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Ottawa Senators sign veteran defenceman Johnny Oduya to one-year contract

Posted on 25 July 2017

OTTAWA—The Ottawa Senators have signed defenceman Johnny Oduya to a one-year, $1-million (U.S.) contract.The contract has games played, time-on-ice and playoff bonuses that could add up to another $1,250,000 to the $1 million guarantee.The 35-year-old Oduya started last season with the Dallas Stars before a February trade returned him to the Chicago Blackhawks. In 52 regular-season games, he rec ...

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Blue Jays, Liriano top A’s in series opener

Posted on 25 July 2017

Coming off a dismal road trip and with next Monday’s trade deadline looming, the chatter during this seven-game Blue Jayshomestand will be as much about the goings-on off the field as what is happening on it.But there is still baseball to be played as the clock ticks down, and the Oakland Athletics arrived for the opener of a four-game series with the same record as the home side at 44-54.T ...

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Jack Todd: Keep your "franchise" records and leave Tim Raines alone

Posted on 24 July 2017

With the late, great Montreal Expos, it seems, nothing happens that isn’t bittersweet.Tim Raines is about to enter the Hall of Fame next weekend? Yes, but the day will be clouded by the entry of former commissioner Bud Selig Jr., he of the gormless toupée, the eternal indecisiveness, and the fatal machinations that helped lead to the death of the Expos.Even Raines left some of us feeling a bit ...

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Jack Todd: Keep your "franchise" records and leave Tim Raines alone

Posted on 24 July 2017

With the late, great Montreal Expos, it seems, nothing happens that isn’t bittersweet.Tim Raines is about to enter the Hall of Fame next weekend? Yes, but the day will be clouded by the entry of former commissioner Bud Selig Jr., he of the gormless toupée, the eternal indecisiveness, and the fatal machinations that helped lead to the death of the Expos.Even Raines left some of us feeling a bit ...

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Coach claims isolated mistakes, not bad plays are holding Alouettes back

Posted on 24 July 2017

Jacques Chapdelaine’s mind hasn’t changed since Wednesday night. He still believes backup quarterback Vernon Adams picked up the necessary yard on a third-down play from the Ottawa eight-yard line in the game’s final moments.And the Alouettes head coach told his players he would run the identical play again under similar circumstances.“I think it was well executed. I thought the push was g ...

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Als QB Durant rues costly turnovers: "We have to cut out the mistakes"

Posted on 20 July 2017

OTTAWA — Darian Durant sat in the dressing room for the longest time, his back to the media, alone with his thoughts, before he finally turned around, somewhat mercifully, to face the firing squad.And this was after Anthony Calvillo, the Alouettes’ quarterbacks coach and the leading passer in pro football history, wrapped his arm around Durant, consoling him and, undoubtedly offering some sage ...

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A league of their own

Posted on 20 July 2017

This week, in the heart of a region many call the birthplace of lacrosse, Kiana Point is part of something special.The sport has deep roots in Indigenous culture and has always been a keystone event at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG), a popular multisport gathering for Indigenous youth held every few years since 1990. Point’s two older brothers both played lacrosse at NAIG, and h ...

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Wimbledon rematch not made in heaven for Raonic: DiManno

Posted on 13 July 2017

WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND—“Okay, let’s see if he can do it again. Let’s see if he can do it again. And he did.” Thus Milos Raonic spoke to himself during what was frankly a horror of a butt-kicking, while thousands watched, tiered around the cathedral of Centre Court, millions more witnessing the comeuppance on live television.Roger Federer was in a mood. Roger Federer was in a ...

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Stratford Festival celebrates 65th season with a plethora of Romeos and Juliets

Posted on 13 July 2017

“Give me my Romeo,” says Juliet in Act 3 of Shakespeare’s famous play. On Thursday, the Stratford Festival will give the audience six of them.Same goes for Juliet, but round up to seven.The festival, celebrating its 65th season, will mark its very first performance — of Richard III on July 13, 1953 — by gathering past and present stars of Romeo and Juliet after the ...

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Stu Cowan: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin goes all-in on Carey Price

Posted on 03 July 2017

You just can’t replace your top players. That’s the reality of the NHL today. You make your team in the summer time and you hope for the best.” Those were Marc Bergevin’s words last February when the general manager was asked what he learned the previous season when the Canadiens missed the playoffs. Well, Bergevin better hope really hard now that Carey Price doesn’t get hurt ...