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  • Capitals trade Brooks Orpik, Philipp Grubauer to Avalanche

    June 23, 2018 12:05 AM 6

    Carlson, who led all defenceman in scoring in the regular season and playoffs, is expected to cost $8 million-plus a season on a long-term deal. The Capitals would have struggled to fit that under the $79.5-million ceiling without a move like this. “This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving

  • Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna suspended 75 games

    June 22, 2018 10:42 PM 5

    Major League Baseball said Friday the suspension is retroactive to May 8 and covers 75 games. Osuna will wind up missing 89 days, which would cost him about $2.54 million of his $5.3-million U.S. salary. Osuna will participate in a confidential and comprehensive evaluation and treatment program supervised by the joint policy board of MLB and the players'

  • Switzerland scorers Xhaka, Shaqiri make Albanian nationalist gesture during win against Serbia

    June 22, 2018 10:40 PM 9

    Serbia’s players did not react to the eagle gestures at Kaliningrad Stadium. “I don’t have any comments,” Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic said. “I don’t deal with these things. I am a man of sports, and this is what I’m going to stay being.” In the tournament’s first come-from-behind victory, Xhaka made it 1-1 in the 52nd minute with a powerful shot through

  • Rating NBA draft winners (nice work, Mavs) and losers (those cruel Sixers)

    June 22, 2018 8:50 PM 7

    They got the player many consider the most NBA-ready of them in all in Slovenian wunderkind Luka Doncic and at little cost. They swapped No. 5 with Atlanta for No. 3 and only had to give up a protected first-round pick in the deal. The teenager won the European championship with Slovenia and then was the EuroLeague MVP with Real Madrid — a heady double

  • Ahmed Musa scores twice to give Nigeria win over Iceland

    June 22, 2018 5:41 PM 6

    VOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA — Ahmed Musa gave Nigeria its first win at this year’s World Cup, and gave Argentina a gift. Musa scored two second-half goals to help the Nigerians beat Iceland 2-0 Friday and move into second place in the group behind already-qualified Croatia. Nigeria will face Argentina in its final group match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. If Nigeria

  • MAILBAG: What will the Leafs do with 25th pick in NHL draft?

    June 22, 2018 2:12 PM 6

    Lets hope Dubas has some bright ideas and Babcock is reminded he is the coach only and not God! ANSWER: Wow, you sound really pessimistic. It's the summer. Enjoy. Don't even think about hockey. Get away from it. Go to a beach. Go camping. I don't share your pessimism. There's a Marlie or two that will help. And the Leafs signed a pretty good Russian

  • Suns take DeAndre Ayton at No. 1 in NBA draft

    June 22, 2018 12:04 AM 7

    NEW YORK—Eight years after playing basketball for the first time, Deandre Ayton is the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns made the long-expected move official on Thursday night, taking the Arizona centre with the top overall pick. He’s the first Arizona player to go No. 1 in the draft; Mike Bibby was No. 2 in 1998 and Derrick Williams was No. 2 in 2011. Ayton

  • Barry Trotz named head coach of the New York Islanders

    June 21, 2018 6:31 PM 5

    Hiring Trotz fresh off his Stanley Cup victory is another statement to face-of-the-franchise centre John Tavares, who can become a free agent July 1. Finding a permanent arena at Belmont Park and ownership hiring three-time Cup-winning Lamoriello were seen as building blocks to trying to re-sign Tavares. In the past 40 years, Trotz is just the fifth

  • FIFA clears U.S. ref after allegation he asked for Portugal World Cup jersey

    June 21, 2018 3:42 PM 7

    World Cup referees are not made available to comment. FIFA had previously announced plans to conduct a news conference after the group stage to discuss officiating in general and particularly the use of video replay. On Thursday, Geiger kept his assignment as the video assistant referee for Thursday’s Denmark-Australia match in Samara. The Moroccan team was not pleased

  • Series preview: Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels

    June 20, 2018 11:05 PM 6

    We’re not even gong to pretend Mike Trout has a comparable. A two-time MVP in his first six full seasons (he was runner-up three times and fourth last season), the Angels outfielder is having another dominant season. Through Tuesday’s games, he led the majors in runs (60), homers (23), walks (64), on-base percentage (.469), OPS (1.158), total bases (77), and WAR (6.5). Marcus