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  • WHL's consent program involves ex-NHLer who dislikes term 'rape culture'

    Sports doesn't build character but has a way of revealing it. 

    It's taken all of two days to betray that the Western Hockey League's potential right step of launching a Player Impact Program to make "sure they're supported in every possible way" — exact quote from commisioner Ron Robison — might only really be about upholding hockey bro privilege by protecting them from modern inconveniences such as having to respect women as people. In fairness, one can wonder about the line of questioning in this VICE Canada interview and by no means is Calgary police Const. Steve Kelly, a WHL and NHL alumnus,  required to use politcally correct terminology, but some of the quotes here are just brutal.

    On the whole, having a police officer who professes he's not "big fan of that [term] 'rape culture' " is not a good look for the WHL. That also reflects a long-standing systemic bias about sexual assault, where the focus goes from not wanting ruin a perpetator's life while often forgetting about

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  • Some déjà vu flashed through Chad Owens' mind before he made the last-minute one-handed touchdown catch that titled the scales in the East Division.

    In real time, and in the thousands of viewings to come, it looked like the Toronto Argonauts slotback's circus catch in the end zone with 24 seconds left on Tuesday came on an overthrown ball from his quarterback, Trevor Harris. Actually, Owens was recovering from being yanked off-stride by Ottawa Redblacks safety Forrest Hightower as he caught up laid out fully for the 10-yard scoring grab. 

    "He grabbed me because I beat him across his face, a little grab around the waist, try to slow me up," Owens explained following Toronto's 38-35 win at TD Place, which pulled the Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-5) even in the East with the Redblacks (8-6) a half-length back.  

    "I just told myself to dig. Because there was a play earlier this year, a two-point convert against Hamilton, I believe. Same play, same route, same situation. And it was

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  • Hamilton Bulldogs settle into new hockey habitat

    There are always surprises with a new endeavour. For the Hamilton Bulldogs, a pleasant one was the din at their home opener.

    FirstOntario Centre has a NHL-ish capacity of 17,383, and there's probably a strained analogy that can be made about the size of the Bulldogs' new home and how junior hockey can struggle to get top billing in bigger cities. On the contrary, though, when the Bulldogs (ne Belleville Bulls, 1980-2015) hit the ice last weekend and beat Oshawa in their home opener in front of 5,600 fans, it sounded like any other junior barn.

    "It's actually pretty loud," overage forward Stephen Harper, one of the 13 Bulldogs who played in the Bulls' last-ever game on April 14, related on Friday. "I was surprised, with it being so big, You could hear it. Every hit, every shot, the fans got loud. It was great. 

    "It's all smiles right now," added Harper, who's been able to reside at home in adjacent Burlington after four seasons of billeting. "Michael Andlauer is a great owner, he's been

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  • Ottawa Redblacks' Henry Burris sets CFL record with 45 completions

    It must be all the yoga that is helping Henry Burris bend convention. It was not a shock the quarterback was still in the game after some of the crowd had started checking out on a record night for the Ottawa Redblacks.

    Golfers have the milestone of shooting their age. Burris threw his age on Thursday. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer set a CFL record for completions by going 45-of-53 for 504 yards with two touchdowns apiece by air and land during a 39-17 rout of the Montreal Alouettes, who were playing their second game in five days. There might have been an ersatz mark for most armchair coaches' brows furrowed when Burris played one more series, with a 36-point lead, after breaking Anthony Calvillo's seven-year-old completions record. Ottawa (8-5) simply wanted to stay as crisp as the night air with the Toronto Argonauts (7-5) coming to town on Tuesday. 

    "It's a truly special moment to know that you're up there, recognized with some of the best quarterbacks to ever play this

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  • Alexander Nylander scored a pretty slät goal on Thursday. No one actually says that, but they might start if the the Mississauga Steelheads' 17-year-oid continues affirming why he bears watching just as much as his 19-year-old brother, Toronto Maple Leafs top prospect William Nylander.

    Playing in his third game in the league, the younger Nylander made the Petes' Cameron Lizotte look like a NHL 16 character who had frozen in place as he danced in and scored on goalie Dylan Wells. And Lizotte is a good defenceman that the Leafs had in rookie camp last month.

    For those who also rely on Google Translate to look half-worldly, slät is the Swedish word for smooth.   

    Mississauga has been far from a must-see team since it hosted the Memorial Cup five seasons ago when it was still called the Majors. However, with Nylander in the fold, and the Leafs looking like a mortal lock to be in the NHL draft lottery again, casual and serious OHL fans alike might want to make a note of when the Steelheads

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  • Ricky Foley smiled when asked whether he is a Blue Jays fan.

    Save for their star defensive end, the Toronto Argonauts don't want to talk about being bumped for as many as three October home games during the three-team race for first in the Eastern Division. It is their daily reality and there is something compelling, so quirkily CFL, about a team making a run for the Grey Cup while in a grey area that is being second fiddle to Toronto's playoff-bound baseball team. Saturday's 35-26 win against the Ottawa Redblacks at TD Place — they'll meet there again in 11 days in what was originally a Toronto home game — was their most thorough performance in several weeks.

    "Oh, I am," Foley said after Toronto moved into a second-place tie with Ottawa, each one game behind Hamilton (8-4). " I grew up a Yankees fan because my dad [Don Foley] was since there were no Blue Jays when he was growing up. But I live right next door to the Skydome and it's an unbelievable vibe right there right now.

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  • Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net is previewing the 2015-16 Ontario Hockey League season, going by conference by conference, posing the big question of each team and assessing where it stands vis-à-vis the cycle of junior hockey. Today's about a synopsis of the Western Conference after teeing up the Eastern Conference earlier. The OHL season begins Thursday.


    Last season — .618 point percentage, third in conference; lost 4-1 to Erie in Round 2. Point of the cycle — Nearing the top.

    How soon will Mitchell Marner return and is it possible the Knights could be super-potent even without him?

    To think there are five- and six-year-old children in Timbits hockey who are not old enough to remember the Knights' last OHL title in May 2013. London could get the key to the penthouse suite a year ahead of schedule once playmaker par excellence Marner, as generally anticipated, returns from the Toronto Maple Leafs to join fellow century-clubber Christian Dvorak, an Arizona Coyotes

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  • Yahoo’s Buzzing the Net is previewing the 2015-16 Ontario Hockey League season, going by conference by conference, posing the big question of each team and assessing where it stands vis-à-vis the cycle of junior hockey. The Eastern Conference is first, since it includes the reigning champion Oshawa Generals. The OHL season begins Thursday.


    Last season — .625 point percentage, second; lost 4-1 to North Bay in Round 2. Point of the cycle  Climbing.

    How capable are the Colts of being greater than the sum of their parts and making a run?

    Barrie has recorded at least 37 wins and won at least one playoff series for four consecutive seasons, which is noteworthy in a league with so much roster churn. This iteration of the navy and gold lacks a singular talent that builds hype and makes a team a sexy preseason pick, but it's a well-formed team with eight 19-year-olds.

    Starting with the last line of defence, 6-foot-4 New Jersey Devils second-rounder Mackenzie Blackwood is an elite

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  • Josh Ho-Sang hardly helped his own cause to be viewed as a hockey player solely and less as a Hockey Twitter meme. The highly scrutinized New York Islanders first-round pick, who's not one for being put into the little box that most athletes are put into, especially in hockey, was supposed to get some serious run at the Isles training camp before rejoining the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs.

    Instead, Ho-Sang was dealt a tough lesson as the Islanders sent him back to Niagara on Friday for being late to the first day of their main training camp. Who knows, perhaps there was confusion over whether the practice session was in Brooklyn or on Long Island.

    From Arthur Staple: 

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  • OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs cheered on by Tom Hanks, Martin Short (VIDEO)

    While the Hamilton Bulldogs have yet to play their first regular-season game, they might have already locked up the Ontario Hockey League's highly unofficial and subjective Celebrity Connections Cup.

    On Tuesday, the Bulldogs released a video of Hollywoood icons Tom Hanks and Martin Short, who was born in Hamilton, having fun being silly yelling, "Go Bulldogs!" That, to understate for effect, is a little more impressive than getting the ubiqutious local celebrity to perform a ceremonial faceoff. So kudos to Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer and his staff for whatever channels they had to work through to get Short and two-time Academy Award winner Hanks together.

    That's publicity that cannot be bought, except for when fans throw a barrage or snack food at a coach or player. 

    Does that throw down a gauntlet to the 19 other OHL teams to see if they can get a notable entertainer with roots in their community to record a spot they can put on social media and play on their videoboard? This is

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