January 24th, 2020

National Sports

‘I’m better than that’: Serena stunned at Australian Open

By Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia – Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Serena Williams came through with a cross-court forehand winner to close a 24-stroke point, then raised her arms, held that celebratory pose and looked over toward her guest box. Finally, on her sixth try, after 1 1/2 hours of action, she had managed ... Read More »

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Serena Williams stunned by Wang Qiang at Australian Open

By Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams’ bid to win a 24th Grand Slam title has been falling short with losses in finals. At this Australian Open, she didn’t make it nearly that far. Serving only so-so, failing to convert all but one of her break chances and missing groundstrokes with alarming regularity, Williams stunningly exited in ... Read More »

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NHL all-stars interested to see how Tkachuk-Oilers rivalry plays out

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

ST. LOUIS – Rick Tocchet is going to keep his distance. Quinn Hughes, meanwhile, says it would be a lie to say he wasn’t interested to see how things play out. Even though Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl missed Thursday’s media session ahead of the NHL’s all-star weekend, the Edmonton Oilers’ renewed rivalry with the ... Read More »

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Siakam continues his meteoric NBA rise, earning a starting spot in all-star game

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

TORONTO – Marc Gasol admits he never thought Pascal Siakam would amount to much when he first played against the Toronto Raptors’ wiry forward. It was two seasons ago when Gasol was with the Grizzlies, and Siakam had yet to hit the gas on his lightning-fast rise up the NBA ranks. Siakam wasn’t exactly a ... Read More »

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Phoenix Rising: Slovak goalie Hlavaj looking for second crack at NHL draft

By Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

Samuel Hlavaj entered the season as an unknown prospect in unfamiliar territory, passed over at last year’s NHL draft. A lot has changed since for the Slovak goaltender, who now has the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Sherbrooke Phoenix looking like Memorial Cup contenders. Heading into Thursday’s action, the 18-year-old was riding a personal eight-game ... Read More »

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Ujiri says Raptors are “going to die trying” to win second consecutive title

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

TORONTO – There was a moment during his keynote speech Tuesday night that Masai Ujiri briefly looked at his phone. With the NBA trade deadline looming Feb. 6, rumours are rampant on social media, but the Toronto Raptors president warned not to read too much into phone calls. “Every day there’s phone calls in the ... Read More »

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Quarterbacks Jennings, Arndt among players released by Ottawa Redblacks

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

OTTAWA – Quarterbacks Jonathon Jennings and Will Arndt were among 10 players released Thursday by the Ottawa Redblacks. Both Jennings and Arndt started games last season for Ottawa (3-15). The moves come after the Redblacks acquired the rights to quarterback Nick Arbuckle from the Calgary Stampeders on Jan. 3. Arbuckle is scheduled to become a ... Read More »

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Quarterbacks Jennings, Ardt among players released by Ottawa Redblacks

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

OTTAWA – Quarterbacks Jonathon Jennings and Will Ardt were among 10 players released Thursday by the Ottawa Redblacks. Both Jennings and Ardt started games last season for Ottawa (3-15). The moves come after the Redblacks acquired the rights to quarterback Nick Arbuckle from the Calgary Stampeders on Jan. 3. Arbuckle is scheduled to become a ... Read More »

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Toronto Argonauts, Saskatchewan Roughriders to square off in Halifax

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

HALIFAX – Brett Lauther will be returning home this summer. The CFL announced Thursday it will hold a regular-season game in Halifax in July. The Toronto Argonauts will host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on July 25 at Huskies Stadium at Saint Mary’s University. It will be a homecoming for Lauther, the Riders kicker and Saint Mary’s ... Read More »

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Toronto FC signs another talented teenager as Jayden Nelson joins first team

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

Toronto FC signed their third homegrown player in as many days Thursday, adding 17-year-old forward Jayden Nelson to the first-team roster. Following in the footsteps of 19-year-old defender Rocco Romeo and 15-year-old midfielder Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty, Nelson becomes the 23rd player in club history to sign for the first team from the Toronto academy. it’s been ... Read More »

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Canadian golfer Graham DeLaet withdraws after injuring his troublesome back

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2020

SAN DIEGO – Graham DeLaet has withdrawn from the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open with a back injury, a familiar issue for the Canadian golfer. DeLaet, who turned 38 on Wednesday, dropped out Thursday before play began at the event. The native of Weyburn, Sask., ended a nearly two-year absence on the PGA Tour in ... Read More »

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