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June 18, 2018 2:44 AM Fast lane to major leagues can bypass Triple-A

Just about everyone now knows Hicks can throw hard. He touched 105 m.p.h. twice on the speed gun on May 20, the only pitcher in the past decade to do that. Hicks actually made the jump all the way from A-ball to the majors. He was brought to the Cardinals’ major-league camp this spring and threw 100 m.p.h. consistently. Just as important, he showed marked 6

June 17, 2018 1:15 PM Milos Raonic sees positives in loss to Roger Federer

Thornhill, Ont., native defeated by Swiss star in Mercedes Cup final Raonic, who sat out some clay-court tournaments, including the French Open, with an undisclosed injury last month, fell 6-4, 7-6 (3) to Federer in Sunday's title match on grass. Federer, also marking his return from three months off, is assured of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking from Rafael 8

June 16, 2018 2:07 AM Blue Jays edge Nationals for fifth straight home win

Perhaps it was Adam Eaton’s lack of familiarity with Rogers Centre sightlines. Perhaps it was the fact that he was making just his fifth appearance in right field since 2016. But in the late evening twilight on Friday, the Nationals outfielder lost sight of a high fly ball by Blue Jay Teoscar Hernandez to the warning track that bounced over the fence 9

June 16, 2018 12:11 AM Dustin Johnson lone player under par at U.S. Open

“You have to be on,” he added. “You just can’t fake it at a major championship.” Woods couldn’t even fake it for the first 34 holes in Southampton, and despite birdies on the last two holes, he needed a lot of help to avoid the cut for the fifth time in his last eight majors. That means he won’t need to bunk for the weekend at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club on the 155-foot 10

June 15, 2018 8:15 PM AHL championship bodes well for Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe

Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe didn’t care to talk about his future moments after winning the Calder Cup. All he wanted was to celebrate his team’s accomplishment before having to think about his own career. “I’m going to party my (butt) off tonight and not think about anything else beyond that,” Keefe said after his Marlies downed the visiting 9

June 14, 2018 6:06 PM Lawyer denies Elizabeth Wettlaufer was hired after being on a ‘do not hire’ list

Wettlaufer first tried to kill a nursing-home resident in 2007 while working at the Caressant Care home in Woodstock, Ont. She confessed, unprompted, to her crimes in September 2016, ending a two-decade-long career as a registered nurse marked by numerous medication errors, suspensions for incompetence, and murder. Wilmot-Smith said she had no idea Wettlaufer 8

June 14, 2018 12:50 PM Conflicting accounts over whether Wettlaufer was on a 'do not hire' list under maiden name, inquiry hears

Killer nurse confessed to killing 8 patients in her care and trying to kill or injure 6 others A public inquiry looking into how Elizabeth Wettlaufer was able to kill eight elderly patients in her care heard conflicting accounts Thursday about whether the ex-nurse was on a "do not hire" list used by one of Canada's largest nursing home owners early in her career 3

June 12, 2018 10:05 PM Washington Capitals have tough off-season ahead before they can defend title

Inexperience was considered this team’s greatest flaw going into the season, but the development of its youth could results in an even better position next year. Rookies Jakub Vrana, Chandler Stephenson and Christian Djoos all played the majority of the post-season and are expected to improve in sophomore campaigns. Centre Evgeny Kuznetsov solidified 9

June 12, 2018 5:01 PM B.C. Lions’ Buono says he’s not thinking about end of Hall of Fame career — at least not yet

The 2018 season will be the last of Buono’s Hall of Fame career, but the B.C. Lions’ venerable head coach says that fact hasn’t sunk in yet. “No because there’s way too much to do and focus on,” Buono said. “If I stop focusing then I shouldn’t be here because I’m already gone. “If this was us going into the Grey Cup in Edmonton and it was going to be my last game, yes, I would 9

June 12, 2018 3:23 PM Toronto Raptors to name Nick Nurse as head coach

According to an ESPN.com report, the Raptors are finalizing details to name Nick Nurse as the ninth coach in franchise history. The 50-year-old Nurse has been with the Raptors coaching staff since 2013, and was most recently charged with reinvigorating the team’s offence which ranked in the top five last season. It is the first new coach hire of team president 5