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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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Jays give Koehler his chance

Fitting that recently acquired Jays starter Tom Koehler will make his debut with his new team in the Sunshine State. After all, it’s the only place the right-handed pitcher knows, having played his entire major-league career across the state with the Florida Marlins. Koehler, who was acquired by the Jays from the Marlins in exchange for minor-league right-hander Osman Gutierrez this past Saturday, will …

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Free agent Upshall, 33, hungry for NHL job

TORONTO — It’s apparent the moment Scottie Upshall opens his mouth: This is not his first rodeo. Although the 14-year NHL veteran from Fort McMurray, Alta., remains unsigned, lingering on the free-agent market as September nears, he does not seem overly concerned. “There’s a hunger with staying in the NHL and winning a Stanley Cup, helping a team get to …

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Sisters Sarah and Amy Potomak could make Canada’s Olympic hockey team

With two daughters trying out for Canada’s Olympic women’s hockey team, Steve and Jane Potomak are prepared for joy, tears or perhaps both. Sarah, 19, and Amy, 18, would be the first sisters to play hockey for Canada at an Olympic Games should they earn a spot on the 23-player roster for Pyeongchang, South Korea. The siblings from Aldergrove, B.C., …

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Herb Zurkowsky: Alouettes face uphill battle after missed opportunity in Toronto

TORONTO — These Alouettes do appear to enjoy living dangerously, don’t they? Once again, they seem to be in a precarious position, unable to seize an opportunity and walk through the front door when it had been opened. The stakes were simple Saturday afternoon — defeat Toronto and the Als would seize control of the weak East Division along with …

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Trainer lugs a heavy heart to track

Kevin Attard was at Woodbine Racetrack doing his job on Sunday, but it was as if he was in a fog the entire day. The long-time trainer felt gutted. Heartbroken. In shock. Just very, very sad. “Honestly, I didn’t want to be here,” Attard told Postmedia after his dark bay Lookin At Bravo finished sixth in the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes. …

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