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January 2, 2019 3:04 PM Raonic downs Kecmanovic in straight sets to advance at Brisbane International

Raonic recorded a mini break on Kecmanovic’s first serve in the second-set tiebreak, then did that again twice more to go up 6-2 and 7-2 to win the match. The Thornhill, Ont., product and former world No. 3 is starting the 2019 tennis season ranked No. 18 in the world after battling injuries over the last two years. Raonic, Canada’s top-ranked player 16

January 2, 2019 2:54 PM Eugenie Bouchard advances to quarter-finals at ASB Classic

The native of Westmount, Que., downed Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the season-opening event on Wednesday. Ranked 87th in the world, the 24-year-old Bouchard missed a chance to win the first set with her serve, but battled back in the second and third sets to take out the 174th-ranked Schoofs. Bouchard will face a much stiffer 19

December 26, 2018 7:09 PM Mariah Carey’s Christmas classic All I Want for Christmas Is You sets new record

Spotify wouldn’t comment on the news when reached by The Associated Press. Carey called the new feat “such an amazing Christmas gift” in an Instagram post on Tuesday. Every holiday season “All I Want for Christmas Is You” begins to climb the Billboard charts as its popularity resurfaces. This year the song reached its highest peak — No. 6 — on the Billboard 27

December 21, 2018 2:42 PM Australian Open to have 10-point tiebreakers in deciding set

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley says “we asked the players — both past and present, commentators, agents and TV analysts — whether they wanted to play an advantage final set or not, and went from there. “We went with a 10-point tiebreak at six-games-all in the final set to ensure the fans still get a special finale to these often epic contests 30

December 17, 2018 3:30 PM Controversial appointment of Ron Taverner as OPP commissioner cast into further doubt as he heads back to Toronto police job

The veteran Toronto police officer said Saturday he was temporarily stepping aside “out of the greatest respect for the brave men and women of the Ontario Provincial Police.” The government agreed to the request and noted it retains “full confidence” in him. The hiring process raised eyebrows because it included a lowering of qualifications that cleared 31

December 12, 2018 4:39 PM Canada’s state railway set to give order to Siemens over Bombardier

Canada’s state-owned Via Rail has picked Germany’s Siemens AG for a new order of locomotives and passenger cars, dealing Bombardier Inc. a second high-profile setback on its home turf this year, said people familiar with the matter. An announcement about the company’s fleet replacement plans is scheduled to be made by Via Rail chief executive officer 33

December 10, 2018 9:49 PM Toronto FC sets stage for player acquisition in allocation deal with San Jose

Major League Soccer uses the allocation process as its way of acquiring select U.S. internationals, elite youth U.S. internationals or former MLS players returning to MLS after joining a non-MLS club for a transfer fee greater than $500,000. The allocation ranking is set by taking the reverse order of the club’s standings at the end of each MLS Season 24

November 30, 2018 3:06 PM Championship weekend sets up SEC play-in and Murray’s Heisman push

College football closes its regular season with championship weekend, leading to selection Sunday when the playoff is set and the bowls are matchups are finalized. This is the first season in FBS where each of the 10 conferences has a championship game, but as a bonus there are some regular-season games sprinkled in to the slate. Teams such as Virginia 38

November 19, 2018 3:40 AM Hutchinson sparks Canada past St. Kitts in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying

As expected, the well-organized Sugar Boys proved to be a tougher test than the U.S. Virgin Islands and Dominica, whom the Canadians dispatched by a combined 13-0 in their two previous matches. Canada, ranked 76th in the world compared to No. 133 for St. Kitts, had more chances as the game wore on at Warner Park, but could not breach the St. Kitts defence 34

November 15, 2018 5:53 PM Thiem beats Nishikori to keep semifinal hopes alive

LONDON — Dominic Thiem kept alive his chances of reaching the last four at the ATP Finals — and helped out Roger Federer — with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kei Nishikori on Thursday. Thiem, who lost both his previous matches at the season-ending tournament, had to win in straight sets to have any hope of advancing at the O2 Arena. Six-time champion Federer 31