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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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Canadian Rookie Lance Stroll Goes off Track for Second Day in a Row of F1 Testing

BARCELONA — Canadian rookie Lance Stroll has gone off the track for a second day in a row of Formula One pre-season testing. The Mont-Tremblant native appeared to lose control of his Williams car on Turn 3 in the final seconds of the morning session at the Catalunya track on Wednesday. Television replays showed the 18-year-old climbing out of the cockpit …

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Raptors Aim to Manage Expectations for Newly Arrived Ibaka

Rex Kalamian noticed that Serge Ibaka was the most vocal Raptor on the floor during his first practices in Toronto this week. The power forward was quite different, the assistant coach reflected, from the Congolese rookie he had first coached in Oklahoma City some seven seasons ago, one who barely spoke English. The Raptors assistant was happily reunited this week …

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Michelle Englot Swaps Provincial Allegiance, Skips new Manitoba rink to Spotless Start at Scotties

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. — Michelle Englot’s rink is keeping up with the Joneses just fine so far. Englot’s first-year Manitoba rink is 3-0 after two days of round-robin play at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, reminiscent of the kind of supreme success Jennifer Jones and her Winnipeg-St. Vital rink routinely experienced at the nationals. But Jones isn’t here. Three weeks …

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CHL Civil Suit Lands in Alberta Courts with Certification Hearing

CALGARY – A civil suit launched by some junior hockey players against the Canadian Hockey League is about to be tested in Alberta. A hearing to determine if the lawsuit can be certified as a class action is scheduled to start Tuesday in Calgary. The CHL is the umbrella organization for the Western, Ontario and Quebec major junior hockey leagues. It touts …

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Despite DeMar DeRozan’s Return, Raptors Lose to Magic

TORONTO – The Raptors were back to full health Sunday night but also back (they really never left) were the defensive woes that have left Dwane Casey and to a lesser extent his team frustrated for much of the year. If there is a good thing about a 114-113 loss to an Orlando Magic team that came in having lost 10 of …

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Canucks Captain Henrik Sedin Records 1,000th Point with Goal Against Roberto Luongo

VANCOUVER – Henrik Sedin recorded the 1,000th point of his NHL career before Luca Sbisa scored the winner in the third period as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night. Ryan Miller stopped 34 shots for Vancouver (22-19-6), which improved to 8-1-3 over its last 12. Jaromir Jagr replied for Florida (20-19-9). Roberto Luongo made 30 saves in …

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