April 24th, 2018

National Sports

Andersen leads Maple Leafs in 3-1 win over Bruins to force Game 7

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

TORONTO – Frederik Andersen made 32 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 to tie their first-round playoff series 3-3 on Monday night. William Nylander, Mitch Marner and Tomas Plekanec, into an empty net, scored for the Leafs, who trailed the Eastern Conference quarterfinal 3-1 before winning two straight to force ... Read More »

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Players say Whitecaps must ‘man up’ to end three-game losing streak

By Jim Morris, The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps need to “man up” to snap a three-game Major League Soccer losing streak, says Brazilian-born midfielder Felipe. The Whitecaps were humiliated 6-0 by Sporting Kansas City on Friday at Children’s Mercy Park. It was Vancouver’s worst defeat in MLS play. Forwards Yordy Reyna and midfielder Efrain Juarez were also handed ... Read More »

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Canadian Julia (The Jewel) Budd to defend Bellator title in July

By The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

TORONTO – Canadian Julia (The Jewel) Budd will defend her Bellator featherweight title against unbeaten Brazilian Talita Nogueira on July 13 in the main event of Bellator 202 in Thackerville, Okla. The 34-year-old mixed martial artist from Port Moody, B.C., became Bellator’s inaugural 145-pound women’s champion title in March 2017 when she stopped Dutch veteran ... Read More »

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Raptors have to hope home-court advantage will carry them past Wizards

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

TORONTO – The morning after the Toronto Raptors’ late-game meltdown against the Washington Wizards, DeMar DeRozan was still taking the blame. DeRozan scored 35 points but was kicking himself for the shots he forced down the stretch, as the Raptors gave up a late eight-point lead in their 106-98 loss to Washington. The Raptors host ... Read More »

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One of the top NHL teams will go home after Jets-Predators series

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

WINNIPEG – Tyler Myers knows he’s about to take part in a marquee playoff matchup that will send one very good team home for the summer. The Winnipeg defenceman just hopes it’s not his Jets. Winnipeg takes on the Nashville Predators in the NHL’s best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal, a second-round clash that pits the top ... Read More »

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Bill Peters hungry for NHL playoff success as head coach of Calgary Flames

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

CALGARY – The sooner Bill Peters can tick the box of coaching an NHL playoff team, the better for him and the Calgary Flames. The 53-year-old from Three Hills, Alta., was introduced Monday as the Calgary’s new head coach. The Flames fired Glen Gulutzan last week after two seasons and a 37-35-10 record in 2017-18. ... Read More »

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Only Red Sox, Nats on track to pay luxury tax

By Ronald Blum, The Associated Press on April 23rd, 2018

NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was $233.9 million, ... Read More »

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Knevel sad to be leaving Nebraska but excited about potential pro career

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

It’s a bittersweet time for David Knevel. This week, the towering six-foot-nine, 315-pound offensive lineman will leave Lincoln, Neb., his home away from home the last five years. But the 23-year-old Brantford, Ont., native departs the University of Nebraska buoyed by the excitement of a budding pro football career. Knevel has been projected as a ... Read More »

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Stampeders lineman Lavertu retires from CFL after losing 2017 season to injury

By The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

CALGARY – Offensive lineman Pierre Lavertu has announced his retirement from the CFL after four seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. Lavertu was a West Division all-star in 2015, but injuries limited him to eight games in 2016. He was then sidelined for the entire 2017 season because of a high ankle sprain. Lavertu played 41 ... Read More »

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Calgary Flames name Peters as replacement for fired head coach Gulutzan

By The Canadian Press on April 23rd, 2018

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames have named Bill Peters as the team’s head coach. The 53-year-old from Three Hills, Alta., resigned as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday after four seasons and a year remaining on his contract. The Flames fired Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Gerrard last week after ... Read More »

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Cavaliers win 104-100 at Indiana to even series at 2

By Michael Marot, The Associated Press on April 22nd, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland’s final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to even the first-round series at two games apiece. James added 13 rebounds and seven assists in his 100th career ... Read More »

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