January 27th, 2015

National Sports

Canadian Tyler Varga enhances NFL stock with solid Senior Bowl showing

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on January 27th, 2015

He’s the fourth-ranked prospect for this year’s CFL draft but Jim Barker firmly believes Tyler Varga’s football future lies south of the border. Varga, from Kitchener, Ont., ran for 31 yards and two TDs on four carries and added three catches for 39 yards in leading the North to a 34-13 win over the South ... Read More »

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The whole tooth and nothing but the tooth: Tiger Woods gives details on Italy incident

By Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press on January 27th, 2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday – and with a full set of teeth. Woods gave a play-by-play of getting his front tooth knocked out when he was in Italy to celebrate girlfriend Lindsey Vonn breaking the World Cup ski record. He says he was wearing his skeleton-patterned mask to try to ... Read More »

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Rio 2016 Olympic official says there’s ‘no plan B’ for sailing events, despite dirty water

By The Associated Press on January 27th, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO – A spokesman for Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic organizers says there’s “no plan B” for the 2016 games’ sailing competitions, though the state’s top environmental official has acknowledged that pledges to clean up the waters of the sailing venue will not be met. Spokesman Mario Andrade says Olympic organizing officials are assuming ... Read More »

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U.S.-Cuba thaw unlikely to deter defection, expert says ahead of Pan Am Games

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on January 27th, 2015

TORONTO – For months, the thought of walking out on his team and fleeing to the U.S. lingered on Maikel Chang’s mind. The young midfielder talked about it with close friends on Cuba’s national soccer team and almost tried his luck on a few occasions, only to let fear deter him. But when he saw ... Read More »

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Royal Troon, host of 2016 British Open, to review male-only membership policy

By The Associated Press on January 27th, 2015

TROON, Scotland – Royal Troon Golf Club, the host of the 2016 British Open, says it will review its male-only membership policy. A statement on Tuesday says Troon will “shortly undertake a comprehensive review” which will allow it “to consider the most appropriate membership policy for the future.” The news comes following The Royal and ... Read More »

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Impact send midfielder Felipe to New York Red Bulls for Oyongo, Alexander

By The Canadian Press on January 27th, 2015

MONTREAL – The Montreal Impact traded midfielder Felipe to the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday in exchange for left back Ambroise Oyongo and midfielder Eric Alexander. Felipe was pulled aside by coach Frank Klopas ahead of practice and told he was headed to New York. The 24-year-old Brazilian was a regular in the Montreal ... Read More »

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Hughes says “Clara’s Big Ride” documentary is about Canadians and mental health

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on January 27th, 2015

CALGARY – Clara Hughes rode her bike 11,000 kilometres for 110 days around Canada to get people talking about mental illness. She’s pleased the documentary “Clara’s Big Ride” isn’t just about her. A one-hour television special chronicling her journey airs Wednesday on CTV and will also be available on CTV.ca. It could have been all ... Read More »

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Maria Sharapova advances to Australian Open semis thanks to a phone call from her dad

By Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press on January 27th, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – One phone call was all it took for Maria Sharapova to shake off whatever it was that almost ended her Australian Open. That call came early on in the tournament when the No. 2-ranked player came very, very close to losing in the second round to a lowly ranked qualifier. That was ... Read More »

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Calgary Flames take aim at post-season with goaltending tandem of Hiller, Ramo

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on January 27th, 2015

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames have reverted to the two-goalie tandem of Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo after Joni Ortio’s short, but successful stint with the NHL team. The Flames remain in position to end a five-year playoff following a goaltending philosophy of “he who wins is the starter until he loses.” Head coach Bob ... Read More »

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Polish international defender Damien Perquis adds flair to Toronto FC backline

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 27th, 2015

TORONTO – Judging from first impressions, Toronto FC has added style and substance on defence in one fell swoop. Newcomer Damien Perquis, a French-born Polish international, will likely partner with Scottish veteran Steven Caldwell in what could be a hard-nosed centre back pairing. “He’s a leader. He’s aggressive,” Toronto head coach Greg Vanney said of ... Read More »

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