May 25th, 2019

National Sports

Canadian rugby men reach Cup quarterfinals at London Sevens event

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

LONDON – Canada won two of three matches Saturday to advance to the Cup quarterfinals at the HSBC London Sevens. The Canadian men, who came into the tournament 12th overall in the World Rugby Sevens Series overall standings, will play the top-ranked Americans on Sunday. Canada opened with a 14-12 win over No. 8 Argentina, ... Read More »

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FRENCH OPEN ’19: What to watch, from Osaka to Roger’s return

By Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press on May 25th, 2019

PARIS – On the day Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open for her second consecutive major championship, she was asked whether it was too soon to start thinking about grabbing four in a row. “You know the French Open’s next, right?” she said, smiling and fiddling with her fingers. “We love that clay court!” The ... Read More »

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Canada advances to Cup quarterfinals with win over Japan at rugby sevens series

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

LONDON – Adam Zaruba scored three tries as Canada capped pool play Saturday at the rugby sevens World Series London stop with a 31-12 victory over Japan. Justin Douglas and substitute Jake Thiel also scored tries for the Canadians while Nathan Hirayama added three conversions. The Canadians, who finished pool play at 2-1, will take ... Read More »

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CHL’s small-market teams keeping up with big boys at back-to-back Memorial Cups

By Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

HALIFAX – Small-market teams in the Canadian Hockey League are finding ways to succeed against the big boys. For the second year in a row, the Memorial Cup features two junior franchises from Canadian cities with smaller populations compared to others in the 60-team league. The Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and Prince Albert Raiders both earned their ... Read More »

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Christine Sinclair leads World Cup squad featuring both experience and youth

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

Canada’s 23-player roster for the Women’s World Cup is a blend of experience and youth, with a solid defence and heavy reliance on captain Christine Sinclair for scoring. Sinclair, who will equal Karina LeBlanc’s Canadian record of five World Cups, leads the team’s experienced spine. But coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller is also bringing a new generation ... Read More »

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Canadians sign defenceman Kulak to three-year contract through 2021-22

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens agreed to a three-year contract with defenceman Brett Kulak on Saturday. The contract runs through the 2021-22 season and carries an average annual value of $1.85 million. Kulak, 25, appeared in 57 games for the Canadiens last season and set career highs in goals (six), assists (11), points (17), and ... Read More »

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Paire defeats Auger-Aliassime in Lyon Open final to deny teen’s first ATP title

By The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

LYON, France – Felix Auger-Aliassime lost a swift 6-4, 6-3 decision to France’s Benoit Paire in the Lyon Open final Saturday, spoiling the Canadian teenager’s chance at his first ATP Tour title and potentially putting his health into question for the French Open. Paire converted on 4-of-9 break points to win in one hour 22 ... Read More »

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Five storylines for the Memorial Cup final between Halifax, Rouyn-Noranda

By Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

HALIFAX – The Canadian Hockey League has gone from 60 teams to the final two, with the host Halifax Mooseheads facing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in Sunday’s Memorial Cup final. The Western Hockey League champion Prince Albert Raiders were first to bow out of the four-team tournament after going 0-3 ... Read More »

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Captain Christine Sinclair leads World Cup roster with few surprises

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

Canada announced its 23-player roster for the Women’s World Cup on Saturday with few surprises. Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller had two decisions made for him earlier this month when veteran midfielder Diana Matheson (toe) and goalkeeper Erin McLeod (foot) were ruled out through injury. The two have a combined 321 caps for Canada. “We are going ... Read More »

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Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

By Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

As the Toronto Raptors gear up for a game that could mark a milestone in team history, fans at home and abroad are making preparations of their own. Social media was abuzz with talk of organizing viewing parties for Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference final between the Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks, blowing ... Read More »

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Newfoundland Growlers give local hockey fans an inaugural season to cheer for

By Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press on May 25th, 2019

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – It’s not the Stanley Cup playoffs, but for hockey broadcaster Chris Ballard, the upcoming East Coast Hockey League’s Kelly Cup final could be even more exciting. The 32-year-old St. John’s, N.L., native has seen his city’s professional hockey teams come and go, watching the St. John’s Maple Leafs as a kid ... Read More »

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