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  • 2013 in Sport: Toronto Blue Jays crumble under the hype

    December 30, 2013 1:02 PM 32

    Our 2013 in Sport series: Winning, it turns out, is not everything. Certainly not when it comes to choosing the sporting moments of the year. We will remember the champions — the Chicago the Blackhawks, the Miami Heat, the Baltimore Ravens and on and on — but it is not their victories that resonate. It is the collapses and confessions and clutch shots

  • World Junior championship: Further examining Canada’s loss to the Czech Republic

    December 30, 2013 9:31 AM 15

    Canada's loss to the Czech Republic Saturday afternoon at the World Junior championship raised some questions, but it may be safe to say that it wasn't exactly a clean win for the Czechs—they got lucky. While the shot count was relatively even, and the Canadians held just a slim puck-possession advantage, the fact is that Canada dominated in regard to shots

  • NFL Week 17: Five matchups to watch

    December 30, 2013 5:21 AM 18

    1. GREEN BAY AT CHICAGO: The winner claims the NFC North; the loser is done. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers makes his return from a broken collarbone. Chicago’s Jay Cutler is 1-7 against the Packers. 2. PHILADELPHIA AT DALLAS: Another win-or-else game for all the marbles in the NFC East. Tony Romo is done for the Cowboys after back surgery. The pressure

  • Report: Jimmy Howard joins Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick on USA roster

    December 30, 2013 4:34 AM 11

    The United States will unveil their Olympic hockey roster at the conclusion of the Winter Classic on Wednesday in Ann Arbor, Michigan but there won't be much suspense around the announcement of the three goaltenders. It has become abundantly clear through this season that 2010 starter Ryan Miller would be on the team, playing very well in Buffalo, and Jonathan

  • Leafs beat Hurricanes amid Dion Phaneuf contract backlash: Feschuk

    December 30, 2013 4:15 AM 17

    Phil Kessel nets pair, Tyler Bozak racks up three assists in return from injury. There’ll almost certainly be a press conference to announce Dion Phaneuf’s impending contract extension this week, but you probably don’t need to sit through it to get the gist of the Maple Leafs’ rationale. Claude Loiselle, the Leafs’ assistant general manager, explained

  • A bit of game stuff and awful lot to end the weekend mail

    December 30, 2013 3:04 AM 25

    Guess you could say Mission Accomplished. Knicks are far more buried in the Atlantic today than they were Friday morning; sweeping a home and home is never easy; taking care of business at home is not something the Raptors have done consistently and more wins are good things. Oh, yes. The 15 three-pointers they made were a wonderful thing – the Knicks

  • Rematches galore in wild-card playoff round

    December 30, 2013 2:56 AM 12

    It begins with the Colts hosting the Chiefs on Saturday. Indianapolis won at Kansas City just last week. At night, in the only first-round game not involving teams that faced each other this season, New Orleans is at Philadelphia. On Sunday, it’s San Diego at Cincinnati; the Bengals won at the Chargers on Dec. 1. And the wild-card finale with San Francisco

  • Leafs' Holland says he's 'earned' spot on roster

    December 30, 2013 2:02 AM 17

    Praised by the man in charge of his minutes, it appears Peter Holland is not on the clock after all. When the Maple Leafs acquired the 22-year-old forward from the Anaheim Ducks in mid-November, the presumption was that Holland would get a few games in with the Leafs before ultimately landing with the Marlies of the AHL, a league he was playing in before

  • Panthers thump visiting Habs 4-1

    December 30, 2013 1:05 AM 10

    A huge crowd of Canadiens fans did little to help the Habs Sunday in Sunrise Florida, as the hometown Panthers won their team-record eighth victory for the month of December. Veteran rearguard Brian Campbell lead the Panthers with a goal and an assist to lead the Panthers to victory, as any serious hope of a Canadiens comeback was wiped out when a goal by Daniel

  • World juniors: Rabid Canadian fans turn Swedish town into ‘sea of red’

    December 29, 2013 11:31 PM 19

    Team Canada fans are so loyal, they not only turn out to support their own squad, they also show up to cheer whoever is playing the archrival Americans. MALMO, SWEDEN—As far as anyone can tell, the thousands of Canadians who made the holiday-season trek to Sweden for the world junior hockey championship have three jobs. The first, of course, is to support