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Bigger, Richer and weaker: 48-team FIFA World Cup Could be set in Stone Come Tuesday

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FIFA is set to make the World Cup bigger and richer, even if the price to pay is lower quality soccer. FIFA President Gianni Infantino hopes his ruling Council will agree Tuesday to expand the 2026 World Cup to 48 countries, playing in 16 groups of three teams. A decision could be delayed if some Council members demand to know ...

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Mark Stone registers three Points to Lead Ottawa Senators Over Edmonton Oilers, ending winless drought

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The Ottawa Senators stopped the slide Sunday night. And, it couldn’t have come soon enough. The Senators needed a boost of confidence after struggling to score goals and going winless in four straight so maybe a 5-3 victory over 19-year-old phenom Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers in front of 17,724 at the Canadian Tire Centre will go a long ...

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Toronto Raptors’ Fiercest Rival — the Boston Celtics — Arrive in Canada Bent on Seizing Division Lead

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A warning to the Raptors: Objects in the rearview mirror might be closer than they appear. That seems to be the case with the hard-charging Boston Celtics, who hit the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday for an early-January tilt that is of higher stakes than usual. Boston was a bit of an underachiever to start this season after getting hyped ...

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Clemson Tigers claw back with seconds remaining to Knock off Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 and Win First NCAA Football Title Since 1981

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TAMPA, Fla. — College football’s first national championship rematch was fitting sequel to the original, with an unusual twist at the end. Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers dethroned the champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in the College Football ...

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Alex Ovechkin ties Maurice Richard’s Goal Total in Win Over Canadiens

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The bottom line: Evgeny Kuznetsov scored at 8:12 of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and the Washington Capitals went on to defeat the Canadiens 4-1 Monday at the Bell Centre. Kuznetsov stepped inside defenceman Jeff Petry and had a clear path to Carey Price. Brett Connolly added an insurance goal at 11:00 and Alex Ovechkin tied Maurice ...

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Roethlisberger Insists he’s Okay Despite Foot Injury

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Congratulations quickly turned to concern Sunday for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but Ben Roethlisberger claims it’s nothing to worry about it. Coming off the Steelers’ 30-12 wild-card win over the Miami Dolphins, Big Ben caused a stir when he showed up to his post-game newser wearing a protective boot on his right foot. With good reason, many wondered if Roethlisberger would ...

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Flames Blanked by Hellebuyck and the Laine-less Jets

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As the 2016-17 National Hockey League season rolls past the halfway mark, things are not meant to get easier. That is, if the Calgary Flames want to stay in the playoff mix. Playing the 10th of an 11-game stretch against Western Conference opponents, they made too many mistakes, committed too many turnovers and made too many bad passes in a ...

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Jets Say Hit on Patrik Laine Just Part of the Game

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Patrik Laine has accomplished a lot of firsts this season, but the first superstar of the modern Winnipeg Jets era could have done without this one. Laine suffered his first NHL concussion on the weekend and, like his impact on the Jets lineup so far this season, it wasn’t exactly subtle. Like many of the Finn’s goals, the hit that ...

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Mid-season NHL Report: Revisiting 5 key off-season Moves

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The 2016 NHL off-season punched the hockey world in the face. From the 23 minutes of mayhem on June 29 (P.K. Subban/Shea Weber trade, Taylor Hall/Adam Larsson trade, Steven Stamkos re-signing) to some intriguing bargain-bin acquisitions, it was a summer filled with unexpectedness. It’s now January and, as the 2016-17 season approaches the midway point, it feels appropriate to check ...

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The Case for Calgary as Host of the 2026 Olympic Games

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CALGARY – One of Canada’s biggest sports stories of 2017 is set to unfold not on ice or grass but in council chambers at Calgary City Hall. Come late summer, Calgary’s elected officials are expected to vote on whether the city should bid for the 2026 Olympics in hopes of recreating the magic of the 1988 Winter Games. A 17-member ...

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