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Raptors in 'shock and awe' with Canadian company's design of NBA championship ring -- Standing out from every other championship ring was important to Kyle Lowry, the lone player on the committee which came up with the design.

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LIVE: Raptors raise the banner and start again — as defending NBA champions -- An emotional start to the 25th season in franchise history will kick off with ceremonies to mark their first NBA championship.

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Bruce Arthur: The NBA champion Raptors relaunch with a crossroads to bear -- It all starts Tuesday night, with a competitive lineup that's really just one special player away — but it's still easy to imagine Gasol, Ibaka, even Lowry moving out this season in pursuit of gold in the summer of 2021, Bruce Arthur writes.

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Kawhi's return and Vinsanity's send-off highlight banner slate of Raptors home dates -- A busy December schedule (16 games!) will include the Raptors' first Christmas Day appearance since 2001.

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Raptors president Masai Ujiri will not face criminal charges following altercation after NBA Finals, Alameda County DA says - The decision follows police reports of a physical altercation between Ujiri and an Alameda County sheriff's deputy after the NBA championship game in Oakland on June 13.

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Dmytro Timashov's behind helps Leafs move forward -- Timashov is the latest late bloomer to arrive via the Marlies pipeline with NHL-ready skills after patient development.

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Gregor Chisholm: The Astros' latest tone-deaf disgrace casts a cloud over World Series ambitions -- The MLB powerhouse that welcomed Roberto Osuna is in hot water again after an incident involving female reporters and comments about the former Blue Jays closer. The Astros' talk about zero tolerance for domestic violence has been hollow, and the issue runs deep, Gregor Chisholm writes.

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NBA cracks down on fan behaviour that is abusive or harmful -- After high-profile incidents involving Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry and others last season — including ones involving racist taunts — zero tolerance for abusive or hateful behaviour is set to become the NBA's policy.

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Gregor Chisholm: Mailbag: Don't expect the Yankees to breathe life into the Blue Jays' exhibition series in Montreal -- It's a surprise the Jays are heading back this spring considering the in-house complaints about the annual two-game trip.

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Real Madrid, Tottenham win in Champions League -- Both clubs earned their first European wins of the season against overmatched opponents — but in very different style.

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England coach Eddie Jones pokes New Zealand verbally -- England coach Eddie Jones was doing his level best to divert the pressure off his and onto the world champion All Blacks ahead of Saturday's Rugby World Cup semifinal.

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Marleau set to see 'kids' in Toronto -- After two seasons as an elder statesman with the Toronto Maple Leafs — a 24-month stint following 19 seasons in San Jose — 40-year-old winger Patrick Marleau is back where he truly belongs with the Sharks, who are currently on an eastern road trip.

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Colorado Avalanche the NHL's team to beat after three weeks -- The Colorado Avalanche, with a potent offence led by Nathan MacKinnon and cap space to add talent come trade deadline time, have the look a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

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Toronto FC uncertain if defender Omar Gonzalez and striker Jozy Altidore will play in conference semifinal -- Both players missed the Reds' opening playoff win with leg injuries and will likely be last-minute decisions in New York on Wednesday.

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Falcons trade receiver Mohamed Sanu to Patriots -- The Atlanta Falcons have traded receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick in 2020, according to an anonymous source within the NFL.

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Dave Feschuk: Champion Raptors add faith and hope to the starting lineup as they enter the great unknown -- If Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby bring more, and Fred VanVleet plays to his playoff high-water mark, maybe the Raptors will do more damage than many are expecting after their Kawhi-fuelled championship run, Dave Feschuk writes.

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Raptors game-changer Pascal Siakam is fluent in hoops and eager to fill Kawhi's shoes -- The NBA's most improved player will carry even more of the load for the NBA champions this season, along with the pressure of living up to a $130-million contract extension. Siakam seems up to the challenge.

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On Matthews, Marner and the middling Maple Leafs -- The Leafs play the Bruins tonight. There's been plenty to question about the Leafs over the first 10 games.

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Bruce Arthur: Leafs' overtime win over Bruins doesn't settle anything — but it sure was fun -- The Bruins have what Toronto wants, and Saturday night was a different sort dress rehearsal for how to get it, Bruce Arthur writes.

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Dave Feschuk: It's risky business, but Ujiri's Raptors buy some peace of mind with Pascal Siakam's $130-million extension -- There was no rush to make a deal, despite Monday's deadline, but team president Masai Ujiri believes the NBA's most improved player will take another leap, even with opposing defences paying closer attention, Dave Feschuk writes.

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Leafs caught red-handed and lose to Jackets on overtime penalty shot -- Gustav Nyquist buried a penalty shot in OT at Scotiabank Arena.

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Tuesday NHL preview: Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins -- Boston's David Pastrnak enters Tuesday's tilt with seven goals in his last three games.

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Maple Leafs cast a wide net in search of an edge in back-to-back games -- Backup goalie Michael Hutchinson draws two starts against division rivals this week. Coach Mike Babcock says the math adds up.

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Damien Cox: Zach Hyman's return will test the Maple Leafs' no-grit resolve -- The Leafs forward, nearing a return from a knee injury, is a divisive character — the only one left on the roster with any sandpaper. Most NHL teams like to have players with a variety of styles, but the Leafs aren't most teams, Damien Cox writes.

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The Mitch Marner-Auston Matthews union will continue against the Blue Jackets -- The Leafs' two young stars would like the opportunity to play on the same line more often.

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Raptors rotation has a familiar ring as NBA champs relaunch - The departure of Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green opens up playing time for returnees, while a few new faces have been added down the bench.

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Tuesday NBA preview: New Orleans Pelicans at Toronto Raptors -- The NBA champions' season starts with pre-game banner-raising and ring presentation at Scotiabank Arena.

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Another Raptors title run on Nick Nurse's bucket list -- The parade, the Arkells, the Cubs, the World Cup — time flies when you're having fun

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The Raptors' basket might be half full -- It's going to be a good season for the Raptors — or it's going to be a bad season for the Raptors. Doug Smith looks at some of the factors that might determine which one it turns out to be when all's said and done.

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Everyman Marc Gasol is on his way to Raptors legend status -- Also: Game 6 of the Astros-Yankees was one of the best baseball games I've seen in a very long time ... The Bills are absolutely going the Super Bowl, right? ... And VOTE!

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Soccer TV woes, too much pucks and, yes, Raptors in the mailbag -- Raptors backup predictions, coaches bouncing around and soccer TV woes in Doug Smith's mailbag.

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Seemingly weird Raptors lineups on floor this season would suit Nurse's style -- He's toyed with a ginormous group with a point guard, OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam as the wings with Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol in the frontcourt.

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MAILBAG: Marner joins Kerfoot, Mikheyev with Tavares out -- Is the Leafs first-round pick lottery protected? Are the Leafs tough enough? What does the Leafs week look like with travel and all?

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Leafs try to build winning streak against Capitals -- Toronto's looking for third straight victory in Washington with schedule toughening up as October winds down.

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When should Leafs fans start to panic about top line? 'Never,' says Mitch Marner -- Production from Maple Leafs' top line hasn't been eye-popping, but both John Tavares and Mitch Marner are preaching patience.

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KHL team fined after coach threatens to set referee's car on fire -- Amur Khabarovsk coach Alexander Gulyavtsev was protesting a penalty awarded against his team in Monday's game against Dynamo Moscow.

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Blue Jays to face Yankees in Montreal to close out 2020 spring training -- This will be the first time Toronto has faced the Yankees in Montreal since the team started playing exhibition games in the city in 2014.

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Blue Jays, Mark Shapiro open to an extension for team president, according to report -- Jays' boss said earlier this month that he wants "to finish the job" of Toronto rebuild.

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Gregor Chisholm: The Blue Jays are on the powerhouse Astros' flight path — to a point -- There are a lot of comparables between the ALCS contenders and the Jays, who have an impressive young core in place. The heaviest lifting, however, is still to come, Gregor Chisholm writes.

11 days ago

LeBron James is #MoreThanAnAthlete but that doesn't mean he's a martyr -- Given a chance to send a clear message about free expression, NBA star instead made a business decision. Some are disappointed, but they probably should check their expectations, Morgan Campbell writes.

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Ryerson athletic director Louise Cowin hopes to take the IOUs out of U Sports for student-athletes -- The former standout swimmer hopes to facilitate the same opportunities sport offered for her. That means raising money and expanding access to athletic financial aid.

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Will trade demands turn the NFL into the NBA? Hopefully -- If we accept that players deserve the best possible environment to perform a dangerous job, "entitlement" stops being a dirty word, Morgan Campbell writes.

1 month ago

TFC's Pozuelo gets a shot to make amends with season on the line in the Big Apple -- A missed penalty against New York City FC last month cost the Reds two points. They meet again Wednesday in the Eastern Conference semifinals at Citi Field, where the stakes will be even higher.

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TFC doesn't have much time to prepare for its conference semifinal with first-place New York City FC -- The conference champions will have two and a half weeks of rest. TFC? Four days.

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Vernon Adams three TD passes lift Alouettes over Argonauts -- McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for 342 yards for Toronto.

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Argonauts play for pride as Alouettes aim to 'stay hungry' -- The stakes will be interesting in Montreal on Friday: the Montreal Alouettes know they will host the CFL East Division semifinal on Nov. 10, while the Toronto Argonauts players are essentially trying to endear themselves to new general manager Mike (Pinball) Clemons.

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Argonauts receiver S.J. Green nabs CFL top performer honour after milestone week -- Green had a season-high 170 receiving yards to surpass 10,000 for his career in Argos' victory over Ottawa.

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Quarterback Cody Fajardo signs contract extension with Saskatchewan Roughriders -- The Riders signed their starter to a two-year contract extension Monday, keeping him with the CFL club through the 2021 season.

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Mud, Washington Redskins can't stop San Francisco 49ers -- The Niners won 9-0 to improve to 6-0 for the third time in the history of the NFL franchise.

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Former Raptor Kawhi Leonard still feeling love from Canadian basketball fans -- Leonard became one of Canada's most popular athletes last season as he led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA championship and was named Finals MVP.

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Fans roar for ex-Raptor Kawhi Leonard at Vancouver pre-season date -- Leonard and the Clippers took on the Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena on Thursday night.

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Canucks' power play catches fire in win over Red Wings -- Propelled by three-point nights from Pettersson, Edler and Boeser, Vancouver matches last season's best streak of three-straight wins after just five games.

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James Neal off to hot start with Oilers after rough campaign in Calgary -- Extra training has paid off for James Neal and the Oilers, who are off to a good 7-1-1 start.

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Michael Frolik makes game No. 800 special with goal in Flames' win over Flyers -- The 31-year-old Czech's first goal of 2019-20 was the 154th of a career, now in his 13th season and fifth with Calgary.

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Alphonso Davies is the face of Canadian men's soccer — and he's just getting started -- From speaking in support of Canada's successful bid to co-host the 2026 World Cup to landing a spot with famed Bayern Munich, the 18-year-old Davies has raised his profile and game, helping his adopted home dream bigger on the international stage.

11 days ago

Edmonton earns final CFL playoff berth -- Edmonton added to the strife of the B.C. Lions' Mike Reilly on Saturday, putting their former quarterback out of the game with a broken left wrist while winning 19-6 to secure the CFL's last remaining playoff berth.

10 days ago

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers now 5-0 -- Connor McDavid had two points Saturday as the Edmonton Oilers beat the New York Rangers 4-1, becoming the first NHL team to start 5-0 after trailing in each game.

10 days ago

Former Oilers coach and seven-time Stanley Cup champ Ted Green dies at 79 -- The Oilers announced Green's death on their Twitter account Saturday and a team spokesman said Green had died Tuesday.

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NHL salary cap era has been the life of the parity -- The fascinating part of the NHL when compared to other sports is the favourites don't always win and the richest teams often miss the playoffs. You might not like the cap, or how your team manages it, or how it constrains trades, but the cap is at the core of the league's competitive balance, Kevin McGran writes.

15 days ago

Q&A: Legend Bob Cole on fishing with Sid and the future of hockey broadcasting -- "You've got to find different levels," says Cole, not calling games for the first time in a half-century, "because that's what the excitement of hockey is all about. It's not like baseball or football or soccer."

17 days ago

Maple Leafs games you won't want to miss this season -- From the Nazem Kadri reunion to a Hall of Fame Game against the Bruins, here are the dates worth circling on your calendar for the 2019-20 season.

21 days ago