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September 24, 2018 9:15 PM Luka Modric beats Ronaldo and Messi for world footballer of the year

Messi didn’t make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. And as a new dawn in FIFA’s awards history broke inside London’s Royal Festival Hall, Ronaldo also didn’t turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate despite being in the final three alongside Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. “Two guys we don’t 5

September 24, 2018 9:10 PM Canadian women ready for key showdown versus France at basketball World Cup

Since they conducted the draw for the women’s basketball World Cup back in February, Tuesday has been the date Canada has been waiting for. France. The top of the preliminary round pool at stake. All that goes with it. A rivalry renewed. A chance for Canada to avenge a loss in the 2016 Rio Olympics quarterfinals while reliving a win in the playoff round 5

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 6

September 24, 2018 8:18 PM Sticking points remain as U.S.-imposed deadline looms for NAFTA deal

For example, Mexico agreed to a higher level of duty-free online shopping. However, in its agreement to not apply duty on goods up to $100, it also agreed to not apply sales tax, said the Canadian source — something Canada is not willing to do. “If you applied that to Canada, for example, if you went online to CanadianTire.ca and bought something for $80, you’d 7

September 24, 2018 4:25 PM Trudeau in United Nations, hoping to re-establish Canada

UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived at the United Nations General Assembly on a mission to remind the world that there’s more to Canadian foreign policy than just Donald Trump and North American free trade. Trudeau is beginning his day at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, where he’s scheduled to deliver brief 5

September 24, 2018 1:19 PM Canada’s Barrick in $18B merger to create world’s largest gold miner

Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp. has agreed to buy Randgold Resources for $7.9 billion in stock to create the world’s largest gold miner. Investors will receive 6.128 new Barrick shares for each Randgold share they hold. Shareholders in Barrick will own about 66.6 per cent of the merged company, which will combine Randgold’s African mines with Barrick’s 6

September 23, 2018 12:22 AM Mr. September Tellez powers Blue Jays past Rays

The final month of the Blue Jays season is turning into the Rowdy Tellez show, as the burly rookie shows off his extra-base power for the baseball world. On Saturday, in a 5-2 Jays victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, Tellez crushed a two-run homer in the fourth inning against starter Tyler Glasnow to give the Jays their first lead. He added a two-base hit and a single 7

September 21, 2018 2:52 PM UEFA evaluates bids for 2024 championship, concerned about Turkey’s human rights

But the same UEFA executive committee that votes on Thursday on the Euro 2024 host already decided in May to send a showpiece to Turkey. The 2020 Champions League final will be staged in Istanbul at Ataturk Olympic Stadium, although the latest UEFA report said renovation work poses a risk to that event or Euro 2024. Germany has sought to make Turkey’s 11

September 21, 2018 1:31 AM Activision’s Duty to challenge Fortnite

The strong buzz bodes well for Activision, which already faced high expectations for its biggest release of the year. Analysts expect revenue from the Call of Duty franchise to jump 27% this year to about $1.9 billion, according to consensus estimates from Visible Alpha. That would help offset projected declines from other big games such as Destiny 11

September 20, 2018 5:23 PM Assassination Nation is bloody, funny and thought-provoking

The story opens with the declaration that Salem, a fictional town of 17,000 people, has “lost its motherf---ing mind.” (Calling the town Salem is a nice, if unsubtle, touch.) The film then retraces its footsteps to the beginning, when an anonymous hacker starts taking down prominent townsfolk, including the school principal and the mayor, by revealing 10