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Whirlwind week for new Impact wingback Raheem Edwards

TORONTO — It’s been five days and three teams since Raheem Edwards celebrated winning the MLS Cup final with Toronto FC. The 22-year-old wingback from Mississauga found himself — briefly — a member of Los Angeles FC when he was taken with the fifth and last pick of Tuesday’s expansion draft. LAFC promptly flipped Edwards and Finnish defender Jukka Raitala, …

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Stu Cowan: Canadiens make bald beautiful for a very good cause

Jordie Benn now looks like a biker. Andrew Shaw looks like a young Navy Seal officer ready for action and Karl Alzner looks like his tough drill sergeant. Artturi Lehkonen looks even younger. Seven Canadiens took on a new look after practice Wednesday in Brossard and it was for a very good cause. Benn, Shaw, Alzner and Lehkonen all went …

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Uber says 815,000 Canadians affected by data breach as formal investigation opened

CALGARY—Uber Canada said late Monday that 815,000 Canadian riders and drivers may have been affected as part of its worldwide data breach announced in November. The disclosure came the same day the federal privacy commissioner said it had opened a formal investigation into the data breach, which saw the theft of information from some 57 million Uber accounts globally in …

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PokerStars buyer goes to court in insider trading trial

MONTREAL—More than three years after the $4.9-billion (U.S.) PokerStars deal turned his company into one of the world’s largest online gambling businesses, David Baazov was in court Monday to face insider trading and market manipulation charges. The trial that started in Montreal is the largest of its kind ever prosecuted by Autorite des Marches Financiers, the Quebec securities regulator. It’s …

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Fingerlings sold out? Blame it on the bots

Fingerlings, those colourful chirping monkeys (and sloths and unicorns) that wrap around your finger, have become one of the most desired toys on holiday shopping lists. Unfortunately, the $25 creatures are sold out online almost everywhere. Toys R Us? Gone. Walmart? None left in stock. Mastermind? Nope. But check eBay or Amazon, and sellers are offering them for double, triple …

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Pat Hickey: Only the most optimistic think Habs have a chance this season

You don’t need a lot of fancy statistics to understand the Canadiens are a bad hockey team. If you’re optimistic, you can look at the standings and point out the Canadiens are only one winning streak away from a playoff position. They are only two points behind Boston in the race for third place in the Atlantic Division and only …

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Nike’s reboot of Cortez sneakers falters and shows its age

NEW YORK—In 1967, the company that would become the world-famous shoe brand Nike needed an identity for its new, state-of-the-art running shoe. Co-founders Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman settled on “Aztec,” according to Knight’s autobiography. But industry giant Adidas had a track spike called “Azteca Gold” and was allegedly threatening to sue. Chewing over their choices, the Oregon entrepreneurs fired the …

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Cutting into Amazon’s dominance, U.S. retailers see victory on Black Friday

Brick-and-mortar retailers did enough things right on Black Friday to consider the event a success, even if the crowds of past years haven’t returned. Chains simplified promotions this year and took a keener eye to managing their inventory. At Wal-Mart Stores Inc., colour-coded maps helped shoppers navigate the aisles. Retailers also made headway with their e-commerce sites, aiming to chip …

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China busts underground bank used to funnel $3 billion out of the country

BEIJING—The money came from all over China — its wealthy southern and eastern coasts as well as the arid northwest — as thousands of people scrambled to circumvent the country’s strict controls on wealth. In the end, more than 10,000 people had used an underground bank to effectively funnel $3 billion (U.S.) out of the country before authorities put a …

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Amazon workers stage Black Friday strikes in Germany and Italy

BERLIN—Workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centres in Germany and one in Italy walked off the job Friday, in a protest timed to coincide with “Black Friday” to demand better wages from the American online giant. In Germany, Ver.di union spokesperson Thomas Voss said some 2,500 workers were on strike at Amazon facilities in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Rheinberg, Werne, …

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