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  • Milos Raonic needed just 56 minutes to defeat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the third round of the Sony Open in Miami Monday. (AP/Luis M. Alvarez)

    The way Canadian Milos Raonic is playing at the moment, you would never know he missed nearly two months with an ankle injury.

    Following up on his quarter-final effort last week at Indian Wells, his first tournament since the Australian Open in January, the 23-year-old Canadian has made it look easy as he has strolled through to the fourth round at the Sony Open in Miami.

    He needed just 56 minutes to dispose of Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain Monday afternoon – a ruthlessly efficient 6-1, 6-2 victory that puts him into the final 16 at the Masters 1000 series tournament.

    Garcia-Lopez, a fit 30-year-old with a one-handed backhand, is a solid player currently ranked No. 55 but who has been ranked in the top 25 in his career and has two ATP Tour titles to his credit. Raonic completely outclassed him.

    Read More »from Milos Raonic breezes into the sweet 16 at the Sony Open in Miami
  • Jeff Stoughton is a solo artist, for now. (CP)

    The chairs have been set out. The music is playing. More than a handful of well-known men's curlers are now circling those chairs and when the music stops, who knows where some of them will be?

    The unfortunate thing about it is that when that music does cease, two of the game's greatest skips, Kevin Martin and Jeff Stoughton, might be forced from the scene a little bit earlier than they'd like and not in a manner of their choosing.

    Jeff Stoughton's Sunday announcement that his team is breaking up at season's end is the latest to get chins wagging. He's now a free agent, looking for players to join him so he can continue to play the game he loves, next season. The list of takers should be long and the 50 year old Manitoba native can afford to be discerning. He will be just that, telling the Winnipeg Free Press "We'll see how things play out the next little while. And if nothing comes up, I won't play next year."

    If Stoughton doesn't play next year, there's a good chance he might never

    Read More »from Curling’s big shake up may leave Stoughton, Martin out in the cold
  • Toronto Maple goalie James Reimer, right, makes a save against Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, left, during third period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto on Saturday, March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

    Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer allows winning goal to Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec in Saturday's 4-3 lossMaple Leafs goalie James Reimer allows winning goal to Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec in Saturday's 4-3 loss

    The last time the Montreal Canadiens were in Toronto it was P.K. Subban who left the ice after the final horn yelling a four letter expletive in a loss.

    On Saturday night, it was Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer venting his frustration in the tunnel post-game as the Leafs fell 4-3 in a key matchup against the Canadiens at the Air Canada Center.

    Montreal entered play three points ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

    Reimer allowed the game winner just over the mid-way point of the third when Tomas Plekanec broke a 3-3 deadlock at 11:14.

    The scoring play transpired as a goalie interference minor to James van Riemsdyk had expired and defenseman Dion Phaneuf was unable to clear the puck to kill the final seconds of the penalty.

    Reimer did not come across his crease in time to stop Plekanec, who was set up at the bottom of the right circle on a nice cross-ice pass from Andrei Markov.

    The puck went in off of Reimer's leg, just inches from the near post.

    "I came

    Read More »from Maple Leafs slide continues as Canadiens skate to 4-3 victory
  • Despite the large compression sleeve on his powerful right arm, Milos Raonic had little trouble advancing at the Sony Open Saturday. (TennisTV.com)It was impossible not to notice the massive blue compression sleeve on the powerful right arm of Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic, as he took the court in Miami Saturday.

    But it hampered absolutely nothing in his game; the 23-year-old was impressive in a 6-4, 7-6 (1) victory over young American Jack Sock in his first match at the Sony Open.

    Raonic, the No. 12 seed, had a bye in the first round of the 10-day event, so this was his first action since losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine at the Indian Wells tournament a little over a week ago.

    Raonic manager Austin Nunn told Eh Game the sleeve was for protection against the sun, after Raonic had an allergic reaction on his arm from some sort of creme, either a moisturizer or some sort of Icy-Hot type product.

    Read More »from After the other Canadians lose in Miami, Milos Raonic coasts to third round of the Sony Open
  • Stu Lang was a CFL star in the '70s with the Edmonton Eskimos (CP)

    Here you thought University of Guelph football coach Stu Lang was generous when he conceded a safety from his team's 25-yard line during a 2013 playoff game against the Queen's Golden Gaels.

    The reasoning for that strategy might have been specious. Acting on the "shame" of one of Canadian university football's legacy programs playing at rickety, rundown, ramshackle Richardson Stadium by becoming the lead donor for a stadium renovation, even while coaching a rival team, reveals the kind of big picture thinking that made Lang independently wealthy. On Saturday, Queen's confirmed earlier reports by The Globe & Mail and The Queen's Journal that Lang, even while he coaches Ontario University Athletics' Guelph Gryphons, is donating $10 million to revitalize Richardson. (The project is expected to cost at least $25 million.)

    Could one imagine a U.S. college coaching icon such as Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski donating millions to upgrade the facilities at a school in his conference? Probably not; no offence to Coach K. But the economic scale of Canadian Interuniversity Sport is much different than at a major NCAA school, and institutions' priorities are often much different too. That's part of why 43-year-old Richardson Stadium fell into such disrepair, with sections of the bleachers being condemned prior to the 2013 season.

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  • Alex Bilodeau after winning first place during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup. (Getty Images)Alex Bilodeau after winning first place during the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup. (Getty Images)

    For Alexandre Bilodeau and Mikaël Kingsbury, their World Cup race on Friday ended like so many others: with a two-man race between the two Canadians for the top of the podium.

    But this time around, Kingsbury had already locked up the World Cup moguls title, his third straight, and Bilodeau had long known this was the last race of his illustrious career. There were no added stakes, just a final race between two friendly rivals and teammates.

    “I knew the grand prix was done – I couldn’t go up, I couldn’t go down,” says Bilodeau, who finished the World Cup season in second place. “I went up to Mikaël and said, ‘I’m really honoured to have my last run against the best in the world.’”

    The feeling was mutual. “We did a big hug before our [dual race final], and I told him it was an honour for me to do his last run against him,” Kingsbury says. “Maybe we were a bit emotional, both of us.”

    Bilodeau went out with style, executing a double backflip he would normally consider "too risky" in

    Read More »from Freestyle skier Alex Bilodeau caps golden career with World Cup win
  • Adnan Virk, left, co-hosting ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show with Mike Golic.Adnan Virk, left, co-hosting ESPN's Mike and Mike radio show with Mike Golic.

    Ask Adnan Virk if he is a rising star at ESPN and he will refer to the assessment by the blog Awful Announcing and concede that is how it must appear to the casual viewer.

    "You look at the optics and that makes the most sense from the outside," said Virk, the Toronto native who grew up outside Kingston, Ont.

    It is about the only time Virk will let someone else do the work. In the four years since he joined ESPN, Virk has proven himself ready and quite capable of handling all assignments tossed at him, be they anchoring SportsCenter or Baseball Tonight, hosting issues-oriented shows such as Outside The Lines, substituting for Keith Olbermann on the latter's late-night show and, more recently, doing baseball play-by-play. Virk will call the Tigers-Pirates spring training game for ESPN Monday from Bradenton, Fla.

    "I like to do new things, I embrace challenges," said Virk, 35, who does not worry about becoming a jack of all trades and a master of none. "The more you can do, the more

    Read More »from Adnan Virk is Joan Rivers to Keith Olbermann’s Johnny Carson
  • Mar 19, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) celebrates their victory with center Valtteri Filppula (51) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Lightning beat the Maple Leafs 5-3. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

    It certainly wasn't the start that James Reimer was looking for - and it didn't end well for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they fell 5-3 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on home ice in a key Eastern Conference showdown.

    A day after his 28 save performance in a 3-2 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit - where his agent, Ray Petkau, sounded off, post-game on Twitter about the Maple Leafs poor defensive play - Reimer was pressed back in action due to Jonathan Bernier's continued absence with to a lower body injury.

    Just 59 seconds in, the former Maple Leafs No. 1 allowed a soft goal - a harmless looking point shot through traffic by Radko Gudas to open the scoring.

    "I just didn't see the puck," said Reimer, who is the first Leafs goalie to play in back-to-back games this season. "It was one of those (goals) where it kind of went behind a big scrum and I

    Read More »from Stamkos nets hat trick as Lightning drop Maple Leafs in key Eastern Conference showdown
  • Retired Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo has already started to work with the team's front office, if only unofficially (CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

    MONTREAL – When you're Montreal Alouettes legend Anthony Calvillo, a job is waiting for you whenever you decide the time is right.

    The 41-year-old former quarterback, who officially retired Jan. 21 after 20 seasons in the CFL, will take this summer to travel extensively with his wife and two young children, notably in Europe.

    "I see myself starting as a quarterbacks coach, and then I could rise up the ranks," Calvillo told the Journal de Montréal at a regional evaluation camp in Montreal Wednesday. "(Alouettes owner) Bob Wetenhall told me to let him know when I feel ready. Of course, I'll have to see if a spot is available on the coaching staff."

    Even if it's unofficial, Calvillo is already on the job. At the combine, which evaluated some 40 Quebec university players in advance of the CFL draft to be held May 13, Calvillo has given the Alouettes' recruiting staff a hand.

    Read More »from Retired Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo will begin his coaching career in 2015
  • (USA Today Sports)Turn on a NCAA tournament game Thursday or Friday and there's a good chance you'll catch a Canadian or two. Here are a few numbers to keep handy as you take in the action over the next few days.

    67 - Games played during March Madness each year.

    12 - Days when games are played.

    24 - Number of Canadians participating in this year's NCAA tournament.

    16 - Teams that those Canadians represent.

    3 - Canadians that are not from Ontario. Baylor guard Kenny Chery who is from Montreal, Arizona State centre Jordan Bachynski who is from Calgary, and Harvard guard Laurent Rivard who is from Quebec.

    Read More »from Canadians can be found all over March Madness bracket: By the numbers

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