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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: March 9, 2015

In the March 9 edition, it's our annual Trade Deadline Preview, looking at who goes where and which teams need what at the NHL's annual swap meet



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Posted on 10 February 2015 | 7:15 pm

The Blair Necessities



Chamblin Isn't Going Anywhere

 



Brendan Taman says the Saskatchewan Roughriders are standing behind their beleaguered head coach.  After a second report about Corey Chamblin's immediate future with the football team was delivered over the weekend by Winnipeg Free Press reporter/TSN insider Gary Lawless stating Taman was to meet with Craig Reynolds on Sunday with the topic being the firing of Chamblin, Taman stood before the media on Monday to say that is not the case.

Taman says he has not asked for permission to fire Chamblin and he has the support of Reynolds and the Rider board.

Taman did the say the team is looking at everything as they assess their 0-6 start to the season, but the mood in the room is still positive and no one is pushing the panic button.

The Riders try to get into the win column for the first time in 2015 this weekend in Toronto. 























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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 3:36 am

Metro



Toronto Raptors’ new uniforms a nod to Toronto, Canada

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors’ new uniforms pay tribute to the City of Toronto, and to Canada as the country’s only NBA team. The Raptors unveiled their four new uniforms on their website late Monday, moments after Drake, the Toronto … Continue Reading

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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 4:03 am

Yahoo Sports Blog



Price shines on Blue Jays debut in victory over Twins

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Toronto Blue Jays(The Sports Xchange) - David Price provided everything the Blue Jays could have wanted on his Toronto debut on Monday as he allowed three hits, two walks, one run and struck out 11 in his first start since joining from the Detroit Tigers last week. With third baseman Josh Donaldson hitting a two-run homer and second baseman Ryan Goins belting a solo shot, the Blue Jays carried the feel-good factor around the clubhouse to a 5-1 defeat of the Minnesota Twins. Price (10-4) was also impressed by the warm welcome he received from a sellout crowd, as he was cheered during his warm-ups and left to a standing ovation after the eighth inning with the pitcher tipping his cap in return.



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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 6:09 am

Canada.com



Why Toronto Maple Leafs new GM Lou Lamoriello stopped winning in New Jersey

Postmedia’s Steve Simmons discusses the Toronto Maple Leafs decision to hire Lou Lamoriello, whose teams in New Jersey have not had success in the playoffs in the past number of years.

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Posted on 23 July 2015 | 5:28 pm

T.S.N.



Titans sign former Bill, S Searcy

Go to TSN.ca for details. #TSN

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Posted on 11 March 2015 | 9:12 pm

The Joy of Sox



G106: Rays 4, Red Sox 3

Rays    - 100 100 020 - 4  9  0
Red Sox - 201 000 000 - 3 8 0
Example
Jake Odorizzi / Wade Miley
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, LF
Napoli, 1B
Shaw, 3B
Castillo, RF
Hanigan, C
Bradley, CF

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 9:17 pm

The Blair Necessities



Chamblin Isn't Going Anywhere

 



Brendan Taman says the Saskatchewan Roughriders are standing behind their beleaguered head coach.  After a second report about Corey Chamblin's immediate future with the football team was delivered over the weekend by Winnipeg Free Press reporter/TSN insider Gary Lawless stating Taman was to meet with Craig Reynolds on Sunday with the topic being the firing of Chamblin, Taman stood before the media on Monday to say that is not the case.

Taman says he has not asked for permission to fire Chamblin and he has the support of Reynolds and the Rider board.

Taman did the say the team is looking at everything as they assess their 0-6 start to the season, but the mood in the room is still positive and no one is pushing the panic button.

The Riders try to get into the win column for the first time in 2015 this weekend in Toronto. 























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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 3:36 am

Roto Rob



The Wire Troll: Curt Casali Flexing His Muscles

Wisler just keeps on keeping on for Atlanta, with last Sunday's start in St. Louis showing what the future might hold for the young right-hander. Once he cuts down on his walks he will be a very effective starter.

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Posted on 2 August 2015 | 8:51 pm

Rider Prophet



Monday Morning Sentimonies: Another Loss

Riders 5 - Eskimos 30

So there were no miracles performed on Friday. Brett Smith could not walk on water, nor could he turn our losing season into something more palatable. But hey, at least he didn't utterly embarrass himself... unlike some other Rider QB that played in that game. The game went pretty much according to script. The winless team with 3rd string QB got pounded by a team with a winning record and one of the best defenses in the league. Predictably as well I had to pour increasingly stronger drinks as the game went on in order to endure it.

Brett Smith actually didn't do too bad given the situation. He had happy feet, he made some mistakes but he also made some good throws (some of which were taken back due to penalty). I would be okay with him starting a few more games to see if he progresses. As previously alluded to I see no reason for Tino Sunseri to have a job as a anything but a hair model. He does not belong on a professional football field. I don't care how little of the playbook Keith Price and Blake Sims know, there is no way they can be any worse than Tino. At this point an empty chip bag would likely be more useful under centre.

My main issue with our offense was how we completely let Edmonton dictate our game plan. Predictably Edmonton run blitzed and dared us to run and while I get that we can't just blindly run into a pile of defenders, that doesn't mean abandon the run completely. We are a good running team, how about showing some balls and seeing if we can run despite the strong opposition? We let Chris Jones take away our run game without even a fight, leaving a rookie 3rd stringer to carry the offense on his arm. Its a ludicrous strategy. We might as well have just asked Chris Jones prior to each series which offensive plays he was okay with us using.

Friday was actually the first time our defensive line decided not to be useless. The main factor was Alex Hall actually having his first good game of the season. Overall the defense was probably the best I've seen all season... not saying they were good, just improved by our low standard. We still can't get off the field on second down, or defend the pass. It's probably the least creative defense I've ever seen. Apparently Chamblin's answer to our lack of pressure is blitz Brackenridge... on every play, the same way every time. The only blitzing philosophy I've seen that was worse was the Scott Gordon safety blitz (aka Gordon disappearing into a pile of players while adding nothing of value to the play).

The bottom line is that 2015 is now officially over for the Riders. If you think I'm being overly pessimistic then you should watch the following Jim Mora rant.



All attention should now be placed on building a team for 2016. We essentially now have a really long preseason. So we should be evaluating all our practice roster players with some live game action. I want to see Keith Price get some playing time. We should also look at cutting ties with anyone who does not fit into the plans for 2016.

Coach Chamblin is one guy I think should stay (I also know that given my luck, 5 minutes after I post this he will be fired). He did not suddenly become a bad head coach. He did just fine in 2012, 2013 and the first half of 2014. He is a good head coach... he is just a really awful defensive coordinator. If he could relinquish that he could once again focus on his actual coaching duties. I bet you would see his game management improve. He's done some dumb things this year but I do not want to see him fired. If you want a scapegoat maybe you should be looking at the guy whose job it is to provide talented players for the coach and build depth.

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Posted on 3 August 2015 | 5:10 pm

Buzzing the Net Junior Hockey



McGill excited about building an 'unbelievable team' in Owen Sound

Ryan McGill during his days as an assistant coach in Calgary.  (Photo by Brad Watson/NHLI via Getty Images)

Ryan McGill was asked a simple, straight-forward question.

What was enticing about the Owen Sound Attack’s head coaching position?

His answer was right to the point.

“Dale DeGray, the person,” McGill said.

When encouraged to elaborate, McGill, who was officially hired by the OHL’s Attack on Tuesday along with assistant coach Derek King, heaped praise on his new boss.

“The more and more I talked to him, the more and more I just love his integrity for the game, his experience as a player and his experience as one of the top GMs in the Ontario Hockey League,” McGill said. “They’ve got a lot of good young players that, in the next couple of years, will develop into an unbelievable team.

“Having the opportunity to work with a guy like Dale will give me great experience. It’s something that I’m really looking forward to just because of his knowledge of the game. For me it’s just really, really refreshing.”

DeGray’s Attack finished 35-24-2-7, good for fifth in the Western Conference, before being ousted in the first round by Guelph in five games.

He was in the market for a new bench boss after Greg Ireland left for Germany’s pro Alder Mannheim on July 19.

He wound up replacing Ireland with McGill, one of the hottest coaching free agents in junior hockey since April when his contract was not renewed by the WHL’s Kootenay Ice.

McGill, 46, guided the Ice to a Memorial Cup championship in 2002 before embarking on a pro career. He was an AHL head coach before joining Brent Sutter’s staff with the Calgary Flames. He eventually returned to the Ice in 2012, made the playoffs in each of his three years and was an assistant coach of Canada’s 2014 world junior outfit.

McGill name had been linked to jobs in the WHL this summer with the Vancouver Giants and Kelowna Rockets.

“You’re always on the phone and you’re always listening to people and inquiring about things,” McGill said. “It’s no different than any other summer when you’re networking. It’s been hard to describe, but the summer’s been fine.

“I think the process of talking to a bunch of teams and talking to a bunch of people has been a great experience.”

Out of respect for DeGray, McGill refused to discuss any conversations he had with other teams.

When DeGray called, the two hit it off immediately. They did so despite having no pre-existing relationship.

Both shared a common bond of winning major-junior league titles as players – McGill in 1988 with the Medicine Hat Tigers and DeGray in 1983 with the Oshawa Generals.

They played nearly the same number of regular season NHL games. McGill, a defenceman, suited up in 151. DeGray, also a blueliner, dressed in 153.

“The only thing I knew about Dale was that his team (the Attack) had won the OHL championship in 2011,” McGill said. “But before that he was just a blue-collar hockey player. That’s how he is as a manager. He’s just awesome to talk to, great ideas hockey-wise, knows players and is an extremely hard worker. I think it’s going to be a great relationship.”

The one thing McGill has never done is coach in the OHL. He knows he has a bit more work to do to fully understand the league and its players.

After tying up some loose ends in Cranbrook, B.C., McGill plans on spending some time at his summer home in Montana watching video.

Whenever a clip ends, there is always the option to call DeGray and ask some questions – something McGill has every intention doing, just as he already has.

“I don’t think the transition is going to be that hard or difficult,” McGill said. “Knowing our players is going to be easy because we’ve had a lot of discussions over the last three or four days about our players anyways.

“Dale’s a detailed guy and he’s painted a pretty good picture for me already.”


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Posted on 28 July 2015 | 8:29 pm

Sports on the Web



The Canadian Women are just hosts now as their World Cup is over.

The World Cup is over for the Canadian women in the sports news and sports on the web.  They made a valiant effort on a comeback at B.C. Place but came up just short of their goal on reaching the World Cup semi-finals for the first time.. Nerves were the main enemy of the Canadian […]

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 4:46 pm

Vancouver Sun



Fiji defeats Samoa 39-29 in wild final of Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament

BURNABY, B.C. - Three minutes was all Fiji needed to deliver a knockout blow in the Pacific Nations Cup final

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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 5:30 am

Rod Pederson



CHAMBLIN RIDERS COACH "GOING FORWARD"


Roughriders GM Brendan Taman told reporters on Monday that he met with Corey Chamblin earlier in the day and that he remains the head coach of the team "going forward".

Taman said the team's Board of Directors supports the decision and that Chamblin's earned the chance to try to turn this winless season around.

Taman also said he expects Chamblin will be the team's coach "for the year".  His contract runs through the 2017 season, as does Taman's.  Taman later clarified his comments on 620 CKRM's SportsCage stating he'd prefer if Chamblin fulfills his contract and beyond.

The GM would not address Saturday's TSN report that Chamblin was to be fired during next week's bye.
 

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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 1:20 am

Yahoo Sports



Adrian Beltre hits for the cycle in spectacular fashion (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre follows through on his solo home run completing the cycle against the Houston Astros during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. Beltre is the ninth player in Texas Rangers history to hit for the cycle. (AP Photo/Jim Cowsert)

Adrian Beltre had already hit for the cycle twice in his career, so Monday night he upped his personal degree of difficulty and joined an elite group of players in the process. Beltre tripled in the first inning against the Houston Astros, doubled in the second inning, singled in the third, took a breather in the fourth and homered in the fifth. Four at-bats, cycle complete. He became the first player to hit for the cycle in five innings since the erstwhile B.J. Upton in 2009 . [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ]



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Posted on 4 August 2015 | 4:44 am

Toronto Sports Media



Weekend Toronto Sports Media You Play Radio PD

by TSM What a wild week for Toronto Sports fans!! So, you all like to have your say so here you go: You play the radio program director! We will make it easy – assume that there is only 1 all sports radio in town […]

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Posted on 1 August 2015 | 1:42 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 | 6:10 am