Raptors Conquer Wiggins-led Timberwolves

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Coach Dwane Casey usually receives the lion’s share of credit – and rightfully so – for the Toronto Raptors’ fast start this season. If the Cleveland Cavaliers were to drop off the NBA map, his Raptors would be the talk of the Eastern Conference. Tom Thibodeau, Casey’s counterpart with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who paid a visit to Air Canada Centre ...

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Matthews, Hyman Help Maple Leafs Beat Bruins 4-1

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Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman scored in the second period, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Saturday night. James van Riemsdyk scored in the third for Toronto, which was 0-2-1 in its last three games. Connor Brown added an empty-netter and Andersen improved to 6-0-0 in his career against Boston. ...

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Varlamov Stonewalls Maple Leafs as Colorado Avalanche Leave Toronto With 3-1 Win

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Just when you think the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally turned a corner toward semi-respectability, up pops a baffling performance like Sunday night’s outing against the Colorado Avalanche. Returning to the cozy confines at the Air Canada Centre after a solid win Saturday night in Boston against the Bruins, one would have expected a fired up Toronto outfit to show ...

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Yankees, Pitcher Chapman Agree to $86-million Deal

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OXON HILL, Md. — Boston’s Dave Dombrowski walked up to Brian Cashman outside the room where the winter meeting draft was about to start Thursday and gave the Yankees general manager a slap on the back. “You’re so kind to stop by and say hello to us little guys,” the New York general manager teased. Boston made the splashiest moves ...

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Larry Tanenbaum Thrilled TFC Battling for MLS Cup

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Larry Tanenbaum is practically giddy. After suffering through far too many lean seasons by teams under the Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd. umbrella, the normally reserved MLSE chairman could not contain his excitement at having Toronto FC host the MLS Cup on Saturday against the visiting Seattle Sounders at raucous BMO Field. “This is a real thrill, I’ve got ...

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Robert Griffin III and Brock Osweiler Face career-defining Moments

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Quarterbacks are always under scrutiny. It comes with the job description. But for two of them on Sunday, winning or losing could mean the difference between continuing an NFL career, or alternative employment asking folks if they’d like french fries with that burger. OK, we exaggerate. But Robert Griffin III and Brock Osweiler do face career-defining moments. NFL analysts will ...

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Panel of NHL Governors Discusses NHL’s Concussion Protocol

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PALM BEACH, Fla. — When the game’s brightest young talent questions the decision making of the league’s recently-implemented concussion spotters, the issue understandably goes viral. Indeed, when Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid rubbed his jaw after absorbing a hit versus the Minnesota Wild Sunday, and was removed from the game to be checked out under the orders of one of ...

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Raptors Pull Away Late to Defeat Timberwolves Handily

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TORONTO — That 12-game losing streak in Toronto looked very much like it might be coming to an end for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Then the Raptors, led by Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan dug down, found another gear and sped away from a Timberwolves team that is going to be really, really good in a year or two. Right now ...

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Goaltender Chad Johnson Plays a Starring Role as Calgary Flames Make it Four Straight Wins with Victory Over Dallas Stars

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Returning to the place he started his National Hockey League coaching career, Glen Gulutzan had no interest in taking a trip down memory lane. As the former coach of the Dallas Stars, Gulutzan didn’t need to re-visit the type of skill that they have. Instead, the Calgary Flames head coach provided some bulletin-board material for his own team. “You can’t ...

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Toronto Blue Jays Stand Pat for Now as Boston Red Sox Fortify Fearsome Pitching Ranks at Winter Meetings

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell couldn’t say the same thing — with a straight face, anyway — when he held the same job with the Blue Jays. But there was Farrell on Tuesday, on the podium of a ballroom at the Gaylord National Convention Center, almost gloating at the big news of the day from ...

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