January 25th, 2021

National Sports

No Matthews, No Problem: Minus their star centre, Maple Leafs down Oilers 4-2

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

TORONTO – The Maple Leafs needed all hands on deck without two-thirds of their top line. Minus both Auston Matthews and Joe Thornton, Toronto didn’t miss a beat Friday. John Tavares scored the winner on a third-period power play and Frederik Andersen was stellar in making 30 saves as the Leafs picked up a 4-2 ... Read More »

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QMJHL Roundup: Armada remain undefeated as QMJHL returns to action

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

RIMOUSKI, Que. – Mathias Laferriere had two goals and an assist, and the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada beat the Rimouski Oceanic 5-2 on Friday in their first Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action since late November. Yaroslav Likhachev, Benjamin Corbeil and Mikael Denis also scored to help undefeated Blainville-Boisbriand (9-0-0) extend their win streak to nine games. ... Read More »

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Powell, Raptors regroup after blowing lead, beat Heat 101-81

By Dick Scanlon, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2021

TAMPA, Fla. – Norman Powell scored 23 points, OG Anunoby added 21 and the Toronto Raptors recovered in the second half after blowing a 21-point lead to beat the Miami Heat 101-81 on Friday night. Pascal Siakam had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed on their way to avenging a ... Read More »

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Tavares scores winner on power play, Leafs beat Oilers 4-2

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

TORONTO – John Tavares scored the winner on a power play in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 on Friday. Adam Brooks, with his first in the NHL, Jimmy Vesey, and Mitch Marner, into an empty net, had the other goals for Toronto (4-2-0), which got 30 saves ... Read More »

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Toronto Blue Jays introduce new reliever Yates, a potential closer for 2021 squad

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

Considered one of the best closers in the big leagues just two seasons ago, Kirby Yates is looking for a bounceback showing after an elbow injury limited his 2020 campaign to just six appearances. Now that he’s joined the Toronto Blue Jays, his opportunity could very well come in the ninth-inning role. The team already ... Read More »

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Canada’s Nick Taylor in the mix at PGA’s The American Express

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Canada’s Nick Taylor shot a second round of 6-under 66 Friday to put him in the mix at the PGA’s The American Express. Taylor, from Abbotsford, B.C., was in second place among Friday’s early finishers at 10 under, one stroke back of South Korea’s Sungjae Im. Taylor birdied three of his ... Read More »

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Dabrowski plans to ‘wing it’ with new partner as hard 14-day quarantine limits plans

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

Gabriela Dabrowski’s original plan for the Australian swing was to practise with her new doubles partner and get some training in during a two-week quarantine period in Melbourne. A hard hotel room lockdown for the Canadian and dozens of other tennis players forced a significant change of plans. Instead of five hours outside daily within ... Read More »

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Forge FC-Toronto FC Canadian Championship final to be played before April 6

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

While an exact date for the Canadian Championship final between Toronto FC and Forge FC has yet to be determined, the teams now have a deadline to meet for the matchup. CONCACAF confirmed Friday that the opening round of 16 for the 2021 edition of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League will go April 6 to ... Read More »

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Canada’s Olympic athletes try to tune out reports six months from Games

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

TORONTO – Erica Wiebe had just wrapped up a training session on Thursday night when the messages started pouring in before she had a chance to check social media. “Ignore the reports,” wrestling teammate Jasmine Mian texted her. Olympic gymnastics champion Kyle Shewfelt encouraged Wiebe to “Stay focused. Be strong.” The positive thoughts came in ... Read More »

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Winnipeg Jets forwards Patrik Laine, Nate Thompson head to injured reserve

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets have placed forwards Patrik Laine and Nate Thompson on injured reserve. Laine has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. The second overall pick in the 2016 draft, Laine had two goals and an assist in the Jets’ season-opening game before being sidelined. Thompson suffered a lower-body injury ... Read More »

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NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021

By Joe Reedy, The Associated Press on January 22nd, 2021

NBC will shut down the NBC Sports Network at the end of the year. NBC Sports Chairman Pete Bevacqua announced the move Friday in an internal memo to staff. “At the conclusion of 2021, we have decided that the best strategic next step for our Sports Group and the entire Company is to wind down ... Read More »

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