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  • Canada sending the biggest figure skating team to the Olympics

    January 12, 2014 8:04 PM 18

    Led by world champion Patrick Chan and defending ice dance champions Tessa Scott and Scott Moir, 17 athletes were formally named to Canada’s figure skating team on Sunday by the Canadian Olympic Committee. OTTAWA — They are the biggest figure skating squad heading to Sochi and, let’s just say it, the best-looking. Led by world champion Patrick Chan and defending

  • Drake shares his love for Toronto, helps bring England soccer star to Canada

    January 12, 2014 7:08 PM 23

    TORONTO -- Drake is downplaying his role in helping bring England soccer star Jermain Defoe to Toronto, although his Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment boss says differently. The 27-year-old Toronto hip-hop star, in his role as MLSE's global ambassador, spoke to Defoe several times by phone during negotiations. MLSE president and CEO Tim Leiweke has said the calls

  • Jets fire coach Claude Noel amid five-game losing streak, hire Paul Maurice

    January 12, 2014 3:52 PM 13

    WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets have fired coach Claude Noel and hired Paul Maurice as his replacement. Winnipeg is 19-23-5 and has lost five games in a row to fall 10 points back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Noel, hired after the Atlanta Thrashers moved to Winnipeg before the 2011-12 season, went 80-79-18. Assistant Perry

  • Sochi 2014: Canada’s best on blades looking good for Games: DiManno

    January 12, 2014 2:51 PM 37

    Patrick Chan captures seventh consecutive men’s title to top stellar contingent for Sochi; Olympic squad to be officially announced Sunday. KANATA, ONT.—Seven beauties for Patrick Chan. Five golden laurels for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. While the official Olympic team will not be announced until high noon Sunday — and there might still be some arbitrary

  • Canada’s Gagnon wins super-combined

    January 12, 2014 2:10 PM 17

    ALTENMARKT: Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon won the women's super-combined in Altenmarkt on Sunday, scoring a first ever World Cup victory in a surprise result. The 24-year-old finished with a total time of 2min 05.55sec after one super-G and one slalom run, ahead of Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser and German double Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch

  • Penguins slip past Flames 2-1

    January 12, 2014 8:06 AM 16

    Best news photos of the week “It was just nice to have a close, low scoring game,” said Fleury (26-10-1). “It felt nice. The last few games were a little crazy so it’s definitely nice and it was a good battle.” Fleury appeared to be on his way to becoming the sixth goalie in eight games to shut out the Flames, but Mikael Backlund cut into Calgary’s 2-0 deficit

  • Defiant Alex Rodriguez determined to continue crusade against MLB

    January 12, 2014 4:43 AM 30

    He stuck to that defiant stance after Horowitz determined today that Rodriguez should be banned for all of the 2014 season and postseason, keeping intact much of the suspension MLB had handed the New York Yankees third baseman for his involvement in the Biogenesis case and for his efforts in obstructing the investigation. "I have been clear that I did not use performance

  • Chan, Virtue, Moir win Canadian Figure Skating Championships titles

    January 12, 2014 4:05 AM 17

    Ottawa (AFP) - Three-time world champion Patrick Chan captured his seventh national title and reigning Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won their sixth at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. Chan on Saturday secured his place as the man to beat at next month's Sochi Winter Olympics by scoring 188.30 points to win the free skate

  • Don Cherry: Don't blame Yzerman for St. Louis snub

    January 12, 2014 1:55 AM 20

    Don't blame Steve Yzerman for leaving Martin St. Louis off Team Canada's Olympic roster, according to Don Cherry. The Coach's Corner commentator used his Saturday segment on Hockey Night in Canada to explain why he thought the Team Canada and Tampa Bay general manager wasn't at fault for not naming St. Louis to the 2014 Sochi Olympic squad. Cherry said Yzerman

  • Canada's Sochi-bound athletes get Banff block party send-off

    January 11, 2014 5:54 PM 24

    In true Canadian fashion, Sochi-bound athletes who will be representing Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month, are getting an official send-off at an outdoor block party in Banff National Park. The "Molson Canadian Block Party" will feature performances by a number of Canadian rock bands, including The Arkells and The Sheepdogs