April 3rd, 2020

National Sports

Morgan Rielly can’t explain talent-loaded Maple Leafs’ rollercoaster campaign

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

TORONTO – Morgan Rielly has been working out at home trying to stay in shape. The Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman is also reading, watching movies and improving his rudimentary cooking skills. He’s fairly confident with the barbecue and has a decent handle on pasta. “I don’t have the confidence yet for fish,” Rielly said. “I ... Read More »

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Expansion Atletico Ottawa signs veteran Spanish goalkeeper Nacho Zabal

By The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

OTTAWA – Atletico Ottawa signed a second goalkeeper Thursday in Spaniard Nacho Zabal. The 33-year-old comes to the expansion Canadian Premier League team from Spanish third-tier side CD Calahorra, which he helped achieve promotion from the fourth division in 2018. Zabal played 14 games for Calahorra last season, posting six clean sheets and allowing just ... Read More »

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Abbotsford, B.C., native Jordan Kawaguchi named Hobey Baker finalist

By The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

Canadian forward Jordan Kawaguchi is one of the three finalists for this year’s Hobey Baker award, given annually to the top player in NCAA men’s hockey. Kawaguchi, from Abbotsford, B.C., had 15 goals and 30 assists in 33 games while helping the North Dakota Fighting Hawks to the NCHC regular-season title, which was awarded after ... Read More »

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Canadian international Lindsay Agnew savours soccer experience Down Under

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

Lindsay Agnew has had plenty of time to ponder her recent soccer adventure Down Under. The Canadian international has been in self-isolation in Florida since returning from Australia where she played for Sydney FC in the W-League 2020 Grand Final – behind closed doors March 21 at Melbourne’s AAMI Park in probably the last championship ... Read More »

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In another century, another pandemic ended Stanley Cup final

By Tim Booth, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitans were 20 minutes from a second Stanley Cup title in the spring of 1919, 20 minutes from adding their names to the trophy again. Odie Cleghorn’s goal for the Montreal Canadiens early in the third period of Game 5 sparked a rally that ensured there would be no celebration that ... Read More »

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Veteran linebacker Marcus Ball not ready to call it a career just yet

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

Marcus Ball isn’t finished with football just yet. The veteran linebacker says he’s been medically cleared to resume running and cutting after suffering a season-ending knee injury last year with the Calgary Stampeders. Ball remains part of an impressive group CFL free agents but remains intent on playing in 2020, whenever that might be given ... Read More »

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Senators announce temporary layoffs, salary reductions due to COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on April 2nd, 2020

OTTAWA – The owner of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators has announced the organization is implementing temporary layoffs and salary reductions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eugene Melnyk’s company Capital Sports & Entertainment said in a release Thursday that its full-time workforce will be reduced effective Sunday, when the Senators’ season was originally scheduled to end. ... Read More »

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Rugby in crisis as unions engage in ‘unprecedented dialogue’

By Steve Douglas, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. The Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. England leaders have drawn up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit. The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks, with the prospect of more pain to come because of ... Read More »

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Hockey players in the minors face uncertainty, job fears

By Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press on April 2nd, 2020

Tom Parisi made the long drive from South Carolina to his home just south of Boston with a lot on his mind. The ECHL season had just been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 26-year-old wondered if he’d need to dig for oysters on the beach or do odd jobs around the neighbourhood ... Read More »

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Woodbine Entertainment postpones $1-million Queen’s Plate indefinitely

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2020

TORONTO – The $1-million Queen’s Plate is North America’s oldest continuously run horse race and Jim Lawson is intent on keeping it that way. The Woodbine Entertainment CEO announced Wednesday the 2020 Queen’s Plate has been postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawson wouldn’t guess when the race will be run but said if ... Read More »

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