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  • Capitals' Backstrom could return to lineup for Game 4

    May 17, 2018 6:04 PM 15

    Hand injury has kept star centre out of Conference Final Nicklas Backstrom could return to the Capitals' lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Lightning. Backstrom has missed Washington's past four games with a right hand injury. Coach Barry Trotz called him a game-time decision and said early Thursday that Backstrom had not yet been medically

  • Canadian Denis Shapovalov falls to Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open

    May 17, 2018 5:36 PM 9

    Halep needed to reach the quarter-finals and progress further than No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki to hold onto the top spot, and she accomplished the first task. Wozniacki was facing 15th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova in a late match on the red clay of the Foro Italico. The winner will play Anett Kontaveit. Keys also withdrew from the doubles competition, where

  • Casey up for NBA top coach honours, VanVleet sixth man nominee

    May 17, 2018 2:47 AM 9

    Five days after he was fired by the Toronto Raptors, Dwane Casey was named a finalist for NBA coach of the year. On a night when the 2015 winner, Mike Budenholzer, reached a deal to coach the Milwaukee Bucks — scratching his name off the list of candidates for the Raptors job, the 61-year-old Casey made the shortlist after the best regular season in Raptor

  • Talks stall between Canadian Lacrosse Association, players` association

    May 16, 2018 10:11 PM 11

    The NLTPA also informed the CLA that until their conditions were met, they would not play for Canada in any tournament. The men’s field world championships is the first tournament on the calendar since the strike began. Although the CLA has made an offer to the NLTPA, it is only for the 34 players in the top tier of the senior men’s field team pool. Those

  • Lightning’s Anton Stralman won’t be suspended for questionable hit on Capitals’ Tom Wilson, league sources say

    May 16, 2018 8:53 PM 13

    Stralman was assessed a minor penalty for boarding 8:58 into the game, and after Wilson was down on the ice for several seconds with his hand clutching his head, he briefly went to the locker room to be examined. Wilson was suspended three games in the Capitals’ second-round series for an illegal check to the head of Penguins forward Zach Aston-Reese

  • 'Ass' backwards: Joey Votto reverses his harsh words about Canada

    May 16, 2018 12:50 PM 23

    Toronto-born Reds slugger had said he 'couldn't give a rat's ass' about his home country Cincinnati Reds all-star Joey Votto has penned an apology after saying in a podcast on Tuesday that he doesn't care about Canada, Canadian baseball or his hometown of Toronto. Votto, who played for Canada at the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics and won the Lou Marsh

  • Joey Votto on Canadian baseball: ‘I don’t care’

    May 16, 2018 4:23 AM 12

    “I don’t care almost at all about Canadian baseball,” said Votto, who was also the National League MVP in 2010. “I wasn’t raised inside of Canadian baseball, really. I’m coming up on half of my life being in the United States working and being supported by American baseball.” He was also asked for his opinion on James Paxton of Ladner, B.C., throwing

  • Tampa Bay Lightning strike back against Washington Capitals

    May 16, 2018 3:18 AM 11

    WASHINGTON—Victor Hedman scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Washington Capitals 4-2 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Tuesday night and cut their series deficit to 2-1. Hedman had the primary assist on power-play goals by Steven Stamkos and Nikita

  • Golden touch leads to surprising Stanley Cup playoff run for Vegas

    May 15, 2018 8:38 PM 13

    MARC-ANDRÉ FLEURY: Expansion pick from the Penguins, who were only allowed to protect one goalie and opted for the younger and cheaper Matt Murray, who had taken the No. 1 job. Fleury waived his no-movement clause. The Pens threw in a second-round pick. SHEA THEODORE: Vegas agreed to take defenceman Clayton Stoner in the draft (with a $3.25-million cap hit) if Anaheim

  • Canada’s Denis Shapovalov downs Czech veteran Tomas Berdych at Italian Open

    May 15, 2018 6:23 PM 12

    Berdych came back to make it 5-5 but the left-handed Shapovalov then drew his opponent into the net and unleashed a wicked one-handed backhand passing shot down the line. On his first match point, Shapovalov wrong-footed Berdych with another shot down the line that his opponent couldn’t get back. The risk-taking Shapovalov committed twice as many unforced