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October 12, 2018 2:54 PM Ford freezes beer taxes set to rise a penny a bottle in November

Bottled beer by the major breweries is even more heavily taxed at 89.74 cents per litre. It had been planned to increase to 92.74 cents a litre. At the current rate, beer drinkers are paying almost 30 cents a bottle in provincial taxes. That’s one reason why Ford’s much-hyped “buck-a-beer” campaign pledge fizzled. The premier lowered the legal minimum 10

October 2, 2018 8:19 PM Ten games every Maple Leafs fan should circle on their calendar

Oct. 13 at Capitals: First meeting of the season between the Maple Leafs and the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals. One of those measuring-stick games that also happens to boast the always-exciting Alex Ovechkin. Oct. 18 vs. Penguins: Pittsburgh’s still-potent offence, led by Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel, takes on Toronto’s highly 10

October 1, 2018 4:36 PM Ottawa Senators move ahead with full rebuild

After finishing second last in the NHL last season, Senators ownership and management decided to move ahead with a full rebuild. With that mindset, the Senators made the decision to trade captain Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks last month. Earlier in the off-season, the Senators traded Mike Hoffman, leaving them with the dubious task of replacing 9

October 1, 2018 4:16 PM Montreal Canadiens feeling optimistic after promising pre-season

The Canadiens went 4-3-0 in exhibition play — certainly not an outstanding record. But in those seven games, coach Claude Julien’s men managed to turn skepticism into optimism. A lot of that is due to top prospect Jesperi Kotkaniemi looking like he’s ready for NHL play — at least two years earlier than anyone could have expected due to his young age and unfamiliarity 7

October 1, 2018 12:01 AM The kids will have to be all right on Jays’ mound next year

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.—The visitor’s clubhouse cubicle, with “Marcus Stroman” slotted into the name bracket, is pretty much empty, just a couple of tees hangin’. Eventually, presumably, the pitcher, on the disabled list with a blister problem, will saunter into the premises. He lives hereabouts and has more or less checked out of team dynamics, not checking 6

September 25, 2018 2:23 AM Without much star power, Maple Leafs drop pre-season tilt to Canadiens

Gunning for the backup job, Maple Leafs goalie Garret Sparks allowed five goals in playing the full 60 minutes as a Toronto roster that looked more like the Toronto Marlies dropped a 5-1 decision to the Laval Rocket, oops, make that the Montreal Canadiens. The Leafs had won their first four games while putting out a team comprised of at least half NHLers 16

September 22, 2018 2:59 AM John Tavares scores two as Leafs beat Sabres

The Leafs retook the lead at 10:55 when Mueller plowed forward off a faceoff in the Sabres end before picking the pocket of the Buffalo defender and stuffing the puck past Ullmark. Tavares and Marner lost their regular winger early in the second when Zach Hyman left with a bone bruise after taking an innocent-looking shot by teammate Rasmus Sandin off the skate 16

September 20, 2018 4:17 AM Canadiens’ Max Domi given match penalty for ‘gutless’ suckerpunch against Panthers

“The two were arguing with one another,” Jonathan Drouin said. “I saw a pretty big slash from Ekblad on Max, and Max just took matters into his own hands. It’s also Ekblad’s fault for not protecting himself.” Meanwhile coach Claude Julien said “these are things that happen in a hockey game.” When play resumed, Jared McCann made it 3-1 at 10:57 of the third 20

September 19, 2018 7:15 PM Plenty of talent in Blue Jays pipeline

Kevin Smith: No one was surprised to see Guerrero on MLB Pipeline’s team of the year, announced earlier this month, but with him on the second team, was shortstop Smith. The Blue Jays’ No. 6 prospect hit .302 with 25 home runs, 93 RBIs and 29 stolen bases between the Class A Lansing Lugnuts and the Class A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays. Smith, 22, focused 12

September 11, 2018 11:06 PM Jon Gruden’s return to coaching off to rough start in Oakland

After almost a decade in the broadcast booth, Gruden returned to the sidelines this season with one of his old teams, the Raiders. So eager was Oakland that it signed him to a 10-year, $100-million contract. With nine years and 15 games to go, the deal is not looking brilliant so far. In Gruden’s first game back with the Raiders, his team was soundly 25