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October 16, 2018 11:37 PM Eight games every Raptors fan should circle on their calendar

Wednesday vs. Cleveland: The season opener will give fans a first glimpse at these new-look Raptors, plus the Cavaliers without LeBron James. Does the rivalry persist without the King on the court? This game could give us an answer. Friday vs. Boston: This could be a preview of next spring’s Eastern Conference final. It will be a good early test for Kawhi 8

October 2, 2018 9:05 PM Why the Leafs could win the Stanley Cup ... and why it could all just be hype

He’s the one player who has the power to push the Leafs beyond their first-round playoff exits of the past two seasons. Tavares faces the pressure of high expectations after signing for seven years and $77 million U.S., but his track record suggests he’s primed for the biggest season of his career. The match seems right. The Mississauga-born Tavares 10

September 29, 2018 12:47 AM Canada gets boost from Mexican president-elect as NAFTA talks go down to the wire

WASHINGTON—Canada and the U.S. have been engaged in “intense” NAFTA talks all week, a Canadian official said Friday, as they strived to reach a deal before the U.S. and Mexico started an official countdown to the possible signing of a deal that does not include Canada. Canada received support from the incoming president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez 15

September 27, 2018 2:45 PM Tavares signing with Maple Leafs headlines year of top NHL Twitter moments

John Tavares’s decision to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs this past summer didn’t just make a splash in the NHL free-agency market, it made one online too. Tavares posted a photo of himself as a child, sleeping under a Maple Leafs duvet, his head resting on pillows with the team’s logo with the caption “Not everyday you can live a childhood dream 12

September 25, 2018 9:00 PM PG proves profitable for horror’s Eli Roth, director of The House With a Clock in Its Walls

“The main thing he said was, ‘Don’t be afraid to make it scary. Kids love to be scared,’” Roth said. “Amblin is using this movie to really relaunch the brand to make it what it was in the ’80s. For me, it was a huge honour. Those Amblin movies were so important to me. I wanted this to have my sense of humour and my personality but feel like you could 11

September 24, 2018 8:19 PM Why didn’t some U.S. allies sign up for Trump’s drug pledge?

“We have a number of challenges that are quite specific to New Zealand and the particular drugs that are present, but also on taking a health approach,” Ardern said, according to Reuters. “We want to do what works and so we’re using a strong evidence base to do that.” The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered a similar view. “The U.S. initiative 21

August 29, 2018 7:09 PM Packers make Aaron Rodgers NFL’s highest-paid player

Rodgers, a two-time NFL most valuable player, unseats Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan atop the list of the league’s highest-paid players. Ryan agreed to a five-year, $150-million extension with the Falcons in May. His deal surpassed that of Kirk Cousins, who struck a fully guaranteed three-year, $84-million agreement with the Minnesota Vikings 9

August 24, 2018 11:27 PM An older and wiser Clay Buchholz is missing bats for the Diamondbacks

He glanced at it, made a couple of mental notes, but basically threw whatever pitch was working or felt right in the situation. His stuff was that good. The veteran Clay Buchholz relies on the scouting report much more. His stuff not quite as electric, the right-hander has to use his mind and his arm to get hitters out. It’s certainly working. Following 11

August 9, 2018 2:05 PM Chelsea signs Kovacic on loan from Madrid

The 24-year-old Kovacic was part of Croatia’s run to the World Cup final, where it lost to France. Kovacic has been at Madrid since 2015, joining from Inter Milan. Chelsea has also sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($120 million) 14

July 27, 2018 5:20 PM Former TFC captain Jim Brennan to serve as coach, vice-president of CPL’s York 9

Former Toronto FC captain Jim Brennan will coach York 9, the Toronto-area entry in the new Canadian Premier League (CPL). “Jimmy is one of our founders, a visionary and the obvious choice to be our head coach,” Preben Ganzhorn, president of York Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement. “His experience in soccer from his playing days and beyond makes 21