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  • Backup plan in net among Maple Leafs’ toughest calls

    September 22, 2018 8:54 PM 5

    There’s a battle brewing for the Maple Leafs’ backup goalie job, and coach Mike Babcock is enjoying it. In fact, if Garret Sparks and Curtis McElhinney make the decision hard right down to the end of training camp, that would suit Babcock fine. “The beauty of it is, we’ve got five more games, don’t we,” Babcock said Saturday as the Leafs prepared for an exhibition

  • Toronto golfer Drew Nesbitt shoots record 59 in Brazil

    September 22, 2018 6:13 PM 5

    PORTO FELIZ, BRAZIL—Toronto’s Drew Nesbitt fired a hole-in-one in the second round of the Brazil Open on Saturday en route to shooting the first 59 in PGA Tour Latinoamerica history. The Canadian opened the tournament with a 8-over 79 on Thursday and sat tied for 30th, 10 strokes behind leader Alex Rocha, after the second round. He played seven holes

  • John Tavares scores two as Leafs beat Sabres

    September 22, 2018 2:59 AM 9

    The Leafs retook the lead at 10:55 when Mueller plowed forward off a faceoff in the Sabres end before picking the pocket of the Buffalo defender and stuffing the puck past Ullmark. Tavares and Marner lost their regular winger early in the second when Zach Hyman left with a bone bruise after taking an innocent-looking shot by teammate Rasmus Sandin off the skate

  • Tiger Woods hangs on to share of lead at Tour Championship

    September 21, 2018 11:36 PM 8

    One more back surgery followed that brief return in 2017, and it’s been a slow road back. In the FedEx Cup finale, however, Woods is picking up momentum. He opened with a 62 at Aronimink two weeks ago on a rain-softened course and stayed within five shots of the lead the rest of the way until he tied for sixth. Now his name has been atop the leaderboard

  • UEFA evaluates bids for 2024 championship, concerned about Turkey’s human rights

    September 21, 2018 2:52 PM 11

    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

  • Smoak bomb caps three-homer, seven-run ninth inning as Jays complete stunning comeback against Rays

    September 21, 2018 2:53 AM 6

    The Blue Jays mounted the most unlikely of seven-run rallies in the bottom of the ninth inning at Rogers Centre to beat the upstart Tampa Bay Rays 9-8 on Thursday night. The rally was keyed by a game-tying two-run homer by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and a walk-off blast by Justin Smoak. Both homers came against veteran Rays closer Sergio Romo. Rookie David

  • Tiger soars with an eagle, shares lead at Tour Championship

    September 20, 2018 11:05 PM 9

    Woods still has 54 holes remaining. Two weeks ago, he went from a share of the first-round lead to five shots behind on a course where attacking flags on soft greens was the only option for low scoring. This was more about precision, and Woods felt in total control. He opened with a three-putt bogey from 25 feet, and he twice ran birdie attempts farther

  • NHL suspends Canadiens’ Max Domi five games for sucker punching Ekblad

    September 20, 2018 8:27 PM 6

    NEW YORK—Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL pre-season after punching Florida defenceman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi. The punch came at the start of the third period of Wednesday’s

  • Canadiens’ Max Domi given match penalty for ‘gutless’ suckerpunch against Panthers

    September 20, 2018 4:17 AM 12

    “The two were arguing with one another,” Jonathan Drouin said. “I saw a pretty big slash from Ekblad on Max, and Max just took matters into his own hands. It’s also Ekblad’s fault for not protecting himself.” Meanwhile coach Claude Julien said “these are things that happen in a hockey game.” When play resumed, Jared McCann made it 3-1 at 10:57 of the third

  • Defenceman Erik Karlsson looks to fit in on 1st day with Sharks

    September 20, 2018 1:51 AM 11

    Wilson started that process even before the deal. He and DeBoer flew to Toronto to meet with Karlsson with Ottawa’s permission before the trade was finalized. Owner Hasso Plattner also talked to Karlsson. “We were given some opportunity to spend some quality time,” Wilson said. “I was truly blown away just by him as a person, sitting with him, how he sees the game, how he talks