieu Perreault had no problem accomodating in the Winnipeg Jets’ locker room. The Drummondville, Que., native controls the room’s music and recalled someone asked him to put on Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” a few days after the team saw her perform in Las Vegas last ... Read More »

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Kadeisha Buchanan caps remarkable year with top Canadian female player award

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 14th, 2017

TORONTO – Defender Kadeisha Buchanan capped a remarkable campaign overseas Thursday with a domestic triumph, earning Canadian female soccer player of the year honours for the second time in three years. The 22-year-old from Brampton, Ont., became the first Canadian international to hoist the Champions League trophy in June when Lyon defeated Paris Saint-Germain 7-6 ... Read More »

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