The Hockey News

Leafs shake up front office: Dubas in as assistant GM, Poulin and Loiselle out

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 10:43 am

The Blair Necessities

Dressler Talks About Chiefs Main Camp After Day 1

Kansas City Chiefs fans are starting to see in Weston Dressler what Rider fans saw for years. Dressler was interviewed by Kansas City media after day 1 of main camp today. You can take a look at what he had to say by clicking here

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 6:42 pm


UFC 178 to be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena

TORONTO – UFC 178, shifted to Las Vegas from Toronto, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the UFC announced Tuesday. The main event of the Sept. 27 card is a rematch between UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon (Bones) … Continue Reading

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:24 pm

Yahoo Sports Blog

Los Angeles Clippers would lose players, sponsors if Sterling stays: CEO

Clippers owner Sterling sits with companion as he watches team play Knicks in NBA game in Los AngelesBy Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Clippers could face an exodus of players, sponsors, fans and their coach if embattled owner Donald Sterling is still associated with the team, Richard Parsons, the franchise's interim chief executive, said on Tuesday at a trial over the NBA team's $2 billion sale. Parsons, the former Time Warner CEO who was installed by the NBA to run the Clippers in May, testified that the team would likely lose profitability and its overall value if sponsors, one of its top revenue streams, leave because of Sterling. "We have a bunch of sponsors who are sitting at the edge of the pool and they don't want to go into the water," Parsons told Los Angeles Superior Court a day after failed settlement talks between Sterling and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who won the bidding for the team. The 80-year-old real estate billionaire has been banned for life by the NBA for taped racist remarks that were made public.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:58 pm

Canada’s flag bearer Susan Nattrass will soak up every moment of Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies

GLASGOW — When Susan Nattrass walks into a competition venue these days, she pauses to take a good look around, and composes a mental picture. “And I take a lot of photos. Because I want to have that memory,” Nattrass […]

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 1:09 pm


Rams' Sam excited about next phase of career

Go to for details. #TSN

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 8:20 pm

The Joy of Sox

G100: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7 PM

Red Sox   - 
Blue Jays -
Jake Peavy / A.J. Happ
Holt, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Gomes, LF
Victorino, RF
Drew, SS
Bogaerts, 3B
Ross, C
The Continuing Legend of David Ortiz:
Sunday night: "I'm about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August."

Monday: Slams 2 home runs, drives in four.

Monday night: "I'm on my way to Jamaica."
Jonny Gomes:
That's why they play one hundred and sixty-two. ... Not 16 games, not 40 - you go for six months and you go like this [a rollercoaster]. It takes 162 to figure this damn thing out.
Have the Red Sox finally figured this damn thing out? They have won eight of their last nine games, setting season-highs in runs (14) and hits (18) last night in Toronto. The pitching staff, which has been a strength all season, has allowed only five runs over the last six games. With 62 games left on the schedule, they are 7.5 games out of first place.

Optimism > Drudgery. It's time to get on the bus.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 3:52 pm

The Blair Necessities

Dressler Talks About Chiefs Main Camp After Day 1

Kansas City Chiefs fans are starting to see in Weston Dressler what Rider fans saw for years. Dressler was interviewed by Kansas City media after day 1 of main camp today. You can take a look at what he had to say by clicking here

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 6:42 pm

Roto Rob

2014 RotoRob MLB Draft Kit: Top 65 Prospects, Part VI

The Pirates' first rounder from 2010 is still only 22, so we maintain our belief in him as a top 10 prospect despite this setback which derails any value he might have had this year. Now, we'll have to wait until 2015 before this talented hurler is unleashed on the majors. This kid has the potential to average better than a strikeout per inning, and the valuable experience he accrued at Double-A last year should allow him to hit the ground running as soon as he's healthy. Taillon hasn't put together impressive won-loss records in the minors, but we're not worried. A mid-season Eastern League All-Star last year, he really helped alleviate our worries about home run issues last year -- and that was the one weakness he had. Every other part of the towering 6'6" righty's game should translate well into the bigs when he arrives.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 9:42 pm

Rider Prophet

Monday Morning Sentimonies: Mail It In Monday

I realize the quality of writing you've come to expect from this blog is not very high to begin with but today's post will likely not be even up to my low standards. Saturday night was Man in the Bush's stag so I'm not exactly in peak mental (or physical condition). Combine that with a Rider bye week and no game to write about and you get "Mail it in Monday".

I won't leave you high and dry though since you already went through all the trouble of coming here. So here's my random thoughts on the other 8 teams after four weeks.

BC Lions - This is the team I am most unsure of. Sometimes they look good, sometimes they look very mediocre. Having Arceneaux back has been huge for their offense. Still not sold on that OL and if one guy gets hurt their depth is questionable at best there.

Calgary Stampeders - Best team in the CFL in my opinion. They keep winning without their best offensive weapon. As usual, Rich Stubler is running a top notch defense. Only weakness I see if injuries that are piling up at LB.

Edmonton Eskimos - Admittedly they are a better team than I expected, but I am not completely sold on them just yet. I think a relatively easy schedule has made them look better than they are. I still see them contending for second but wait and see how they look against Calgary this week. I expect a set back for them. That defense is pretty legit though.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers - Much like Edmonton, an easy starting schedule made them look better than they are and hid some issue. Edmonton reminded everyone just how bad that Bomber OL is. Also, as more film on Willy becomes available, expect life to get harder for him and that offense.

Hamilton Ticats - As much as they have sucked they could easily have 2 wins at this point. If Masoli goes down instead of letting Watkins steal the ball they beat Edmonton and if they could execute a short FG they have a shot against Calgary. Their O-line is a mess and until that gets sorted out it doesn't really matter who is starting at QB. They desperately need Dyakowski back. I had my concerns about their defense but holding Calgary to 10 on the road made me think maybe they aren't that bad.

Toronto Argonauts - If it weren't for Owens, Durie and Barnes all being on the 6 game they may have clinched first in the East by now. Their defense has progressed a lot quicker than I thought they would. As long as they can stay in the hunt early, they could be a dangerous team down the stretch.

Ottawa Redblacks - Nice to see them win in their home opener but had Toronto's good receivers been healthy they would have lost. I think Ottawa has a good core for a new team but they are relying on a group of receivers that weren't good enough to stick as the 4th receiver on other teams as their go to guys. All opposing defenses have to do is shut down Chevon Walker and that O won't be doing much of anything.

Montreal Alouettes - Their defense is very good as usual... at least until midway through the game when they are exhausted because their offense is garbage. Not sure if its all Troy Smith (who makes Michael Bishop look good by comparison) or if the Ryan Dinwiddie offense is playing a role. Defense will keep them competitive (especially given how weak the East is) and I fully expect Tanner Marsh to get some starts before Labour Day.Their games have been painful to watch.

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Posted on 21 July 2014 | 8:00 am

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey

NHL draft finally here: the coast-to-coast


Leon Draisaitl to the Edmonton Oilers at No. 3 overall seems a lock, eh? (Edmonton Journal)

You wanted a comprehensive draft preview that would help kill two hours at work today? You got one! Thank you. (The Pipeline Show)

Guy Flaming has a mock draft that will knock your socks off. (Coming Down The Pipe!)

Philadelphia Flyers beat writer Frank Seravilli also has an extremely cromulent mock that projects Sam Reinhart to join the Calgary Flames. (

Ken Warren has a rundown on the top 10 available prospects. (Postmedia)

Moose Jaw Warriors beat reporter Katie Brickman explains why teams will look past centre Brayden Point's lack of size. (Moose Jaw Times-Herald)

Edmonton Oil Kings defender Dysin Mayo figures the long playoff run goosed his draft stock. Did it do the same for his teammate, left wing Brett Pollock? (Victoria Times-Colonist)

Tim Hunter is interviewing again about the Vancouver Giants coaching job, writes Steve Ewen. (Vancouver Province)

Comeback story for this season ahead: Kootenay's Tanner Faith coming back from shoulder surgery. (Cranbrook Daily Townsman)


The Florida Panthers still have the No. 1 pick on the table, apparently. (USA Today)

Today's should-read: how Michael Dal Colle has come out stronger due to his family's challenges. (CBC Sports)

Josh Ho-Sang to the Habs? Why not? (A Winning Habit)

Bob Duff takes the long view, comparing Aaron Ekblad to another Windsor-area defenceman who went No. 1 overall 20 years ago, Ed Jovanoski. (Windsor Star)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a checkered draft history? That explains so, so much. (National Post)

Sam Bennett says people "don't know why" the draft class lacks a potential superstar. Far be it to suggest it has to do with who does the analysis. (Columbus Dispatch)

This is more like it: a mock draft with Peterborough's Nick Ritchie in the top five. (SBN College Hockey)

Sault Ste. Marie's intuitive defender, Kyle Jenkins, is an intriguing possibility as a Day 2 pick. (Sault Star)


Halifax Mooseheads GM Cam Russell predicts speedy striker Nikolaj Ehlers will go "very high" on Friday. Like No. 6 overall to Vancouver high? Who knows? How about No. 7 overall to Carolina? (Metro Halifax)

Damn right Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald is stoked for the draft. (Charlottetown Guardian)

Cape Breton's Julien Pelletier should become the first player from Thurso, Que., to be drafted in 21 years. (Le Droit)

Quebec Remparts overage goalie François Brassard is working toward getting a free-agent shot after being put back in the draft pool by his hometown Ottawa Senators. (Le Soleil)

Feel-good story: Rimouski grad Jimmy Oligny, a rugged rearguard, has signed an AHL deal with the Milwaukee Admirals. (

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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Posted on 27 June 2014 | 11:06 am

Sports on the Web

Germany are crowned World Cup Champions

So the biggest thing in the sports news and sports on the web this summer has ended. Yes you guessed it, the World Cup. The German side ended up coming out on top 1-0 over Argentina when a young substitute named Mario Gotze scored a beautiful goal in extra time. He took the pass off his […]

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 12:03 pm

Vancouver Sun

MLB roundup: Dodgers tame Pirates

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven strong innings, Adrian Gonzalez reached base five times and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Monday night.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 5:35 am

Rod Pederson


Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman made his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Monday and discussed the state of his 1-2 Riders as they return from the bye week for Tuesday's closed practice at Mosaic Stadium.  Here are his quotes:


BT:  You've gotta pace yourself in this business and our coaches took three or four days off and then came back at the end of last week.  J.O. and I took a couple days off and tried to take it easy but in our business, it never stops.  You can field an agent's call or a trade call or maybe somebody's injury isn't coming around.  Who knows?  I don't know if it ever stops but I just looked at it as another week to our off-season.  We did quite a bit of work.


BT:  I'll tell you exactly what happened.  Obviously Winnipeg released him last Monday and he was talking to some other teams in the league.  We'd gotten ahold of him Monday and that was our first contact with him.  We'd planted a seed that we were looking at running backs and we may have an interest with the way it was going.  He had some interest from another team and made it known he wasn't going there and jumped the gun a bit regarding a signing bonus from us and all that.  We were on a bye week so why would we sign him then?  We weren't playing.  At the end of the day, he flew in Sunday night, he's going to take a physical, and then we'll sit down with him Tuesday morning.  He will practice on Tuesday, but I don't know what his status will be; practice roster or 44-man roster.  News travels fast in this business and we weren't as far down the road with him as people thought we were but some people in this business have a big mouth and that's just the way it is.


BT:  The message is easy; WIN.  Go out and win.  We're just not playing smart or technically sound right now.  It frustrates our coaches to the inth degree because we're better than what we've shown and we all know that but until they show it, we've got to get on them a little bit.  We'll be fine.  We've just gotta play smart, efficient, within the system and make plays.  We just haven't been doing that the past couple weeks.  A play here or a play there, we might've won those games.

Our guys have shown throughout their careers, wherever they've been, that they can make these plays but we as an organization always have show that, when players like Will Ford become available, if we can upgrade our team, we'll have to look into that.  We're not going to have a fire sale or wholesale changes but we're always looking to upgrade our team.  We wanted him in free agency but the money was out of whack.  It's not like we took a guy off the scrap heap.  We had interest in him for quite awhile.

When we had guys fumbling the ball, we had an opening to look into some people.  That's the way this business works, no matter what position it is.  Anthony Allen and the likes are still here and Will will join that group and we'll see what comes out of it.


BT:  I've known Corey for quite some time as you well know and after the BC game, I wouldn't say he was dejected, but he was pretty hot.  He was very frustrated and disappointed in how we were playing.  Since then he's had a chance to review, refocus and re-energize and he's very focused.  He's very expectant of our team to play better.  He's not dejected, I can tell you that, but he's not upbeat either.  He's very focused on being geared to win a football game this week.  When he's geared up and focused, a lot of good things happen.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 6:11 am

Yahoo Sports

Attorney: Dispute over Patriots records resolved (Yahoo Sports)

A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez says a dispute over records the defense had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, though it's unclear whether the documents were turned over. Hernandez attorney Michael Fee said Tuesday in Fall River Superior Court the matter has been resolved. The Patriots had agreed to turn over 317 pages of personnel records but objected to producing scouting reports and a psychological assessment. The Patriots' attorney referred questions to a team spokeswoman, who had no comment.

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 1:02 pm

Toronto Sports Media

Bob McCown’s Pantload; A Guest Review

by Steve Clark Twenty Five years is the long time to be on top in any profession, let the alone one as competitive as sports talk radio. Yet Bob McCown has been able to rise above all of his competitors. When he started in sports […]

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Posted on 17 July 2014 | 1:14 pm

Star Sports

All U.S. airlines told to cancel flights to Israel

Air Canada, which operates daily flights between Toronto and Tel Aviv, is closely monitoring the situation after the FAA stopped all U.S. carriers’ flights to Israel.

“We are aware of reports and are evaluating the situation,” said Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur in an email.

Air Canada’s Flight 85 departed Tel Aviv on Tuesday at about 2 p.m. local time and is scheduled to arrive in Toronto late Tuesday afternoon.

The return Flight 84 between Toronto and Tel Aviv is still currently scheduled to depart at 6:10 p.m., pending further notice, Arthur added.

“We will provide further updates as required,” she said.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines said earlier Tuesday they were suspending service between the U.S. and Israel indefinitely.

Shortly afterwards, the FAA told U.S. airlines all flights to Tel Aviv airport would be prohibited for 24 hours.

US Airways had scrapped its Tel Aviv service Tuesday and had not yet made a decision about flights to Israel scheduled for Wednesday and beyond.

“We are in constant contact with the FAA and are monitoring the situation closely,” said Casey Norton, spokesman for US Airways' parent company American Airlines.

Delta Air Lines' one daily flight was already in the air. Delta said a Boeing 747 from New York was flying over the Mediterranean headed for Tel Aviv when it turned around and flew to Paris instead. Flight 468 had 273 passengers and 17 crew on board.

United Airlines has cancelled its two daily flights to Israel out of Newark, N.J., according to spokesman Rahsaan Johnson.

Israeli police confirmed that a rocket from Gaza landed in an area near the airport. Police spokeswomen Luba Samri said the rocket caused damage to a house and slightly wounded one Israeli.

Airlines and passengers are growing more anxious about safety since last week, when a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. Airlines have rerouted planes to avoid the area over eastern Ukraine where pro-Soviet separatists are battling the Ukrainian army.

With files from Associated Press

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Posted on 22 July 2014 | 12:24 pm

Ottawa Citizen Sports

Fury FC scores four in first away win in its history

Ottawa Fury FC collected the first away win in its history Saturday night

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Posted on 20 May 2014 | 2:10 am