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Roadblocks could halt NHL playoff reform change as GMs meet

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Readers Forum, Part 2. Breakaway readers continue to have their say on how they'd like to see the NHL change the playoffs

Anthony Calvillo among news faces on Toronto Argos coaching staff


Pro-football’s all-time passing leader will serve as the Argos quarterback coach for head coach Marc Trestman.

Matthews ruled out for Leafs-Lightning matchup, Andersen a maybe

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Both Auston Matthews and goalie Frederik Andersen participated in practice on Monday. Nikita Zaitsev and Leo Komarov will also be out of the lineup on Tuesday.

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Montreal Impact sign midfielder Alejandro Silva

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Montreal used targeted allocation money to sign the attacking midfielder to a three-year contract.


NCAA Tournament takes teams on wild March Madness ride


A zany first two rounds set up what could be another wild two weekends in a tournament where anything can become reality.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue taking leave of absence to address health issues


Lue said he feels he needs to step away “and focus on trying to establish a stronger and healthier foundation” from which to coach the rest of the season.


Inbee Park denies Laura Davies’ bid for historic win


54-year-old Englishwoman came close to being oldest winner in PGA history, but finished five strokes back at Founders Cup

Syracuse continues unlikely March Madness run with win over Michigan State


After barely making tournament, Orange are through to the Sweet 16

Retrievers were dogs worth rooting for in NCAA Tournament


The breed has been shut out at the Westminster Kennel Club, but had its day during March Madness

Nevada rallies to beat Cincinnati in NCAA Tournament


Wolf Pack will play fellow upstart Loyola-Chicago in South Region semifinal


‘Reliable’ J.A. Happ could get the nod as Jays’ opening-day starter


Lefty went from vagabond to 20-game winner two years ago.


Rosie DiManno: There’s no flash, and no dash, in Blue Jays’ approach

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Thinking about the long term, GM Ross Atkins spent the off-season “finding those incremental opportunities to improve our environment.”

Quarterbacks cashing in — except for the unwelcome Colin Kaepernick


The NFL seems determined to banish peaceful protest from the playing field and owners don’t appear to want players who have engaged in protests or might be likely to going forward.

Jays notebook: Randal Grichuk could take batting practice Monday


Right fielder has been slowed by two separate injuries this spring.


Raptors’ winning streak ends on a technicality, or two

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Non-call in final minute against Thunder leads to a string of Raptors’ technicals, ejections.

Decision day coming for Leafs’ Lou Lamoriello, GM’s job


GM’s contract is up at the end of the season, and there is talent waiting in the wings.


NHL GMs expected to tackle goalie interference problem at meetings

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Offside review also expected to be on the agenda.

Sunday, Mar 18

Leafs dominate Canadiens for 12th straight win at home

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Toronto controls the second period, firing 26 shots at Canadian netminder Charlie Lindgren.

Toronto FC shaded by Montreal Impact, despite possession edge


“Flipping competitions,” as TFC coach Greg Vanney puts it, between the CONCACAF Champions League and league play is proving tough for the Reds, who were shut out by a Montreal Impact side content to sit back and wait to make a counter…

Richard Griffin: Verlander, Keuchel lead the American League’s best rotation


But Toronto’s starting five could crack the top six if healthy again

Saturday, Mar 17

Rosie DiManno: Roy Halladay’s son is a chip off the old Doc

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Braden Halladay is a mix of poise and pimples, and he’s a made-in-Canada pitcher.

Leafs’ Auston Matthews ‘a lot closer’ but won’t return against Habs


Star centre wasn’t wearing no-contact jersey at the morning skate, but will be one of four regulars missing from the lineup in Saturday night’s game against rivals.

Raptors take the long way to equal franchise record

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Toronto rallies late, needs overtime to win 11th straight game.

Damien Cox: Maple Leafs’ aptitude comes from their attitude


The era of excuses is in the past on a team where players are stepping up when others go down.

Friday, Mar 16

MAILBAG: Is Plekanec fitting in? Is Marner under-rated?


Will everyone have a happy St. Patrick's Day? The Breakaway Mailbag offers some Irish proverbs along with answers to your questions about the Maple Leafs

Four takeaways from Leafs’ road win over Sabres


Looks like Leo Komarov’s injury isn’t too bad. Curtis McElhinney has been getting it done whenever his number’s called. And James van Riemsdyk couldn’t be hotter.

Leafs handle Sabres but injuries pile up

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Leo Komarov exits early, Curtis McElhinney steps up with Frederik Andersen out in Buffalo.

Raptors outmuscle Pacers for record road win

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DeMar DeRozan hits late free throws to seal Raptors’ 10th straight win and franchise-best eighth in a row away from the Air Canada Centre.

Thursday, Mar 15

North American female hockey players set sights on one pro league after Olympics


USA Hockey’s victory against Canada brought positive attention to the sport. Two leagues are competing for that increased interest — and many players.

Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton included in North American 2026 World Cup bid


The three Canadian cities were among a list of 23 candidate host cities from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Vancouver dropped off the list at the last minute, as did Chicago over concerns about FIFA’s demands.

Leaf Nation focuses on health of Andersen, Matthews


Upper-body injury sidelines Andersen, JVR gets a hat trick, Andreas Johnsson gets "welcomed" to the NHL. ... Auston Matthews will be with team in Buffalo.

Wednesday, Mar 14

Rosie DiManno: Film buff John Axford looking for a happy ending with Blue Jays


Former closer tweeted out picture of himself in Jays pyjamas as a child.

Raptors finding no detail is too small during winning streak

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Coach Casey criticizes team’s start after easy win in Brooklyn

Andreas Johnsson prepares for his first NHL game

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The Leafs seventh-round pick has a chance to be the best player Toronto selected in the 2013 draft.

Toronto FC advances on away goals despite second-leg loss to Tigres

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Giovinco scored once and forced an own goal as the reigning MLS champions secured one of the most impressive victories in CONCACAF Champions League history Tuesday night in the Monterrey stadium nicknamed “The Volcano”