GAMEDAY: Boston Bruins at Maple Leafs

BOSTON BRUINS (25-15-4) at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (28-13-2) 7 p.m., Scotiabank Arena, CBC, TSN Radio 1050 BIG MATCHUP Zdeno Chara vs. Zach Hyman If one adheres to the adage that the bigger they are, the harder they fall, Zach Hyman has the ability to get in 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara’s face and force the behemoth Bruins […]

Leafs Locker: Rielly loses ‘Last Man In’

More proof we live in an age where no election is certain. The vast constituency of Leaf Nation, called out to vote defenceman Morgan Rielly to the all-star game as the NHL’s ‘Last Man In’ by both the team’s publicity machine and several star players with clever social media messages, doesn’t have as much clout […]
Greg Monroe isn’t close to the player he once was, but he’s turned in some solid efforts lately, including against the Nets. He was a big part of the bench’s dominance on Friday night. “He’s playing the role exactly really what he signed him for,” head coach Nick Nurse said. “He kind of understood that […]
It looks like Jordan Binnington may be better suited for the starting rotation than the bullpen. The Blues’ rookie netminder made the first two starts of his NHL career this past week, shutting out the Flyers on a 25-save effort on Monday, then beating the Canadiens 4-1 on Thursday, facing 29 shots. And the one […]
MEXICO CITY — The next Morten Andersen might be a linebacker for the Edmonton Eskimos. Or a defensive lineman for the Toronto Argonauts. Lars Carlsen hopes to see it happen soon. He’s the president of the Danish American Football Federation, and he can barely contain his excitement over the possibility of a partnership with the […]

Hutchinson, Leafs set to take on Bruins

The middle of the Atlantic is more like a crowded pond these days. But the Maple Leafs will at least try to put a couple of nautical miles between them and the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. In their fourth and final meeting, the two divisional rivals many see as destined to meet in playoffs […]

GAME DAY: Breaking down Chargers at Patriots

Breaking down the Chargers-Patriots AFC divisional playoff game on Sunday: THE GAME Los Angeles Chargers (13-4) at New England Patriots (11-5) Sunday, 1:05 p.m. EST … Gillette Stadium … CTV/CBS … Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto, TSN 690 Montreal, TSN 1200 Ottawa, TSN 1260 Edmonton, TSN 1040 Vancouver … Weather: Mostly sunny, -3C, Winds 5-10 km/h […]

Brady and Patriots all washed up? Sorry, stats don’t agree

Chargers might still zap them, but Pats remain formidable FOXBORO, Mass. – You’ve heard the criticisms all season, especially in recent weeks. About Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offence. That they’ve taken huge steps backward this year and are mere ghosts of their former juggernaut selves – collectively and individually. That Brady is […]
This is how long a shot it is for Morgan Rielly and the Norris Trophy. In his career, this being his sixth NHL season, Rielly has not received a single vote for the award as best defenceman. Not one. And in most seasons at least 20 different defencemen get recognized with a Top 5 vote […]

Football has been good to the Torres family

MEXICO CITY — Four-down football gave Gabriel Torres a life of riches; a university education funded by scholarships, an engineering career, a happy marriage to the woman he met at school, long and cherished friendships with former teammates, a handsome family of three boys who love the sport. The game has been so good to the Torres […]

Five memorable Vince Carter moments in Toronto

Hailed as a hero. Lustily booed as a villain. Given a standing ovation for his contributions to the game. Vince Carter has heard it all from the vocal crowd in Toronto. The former Raptors phenom turned ageless NBA glue guy makes yet another appearance at Toronto’s home court on Tuesday when his Atlanta Hawks drop […]

‘WE GOT A LESSON’: Flat Leafs blanked by Nashville

When the big names on the Maple Leafs come up small on the scoreboard, there’s only so much goaltending and defence can do. So they absorbed a third defeat in the past four games, 4-0 to the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators on a winter blahs Monday night at Scotiabank Arena. By the end, coach Mike […]

Leafs’ Trevor Moore knows that learning curve part of game

When Trevor Moore watches the highlight of his first National Hockey League goal, the Maple Leafs rookie knows that what he sees is just a glimpse. The speed with which Moore blew past Derrick Pouliot of the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night before depositing the puck behind goalie Jacob Markstrom will make for a heck […]
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ULTIMATE LEAFS FAN: A ferry nice way to watch hockey

TAMPA BAY, Fla. — To the list of planes, trains and automobiles so far on the Ultimate Road Trip, I can now add a ferry boat to see the Leafs. This unusual mode of hockey transport was thanks to good friend Mike Shea, who put me up for this part of the club’s Sunshine State […]
Nashville Predators star defenceman P.K. Subban has reached out to a teenage hockey player facing racial abuse. Subban, a Toronto native, recorded a video and sent it by text to a 13-year-old Detroit-area hockey player last week. The teenager’s parent shared the video, recorded in Detroit during the Predators’ visit to the city last week, […]

TRAIKOS: Nashville knows Leafs not just about offence

When you think of the Nashville Predators, the first thing that comes to mind is their defence. When you think of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the first that comes to mind is their offence. That is, unless you’re talking to someone who can appreciate the finer points of the game — like, say, an opposing […]
Norman Powell always believed his return to NBA relevance was only a matter of time. It was never a question of work ethic — Powell lives in the gym and is constantly trying to improve. Still, after breakout playoff performances against the Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks helped the Raptors advance, Powell wasn’t able to […]
Texas quarterback Vince Young and Notre Dame speedster Raghib Ismail have been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with 11 other players and two coaches. Young was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with a memorable performance in the Rose Bowl against Southern […]
That the Maple Leafs are in second place in the National Hockey League doesn’t necessarily mean a heck of a lot to Mike Babcock. The Leafs coach is glad about that, of course, but his thought process usually only goes to one place, and that’s about winning the next game. For the Leafs, that’s on […]
Impressive. There’s no other way to describe knocking off two East powers, Milwaukee and Indiana, on consecutive nights, despite not being at full strength. You couldn’t really predict what was going to happen, not with Kawhi Leonard in one night and out the next (well, you could have predicted Leonard would sit on Sunday, despite […]
With high-flying offences covering big point spreads seemingly with ease, wagering on NFL favourites had the potential to be a profitable venture during the regular season. Come playoff time, however, underdogs are more than having their day. Overall, that’s bad news for the general population of the football wagering world, the casual bettor who favours […]
Kyle Lowry showed no signs of rust, Serge Ibaka showed no signs of tiredness and Norman Powell showed no signs of regression as the Raptors slowed down the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night. Lowry scored 12 points and added eight assists in his long awaited return to action after more than two weeks off, Ibaka […]

Leafs Snapshots: Hutch gets another start

Frederik Andersen and Garret Sparks hate being away from home, but the two injured Maple Leafs goalies have a good house sitter in Michael Hutchinson. All three were on ice at Sunday’s practice, with coach Mike Babcock saying emergency recall Hutchinson gets at least one more start Monday against the Nashville Predators after his 5-0 […]

Beating Ravens gets Chargers a date with Brady and Patriots

BALTIMORE — The Los Angeles Chargers’ prize for dismantling the toughest defence in the NFL is a road game against a team that has long been a nemesis for Philip Rivers. Los Angeles advanced to the divisional round of the post-season by beating the Baltimore Ravens 23-17 on Sunday. Next up, a matchup against the […]

GAME DAY: Predators at Maple Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Nashville Predators 7 P.M., Monday, Scotiabank Arena TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050 THE BIG MATCH-UP G Pekka Rinne vs. G Michael Hutchinson This will be a different animal for newcomer Hutchinson and the Leafs than the road weary Canucks for Toronto, with the Preds owning first place in the Central Division […]

Andrew Luck and the Colts present real threat to the Chiefs

Welcome back to the big time, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Their return to leaguewide relevance accelerated even further Saturday when they went to Houston and beat the Texans handily, 21-7, in a first-round AFC playoff game. The sixth-seeded Colts advanced to a conference semifinal next Saturday in Kansas City against the top-seeded Chiefs. […]

Running games overshadowed by QBs in national title game

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In four years at Alabama, Damien Harris has shared the backfield with several runners who either have or will play in the NFL. From Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake in 2015, to Bo Scarbrough the next two years, to his current running mates Najee Harris and Joshua Jacobs, […]
ARLINGTON, Texas – There was no escaping the pain of defeat and the sharp mix of emotions it brought for the Seattle Seahawks, following their season-ending loss Saturday night to the Dallas Cowboys. “Sad. Confused. Frustrated,” eighth-year Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said. “Any time you’re in the playoffs your mind is set. Like I told […]

Green gets good news on Pettersson

Despite his team’s 5-0 loss to the Maple Leafs, Travis Green would depart Scotiabank Arena in a good mood. The Vancouver Canucks coach received late word that rookie scoring star Elias Pettersson’s MRI had come back revealing only a slight sprain of the MCL — “the best news we could hope for” Green said. A […]