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  • Team Jones (L to R): Jennifer Jones, Kaitlyn Lawes, Jill Officer and Dawn McEwen.

    What a breath of fresh air. What a nice change from the last few weeks of splintering curling teams all across Canada announcing their break-ups.

    Just as the season-ending Players' Championship in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, gets underway, Jennifer Jones and her team have provided Canadian curling fans with some good news.

    It's called stability.

    Two months removed from a perfect run to gold at Sochi, Team Jennifer Jones has announced that they will be staying together. Not just for next year, but for another four years, at least, as they set their sights on an Olympic repeat in South Korea, in 2018.

    “We are excited to officially announce that our team is fully committed to staying together and working hard to get another chance to represent Canada at the Olympics,” said Jones in a media

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  • How many green jackets will Bubba Watson win? — Getty Images
    On the face of it, the 2014 version of The Masters was a pretty good show.

    You had a compelling veteran in Bubba Watson aiming for his second green jacket in three years, up against an exciting 20-year-old in Jordan Spieth, who for a while appeared to be on the verge of history.

    And although the outcome was pretty much decided with four holes to play, you would have expected audiences to be captivated by some pretty good golf and a pretty good story. But there was something missing: Tiger Woods. Well maybe two things missing if you count Phil Mickelson.

    Without those headliners -- Tiger was injured and Mickelson didn't make the cut -- ratings dropped substantially. Sunday's final round still drew a big number in Canada for Global -- a 1,057,000 average -- but that was still 33 per cent lower than last year's event.

    In the U.S., CBS reported a 24 per cent drop in ratings -- the lowest since 2004.

    You could blame it on the lack of drama over the final few holes, but numbers were down

    Read More »from The Great Canadian Ratings Report: Tiger-free Masters turns off viewers
  • Rich Hart and Glenn Howard at the 2011 Brier. (CP)

    Rich Hart knew full well the irony of his statement, which was delivered with a bit of a chuckle as a punctuation mark.

    “With all these team changes there’s going to be plenty to talk about, that’s for sure," he said.

    Hart was commenting on his assignment this week, where he will serve as part of the broadcast team for Sportsnet's coverage of The Players' Championship, in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

    On a number of occasions, he will be gazing down at his old friend and one-time curling compatriot, Glenn Howard, knowing - as we all do now - that they will be reunited again for next season's schedule. Perhaps beyond that, too.

    With a one year agreement in place (and an option for a second), the 45 year-old retired world champion curler will come off the media bench and play vice for Howard in 2014-15. The two of them will look to recapture the magic they displayed over the course of eleven years together (6 provincial championships, 8 Grand Slams, a Brier and World Championship)

    Read More »from Richard Hart rejoins Glenn Howard: Rekindling a passion for curling
  • The top Canadian men will be in Monte Carlo this week - one of the most breathtaking scenes in all of sports. (via

    Nearly all the Canadians are in action this week, with the top men kicking off their European clay-court campaigns in preparation for next month's French Open in Paris.

    The ATP Tour's dirt season officially begins with the Masters 1000 stop in Monte Carlo, Monaco – arguably the most breathtaking vista in tennis and one of the most stunning in all of sport.

    Top Canadian Milos Raonic moved up a spot with the late withdrawal of Frenchman Richard Gasquet. And because the top eight seeds have first-round byes (Raonic is now No. 8), he gets a free pass. Raonic will meet the winner of Yen-Hsun Lu of Taipei and Federico Delbonis of Argentina in the second round.

    Top Canuck Milos Raonic kicks off his clay-court season in Monte Carlo, where he has a residence. He lost to Jarkko Nieminen in the second round - in a third-set tiebreaker - a year ago. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Countryman Vasek Pospisil is in action Monday, playing a tough customer in Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain.

    Read More »from First Serve: Canadians on the pro tennis tours this week
  • Together again. (From left to right) Rich Hart, Glenn Howard and Craig Savill celebrate a playoff win at The 2011 Brier. (CP)

    In this, Canadian curling's dizzying spring of change, the migrations continue, with big names changing teams, some changing provinces and in the case of some others, changing their minds.

    While Ontario skip Glenn Howard sees two of his teammates going out the door, he welcomes back another - Rich Hart - who returns to try and rekindle the glories the two shared over so many seasons.

    “We’re ready to go," said Howard over the phone from his home, Sunday night. "I’m super excited."

    Howard will be reunited with his longtime vice when the 2014-15 season begins next fall, with Hart replacing Wayne Middaugh. Another very familiar face to curling fans, one belonging to veteran Jon Mead, will also grace the revamped Howard Four line-up next season, playing the second position.

    While Craig Savill will continue to man the lead spot for Howard, the re-addition of Hart at vice signals the end of the road for Middaugh, the man who replaced Hart when the latter retired after the 2010-11 season.

    Read More »from Glenn Howard’s revamped curling team features Richard Hart, Jon Mead
  • Receiver Chad Ochocinco Johnson with the NFL Patriots in 2012 - a uniform not dissimilar to that of the Montreal Alouettes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    The first question that comes to mind, if this ever comes to fruition, is that they'll call longtime NFL receiver Chad (Ochocinco - but no longer legally) Johnson if he comes to play in Montreal.

    "Tchadde Quatre-vingt-cinq"? Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

    "Tchadde Huit-Cinq"? A little better.

    The Alouettes confirmed that Johnson would be there when the Alouettes hold a three-day mini-camp at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla. beginning Tuesday. The team held the first of four open U.S. tryout camps there over the weekend.

    CBS Sports's Jason La Canfora says Ochocinco will work out Monday at 5 p.m. On his Twitter feed, Johnson himself said he'd be there Tuesday for mini-camp and on-field work.

    Read More »from Former NFLer Chad Johnson will work out for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes
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    Toronto FC played without their two high profile offseason acquisitions and it showed. Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe were out of the lineup for Toronto. Defoe continues to recover from a mild hamstring strain while Bradley is nursing a quad injury.

    Toronto put in a solid performance in the first half but they lacked attacking creativity and a cutting edge in front of goal without their top two designated players. Their effort improved in the second half, Kyle Bekker came close on two free kicks and Dwayne De Rosario sent a header above the crossbar, but it was Rapids striker Edson Buddle who jumped on a defensive miscue by TFC to bury the game’s lone goal in the 77th minute.

    On top of Bradley and Defoe’s absence, the Reds were without starting midfielders Jonathan Osorio and Alvaro Rey and starting centre back Doneil Henry. Bekker assumed Bradley’s role as the primary ball-mover in midfield and was a bright spot on an otherwise dreary day. He

    Read More »from Toronto FC struggles without Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe: Canadian MLS recap
  • A Masters Saturday to forget for Mike Weir

    REUTERS/Brian Snyder

    After he finished the second round at the Masters on Friday, Mike Weir talked confidently about the prospects of getting into contention even though he was eight strokes off the lead.

    "One mis-step and you can make six-seven-eight out there," he told Postmedia's Cam Cole. "If I play well tomorrow, I can put myself right in this tournament.”

    Those turned out be prophetic words, much to Weir's dismay.

    There indeed were plenty of mis-steps. Unfortunately, most of them were made by Weir. Though there were no sevens or eights, he did not play well and can't even dream about getting into contention.

    The lone Canadian to make the cut here after coming off a series of disastrous and injury-filled seasons looked lost on Saturday as he racked up seven bogeys and one double-bogey in finishing with a seven-over par 79. On the positive side, he looked a lot better on the back nine and birdied two of those holes.

    But that 79 puts him eight over for the tournament and well off the leader board.


    Read More »from A Masters Saturday to forget for Mike Weir
  • (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

    For a few precious hours on Friday, it looked as if Mike Weir had turned back the Masters clock -- say 11 years.

    After suffering through years of physical injuries and mental anguish and written off at the age of 43 as yesterday's man, Weir put himself right in the thick of things at the tournament that made him a household name in Canada.

    He was tied for third after shooting a spectacular 32 on the front nine at the tournament he won in 2003. He was looking more like that guy than the golfer who had fallen to 692nd in the world rankings and missed the cut at the last three Masters.

    He birdied four of the first nine holes and was looking like the Mike Weir of old. Seeing his name on the leader board no doubt warmed the cockles of many hearts among both Canadians and golf fans hoping he could turn things around and challenge again.

    But although the left-hander has to be thrilled to be carrying Canada's hopes into the weekend, the back nine was one to forget. He recorded four bogeys and

    Read More »from Mike Weir rekindles Masters memories while Graham DeLaet heads home
  • REUTERS/Jim Young

    Veteran Mike Weir looked like a guy who knew his way around the course at Augusta National on Thursday. Rookie Graham DeLaet simply looked lost.

    The Canadian contingent at this year's Masters walked into the clubhouse almost at opposite ends of the spectrum. Weir, the former champion who's struggled since winning 11 years ago, shot a one-over 73 to tie for 28th place and put himself in position to make his first cut in four years.

    DeLaet, a Masters rookie and Canada's best golfer these days, had a horrible day and will be hard-pressed to survive through to the weekend. The pride of Weyburn, Sask., racked up eight bogeys in shooting a disappointing 80.

    Only four golfers did worse.

    DeLaet was in surprisingly good spirits even though he turned in one of the worst rounds of his career. He told ScoreGolf's Bob Weeks that despite the score he was still thrilled to be at Augusta National.

    For Weir, it was a bit of redemption after a series of injury-filled seasons. He recorded four birdies

    Read More »from Weir starts strong at Masters while DeLaet stumbles


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