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Kelly: Average isn’t Close to Good Enough if the Raptors Want to Beat the Cavs

For many American sporting enthusiasts, Tuesday was a first opportunity to consider the Toronto Raptors as a functioning basketball team rather than an ongoing punchline. Well, that was the idea. The party line is that Toronto doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of them. Not the players or the executives and most certainly not the people. We’re all totally over …

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Nashville Predators are Heading in the Right Direction,’ GM Says

General manager David Poile believes patience might be the remaining ingredient needed for the Nashville Predators to take that “next step.” The Predators are coming off the longest playoff run in their history and Poile noted Wednesday that they have gone through a myriad of changes the past couple of seasons. They won three of four elimination games before finally …

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Toronto Raptors’ NBA Playoffs Future Shines Far Brighter Than 2015-16

The Toronto Raptors, fresh off further heroics from Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, are ready to compete for an NBA Championship in 2016. They have made it further than ever before, facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Final. Although they’re heavy underdogs, this might not be their best days. It could only be up from here. …

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Blue Jays’ Joe Biagini Excited to Pitch in Favourite Childhood Ballpark

Joe Biagini always envisioned himself pitching at San Francisco’s AT&T Park while wearing a Giants uniform. He’ll get the chance to fulfil at least half of that dream over the next few days. Biagini, a former San Francisco draft pick and current Blue Jays rookie reliever, grew up less than 70 kilometres from the Giants’ home ballpark, where his new …

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Stephen Strasburg Signs $175-Million Deal with Washington Nationals

So all these years later, it sure sounds as if Stephen Strasburg signed a $175-million (U.S.), seven-year contract with the Washington Nationals precisely because of their decision to end his 2012 season before the playoffs – not despite it. “As a competitor, it was a very tough pill to swallow,” Strasburg said Tuesday about the much-debated shutdown to protect his …

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Tulowitzki, Happ Lead Blue Jays Past the Giants

The Blue Jays silenced the Giants and quieted down what manager John Gibbons called the “Tulo haters.” Troy Tulowitzki homered and drove in three runs in Toronto’s 4-0 victory over San Francisco on Tuesday night. “He had a big night,” Gibbons said. “He’s on familiar ground right now. It was only a matter of time. He’s been taking heat and …

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Penguins Edge Capitals in OT to Win Series in Six Games

Nick Bonino put a rebound past Braden Holtby 6:32 into overtime to give the Pittsburgh Penguins a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night to wrap up the hotly contested Eastern Conference semifinal in six games. The Capitals rallied from a three-goal deficit over the final 22 minutes of regulation, but Bonino’s second goal of the playoffs sent …

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Marc Crawford Ready to Accept Assistant Role With Ottawa Senators

Marc Crawford just wanted to be back in the NHL. A former NHL coach of the year who spent the past four seasons coaching in Switzerland, Crawford was one of a number of candidates interviewed for the opening with the Ottawa Senators that eventually went to Guy Boucher. Within hours of being hired, Boucher approached Crawford and offered him the …

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Behind the Rise of the Coyotes’ 26-Year-old GM John Chayka

John Chayka’s story sounds more like something out of Silicon Valley than St. Catharines, Ont. Like tech wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg, Chayka’s ascent hatched with a clever idea at a young age that blossomed into a successful business. Now 26, Chayka has become the youngest general manager in NHL history, promoted last week by the Arizona Coyotes. “To me, a quote …

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Canada Survives Scare, Beats Germany 5-2 at World Hockey Championship

Some smart line juggling from coach Bill Peters helped Canada avoid a potential upset at the world hockey championship. Taylor Hall scored twice Thursday as Canada earned its fourth straight win at the tournament, surviving a second-period scare in a 5-2 victory over Germany. The Germans scored twice in the second to tie the game 2-2, forcing Peters to make …

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