January 22nd, 2018

National Sports

Toronto FC drafts for need and signs homegrown midfielder Liam Fraser

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko rolled the dice Friday at the MLS SuperDraft, picking up US$50,000 in targeted allocation money along the way. Picking 23rd and last in the first round, Bezbatchenko switched picks with Minnesota – hoping that Louisville defender-midfielder Tim Kubel would be available five picks further down the draft. He ... Read More »

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Leafs players Van Riemsdyk, Gardiner agree with Andersen’s tough assessment

By Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

OTTAWA – James van Riemsdyk has no problem with his goaltender calling out teammates. He said it’s only those outside the team who are making a big deal of it. Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen had a verbal lashing for his teammates Thursday night following Toronto’s 3-2 overtime road loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia, ... Read More »

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Canadian Vathje finishes third in overall World Cup skeleton standings

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

KONIGSSEE, Germany – Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje captured her first career Crystal Globe for finishing third place in the overall World Cup skeleton standings on Friday after a ninth-place finish in the final race of the season. The 23-year-old from Calgary, who clocked a ninth-place time of one minute 45.41 seconds, slid to three silvers and ... Read More »

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Blue Jays acquire outfielder Randal Grichuk in trade with Cardinals

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays acquired outfielder Randal Grichuk in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team announced Friday in a release. The Cardinals received right-handed reliever Dominic Leone and right-handed pitching prospect Connor Greene in the deal. The 26-year-old Grichuk appeared in 122 games for St. Louis in 2017, batting .238, ... Read More »

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TFC president Manning adds Argos president to job title, Copeland reassigned

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Now that the Toronto Argonauts are officially in the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment fold, the organization is making some leadership changes at the top of the CFL franchise. Bill Manning, who serves as Toronto FC president, will add Argonauts president to his job title, MLSE said Friday. Michael Copeland, who spent two ... Read More »

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CFL approves MLSE ownership of Argos, Bill Manning named team president

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

TORONTO – Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is making some leadership changes with its CFL franchise now that the league’s board of governors has approved the company’s acquisition of the Toronto Argonauts. Michael Copeland will no longer serve as team president and CEO, but is tabbed to join the MLSE leadership team. MLSE says in ... Read More »

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Impact, Toronto FC opt to trade away first-round picks in MLS SuperDraft

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The Montreal Impact and Toronto FC opted to forgo their first-round picks at the MLS SuperDraft on Friday, trading them away for money to finance other player acquisitions. The Impact sent the fourth overall selection to FC Dallas for US$200,00 in general allocation money and the seventh to Minnesota United for $150,000 in ... Read More »

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Blue Bombers sign cornerback Chris Randle to two-year contract

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed cornerback Chris Randle to a two-year contract, the CFL team said Friday in a release. Randle, who was scheduled to be a free agent next month, will enter his fifth season with Winnipeg in 2018. Randle finished the 2017 season with 60 defensive tackles, four special teams tackles, ... Read More »

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B.C. Lions sign Canadian wide receiver Shaq Johnson to contract for 2018

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Lions have signed Canadian wide receiver Shaq Johnson to a new contract for the 2018 season, the CFL team said Friday in a release. Johnson was drafted in the fourth round by the Lions in 2016. He had 30 receptions for 521 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his second ... Read More »

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Montreal Impact trade first-round picks in MLS SuperDraft

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – The Montreal Impact traded both of their first-round picks at the MLS SuperDraft on Friday. Montreal traded its fourth overall pick to FC Dallas for $200,000 of general allocation money, then swapped the seventh overall selection to Minnesota United FC for $150,000 of targeted allocation money. Dallas selected forward Francis Atuahene out of ... Read More »

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Roughriders sign quarterback Zach Collaros to new deal for 2018 season

By The Canadian Press on January 19th, 2018

REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed quarterback Zach Collaros to a new contract for the 2018 season, the CFL team said Friday in a release. The Roughriders recently acquired Collaros in a trade with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 29-year-old American started eight games last year, completing 167 of 266 passes for 1,767 yards, eight ... Read More »

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