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Fans can take some credit for Marco Estrada’s decision to re-sign with Toronto Blue Jays for 2018

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The pitcher was also pleased with he heard from Blue Jays management about their plans for next season

Wednesday, Sep 20

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Steepest preseason learning curve for NHL players is getting used to slashing, faceoff standards

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Week 1 of the NHL training camps and preseason also saw too many players incur significant injuries

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Off The Post podcast – Predictions galore: Michael Traikos on Matthews/Laine in Year 2, Vegas’ debut, more

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What should we expect from Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine as NHL sophomores?

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Love on the rocks: How Canadian couples could thrive in curling’s newest Olympic event

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There's a potentially dark side of doubles curling with a spouse or significant other. The serious upside, starting in 2018, is an Olympic berth

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Jake LaMotta, the boxer who was immortalized in the movie ‘Raging Bull,’ has died at age 95

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Academy Award-winning film starring Robert De Niro was based on the memoir of former middleweight champion known as the Bronx Bull

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Toronto Blue Jays reportedly sign starting pitcher Marco Estrada to new one-year deal

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Estrada is scheduled to become a free agent after the season, and both the pitcher and club have expressed interest in reuniting come 2018

Andrew McGrath, Canada’s Australian football phenom, galvanizes legendary club dogged by doping scandal

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'You’d think he’s been playing for five or six years,' said the Essendon Bombers' captain, describing the kind of jolt no other team needed more

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The $18.75-million mediator: Patrick Marleau learns that new Toronto Maple Leafs linemates really like to argue

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When Marleau lined up with Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov in training camp last week, Kadri warned Marleau of the bickering that would ensue

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Never cross Jerry Jones: How Roger Goodell’s trademark arrogance may finally lead to his downfall

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Scott Stinson: The NFL assumes it will always win in the end. It’s not a shock that the commissioner might end up paying a price for such hubris

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‘We’ll take that as a compliment’: Why the Calgary Stampeders are the New England Patriots of the CFL

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The Stampeders are 127-44-3 since GM John Hufnagel joined the organization in 2008, which compares nicely with Bill Belichick's record

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Marcus Stroman stays on ‘a pretty good roll’ in pitching Toronto Blue Jays past Kansas City Royals 5-2

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The Jays starter went seven innings, giving up only one run on four hits in picking up his career high 12th win. He has allowed one earned run or less in four of his last five starts

Tuesday, Sep 19

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Brian Boyle plans to keep playing through cancer diagnosis

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The New Jersey Devils signee was diagnosed with a type of bone-marrow cancer that his team doctor said can largely be treated with medication

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Study pins behavioural, cognitive problems on playing tackle football before age 12

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The findings are likely to add to the debate over when, or even if, children should be allowed to begin playing tackle football

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Toronto Raptors, NBA take ‘logical’ step into new frontier: Elite esports league

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The NBA joined forces with Take-Two Interactive, publisher of the 2K video game series, to create a new league that will begin play in 2018

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All that’s clear about Joffrey Lupul saga is that Toronto Maple Leafs don’t want him — and there’s nothing he can do

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Steve Simmons: Lupul called the Leafs cheaters — but when given the opportunity to appeal the results of his medical exam, he chose not to

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Long-awaited smaller goalie gear still isn’t ready two weeks from season — and the NHL is getting impatient

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With training camp underway, it might be too late. Goalies should have been getting used to their new chest protectors weeks — if not months — ago

How did the NHL’s top players cast their pre-season predictions for Stanley Cup, major awards?

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There was not a lot of consensus among the 25 players, except that Connor McDavid will win the scoring title

Monday, Sep 18

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Maple Leafs’ Frederik Andersen spent off-season re-tooling his diet to stay on top of his game

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The Maple Leafs goaltender is slimmed down and worked with a California trainer to learn how to fuel his body correctly

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Jose Bautista’s praiseworthy days with Toronto Blue Jays enter sadly insignificant final stretch

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The expectation is that Jays fans will see plenty of one of the team’s all-time stars in the last homestand of this lost 2017 season

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In a league short on sure things, notion the Calgary Flames might try to move is ludicrous

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Scott Stinson: As an investment, we can confidently say the wealthy men who own the Flames have done OK for themselves

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Sorry, fringe players: Toronto Maple Leafs plan to ice star-laden lineup for much of pre-season

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Mike Babcock's plans don’t include a September holiday for players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner or warhorse defenceman Ron Hainsey

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The safest bet in sports: Men finding reason to whine about a female announcer’s voice

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Julie DiCaro: More men complain about my voice than everything else about me combined — and there are a lot of things they don't like about me

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‘They cheat’: Exiled forward Joffrey Lupul takes aim at Toronto Maple Leafs over claim he failed his physical

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Virtually invisible since the club placed him on long term injured reserve in 2016, Lupul’s silence on his fate ended Sunday night

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Deja vu as Atlanta Falcons put the hammer to Green Bay Packers

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Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown, leading the Falcons to a 34-23 victory over the Packers that wasn't really that close

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Denis Shapovalov wins again, clinches Canadian victory over India in Davis Cup tie

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Shapovalov put Canada through to the World Group for 2018 with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory over Ramkumar Ramanathan in Edmonton on Sunday

Sunday, Sep 17

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Joe Biagini falls flat in abbreviated start as Minnesota Twins hand Toronto Blue Jays deflating loss

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Auditioning for a spot on the starting rotation next year, Biagini struggled with his control, lasting just 1.1 innings in a 13-7 defeat

Josh Donaldson catches fire: Toronto Blue Jays star salvages positives from season to forget

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It has been a September like no other for the Blue Jays' third baseman. But overall, it's not one he’ll remember fondly

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Can anyone stop the Pittsburgh Penguins? Rest of NHL hopes to derail march to a three-peat

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Opportunistic, well-coached and talented, Pittsburgh has won eight straight series to become the only back-to-back champ of the salary-cap era

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Grizzled Cup winner Ron Hainsey looks compatible with Morgan Rielly on Toronto Maple Leafs’ blueline

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Their pairing was one of the first ideas Mike Babcock thought of this summer, with an eye toward trimming the NHL's worst shots-against figure

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Marco Estrada shows his top form in pitching Toronto Blue Jays past Minnesota Twins 7-2

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The veteran right-hander was brilliant in one of his final few starts of the 2017 season, allowing just three hits through eight innings