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Devils' Ben Lovejoy talks CTE, hockey and pledging brain for concussion research

NEWARK, N.J. — As the NHL grapples with the disputed effects of head injuries in hockey, Ben Lovejoy made what can be considered a positive contribution last month, becoming the first active NHL player to pledge to donate his brain to CTE research. With his announcement, made by the Concussion Legacy Foundation on Dec. 7, the 33-year-old Devils defenseman joined the more than 2,500 former athletes and military veterans who have pledged to donate their brains to the Boston University CTE Resear

Canadian athletes may be singing gender-neutral national anthem

Canadian athletes in Pyeongchang may be able to sing their national anthem with reverberations of inclusion when they take the Olympic podium. The Senate approved a change to the English-language version of "O Canada" to make the anthem gender neutral. The legislation needs only formal royal assent to officially become law. "In all of us command" will replace "in all thy sons command" in the second line of the anthem. There have been 12 bills introduced to strip "O Canada" of its gender refer

Blue Jays have to make decision on Teoscar Hernandez

NEW YORK — At the end of spring training this year, John Gibbons said outfielder Teoscar Hernandez couldn’t do anything more to strengthen his case for a spot on Toronto’s 25-man roster. Since being called up April 13, the Cotui, Dominican Republic, native proved the Blue Jays manager wrong. Hernandez is boasting a .375 batting average, highlighted by a four-hit night against the Royals Wednesday that included a homer, his first career triple, and four RBIs. The breakout performance follows a h

Trades, retirement decisions and drug charges highlight frenzied Friday in CFL

The CFL may have set a record Friday for the most activity by any professional sports league in a single day. To say a lot happened would be an understatement. There were flipped trades, acquisitions, retirements and drug charges. Here's everything you need to know about Feb. 2, 2018, the day the CFL went wild. Early on Friday, the Tiger-Cats acquired defensive end Charleston Hughes from the Calgary Stampeders. Hamilton then flipped the four-time CFL All-Star to the Saskatchewan Roughriders h

Five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser pledges brain to CTE research

One of Canada's most decorated Olympians, Wickenheiser became the first member of the Canadian Women's Ice Hockey team to donate her brain to CTE research through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. The 39-year-old Saskatchewan native, who is currently in PyeongChang as a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission, joins over 2,800 former athletes and military veterans who pledged to donate their brains to the foundation's research. “As I transition to being an ambassador for hockey in my retirement

Commonwealth Games 2018: Wiebe's latest gold a product of previous failure

That's the mantra Erica Wiebe repeats to herself before stepping onto the mat for a match. It's proved to be effective so far. Wiebe successfully defended her Commonwealth Games Women's Freestyle 76kg wrestling title Wednesday, defeating opponents from Sierra Leone and England before putting away Nigeria's Blessing Onyebouchi in the final. Making her international debut in 2014, the Stittsville, Ont., native was enjoying the best season of her career when she won captured Commonwealth Games go

The Islanders conundrum: Offensive power stifled by defensive turnovers

Jaroslav Halak's teammates tapped their gloves to his helmet as the Islanders started toward their locker room with heads hanging low Monday night. New York skated off the Barclays Center ice with one point when it needed two, suffering a painful loss that featured the same issues the team has been plagued with nearly all season. The Isles lost their one-goal lead with 43 seconds left in regulation and lost in overtime, 5-4, to the Predators. For the eighth time this season, Halak faced 40 or

NHL playoffs 2018: Penguins center depth powers Game 3 victory

PHILADELPHIA -- The success the Pittsburgh Penguins have enjoyed over the past two seasons have seen them booed by opposing fans in every arena they've traveled to. Though on Sunday, as their best-of-seven first round series shifted to Philadelphia, those in attendance didn't need any new reason to jeer. Yet it's how the Penguins have been successful that is now the envy of the other 30 NHL clubs, and what teams have tried to copy in an attempt to catch up to and dethrone the Penguins. When th

Jeff Petry anchors Canadiens blue line in absence of Shea Weber

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeff Petry didn't push for the top defenseman spot on the Canadiens depth chart but the role suits him well just the same. Montreal had a cut-and-dry No. 1 defenseman in Shea Weber, but when the Sicamous native was shut down out with a left foot injury Dec. 19, Montreal turned to the next man up. Nearly two months and 21 games later, Petry has risen to the occasion and is on pace to set new career highs in points, goals and assists. With 25 points on the season, he needs four m

NBA playoffs 2018: Top-seeded Raptors ready to take their best shot against Cavaliers

The Kryptonite Cavaliers come back to Toronto with history on their side but a different Raptors team awaits inside Air Canada Centre. Toronto has its shot at redemption beginning Tuesday night when its third consecutive postseason meeting against Cleveland begins. The LeBron James-led Cavs took the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals 4-2 before against Toronto and then completed a four-game sweep in the semifinals in 2017. If any Raptors team has a shot at overcoming what has been their Achilles h

Enigmatic Flyers handle highs and lows of rollercoaster season

They've been ice-cold this season, exemplified by a 10-game losing streak strung out from November to early December that landed the Flyers at the bottom of Metropolitan Division standings. And they've been en fuego --the proof being the Flyers 10-0-2 stretch in February that fueled their climb from the bottom of the division standings to the top. Depending on which Flyers team shows up, things can swing greatly, and there doesn’t seem to be an in between. “We knew we were gonna have to fight

Raptors let results speak for themselves, thrive as dark horse

BROOKLYN--The same history that some hold against the Raptors is what laid the foundation for this year's regular season triumphs. After losing in the Eastern Conferene Finals to the LeBron James-led Cavaliers the past two years in the playoffs, the Raptors are back to where they were prior to those last two seasons--among the top teams in the East. Only this time around, they're second to none. SIGN UP for a free 30-day trial of DAZN and watch the Joshua - Parker heavyweight title fight LIVE

VanVleet takes D'Angelo Russell's 3-pointers personally, leads Raptors past Nets

The Nets guard went off for seven threes and 24 points in the opening seven minutes against Toronto. At one point, Russell had scored as many points as the Raptors' entire team. After being outscored in the first two quarters, the Raptors woke up in the third, blowing past Brooklyn by a combined 59-35 in the final half of the game and taking a 116-102 victory. Toronto was a different team on the court in the second half, particularly defensively. "It's something called hard play," Dwane Casey

Commonwealth Games 2018: Hilary Caldwell balances leadership with rivalry

In the last few weeks, thousands of athletes from around the world have been traveling down to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, recalibrating their brains and bodies to the Australian climate and time zone. But not Hilary Caldwell. Canada’s veteran Olympic swimmer has been in Oz for months now, escaping from her country's frigid winter to live down under during Australia’s summer. A White Rock, B.C., native, Caldwell said the timing made sense to have her best prepared for the co