The stars of Supernova, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, talk to Yahoo Entertainment about why they chose to play the roles of gay characters.
The stars of Supernova, Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, talk to Yahoo Entertainment about why they chose to play the roles of gay characters.
It is the longest suspension handed down to a player under the domestic violence policy.
Tiger Woods "said he did not know" how he crashed in Southern California last week, and that he "did not even remember driving."
Griffin has reportedly drawn interest from most of the top playoff contenders.
All the focus will be on new coach Darryl Sutter, but it will be on the players to turn the tide in Calgary.
Walter Gretzky, a blue-collar symbol of a devoted hockey parent in a country filled with them, has died.
Former Toronto Argonauts and Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Chris Schultz has died at the age of 61, the CFL team announced on Friday.
Josh Palacios had a home run, triple and double and ace Hyun Jin Ryu allowed one run in two innings in his spring-training debut as the Jays beat the Orioles 13-4.
Brent Seabrook is hanging up his skates due to injury, leaving behind a legacy as one of Chicago's all-time great defensemen.
An Arlington High School fan said he punched the opposing team's coach several times after a semifinals game this week, landing the coach in the hospital.
Alex Smith offered insight last month into his comeback and a lack of support from the team.
Maia Chaka was named to the NFL Officiating Development Program in 2014.
Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares reflects on the news of Walter Gretzky's passing, which was announced in a statement by his son Wayne Gretzky on Thursday.
It’s an exciting week ahead in the Premier League as the battle for Champions League qualification spots heats up.
Vancouver Canucks fans hoping a big trade will solve the beleaguered team's issues this season are likely to be disappointed. General manager Jim Benning said Friday that the Canucks need to rely on pieces they already have as they work to salvage a disappointing campaign. With COVID-19 protocols in place and a flat salary cap, making moves is more difficult this year, he said. "We can’t look to the outside to improve things," Benning told reporters. "We’ve got to figure it out from within.” It's possible that some bodies could move before the NHL's trade deadline on April 12, he added, but noted that blockbuster deals have been few and far between this year. “I expect we’re going to get some calls on our players and we’re just going to see where it goes," Benning said. It's been a difficult season for the Canucks (10-15-2). After impressing many in the playoff bubble last year, Vancouver won just two games in February and currently sits in second-last spot in the all-Canadian North Division, four points out of a playoff spot. A brutal schedule hampered the squad to start the year, Benning said, limiting how much time the group had to practise. The GM believes the group has performed better recently, and said the results could be different through the second half of the season. The Canucks beat the first-place Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Thursday night. “Of course I’m not happy with our record," he said. "But I think if you play the right way, do things the right way, we’ll start winning our share of games and our record will be better than it is right now.” Canucks coach Travis Green also thinks his team should have more points based on how Vancouver has played in recent weeks. “Yes, maybe things haven’t quite gone perfectly this year. But we’re only halfway through the season and I like the way our team’s been playing as of late," Green said. “We’ve got a great group of young players that are still learning their way playing in a tougher division this year. And I agree with what (Benning) said — the future is very bright for the Vancouver Canucks.” Two underperforming teams in the North Division have already opted to make coaching changes this season. Last week, the Montreal Canadiens fired Claude Julien and promoted assistant Dominique Ducharme to interim head coach, and on Thursday night, the Calgary Flames announced they had dismissed head coach Geoff Ward and rehired Darryl Sutter in his stead. Vancouver isn't planning to follow suit. “I’m not looking to make a coaching change," Benning said. "I think (Green) and his staff have done a good job with our group.” Green's contract expires at the end of the season, and despite the results through the first half of the season, the Canucks would like to keep him around long-term, Benning said. “My feeling on Travis is we really like him, he’s done a good job with this group. He’s our coach," he said. "I don’t comment on player negotiations, I’m not going to comment on coaching negotiations. But it’s something that we’d like to get done moving forward.” Green isn't the only contract Benning and his team need to get done, however. Three of the team's top young stars will be needing new deal come the end of the season, including centre Elias Pettersson, defenceman Quinn Hughes and goalie Thatcher Demko. The Canucks will start working on those contracts after the trade deadline, Benning said. Getting the business dealt with is likely to be a costly endeavour. Hughes (two goals, 20 assists) and Pettersson (10 goals, 11 assists) are the team's No. 2 and 3 scorers respectively, and Demko is solidifying his spot as Vancouver's starting goaltender with a .911 save percentage. Between the outstanding deals, a flat salary cap and a looming expansion draft, the Canucks are facing unprecedented challenges, Benning said. While it's not the season he expected, the GM believes the challenges will be good for the club long-term. “I look at it as adversity is a good thing. People are hard on you but you try to figure out a way to get better," he said. "Players, everyone involved — coaching, management — we have to be mentally tough to get through these tough times. But I think once we get through them, it’s going to make everybody stronger — the players are going to be better, all of us, we’re going to be stronger for going through this adversity.” This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Broncos safety Justin Simmons is the first NFL player to be franchise tagged in 2021. NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST to use the tag to prevent a pending free agent from hitting the open market. The Broncos went ahead Friday and tagged their star safety for the second consecutive year. They have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal or Simmons would have to sign his $13.7 million franchise tag tender to play in 2021. The sooner they work out a deal, the better for the Broncos, who would like some cost certainty heading into free agency, where they have amongst the most salary cap room in the league. Unlike last year when negotiations never really got going because of the murky financial forecast resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the sides are headed toward an amicable solution this year. For one thing, the $13.729 million franchise tag is about $2.3 million higher than last year’s $11.441 million tag. For another, this year’s franchise tag number is only about $1 million shy of the $14.75 million annual salary of the NFL’s highest-paid safety, Arizona’s Budda Baker. So, it would seem a solution is in much easier reach this time around. “Designating Justin with the franchise tag is a procedural move that allows us to continue working on a long-term deal,” general manager George Paton said in a statement. “We are completely focused on making sure Justin remains a big part of the Denver Broncos for many years to come.” Simmons has collected nearly 300 tackles and a dozen interceptions in the last three years, during which time he hasn’t missed a single snap. He had a career-best five interceptions last season when he earned his first Pro Bowl berth a year after he was named All-Pro for the first time. When Paton was hired two months ago, Broncos president of football operations John Elway said “one of the biggest things” on the new GM’s to-do list was re-signing Simmons, one of the team’s most productive and popular players. Simmons has been one of the most active players in the community on a team that’s garnered a reputation for its civic involvement, and last summer Simmons emerged as one of the team’s leading voices on social justice issues. The move came on the same day the Broncos learned that superstar linebacker Von Miller won’t face charges following an unspecified criminal probe by police in a Denver suburb. Paton said Thursday that he wanted to keep Miller in the fold but was awaiting word on his legal status. The Broncos have until March 16 to exercise Miller’s 2021 option, which would guarantee him $7 million of his $17.5 million salary. The club’s all-time sacks leader, Miller is heading into the final season of the six-year, $114.5 million deal he signed after leading the team to the Super Bowl 50 title. He missed all last season with an ankle injury suffered just before the opener. ___ Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ___ More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Arnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
DETROIT — Spencer Torkelson's spring training began with an early setback when he cut his finger. A rookie mistake by a player who hasn't even made his major league debut yet. “I was in charge of dinner that night, and I was making this little corn salsa, and there was a can of beans to put in it," the Detroit infield prospect said. "The Airbnb didn’t have a can opener, and we tried to improvise, and we learned our lesson.” Torkelson reacted with good humour to that mishap, and it hasn't changed his outlook for the season. He started at third base in Friday's 1-1 tie with the New York Yankees — and anything he does in these next few weeks will take on added significance. The Tigers are now well into their rebuilding process, and they have a handful of promising prospects. That includes two of the last three players selected No. 1 overall in the draft — Torkelson and right-hander Casey Mize. If everything goes as planned, those two may be at the centre of the next successful era of Detroit baseball. It's easy to compare Torkelson and Mize to previous No. 1 picks like Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg and Gerrit Cole. Tigers fans would love if they panned out that well, but it's important to remember that a player's development isn't necessarily linear. There can be progress and setbacks — plus injuries that hold a prospect back. The top pick in the 2018 draft, Mize was called up to the majors during last year's abbreviated season. That was an exciting moment for the franchise, but he looked like a work in progress, going 0-3 with a 6.99 ERA in seven starts. He said he's rewatched games he pitched in an effort to improve at reading hitters. “Just kind of replayed through my head what I could have done differently," Mize said. "Just reading swings — easy example, if they’re late on things, what are you going to come back with after that, or if they’re early, what are you going to come back with after that pitch?” Mize also said he's worked on elevating four-seam fastballs. “I think pushing yourself out of your comfort zone allows for some perspective, just in different areas of life," Mize said. "I’m definitely trying some new things on the mound for sure, so I think that’s a little bit out of my comfort zone, but I think it’s going to lead to success.” Mize says this spring training is different, since he knows he has a better chance to break camp with the team. That's less likely for Torkelson, the top pick in the 2020 draft. He spent time at the team's alternate training location during that unusual year. “My mindset is, you’re trying to make the team," Torkelson said. "I know that the chances are very unlikely, but if my mindset’s that, I’ll put in the work, and everything will fall into place, and I’ll become a better baseball player at every aspect of the game.” Torkelson described this spring as a bit more laid back than his summer camp experience last year, and manager AJ Hinch said the former Arizona State slugger should be able to handle what comes his way as he pursues his pro career amid high expectations. “He’s been under the spotlight for a long time," Hinch said. "I think the attention, the media, the fans, the opposing players — he’s hit in the middle of every order he’s ever been in. That to me has kind of built his foundation for handling this type of stuff.” Of course, there are moments when patience is in order — like when he hurt his finger. And there are moments when Torkelson sounds, well, exactly like you might expect a 21-year-old to sound at spring training. It's all part of a young player's journey. “There’s cool moments every day," he said. "One of the craziest moments was showing up to the field for the away game, and my bag was already packed. I’m not used to that. That was pretty sweet.” ___ Follow Noah Trister at https://twitter.com/noahtrister ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Noah Trister, The Associated Press
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Both police and the district attorney have declined to reveal the allegations against Miller.
Jason Spezza would have jumped at the opportunity to voice his support for women’s hockey even if he didn’t have four daughters growing up at home. The veteran Maple Leafs forward was a big fan of the women’s game long before he was married, dating to years ago when Spezza attended a pre-Winter Games tune-up between Canada and the United States at a rink in suburban Toronto. “It was one of the best hockey games I’ve watched,” he recalled this week. “There were 6,000 people packed in the building. And it didn’t matter that it was males or females. It was just a great hockey game.” That memory, coupled with the invested personal interest he has for his children, helped prompt Spezza to be one of numerous NHL players to participate in the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association’s latest campaign promoting the need to establish a new North American women’s league. “I think regardless if I have daughters or not, I think it’s a really important cause,” Spezza said. “But it definitely hits more close to home for me with having four daughters and a wife, and women’s rights and talking about equality, which we talk about quite a a bit about in our house.” Titled “Stick In The Ground,” a one-minute video released last week features U.S. and Canadian women’s national team players, NHL players, tennis great Billie Jean King and even Toronto Mayor John Tory discussing the importance of planting a stick to benefit the future of women’s hockey. As PWHPA executive and Hockey Hall of Fame member Jayna Hefford says in the video: “Every young girl deserves to have the same visible hockey role models as every young boy.” It was a message echoed by Edmonton Oilers forward Kyle Turris, who participated in the video. “I have two sons and a daughter, and yeah, I think it’s important,” Turris said. “I want my daughter to grow up thinking she can run the world if she wants to do as well.” Founded in May 2019 following the demise of the Canadian Hockey League, the PWHPA is made up of the world’s top female players united in a bid to establish a single North American professional league — ideally backed by the NHL — with a long-term sustainable economic model. The association’s members have balked at playing for the U.S.-based six-team National Women’s Hockey League, and instead have been holding a series of barnstorming weekend events called the “Dream Gap Tour.” This year’s tour opened with New Hampshire and Minnesota playing two games, including one at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, which was televised nationally in both the U.S. and Canada. This weekend, the two PWHPA U.S. hub teams will play two games at Chicago, including a contest at the United Center on Saturday that will be televised on NBC Sports Network. The games represent a homecoming of sorts to U.S. national team member Brianna Decker, who grew up a Blackhawks fan in Wisconsin. “I’m super exited to play there,” the two-time Olympian said, adding, “my brothers are definitely jealous.” Decker is particularly impressed by the support the PWHPA has generated from NHL players and its franchises. “Kyle Turris saying he wants his daughter to have the same opportunities as himself, that’s what we’re striving to do,” she said. “Right now, we have college hockey. And if you’re at the elite level, you make the national team. But after college, you’re usually just done playing, which is sad.” Decker played at Wisconsin, where she had more access to resources and training facilities than when she played in either the CWHL or NWHL. “There should be something bigger and better out there for us once you’re done with college,” she said, referring to a dedicated dressing room to being able to do your laundry at the rink. “Those are some little things that we’re striving for, aside from a financial backing.” And that’s where PWHPA members say the NHL needs to step in. The league has provided some monetary support in the past, while also increasing the visibility of top female players by including them in each of the past two All-Star weekend festivities. The NHL, however, has stopped short at committing to back a women’s pro league. Commissioner Gary Bettman has previously said the league is open to establishing a league, but not at the expense of forcing an existing league like the NWHL out of business. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league’s position hasn’t changed. “I think the league and our board are supportive of women’s hockey, period,” Daly wrote in an email to The Associated Press on Friday. “We understand it’s importance to the game generally and the growth of our game going forward. But as you are seeing, that support can (and does) take a variety of forms.” The NHL Players’ Association has also been on board in providing the PWHPA both monetary and organizational support, including attracting corporate sponsors. Timing is becoming an issue, with the PWHPA hoping it can align the launch of a league with the quadrennial boost women’s hockey gains from Olympic competition. The Beijing Games are a year away. “We want the NHL to step in and be like, `We’re going to support your league.' We want that and we wish it was that easy,” Decker said. “Hopefully, Gary Bettman and the NHL can figure out a way to have our league started and get going, and have something that’s going to be long-term for us soon.” ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press
TORONTO — As expected, Toronto FC will join the Raptors and Blue Jays in Florida for the start of the Major League Soccer season.Toronto will stay in the Orlando area, training at the Omni Resort at ChampionsGate some 35 kilometres southwest of Orlando Airport. The team said it can play home matches in both Orlando and Tampa.Orlando City SC plays at Exploria Stadium while the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL Championship play at the 7,500-seat Al Lang Stadium in nearby St. Petersburg, where CF Montreal has held its training camp in the past,The team said its stay in Florida will be contingent upon health and safety regulations as borders reopen in Canada.“We are unable to make BMO Field in Toronto our home for the start of the MLS season,” TFC GM Ali Curtis said in a statement Friday. "But we will continue to work with local and federal officials to monitor the situation back home and return as soon as possible.”The Raptors are playing out of Amalie Arena in Tampa while the Blue Jays, who played in Buffalo, N.Y., last season, are holding their first two homestands in nearby Dunedin. TFC finished out the 2020 season in East Hartford, Conn., due to pandemic-related border restrictions. The team played just four games at BMO Field last season.The team is no stranger to ChampionsGate, having held part of its pre-season camp there in past years. A short walk across the hotel golf course leads to training fields.TFC is currently training under the bubble at the club's north Toronto training centre and at BMO Field, whose pitch has underground heating.The team was granted permission to open camp early, on Feb. 17, to prepare for the Canadian Championship final against Hamilton's Forge FC. The winner of that match advances to a two-legged Scotiabank Champions League round-of-16 tie against Mexico's Club Leon. The return leg is April 14.The MLS regular season is slated to kick off April 17.The date and venue of the Canadian Championship final have yet to be announced, although March 20 has been floated. Time is short given the March 22-30 FIFA international window features both World Cup and Olympic qualifying. ---Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press