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Monday, September 16, 2019 10:52 AM ET

Toronto Star - Sports

Maple Leafs embrace Newfoundland culture, for cod and country - Normalcy screeches to a halt on the Rock, where it's been standing room only for scrimmages. Players have been getting a taste of the rich, occasionally slobbery, local culture before the pre-season begins Tuesday.

11 hours ago

Damien Cox: Why the NHLPA should take a pass on contract reopener -- Players shouldn't have any major complaints about the state of the NHL's financial game. Young stars are cashing in earlier than ever and there's a lot more money on the way. Opting out early would create bad optics to say the least, Damien Cox writes.

15 hours ago

Rosie DiManno: Blue Jays' Grichuk thinks inside the box and continues to pound Yankees pitching -- Randal Grichuk and rookie starter T.J. Zeuch can feel good about Sunday's performances in an otherwise lost season. Little victories can add up, Rosie DiManno writes.

14 hours ago

Rosie DiManno: Fallen Blue Jay Tim Mayza leans on teammates who have bounced back from Tommy John surgery -- The lefty's teammates did their best to console him after Friday night's heartbreaking injury against the Yankees. Many could empathize.

16 hours ago

Marc Gasol follows Raptors championship with FIBA World Cup gold as Spain tops Argentina -- The Raptors centre is just the second player to win both titles in the same year.

21 hours ago

Osorio comes off bench to score winner for TFC over Colorado -- Toronto led 2-0 after just 13 minutes, only to see Colorado claw its way back and tie it up in the 62nd minute.

14 hours ago

Leafs' Tavares happily adjusts to father time -- One of the oldest Leafs at almost 29, John Tavares hits the ice after the birth of his first child and soaks up advice wherever he can get it.

16 hours ago

Maple Leafs cut to the chase as training camp battles heat up -- Field for defence duty in particular gets a bit clearer after first round of roster cuts. Meanwhile, with Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews 1-2 in take-home pay this season ... who buys the first meal?

15 hours ago

Final putt by Suzann Pettersen gives Europe the most dramatic victory in Solheim Cup history -- The Norwegian was called up by captain Catriona Matthew despite having played just two golf tournaments since November 2017.

11 hours ago

Antonio Brown makes Patriots debut under cloud as NFL prepares to talk to his accuser -- The New England Patriots quarterback connects with Antonio Brown for a TD in 43-0 NFL win over the Miami Dolphins.

11 hours ago

Solheim Cup, WNBA drama another reminder of why we love sports - Both plays reaffirmed that you never, ever know when crazy good drama is going to step up and bite you, writes Doug Smith.

3 hours ago

Basketball, Bianca and Blue Jays fill up the mailbag

1 day ago

No major lessons for Team USA. The other guys at World Cup were better -- World Cup losses hardly earth-shattering, a wee bit of political advice and TFC making a move

3 days ago

Everyone needs goals, even this year's Blue Jays -- The race to 100 is on, time to embrace it; and some WNBA playoffs and time for a parade!

4 days ago

Rosie DiManno: Bichette sets the table and Blue Jays take series from baseball's best -- Rookie leadoff hitter Bo Bichette continues to put up numbers seldom matched in major league history.

11 hours ago

Rosie DiManno: Blue Jays catchers dish secrets to what makes them click -- Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire have brought a lot to the table at the plate and behind it this season. The Jays hope to keep a good thing going for years to come, Rosie DiManno writes.

1 day ago

Dave Feschuk: Penguins meet jokers in doc on Russian hockey marriage that was doomed from the start -- Mobsters. Stripper cheerleaders. A bear serving beer. The hockey doc Red Penguins — about the time NHL great Mario Lemieux, actor Michael J. Fox and others got more than they bargained for when they bought a stake in Russia's Central Red Army — is funny because it's true.

1 day ago

Dave Feschuk: Leafs finally add Mitch Marner's name to their prepaid plan. They better get dialled into a longer Cup run -- There's never before been an NHL core that's been given so much — $245 million, to be exact — for achieving so little. But nobody will begrudge the money so long the Leafs move the needle in the playoffs, Dave Feschuk writes.

1 day ago

Bruce Arthur: Kaillie Humphries wants a divorce from Bobsled Canada, and lawsuit takes dispute to another level -- It is always important that credible allegations be heeded, examined and given a fair hearing. Safe sport is a critical element of sport itself, Bruce Arthur writes.

2 days ago

Doug Smith Sports Blog

11 months ago

Time for Canadian women to renew basketball commitment

7 days ago

Canada hoops, some soccer and, of course, Biancamania -- The weekend mailbag touches, as it always does, on all the hot topics

8 days ago

Red-hot shooting powers Canada to ridiculously easy win -- With 24 three-pointers, Canada routs Jordan 126-71 at World Cup

9 days ago

Kapanen gets first shot at Tavares-Marner line in Leafs camp -- Russians Egor Korshkov and Ilya Mikheyev make good first impressions in Paradise workouts.

1 day ago

Mitch Marner blinked first in contract staredown with Maple Leafs -- On Thursday, when camp opened for medicals in Toronto, Marner told GM Kyle Dubas that he didn't want to miss any games. That helped clear the final hurdle to Friday's monster six-year deal.

1 day ago

What do fans think of the Leafs' Mitch Marner signing? -- Mitch Marner became the Maple Leafs' third highest-paid player putting the team nearly $11 million over the NHL's salary cap. Fans are divided in what they think of the deal.

1 day ago

Mitch Marner and Maple Leafs reach six-year deal worth $65.4 million -- Marner's contract, at almost $11 million U.S. per season, gets done on the first day of camp workouts in Newfoundland.

2 days ago

William Nylander's quest for NHL domination starts on time — this time -- Reunited with star centre Auston Matthews, Nylander vows to make up for lost time after a season shortcircuited by a contract stalemate.

2 days ago

Kevin McGran Hockey Blog

11 months ago

Mailbag: What's the issue with Mitch Marner? -- Soft salary caps, all the changes to the Leafs roster and more Marner trade creativity, all in this week's Mailbag.

2 days ago

Kyle Dubas 'focused' on a solution to Mitch Marner contract as Leafs camp opens without star winger -- The restricted free agent is most likely looking for a short-term deal — three years, at more than $8.5 million a year, a number widely reported and confirmed by the Star.

3 days ago

Leafs experiencing déjà vu as they gather for pre-camp golf tournament without one of their stars -- Last year William Nylander was absent because of a contract stalemate. As camp kicks off this season, Mitch Marner is nowhere in sight.

4 days ago

Chara's partner McAvoy returns to Bruins with three-year, $14.7-million contract -- Defenceman Charlie McAvoy said he wasn't interested in squeezing out the franchise's last penny: "I don't know if I'm built for that. I just want to play hockey."

11 hours ago

Kuznetsov won't appeal three-game NHL suspension after positive cocaine test -- Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov met with commissioner Gary Bettman on Monday, in the wake of a positive test at the world hockey championship that also led to a four-year international ban.

1 day ago

Late NHL great Stan Mikita suffered from CTE, study finds -- The findings were announced during the Chicago Honors Dinner at the request of Mikita's family. The Blackhawks legend died one year ago.

2 days ago

Blue Jays follow walk-off win with ugly loss to Yankees -- Brett Gardner hits two homers and reaches base six times at the Rogers Centre, where Jays reliever Jordan Romano limped off and third baseman Vlad Guerrero committed his 17th error.

1 day ago

Tears and support for Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza with Tommy John surgery on deck -- Workhorse lefty will miss all of next season after tearing an elbow ligament in Friday night's win over the Yankees.

1 day ago

Scott MacArthur's life-changing decision is coming out OK -- Telling his parents he was gay was just the beginning of an emotional journey for Blue Jays radio host Scott MacArthur — to share his truth, and save his life.

1 day ago

Morgan Campbell Sports Prism

11 months ago

Boxer Sukhdeep Singh Bhatti fights to connect cultures and make history -- Indian amateur star came to the GTA to launch his pro career, and benefits from a strong bond with the local community. His ultimate goal: the first professional world title for an Indian boxer, Morgan Campbell writes.

4 days ago

Jay-Z's Inspire Change undermines Colin Kaepernick's message as NFL season begins -- If you're an opponent of racialized police brutality, the NFL and Roc Nation choosing Chicago to launch a lukewarm movement toward an amorphous goal might land somewhere between tone deaf and galling, Morgan Campbell writes.

11 days ago

Musical manager Charlie Montoyo likes his baseball with a side of salsa -- Toronto's salsa scene once made it a destination for Latin American players. Jays manager and self-taught musician Montoyo is helping revive that tradition.

25 days ago

Reds back on home turf for a 'strange' encounter -- Toronto FC takes an eight-match unbeaten streak into Sunday's home fixture against the Colorado Rapids and key dogs Erickson Gallardo and Justin Morrow are back at training despite recent injuries.

1 day ago

Reds draw in New York on Pozuelo penalty, now tied for fourth -- Toronto FC outshot Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC on Wednesday, but settled for a 1-1 draw as only Alejandro Pozuelo, on a penalty in the 40th minute, was able to score. Still, the result pulled the Reds into a tie for fourth place.

4 days ago

Toronto FC's Patrick Mullins returns to New York for big game on 9/11 anniversary -- New York City FC; has won a club-record five straight; TFC is unbeaten in seven matches.

5 days ago

Argonauts get first road win since 2017 behind Wilder's three touchdowns -- The Toronto Argonauts earned their first road win in almost two full years Saturday, with McLeod Bethel-Thompson passing for 411 yards and three touchdowns, including a pair to James Wilder Jr., in a 46-17 win against the Ottawa Redblacks.

8 days ago

Redblacks, Argonauts both fuelled by frustrations -- Call them the embattled of Ontario, as the Ottawa Redblacks (3-7) will take on the Toronto Argonauts (1-9) on Saturday afternoon in a matchup of CFL teams that desperately need to win to sustain their slim East Division playoff hopes.

9 days ago

1-9 Argos 'not out of' CFL playoff race, GM Jim Popp says -- With a West Division crossover again appearing likely in the CFL, the Toronto Argonauts (1-9) need to start winning quickly to have any shot at an East playoff spot.

11 days ago

Chiefs turn game around with dynamic performance from Mahomes -- Patrick Mahomes bounced back from the first scoreless opening quarter of his career in the regular season by throwing four touchdown passes in a near-perfect second period that led the Chiefs to a 28-10 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

14 hours ago

Buffalo Bills are kings of New York -- Maligned QB Josh Allen has the Bills at 2-0 this NFL season — with wins over the New York Jets and Giants.

15 hours ago

Tua throws wild in Crimson Tide's win over Gamecocks -- Tua Tagovailoa piles up 444 passing yards for five touchdowns to open SEC play. Georgia blanks Arkansas State.

1 day ago

Mitchell puts unbeaten record on the line as Stampeders host Ticats -- The quarterback will make his third straight start Saturday with an 11-0 lifetime record against Hamilton.

2 days ago

UFC lightweights Gaethje, Cowboy Cerrone 'enemies' heading into Vancouver tilt -- Outside of the octagon, UFC fighters Gaethje and Cerrone consider each other buddies. That won't be the case on Saturday, when the lightweights headline a televised card at the Rogers Arena.

2 days ago

Historic moment for Canadian tennis fans as Bianca Andreescu heads to U.S. Open final -- Canadians "living through tennis history" as Mississauga teenager is set to face Serena Williams on Saturday in New York. If Andreescu beats Williams, she'll become the first Canadian to win that Grand Slam tennis title.

9 days ago

Jets sign defenceman Josh Morrissey to eight-year, $50M extension -- The 24-year-old had one year left on his contract after recording a career-high 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 59 games with Winnipeg last season.

4 days ago

Bo Levi Mitchell shows he can shoulder the load as he leads Stampeders past Eskimos in his return -- The Stampeders have beaten the Eskimos in eight straight Labour Day games at McMahon.

13 days ago

Golfer Scott McCarron aims for three-peat at Shaw Charity Classic -- McCarron's clutch third round a year ago included a hole-in-one on the par 3, 14th hole that helped him pull off the come-from-behind victory.

17 days ago

'Unbelievable. She's outstanding': NHL stars cheering on Bianca Andreescu as she heads to Saturday's U.S. Open final -- Andreescu will face American superstar Serena Williams in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon.

9 days ago

Damien Cox: Brooke Henderson finds sweet spot with shot at CP Women's Open repeat just days away -- Henderson hits town as arguably the most influential player on the LPGA Tour, with a grip on the game and life beyond her years, Damien Cox writes.

27 days ago

Ottawa Fury claw back against Halifax Wanderers to set up Canadian Championship semifinal clash with Toronto FC -- Fury fell into 2-0 hole in second leg at home but rallied for draw to top Wanderers 5-4 on aggregate.

1 month ago