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Borje Salming’s Leafs Jersey Will Rise to Rafters in Sweden

When Borje Salming heard that old Leafs honoured-number banners were going back to the players’ home towns, he didn’t think they’d really bring it to his remote Swedish iron-mining community. “No way,” Salming laughed on the phone from Kiruna (Pop. 23,000). “We’re inside the Arctic Circle here. Something big like this doesn’t happen here very often.” But on Saturday, a …

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No Surprise Here: NHLPA Rejects NHL’s Idea of Olympics for CBA Extension

TORONTO – We all saw this one coming, didn’t we? You have to figure Gary Bettman did. Knowing there is a healthy thirst among NHL players to participate at the Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Games in 2018, he tested the waters last month to find out just how far they would go to quench it. Would the players be willing to cough …

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Bills Tackle Seantrel Henderson Suspended 10 Games

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – The NFL suspended Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson for 10 games for what the player’s agent tells The Associated Press stems from his client using marijuana to relieve the effects of Crohn’s disease. The Bills announced the league notified them on Tuesday of Henderson’s suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. It’s Henderson’s second suspension this …

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The Randy Carlyle Effect: Anaheim Ducks Stumbling at 5-on-5 Under Former Toronto Maple Leafs Coach

The NHL’s coaching merry-go-round made its first stop of the season over the weekend, snatching up Gerard Gallant in North Carolina following a post-game dismissal from the Florida Panthers’ brass. The carousel will inevitably claim another man’s job soon. The pro coaching business is volatile and, frankly, a little weird. Randy Carlyle, head coach of the Ducks for a second …

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Habs Game Report: Gibson Leads Ducks Over Canadiens

ANAHEIM – It was John Gibson Bobblehead Night at Honda Center and the Ducks’ goaltender gave the 14,830 fans something to remember as he made 39 saves to lead Anaheim to a 2-1 win over the Canadiens. Gibson missed his second shutout of the season when Andrew Shaw scored at the 18-minute mark of the third period after the Canadiens pulled …

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Former Toronto Blue Jay Eric Thames, Who Found Stardom in Korea, Returns to Majors with Milwaukee Brewers Deal

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers have signed free agent Eric Thames, who spent the last three seasons in Korea, and designated slugging first baseman Chris Carter for assignment. Carter tied for the National League lead in home runs with 41 in 2016, his one season with the Brewers. He is eligible for arbitration. Carter will apparently be replaced by Thames, …

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First Goal has big-time Implications as TFC-Impact Series Resumes

The circumstances of Wednesday night’s return leg will seem substantially different depending on who — if anyone — grabs the first goal. Trailing 3-2 on aggregate — but with two vital away goals — TFC coach Greg Vanney winded his way through a scenario-laden chit-chat about how a single goal will change the entire complexion of the second leg. “(The …

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Raptors Aim to Keep Performance High at Home Versus 76ers

Each NBA season is full of rather predictable moments. It could be struggling in the altitude in Denver or Utah, not having it in the fourth quarter at the end of a long trip against a rested team, or good teams losing to awful clubs in the dog days of a long year. Another typical one is struggling in the …

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Krykslants: After Daring OT Gamble Fails, Broncos in Fight to Make Playoffs

OPENING KICKOFF For starters: perspective on the big news If the NFL playoffs began this week, neither of February’s Super Bowl combatants would be in them. The defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers are far off the post-season pace, all but eliminated with a 4-7 record. The Panthers have difficult games remaining, too. The defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos slipped …

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