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May 25, 2018 12:29 AM Champions League final marred by price hikes, cancelled flights

KYIV, UKRAINE—Price hikes and cancelled flights are ruining the Champions League final for some fans two days before Real Madrid and Liverpool even kick off. Some owners of hotels and hostels in Kyiv have raised prices by more than 10 times for Saturday’s game, while the city’s two airports have been unable to accommodate a rush of extra charter flights 8

May 24, 2018 4:27 PM Mississauga’s Andreescu, Thornhill’s Polansky off to final round of French Open qualifying

On the men’s side, No. 14 seed Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont. defeated Serbia’s Pedja Krstin 6-4, 6-2 to move on to the final qualifying round. Andreescu will face No. 22 seed Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands in the third round of qualifying on Friday, while Polansky will meet unseeded Jozef Kovalik of Slovakia. Shapovalov, a 19-year-old from Richmond 9

May 24, 2018 4:15 PM McDonald's not ready to let go of plastic straws

McDonald's says it is already working on finding alternatives to plastic straws McDonald's isn't ready to stop offering plastic straws, despite environmental concerns. A shareholder proposal to pressure the world's biggest hamburger chain on the matter was voted down at the company's annual meeting Thursday. The proposal by activist group SumOfUs asked 10

May 24, 2018 4:03 PM Milos Raonic needs health, stability to reach his Grand Slam goals

Injuries, coaching instability has derailed Canadian's ascent since breakout 2016 season Earlier this week, Raonic announced that he won't be participating at Roland Garros with an undisclosed injury. The 27-year-old's health has made more headlines than his actual play the past couple of seasons, derailing his promising career. In 2016, Raonic appeared 8

May 24, 2018 3:32 PM Canada's Bianca Andreescu moves into final round of French Open qualifying

Two Canadians are one win away from joining Denis Shapovalov in the main singles draw at the French Open. Mississauga teen Bianca Andreescu advanced to the final round of women's qualifying with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Viktoriya Tomova of Bulgaria on Thursday. On the men's side, No. 14 seed Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont. defeated Serbia's Pedja Krstin 9

May 24, 2018 2:45 PM Kronos Quartet’s high energy opens 21C Music festival

It was not an evenly satisfying evening, though. The opening pieces, especially recent works by Montreal composer Nicole Lizée and Russian expat Yevgeniy Sharlat — both commissioned by the Kronos — were self-consciously weird. Both pieces relied on usual effects and playing methods rather than on an engaging structure or musical development. But this all changed 6

May 23, 2018 6:44 PM China's plan to land on the far side of the moon could be historic, experts say

The ambitious plan by the Chinese space agency faces numerous challenges China's ambition to soft-land a spacecraft on the far side of the moon later this year faces considerable challenges, but if successful would propel the country's space program to the forefront of one of the most important areas of lunar exploration, experts say. China hopes to be the first 13

May 23, 2018 3:29 PM Eugenie Bouchard fails test at French Open qualifying, now ranks 167th

Now ranked 167th in the world, Bouchard is well outside a spot that would earn her direct entry into a Grand Slam. The 24-year-old native of Westmount, Que., has experienced a steady tumble since reaching No. 5 in the world in 2014, highlighted by an appearance in the Wimbledon final. Meanwhile, Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga upset top qualifying seed Vera Lapko 9

May 23, 2018 12:33 PM Eugenie Bouchard retires in French Open qualifying

Native of Westmount, Que., was trailing Dalila Jakuopovic 6-0, 2-1 The Canadian tennis star retired after trailing Dalila Jakuopovic of Slovenia 6-0, 2-1 in the first round of French Open qualifying on Wednesday. Now ranked 167th in the world, Bouchard is well outside a spot that would earn her direct entry into a Grand Slam. The 24-year-old native of Westmount 7

May 23, 2018 12:25 PM U.S. company’s search for missing Flight 370 will end next week, Malaysia says

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA—The search by a private U.S. company for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will end next week, Malaysia’s transport minister said Wednesday, while families of those who died onboard urged the government to review all matters related to the jet’s disappearance four years ago. Malaysia signed a “no cure, no fee” deal with Texas-based 7