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DeMar DeRozan powers Chicago Bulls past Toronto Raptors 111-108

TORONTO - DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points to lead his Chicago Bulls past the Toronto Raptors 111-108 on Monday in a return to Scotiabank Arena against his former team.

DeRozan had three late field goals to help Chicago (4-0) remain undefeated. Bulls guard Zach LaVine added 22 points.

DeRozan played the first nine seasons of his NBA career in Toronto before getting traded to the San Antonio Spurs in 2018. He was traded to Chicago this past off-season.

OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. led the Raptors (1-3) offensively with 22 and 18 points, respectively.

Toronto is winless in three starts at home this season.

After DeRozan pushed the Bulls to a 108-102 lead with just over a minute remaining, Raptors guard Fred VanVleet hit an inside shot to pull Toronto to within four.

Fillier scores 2, Canada beats US again in women's hockey

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Sarah Fillier scored twice, including the go-ahead goal with 3:58 remaining, and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in Game 2 of the rivals' nine-game pre-Olympic series on Monday night.

Victoria Bach also scored for Canada, which opened the series with a 3-1 win at Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Friday night. The Canadians, who beat the Americans for the gold medal at the world championships this summer, have now won four straight against the U.S. - their best run since a five-game streak from Dec. 3, 2017 to Feb. 15, 2018.

Cayla Barnes had a goal and an assist and Amanda Kessel also scored for the U.S.

The game featured a rematch of goaltenders from Canada's 3-2 overtime win at worlds on Aug. 31. Canada's Ann-Renee Desbiens stopped 18 shots while USA's Nicole Hensley stopped 17.

The series resumes at Kingston, Ontario, on Nov. 21.

American defenseman Megan Keller committed an undisciplined roughing penalty that led to the decisive goal. Keller cross-checked a Canadian player near the benches.

Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov to lead Canada at Davis Cup tennis tournament

MONTREAL - Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov will lead Canada at the upcoming Davis Cup Finals international tennis tournament.

Montreal's Auger-Aliassime, ranked 12th in the world, and Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., ranked 13th, join Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil as returning players from the Canadian team that advanced to the final tie of the 2019 tournament before losing to host Spain.

Brayden Schnur of Pickering, Ont., and Peter Polansky of Thornhill, Ont., will also represent Canada at the tournament, which begins Nov. 25 in Madrid.

Auger-Aliassime, 21, will be representing Canada for the fourth time at the Davis Cup. His successful 2021 season saw him reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open and rise to a career-high 11th in the ATP Tour rankings.

Shapovalov, 22, will be taking part in his eighth Davis Cup event. He reaching the final of the Geneva Open and the semifinals of Wimbledon this year..

The 31-year-old Pospisil will be counted on to provide veteran leadership in his 21st Davis Cup event.

Norman Northstars hold their own on latest road trip

The Norman Northstars began a 7-game road swing this past weekend.  

On Friday and Saturday, the Northstars faced off against the Winnipeg Thrashers, holding their own in both games.    The Thrashers came away with the wins, 7-4 and 3-2. 

 

On Sunday, the Northstars had another strong showing but ultimately couldn't get the better of the Winnipeg Wild.   The Wild won 4-3 in a shoot out.  

 

The Northstars next game is this Friday against the Pembina Valley Hawks.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers put veteran running back Andrew Harris on six-game injured list

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have to try and clinch top spot in the West Division standings Saturday without running back Andrew Harris.

 

The Blue Bombers placed the 34-year-old Winnipeg native on the six-game injured list Friday with a knee ailment.

 

Winnipeg (9-1) can cement first place in the West - and the right to host the division final Dec. 5 - with a home win Saturday over the B.C. Lions (4-5). The Bombers have not only won seven straight games but are unbeaten both within the conference (7-0) and at IG Field (5-0) this year.

 

Harris ran for 39 yards on six carries in Winnipeg's 26-16 win last week over Edmonton. But he grabbed his right knee after a five-yard TD reception late in the first half.

 

Brady Oliveira replaced Harris and ran for 105 yards on 16 carries against the Elks. He'll start in Winnipeg's backfield versus B.C.

 

This season, Harris has rushed for 623 yards and three TDs on 116 carries (5.37-yard average). He has also recorded seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown.

 

 

NFL, players agree to end 'race-norming' in $1B settlement

 

PHILADELPHIA - The NFL and lawyers for thousands of retired NFL players have reached an agreement to end race-based adjustments in dementia testing in the $1 billion settlement of concussion claims.

 

That's according to a proposed settlement filed in federal court in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

 

Critics say the use of “race-norming” in the testing has made it difficult for Black retirees to qualify for awards that average $500,000 or more.

 

The proposed changes come after months of closed-door negotiations.

 

The NFL says the plan would provide “a race-neutral evaluation process” and “diagnostic accuracy and fairness in the concussion settlement.”

 

The league says it hopes Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody approves it promptly.

 

Canadian athletes must be vaccinated to compete in Beijing Olympics and Paralympics

Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes must be vaccinated to compete at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

 

The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Wednesday, saying the decision was made with support of the boards of directors and athlete commissions.

 

Canadian Olympic Committee CEO David Shoemaker pointed out that 840 coaches and staff travelled to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this past summer without a positive case.

 

“We want to do the same for Beijing,” he said in a statement.

The United Stated Olympic Committee announced a similar vaccine mandate recently.

 

The Olympic open Feb. 4 and the Paralympics on March 4.

 

Wild surge past Jets 6-5 in OT on Eriksson Ek's hat trick

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Joel Eriksson Ek had a hat trick for Minnesota, tying the game with 59 seconds remaining in regulation and winning it on a power play in overtime to stun the Winnipeg Jets 6-5 in a raucous home opener for the Wild on Tuesday night.

Eriksson Ek, who signed an eight-year, $42 million contract this summer, scored the equalizer just 15 seconds after an empty-netter by Jets center Mark Scheifele was wiped out by an offside call that came from a replay challenge by Minnesota.

Instead of taking a two-goal lead to the locker room, the Jets were suddenly on their heels as the Wild finished the third period with an 18-5 shots advantage.

Josh Morrissey was called for holding Kirill Kaprizov near the midpoint of overtime, giving the Wild a 4-on-3. Eriksson Ek scored on a 3-on-1 rush to beat Connor Hellebuyck, who has given up 14 goals in three losses to start the season.

Hellebuyck stopped 38 shots on a rough night for the goalies. Cam Talbot made 25 saves for the Wild, none bigger than the denial of Logan Stanley on a 2-on-1 right before Eriksson Ek's winner.

Mats Zuccarello had two goals and two assists, Marcus Foligno scored on a power play with 4:58 left in regulation and Kaprizov had three assists for the Wild in this spirited renewal of the Central Division rivalry with the Jets.

Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson out 10 weeks with a fractured leg

 

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson will be out a minimum of 10 weeks with a broken leg.

 

Robertson, who started the season with the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies, has a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula.

 

The Marlies said on Tuesday morning he was injured in Sunday's 5-0 loss to the Manitoba Moose.

 

Robertson will not need surgery.

 

The 20-year-old forward had two assists in two games with the minor-league club this season.

 

He had five goals and 11 assists for the Marlies in the 2020-21 campaign.

 

 

FIFA, Qatar team up with WHO for World Cup health promotion

 

FIFA and Qatari organizers of next year's World Cup have teamed up with the World Health Organization to use soccer's marquee event for promoting public health.

 

The partnership follows years of scrutiny on Qatar and criticism of conditions for migrant workers.

 

The World Cup was moved to a November start date to avoid the desert heat that was once the tournament's main health risk.

 

Organizers say the World Cup will be “the first global mass gathering of this scale since the spread of the pandemic.”

Dodgers beat Giants 2-1 in playoff thriller, advance to NLCS

Cody Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and prized midseason acquisition Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen for his first career save, sending the Los Angeles Dodgers past the San Francisco Giants 2-1 in a thrilling winner-take-all Game 5 and into the NL Championship Series.

 

Bellinger's big hit decided a scintillating Division Series between the top two teams in baseball with 213 regular-season wins between them, adding a new chapter to this storied, century-old rivalry.

 

Mookie Betts had a postseason career-high four hits and the defending World Series champion Dodgers advanced to a rematch with Atlanta in the NLCS beginning Saturday.

 

Brady Tkachuk signs seven-year, $57.5 million deal with Ottawa Senators

 

Brady Tkachuk and the Ottawa Senators have agreed to a seven-year, US$57.5 million contract.

 

The Senators made the announcement on Thursday morning, hours before Ottawa's home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

Tkachuk was a restricted free agent and had not played for the Senators during the pre-season until a deal was reached.

 

The contract has an average value of $8.214 million annually.

 

Tkachuk will be paid $4 million this season, $6.5 million in 2022-23, $10.5 million in 2023-24, $10.5 million in 2024-25, $10.5 million in 2025-26, $8.5 million in 2026-27 and $7 million in 2027-28.

 

The 22-year-old Tkachuk played in all 56 of Ottawa's games last season and led the Senators in scoring with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists).

 

NHL season kicks off in Canada on Wednesday as Maple Leafs host Canadiens

TORONTO - The puck will drop on a new NHL season tonight for most of Canada's teams - although fans may notice some differences from previous years.

The Toronto Maple Leafs host the Montreal Canadiens in the first game of the evening, a return to the tradition of having the two storied rivals open their seasons against each other.

It's the first of five games on the schedule, including the Winnipeg Jets travelling to Anaheim to take on the Ducks. The night will wrap in Edmonton as the Oilers welcome the Vancouver Canucks. Both Toronto and Montreal will be missing their biggest stars.

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews will miss the game as he recovers from off-season wrist surgery and Habs goaltender Carey Price has voluntarily entered the league's player assistance program for unspecified mental health issues.

Canadiens captain Shea Weber is also out, as he's on the team's long-term injury reserve list and could be out for the entire season.

Fans attending the games in Toronto and Edmonton in person will also be subject to restrictions designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Flynn, Dekker impressive down stretch of Raptors' pre-season win over Wizards

WASHINGTON - In the battle for Toronto Raptors roster spots and playing time, Malachi Flynn and Sam Dekker made solid cases on Tuesday.

The duo combined for 25 fourth-quarter points to lift the Raptors 113-108 over the Washington Wizards in their pre-season finale.

“They both played really good, there's no doubt and Sam certainly got hot there, it's going to make the decisions tougher, I think, as we move forward,” said coach Nick Nurse. “We're going to have to talk it over and think through a little bit and see what we end up with.”

Flynn, who is fighting for a spot in Nurse's rotation in his second season with the Raptors, finished with 22 points.

“I was really happy with Malachi bouncing back again. Seems like he's been really good, and had a couple tough nights and then really good,” Nurse said. “He bounced back, sign of a competitive guy. Obviously had a big fourth quarter there, as well.”

Dekker, who had 18 points against his former team, is battling for one of the three remaining roster spots.

Nets won't play Irving until he meets vaccine requirement

 

 Kyrie Irving can keep refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

He just won't play for the Brooklyn Nets until he does.

 

The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games.

 

Irving hasn't said he isn't vaccinated, asking for privacy when he spoke via Zoom during the team's media day on Sept. 27.

 

But he had rarely been with the team in New York, where a mandate requires professional athletes playing for a team in the city have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or practice in public venues.

 

“Kyrie's made it clear that he has a choice in this matter and it's ultimately going to be up to him what he decides,” general manager Sean Marks said.

 

“We respect the fact that he has a choice, he can make his own and right now what's best for the organization is the path that we're taking.”

 

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scores twice to lift Jets over Flames 3-2 in NHL pre-season action

WINNIPEG - Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals, including the game-winner to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in a pre-season NHL game at the Canada Life Centre.

Josh Morrissey opened scoring for Winnipeg (2-21) in the first period and Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves in net for the win.

Andrew Mangiapane and Glenn Gawdin both scored in the second period for Calgary (2-4-1).

Goaltender Dan Vladar stopped 37 shots for the Flames.

Although it looked like Calgary had tied it with Vladar pulled from the net, it was called off due to a high stick after a video review.

Ehlers snapped a 2-2 tie on a power play at 9:14 of the third period.

Jays GM Atkins excited about potential in off-season to build upon team's progress


Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins says the sentiment among the clubhouse members, staff and front office is they're “exceptionally optimistic” about where the team is heading.

 

Speaking at a season-ending media availability, Atkins also says he's excited to build upon the progress that was made this season.

 

The Blue Jays finished the campaign strong but came up just short in their bid to reach the playoffs.

 

Toronto finished fourth in the American League East division standings at 91-71. The Blue Jays were one game behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who claimed the wild-card berths.

 

Atkins says the team has interest in pending free agents Marcus Semien and Robbie Ray, adding the “dialogue will be constant.”

 

The Blue Jays reached the expanded playoffs in last year's truncated season but were swept in the wild-card series by Tampa Bay. Toronto last won the World Series in 1993.

 

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver Kenny Lawler suspended after DUI

WINNIPEG - Wide receiver Kenny Lawler has been suspended by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after he told the team he had been arrested for drunk driving.

Lawler will miss Friday's game when the Edmonton Elks visit Winnipeg.

The Blue Bombers said in a statement that Lawler was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while impaired early Monday morning.

The team said it reported the incident to the CFL's head office and that Lawler agreed to seek help for alcohol abuse.

Lawler leads the CFL with 703 receiving yards this season and his 45 catches are second in the league.

He has four receiving touchdowns, tied for second in the CFL.

Horvat, Pearson put up two-point nights as Vancouver Canucks edge Winnipeg Jets 3-2

VANCOUVER - Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson each had a goal and an assist Sunday as the Canucks topped the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 in Vancouver.

Nic Petan also scored for the Canucks, who are now 2-2-0 in pre-season action.

Jeff Malott and Kristian Reichel each tallied a goal and an assist for Winnipeg as the Jets fell to 1-2-1.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 9-of-10 shots for the home team before being replaced in the third period. Michael DiPietro had seven saves in relief.

Jets netminder Mikhail Berdin registered 30 saves across three full frames of work.

The Canucks iced the more veteran team, with Winnipeg opting to rest several stars after dropping a 4-3 victory to the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday.

Toronto Blue Jays' dramatic push for the playoffs falls short

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays did their part.

But their dramatic push for the playoffs fell just short, after Boston rallied to beat Washington on Sunday.

The Blue Jays routed the Baltimore Orioles 12-4 to sweep their regular-season ending series, pushing them to the brink of a berth in an American League wild-card tiebreaker game.

When the Blue Jays left the field with their 91st win and the 29,942 frenzied fans at the Rogers Centre behind, the possibility of extending the season by at least one more game was unresolved.

The Blue Jays (91-71) needed a win and a loss from either the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees to make it to a tiebreaker game for one of the two wild-card slots.

The Yankees (92-70) won their outing 1-0 at home in the bottom of the ninth against the Tampa Bay Rays. But the Red Sox (91-70) hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to take a 7-5 lead in Washington.

Judge, Stanton, Urshela homer to lead Yanks to 7-2 victory over Blue Jays

TORONTO - Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gio Urshela homered to power the New York Yankees to a 7-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in the opener of a critical three-game series.

Judge belted a solo shot, Stanton launched a three-run blast and Urshela added a late insurance run to help New York pad its lead in the American League wild-card race.

The Yankees (90-67) moved three games up on Toronto (87-70) and extended their winning streak to seven games. Despite the loss, the Blue Jays remained one game behind the Boston Red Sox, who are clinging to the second wild-card spot.

The Red Sox, who were swept by New York last weekend, dropped a 4-2 decision to the Baltimore Orioles for their fourth straight loss. The Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, were tied with Toronto entering their game against the visiting Oakland Athletics later Tuesday night.

A recent loosening of venue capacity restrictions in Ontario allowed for attendance at Rogers Centre - announced at 28,769 - to essentially be doubled from the stadium's previous limit.

Leadoff hitter George Springer helped boost the playoff-like atmosphere by staking the Blue Jays to a first-inning lead. He was walked by Yankees starter Jameson Taillon, stole second and scored on a Bo Bichette single.

Leafs star Matthews practices for first time since wrist surgery

 

Toronto Maple Leafs star centre Auston Matthews participated in his first team practice Tuesday since undergoing off-season wrist surgery.

 

Matthews skated with the main practice group for about half an hour before leaving the ice.

 

The 24-year-old sniper dealt underwent surgery on his left wrist Aug. 13 and said at the time he hoped to be ready for the start the 2021-22 season.

 

The Maple Leafs open their season Oct. 13 against the visiting Montreal Canadiens.

 

Matthews dealt with the nagging wrist injury much of a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 campaign, where he still scored a league-high 41 times in just 52 games to capture the first Maurice (Rocket) Richard Trophy of his career.

 

Matthews said he decided to undergo the procedure after he noticed discomfort when he started to push things physically leading up to training camp.

 

Source: Blue Jays' stadium capacity to rise to 30,000 starting next week

 

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays will get a home-field advantage boost when they return to Rogers Centre next week.

 

Seating capacity at the downtown stadium will be doubled to 30,000 starting with Tuesday night's series opener against the New York Yankees, a source told The Canadian Press on Friday.

 

An official announcement on capacity increases at Ontario professional sport venues was expected to be made by the province on Friday afternoon.

 

The Blue Jays announced Thursday that they would make additional tickets available for their final homestand next week. They were hopeful that government regulations would be loosened for those six games and any post-season home games should the team qualify.

 

Forced to play south of the border last season and part of this season due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, the Blue Jays received clearance to return home in mid-July.

 

The team played its 2021 Rogers Centre opener on July 30 after receiving a national interest travel exemption from the federal government.

 

The Blue Jays were approved to treat the stadium as an outdoor venue at just less than one-third of the stadium's regular 49,000-seat capacity.

 

Cancelled: 2022 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro

To keep Manitobans safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Sport Manitoba and the Niverville host society are announcing the cancellation of the 2022 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro. 

The Games were scheduled to take place in Niverville from February 27 - March 5, 2022. The scope of these Games encompassed upwards of 1,500 participants from all across the province (athletes, coaches, managers, officials), and 1,000 local volunteers organizing 12 sports over seven days in and around the Town of Niverville. 

Over the last 18 months, inconsistencies in competition and training opportunities had an effect on athlete development. Without regular training, conditioning, and recovery routines in this crucial stage, the risk of injury, mental fatigue, and overtraining were also factors in making this decision. 

Along with continued uncertainty about the pandemic, and public health restrictions, it became clear it would not be possible to host an event of this magnitude and execute a safe and successful multi-sport Games experience. 

Sport Manitoba and the Niverville host society worked with the Town of Niverville, provincial sport organizations, Hanover School Division, public health, and Games partners to evaluate a number of options before reaching the collective decision to cancel the event. The support of our title sponsor, Manitoba Hydro, as well as our presenting sponsors, Credit Unions of Manitoba, Calm Air, Konica Minolta, Travel Manitoba, and the Manitoba Dental Association, was welcomed in making this decision.

The host society remained committed and dedicated as it planned through so many unknowns over the last year. To give them an opportunity to follow through on some of the benefits of hosting a Manitoba Games,  Sport Manitoba is guaranteeing $150,000 for capital projects. Some projects, like the cross country ski trails at Hespeler Park, have already benefited from this investment. The funds that remain will be allocated within the community to enhance sport infrastructure and equipment.

The Town of Niverville has been offered the first right of refusal to host the 2026 Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro in the Winter of 2026, which is the next Games available to host. 

The Manitoba Games powered by Manitoba Hydro is staged every two years, alternates between summer and winter sports, and is the largest ongoing multi-sport event in the province. Each Games involves upwards of 3,000 athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers, and represents an opportunity for young athletes to compete and prepare to reach national and international sporting stages.

NorMan Northstars home opener weekend starts with games against Southwest Cougers

The Norman Northstars home opener for the new season is this weekend against the Southwest Cougers

 

The first game will be tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. at the C-A Nesbitt Arena in the TRCC, with the next game on Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

 

Those attending the games must use the south doors, and must provide proof of vaccination prior to entering the venue.

 

Additionally, visitors must wear a mask and use hand sanitizer upon entry.

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