Fans celebrate Alphonso Davies’ historic World Cup goal against Croatia

Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first-ever World Cup goal two minutes into the match against Croatia, sending Canadians everywhere jumping from their seats. Canada’s soccer team faced Croatia on Sunday in an all-or-nothing match that would have determined Canada’s qualification for the next World Cup round. Unfortunately, Canada couldn’t keep up with the momentum of the … Read more

Canada’s World Cup hopes end with a loss to Croatia

AL RAYYAN, Qatar—It all fell apart, or was taken apart. If Canada’s first game at this World Cup was an inspiring loss, the second was painful: a 4-1 loss to Croatia that showed the seams, the weaknesses, how styles make fights. Canada had to beat Croatia to determine its own fate in Group F – … Read more

Pascal Siakam approaches Raptor’s return. In some ways, he never left

Of course, Pascal Siakam was angry and disappointed and frustrated and more when his extraordinary start to the NBA season was disrupted by an injury that has now cost him 10 games. That’s just the natural reaction after taking such a crappy blow to a seemingly innocuous slip on a wet spot on the field … Read more

Lionel Messi World Cup magic pulls Argentina back from the brink

LUSAIL, Qatar – Lionel Messi just stood there, a bit like a shy teenager at a party: find a spot that you like and remain perfectly still in your oversized shirt and hope no one notices you’re there. Argentina played a very nerve-wracking second game at this World Cup. A second defeat, after upset Saudi … Read more

Birds of prey lean on Anunoby to exhaust Doncic, Mavericks

The Raptors ask so much of OG Anunoby because they know he has so much to give. They pile on the assignments – guarding the opposing team’s best winger, carrying the attack when so many key pieces are missing – and he sort of shrugs and goes about his business stoically, but in a determined … Read more

Marner run of runs hits 16 in Leafs’ victory over Penguins

PITTSBURGH—Aside from the power play, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner don’t play together much anymore. But when the puck got to Matthews, who had just replaced John Tavares in the Maple Leafs’ first shift change, the star’s center saw his former winger wide open and gave him a pass. Marner’s eyes widened as he knocked … Read more

Ottawa loses to strong play by Peterborough Petes

The Peterborough Petes saved their weekend by beating the top-ranked Ottawa 67’s on Saturday night. The Petes snapped a two-game losing skid to send the top-ranked 67s to a third consecutive 3–2 loss in front of 3,372 Memorial Center patrons. The Petes (13-8-1-2) survived a late scare after controlling much of the game. They improved … Read more

Only Australia stands between Canada and the Davis Cup

No rest for the weary. Not with a country hanging on your coat. That Canada reached the Davis Cup final on Sunday – versus Australia – was not entirely thanks to Félix Auger-Aliassime. It is a team tennis tournament, after all, and every hand on deck had a hand on the racket. But just as … Read more

NHL teams are streakier than ever at the quarter mark. Why?

It’s not really about the holiday. It’s the number of games played that’s significant, and the proliferation of streaks at the start of this NHL season. Hockey insiders consider American Thanksgiving to be the first major benchmark, as it falls right around the 20-game mark. Trends are evolving and (appropriately for the holidays) shopping is … Read more

Leafs win one (and Nylander scores one) for Börje Salming

Hail (Mary) Matt Murray. But for the recovered and resurgent and redesignated No. 1 goaltender, the Maple Leafs probably wouldn’t have kept their relative warmth of the last few days, nor would they have left St. Paul after Friday’s matinee encounter with the Wild clinging to a 4-3 win. Murray, who has been solid since … Read more