August 14th, 2020

National Sports

First-round back-to-backs favour NHL teams with 2 top goalies

By Stephen Whyno, The Associated Press on August 11th, 2020

Craig Berube remembers playing plenty of back-to-backs in the playoffs and actually likes them. “I think it’s something the guys will look forward to,” the St. Louis Blues coach said. “There’s nothing wrong with it.” Berube also wasn’t a goaltender. But in Jordan Binnington and Jake Allen, his Blues do have two goalies capable of ... Read More »

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Canadian Leylah Annie Fernandez notches upset in first round of Top Seed Open

By The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Canadian qualifier Leylah Annie Fernandez upset 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of the Top Seed Open on Tuesday. The 17-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., is now 2-0 against the American in her career. Fernandez, ranked 120th in the world, won two qualifying matches to reach ... Read More »

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Canucks ride momentum into playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

Feeling somewhat more seasoned in playoff experience, the Vancouver Canucks now face an opponent with loads of it. Vancouver opens a first-round, best-of-seven series Wednesday in Edmonton against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. The winner’s second-round opponent will be the victor of the series between the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars. The ... Read More »

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COVID-19 strikes Hull FC rugby league team as 6 players, 2 coaches test positive

By The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

Six players and two coaches with the Hull FC rugby league team have tested positive for COVID-19. The positive tests came after Sunday’s Super League match between Hull FC and the Salford Red Devils. Salford won 54-18. Both team cancelled scheduled Wednesday training sessions in the wake of the results, according to a joint release ... Read More »

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Calgary Flames postpone 50/50 raffle due to “unforeseen circumstances”

By The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames have temporarily halted their online 50/50 game-day raffle due to “unforeseen circumstances.” The National Hockey League team announced the move Tuesday in an email sent to season ticket holders. It says on its website that the online 50/50 has been postponed until further notice. The Flames say the team will ... Read More »

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Ticats’ defensive back Breaux says he won’t play in shortened 2020 CFL season

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

TORONTO – Don’t expect to see Delvin Breaux playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats if the CFL stages a shortened season. The all-star cornerback said in a story on theparkjournal.com that he won’t play in an abbreviated 2020 campaign. “COVID-19 has opened my eyes to life after football,” Breaux wrote. “If we have a season starting ... Read More »

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Edmonton Oilers GM laments lack of playoff push after strong season

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

Progress, yes, but an inability to defend a lead against a playoff-savvy team ousted the Edmonton Oilers early from Stanley Cup contention. General manager Ken Holland pointed to statistical categories in which the Oilers improved in his first season at the helm in 2019-20. But the GM was “massively disappointed” to fall to the Chicago ... Read More »

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Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

By Ralph D. Russo, The Associated Press on August 11th, 2020

The Big Ten and Pac-12 won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19, taking two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. About an hour after the Big Ten’s announcement, the Pac-12 called a news conference to say its season would be postponed until the spring. ... Read More »

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Independent review clears Forge FC assistant coach of racism charge

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

An independent body has confirmed a Forge FC assistant coach’s successful appeal of a racism charge. Peter Reynders has been fighting to clear his name since being accused of making racist statements after a post-match melee following a Canadian Championship qualifying-round game against Cavalry FC on June 4, 2019. Reynders was serving as interim head ... Read More »

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Canadian international forward Jonathan David completes move to France’s Lille

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

Canadian forward Jonathan David has completed his record-breaking transfer to Lille on a deal that runs through 2025. The French club, whose full name is Lille Olympique Sporting Club, unveiled its new signing via a video showing off a highlight reel of his goals. Another video showed the 20-year-old parading around the team’s Stade Pierre-Mauroy ... Read More »

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Habs ready for Flyers’ test: ‘We’re going to be the underdogs in any series’

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on August 11th, 2020

TORONTO – The Montreal Canadiens were significant underdogs against the Pittsburgh Penguins. After dispatching Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and company – a roster with the seventh-best record in regular season, 15 points ahead of them in the standings – in the NHL’s qualifying round, the Canadiens are in the same boat heading into a first-round ... Read More »

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