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NHL crackdown on faceoffs cheats, slashing sees parade to penalty box

MONTREAL — Faceoffs were a group effort and penalty boxes were full as the NHL opened it’s pre-season schedule this week. Centres were repeatedly tossed out of the faceoff circles, while disbelieving players were sent to the box for what looked to be waving their sticks in the general area of an opponent’s gloves. It …

Canadian tennis prospect Auger Aliassime chasing pal Shapovalov up ATP rankings

While Denis Shapovalov climbs the ATP rankings, another Canadian is hot on his tail. Felix Auger-Aliassime’s victory in a Challenger tournament in Seville, Spain last week moved the 17-year-old into the world’s top 200 at No. 168 on Monday, only a month after the 18-year-old Shapovalov cracked the top 100 with his run to the …

Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov upsets Rafael Nadal at Rogers Cup

MONTREAL— Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov didn’t bend an inch against tennis superstar Rafael Nadal. Shapovalov upset Nadal 3-6, 6-4,7-6 (4) in the Rogers Cup third round on Thursday Night at a sold out Uniprix Stadium, where crowds roared with every point scored by the 18-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont. He advanced to a quarter-final meeting …

Canadian juniors short on stars; hope to be long on speed, skill and teamwork

MONTREAL—Without an obvious star player to carry the pressure and expectations, Canada’s team for the world junior hockey championship will be all about teamwork, speed and desire. The final 22-man roster that emerged from this week’s four-day selection camp in Boisbriand, Que., is deep in very good players, such as 2015 third overall NHL draft …

Gymnast Comaneci still the star 40 years after making Olympic history

MONTREAL—Every time she visits Montreal, Nadia Comaneci gets to relive her historic performance at the 1976 Olympics. This time was a little different. It was the 40th anniversary of the Games that turned the then-ponytailed 14-year-old Romanian gymnast into an international star. “Celebrating 40 years since the 10 is very emotional,” Comaneci said Thursday. “It …

Canadiens goaltender Price voted Canada’s male athlete of the year

MONTREAL – Carey Price was in a class by himself this year. Already loaded with trophies and awards for a spectacular season, the Montreal Canadiens goaltender is adding one more achievement to his 2015 resume after dominating the voting for the Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press male athlete of the year. Price collected …

Flynn, Pacioretty goals help Canadiens top Senators 3 1 end 4 game losing run

MONTREAL—Brian Flynn and Max Pacioretty scored in the first period and the Montreal Canadiens ended a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Jeff Petry also scored for Montreal (20-8-3), which scored more than two goals in a game for the first time in six contests. Jean-Gabriel Pageau …

Big serving Isner defeats Pospisil, ousts last Canadian from Rogers Cup singles

View image | gettyimages.com MONTREAL – John Isner used his big serve to down Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3 and eliminate the last Canadian from the singles draw Wednesday night at the US$4.1 million men’s Rogers Cup. Isner, the 16th seed, advanced to the third round of the hardcourt Masters 1000 series event with …

Canadian Adonis Stevenson sets date for next WBC light heavyweight defence

MONTREAL – Canadian Adonis Stevenson will defend his World Boxing Council title on Sept. 11 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. An opponent has yet to be named for Stevenson’s sixth defense of the belt he won with a first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013. Details of the bout and the fight card are …

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