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  • Milos Raonic cruises into third round at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2018 1:37 PM 12

    A return to Wimbledon for the 2016 finalist seems to have given Raonic a boost. He lost in the first round of the Australian Open this year and missed the French Open with an injury, one of several health setbacks during the past few years. Raonic will play the winner of a match between No. 17 Lucas Pouille of France and unseeded Austrian Dennis Novak

  • Bryce Harper opts in for MLB home-run derby, unlike most stars

    July 4, 2018 1:23 AM 17

    “The past couple years I said that I was going to do it,” Harper said. “Especially it being in my ballpark, our ballpark. But, yeah, I think that if it wasn’t at our ballpark, I probably wouldn’t have done it. I just think I owe it to the fans to do it. I’m looking forward to having it there and doing it there.” It’ll be the second time Harper has participated

  • Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova latest big names to fall in Wimbledon’s first round

    July 3, 2018 10:44 PM 14

    “I feel a lot more comfortable on the court,” Bouchard told reporters after the match. “I feel a little bit more like myself. You know, I have always deep down had the belief, and it’s about, in the tough moments of the match, keeping that belief. I have that more and more now. Just trying to keep progressing.” Shapovalov, meanwhile, beat one of the hottest

  • Stanley Cup visits the temporary Capital Gazette office

    July 3, 2018 10:06 PM 14

    Craig “Woody” Leydig did an interview with the Capital Gazette about 2 p.m. last Thursday afternoon. Leydig, the assistant equipment manager for the Washington Capitals, spoke on the phone from the team’s headquarters at the Kettler Iceplex, in Arlington, Va. Shortly after hanging up the phone, Leydig walked into the laundry room and saw breaking news on television

  • Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel kept father’s kidnapping a secret before World Cup match

    July 3, 2018 8:10 PM 11

    John Obi Mikel, the captain of Nigeria’s World Cup team, revealed Tuesday that he played against Argentina last week knowing his father was being held for ransom by kidnappers back home, information he kept to himself because they had threatened to shoot his father “instantly” if he contacted police. In an interview with Kwese ESPN, Mikel said he received

  • Leafs trade Matt Martin to Islanders for minor-league goalie

    July 3, 2018 7:29 PM 10

    Martin signed a four-year, $10-million deal (U.S.) with the Leafs prior to the 2016 season. After playing every game in his first season with the Leafs, Martin suited up for just 50 games this past season and did not dress for Toronto’s seven-game playoff series against the Boston Bruins. In 132 games for the Leafs, the 29-year-old Martin had eight goals

  • Canadian Open shifts to early June starting in 2019

    July 3, 2018 5:19 PM 9

    Next year’s event is June 6-9 at the Hamilton Golf and Country Club, a week before the U.S. Open, and during the Stanley Cup final. The PGA Tour’s full 2019 schedule will be released on July 10. “For our organization, the professional game is at the top of the pyramid, because it drives substantial interest and it drives substantial economic impact for our entire

  • Tyler Bozak says goodbye to Toronto

    July 3, 2018 4:17 PM 10

    That was Kessel, who would become Bozak’s roommate. The two were, in fact, so close, they became the object of some chirping in the Leafs’ dressing room, where the pair were quickly dubbed “Bert and Ernie,” a reference to the Sesame Street characters. “I can still see Ron Wilson’s handwriting on the whiteboard in my mind from January 12, my second ever NHL game,” Bozak

  • International Olympic Committee commits $925 million to 2026 host city as Calgary mulls bid

    July 3, 2018 12:37 AM 11

    A Calgary Bid Exploration Committee estimated the cost of Calgary hosting the 2026 Winter Games at $4.6 billion with games revenues covering almost half the cost. That figure is under review, however. The price tag of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., was about $7.7 billion. The deadline to bid for the 2026 Games is January and the host city will be announced

  • Joe Thornton signs extension with Sharks

    July 2, 2018 9:55 PM 8

    SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Under less suspenseful circumstances, Joe Thornton followed the precedent that he set last summer, opting to rejoin the Sharks for another year. Thornton signed a one-year contract reportedly worth $5 million with the Sharks on Monday, ensuring that he’ll return to San Jose for a 14th season in teal. The 39-year-old’s decision isn’t