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  • Derrick Rose drops 50 points on Jazz while Jimmy Butler sits

    November 1, 2018 3:15 AM 22

    MINNEAPOLIS—Jeff Teague’s knee was sore. During warmups, Tyus Jones’ right foot got sore. Jimmy Butler’s soreness was far less specific. So, in front of a crowd that looked to fill the Target Center about halfway, against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, coach Tom Thibodeau went with a makeshift starting lineup and hoped the Timberwolves would make do. Derrick

  • Bruce Arthur’s Thursday NFL pick: Raiders at 49ers

    November 1, 2018 1:45 AM 11

    Among big cities, the Bay Area contains arguably the two most expensive real-estate markets in America: San Jose and San Francisco. Why not? It’s California, Silicon Valley and the chance to work on a social network that might just topple a government, or might destroy the world. The football teams are similarly irresponsible, actually: The 49ers abandoned

  • Thursday NHL preview: Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs

    November 1, 2018 1:42 AM 11

    Stars centre Jason Spezza played his 1,000th NHL game in Montreal on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Torontonian was drafted second overall by the Senators in the 2001. He has 326 goals and 896 points … Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey hits the same milestone in this game. It will be interesting to see if the veterans match up on the ice. The word out of the Stars’

  • Baseball great Willie McCovey dead at 80

    November 1, 2018 12:42 AM 15

    The 1969 National League MVP and 1959 rookie of the year hit 522 home runs in 22 years, 19 of them with the Giants. Even four-plus decades later, it still stung for the left-handed slugging McCovey that he never won a World Series after coming so close. He lined out to end the Giants’ 1962 World Series loss to the Yankees. McCovey had been getting around

  • Wayne Rooney made his mark in MLS in a hurry

    October 31, 2018 11:04 PM 13

    Wayne Rooney’s impact on D.C. United has been so profound, his midseason arrival did not dissuade MLS voters from making him an MVP finalist. The English striker didn’t join the team until the 15th match of the season, but with 12 goals and seven assists in 20 appearances, he was the pivotal figure in United’s rise from last place into the playoffs

  • Russia’s Artur Dalaloyan wins men’s all-around on tiebreaker

    October 31, 2018 10:55 PM 20

    The victory marked a redemption of sorts for Dalaloyan, who came off the parallel bars shortly after his mount during the team final, the deduction one of a handful of miscues by the Russians that helped China return to the top of the sport for the first time since 2014. There were few miscues for Dalaloyan two days later. He put up the top score on rings

  • Milos Raonic pulls out of Paris Masters match against Roger Federer with elbow injury

    October 31, 2018 5:19 PM 12

    Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., was coming off a tough 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) first-round win over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday. This tennis season has been hard on Raonic, who is ranked 21st in the world. He withdrew from the Monte Carlo Masters with a right-knee injury in April and missed most of the clay-court season, including the French

  • Poor special teams play dooms Oilers in home loss to Wild

    October 31, 2018 5:23 AM 11

    EDMONTON—On the front end of their longest road trip in franchise history, the Minnesota Wild managed to bounce back from a loss in Vancouver despite playing for the second night in a row. “We have good players and we have a good team,” Staal said. “We feel like we can come back any time and if we stay with our game and our structure, we have the talent

  • Rested Raptor Leonard wears out 76ers

    October 31, 2018 2:32 AM 11

    There were many stars on the night — Kawhi Leonard returned from a night off to score 31 points, and Jonas Valanciunas pitched in 23 off the bench — as Toronto’s depth was just too much for Philadelphia. Kyle Lowry had 12 assists to go with 20 points, the sixth straight game the all-star point guard has registered more than 10 assists. The franchise

  • St. John’s to host Canada’s final two qualifying games for basketball World Cup

    October 30, 2018 11:12 PM 11

    The Canadians will face Chile on Feb. 21 before taking on Venezuela on Feb. 24 to conclude the Americas qualifiers. “The new FIBA qualification system has allowed us to bring the national team to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast,” said Glen Grunwald, president and chief executive officer of Canada Basketball. “After successfully hosting games in Halifax