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Jays Hurting, But not for Long

TORONTO – Having three starting pitchers on the disabled list is only one part of the challenge facing the Blue Jays rotation. The other is getting by with veteran everyday catcher Russell Martin residing in the same injury ward. Enter call- up Luke Maile, who is doing a solid job behind the plate in Martin’s absence. “He’s good back there. It’s nice …

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R&R: Rest and Ryan Getzlaf Benefit Ducks in 4-3 Overtime Win

When Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle was asked by a Kelowna newspaper scribe Tuesday if getting out of hockey-mad Edmonton for a few days would be worth it, he shrugged his shoulders. “We think it’ll benefit us but we’ll be judged by our performance in Game 4, won’t we?” he said. “Tied 2-2 or down 3-1. By tomorrow night about …

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Canadian Olympian Shawn Barber Announces he’s Gay

Via Facebook, world champion pole vaulter Shawn Barber has announced he is gay. “Gay and proud,” the Canadian Olympian wrote Monday morning in a post that was confirmed as legitimate by his agent, Paul Doyle. “Thank you to my parents for being such a great support. I continue to grow as a person and have a great support group. My …

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Some Negative Reviews for the Stro Show

ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Marcus Stroman has lost some love in the Los Angeles Angels dugout and he’s getting more hate from Sportsnet analyst Gregg Zaun. But one thing you can expect from the fiery Blue Jays pitcher is an emotional show every day he’s on the mound. Stroman took some heat after his brilliant complete-game victory over the Angels on Sunday, most …

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Wilson’s Moment of Glory

As a Maple Leaf-loving lad playing ball hockey in the hallways of North Toronto Arena, Tom Wilson imagined, like most boys do, of a day when he would enjoy NHL glory in his beloved hometown. But the way it all became reality at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night, well, it might be considered far-fetched for even the most …

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Chris Coghlan Gets Call

With the bats slumping and their star third baseman on the disabled list, the Jays have added a World Series champion to their roster. The team called up utility fielder Chris Coghlan from the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Friday, and after a quick trip down the QEW, he was ready for action for the second of a four-game series with …

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Leafs’ Rielly Knows What it’s Like to Feel Like a Fan

TORONTO – Morgan Rielly is a sports fan himself, so the Maple Leafs defenceman knew exactly what many in the crowd of 19,561 at the Air Canada Centre were experiencing when the Maple Leafs clinched a playoff spot on Saturday night. Rielly’s point of reference was attending Blue Jays games through the club’s playoff runs in each of the past two seasons. …

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Peachy win for Rock

TORONTO – The Toronto Rock found a way to win an overtime game. Reid Reinholdt took a feed from Kasey Beirnes in front of Georgia Swarm goaltender Mike Poulin and scored at 1:16 of the extra frame to give the Rock (7-5) a much-needed 12-11 win over the Swarm in Duluth, Ga., on Friday. The win pulls them within one game of …

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‘Cool to be a Leafs Fan Right Now’

At times in the past few years, some Maple Leafs didn’t want to turn their phones or computers on to find out how badly they were getting bashed. The franchise deserved much of the abuse as it stumbled along with three years out of the playoffs and then sinking to 30th at the end of last year. Connor Carrick said …

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Game Day: Flyers at Maple Leafs

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Air Canada Centre How: TV-Rogers Sportsnet, Radio-The Fan 590 THE READING MATERIAL Lance Hornby: Maple Leafs playing the percentages Lance Hornby: Maple Leafs goalie Andersen climbs ‘W’ chart THE RECORDS Philadelphia — 31-26-8 (70 points; fourth place in the Metropolitan Division) Toronto — 29-22-14 (72 points; fourth place in Atlantic …

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