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September 24, 2018 9:15 PM Luka Modric beats Ronaldo and Messi for world footballer of the year

Messi didn’t make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. And as a new dawn in FIFA’s awards history broke inside London’s Royal Festival Hall, Ronaldo also didn’t turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate despite being in the final three alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. “Two guys we don’t 5

September 24, 2018 9:10 PM Canadian women ready for key showdown versus France at basketball World Cup

Since they conducted the draw for the women’s basketball World Cup back in February, Tuesday has been the date Canada has been waiting for. France. The top of the preliminary round pool at stake. All that goes with it. A rivalry renewed. A chance for Canada to avenge a loss in the 2016 Rio Olympics quarterfinals while reliving a win in the playoff round 5

September 22, 2018 8:54 PM Backup plan in net among Maple Leafs’ toughest calls

There’s a battle brewing for the Maple Leafs’ backup goalie job, and coach Mike Babcock is enjoying it. In fact, if Garret Sparks and Curtis McElhinney make the decision hard right down to the end of training camp, that would suit Babcock fine. “The beauty of it is, we’ve got five more games, don’t we,” Babcock said Saturday as the Leafs prepared for an exhibition 5

September 21, 2018 11:36 PM Tiger Woods hangs on to share of lead at Tour Championship

One more back surgery followed that brief return in 2017, and it’s been a slow road back. In the FedEx Cup finale, however, Woods is picking up momentum. He opened with a 62 at Aronimink two weeks ago on a rain-softened course and stayed within five shots of the lead the rest of the way until he tied for sixth. Now his name has been atop the leaderboard 8

September 21, 2018 2:52 PM UEFA evaluates bids for 2024 championship, concerned about Turkey’s human rights

But the same UEFA executive committee that votes on Thursday on the Euro 2024 host already decided in May to send a showpiece to Turkey. The 2020 Champions League final will be staged in Istanbul at Ataturk Olympic Stadium, although the latest UEFA report said renovation work poses a risk to that event or Euro 2024. Germany has sought to make Turkey’s 11

September 20, 2018 11:05 PM Tiger soars with an eagle, shares lead at Tour Championship

Woods still has 54 holes remaining. Two weeks ago, he went from a share of the first-round lead to five shots behind on a course where attacking flags on soft greens was the only option for low scoring. This was more about precision, and Woods felt in total control. He opened with a three-putt bogey from 25 feet, and he twice ran birdie attempts farther 9

September 20, 2018 8:27 PM NHL suspends Canadiens’ Max Domi five games for sucker punching Ekblad

NEW YORK—Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL pre-season after punching Florida defenceman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi. The punch came at the start of the third period of Wednesday’s 6

September 19, 2018 8:05 PM It’s no slam dunk, but Glen Grunwald has high hopes for Canada Basketball

Having already played a significant role in one chapter of Canadian basketball history, Glen Grunwald has his eyes set on another. One of the first employees of the Toronto Raptors, coming on board long before the team played its first game, Grunwald was instrumental in negotiating a rocky first few years for the now well-established franchise 13

September 18, 2018 9:02 PM Toronto FC shifts attention to Campeones Cup

Mexican teams hold a 42-8-10 edge against MLS opposition in competitive matches, although MLS sides went 6-4-2 against Mexican foes in CONCACAF Champions League this year. The two clubs have history, with Toronto defeating Tigres on away goals in the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals in March. TFC won 2-1 at home and lost 3-2 at Monterrey 10

September 18, 2018 3:36 PM PGA to bring Ryder Cup, other top events to Congressional

The PGA of America is bringing its biggest championships to Congressional over the next two decades. Nearly three months after the PGA Tour ended another run outside golf-rich Washington, the PGA of America announced an agreement for the club to host the Women’s PGA Championship twice, the Senior PGA Championship twice, the PGA Championship (2031) and the Ryder 10