Friday, August 31, 2018

{allcanada} Jays ship Granderson to Brewers for prospect


TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have sent outfielder Curtis Granderson to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor leaguer Demi Orimoloye, the team announced Friday.

Granderson, 37, was hitting .243 with 11 home runs and 35 RBIs in 103 games with the Blue Jays this season.

The six-foot-one, 200-pound veteran has put up a .252 average with 330 home runs and 900 RBIs over the course of his 15-year career.

He signed a one-year contract worth US$5,000,000 with Toronto in the off-season.

Granderson told reporters after the Jays' 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins on Friday that he was looking forward to joining the Brewers, who sit in the final Wild Card spot in the National League at 76-60.

"(I was) surprised because you never know what's going to happen you. You hear a lot of rumblings and things, and like I've said before, there's no reason to get worked up about anything until something happens, but then also excited," he said.

"Getting a chance to go to a team that has a possibility to get into the playoffs and go deep — I know they've been playing very well from the things I've been seeing, they've also made some other moves — so super excited to join them."

Orimoloye, 21, hit five home runs and 23 RBIs with a .260 average in 61 games with the Brewers' Class-A affiliate in Wisconsin, as well as seven home runs and 32 RBIs with a .237 average across 65 games with the Class A-Advanced Carolina Mudcats this season.

The six-foot-four, 225-pound outfielder was born in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to Orleans, Ont. He's a graduate of the Canadian National Junior Baseball program.

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{allcanada} Smoak's pinch-hit slam lifts Jays over Marlins


MIAMI — Justin Smoak's first career pinch-hit homer was one memorable drive.

Smoak capped Toronto's five-run ninth inning with a grand slam, sending the Blue Jays to a 6-5 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

"It's awesome, man," Smoak said. "In that situation, down the whole game, to be able to come big for your team, it's what it's all about."

Toronto trailed 5-1 heading into the ninth. The Blue Jays loaded the bases on Danny Jansen's one-out infield single before the Marlins replaced Kyle Barraclough with Drew Steckenrider (4-4).

Aledmys Diaz then struck out looking, but Devon Travis forced in a run with a walk and Smoak drove Steckenrider's 0-2 pitch over the wall in right for his 22nd homer.

It was Smoak's second slam this season and No. 3 for his career. It was the first pinch-hit grand slam for Toronto since Reed Johnson accomplished the feat against Boston on July 1, 2005.

"I had no clue who he was, I've never faced him before," Smoak said. "Down 0-2, honestly I was trying to battle there. I put a good swing there."

Joe Biagini (3-7) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Ken Giles worked a shaky ninth for his 19th save. Miami put two runners on before Austin Dean fouled out and Magneuris Sierra lined to left, ending the game.

After the game was over, Toronto announced it had traded slugger Josh Donaldson and cash considerations to Cleveland for a player to be named. Donaldson, who won the AL MVP award in 2015, has been limited to 36 games this season because of injuries.

Miami wasted a solid performance by Dan Straily in its fourth consecutive loss. Starlin Castro went 3 for 3 for the Marlins, and Brian Anderson doubled and walked twice.

Straily allowed four hits, struck out four and walked one in eight innings. He pitched six scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over NL East-leading Atlanta in his previous start.

"This is a tough one to take," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Dan pitched a quality game all day and then to just not be able to close it out there. Obviously, frustrating for everyone."

Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez was charged with five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. It was his second start after missing two months because of a contusion on his right index finger.

The Marlins jumped in front with three runs in the fourth. Derek Dietrich and J.T. Riddle had run-scoring singles, and Dean drove in Castro with a groundout.

RBI singles for J.T. Realmuto and Castro extended the lead to 5-0 in the fifth.


It took 93 plate appearances but the speedy Sierra reached on a walk for the first time since he was promoted from Triple-A New Orleans on July 24. He was walked intentionally to load the bases, and Straily struck out to end the fourth inning.


Toronto slugger Kendrys Morales lost his bat on a swing-and-miss in the sixth inning, with the lumber flying high above the Blue Jays dugout. The elevated netting prevented the bat from landing in the stands.


Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (back) joined the team in Miami and manager John Gibbons confirmed he will start the second game of the series Saturday.

Marlins: OF Garrett Cooper had right wrist surgery. Cooper, the Marlins' opening-day right fielder, originally hurt his wrist when he was hit by a pitch in the second game of the season. He returned July 6 before having another setback 10 days later.


Blue Jays: Estrada (7-10, 5.18 ERA) lasted two innings in his previous start against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (5-9, 4.91 ERA) is 4-3 with a 1.86 ERA in 11 home starts this season.

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{allcanada} Pipkin, defence powers Alouettes over Redblacks


OTTAWA — Montreal quarterback Antonio Pipkin won again, while Johnny Manziel watched from the sidelines.

Pipkin was 18 for 27 for 242 yards in the air and rushed for a touchdown to lead the Alouettes to a 21-11 victory over the East-leading Ottawa Redblacks Friday night at TD Place.

Montreal (3-8) avoided a season sweep by the Redblacks (6-4), who won the first two contests. The 23-year-old was picked off twice, but also showed up when needed and helped Montreal earn back-to-back wins for the first time since Oct. 30, 2016.

"We won the game so I feel great and it was a lot of fun," said Pipkin. "I played well enough for us to win. I kind of got the chains moving and keep us with the lead and kill the clock some. I threw two interceptions so I've got to make up for those, but overall I played well enough for us to win."

Pipkin got his first start last week with Manziel in concussion protocol and led the Als over Toronto to snap a six-game losing streak.

Ottawa QB Trevor Harris seemed to struggle to find a rhythm and finished the night 24 for 44 for 248 yards and an interception.

Harris was visibly troubled by the loss in the locker room following the game.

"Any time you don't put a touchdown on the board it's disheartening," admitted Harris. "It's a tough one, this sucks, it's just tough, but we've got to be able to flush it and move on.

"If I want to be the quarterback I know I will be for this team I've got to be able to rise above things and make plays. I've got to be better and I'm going to be."

Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward went 3 for 3 to extend his consecutive field goal streak to 27.

Leading 10-7, Pipkin finally managed to take the Alouettes into the end zone after an eight-play drive culminated with him punching in a one-yard touchdown. Montreal led 17-7 with just over one minute remaining in the third quarter and picked up a single on the ensuing kickoff to take an 11-point lead.

Ottawa closed the gap on a 35-yard field goal and picked up a single on a Richie Leone punt, but a 14-yard Montreal field goal gave the Alouettes some breathing room, leading 21-11 with five minutes remaining.

Three straight Alouettes penalties moved the Redblacks to the three-yard line with just over two minutes to go, but they were unable to capitalize to the frustration of the 25,132 on hand at TD Place.

"I'm not doing a roller coaster ride with these guys that we win and everybody's happy and thinks we're wonderful and when we lose it's awful," said Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell.

"I know the truth is somewhere in between. I know we're a football team that has a lot of work to do and we're going to continue to do it because we've got eight more games in the regular season."

Ottawa appeared to tie the game on a six-yard touchdown pass to Brad Sinopoli in the third quarter, but the call on the field was overturned and the Redblacks were forced to settle for a field goal and trailed 10-7 early in the second half.

The first half was all about the kickers as Montreal led 9-4 thanks to three field goals from Boris Bede.

Ottawa replied with a 40-yard field goal and a single by Leone.

Ottawa had a scary moment late in the second quarter when Sinopoli struggled to get up and appeared to limp off the field, but the veteran receiver managed to return for the second half.

The Redblacks head to B.C to take on the Lions next Friday.

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{allcanada} Raonic cruises past Wawrinka in U.S. Open third round


Thornhill, Ont., native Milos Raonic put on a clinical performance in defeating former champion Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-3 in the U.S. Open third round.

Raonic is now the only Canadian left in the singles competition.

He'll take on No. 11 seed John Isner of the U.S.

Raonic cruised to a straight-sets victory over Wawrinka in a match that lasted a little over two hours.

The 27-year-old launched 14 aces and won 87 per cent of points from his first serve.

He also fired 43 winners and had 27 unforced errors.

Wawrinka had 29 winners, 28 unforced errors and was unable to break the hard-serving Raonic for the duration of the match.

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{allcanada} Sept. 1: Lemieux becomes Penguins owner


1999: The NHL Board of Governors approves Mario Lemieux's application for ownership of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Lemieux's move into ownership comes two years after he announces his retirement as a player in 1997. He is owed more than $32 million in deferred salary and converts much of that money into equity in the team, making him the first player in North American sports history to own the team he used to play for.

Lemieux assumes the posts of president, chairman and CEO of the Penguins, then adds the role of No. 1 center when he returns as a player on Dec. 27, 2000.



1883: Didier Pitre, a star for the Montreal Canadiens in the National Hockey Association and the NHL, is born in Valleyfield, Quebec. Pitre, nicknamed "Cannonball" because of his speed and hard shot, helps the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history in 1916 and plays right wing on a line with Jack Laviolette and Newsy Lalonde that becomes known as the "Flying Frenchmen." The Canadiens join the NHL in 1917, and Pitre helps them advance to the Cup Final against Seattle two years later, though the series is abandoned because of an influenza epidemic. He moves to defense at age 38 and plays the final two of his 15 seasons with Montreal on the blue line before retiring in 1923. Pitre is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1962.


1964: Brian Bellows is born in St. Catharines, Ontario. Bellows, a high-scoring forward, is described by some as the hottest prospect since Wayne Gretzky during his junior career with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, and he's selected by the Minnesota North Stars with the No. 2 pick in the 1982 NHL Draft. Bellows scores at least 30 goals seven times in 10 seasons with Minnesota, including an NHL career-high 55 in 1989-90. The North Stars trade him to the Montreal Canadiens in 1992, and he scores 40 goals for Montreal's Stanley Cup-winning team in 1993. Bellows plays for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Washington Capitals before retiring in 1999 with 1,022 points (485 goals, 537 assists) in 1,188 NHL games. His son, forward Kieffer Bellows, is taken by the New York Islanders in the first round (No. 19) at the 2016 NHL Draft.

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{allcanada} Canada’s national women’s soccer team ready to ace big final test


Canada's national women's soccer team has one final test before its biggest tournament since the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Canada takes on Brazil in a friendly Sunday at TD Place in Ottawa (live on TSN5 at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT). The teams will also play in a closed-door game on Tuesday. This is the team's final tune-up before the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship begins in October, which serves as qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

"It's our last game until it really kicks off for us with World Cup qualifying, the most important tournament we've had in a few years," said captain Christine Sinclair. "To test ourselves against one of the best teams in the world, to see where we're at, and what we need to work on heading into qualifiers – it's going to be massive for us."

"It's important for us to perform, but the most important thing is for us to come out of this camp confident.  I think we're building on confidence every time we're on the pitch, and we need to do that in the game," said head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller.

The CONCACAF championship begins Oct. 4, with the Canadians playing in Group B out of Edinburg, Texas. They earned an automatic berth into the tournament, along with the United States and Mexico. Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica and Cuba will also participate, with one more team from the Caribbean still to qualify. It's unknown at this point which teams will be in Canada's group. The draw for the final tournament will be held on Tuesday.

The top three teams in that event will qualify for next year's World Cup. Canada has missed only one Women's World Cup – the very first tournament in 1991. Brazil already solidified their spot in the World Cup by winning the Copa América Femenina earlier this year.

"It's huge," centre back Shelina Zadorsky said of Sunday's match. "We're fortunate to have it right on home soil in front of our fans. But I think just having that tier-one test against a great side, a side who has incredible attackers – I think it will be a challenge, but it's a challenge we're looking forward to. We're looking to get the result and bring that confidence moving into qualifiers."

"We never lose sight of our long-term objectives," said fullback Ashley Lawrence. "We know that qualification is coming up next month, and also World Cup next year, so we never lose sight of that.  But for us, we take it one day at a time.  It's recognizing that we can't rush the process."

This is Canada's first meeting with Brazil since beating the South Americans 2-1 in the bronze-medal match at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Canada, ranked fifth in the world, has won three of the last four meetings with No. 7 Brazil, including a 1-0 win at TD Place in June of 2016. Forward Janine Beckie scored the lone goal in that game deep into stoppage time.

"Their backline shut off, and I was there," Beckie recalled.  "So hopefully that happens again."

When looking back on their battle for bronze in Rio, Sinclair remembers one thing clearly: "Being exhausted at the end. We definitely fought for that one, especially being in Brazil."

"I just remember the atmosphere. Playing in Rio, playing in Brazil against the host nation – it was incredible.  I just saw a sea of yellow. I couldn't hear the player next to me," added Lawrence.

Brazil will be without their superstar, Marta, for Sunday's match after she suffered a left thigh injury during training with her NWSL club, Orlando Pride. But Heiner-Møller said her absence won't change Canada's preparation.

"That team will (lose) one very good, skillful fast player and they'll put another one in.  They've got so many very good individual players.  Marta is one of the best in the world.  Because she's a leader as well, it's not too good for them, but it doesn't change how we approach the game."

Canada's own superstar, Sinclair, currently has 173 international goals, 11 back of tying American Abby Wambach for the most all-time. But personal records aren't a concern for Sinclair.

"It only gets in my mind when you guys start talking about it," she said with a smile.

At 35, Sinclair is having a standout season with the Portland Thorns in the NWSL. She has nine goals this season, fifth-most in the league, and is tied for second in league assists with six. After co-captaining Portland to the championship last year, she has started all 23 games this season.

Sinclair attributes her longevity to lessons learned during her storied career.

"When I was young, you think you can do everything, and you try to do everything. It doesn't always work out," she said. "I think I am a lot more diligent in my prep, and what I do in the off-season. That's allowed me to keep playing."

The upcoming qualifiers will be the biggest test to date for Heiner-Møller, who took over from John Herdman earlier this year. Canada is 3-3-0 this year under Heiner- Møller, with all three losses coming against top-10 teams (Germany, France and Sweden).

"We've had some very good performances, and then definitely our season low in France (a 1-0 loss)," said Heiner-Møller. "That's a good reminder – we cannot just cruise around the best opponents in the world.  We need to perform every time we're on the pitch."

Heiner-Møller continues to experiment with his lineup and his formations. In Canada's last game, a friendly against Germany in June, Heiner-Møller rolled out a 3-5-2 formation, a tactic rarely implemented by the team in the past. Although they lost that game 3-2, the players believe the change in formation was a success.

"Something about the players we've got fits so (well) into this system," said Heiner-Møller.  "We need to develop it.  We learned a lot against Germany.  So next time we do it will be even better."

"I think it adds another dynamic to our team, especially heading into qualifiers when you play five games so quickly," Sinclair told TSN.  "Just having another ace up our sleeves in terms of making other teams second-guess what we might be doing. I think that formation suits us playing some of the opposition we'll face in qualifiers."

For this game, Heiner-Møller has named five teenagers to the roster, including several Under-17 aged players from the EXCEL program.

"They're here because they're good enough. They're not here because they're young and for their development," said Heiner-Møller.  "And we assess them to find out: could they be a part of World Cup qualifying, and beyond that?"

"On this team, everyone's an equal," said Sinclair. "It doesn't matter if you've been here for 10 years or if this is your first camp. It's one thing we pride ourselves on: creating that welcoming environment, being a family."

This camp is a chance for 17-year-olds like Jordyn Huitema, Julia Grosso, Maya Antoine and Jayde Rivière to play with their idol. But if Sinclair inspired her younger teammates, it's news to her.

"They would never tell me that," she said with a smile.​

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{allcanada} Report: Blue Jays trade Josh Donaldson to Indians


After nearly four seasons with the Blue Jays, Josh Donaldson's tenure in Toronto has reportedly come to an end.

The Blue Jays have agreed to trade the third baseman to the Cleveland Indians. The trade was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.

The return for Donaldson was not immediately known. The Indians will come to Toronto for a four game series against the Blue Jays beginning Sept. 6.

Donaldson, 32, began a rehab assignment with the Class A Dunedin Blue Jays Tuesday after missing three months with a calf strain. He rested Wednesday before returning to the lineup Thursday and hitting a home run. Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018.

Before this season, Donaldson was a perennial MVP candidate widely regarded as one of baseball's best players. He had generated at least 5.0 wins above replacement for five consecutive seasons, posting a .901 OPS during that stretch.

It was with that production in mind that the Blue Jays discussed a possible extension with Donaldson this spring. Talks did not progress, however, and Donaldson instead entered his free agent year without a contract.

Donaldson encountered health issues early in 2018, as right shoulder issues impacted his ability to play third base. Eventually, those issues appeared to impact his hitting, and Donaldson batted just .234/.333/.423 in 36 games before returning to the disabled list with a calf injury.

Donaldson ends his Blue Jays tenure with 116 home runs and a .281/.383/.548 batting line over four seasons. He made two all-star teams, earned two Silver Sluggers and won the 2015 AL MVP. In 20 post-season games with Toronto from 2015-16, Donaldson hit four home runs with a 1.000 OPS.

Though his tenure ends anticlimactically, the acquisition of Donaldson for Franklin Barreto, Kendall Graveman, Brett Lawrie and Sean Nolin in November 2014 remains one of the best in recent memory.

Now that Donaldson has been traded, he'll get the chance to rebuild value down the stretch and potentially into October. He'll be ineligible to obtain a qualifying offer this off-season because of the trade.

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{allcanada} Ex-Argonauts WR Posey released by Ravens


Former Toronto Argonauts receiver DeVier Posey is among the cuts at Baltimore Ravens camp as the club finalizes their roster for the coming season.

Posey played two seasons with the Argos but his best came last year when he caught 52 passes for 744 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.

He might be best remembered for his performance in last year's Grey Cup. He caught seven passes for 175 yards and a touchdown as the Argos went on to win 27-24 over the Calgary Stampeders.

Posey spent time in the NFL with the Houston Texans from 2012 to 2014, appearing in 26 games.

He is one of many former CFL standouts to appear in NFL camps this summer, including wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (Minnesota Vikings), Jonathon Mincy (Chicago Bears) and linebacker Kenny Ladler (Washington Redskins).

The 28-year-old played collegiately at Ohio State and is a native of Cincinnati.

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{allcanada} Former Roughriders DB Rodgers II cut by Jets


Former Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive back Kacy Rodgers II is among the cuts at New York Jets camp as the club finalizes their roster for the coming season.

Rodgers agreed to a deal with the Jets in February after two seasons with the Roughriders. He appeared in 15 games as a Rider in 2017, recording one interception and 42 tackles.

Rodgers is the son of Jets' defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, who has been on head coach Todd Bowles' staff for the past three seasons.

He is one of many former CFL standouts to appear in NFL camps this summer, including wide receiver Brandon Zylstra (Minnesota Vikings), Jonathon Mincy (Chicago Bears) and linebacker Kenny Ladler (Washington Redskins).

The 26-year-old played collegiately at Miami and is a native of Southlake, Texas.

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{allcanada} Shapovalov loses U.S. Open 3rd round thriller to Anderson

NEW YORK – Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov is out of the U.S. Open after losing a hard-fought, five-setter in the third round to No. 5 Kevin Anderson on Friday.

Anderson took control of the final set with an early break and went on to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory, setting up a fourth-round meeting with ninth-seeded Dominic Thiem.

While Shapovalov showed a lot of emotion on the court — fist-pumping and yelling after scoring on audacious backhand shots and throwing his racket in frustration after surrendering key points — the experience and imposing serve of the six-foot-eight South African proved too much to overcome.

Still, Shapovalov, a 19-year-old form Richmond Hill, Ont., showed flashes of brilliance in the loss, particularly in the fourth set when he had the crowd on it feet as he broke Anderson in the deciding game.

Shapovalov battled in the fifth set when he fought off four match points en route to winning the ninth game, but Anderson held Shapovalov to love in the deciding game to take the match.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., the only Canadian left in singles competition, played 2016 U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka later Friday.

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{allcanada} Nylander, Nurse, Morrissey still unsigned with NHL camps on horizon


Maple Leafs winger William Nylander has said he wants a long-term contract from Toronto. Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse indicated this week he doesn't mind if he gets a bridge deal or one that stretches five, six or seven years from Edmonton.

While the Calgary Flames removed one name off the list of restricted free agents when they inked blue liner Noah Hanifin for six seasons on Thursday, a number of key young players remain unsigned with NHL training camps set to open in less than two weeks.

Along with Nylander and Nurse, Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey still doesn't have a contract. The same goes for Buffalo Sabres forward Sam Reinhart, Anaheim Ducks winger Nick Ritchie, New Jersey Devils winger Miles Wood and Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Shea Theodore.

"Of course I want long-term," Nylander said back in early August. "That's what I want to do, but we'll take it slow, day by day, and see what happens."

Negotiations between a club and a restricted free agent can be a delicate balancing act. The team wary of overpaying might want a shorter term to get a better read on talent before committing, while the player is often looking for a longer agreement and more security.

But a short-term deal could come back to bite a club if a player exceeds expectations and wants an even richer contract in the next round of negotiations. At the same time, a longer initial deal usually removes some early prime years of a player's potential unrestricted free agency.

A player might also regret a relatively cheaper long-term deal a few years down the road if he's locked in and sees others with similar outputs or skill levels making significantly more money.

And then there's the salary cap and what teams can afford now, and what they project the limit will be in the future.

"It doesn't matter to me," Nurse said earlier this week when asked about his preference between a long- or short-term contract. "Either way I've got a lot to prove still."

In Nylander's case, he had 20 goals and 41 assists in 82 games last season for Toronto, including the club's second-most points at even strength with 49 (15 goals, 34 assists). In 185 career games, the 22-year-old has 48 goals and 87 assists.

Players and agents no doubt look at what other teams have agreed to with their own young players cut from a similar cloth when in the midst of a negotiation.

One comparable for Nylander could be Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers, also 22, who signed a seven-year, US$42-million deal last October after a 64-point campaign. His new contract kicks in for 2018-19.

Nylander has averaged 0.73 points per game in his career compared to the 0.69 that Ehlers has put up.

"That's between my agent and (Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas)," Nylander said a month ago. "I'm waiting to see what happens."

Nurse, 23, took a big step forward last season to lead the Oilers' injury-riddled defence corps with 26 points (six goals, 20 assists), logging an average of more than 22 minutes of ice time over 82 games.

All told, Nurse has 14 goals and 33 assists in 197 career contests with Edmonton.

"It's a funny process. It's very educational," Nurse said this week in Toronto of the ongoing talks. "I'm learning a lot going through this.

"It takes time. I have a lot of faith I'll be there at camp."

Morrissey, meanwhile, had seven goals and 19 assists in 81 games with 20:27 of ice time per night in 2017-18. The 23-year-old's stock rose even higher in the playoffs as the Jets made it to the Western Conference final.

Hanifin's new deal worth US$29.7 million over six years — with an annual value of $4.95 million per season — could be used as one of the measuring sticks for both Nurse and Morrissey.

Acquired by Calgary in the Dougie Hamilton trade from the Carolina Hurricanes back in June, Hanifin had 10 goals and 22 assists in 79 games last season. The 21-year-old averaged just under 19 minutes of ice time.

Nurse said he's been keeping tabs on everything during his negotiation with Edmonton.

"Anyone who's going through this process has a pretty good eye for what's going on," Nurse said. "I like to stay pretty involved in everything."

He's also not overly concerned about being with his teammates the first day of camp on Sept. 13, even though the clock is ticking.

"There's a lot guys that aren't signed yet. It's not just me," he said. "It's kind of weird how it's gone. I'm just going to wait and see how it plays out.

"I know at some point I'll be playing in Oilers colours."

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{allcanada} Giordano, Flames excited to participate in Pride Parade


CALGARY -- Mark Giordano knows what to expect when he and his Calgary Flames teammates participate in the Calgary Pride Parade on Sunday.

The Flames defenseman and captain is a Pride Parade veteran, marching in previous events in Toronto and Calgary.

"You get out there and you have a good time," Giordano said. "You walk in the parade and you see a lot of different people, a lot of different faces in the community. Everyone is there for the right reasons. There's a lot of support, and for us as Calgary Flames, we want to represent our organization in the right way and we're doing that."

Giordano and wife, Lauren, Sean Monahan and girlfriend Brittany, as well as forwards Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett and Curtis Lazar will show support for the LGBTQ community by marching.

Luke Coleman, Dakota Krebs and Mark Kastelic of the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League, as well as Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation staff members, also will join Flames players in the parade.

Monahan, like Giordano, has attended the event in multiple cities during previous summers.

He's excited to get the opportunity to participate again.

"The atmosphere is crazy," Monahan said. "It's really colorful. It's loud. Everyone's excited and smiling. It's a good vibe when you're walking through there. Everyone is just joyful. It's good for the city to kind of get together and support around that. The organization, and me personally, are proud to support it.

"I think it's great. As an organization, as a person, you've got to support everybody. To walk in that and support that in front of that many people with the persona we have, it's great as an organization. Hockey is for everyone and you've got to support anybody in any way."

The Flames have been active participants in promoting inclusiveness, specifically by supporting You Can Play, a non-profit organization committed to supporting the LGBTQ community and fighting homophobia in sports.

It's important, Giordano said, for the Flames to use the platforms available to them, like Pride Parade, to promote inclusiveness for all, on all levels.

"I think it's great that it's really changed in the last 10 years as a society and as a League, and other sports where it's all about inclusiveness," said Giordano, recipient of ESPN's Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in 2017 and the NHL Foundation Player Award, given for community service, in 2016. "Having kids of my own now, I'd like them to grow up in an atmosphere where they understand that and understand that everyone is the same and you treat everyone the same and you include everyone."

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{allcanada} Broncos release top CFL pick Chapman


The Denver Broncos have released wide receiver Mark Chapman, who was the first overall selection in the 2018 CFL Draft, Chpaman's agent confirmed to TSN Football Insider Dave Naylor.

Chapman was part of the Broncos' final cuts as they pare down their roster to 53 ahead of the NFL season. His agent told Naylor that the Broncos did not indicate they were considering his client for their practice roster. Naylor adds that there is a possibility that Chapman elects to play in the new Alliance of American Football league over the CFL.

Chapman was drafted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but failed to come to terms with the team on a contract before signing with the Broncos in July. The Tiger-Cats still hold the 23-year-old Chapman's CFL rights.

Chapman played four seasons at Central Michigan. In 13 games as a senior in 2017, he finished with 59 receptions for 875 yards and five touchdowns.

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{allcanada} Subban regrets not winning Cup with Canadiens


P.K. Subban said his one regret about his time with the Montreal Canadiens was not fulfilling his promise to win the Stanley Cup.

The 29-year-old defenseman, who was traded to the Nashville Predators for defenseman Shea Weber on June 29, 2016, said Montreal would win a championship after he was selected with the No. 43 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.

"What I'm upset about and at the time, what I was upset about was that I made a promise to the city, when I was drafted, to bring a Stanley Cup back, and never once did I remove myself from that statement or back away from it," Subban told reporters Thursday at Montreal Children's Hospital, continuing the pledge he made in 2015 to donate $10 million.

In his seven seasons with the Canadiens (2009-16), Montreal reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs five times, and reached the Eastern Conference Final in 2010 and 2014.

"We wanted to win a Stanley Cup, and I felt that the frustrating thing was I felt that we had the right core to do that and it just seemed that we never were able to put the best team on the ice to get it done and it just never happened for us," Subban said. "Montreal is a great place to win if you can win here and I felt that I wanted to do that."

The Canadiens have won the most Stanley Cup titles in NHL history with 24, but none since 1993.

Subban had 278 points (63 goals, 215 assists) in 434 regular-season games and 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 55 playoff games with the Canadiens. He was a two-time NHL First Team All-Star (2012-13, 2014-15) and won the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in 2012-13.

"I just know what it was like when I was here and the teams that we had, and there were great players on those teams and maybe we had a chance to do something," Subban said. "But the reality is I'm not there anymore. So I'm just going to try to make the best of the situation and I'll be back every summer to help the kids and the hospital, to fulfill my commitment and more."

Subban had an NHL career-high 16 goals in 2017-18, one season after helping the Predators reach their first Cup Final in 2017, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

"I got put in a really good position with an amazing city that I love so much, amazing teammates, and I would never trade any one of them for anyone," Subban said. "They're great guys. I believe we have a chance to win there and bring the first Stanley Cup back to Nashville and that's where my confidence lies."

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{allcanada} Tkachuk working hard with sights on Senators roster


When the Ottawa Senators selected Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the expectation by many was that he would return for his sophomore season at Boston University.

When the Ottawa Senators selected Brady Tkachuk with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the expectation by many was that he would return for his sophomore season at Boston University.

However, the 18-year-old decided that he was ready to take the next step in his career signing his entry-level contract with the Senators and pursue his dream of playing in the NHL.

"It was a really hard decision, there was a lot of thought that went into it and for me it was really hard to leave BU," said Tkachuk, speaking from the 2018 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, on the decision to leave college for professional hockey. "I loved every second of it there with all the people, from the hockey side to the school side, but at the end of the day I'm living my dream right now and there's a good opportunity in Ottawa."

Fortunately for him he has a good support group to lean on in his father, Keith Tkachuk, who played 20 seasons in the NHL, and brother, Matthew Tkachuk, who currently plays with the Calgary Flames.

However, neither one would tell him where he should go. Instead, they made it clear that he needed to make this decision based on what he thought was the right fit for himself.

"They told me to do what I thought was best for me," Tkachuk said. "I wished they could've helped me pick one of the other, but they told me to just pick where I wanted to be. It was great to have them say that they would support me no matter what decision I made."

With his focus on making the Senators out of training camp, Tkachuk knew that he needed to take the next step in his training and preparation this summer to prepare for the tough grind of the NHL schedule.

"Matthew and I moved up to Aurora to work with Gary Roberts," Tkachuk said. "That meant leaving home and all my friends and family to really focus on my skillset and build up my strength in the gym which was my focus."

Many NHL players have gone to Roberts, the former NHL player with 1,224 NHL games and a Stanley Cup to his name. Since his retirement, the likes of Connor McDavid and Mark Scheifele have sought out his high-performance training platform for help in their offseason training, and a main reason why is because of his balanced approach to nutrition and exercise – something Tkachuk feels he has benefitted from.

"I feel like I made a lot of gains with my eating coming a long way on the nutrition side with Gary," Tkachuk said. "I've had great training experience in the past but for me it was the nutrition side that really stood out to me with Gary. With how they have all the meals there and cook them on the spot, I felt like I learned a lot about nutrition that I can use moving forward."

Senators players like Matt Duchene, Mark Stone and Mark Borowiecki have already started to reach out to Tkachuk, which he appreciated, and he is excited to move up to Ottawa and meet them for the first time while hoping to help turn things around in Ottawa.

He's also talked with head coach Guy Boucher and knows that the Senators want to incorporate more younger players in the lineup but Tkachuk knows it won't be easy.

"I'm just going to work my hardest, play my game and don't take a backseat since it's my first time with the whole group," Tkachuk said. "At the end of the day I want to be in the NHL this year."

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{allcanada} East-leading Redblacks host Alouettes in Labour Day Weekend opener


Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris says the Redblacks have the ability and the motivation to be an elite CFL team.

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The Redblacks (6-3) have been the class of the East Division so far in 2018 heading into Friday's game against the Montreal Alouettes (2-8) at TD Place. But Harris says the team has to maintain its focus in the second half of the season if it wants to make the jump to league powerhouse.

"I think our guys really want to be great," Ottawa quarterback Trevor Harris said. "We have a good locker room full of guys that really love football and they understand the process of the season and we know we've got to be better to be one of the great teams throughout the rest of the season.

"And we want to be an elite team, so if we lose that focus or stop climbing the mountain to try and play our best football that's where we'll start to see our downfall, so we've got guys that are motivated."

At the midway point Ottawa has a four-point lead over Hamilton (4-5) for first in the East, but the Redblacks goal is to maintain the momentum it built leading up to the halfway mark when they enjoyed its second of three bye weeks.

"We made an effort coming back this week of coming back early and we had a practice that was just about us and we had a meeting that was just about us and then got more into the Montreal work week," said Campbell. "We wanted to get back from the bye and get our minds back on football and then worry about getting ready for Montreal and that's what we did and hopefully that works out for us."

Ottawa will be looking to sweep the Alouettes as they meet for the third and final time this regular season. The Redblacks picked up 28-18 and 24-17 victories while facing a different QB both times and this week will be no different as Antonio Pipkin is slated to get the start.

Pipkin, who looked solid in the Alouettes' 25-22 victory over Toronto last week, has shown poise and confidence. The Redblacks know they will need to challenge Pipkin and not give him too much time in the pocket.

"He's done a phenomenal job of decision making," said Alouettes coach Mike Sherman. "He stays in the pocket with a lot of confidence. When he has to run he has the ability to move and run and make plays with his feet.

"For a young quarterback to come into the situation he came in under it's pretty impressive."

Johnny Manziel is slotted as the backup on the depth chart and Sherman didn't rule out playing him Friday depending on the tone of the game.

Kyries Hebert returns to the Ottawa lineup after missing the last three games with an undisclosed injury.

The veteran linebacker will finally get an opportunity to play against his former team. Hebert missed the first game against Montreal as he served a one-game suspension and was on the injury list for the second.

"Nobody wants to lose three times to the same team," Hebert said. "They're going to come out here and fight their hardest battle and they seem to have found an answer at the quarterback position. The quarterback is looking like the most mobile quarterback in the league right now and he's making plays on the run so he's definitely a dangerous player and gives them a chance."



ALL THE MOVES — The Redblacks are hoping to find themselves in the end zone as a number of players have been working on some impressive touchdown celebrations as the league loosened its rules.

PICKING PIPKIN — With Manziel getting healthy, Pipkin will try to make a case to keep his starting QB job with another confident performance.

KEEP A LEG UP — Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward has kicked 24 successful field goals in a row.

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