Canada's NHL teams - The weekend that was

Toronto Maple Leafs left winger James van Riemsdyk scores the game winning shootout goal on New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider during an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 in Toronto

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All seven of Canada's NHL teams were in action this weekend, going 5-6 in 11 contests, all of them against American rivals. Here are some of the highlights. . . and some of the lowlights. - By Jonathon Jackson

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  • Video: Raptors launch rebrand early with ‘We The North’ campaign

    On the heels of the best season in franchise history and a playoff date with the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors are launching early a branding campaign that was slated for 2015. The campaign dubbed “We The North” celebrates the … Continue … More »

    Eh Game - 8 minutes ago
  • Cibulkova reaches Malaysian Open quarterfinals

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Top-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia needed just over an hour to beat Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-1, 6-2 Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of Malaysian Open. … More »

    AP - Sports - 8 minutes ago
  • Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert

    Pistorius trial adjourns until May, state mauls forensic expert

    By Siyabonga Sishi PRETORIA (Reuters) - The murder trial of Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was adjourned on Thursday until May 5 after the state wrapped up three days of punishing cross-examination of a forensic expert brought by … More »

    Reuters - 11 minutes ago
  • Juventus countdown to title and securing Conte

    By Terry Daley ROME (Reuters) - On the verge of winning a third straight Serie A title, Juventus have two further objectives - winning their first major European trophy in nearly two decades and keeping hold of coach Antonio Conte. Juve host … More »

    Reuters - 22 minutes ago
  • Rosberg expects another tight race in Shanghai

    Rosberg expects another tight race in Shanghai

    SHANGHAI (AP) -- Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg expects another tight race with teammate Lewis Hamilton this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix, although hopefully with a different ending. … More »

    AP - Sports - 24 minutes ago
  • Spartans hold memorial for 8-year-old

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honored by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service in … More »

    AP - Sports - 26 minutes ago
  • Aiming to end long drought, Westwood takes lead in 1st round of Malaysian Open

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at storm-affected Malaysian Open. Westwood had a bogey at his first hole but birdied four of his closing five to take a … More »

    The Canadian Press - 27 minutes ago
  • Westwood takes early lead in Malaysia

    Westwood takes early lead in Malaysia

    Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead at storm-affected Malaysian Open. Westwood had a bogey at his first hole but birdied four of his closing five to take a one-shot lead ahead of … More »

    AP - Sports - 27 minutes ago
  • Diyas into first WTA quarters since 2012

    Diyas into first WTA quarters since 2012

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan reached her first WTA quarterfinals in two years by defeating Italian qualifier Giulia Gatto-Monticone 6-1, 6-4 in the second round of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday. … More »

    AP - Sports - 28 minutes ago
  • Canada's Raonic defeats Robredo to reach Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals

    MONACO, Monaco - Canadian Milos Raonic defeated Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals at the Monte Carlo Masters. The 23-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., will next take on Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, … More »

    The Canadian Press - 35 minutes ago
  • Nadal rolls into Monte Carlo quarters

    Nadal rolls into Monte Carlo quarters

    Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal had little trouble reaching the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters, beating Italian Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday. Having looked a little rusty in the second round on Wednesday, where he trailed 3-1 … More »

    AP - Sports - 40 minutes ago
  • Nadal breezes into last eight with comfortable win

    Nadal breezes into last eight with comfortable win

    The claycourt wizard, whose eight-year reign as Monte Carlo champion was ended by Serb Novak Djokovic in the final last year, dominated the unseeded Italian from the very start. "I played a good match, above all in the first set, The eight-times … More »

    Reuters - 42 minutes ago
  • Memorial service for 8-year-old fan who died of cancer set for Michigan State basketball arena

    EAST LANSING, Mich. - An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team's players, coaches and many more beyond the hardwood is to be honoured by thousands of her closest friends at a memorial service in East … More »

    The Canadian Press - 44 minutes ago
  • Pistorius murder trial: Prosecutor undermines defence expert

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defence, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake. Roger Dixon was … More »

    The Canadian Press - 46 minutes ago
  • Tennis-Nadal breezes into last eight with comfortable win

    Tennis-Nadal breezes into last eight with comfortable win

    The claycourt wizard, whose eight-year reign as Monte Carlo champion was ended by Serb Novak Djokovic in the final last year, dominated the unseeded Italian from the very start. "I played a good match, above all in the first set, The eight-times … More »

    Reuters - 51 minutes ago
  • Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The prosecution in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Thursday challenged the credibility of an expert witness for the defense, which was trying to show that the athlete killed his girlfriend by mistake. … More »

    AP - Sports - 52 minutes ago
  • Activist investor Ader proposes new directors for Bwin board

    Activist investor Ader proposes new directors for Bwin board

    American activist investor Jason Ader has stepped up pressure on online gambling company Bwin by proposing for election four new directors to tackle what he describes as a continuing decline in the business. Ader, whose asset management firm … More »

    Reuters - 55 minutes ago
  • Lviv hasn't given up on bid for 2022 Winter Olympics despite crisis in Ukraine

    Lviv hasn't given up on bid for 2022 Winter Olympics despite crisis in Ukraine

    LONDON - With the crisis in Ukraine escalating by the day, the prospect of the Winter Olympics going to the former Soviet republic seems hard to imagine. Yet, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv hasn't given up on its bid for the 2022 Games. Lviv … More »

    The Canadian Press - 56 minutes ago
  • Pistorius murder trial: Prosecutor grills defence forensic expert

    Pistorius murder trial: Prosecutor grills defence forensic expert

    PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defence's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised … More »

    The Canadian Press - 1 hour 7 minutes ago
  • Krakow's deputy mayor to lead Winter Games bid

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Krakow's deputy mayor is the new leader of the Polish city's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics. … More »

    AP - Sports - 1 hour 24 minutes ago
  • A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned

    A year after marathon bombs, Boston hospitals apply lessons learned

    By Svea Herbst-Bayliss BOSTON (Reuters) - The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 44 minutes ago
  • Wawrinka into last eight after injured Almagro withdraws

    Wawrinka into last eight after injured Almagro withdraws

    (Reuters) - Swiss third seed Stanislas Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters without hitting a ball on Thursday after his third-round opponent Nicolas Almagro withdrew injured. "I woke up this morning with a severe pain in … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 59 minutes ago
  • Formula One - Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez

    Formula One - Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez

    By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lotus Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez after picking up a grid penalty for sending the Mexican flying at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Maldonado, who has made … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 6 minutes ago
  • Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez

    Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez

    By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lotus Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez after picking up a grid penalty for sending the Mexican flying at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Maldonado, who has made … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 24 minutes ago
  • Liverpool fans need to stay calm for run-in, says Suarez

    Liverpool fans need to stay calm for run-in, says Suarez

    REUTERS - Luis Suarez has told Liverpool fans to stay calm as the Premier League club attempts to overcome the pressure of the title run-in and clinch their first championship in 24 years. The Uruguayan striker, whose 29 league goals have … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 37 minutes ago
  • Sturridge a doubt for Liverpool's trip to Norwich

    Sturridge a doubt for Liverpool's trip to Norwich

    REUTERS - Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is an injury concern ahead of the English Premier League leaders' trip to Norwich City on Sunday because of a muscle strain. The England forward was forced from the field after 66 minutes of the 3-2 win … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 42 minutes ago
  • Hamburg sniper Calhanoglu out to rescue Dinosaur

    Hamburg sniper Calhanoglu out to rescue Dinosaur

    By Karolos Grohmann REUTERS - Hamburg SV midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu returned to training this week and the northern side hope can play a key role in their relegation battle with Saturday's match against VfL Wolfsburg the first of four fixtures … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 42 minutes ago
  • Szczesny eyes more ugly wins in battle for fourth

    Szczesny eyes more ugly wins in battle for fourth

    REUTERS - Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is hopeful the team's previous experience of tight Premier League run-ins can help them scrape four more ugly victories and another season of Champions League football. The North London club's title … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 43 minutes ago
  • Nadal recovers from shaky start to go through

    Nadal recovers from shaky start to go through

    REUTERS - Claycourt machine Rafael Nadal recovered from a stuttering start to beat Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-1 and reach the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday. The world number one, whose eight-year reign in the … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 44 minutes ago
  • Briere picks up Habs playoff career where he left off, recording big point

    TAMPA, Fla. - Daniel Briere might have been the most comfortable player on the ice. Playing in his 109th career playoff game and first for the Montreal Canadiens, Briere skated around in overtime feeling fresh and like something good was going to … More »

    The Canadian Press - 2 hours 46 minutes ago
  • Ukraine 2022 Olympic bid on hold but still alive

    Ukraine 2022 Olympic bid on hold but still alive

    With the crisis in Ukraine escalating by the day, the prospect of the Winter Olympics going to the former Soviet republic seems hard to imagine. Yet, the western Ukrainian city of Lviv hasn't given up on its bid for the 2022 Games. Lviv remains … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 49 minutes ago
  • Boston police step up marathon patrols

    Boston police step up marathon patrols

    The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week. The actions of the man, whose … More »

    AP - Sports - 2 hours 59 minutes ago
  • Horner leaves hospital after training accident

    MILAN (AP) -- Spanish Vuelta champion Chris Horner has been released from a hospital in northern Italy following a training accident inside a tunnel last week. … More »

    AP - Sports - 3 hours ago
  • Battered Barca in La Liga last-chance saloon

    Battered Barca in La Liga last-chance saloon

    By Iain Rogers MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona's defeat in the King's Cup final means La Liga is their only chance of major silverware and anything other than a home win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday would almost certainly end their dwindling … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Column: Fuel-careful F1 less of a guilty pleasure

    So F1 deserves a pat on the back for now doing its little bit for the planet. Polar bears on retreating ice sheets shouldn't dance with joy -''We're saved!'' - simply because F1 downgraded this season from monster 2.4-liter, V8 engines to somewhat … More »

    AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
  • Jet-setter Westwood grabs early Malaysian Open lead

    REUTERS - England's Lee Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Thursday. Westwood fired eight birdies in his early … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Daily Zap: April 16

    Daily Zap: April 16

    Get the full scoop on all the scores and highlights from a fifteen-game night to wrap up the regular season as we head to the playoffs. … More »

    NBA.com - 4 hours ago
  • Ronaldo recovering well, still unsure on Bayern game

    Ronaldo recovering well, still unsure on Bayern game

    Real Madrid's top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo is recovering well from knee and thigh injuries but is still not sure whether he will be fit for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg at home to Bayern Munich. The Portugal captain and Ballon … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Ford's Lincoln brand to debut in China with eight stores in seven cities - executive

    Ford's Lincoln brand to debut in China with eight stores in seven cities - executive

    Ford Motor Co. said on Friday it plans to launch its premium Lincoln brand in China in October, when it will open eight stores in seven Chinese cities. John Lawler, head of Ford's China operations, said Lincoln might be late to China's luxury boom … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago
  • Golf-Jet-setter Westwood grabs early Malaysian Open lead

    England's Lee Westwood shrugged off jet lag and an opening bogey to fire a superb seven-under-par 65 to lead the field after his first round at the European Tour's Malaysian Open on Thursday. Westwood fired eight birdies in his early round at the … More »

    Reuters - 4 hours ago