February 18th, 2019

National Sports

Woods, Djokovic, Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards, Farkasova edges McKeever

By The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

MONACO – Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized. Decorated Paralympic cross-country skier Brian McKeever of Canmore, Alta., was nominated for the World Sportsperson with a Disability ... Read More »

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Guerrero Jr. could start in minors, delaying free agency

By Mark Didtler, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

DUNEDIN, Fla. – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is not worrying about whether he will start the season with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 19-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero is considered the top prospect entering 2019. Yet, it would not be surprising if Toronto kept the third baseman in the minor leagues for the ... Read More »

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Canadian women’s rink rolls to win over Japan at world junior championships

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – Canada’s Selena Sturmay never trailed en route to a 9-6 win over Japan’s Ani Enami on Monday at the world junior curling championships. Sturmay’s Edmonton-based rink (2-1) scored two in the first end and three in the second end to take charge. Japan dropped to 0-3. It was the second win in ... Read More »

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Reds’ Joey Votto tries to rebound from subpar season

By Gary Schatz, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – Joey Votto has spent the off-season trying to make sure he doesn’t have another subpar season. The Cincinnati Reds star led the NL in on-base percentage last year but hit 12 homers, his fewest in a full season, and batted .284, his lowest since 2014. He had 67 RBIs. “It was the ... Read More »

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Toronto FC in Panama for first competitive test of 2019 in Champions League play

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

According to Lonely Planet, La Chorrera is famous throughout Panama for its chicheme – a sweet non-alcoholic drink made from milk, mashed corn, cinnamon and vanilla. “It’s not really worth a stop, though,” the travel guide concludes, however. Toronto FC, having journeyed 3,850 kilometres south from the ice and cold of home, will find out ... Read More »

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Kucherov, Tarasenko, Crosby named NHL three stars of the week

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

NEW YORK – Tampa Bay Lightning right-wing Nikita Kucherov, St. Louis Blues right-wing Vladimir Tarasenko and Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby are the NHL’s three stars of the week. Kucherov recorded multiple points in all three of his appearances last week, totalling three goals and seven assists, to propel the league-leading Lightning to their fifth ... Read More »

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P.E.I.’s Birt upsets defending champion Jones at Scotties Tournament of Hearts

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

SYDNEY, N.S. – Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt upset Team Canada’s Jennifer Jones 8-6 on Monday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Birt, who’s making her 10th career appearance at the national women’s curling championship, scored a single in the 10th end when Jones’s final stone overcurled. Jones scored a pair in the opening end ... Read More »

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Canadian men’s rink wins second in a row at world junior curling championships

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

LIVERPOOL, N.S. – Canada’s Tyler Tardi is 2-1 at the world junior curling championships after an 8-3 win over Switzerland’s Marco Hoesli. It was the second win in a row for the reigning champion skip from B.C., who is at the worlds for the third consecutive year. Tardi, third Sterling Middleton, second Matthew Hall and ... Read More »

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Canada Winter Games using new gender inclusion policy at 2019 event

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

Athletes at the 2019 Canada Winter Games can live and compete as the gender they identify with. It’s another groundbreaking initiative for a Canadian multi-sport event that prides itself on being ahead of the curve. “Inclusiveness is something we’ve done since Day 1, and so this is an extension of that,” said David Patterson, president ... Read More »

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In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling

By John Leicester, The Associated Press on February 18th, 2019

BEAUMONT-SUR-OISE, France – Master Yoda, dust off his French, he must. It’s now easier than ever in France to act out “Star Wars” fantasies, because its fencing federation has borrowed from a galaxy far, far away and officially recognized lightsaber dueling as a competitive sport, granting the iconic weapon from George Lucas’ saga the same ... Read More »

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Don Cherry blasts Hurricanes as ‘jerks’; team responds with his words on T-shirt

By The Canadian Press on February 18th, 2019

TORONTO – Don Cherry’s latest rant about the Carolina Hurricanes and their victory celebrations didn’t go unnoticed by the NHL club. The Hurricanes even decided to embrace his words. Cherry blasted the Hurricanes on Saturday during his weekly Coach’s Corner television segment for the team going beyond the traditional raised-stick salute to their fans after ... Read More »

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