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October 18, 2018 3:19 AM Raptors talk switches to closing time on opening night

The discussion and dissection of who might start for the Toronto Raptors and whether that changes game to game or has dominated discussion about the team in the NBA pre-season. It is one of coach Nick Nurse’s bold ideas, to let matchups and the schedule and the grind on the players carry some weight about who gets introduced as a starter or who is on the court 7

October 17, 2018 8:30 PM Cannabis-filled films you can watch legally

TORONTO—Mary Jane and the movies have been a long-time pairing, from 1936’s propaganda film Reefer Madness to contemporary onscreen stoners like Vancouver’s Seth Rogen. Reefer Madness: Worth watching just to see how far viewpoints on cannabis have changed since the 1930s. Louis J. Gasnier’s black-and-white fictional film became unintentional satire over the years 7

October 17, 2018 7:56 PM Thursday game preview: Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs

Penguins centre Sidney Crosby has yet to score — he has just four assists through five games — but he has a history of lighting up Toronto, with 26 goals in 40 career games against the Leafs. John Tavares has 10 goals in 43 career games against the Penguins, but has a much better support group with the Leafs than he did with the Islanders. Carl Hagelin 7

October 17, 2018 12:33 PM Wendy’s worker who put ‘Chubby’ on customer receipt fired

GASTONIA, N.C.—A franchise owner of a North Carolina Wendy’s says an employee who called a customer “Chubby” on an order has been fired. News outlets report the Carolina Restaurant Group issued a statement Tuesday that says they apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and terminated the employee, whose identity hasn’t been released. Shue says he went to the Gastonia 6

October 17, 2018 12:22 PM Joe Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times, claiming it undercut his chances to run again for Senate

In the suit, Arpaio, 86, says that he intends to run for the Senate again in 2020 for the seat vacated by the late Republican senator John McCain. Sen. John Kyl, R-Ariz., is temporarily occupying that seat until a special election takes place. In this year’s GOP primary to replace the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Arpaio finished third with less than 18 per cent of the vote. Cottle 7

October 16, 2018 11:29 PM Raptors’ Bench Mob on verge of getting whacked

“Last year it was like having two separate teams; it was like football almost where you had five in five out. So I think it’ll be a bit more meshed.” But the Bench Mob, RIP, was beloved, even if it turns out to be a one-year wonder. It played more quickly as a group than the first unit did, Siakam’s ability to run the floor was eye-opening and VanVleet 6

October 16, 2018 3:44 PM Militants seize 14 Iranian security forces near Pakistan

TEHRAN, IRAN — Militants in Iran abducted 14 members of a border security force near the Pakistan border on Tuesday in the latest blow to the powerful Revolutionary Guard. Media reports quoted an unnamed but informed source as saying two of those abducted are members of the Guard’s intelligence department. The rest include seven members of the Basij 7

October 15, 2018 9:34 PM Kings’ Doughty calls Leafs the real deal — but never wanted to play here

The Leafs’ primary measuring stick — after the score, of course — is high-end chances for and against, tracked by the research and development team led by Darryl Metcalf. The stats are largely proprietary and not available publicly unless they feel like sharing. After Saturday night’s 4-2 win in Washington, though, coach Mike Babcock said the Leafs had 12 high-end 8

October 15, 2018 8:26 PM Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances, Harvard legal team claim

BOSTON—Harvard University intentionally uses a vague “personal rating” to reject Asian-American applicants in favour of students from other racial backgrounds, according to a trial that started Monday and carries weighty implications for dozens of other U.S. colleges. Harvard’s legal team denied any discrimination in its opening statement at Boston’s 7

October 14, 2018 11:13 PM Canadian women lock up World Cup soccer berth in style

The Canadian women’s soccer team booked its spot in next summer’s Women’s World Cup with a 7-0 win over Panama in Sunday’s CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinal in Frisco, Texas. A six-goal second half, after captain Christine Sinclair opened the scoring the in 44th minute, ensured Canada will qualify for the seventh time in France next summer. Sinclair 9