MacArthur injury buys time for Puempel, Prince


Training camp came to a close Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. And, unfortunately, the Senators didn’t come through it unscathed. The final cuts set for Sunday were put on hold after winger Clarke MacArthur was taken out of the club’s final exhibition game after a undisclosed injury when he collided with teammate Mark Fraser and Montreal Canadiens winger ...

Read More »

Undisciplined Bills need to worry about their own play


Until they can string three or four quality victories together — hell, even two — they are what they’ve been since the Nineties. The same old Buffalo Bills. That is … Reliably, wildly inconsistent from week to week. And reliably, maddeningly incapable of living up to expectations whenever they rise. The latest incontrovertible proof came Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium: ...

Read More »

Raptors ease to win over Clippers in pre-season opener


Predictably and logically, given the tone training camp took, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was only interested in what this group showed him defensively Sunday night as they opened the pre-season with a win over a veteran Los Angeles Clippers squad. “Just picking up stuff we are doing,” Casey said of his hopes going into the first game. “We are ...

Read More »

Ravens win Panda thriller


For the second year in a row, the Carleton Ravens won a Panda Game thriller on Saturday. The Ravens finally sealed it on the second possession of overtime, notching a 48-45 win over the Ottawa Gee-Gees on Michael Domagla’s 14-yard field goal before 17,596 at TD Place. The Ravens won last year’s inaugural Panda Game at TD Place on a ...

Read More »

Gibbons on lineup decisions: ‘I’ll take the heat’


People outside the Blue Jay ballclub have been obsessing over what they see as the Jays’ cavalier attitude toward finishing with the best record overall in the American League. They point to manager John Gibbons’ usage of a spring training-type lineup in the second game of the doubleheader in Baltimore after they had clinched the AL East title in the ...

Read More »

Ottawa RedBlacks not used to empty seats


It’s likely the Ottawa RedBlacks will have a lot less than a full house on Tuesday night in a bonus home game against the Toronto Argos. Right now, ticket sales are a bit above 11,000 in the TD Place stadium that holds more than 24,000. There’s still plenty of time to buy tickets, which range in price from $19-$84, for ...

Read More »

Karlsson has become Captain Cool


Keep calm and carry on. Those are words to live by for Erik Karlsson. Karlsson’s one-year anniversary of being named captain of the Senators passed Thursday with little fanfare but Oct. 2, 2014 — the same day the club signed Bobby Ryan to a seven-year extension — the young Swede was given the ‘C’ to replace centre Jason Spezza after ...

Read More »

NHL stars excited and wary about Connor McDavid

WASHINGTON — Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli pulled up stats on his computer to see what recent No. 1 draft picks did in their rookie seasons. Nathan MacKinnon had 63 points two years ago, John Tavares had 54 in 2009-10. Oilers forward Connor McDavid goes into his rookie year with the highest expectations of anyone since Sidney Crosby 10 ...

Read More »

Green will bolster already-potent Red Wings power play


Putting Mike Green on the Detroit power play is like putting an extra gear in a sports car. With the Red Wings already running and gunning the second-best unit in the National Hockey League, the free-agent defenceman came here after running the point all those years with Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals. Now Green is going to ...

Read More »

Tiger-Cats struggle on offence, lose to Stampeders


The Jeff Mathews era started as many outside the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ locker room suspected it would. With Mathews running the offence for the first time following the season-ending knee injury to quarterback Zach Collaros, the Ticats failed to gain traction when they had football on Friday night against the Calgary Stampeders at Tim Hortons Field. Rene Paredes kicked a 37-yard ...

Read More »