April 24th, 2018

National Sports

‘Live with it forever:’ Mourners fill Humboldt hockey arena for team announcer

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Hundreds of mourners, many wearing the Humboldt Broncos colours of green and gold, attended the funeral Thursday for the team’s play-by-play announcer who also coached in the community. Tyler Bieber, 29, was one of 16 people – including 10 players – who died on Friday when the team’s bus and a transport ... Read More »

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Toronto FC coach Vanney hopeful some injured players will be ready for final

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney is pleased with how his injury-depleted team has responded over the last few rounds of CONCACAF Champions League play. He’s hoping to get some of those banged-up players back for the opener of the two-leg final against Chivas Guadalajara on Tuesday at BMO Field. Forward Jozy Altidore is expected ... Read More »

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Oilers CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson confirms Chiarelli back as GM

By Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

Edmonton Oilers CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson still has full confidence in general manager Peter Chiarelli. The same can’t exactly be said for head coach Todd McLellan and his staff. Nicholson addressed reporters in Edmonton on Thursday and stated that he believes Chiarelli, also president of hockey operations, is still the right guy to ... Read More »

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Wiggins, Joseph, Thompson, Olynyk represent Canadian talent in NBA playoffs

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – A thrilling final day of the NBA regular season featured a battle between Canadians Andrew Wiggins and Jamal Murray for a spot in the post-season. The Minnesota Timberwolves went on to edge Denver in overtime in the regular-season finale, handing Wiggins his first playoff appearance, but robbing the post-season of one of Canada’s ... Read More »

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Dorion says decision on future of Sens coaching staff not expected until April

By Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

OTTAWA – Pierre Dorion knows changes need to be made, but the Ottawa Senators general manager won’t rush into any decisions concerning the future of team’s coaching staff. Dorion made it clear the status quo is not acceptable Thursday morning in a post-mortem on Ottawa’s disappointing season. The future of head coach Guy Boucher and ... Read More »

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Top seed gives Raptors edge, but dangers still loom on road to NBA final

By Curtis Withers, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors have never before had such a feasible path to the NBA final, but the road ahead will have no shortage of daunting obstacles. Entering the playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference gives the Raptors home-court advantage through to the final. That’s a significant edge for a Toronto ... Read More »

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Humboldt hockey arena full for funeral of Broncos play-by-play announcer

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Hundreds of mourners, many wearing the team’s colours of green and gold, attended the funeral today for the Humboldt Broncos’ play-by-play announcer who also coached in the community. Tyler Bieber was one of 16 people – including 10 players – who died on Friday when the team’s bus and a semi-trailer collided ... Read More »

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Toronto Raptors hope to erase playoff ghosts of past; face Wiz in 1st round

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors’ slogan for the NBA playoffs says everything: “Prove ’em.” Coming off their finest regular season in franchise history, the Raptors now hope to exorcise some huge post-season demons, and prove the countless doubters wrong. The Raptors face the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of the opening round on Saturday, and ... Read More »

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N.S. commits $3.5M to bid to host 2020 Indigenous Games in Halifax

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia government is committing $3.5 million in support of a bid to attract the 2020 North American Indigenous Games to Halifax. The Mi’kmaq Sport Council of Nova Scotia is behind the effort to host the games, which include more than 5,000 Indigenous participants in 15 events. A site visit took place ... Read More »

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Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito wins silver for 2nd straight day at Commonwealth Games

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

GOLD COAST, Australia – Canadian diver Meaghan Benfeito won her second silver medal in as many days at the Commonwealth Games, finishing runner-up to Australia’s Melissa Wu in the 10-metre platform Thursday. The 29-year-old from Montreal won silver Wednesday with teenage partner Caeli McKay of Calgary in the 10-metre synchronized platform at the outdoor Optus ... Read More »

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Long ball and starting rotation stability helping Blue Jays to strong start

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2018

If the Toronto Blue Jays continue their current pace, they will post the best winning percentage for the month of April in franchise history. They’re off to a solid start thanks to a stabilized starting rotation, timely offence and solid contributions from the bullpen. Here’s a look at five reasons why the Blue Jays, who ... Read More »

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