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Jays kids thrown into fire of 13-inning loss

BALTIMORE – In the mess that has been the 2017 season, perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Blue Jays can’t even get the feel-good stories to finish properly. But boy, it was oh-so-close to happening on a damp Friday night at Camden Yards where a pair of young prospects made mighty impressive major league debuts and nearly propelled …

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Decorated Olympian Charles Hamelin to lead Canada’s short-track team

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Charles Hamelin will lead a veteran Canadian short-track speedskating team to the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The native of Ste-Julie is one of 10 athletes and two coaches provisionally selected to Canada’s team, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Speed Skating Canada announced in a joint release Wednesday. Hamelin, who has also won 10 …

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U.S. OPENShapovalov advances to 3rd round

NEW YORK — Playing under the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday night was an intimidating task for Denis Shapovalov. But as he has on several occasions already this year, the 18-year-old Canadian stayed loose under pressure and it paid off. Shapovalov advanced into the third round of the U.S. Open after a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3) upset …

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Blue Jays stumped by Sale in loss to Red Sox

TORONTO — With Chris Sale on the mound, the Boston Red Sox always have plenty of wind at their back. Sale proved that unequivocally again on Tuesday night at the Rogers Centre. The left-handed ace guided his Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Blue Jays on the strength of a seven-inning, three-hit, 11-strikeout performance, spoiling a solid …

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Reds have little problem with rival Impact

The ribald side of the rivalry appeared early Sunday afternoon at a sold-out Saputo Stadium. As is their way, the 300 or so vocal TFC supporters took residence in the north end stands and in between chants unfurled a banner proclaiming: “Today’s forecast, 17 points clear … still.” Nothing like rubbing it in for the first regular-season renewal of the …

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Donaldson gets breather as DH

Josh Donaldson’s increased production — a .688 slugging percentage in 32 games prior to the start of the Minnesota series on Friday night was, together with a heavy infield workload led manager John Gibbons to try and give him a little break. He was moved to the designated hitter’s slot, with Jose Bautista shifting to third base. “He needs a …

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The Big Sexy leads Twins over Blue Jays

TORONTO 1 What 44-year-old Bartolo Colon lacked in fluidity Friday against the busted Blue Jays was more than compensated for by Byron Buxton’s flash. The double threat by the Minnesota Twins made quick work of Toronto in an eventual 6-1 decision. Buxton’s three hits, featuring two bunt singles, kept the visitors base path merry-go-round in working order, while the centre …

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Alouettes show their moxie, but offence falls short against Bombers

Chapdelaine was running long in his post-game sermon to his players. His message was simple, yet profound — don’t give up. The Als might be 3-6 halfway through the Canadian Football League regular-schedule, but they showed heart, resiliency and determination on Thursday night before finally losing, 34-31, to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in double-overtime at Molson Stadium. “I’m proud of …

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Bombers QB Matt Nichols on pace for first 5,000-yard season of his career

Early last season, with the dogs nipping at his heels following a 1-4 start, Mike O’Shea had an epiphany and decided to change quarterback, benching Drew Willy in favour of Matt Nichols. If the move didn’t save O’Shea’s status as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, it certainly reversed the team’s fortunes. Nichols began his tenure with seven consecutive …

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