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  • Canadian speedskater Isabelle Weidemann catches up to world’s elite

    January 2, 2019 7:51 PM 128

    CALGARY—Isabelle Weidemann has hit her stride, literally and figuratively, in long-track speedskating. Currently ranked No. 1 in the world in distance racing, the 23-year-old from Ottawa points to last February’s Winter Olympics as her defining moment of 2018. Weidemann placed sixth in the 5,000 metres and seventh in the 3,000 in her first Olympic Games

  • DeMar DeRozan hungry for first shot at Raptors

    January 2, 2019 7:11 PM 114

    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Game on the line, final possession, the ball’s in the hands of DeMar DeRozan as he stares down Kawhi Leonard in front of him. “Be a great movie,” DeRozan said here Wednesday in a far-reaching interview session. “Great movie. Reminds me of The Notebook.” It may not come to pass that DeRozan, arguably the most popular Raptor ever when he was traded

  • Canucks deal Nilsson and Archibald to Senators for McKenna, Pyatt, draft pick

    January 2, 2019 6:51 PM 116

    Archibald, also 28, had one goal and one assist in nine games with the Canucks to go along with 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 23 games with the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League. After the deal was announced, Archibald was assigned to the AHL’s Belleville Senators. McKenna, 35, was 1-4-1 with a 3.96 goal-against average with Ottawa this season

  • Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

    January 2, 2019 5:49 PM 130

    GLAND, SWITZERLAND—Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday. In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing

  • Toronto FC GM Tim Bezbatchenko reportedly leaving for Columbus Crew

    January 2, 2019 5:38 PM 109

    Sam Stejskal of MLS Soccer also reported that the Reds are in advanced discussions with former New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis to replace the 37-year-old Bezbatchenko. The 30-year-old Curtis held the Red Bulls job from 2014 to 2017, but has been out of MLS since. Bezbatchenko’s hiring in 2013 signalled the beginning of TFC’s transformation

  • Capitals’ Ovechkin to skip NHL all-star game, will be suspended one game

    January 2, 2019 4:56 PM 116

    “My body needs a rest,” Ovechkin said after practice Wednesday. The 33-year-old has played in all 33 games this season and leads the Capitals with 45 points. Washington’s final game before the all-star break is Jan. 23 at Toronto. The all-star game is Jan. 26, and the Capitals don’t play again until Feb. 1 against Calgary. It’s not clear when Ovechkin’s

  • Eugenie Bouchard advances to quarter-finals at ASB Classic

    January 2, 2019 2:54 PM 114

    The native of Westmount, Que., downed Bibiane Schoofs of the Netherlands 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the season-opening event on Wednesday. Ranked 87th in the world, the 24-year-old Bouchard missed a chance to win the first set with her serve, but battled back in the second and third sets to take out the 174th-ranked Schoofs. Bouchard will face a much stiffer

  • Former Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki reaches deal with Yankees: Reports

    January 2, 2019 2:01 PM 83

    ESPN reported Tuesday night that Tulowitzki is expected to join the Yankees on a league-minimum deal for $550,000 (U.S.), with the Jays paying the remainder of his $20 million salary this year. The Yankees’ regular shortstop Didi Gregorius underwent Tommy John surgery in October and expected to miss part of the 2019 season. Tulowitzki, who was acquired

  • Game Centre: Kawhi Leonard’s career-best 45 points lift Raptors over Jazz

    January 2, 2019 3:36 AM 120

    Leonard was frustrated with the non-calls in that game, a night that eventually led to a fine for Raptors coach Nick Nurse for publicly defending his best player. It was a similar story in the first half of Toronto’s first game of the new year. While Leonard went into the break with a team-high 15 points, his frustration with a lack of calls was apparent

  • Raptors’ Lowry out indefinitely after back injections

    January 1, 2019 7:53 PM 116

    Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry received injections to relieve pain and inflammation in his lower back and there is no timeline for his return. Lowry, who had missed seven of the last eight games before Tuesday night’s home date with the Utah Jazz, travelled to New York for the injections on Friday, the team announced. The Raptors added that the 32-year-old