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Travis Dermott’s debut suits the Maple Leafs’ long view

In the Toronto Maple Leafs management suite, there may have been a few satisfied smiles exchanged over the weekend. This would not be to celebrate the Leafs’ second consecutive shootout win on Saturday, a 3-2 decision over the visiting Vancouver Canucks. Management’s concern is the long view, so the satisfaction came from the successful NHL debut of 21-year-old defenceman Travis …

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Meet Canada’s next basketball star

When Laeticia Amihere stepped in front of a cross-court pass for a steal at the top of the key in the defensive zone, the mood in the sparse gymnasium in Hampton, Va., during a women’s basketball tournament, had been rather sombre. Knocking it forward, Amihere collected the basketball near mid-court and, after a couple of powerful strides, rose toward the basket …

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Kia Nurse brings UConn home for the holidays

With Kia Nurse’s stellar four-year basketball career at the University of Connecticut drawing to a close, it seems fitting that the institution would want to honour the Canadian with a special game. That game will be on Friday night in Toronto at Ryerson University’s Mattamy Athletic Centre, when the powerhouse Huskies will play the Duquesne University Dukes in an out-of-country …

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Rocket beat Crunch 5-2 to halt losing streak at five

LAVAL – Adam Cracknell had two goals and Chris Terry scored once adding three assists, as the Laval Rocket snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday night, in American Hockey League action at Place Bell. Nikita Scherbak had a goal and set up two more for the Rocket (11-13-6) while Brett Lernout added …

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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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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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Maple Leafs’ Kadri owns up to bad penalty, tantrum in box

RALEIGH — Nazem Kadri dipped his toe — or in this case, the butt end of his stick — over the line on Wednesday night, and the Maple Leafs centre was adamant it won’t happen again. Oh, Kadri is not going to stop being the kind of hockey pest who loves to skate to the edge, peer over and wonder …

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Alouettes’ Luc Brodeur-Jourdain wins CFL’s Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award

nstead, he figured any opportunity was better than none. “That’s the biggest thing you need, no matter who you are. If you don’t get that opportunity, the level of talent you have and can showcase doesn’t matter. That’s what you don’t control, the opportunity,” Brodeur-Jourdain told the Montreal Gazette by telephone Thursday from Ottawa. “I was just getting the chance …

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Canadiens show some fight in 3-2 shootout loss to Nashville

NASHVILLE — Joe Morrow scored in the final minute to force overtime, but Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 win over the Canadiens Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena. The Canadiens’ defence turned in another strong performance without Shea Weber and Antti Niemi was solid in his first start as a …

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