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January 15, 2019 2:47 PM Tories rev up fundraising machine with big-ticket events featuring Premier Doug Ford, energy minister

Under Wynne’s restrictions, all MPPs, candidates, and staff were forbidden from attending any event where money was raised for political parties. But last November Finance Minister Vic Fedeli changed the law to enable politicians and their staff to go to fundraisers. That had been the case prior to Wynne’s reforms almost three years ago amid accusations 153

January 15, 2019 2:46 AM Leafs turn in stinker against the previously struggling Avalanche

And then the Avalanche played downhill. Gabriel Landeskog on a deflection at the 6:33 mark; a Nathan MacKinnon breakaway that was stopped a minute later; Mikko Rantanen stripping Nazem Kadri to end a two-turnover Toronto shift with a goal. Carl Soderberg then outbattled Jake Gardiner for a puck that had been knocked loose on a Toronto power play and scored 100

January 14, 2019 1:51 AM Saints squeak past Eagles into NFC championship game

Brees had 2-yard touchdown passes to rookie Keith Kirkwood and all-pro wideout Michael Thomas, who had 12 receptions for 171 yards. Philadelphia had ball for more than nine minutes in the first quarter, after which the Eagles had the ball about 13 minutes and never scored. New Orleans, which routed Philadelphia 48-7 in November, gambled on its first 40

January 11, 2019 3:02 AM Tavares leads Maple Leafs to victory in Jersey

Whatever was wrong with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the New Jersey Devils have often provided the cure. The Leafs were the better team from the drop of the puck and — despite stubbing their toe with some a sloppy five minutes in the second period — skated off with a 4-2 win in New Jersey on Thursday night. The Leafs had won both previous meetings by lopsided 39

January 11, 2019 1:44 AM Man working on helicopter hit by main rotor blades, killed

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - Authorities say a man was hit in the head by the main rotor blades and killed while working on a helicopter at a Florida airport. A Hernando County Sheriff’s Office news release say 62-year-old Salvatore Disi died Thursday afternoon near the hangars at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Officials say two men were using a power 22

January 10, 2019 3:50 PM Canada's Milos Raonic to face home-nation Nick Kyrgios at Australian Open

On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., is scheduled to play wild-card Shuai Peng of China. Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga won her second-round qualifying match Thursday — 6-2, 6-2 over Valentini Grammatikopoulou. Andreescu, who reached the final of the ASB Classic in New Zealand last weekend, began the week ranked No. 107 and needs 22

January 9, 2019 3:34 PM Canada’s Andreescu advances to second round of Australian Open qualifiers

Brayden Schnur was the second Canadian of the day to get knocked from the qualifying bracket. The Pickering, Ont., player fell 6-4, 6-3 to the 176th-ranked Kamil Majchrzak of Poland. Schnur is No. 197. Andreescu, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Montreal and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., all play in the second round of the three-round qualifying event on Thursday 25

January 8, 2019 11:10 PM Hey Vince Carter, nice to see you again. Welcome home

The last time Vince Carter was a Toronto Raptor YouTube hadn’t been invented yet, among other things, which is a little like Dorothy Parker existing before Twitter. On Tuesday, Vince returned to Toronto again, on a seventh different team since he left his greatest and only enduring NBA home. He is 41 years old, all of a sudden. Is this the last time he comes 32

January 7, 2019 5:45 PM Five Golden Globes surprises that shake up Oscar predictions

The group’s golden choices are often ignored by the nearly 8,200 Oscar voters, the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who last year gave their Best Picture prize to The Shape of Water, rather than either of the HFPA’s top winners: Lady Bird (musical/comedy) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (drama). Sunday’s play-it-safe 38

January 7, 2019 4:05 PM Canada’s Andreescu rockets up 45 positions after reaching Auckland final

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu jumped 45 positions to a career-high No. 107 in the world rankings Monday after her surprising run to the final at the ASB Classic. The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., stunned former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and American Venus Williams en route to her first appearance in a WTA Tour final on Sunday in Auckland 22