December 18th, 2018

National Sports

Canucks prospect Olli Juolevi undergoes season-ending knee surgery

By The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

Vancouver Canucks prospect Olli Juolevi has had his season cut short by a knee injury. Canucks general manager Jim Benning says the 20-year-old underwent successful surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be out for the next six months. Benning declined to comment on the nature of the injury. He says Juolevi will undergo rehab ... Read More »

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Tavares, Matthews, Marleau score in first, Leafs beat Devils

By Tom Canavan, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau scored in the opening 13:38 and the Toronto Maple Leafs displayed all their talent with a 7-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night. Nazem Kadri matched his career high with three assists and red-hot Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly added second-period goals ... Read More »

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Salt Lake City bids for 2nd Olympics in changed climate

By Brady McCombs, The Associated Press on December 18th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY – When Salt Lake City pursued the Winter Olympics more than two decades ago, competition was so fierce that lavishing International Olympic Committee members with gifts and favours seemed commonplace. Salt Lake City got caught in a bribery scandal that nearly derailed the plans for the 2002 Winter Olympics. Two decades later, ... Read More »

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China mines Canadian curling expertise ahead of 2022 Winter Games

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

China is serious about winning Olympic curling medals on home ice in 2022, and the country has enlisted a bunch of Canadians to help. China has recruited Canadian expertise before, but the size of current intake is eyebrow-raising. Mike Harris, Dan Rafael, Carolyn Darbyshire-McRorie and Perry Marshall are all coaching the Chinese this season. Calgary’s ... Read More »

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Coleman, Moreau finalists for O’Brien Award for trainer of the year

By The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Once again, Casie Coleman and Richard will battle for the O’Brien award as Canadian harness-racing’s top trainer. Coleman and Moreau are both five-time winners of the honour. This year’s recipient will be named Feb. 2 at the O’Brien Awards gala in Mississauga, Ont. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge, Ont., enjoyed a solid 2018 ... Read More »

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Racing Point to unveil new car to be driven by Stroll at Toronto auto show

By The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

MONTREAL – Lance Stroll’s new Formula 1 car will be unveiled in February at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The Racing Point team, formally known as Force India, was bought last August by a group of businessmen led by the Canadian driver’s father, Quebec billionaire Lawrence Stroll. His 20-year-old son announced last month ... Read More »

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Sport minister Duncan says her priority is the health, safety of athletes

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Canada’s Sport Minister Kirsty Duncan says her mandate from Day 1 has been the health and safety of athletes. Duncan applauded Wrestling Canada on Tuesday for being transparent about unhealthy and unsafe training environments in the sport, after the national sport organization commissioned an independent review to investigate reports of sexual abuse. The ... Read More »

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Raptors coach Nick Nurse fined $15K for comments about officiating

By The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Nick Nurse’s criticism of officials has cost him US$15,000. The Toronto Raptors coach was fined by the NBA on Tuesday, after comments he made to the media following the Raptors’ 95-86 loss in Denver on Sunday. “I do not understand why they are letting everybody play one of the best players in the ... Read More »

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New B.C. Lions coach DeVone Claybrooks adds eight to coaching staff

By The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

VANCOUVER – B.C. Lions rookie head coach DeVone Claybrooks has filled out his staff for the 2019 season, adding eight new members including coaching veteran Rich Stubler and recently retired players Nik Lewis and Drew Tate. Stubler will fill the roles of defensive co-ordinator and linebackers coach. It’s his fourth stint in Vancouver after serving ... Read More »

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Leafs prospect Sandin’s ‘outstanding’ season set to continue with Sweden at WJHC

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on December 18th, 2018

TORONTO – Rasmus Sandin often heads over to Timothy Liljegren’s place after the Toronto Marlies wrap up practice. The Swedish defencemen usually just hang out, cook food and sometimes talk about life playing hockey as teenagers more than 6,000 kilometres from home. “He’s older, so he’s got to take care of me,” Sandin, 373 days ... Read More »

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