May 31st, 2016

National Sports

Blue Jays get Jason Grilli in trade with Braves for Canadian pitching prospect

By The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

TORONTO – Right-handed pitcher Jason Grilli was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in a trade with the Atlanta Braves. Toronto also gets cash considerations from Atlanta. Canadian right-handed pitching prospect Sean Ratcliffe was sent to the Braves in return. The 39-year-old Grilli has appeared in 21 games for the Braves this ... Read More »

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Ottawa will host MLS team for first time as Whitecaps begin Voyageurs Cup defence

By Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

OTTAWA – Regardless of whether they win or lose, the Ottawa Fury are about to make history. Ottawa hosts the defending champion Vancouver Whitecaps of Major League Soccer on Wednesday night in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semifinals. It will mark the first time the Fury, last year’s fall season winners in ... Read More »

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World No. 1 Lydia Ko jams Canadian Women’s Open into hectic Olympic summer

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

CALGARY – The opening round of this summer’s Canadian Women’s Open tees off just five days after the Olympic women’s golf tournament concludes in Rio. Despite the tight turnaround, Lydia Ko will try to defend her title at the Aug. 25-28 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open. She hopes to bring an Olympic gold medal with her. ... Read More »

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Team Glenn Howard adds David Mathers to lineup with Wayne Middaugh still out

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

Veteran skip Glenn Howard is adding some youth to his team for the upcoming curling season. David Mathers will join the rink at the second position and Richard Hart will move into the vice-skip role. Longtime teammate Wayne Middaugh will not return as he was unable to commit to a full campaign after suffering a ... Read More »

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CFL veterans Johnson, Allen vying to fill void in B.C. Lions’ backfield

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Andrew Harris left a big hole in the backfield when he bolted the B.C. Lions for free agency this winter. The move wasn’t unexpected – the Winnipeg native expressed frustration after last season and wound up signing with the Blue Bombers – but his consistent production on the ground and through the ... Read More »

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Veteran quarterback Ray feeling no pain at Argonauts training camp

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

GUELPH, Ont. – Toronto Argonauts head coach Scott Milanovich is sleeping pretty soundly these days. That’s because veteran quarterback Ricky Ray continues to throw pain-free at the team’s training camp. Ray missed most of last season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery. The 36-year-old Californian went under the knife after playing with pain in the joint ... Read More »

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Kronberg set to start in goal as Impact faces Toronto FC in Voyageurs Cup play

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

MONTREAL – Eric Kronberg doesn’t get many chances to show what he can do for the Montreal Impact, except when the Amway Canadian Championship comes along. That’s when the six-foot-five Kronberg takes over from Evan Bush as the starting goalkeeper, even though the Impact place high value on winning the event and claiming the Voyageurs ... Read More »

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Cheyrou back but Giovinco a question mark for Amway Cup game with Montreal

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

TORONTO – It didn’t take midfielder Benoit Cheyrou long to recognize Toronto FC’s rivalry with Montreal. “I think when you meet fans in the city, you can feel the dislike, as you say,” the French veteran said after training Tuesday. “So we know that it’s very important for our fans, for their pride.” Cheyrou acknowledged ... Read More »

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Crosby sticks to routine in attending optional practice; Rust day-to-day

By Jonas Siegel, The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

PITTSBURGH – The probable scratches at a sparsely attended Pittsburgh Penguins practice were joined by arguably the best hockey player in the world. Hours after a dominant performance in the Penguins’ 3-2 win over San Jose to open the Stanley Cup final, Sidney Crosby toiled alongside those that likely would not play in Game 2. ... Read More »

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Minnesota opens wrestling investigation after drug claims

By Dave Campbell, The Associated Press on May 31st, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota has initiated an internal investigation of the wrestling program, following a team member’s now-disputed allegation that the head coach covered up the wrestlers’ plans to sell and use the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. An attorney for longtime coach J Robinson says his client told his superiors “through multiple channels” earlier ... Read More »

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Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco listed as day-to-day with adductor injury

By The Canadian Press on May 31st, 2016

Toronto FC star striker Sebastian Giovinco is listed as day-to-day with an adductor injury. An MRI showed a Grade 1 strain, which is the mildest on the injury scale. Toronto coach Greg Vanney says the Italian is progressing quickly. But TFC may not want to risk its marquee man in Wednesday’s first leg of the ... Read More »

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