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December 8, 2018 11:23 PM Improving the starting rotation is Blue Jays’ main focus

Randal Grichuk: The Jays’ trade for the outfielder last January may not have looked great when he hit .106 in the first 25 games of the season and landed on the disabled list by May 1. But the 27-year-old came back in June a new player, hitting a near career-high .271 in the final four months. He finished with a team-high 25 home runs and 61 RBIs, and played 7

December 8, 2018 8:49 PM Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard vs. Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo should be fun to watch

It’s still far too early to start thinking about awards and honours, but fleeting thoughts about all-star and all-NBA and, yes, most valuable player awards aren’t far away. “The guy, he’s talented, man,” Raptors teammate Pascal Siakam said of Leonard. “I think people forgot that a little bit, how talented he is, the things he can do at the level he can do them at. “Not just (score) 5

December 7, 2018 8:20 PM Leafs’ Nylander and Kapanen unhurt in minor car accident

Toronto Maple Leafs forwards William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen were involved in a minor car accident near the club’s training facility in Etobicoke on Friday. “Confirming that William and Kasperi were involved in a minor collision near our practice facility this afternoon. There were no injuries,” the team’s director of media relations, Steve Keogh 8

December 7, 2018 5:03 PM Chen wins short program, Zagitova stumbles at GP Finals

VANCOUVER—Nathan Chen’s strong post-Olympic season continues after he won the short program at the Grand Prix Finals. Chen, the first American men’s world champion since 2009, finished with 92.99 points even though he made a mistake on his quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, which cost him some points. “Clearly I made the big mistake at the end of the program 6

December 5, 2018 5:36 PM No president was ‘more courageous, more principled and more honourable’ than George H.W. Bush, Mulroney says in eulogy

WASHINGTON—No American president was “more courageous, more principled and more honourable than George Herbert Walker Bush,” former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney said in an eulogy at Wednesday’s state funeral. “Let me tell you that, when George Bush was president of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew that they were dealing 14

December 4, 2018 3:36 AM Game Centre: Raptors’ win streak snapped at eight by Nuggets

The Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic played the role of Raptors killer in a battle of NBA conference leaders that went right down to the wire. Denver’s 106-103 victory at Scotiabank Arena snapped an eight-game win streak by league-leading Toronto. Jokic racked up 23 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists for his second triple-double of the season. He drew a pair of fouls 16

December 2, 2018 1:28 AM Nylander deal key piece of the puzzle for Maple Leafs

“Everyone wants to get back in and get playing right away. We still have to play the long game with him. It’s a six-year contract,” said Dubas. “We don’t want to rush to get him on Tuesday, or potentially Thursday and have that forgo his health and well being. We’ll get all that taken care of, and hopefully in the next week or so he’ll be back in action 10

December 1, 2018 5:57 PM Trudeau and other Canadians offer condolences to Bush family

Canadian politicians past and present are offering their condolences following the death of George H. W. Bush, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau saying the former U.S. president's commitment to his country was clear. "His exemplary spirit of service and commitment to country would mark each of his roles – including in Congress, as ambassador to the United 13

November 30, 2018 7:56 PM Leafs’ Marner graduates with honours from ‘primary’ school

The depth of the Leafs’ lineup — even in the absence of restricted free-agent William Nylander, and during Auston Matthews’ absence with a shoulder injury — goes a long way. The Leafs have four lines built on speed, skill and puck control, allowing Marner a bit more room to freelance than others. “We’re not three or four guys dangerous; we’re three and four lines 13

November 30, 2018 11:44 AM AMLO’s NAFTA chief aims for U.S. to lift steel duties this year

The governments of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were aiming to get Donald Trump to lift the steel tariffs before signing the accord, known as the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement, on the sidelines of a Group of 20 meeting in Argentina. That effort looks to have fallen short, and for Mexico talks will now pass to incoming 12