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Defenceman Jake Gardiner set to sign 5-year deal with Maple Leafs





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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:17 pm

The Blair Necessities



Something To "Mitch" About


Well Rider Nation, you can breathe easy this week. It seems as if the team got their you know what together during the bye week as they really took it out on the Argos. Who's kidding who, that game was over 5 minutes in. The defence came to play and I mean they came to play. If they can play at that level and that intensity for the rest of the season, it will be tough for teams to beat the green and white. I fully realize that likely won't happen in the remaining 14 games, but it was a sign that when this team wants to play ---especially on defence---they are pretty damn tough.

Just some thoughts

  --Who had the better game John Chick or Tyron Brackenridge? Am I the only one saying today after watching Chick's play that he is playing at the level he was when he won the defensive player of the year award before bolting to the NFL in 2009. He's been a beast!

 --Has the wheel of running backs stopped on Will Ford? He certainly deserves the start against Ottawa.

--With the way the offensive line runblocks, is it safe to say there are a lot of people out there who could run for at least 60 yards behind them.

--Dan Clark looked great in his debut. Head coach Corey Chamblin says he didn't notice anything bad and that's a good sign.

--While the passing game continues to struggle, one wonders if those struggles end when Chris Getzlaf gets back into the lineup.

--Durant only completed 9 passes. There aren't many quarterbacks who complete just 9 passes while seeing their team score 37 points with none of the points coming directly from the defence.

Lets see if the team can take this new-found attitude and energy and do it again in Ottawa. Two games in five days will be tough, but they should be able to go to Ottawa and win even though the REDBLACKS are better than your usual expansion team. The Winnipeg game will be a definite test.

There has to be concern amongst CFL folks about the Ti-Cats and Argos. Who's kidding who, that looked bad Saturday night at McMaster. More people have been at Rams and Huskies games than there were at Ron Joyce Stadium. I know the stadium doesn't seat a lot, but it looked bad. As one person connected with the CFL said Saturday night, they should have looked at going to Buffalo instead of MacMaster. I couldn't disagree. The University of Buffalo stadium would have been a better venue. So would have Rogers Centre.

Could the CFL survive without Toronto if the Argos franchise moved to the Maritimes.  I'm not sure if it could when Corporate Canada is in T-O.

The Geroy Simon retirement ceremony just seemed awkward to me---especially the part of him addressing the team. That one left me scratching my head when Geroy works for another team. Lets just say I couldn't see Kent Austin coming in and speaking to the Riders if the team were to retire his number 5.  Yes, Geroy's role isn't as high profile as Kent's, but you see what I mean.

This was the last Sunday without NFL football until the week before the Super Bowl. I'm OK with that and I know there are many others OK with that as well.

Other non football related thoughts

Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux went into Baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend. Those guys could twirl the ball. They were something special to watch when they were on their game. How the Braves only won one World Series during those years is beyond me.

Graham DeLaet just couldn't carry the momentum from his course record 63 on Friday in the final 36 holes of the Canadian Open. He needed another couple of 67's on the weekend, but he still finished with another top 10. As for Jim Furyk, he needs to have someone come in to close things out. How many times has Furyk had the lead after 54 holes and lose? I thought he was a shoo-in to win it on Sunday, but Tim Clark had other ideas.

Am I the only one wondering who cares if new Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas is a specialist in "advanced statistics". Hockey isn't like baseball and Moneyball can't be replicated on the ice the way it is on the diamond. I can't wait to see how this plays out.

When in an NFL fantasy draft this year----don't wait too long to take Buffalo's Sammy Watkins.

I should not be allowed at times to carry an 8 iron in my hand.

Its Queen City Ex time. How much will it cost me to get a "stuffy" for my youngest daughter this year and can I just go to Toys R Us and smuggle something into the grounds.

That's all I got. Enjoy the week!





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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 6:27 am

Metro



Genie Army to invade Montreal for Rogers Cup

MONTREAL – They’re armed with T-shirts, face paint and posters — and they’re headed to Montreal. Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in … Continue Reading

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:12 pm

Yahoo Sports Blog



NCAA to settle head injury suit with $70 million fund

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - The NCAA has agreed to settle a head injury lawsuit by providing $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of student athletes in a move to change the way colleges address sports safety, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. The class-action agreement, if approved by a federal judge and class members, would apply to student athletes in all sports who played at schools regulated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at any time in the past and up to 50 years into the future. The proposed NCAA settlement comes about three weeks after a federal judge's preliminary approval of an open-ended settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players. While the money in the NFL settlement was intended to resolve all of the personal injury claims for the plaintiffs' out of pocket damages, Tuesday's proposed NCAA settlement was designed to pay only for research and a medical monitoring program.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 6:31 pm

Canada.com



Toronto Blue Jays acquire infielder Danny Valencia from Kansas City Royals

BOSTON — The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-hander Liam Hendriks and catcher Erik Kratz to the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia. The deal between playoff contenders was announced as the Blue Jays were starting their game in […]

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 7:33 pm

T.S.N.



Suitor: Tiger-Cats making best of a tough situation

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 6:36 pm

The Joy of Sox



G106: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7 PM

Blue Jays - 
Red Sox -
R.A. Dickey / Clay Buchholz
Holt, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Ortiz, DH
Napoli, 1B
Nava, LF
Victorino, RF
Drew, SS
Bogaerts, 3B
Ross, C
Example

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 8:33 pm

The Blair Necessities



Something To "Mitch" About


Well Rider Nation, you can breathe easy this week. It seems as if the team got their you know what together during the bye week as they really took it out on the Argos. Who's kidding who, that game was over 5 minutes in. The defence came to play and I mean they came to play. If they can play at that level and that intensity for the rest of the season, it will be tough for teams to beat the green and white. I fully realize that likely won't happen in the remaining 14 games, but it was a sign that when this team wants to play ---especially on defence---they are pretty damn tough.

Just some thoughts

  --Who had the better game John Chick or Tyron Brackenridge? Am I the only one saying today after watching Chick's play that he is playing at the level he was when he won the defensive player of the year award before bolting to the NFL in 2009. He's been a beast!

 --Has the wheel of running backs stopped on Will Ford? He certainly deserves the start against Ottawa.

--With the way the offensive line runblocks, is it safe to say there are a lot of people out there who could run for at least 60 yards behind them.

--Dan Clark looked great in his debut. Head coach Corey Chamblin says he didn't notice anything bad and that's a good sign.

--While the passing game continues to struggle, one wonders if those struggles end when Chris Getzlaf gets back into the lineup.

--Durant only completed 9 passes. There aren't many quarterbacks who complete just 9 passes while seeing their team score 37 points with none of the points coming directly from the defence.

Lets see if the team can take this new-found attitude and energy and do it again in Ottawa. Two games in five days will be tough, but they should be able to go to Ottawa and win even though the REDBLACKS are better than your usual expansion team. The Winnipeg game will be a definite test.

There has to be concern amongst CFL folks about the Ti-Cats and Argos. Who's kidding who, that looked bad Saturday night at McMaster. More people have been at Rams and Huskies games than there were at Ron Joyce Stadium. I know the stadium doesn't seat a lot, but it looked bad. As one person connected with the CFL said Saturday night, they should have looked at going to Buffalo instead of MacMaster. I couldn't disagree. The University of Buffalo stadium would have been a better venue. So would have Rogers Centre.

Could the CFL survive without Toronto if the Argos franchise moved to the Maritimes.  I'm not sure if it could when Corporate Canada is in T-O.

The Geroy Simon retirement ceremony just seemed awkward to me---especially the part of him addressing the team. That one left me scratching my head when Geroy works for another team. Lets just say I couldn't see Kent Austin coming in and speaking to the Riders if the team were to retire his number 5.  Yes, Geroy's role isn't as high profile as Kent's, but you see what I mean.

This was the last Sunday without NFL football until the week before the Super Bowl. I'm OK with that and I know there are many others OK with that as well.

Other non football related thoughts

Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux went into Baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend. Those guys could twirl the ball. They were something special to watch when they were on their game. How the Braves only won one World Series during those years is beyond me.

Graham DeLaet just couldn't carry the momentum from his course record 63 on Friday in the final 36 holes of the Canadian Open. He needed another couple of 67's on the weekend, but he still finished with another top 10. As for Jim Furyk, he needs to have someone come in to close things out. How many times has Furyk had the lead after 54 holes and lose? I thought he was a shoo-in to win it on Sunday, but Tim Clark had other ideas.

Am I the only one wondering who cares if new Leafs assistant GM Kyle Dubas is a specialist in "advanced statistics". Hockey isn't like baseball and Moneyball can't be replicated on the ice the way it is on the diamond. I can't wait to see how this plays out.

When in an NFL fantasy draft this year----don't wait too long to take Buffalo's Sammy Watkins.

I should not be allowed at times to carry an 8 iron in my hand.

Its Queen City Ex time. How much will it cost me to get a "stuffy" for my youngest daughter this year and can I just go to Toys R Us and smuggle something into the grounds.

That's all I got. Enjoy the week!





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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 6:27 am

Roto Rob



2014 RotoRob NFL Draft Kit: Tight End Rankings

e must give him some credit for showing the football world that a tight end can be an impact player. If you roll back the clock back you will find he was the first real productive tight end. Ditka was force for the Chicago Bears as a rookie in 1961 when he scored 12 TDs and went over 1,000 yards receiving. His average yard per catch was staggering 19.2. "Iron Mike" was Rookie of the Year and he eventually went on to be the first tight end selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While he never topped his rookie stats he was still a feared player throughout his career.

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:11 pm

Rider Prophet



Riders vs. Argos: Back At It


After a bye week that seemed to last an eternity, the Riders will finally be back on the field Saturday night as they host the Argos looking to atone for a god awful performance when these 2 teams last met. Both teams come into the contest with 1 win. The Riders will be looking to climb out of the West basement, while the Argos could conceivably grab sole possession of the first in the East. Parity my ass.

The Argos will have a very different look offensively from the first game as Owens, Durie and Barnes all played in that one but are now on the 6-game IR. It seems as though Darvin Adams and rookie Anthony Coombs have earned the most trust from Ricky Ray in the absence of the big 3 and that is who we will need to focus on shutting down.  The passing game for me though is a secondary concern (no pun intended) as we are currently downright embarrassing against the run. We are allowing close to 130 yards rushing per game and a disgraceful 6.5 yards per rush.  We can’t expect to win games if that continues. At lot of it boils down to tackling. If we could actually do it then the numbers would not be nearly as bad. Toronto has yet to decide on a primary RB but quite frankly the way we are tackling, Henri Childs could be successful as their rusher (though I think Childs is tentatively penciled in as the Riders’ Week 11 starting RB). Of their backs, Slaton actually concerns me the most, he’s a guy that could take advantage of poor tackling and hurt us. So priority #1 will be tackling from our LBs. The other thing we need to be mindful of defensively is the short pass. Ray loves to throw short, high % passes and let his receivers get YAC yards. If I’m Milanovich and I know my receivers are short on experience and my opponents have a hard time tackling I would call a lot of these passes until the Riders show they can stop it. Again it comes down to tackling.  If we can limit the run and short passes it will allow Chick and Foley to get into the backfield and throw Ray off his rhythm, which is key to beating him.

I am confident the D has a solid game in them. I am a bit more concerned about the offense.  The match-up last time was ripe for the taking against a weak Argo D but (with exception of a 2 minute span) we made them look like a dominant defensive force (which they are not. Only Montreal allows more points per game than the Argos). Sounds like still no Getzlaf but we do get Schillens back (which has the dual bonus of getting Schillens’ skill set back in the lineup and getting Riley’s out).  We will need to lean on Taj but the only way to do that will be to establish another receiver (be it Schillens or Swain) as a viable option to take defensive pressure off Taj. Last time we played it was the long ball that was most effective so our OL will need to buy Durant time to take advantage of an Argo secondary rated last against the pass.

A strong running game it needed too and honestly despite what the gong show at RB would imply, we actually have a solid running attack. We have the most rush yards per game and per attempt in the league… the production is there, we just can’t commit to a guy (or find a guy who doesn’t fumble).  All that offseason talk about “any RB could get 1000 yards behind our OL” is actually looking pretty accurate. That’s why I’m not as concerned as I should be about whether Messam, Ford or Allen will be the primary back. I’d like to see Allen get the chance but have a gut feeling Ford is our new guy… until he fumbles.  Either way I expect us to run the ball effectively. I just hope we stay committed to it even if something goes wrong. A strong run game can carry us until our passing attack starts firing on all cylinders.

Also, if our guys can’t coax Dwight Anderson into at least one objectionable conduct penalty, I will be disappointed. DA will be fired up and looking to make an impact. We should be able to take advantage of that by baiting him into jumping early and getting beat deep as well as a few penalties (not like we’ve seen many of those from the refs this season). Toronto is the most penalized team so if we can stay disciplined and let them hurt themselves we will have yet another advantage.

I can’t tell if I’m just a sucker for believing in this team but I see this as a very winnable match-up even before you factor in the noise of a big Mosaic crowd on Saturday night. I’m expecting us to need to win ugly, and I’m also expect to utter some profanity throughout the game but in the end I think the Riders will show up focused, ready to play and will get back on the winning track against the Argos. Honestly if we can’t beat a team from the lowly East division who is missing their top 3 receivers, at home then we’re in trouble.

Riders by a rushing TD (I was going to say an Allen TD but who knows who will be carrying the ball)

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Posted on 25 July 2014 | 8:00 am

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



NHL draft finally here: the coast-to-coast

WHL

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. (Philly.com)

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)

OHL

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)

QMJHL

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. (hockeyfights.com)

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



Catharine Pendrel claims Commonwealth Games mountain bike gold

GLASGOW — Canada’s Catharine Pendrel has captured gold in the women’s mountain bike at the Commonwealth Games. The 33-year-old from Kamloops, B.C., took the lead on the first of six laps at Cathkin Braes Country Park, and never looked back, […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 12:13 pm

Rod Pederson



STAMPEDERS ADD HUGH CHARLES

Calgary Stampeders head coach and general manager John Hufnagel is pleased to announce the signing of international running back Hugh Charles to the practice roster. As per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
 
Currently in his seventh CFL season, Charles has rushed 401 times for 2,170 yards and 15 touchdowns and added 82 receptions for 995 yards and five touchdowns over 55 games with Saskatchewan and Edmonton. He has also returned 78 kickoffs for 1,718 yards, a 22.0 average.
 
"Hugh is a CFL veteran who over the years has demonstrated great ability as a runner, a receiver out of the backfield and a kick returner," said Hufnagel. "With our current injury situation, Hugh provides some very valuable depth for us at the running back and kick-returner positions."
 
Charles first joined the league as a free agent with Saskatchewan in 2008 where he played 21 games before being traded to Edmonton on Oct. 12, 2011. Charles became the Eskimos' featured back in 2012 and 2013, amassing 1,292 rushing yards and 724 receiving yards over 31 regular-season games.
 
Charles was released by Edmonton at the end of training camp this year and played one game with Saskatchewan.

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 1:47 pm

Yahoo Sports



Father Patrick 4-5 favorite for Hambletonian (Yahoo Sports)

Father Patrick puts a 15-race winning streak on the line as the 4-5 favorite in the $1 million Hambletonian on Saturday at the Meadowlands Racetrack. A winner of 16 of 17 races, Father Patrick drew post No. 10. Father Patrick is one of three entrants for trainer Jimmy Takter who is well positioned to capture his third Hambletonian. Takter also sends out 7-2 second choice Trixton from post No. 7 and 9-2 third choice Nuncio from post No. 5.

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 7:39 pm

Toronto Sports Media



The World Of The Written Word In Toronto Sports Media

By TSM A few years ago the deck chairs were shuffled in the world of sports radio in Toronto. There’s been movement recently in the written world of sports media in Toronto and with the hockey pre-season insanity almost upon us it’s time to review: […]

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Posted on 29 July 2014 | 11:44 am

Star Sports



PMO defends Harper government’s recognition of feminist icon


OTTAWA—A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper dismisses accusations from the opposition parties and others that the government is erasing the late feminist icon Thérèse Casgrain from Canada’s public history.

Carl Vallee called the accusations “ridiculous,” pointing to a revised citizenship study guide — Discover Canada — that for the first time included mention of Casgrain.

The guide, launched in 2009 and updated in 2011, has a section on the women’s suffrage movement that includes a sentence on Casgrain’s activism, which helped Quebec women win the right to vote in 1940.

The Canadian Press reported this week that a volunteer award named for Casgrain in 1982 was abruptly eliminated in 2010, unannounced, to be replaced by the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards in 2011.

Casgrain’s granddaughter, Michele Nadeau, said the cancellation was made without consulting the family or the Thérèse Casgrain Foundation, which Nadeau heads in Montreal.

New Democrat MP Niki Ashton called on the government to revive the award, saying its demise reflects Harper’s frequent attacks on women’s rights.

“He took out a feminist icon and replaced her with himself,” she said in an interview. “It’s deeply symbolic. It’s emblematic of Harper’s approach to women’s equality.”

Ashton said the brief reference to Casgrain in the citizenship guide is no substitute for the volunteer award honour.

Quebec Liberal MP Stéphane Dion also called for reinstatement of the Casgrain award, saying the substitute prime minister’s award is “insulting” to the memory of a pioneer in women’s rights.

Dion said the way the Casgrain award was ended, without an announcement, is typical of the Harper’s government’s penchant for secrecy. “You do it openly and explain why,” he said in an interview.

A spokeswoman for Employment Minister Jason Kenney, whose department is responsible for administering volunteer awards, said the program was changed to broaden eligible recipients to include businesses and not-for-profit groups, as well as individuals.

The Casgrain award recognized two individuals, while the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards recognize 17 individuals or organizations.

Alexandra Fortier said that two of the five new categories “maintain the spirit and the objectives of the Casgrain award.”

She also suggested there was fading interest in the Casgrain award in its final two years, with only 52 nominations in 2008 and 69 in 2009, its last year. The first year of the new Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards in 2011 attracted 751 nominations.

The Canadian Press reported earlier this month that the number of nominations for the prime minister’s award has fallen sharply since, to 482 in the second year and 315 in the current third year.


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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 7:10 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