December 5th, 2016

National Sports

Unsure of his future after last season, Burrows back contributing for Canucks

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

Alexandre Burrows stood in the middle of the Vancouver Canucks’ locker-room after the final game of a frustrating 2015-16 season unsure of the future. He had just completed his worst statistical year in nearly a decade, and with his 35th birthday just around the corner, the veteran forward knew he was a candidate to have ... Read More »

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Man known as Pete Rose’s ex-bookie found dead in his home

By The Associated Press on December 5th, 2016

FRANKLIN, Ohio – A man found dead in his Ohio apartment last month has been identified as a former bookie for baseball hits leader Pete Rose. The Warren County coroner’s office said Monday that Ronald Peters was found dead Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin police. Coroner’s investigator Doyle Burke says police had ... Read More »

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MLS Cup coaches talk up their star imports ahead of championship game

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

TORONTO – The MLS Cup coaches talked up their star imports Monday, knowing the pint-sized packages could turn the tide in Saturday’s championship game. Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro has been pulling the Sounders’ strings since joining Seattle in late July from Argentine club Boca Juniors. Italian forward Sebastian Giovinco has been a human highlight reel ... Read More »

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Blue Jays catcher Martin among stars confirmed for fourth World Baseball Classic

By The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

TORONTO – Canadian catcher Russell Martin of the Toronto Blue Jays is among 30 players who are confirmed to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, organizers announced Monday. Martin, 33, was on Canada’s initial roster for the 2013 Classic but withdrew because he didn’t want to catch and wasn’t allowed to make the switch ... Read More »

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MLS Cup final sells out three minutes after going on sale to general public

By The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

TORONTO – Tickets for Saturday’s MLS Cup final sold out three minutes after going on sale to the general public Monday. BMO Field, augmented by temporary seats in the south stand left over from the recent Grey Cup, will have a capacity of 36,000 for the championship game between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders. ... Read More »

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Habs leading scorer Galchenyuk out indefinitely with lower-body injury

By The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

ST. LOUIS – Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. The team said Galchenyuk suffered the injury in Montreal’s 5-4 shootout win at Los Angeles yesterday. He underwent testing today in St. Louis and will be further evaluated by team doctors in Montreal on Wednesday. Galchenyuk leads the Canadiens with ... Read More »

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Rugby Canada names new $8-million training centre after former captain Al Charron

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

Rugby Canada’s new $8-million training facility in Langford, B.C., will be named after former captain and trailblazer Al Charron. The 1,765-square-metre two-storey facility, a major addition to Rugby Canada’s existing Centre of Excellence just outside Victoria, will be known as the Al Charron Rugby Canada National Training Centre. The groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday, with ... Read More »

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AP source: Benoit, Phillies agree to $7.5M, 1-year deal

By Ronald Blum, The Associated Press on December 5th, 2016

OXON HILL, Md. – A person familiar with the negotiations says reliever Joaquin Benoit and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $7.5 million, one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because the agreement had not yet been announced. Benoit, a 39-year-old right-hander, has had an ERA ... Read More »

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Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett set to undergo neck surgery

By The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett is set to undergo neck surgery, the club announced Monday. The cervical fusion surgery to repair disc degeneration will be performed at a spine clinic in Los Angeles, the Canucks said in a statement. The team added that Dorsett is expected to make a full recovery, but there is no ... Read More »

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Crash-struck club Chapecoense given Copa Sudamericana title

By The Associated Press on December 5th, 2016

ASUNCION, Paraguay – The Brazilian club Chapecoense, which lost most of its players in an air crash last week, has been awarded the Copa Sudamericana championship by the governing body of South American soccer. In a statement Monday, CONMEBOL said it awarded the title “as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash ... Read More »

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B.C. Lions re-sign kick returner/running back Chris Rainey through 2018 season

By The Canadian Press on December 5th, 2016

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Lions have re-signed star kick returner and running back Chris Rainey to a contract extension through the 2018 season, the club announced Monday. The 28-year-old from Lakeland, Fla., led the CFL with 2,945 combined yards in 2016, including the third-highest totals in both punt return yards (942) and kickoff return yards ... Read More »

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