March 20th, 2019

National Sports

Tennis broadcasting coverage a talking point after Andreescu ascension

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

Bianca Andreescu’s stunning arrival on the WTA Tour scene has been a promotional gift from the heavens for DAZN Canada. It has also left so-called cord clingers in a pickle about how to watch the Canadian teenager on the tube. DAZN Canada has women’s pro tennis on its lineup and the timing couldn’t be better ... Read More »

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Matt Shoemaker strikes out seven in losing cause for Toronto Blue Jays

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

Blue Jays starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker stretched out to five innings as Toronto lost 8-7 to the Atlanta Braves in pre-season action on Wednesday. Slotted in at No. 2 in the rotation, Shoemaker struck out seven, walked two and gave up three hits and three runs on the day. Blue Jays outfielders Kevin Pillar and ... Read More »

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CFL, CFLPA continuing talks on new collective bargaining agreement

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

TORONTO – Contract talks between the CFL and its players remain in the “exploratory” phase, says union senior adviser Ken Georgetti. The CFL and CFL Players’ Association met again Monday and Tuesday in Calgary after opening talks the week before with two sessions in Toronto. Talks are scheduled to resume next Monday and Tuesday in ... Read More »

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Jennifer Jones, Brent Laing off to quick start at mixed doubles nationals

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

FREDERICTON – Former Olympic women’s champ Jennifer Jones and her husband Brent Laing were one of 12 teams leading the way at 2-0 midway through the second day of the Canadian mixed doubles curling championship. B.C.’s Dezaray Hawes and Tyler Tardi and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Jocelyn Peterman and Brett Gallant, the 2016 national mixed doubles ... Read More »

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Lightning not planning on taking foot off the gas down the stretch

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

Victor Hedman’s biggest disappointment remains his greatest motivation. The hulking defenceman’s Tampa Bay Lightning had home-ice advantage in the 2015 Stanley Cup final against the Chicago Blackhawks heading into Game 5 with the series tied 2-2. Simply holding serve at Amalie Arena that night and again in Game 7 would have earned the franchise its ... Read More »

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New women’s multi-sport event will feature at least three Canadians

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – At least three Canadians will compete for Team Americas at the inaugural Aurora Games, an all-women’s sports and entertainment festival this summer. The event announced Wednesday that rising Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu will be on Team Americas, using her name to headline a press release three days after the 18-year-old from ... Read More »

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Top-two OHL scorers meet in first round when Battalion face IceDogs

By Kyle Cicerella, The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

TORONTO – There’s more on the line than a league title for North Bay Battalion forward Justin Brazeau when the Ontario Hockey League playoffs begin. The 21-year-old is in his overage season with the Battalion, who open up a best-of-seven series against the heavily favoured Niagara IceDogs on Thursday. When the series ends, so too ... Read More »

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Al Iaquinta to face Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone in main event of UFC Ottawa card

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

OTTAWA – Al Iaquinta, ranked fourth among UFC lightweight contenders, will take on No. 9 Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone in an all-American main event of the May 4 televised UFC card in Ottawa. The co-main event at the Canadian Tire Centre is a middleweight bout between No. 8 Derek Brunson and No. 14 Elias (The Spartan) ... Read More »

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Baltimore sues to block move of Preakness Stakes

By David McFadden, The Associated Press on March 20th, 2019

Baltimore has ratcheted up a bitter dispute with the owners of a historic racetrack in an effort to seize a nearly 150-year-old course and block the move of one of America’s premier horse races out of the city where it was first run in 1873. Under state law, the Preakness Stakes – the middle jewel ... Read More »

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Homegrown defensive back Matt Black retires after 10 years with Argonauts

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

TORONTO – Longtime Toronto Argonauts defensive back Matt Black has retired. The 34-year-old Toronto native spent his entire 10-season CFL career with his hometown team, winning Grey Cups in 2012 and 2017 with the Argos. In the latter win, Black made the game-sealing interception in the end zone against the Calgary Stampeders in Ottawa. Over ... Read More »

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Raptors guard Kyle Lowry ruled out of Oklahoma City game because of ankle injury

By The Canadian Press on March 20th, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY – Kyle Lowry was ruled out of the Toronto Raptors’ game Wednesday at Oklahoma City because of a sprained right ankle. The all-star guard was forced out of Sunday’s 128-92 rout of the visiting Knicks when New York’s Mitchell Robinson knocked him over from behind with 5:15 to play in the third quarter. ... Read More »

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