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  • Chicago brewery offers ‘beer for a year’ 43-yard field goal challenge

    January 9, 2019 1:55 AM 137

    CHICAGO—On Sunday, the Chicago Bears lost a heartbreaker of a playoff game, as kicker Cody Parkey’s 43-yard field goal attempt clanged off the goalposts — twice — to end what had been a promising season. On Monday, amid the social media fury of irate football fans, Goose Island Beer Co. had an idea: Let the fans kick out their disappointment. At first

  • Hey Vince Carter, nice to see you again. Welcome home

    January 8, 2019 11:10 PM 135

    The last time Vince Carter was a Toronto Raptor YouTube hadn’t been invented yet, among other things, which is a little like Dorothy Parker existing before Twitter. On Tuesday, Vince returned to Toronto again, on a seventh different team since he left his greatest and only enduring NBA home. He is 41 years old, all of a sudden. Is this the last time he comes

  • Sarah Thomas first female ref in NFL playoff history

    January 8, 2019 10:36 PM 117

    Back in 2017, Thomas was an alternate for the Atlanta Falcons-Los Angeles Rams’ wild-card game but never took the field. She’s spent the last two seasons as a down judge, after starting out as a line judge. Thomas is in her fourth season as an NFL official. And in another move for equality, Terri Valentini, the NFL’s first female instant replay official

  • Carey Price to skip NHL all-star weekend

    January 8, 2019 1:17 AM 114

    Price participated in the all-star game in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017. The 31-year-old from Anahim Lake, B.C., has a 16-11-4 record this season, with a 2.76 goals-against average, and a .908 save percentage. He earned his 300th career NHL win Dec. 20 at Arizona. JOHNNY HOCKEY HONOURED: Calgary Flames left-wing Johnny Gaudreau, San Jose Sharks defenceman

  • Adam Hadwin aims for Presidents Cup, return to PGA majors

    January 7, 2019 11:22 PM 154

    With the Presidents Cup in his sights and high hopes to return to major championship fields, Adam Hadwin knows a strong start to 2019 is essential. The Abbotsford, B.C., golfer is in the field this week at the Sony Open in Hawaii — the first full-field event of the 2019 portion of the PGA Tour season — alongside fellow Canadians Mackenzie Hughes, Ben Silverman

  • Bears kicker’s deflating field-goal miss ruled a block

    January 7, 2019 11:06 PM 116

    Eagles coach Doug Pederson on Monday praised Hester, who began the season on the practice squad, for having “a big hand in the game” and the team posted on Twitter it was the first blocked field goal in the franchise’s post-season history. The Eagles took a one-point lead when Nick Foles threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 56 seconds

  • Leafs prep for Preds and second half of season

    January 7, 2019 5:22 PM 115

    Michael Hutchinson (2-2-2, 3.40, .879) will start again in net for the Maple Leafs, backed up by Kasimir Kaskisuo. Pekka Rinne (15-10-2, 2.31, .919) will start for the Predators. “Another really good challenge here for us tonight, against a team that’s been near the top of the standings for the last three or four years,” said Matthews. “It will be a good challenge

  • Canada’s Andreescu rockets up 45 positions after reaching Auckland final

    January 7, 2019 4:05 PM 109

    Canada’s Bianca Andreescu jumped 45 positions to a career-high No. 107 in the world rankings Monday after her surprising run to the final at the ASB Classic. The 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., stunned former world No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and American Venus Williams en route to her first appearance in a WTA Tour final on Sunday in Auckland

  • Xander Schauffele wins Tournament of Champions with record round

    January 7, 2019 3:42 AM 103

    KAPALUA, HAWAII—Xander Schauffele tied the Plantation course record with an 11-under 62 on Sunday, and he needed every shot to beat Gary Woodland by one shot and win the Sentry Tournament of Champions. His fortunes turned quickly, and it got better with every hole. He ran off three straight birdies. He chipped in from the front of the green on the par-5 ninth

  • Michael Hutchinson will make third straight start in goal for Maple Leafs

    January 6, 2019 6:58 PM 108

    With Garret Sparks still in concussion protocol, it looks like the Leafs will call up Kasimir Kaskisuo to serve as the backup against Nashville. Sparks was on the ice for practice Sunday, but he did not take part in any drills. It appears he has been cleared for sport-specific activities (skating). He will have to advance to no-contact and contact practice