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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 7, 2018 5:46 AM Rookie Elias Pettersson scores on first NHL penalty shot in Canucks win against Predators

VANCOUVER—Rookie Elias Pettersson scored on his first NHL penalty shot as the Vancouver Canucks used a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators Thursday night to snap a four-game losing streak. Pettersson was awarded the penalty shot with 71 seconds left in the second period after being hauled down on a breakaway by Nashville defenceman Mattias Ekholm. On the shot, Pettersson 6

December 5, 2018 4:11 PM CBC TV star Mark Critch among nominees for book prize

A comedian, a former governor general and several of this year’s literary awards darlings are among the 10 writers in the running for the RBC Taylor Prize. Mark Critch, anchor of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, earned a spot on the long list for the $25,000 non-fiction prize with his memoir about growing up in Newfoundland in the ‘80s. Elizabeth Hay made the cut for All Things 10

December 4, 2018 2:45 PM Benn’s fifth goal in 6 games helps Stars beat Oilers 4-1

“There’s a lot you can learn, a lot you can work on to make sure you’re ready,” he said. “It was just a matter of me getting my legs under me early and just getting back in the flow.” Edmonton coach Ken Hitchcock said Ritchie’s goal was a difference maker. “When they got their second goal, that took some wind out of our sails. We played a hell of a hockey 13

November 29, 2018 9:07 PM The week that was: A girl named Abcde gets mocked, and a ping-pong miracle shot is for naught

MOCKED: A Texas girl by a Southwest Airlines employee. Traci Redford told a TV station (an ABC affiliate ...) her 5-year-old was made fun of for her name, and a gate agent even posted a picture of the daughter’s boarding pass on social media. The name is Abcde, pronounced “ab-si-dee.” Southwest apologized. PRAISED: An egg hoarder. As a child, his lawyer 13

November 28, 2018 1:42 PM Williamson, Barrett lead Duke to easy win over Indiana

DURHAM, N.C.—Last week’s loss to Gonzaga cost Duke the nation’s top ranking but the Blue Devils showed Tuesday night they are more than capable of earning it back. No. 3 Duke took control of its game against Indiana early building a 24-point halftime lead and coasting to a 90-69 win over the Hoosiers at Cameron Indoor Stadium. After suffering their first 15

November 26, 2018 12:22 AM Canadian women reach first under-17 World Cup semifinal

The only Canadian team, male or female, to do better at a FIFA world championship was in 2002 when Canada lost 1-0 after extra time to the U.S. in the inaugural FIFA U19 championship (now the FIFA U20 championship). Canada had 58 per cent of the possession in a tight first half Sunday that saw only half-chances at Estadio Charrua. Neither team ventured 12

November 23, 2018 6:54 PM Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

Humanity’s nearly 60-year history of trying to get to Mars includes attempts to fly past the red planet for picture-taking without stopping, as well as the vastly more complicated efforts to put spacecraft into orbit around the red planet and to actually land. NASA’s Mariner 4 performed the first successfully flyby of the red planet in 1965, sending 23

November 21, 2018 3:54 PM American is killed by bow and arrow on remote Indian island

Dependra Pathak, police chief in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, said Chau, from Washington state, may have been trying to convert the islanders to Christianity. Right before he left in his kayak, Chau gave the fishermen a long note. In it, police officials said, he had written that Jesus had bestowed him with the strength to go to the most forbidden 16

November 19, 2018 1:21 AM Lexi Thompson wraps LPGA season with win in Naples, Fla

“It means so much to me because like to be honest, after 2016 I never expected anything,” Jutanugarn said. “I feel like I achieve like too much already in my life, so I never think I can do anything more than that. So this year ... just like unbelievable.” It was the 10th career win for Thompson, who grabbed the lead on Friday and kept it the rest of the way. She hadn’t 16