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December 12, 2017 4:16 PM Lithuania basketball team signs LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts

A basketball club from Lithuania says it has signed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball to pro contracts, making LaVar Ball’s two younger sons ineligible for college basketball. The move comes after LiAngelo left UCLA, where he was suspended after being arrested for shoplifting during the team’s season-opening trip to China. LaVar Ball pulled 16-year-old LaMelo 4

December 12, 2017 6:30 AM New Zealand space launch cancelled due to engine glitch

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - A space launch was scrubbed Tuesday from a remote launch site in New Zealand after an engine glitch caused engineers to abort the flight. The command to abort came two seconds after the engine of the Rocket Lab Electron rocket fired on its launch pad at Mahia Peninsula on North Island's east coast. There was no immediate explanation 7

December 11, 2017 3:20 PM Toronto FC holding victory parade following MLS Cup championship

The victory parade started outside the Air Canada Centre and will wrap up with a fan rally at Nathan Phillips Square. Toronto FC is holding a victory parade through the downtown core of the city two days after winning its first MLS Cup in franchise history. Fans lined the streets to watch the team’s bus depart Maple Leaf Square outside Air Canada Centre 9

December 10, 2017 11:18 PM Homan earns Canadian Olympic curling berth

Ottawa's Rachel Homan rink knocks off Calgary's Chelsea Carey foursome in final of Olympic trials in Ottawa. OTTAWA—Rachel Homan and her Ottawa-based curling team will represent Canada at the Winter Olympics. Homan defeated Calgary’s Chelsea Carey 6-5 in front of a boisterous home crowd in Sunday’s women’s final at the Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings 13

December 10, 2017 3:15 AM Maple Leafs edge Penguins in thriller

Bozak and Marner steal spotlight in Matthews-Crosby show in Pittsburgh. Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs got the better of Sidney Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, and will finish a star-studded weekend Sunday when Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers visit the Air Canada Centre. But it was Tyler Bozak, with two goals and an assist 10

December 7, 2017 11:47 PM Seattle closer to NHL team as league will accept expansion application

Bettman says fee for team will be $650 million US NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league's board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle. Bettman said the expansion fee has been set at $650 million US for Seattle, which would become the league's 32nd team. Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent 8

December 7, 2017 5:58 PM Winless Browns fire top exec. Sashi Brown, head coach Hue Jackson keeps job

Brown was named the team’s top executive during an overhaul following the 2015 season. Jackson will return for the 2018 season despite a 1-27 record. CLEVELAND—One win in two seasons cost Sashi Brown his job with the Browns. Coach Hue Jackson is keeping his — for now. Winless with four weeks left in another dismal season, the Cleveland Browns fired Brown 7

December 6, 2017 11:08 PM Chelsea Carey gets emotional curling win days after death of her grandfather

'He was my biggest fan' says the undefeated Carey OTTAWA — Chelsea Carey's first great curling moment came when she was just six years old, sitting beside her mom and her Gido at the 1992 Brier in Regina, Sask. Her dad, Dan Carey, was playing third for the Manitoba team skipped by Vic Peters. They would go on to win that Brier. And her Gido (grandfather) 9

December 5, 2017 7:18 PM Forbes ranks Leafs as NHL’s second-most valuable team behind Rangers

NEW YORK—The New York Rangers are worth an NHL-high $1.5 billion (U.S.) as team values continue to rise, according to the latest estimate by Forbes. In its annual list of franchise valuations, Forbes says the average NHL team is now worth $594 million, up 15 per cent from a year ago. It comes on the heels of Bill Foley’s group paying $500 million for the expansion 9

December 5, 2017 2:57 PM IOC bans Russian team from 2018 Winter Olympics

Individual athletes 'under strict conditions' allowed to compete as neutrals The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, following a vote on Tuesday. Russia could refuse the offer to compete as neutrals and boycott the Games, which are scheduled for Feb. 9-25. Russian President 6