April 1st, 2015

National Sports

Hutchison pitches 3 shutout innings as Blue Jays top Red Sox split squad 9-7

By The Associated Press on April 1st, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Drew Hutchison wondered two years ago if he could pitch effectively again. No need to worry any more. Hutchison tuned up for his opening-day start at Yankee Stadium next week by pitching three scoreless innings Wednesday in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 9-7 win over a Boston Red Sox split squad. “My ... Read More »

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Jordan Reaves looking to make transition from basketball back to football

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

Jordan Reaves has reunited with his first love. Reaves is a football player again after concentrating solely on basketball for the past 10 years. Despite the absence, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers put Reaves, 25, on their negotiation list, a move Reaves validated at a CFL regional combine last month in Edmonton. But the six-foot-five, 220-pound ... Read More »

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Person with knowledge of deal: Kings to make Sim Bhullar NBA’s 1st player of Indian descent

By Antonio Gonzalez, The Associated Press on April 1st, 2015

Sim Bhullar and the Sacramento Kings are about to make NBA history. The Kings are signing Bhullar to a 10-day contract that will make him the league’s first player of Indian descent, a person with knowledge of the deal said Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Kings ... Read More »

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Jets defenceman Byfuglien facing suspension after cross-check on Rangers Miller

By The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

The Winnipeg Jets may be without defenceman Dustin Byfuglien for key games in their drive for the playoffs. Byfuglien is facing a suspension of up to five games after delivering a vicious cross-check to the back of New York Rangers centre J.T. Miller on Tuesday night. The play occurred late in the second period of ... Read More »

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Rookie French defender Clement Simonin rising fast in Toronto FC ranks

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

TORONTO – Clement Simonin’s parents were up until 3 a.m. in France on the weekend, scouring Twitter for updates on their son’s debut outing with Toronto FC. Reviews of the rookie defender – all positive – have been pouring in since the 2-1 road loss to Real Salt Lake. “An outstanding first match for him ... Read More »

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After Conor McGregor loss, Dustin Poirier looks to rediscover fun in fighting

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

After being twisted into a mental knot by abrasive Irish featherweight (The Notorious) Conor McGregor last time out, Dustin (The Diamond) Poirier looks to rediscover the fun in fighting. Poirier, moving up to lightweight, takes on Brazilian Diego Ferreira (10-1) on Saturday on a televised UFC card in Fairfax, Va. Chad (Money) Mendes, ranked No. ... Read More »

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Ex-friend says former Patriot Aaron Hernandez thought helicopters followed him

By Amy Anthony, The Associated Press on April 1st, 2015

FALL RIVER, Mass. – A man who sued former New England Patriots Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida has testified that Hernandez thought he was being followed by helicopters and that he was paranoid about his conversations being recorded. But the judge in Hernandez’s Massachusetts murder trial ruled Wednesday that Alexander ... Read More »

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Flames left-winger Johnny Gaudreau named rookie of the month for March

By The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Calgary Flames left-winger Johnny Gaudreau was named NHL Rookie of the Month for March on Wednesday. He led all rookies with 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 15 games, to edge Ottawa Senators right-winger Mark Stone. Stone had four goals and 11 assists in 16 games in March. Boston Bruins ... Read More »

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Wakefield brings dual Swedish hockey experiences to women’s world championship

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

MALMO, Sweden – Jennifer Wakefield doubled up on Swedish hockey playing in both men’s and women’s leagues this season The Canadian power forward helped Linkoping’s women’s club win their elite league title. Wakefield also played for the Division 3 men’s club IK Guts in nearby Norkkoping. “It was awesome. I got the best of both ... Read More »

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Canadian women’s hockey team to face Finland in world championship semifinal

By The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

MALMO, Sweden – Canada will face Finland in Friday’s semifinal at the women’s world hockey championship. Finland downed Switzerland 3-0 in Wednesday’s quarter-final. Michelle Karvinen and Linda Valimaki scored for the Finns with Rosa Lindstedt adding an empty-net goal. Meeri Raisinen stopped 15 shots for the shutout. Canada beat Finland 6-2 to conclude the preliminary ... Read More »

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Toronto Blue Jays to rely on key veteran additions and plenty of youth in 2015

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on April 1st, 2015

TORONTO – The Blue Jays opened training camp with a roster full of question marks. “As strong as we are and as good as we feel about this team, there’s some questions that need to be answered in spring training,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. More than five weeks later, they come north with answers. ... Read More »

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