Kadri sheds playoff ‘liability’ label and kisses off critics

Kadri sheds playoff ‘liability’ label and kisses off critics

Nazem Kadri had a mic-drop moment for the ages when the ex-Maple Leaf won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday night. “For everyone that thought I was a liability in the playoffs, you can kiss my ass,” said Kadri. Those were his comments to “Hockey Night in Canada” on … Read more

Leafs’ Auston Matthews wins Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award

Leafs’ Auston Matthews wins Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award

Winning the Hart Memorial Trophy felt great. So did winning the Ted Lindsay Award. Goal Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews wishes for more. “I’d be lying if I said that there wasn’t a little bit of angst, wishing you’re still playing right now,” Matthews said after accepting the two biggest awards at the NHL’s awards … Read more

Toronto named a Canadian host city for FIFA World Cup 2026

Toronto named a Canadian host city for FIFA World Cup 2026

Nothing like a Friday morning to-do list to suddenly make things feel real. The cities of Toronto and Vancouver got the parties started on Thursday evening and were dead right to. Being confirmed as host venues for the world’s biggest sporting event is more than enough reason to pop a few corks. But now the … Read more

Jason Spezza retires at 38 to join Leafs front office

Jason Spezza retires at 38 to join Leafs front office

There was no single moment that told Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza it was time to retire. But the fact that he’ll soon be 39 and was often a healthy scratch this past season certainly indicated that it was time for the 19-year NHL veteran to move on. And so he has. “I still don’t … Read more

Raptors shut down Sixers with best defensive effort

Raptors shut down Sixers with best defensive effort

PHILADELPHIA—The impossible is now just the improbable. With all their trademark characteristics in place and with a roster missing one of its vital pieces, the Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 103-88 Monday to get back into their first-round NBA playoff series. The win, fashioned with a dominant defensive game start to finish, cuts Philadelphia’s lead … Read more

Raptor Scottie Barnes is NBA rookie of the year

Raptor Scottie Barnes is NBA rookie of the year

It took a second for it to sink in for Scottie Barnes: the team gathering on the court post-practice at the Raptors facility on Friday, a video screen with a smiling Vince Carter looking out at him. Then it hits him. Carter, the last Raptors NBA rookie of the year. Barnes, the latest Raptors NBA … Read more

Montreal Canadiens icon Guy Lafleur dead at 70

Montreal Canadiens icon Guy Lafleur dead at 70

Guy Lafleur had been passed the torch as the Montreal Canadiens’ next great Quebec-born player. Maurice (Rocket) Richard was still revered in the province, while the just-retired Jean Beliveau cast a long, imposing shadow when the kid from Thurso was selected first overall at the 1971 NHL draft. A dynamic forward with blond locks that … Read more

Joel Embiid to Raptors Nick Nurse: Stop bitching about calls

Joel Embiid to Raptors Nick Nurse: Stop bitching about calls

PHILADELPHIA—The contentious relationship between the Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers star center Joel Embiid has grown a bit. Toronto coach Nick Nurse and Embiid were involved in a long sideline conversation in the final seconds of Philadelphia’s 112-97 Game 2 win Sunday over the foul calls that are benefitting Embiid. “He was saying to me that … Read more

Raptors-Sixers playoff schedule released by NBA

Raptors-Sixers playoff schedule released by NBA

The Raptors will play their first home playoff game in Toronto since June 2019 next Wednesday night. After opening their best-of-seven NBA first-round series in Philadelphia with Game 1 on Saturday and Game 2 on Monday, Toronto will host Game 3 at the Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday, April 20 at 8 pm, the league announced. … Read more

Shaq doesn’t think the Raptors stand a chance against 76ers

Shaq doesn’t think the Raptors stand a chance against 76ers

The playoff matchups were only set for a few minutes and the Raptors are already getting dunked on by American media. After it was confirmed the fifth-seeded Raptors would meet the fourth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in the first round, former player turned analyst Shaquille O’Neill made his feelings known on the NBA on TNT broadcast. “Philly’s … Read more