Ever since the boy from the desert first laced up skates, Auston Matthews has been chasing challenges. He’s about to face his biggest yet.
Putting Patrik Laine’s and Auston Matthews’ 19-or-under performances at the World Championship in perspective
With all the Canadian teams picking in the top 12 of a deep draft, Damien Cox runs down the best prospects available after Toronto and Winnipeg get their men
Three decades later, a lunch with a pair of Leafs legends offers plenty of lessons for Toronto’s No. 1 pick
Bryce Harper wants to play ball and have fun. He also wants to be paid like no athlete has been before. Will it happen?
How former NCAA quarterback Anthony Alford left the gridiron behind and became the Jays’ No. 1 prospect
Yes, they won 56 games. And yes, they made the third round of the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. But the most important feat of the 2015–16 Toronto Raptors? They built a team identity, and it’s not going anywhere.
Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez on curveballs, splitting his pants and (not) talking umpires
With the weather getting nicer, it’s time to hit the links. Just be careful when filling out your foursome.
Blue Jays fans are fine with their team showing off and flipping bats. But if the players want to talk the talk…
Whether you’re checking off Fenway, betting against a Triple Crown winner on Derby Day or screaming your way through the Final Four, an epic sports road trip can leave you with stories you’ll be telling for decades. Like these ones.
You can’t get to 28 of 30 MLB parks without a few hiccups
On a family trip to the southern U.S., my father lived his dream at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Checking old Comiskey Park off the list brought me face-to-face with a legend
Tanking sucks. No fan should have to cheer fro their team to lose. But a plan to fix the system exists, and we’re here to ease your fear of change.
The Interview with Sebastian Giovinco
He’s chattier, claims to lay off bad pitches and is making a whole lot more money. But in plenty of ways, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a lot like his dad.
When you’ve got MVP-calibre skills, one figure matters more than any other: How often you put them to use
How Joey Votto embraced the process and became one of baseball’s best
Teams across MLB have finally embraced analytics, which means the next big fancy stat could be kept hidden from the public
Analytics tell us the reigning World Series champions are going to regress this season. Can they defy the numbers?
The duelling styles of the Blackhawks and the Kings have offered the rest of the NHL a choice of championship blueprints
A Stanley Cup
Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm doesn’t have gaudy scoring numbers or throw highlight-reel hits, but he’s led the Ducks to the top of the West and is forcing us to rethink the stats we use to judge defencemen
Golf companies may swap engineers with the likes of NASA, but the beating heart of club design is still the insight only pros can offer
Brooke Henderson won an LPGA tournament at 17, but she wasn’t surprised. She’s been punching above her age bracket for as long as she can remember
The Interview with Rory McIlroy
The 2016 Blue Jays look to be picking up right where they left off last season. The rest of the division… not so much.
Upon arriving in Toronto, he was instantly vilified for not being Alex Anthopoulos. But who is Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro?
Despite growing up poor in a cartel-ridden part of Mexico, Roberto Osuna has always been 100 percent confident he’d one day be a superstar
One year removed from an ACL tear, Marcus Stroman wants to go from 27 innings to 200. And he spent his whole off-season preparing to get there.
The meaning of that wild and glorious seventh inning
With the Washington Capitals finally looking like a real Cup contender, it’s time to appreciate Nicklas Backstrom for something other than being underappreciated
Shannon Szabados is the only woman in a men’s pro league down south. But she’s not there to prove a point—she’s there to dominate between the pipes.
The Interview with Roberto Luongo
The tires used on the IndyCar circuit aren’t built to last, but they’re the key to a driver’s comfort on the course
Breaking down the best goal of the hockey season—in any league<
And other surefire tips on how to dominate in fantasy baseball. Or at least play fantasy baseball.
John Gibbons finally has a post-season to his name. And no matter what happens next, they can’t take that away from him.
The biggest stars in sports tell you what they do to be the best
It’s simple: Skate really fast and make the most beautiful play possible. Simple, at least, if you’re Erik Karlsson.
Less than a year ago, James Hinchcliffe almost bled out at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now, he’s racing to return to the track.
In three seasons, Kyle Lowry has gone from “uncoachable” backup to perennial all-star. All the Raptors had to do was hand over the keys.
He’s got a long way to go, but it might not be as crazy as you think
Bud Holloway took a long and winding path to his first appearance in the NHL. But when the 27-year-old finally arrived on hockey’s biggest stage, it was worth the wait.
The Interview with Ana Ivanovic
Everything you ever wanted to know about mouthguards. And about those weird mouthguard-like things, too.
Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin connect, and it’s as simple as tic-tac-toe
Trump’s plan: No more bat flips, no more trainers, and send baseball’s biggest stars back to Mexico (or maybe Haiti)
Sheldon Keefe looked like he was on his way out of hockey forever. Now he’s the coach of the Toronto Marlies, sitting atop the American Hockey League standings and working every day with the future of the Maple Leafs.
It didn’t pan out in Melbourne, but Milos Raonic’s run to the semis proved to the world (and himself) that he can play with anybody
Seventy-seven predictions and one guarantee
The star point guard isn’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic player in the NBA. He’s just the pinnacle of the league’s evolution.
Vince Carter scrapped his entire plan when he showed up for the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Then he improvised a masterpiece.
Just half a season into his new coach’s tenure, the young centre is finally becoming the elite player the Maple Leafs thought they were drafting
Featuring: Jack Eichel, Dylan Larkin, Max Domi, Sam Bennett, Nikolaj Ehlers, Anthony Duclair, Oscar Lindberg and Colton Parayko
Think Silicon Valley and a few things come to mind: Google, Apple, Facebook—and hockey?
The Interview with Evgeni Malkin
A look at the long history and evolving technology behind electronic coach-to-player communication in the NFL
Carson Palmer passes short right to Larry Fitzgerald for first down 669 of his career
Want to know how you’ll be “consuming” the game in a decade? Just ask Shaq.
Brooke Henderson earned her LPGA Tour card the hard way last season, by winning. Now the rising star is aiming higher, with some inspiration from home.
In recent years, Canada has lost hold of its national game. The return of the World Cup of Hockey may be a chance to change that.
December 28, 2015
Featuring Marcus Stroman, Brooke Henderson, Carey Price, LeBron James, Serena Williams, Rory McIlroy, Ronda Rousey, The Kansas City Royals, and many more
Between concussions and a stroke, Kris Letang missed 136 games over the past four seasons. Now he’s hoping to help the Penguins reach their true potential.
There is no rivalry in hockey more deep-seated or carefully nurtured than that between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. It’s about history, identity and the very meaning of the game.
The never-told story of the never-seen game.
The Interview with Mitch Marner and Dylan Strome
Looking back at the most inexplicable moments of 2015
The Lakers great has five NBA titles and a record number of All-Star Games to his name. But it’s his incredible self-belief that has defined his career—for better and, occasionally, for worse.
Sports fans like to think our heroes reflect all the best things about us. Instead, they simply reflect us.
December 7, 2015
All the biggest moments of 2015
The story of a hockey superstar
One-on-one with Josh Donaldson
Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews got his nickname when he was a rookie, and yes, he’s pretty intense—he still thinks he could be a better hockey player. But he’s also learned to enjoy the game a bit more.
On the ice, the Oxford-Cambridge rivalry is the most intense in amateur hockey. Off the ice, it’s a battle over the origin of “Canada’s” game.
Confused about what constitutes a catch in today’s fast-paced NFL environment? Kindly consult your rule book.
Dwane Casey is the most successful head coach the Toronto Raptors have ever had. Just don’t expect to see him celebrating that fact.
November 15, 2015
One-on-one with the Montreal Canadiens star
Fear not, Leafs fans. The Toronto Marlies are fast, fit and highly skilled. This year might be hard for the big club, but the seeds are planted.
At 14, Sean Day was pegged for NHL stardom. But at 17, that future is already in question. Can he change people’s minds in his draft season?
In praise of the men who struggle gamely against a task too large for them
The Interview with Henrik Lundqvist
The Bills and Lions meeting in Super Bowl 50? That’s the beauty of the off-season: Nothing’s too crazy to hope for.
Darryl Belfry started out leading skills sessions for nine-year-olds. Now he’s a special consultant with the Leafs and working one-on-one with the very best in the game.
The Blue Jays’ new president will probably get past being seen as a villain. But can he keep the magic going?
November 2, 2015
Inside the unforgettable season of the never-say-die Toronto Blue Jays
A 10-page photo essay
Seth Jones is poised to have a breakout campaign. If he does, Music City’s defence might be unstoppable.
As a crop of young stars reignites the Battle of Alberta, Mark Spector looks back on the heyday of the epic Oilers-Flames rivalry
Missing something in last year’s playoffs, the Raptors have found an answer in DeMarre Carroll
Cory Joseph is back in Toronto. But in many ways, he never left.
The Toronto Raptors knew Bruno Caboclo was worth the time. And the risk.
The Interview with Tyler Seguin
On the play that launched the Blue Jays into the ALCS, the home run itself was really just the prelude to the main course
Brendan Shanahan knows the Toronto Maple Leafs rebuild will take time, but he’s got the pieces in place and the patience to make it work. And he expects it will.
After leading the Jays to their first post-season in 22 years, John Gibbons still can’t get the respect he deserves
October 5, 2015
An exclusive ranking
The inside story of Marcus Stroman’s incredible (and much-faster-than-expected) comeback
Every year, the world’s best fantasy-football players gather in Vegas for a shot at $300,000 and their game’s championship belt
The Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
So many questions this year. How badly will the Canucks suck? What is the mysterious hole in the Flames’ game plan? And—oh yeah, there are seven Canadian teams.
This time last year, men’s national teamer Levon Kendall was gearing up for a season of pro ball in Spain. Now he’s taking care of his son in the most important fight of his life.
The next great hockey star is about to debut in the NHL. Will we ever really understand what makes him tick?
September 7, 2015
Going first and second overall in the 2012 draft linked two men forever, but Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III couldn’t be further apart heading into 2015
In his first NFL season, Odell Beckham Jr. wowed the football world with his 100-yard receiving games and astounding plays, including “The Catch.” But will he be able to manage the hype and become the league’s next great receiver?
Chip Kelly has torn down the Philadelphia Eagles team he inherited and rebuilt it to play his hurry-up style. Now his reputation is hinging on the results.
She’s frequently been called the most dominant athlete in her sport. It’s just that now she’s the most dominant athlete, period.
She’s already got Canadian, world and Olympic titles under her belt, and she skips the best women’s curling team on earth. Now, Jennifer Jones is gearing up for another shot at glory.
The members of the Bluewater Tug-of-War club have devoted themselves to a gruelling, often misunderstood, sport. Now they have a daunting goal: to be the best in the world.
The Interview with David Price
Almost nothing could be as lousy as a San Francisco’s roster. Unless maybe Creed got back together.
With his NBA contract status up in the air, Tristan Thompson will not be helping Team Canada qualify for the Olympics. But that’s hardly something to hold against him.
Twenty-five years ago, Dave Stieb pitched the Blue Jays’ only no-hitter. You’d think he’d be keen to talk about it.
August 17, 2015
A sleepless week for Alex Anthopoulos put the rest of the league on notice—his Blue Jays now have everything they need to go head-to-head with the best in baseball. Here’s how he did it.
In his playing days, Rick Langford was a master of finishing what he started. Now he’s the man the Blue Jays trust to put the final touches on their future aces.
There was a time when Zack Greinke almost walked away from baseball due to his struggle with anxiety. In this excerpt from her new book, The Best Team Money Can Buy, Molly Knight turns the spotlight on the superstar Dodger.
A World Cup veteran at just 17 years old, Jessie Fleming isn’t trying to replace the best Canadian soccer player ever. She’s out to be the best soccer player in the world. Period.
Rowan Barrett Jr. is a Canadian-hoops blueblood rising at the right time. But he’s become a top prospect on his own efforts.
The Interview with Peter Dyakowski
The fence was broken, the announcer left and the kids couldn’t see the ball. But oh, what glory.
In the afterglow of the Pan Am Games, Toronto is considering a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. But that’s a gamble we’ve made—and lost, big time—before.
Alex Anthopoulos has pulled some gutsy moves to make Toronto a serious contender. We shouldn’t be surprised.
August 3, 2015
A leader in the clubhouse. A monster at the plate. Beloved by the city. Josh Donaldson may yet prove to be the best Blue Jay ever.
Sportsnet’s all-rookie team and the first-half debate over 2015’s rookies of the year
Alex Rodriguez is having an improbably good season, so we circled back to some of the skeptical Yankee fans we talked to Opening Day to see if their opinions of the guy had changed
Believe it. Albert Pujols is once again one of baseball’s best power hitters.
After three straight years with 106 or more losses, the Houston Astros are a contender in the AL West. Or are they?
After a string of abject seasons, the Chicago Cubs are finally a winning team—and thanks to a young and confident core, they’re built to stay that way
Francoise Abanda is the first product of a new approach to athlete development in Canadian tennis, and as she readies for her debut on the pro circuit, the future of the sport in this country looks brighter than ever
For the grounds crew preparing Oakville, Ont.’s Glen Abbey Golf Club for the 2015 Canadian Open, the quest for perfection starts before dawn
The Interview with Manny Machado
Feeling a lack of sporting variety? That’s because you haven’t gotten to the bottom of the barrel.
Kia Nurse is already an NCAA national champion and has led Canada’s women’s national team to a fifth-place finish at the worlds. Next up? Household-name status.
Serena Williams has long since proven her dominance in women’s tennis. So why do people keep doubting her?
July 13, 2015
18 stories all about how sports coulda been flipped, turned upside down
Cameron Levins never won a provincial title as a teenager. He was never even runner-up. But his career since then has been marked by one improbable feat after another.
Zak Madell and Canada’s wheelchair rugby team are favoured for Pan Am gold—and an automatic ticket to Rio
When your favourite team is down and troubled and nothing is going right, don’t worry—you’ve got a friend. And he’s just waiting to put you on the air.
Dynasties were supposed to be dead in this, the age of the salary cap. But as the Chicago Blackhawks recently proved, constructing a juggernaut is a matter of following seven simple rules.
There are good lineups and there are dominant lineups. The Toronto Blue Jays have a dominant lineup.
The Interview with Roberto Osuna
Canadian slugger and Marlins top draft pick Josh Naylor is ready to move from myths to the majors
The stars were aligning for MLB to welcome back Pete Rose, but baseball’s hits king is too complex for a fairy-tale ending
June 22, 2015
Soon, he’ll be Connor McDavid—Oilers saviour, transcendent superstar, face of the NHL. Right now, though, he’s just an 18-year-old kid who’s quickly running out of normal days.
All season long, Damien Cox has been updating his prospects list. Now, on the eve of the draft, this is his final ranking.
A smart kid with a head for science, Quebec Remparts goalie Callum Booth has learned that adaptation is key to hockey survival
Mike Trout’s second-favourite pastime will catch even the most seasoned baseball fanatic by surprise
Sure, it doesn’t always end well, but there’s something special about LeBron in the playoffs
In a land where terror reigned and children killed, life is starting to get back to normal. A new soccer academy has opened, and the Canadian responsible sees it as much more than charity—he believes there’s money to be made.
The Interview with Melissa Tancredi
When it comes to one’s own golf game, hope doesn’t so much spring eternal as die by the end of spring
Anthony Cirelli was a long shot to even suit up in the OHL this season. Now, thanks in part to a dream Memorial Cup Final and the new NHL, he’s a safe bet for the draft.
With that one question, Andrew Jennings announced his intention to turn Sepp Blatter’s world on is head
June 8, 2015
Many Stanley Cup winners say there are no words to describe the feeling of triumph. Losing game seven of a Cup Final, however, is a very different story.
Inside the NHL’s situation room
With 11 Stanley Cups and 513 NHL goals between them, Wally Stanowski, Milt Schmidt and the late Elmer Lach belong to an era of pro hockey nearly lost to living memory
NHL scouts may have underestimated him at first, but Ottawa’s Travis Konecny has changed their minds, and then some
For 10 years, people have been calling her the best soccer player on Earth. Today, with an Olympic medal, more than 150 goals and a chance to win it all on home turf, she might just believe it.
Devon Travis has been fixated on the big leagues ever since he was a four-year-old playing T-ball. Now that he’s finally made it, he has zero plans to slow down.
The Interview with Usain Bolt
A very good coach has joined the Maple Leafs. Naturally everyone is calm and rational about it.
With one son in the NHL and two more on their way, Trish and Chris Strome have handled everything hockey has thrown at them. Now they face a new challenge: What comes next?
Mike Babcock has his work cut out for him in Toronto, but fans are ready to believe he can perform a miracle
May 18, 2015
Nobody outside of Calgary expected the Flames to earn a playoff spot in the brutal Western Conference, let alone in a season fraught with injury and turmoil. But that’s exactly what they did.
Behind the scenes at Coach’s Corner, the most famous segment in Canadian television
Kevin Westgarth, a Stanley Cup winner and Ivy League grad, was one of the NHL’s last brawlers. He’s crossed an ocean in search of a place to become the player he’s always wanted to be.
Noah Hanifin may not be as sparkly as some of his draft classmates, but the talented defenceman will go early and play soon
The love-hate relationship between Yankees fans and their favourite (or least favourite) disgraced superstar
Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison may be a promising young arm, but it’s his wise old soul that sets him apart in Toronto’s rotation
The Interview with Ryan McDonagh
The NFL draft can’t guarantee intrigue—just pomp and positivity. Loads and loads of positivity
It’s an era of championship-or-bust thinking in pro sports. But when only one team out of 30 gets to hoist the trophy, it sets fans up for misery far too often
In his second chance as Canadiens bench boss, Michel Therrien is mellow, mature and ready to roll with the punches
April 20, 2015
There’s more pressure on John Tavares than ever before. Luckily, he’s built himself to handle it.
Radim Vrbata didn’t want to leave Arizona (for a second time). But both he and the Canucks are very glad he did.
At the 2010 draft, 15 minutes in the middle of the first round changed everything for St. Louis
When the Jets came back to town, a hockey fan was reborn. And now the stress is killing him.
The Raptors’ recipe for playoff success: Get the ball to Kyle Lowry so he can get it to everyone else
Amir Johnson picks his spots in the locker room, but his show-don’t-tell example sets the tone for the Raptors
Prep school standout Thon Maker is the most hyped prospect in the brand-obsessed world of U.S. high school hoops
The Interview with Greivis Vasquez
There’s a Brian Burke–approved MBA program hoping to churn out NHL execs. Ties are optional.
This season has been one to forget for the Maple Leafs. But don’t tell that to Trevor Smith, who is savouring every NHL memory after years spent in hockey limbo.
As he prepares to fight Manny Pacquiao in the biggest bout of the 21st century, Floyd Mayweather Jr. welcomes the haters
April 6, 2015
To October, hopes Alex Anthopoulos, which is why the $82-million catcher was Toronto’s top priority this off-season
The San Francisco Giants outfielder has two World Series rings. But can he join the ranks of baseball’s elite?
Everything is in place for Harper to break through with a monster year
On Pittsburgh’s Gregory Polanco
The players who could make magic happen
For him to play, he will have to do the one thing he’s always done best: hit.
Connor McDavid has only been kept off the scoresheet twice—both times by the same time. What’s the secret?
Kelowna Rockets winger Nick Merkley might be the CHL’s best passer
One of Canada’s best skips, Kevin Koe has big titles under his belt and Olympic dreams. But back home, he’s just one member of the North’s first family of curling.
In February 2003, an avalanche killed seven students in B.C.’s Glacier National Park. None of the survivors of that day have ever talked to the media. Until now.
The Interview with Johnny Gaudreau
When Jim Nantz picks up his dry cleaning for the Masters, there’s an amen on every corner
Canadian baller Kevin Pangos didn’t always intend on staying four years at Gonzaga and becoming the program’s quintessential player. That’s just the way it worked out.
Alex Anthopoulos and John Gibbons are staking their own futures, and the team’s, on the Jays’ talented young guns
March 23, 2015
Not long ago, Josh Donaldson was struggling to live up to his potential. Then he discovered the film room.
Four years ago, Michael Saunders lost his mother and nearly his career. Now he’s got his eye back on the ball.
Aaron Sanchez is getting his shot at the rotation the last way he’d ever want it, but the Jays’ newest ace-in-waiting knows his injured buddy always has his back
Edwin Encarnacion knows what it takes to go from castoff to to all-star. Can Justin Smoak follow that path?
Once a tormented rookie, Mark Buehrle is now the go-to veteran for kids trying to find their feet with the big club
Evander Kane has been called a lot of things, but that’s not the whole story. What you don’t know about the centrepiece of the biggest trade of the NHL season just might change your mind about him.
Dylan Strome was raised on the type of competition that breeds top-five picks
Behind the scenes in the locker room, at the hotel and (of course) on the trainer’s table with Canada’s rugby sevens team as it fights for a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics
The Interview with Claude Giroux
Rejoice, Blue Jays fans! There are too many duds in the AL East for your team to fail this year.
The Blue Jays said goodbye to skilled malcontents and will look to players who bring more than talent to the table
February 23, 2015
Don’t sweat the slow start. Andrew Wiggins has arrived on the NBA landscape, and he’s not going anywhere.
How does Mike Babcock do it? What’s behind the genius of the NHL’s most sought-after coach? It’s simple really: He hates to lose.
Sharks management may have taken the “C” from Joe Thornton’s sweater, but this is still his team, and he still plans to lead them to glory
The New York Islanders prospect is loaded with talent, but how will his swaggering style play in the team-first NHL?
The world’s wildest and most dangerous sports
Since he was a kid, Mitch Marner has been told he’s too small to play top-level hockey. Not so much.
It was almost kindling. It was barbershop décor. Then it was damn near priceless. It’s the oldest hockey stick in the world.
The Interview with Tuukka Rask
An all-access look at the NFL’s top secret—and highly scientific—sideline concussion protocol
Like its Toronto franchise, MLS as a whole is expanding and stocking up on talent. But is it a watershed, or another example of a soccer league with eyes bigger than its stomach?
It doesn’t seem to matter what the NFL gets wrong. The lure of the spectacle keeps tens of million watching.
January 26, 2015
We asked thirteen of their brothers (from other mothers) to tell us
Hawken Miller is a high school senior who won’t let a terminal disease slow him down. He’s also the most impressive young man the Anaheim Ducks captain has ever met.
They don’t make sports like they used to (and in some cases that’s a good thing). We remember things that are gone but not forgotten from the games we love.
Six short years and an eight-inch growth spurt took Anthony Davis from a high-school nobody to his generation’s most dominant big man.
Pavel Zacha is focused on making history by being the next great Czech
The Interview with Daniel and Henrik Sedin
A day in the life of a magazine writer, as seen through the eyes of former coaches and retired players
When Bryan Colangelo’s Toronto Raptors tenure ended, many questioned both his moves and ability. Now, his reputation on the mend and he’s ready for what comes next.
Leafs fans rejoiced at Randy Carlyle’s firing, and unless the next coach brings home the Cup, they’ll call for his head, too.
December 29, 2014
Tyler Seguin heads a group of flashy young snipers taking over the NHL
Alex Anthopoulos takes us inside the negotiations that led to the Josh Donaldson blockbuster trade
Bus. Hotel. Arena. Repeat. Thirteen days with the Seattle Thunderbirds on hockey’s toughest road trip.
The Montreal Canadiens star played hockey the same way he lived his life—with humility, honesty and plain old hard work.
In any other NHL draft year, Jack Eichel is a lock for first overall. And maybe this year, too.
The Interview with Connor McDavid
In pursuit of his NBA dreams, Burlington, Ont.’s Brady Heslip just happens to be making history
It isn’t the responsibility of sports heroes to stand up against injustice. But is it ever sweet when they do.
December 8, 2014
The Raptors’ Kyle Lowry leads our 4th annual awards special
Two Stanley Cups and 550 points into his career, Anze Kopitar is the pride of Slovenia. And the NHL’s most underrated superstar.
The rise of the Maple Leafs’ new president has been anything but conventional
Kingston’s Lawson Crouse isn’t the highest scorer in his draft class, not even close. But scouts are taking notice of him for other reasons.
On the court, Tyler Hansbrough is a hulking, brutish menace opponents hate to face. Off the court, he’s nothing like that.
The Interview with Rachel Homan
Russell Martin got paid, and he has data-driven appreciation for his subtle skills to thank for it
Since tossing sweaters on the ice is a punishable offence, here are some other creative ways for fans to express disgust
While he never worked in Hamilton’s steel mills, Pat Quinn was a product of his hard-working hometown
November 24, 2014
Six things we learned about the surprisingly successful Vancouver Canucks on the NHL’s hardest road trip
There’s a remote little town in Sweden that exports three things: pulp and paper, heavy machinery and really, really good NHL players
During a tough rookie year in junior, Mathew Barzal spent hours studying his game. Now scouts are doing the same.
Sports are rife with cheating. We asked athletes, coaches and experts of all stripes how to win the game by gaming the system.
It’s time to embrace performance enhancers
The Interview with Danica Patrick
On Adam Lind, poster boy for the past decade of Toronto baseball—both the good and the bad
It’s not about whether you win or lose, it’s whether your arena’s horn is loud enough to wake the dead
The Arizona Fall League is a chance for prospects to turn heads—and for Blue Jays fans to imagine a brighter future
November 10, 2014
Jonathan Bernier was drafted in 2006 to be a star goaltender. Eight years later, it hasn’t happened, and in Toronto the pressure is only building.
Inside the incredible world of land-speed record chasing
Plenty of kids leave their home countries so they can play hockey. But Daniel Sprong did it much earlier than most.
In 18 seasons of brilliance, Steve Nash crafted a basketball legacy both distinctly Canadian and whollly his own
The Interview with Erik Karlsson
Michael Bradley isn’t calling it a lost season for TFC. In his mind, they’re just getting started.
What every hockey parent should expect from their kid’s first away tournament
Departing CFL commissioner Mark Cohon deserves praise. But he never did figure out how to make the Argos relevant.
October 27, 2014
At just 24, Drew Doughty has already won two Stanley Cups and two Olympic golds. On, yeah, and he’s having a better time than you off the ice, too.
Forget LeBron. Forget Kobe. Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan is the hardest-working man in the NBA.
The Toronto Raptors’ backcourt isnt’ asking for respect. They’re taking it.
Even when you adjust for era and team, Ken Dryden still rules the crease
What happens when you sit down with three of the greatest players on the planet? You learn a little—OK, a lot—about hockey.
All eyes are on Eri’s Connor McDavid, the favourite to go first overall next June, and he wouldn’t want it any other way
The Interview with Alexander Ovechkin
Tristan Thompson is set to take on any role for the Cavs—just as he’s always done for his family
There are reasons why it’s awesome to be a Senators fan. But the name “Senators” isn’t one of them.
Oslo is the latest city to withdraw its bid for the 2022 Games, which says a lot about the Olympics these days
September 22, 2014
As Cavaliers fans put a bitter split behind them and celebrate LeBron James coming home, Akron, Ohio, knows the truth: He never left
Before a life-altering tragedy, Canadian Ron Turcotte won the Triple Crown aboard Secretariat. Now, 41 years later, he returns to Belmont, hoping to witness history.
The Interview with Jim Brown
Fully healthy for the first time in years, Justin Morneau is back on top—and loving every minute
With the dawn of every NFL season comes hype—much of it completely unwarranted, but still worthy of recognition
It’s been a roller coaster of a season for the Jays. But no matter the ending, we’ll be back for more.
September 8, 2014
Fans in Cleveland have been waiting years—decades—for a quarterback deserving of their love. If you ask people who know Johnny Manziel, they’ve found one.
Why we’ll never see another Roger Federer, who, 16 years into his career, is still one of sports’ most perfect athletes
As hundreds of players and thousands of fans descend on a small Pennsylvania town, a kids’ game gets serious.
The Interview with Sydney Leroux
Missing the FIBA World Cup hasn’t stopped Team Canada from building for the future
With the dawn of every NFL season comes hype—much of it completely unwarranted, but still worthy of recognition
The Bills’ days in Buffalo may be numbered, and the long-rumoured debut of the NFL in Canada could be nigh
August 18, 2014
Stunning scenery, even more stunning people: 18 of Canada’s best athletes (plus one bison) take their talents into the wild for our annual beauty issue
The evolution of Clayton Kershaw, through the eyes of the men who have caught him
The Interview with Maria Sharapova
Long before Eugenie Bouchard, there was Carling Bassett—Canada’s first tennis “darling”
Donald Trump may not be the owner the Bills deserve, but he’s the owner they need right now
Toronto has a habit of not really embraicing its biggest sports heroes. And that’s exactly what Jose Bautista is.
July 28, 2014
They’re questions that have fuelled barroom debates for years. We went back to the start of the century and rewrote sports history to find the answers.
The Interview with Milos Raonic
The NHL may have loyalty and long-term deals, but the NBA has the far more exciting off-season
For years, golf has tormented us. Now the sport needs its duffers. Well, we have some demands.
Each World Cup unfolds as its own tale. This edition had a storybook finish, but the real climax came in the semifinal.
July 7, 2014
After years of hard living—blowing through more than $30 million—former slugger Darryl Strawberry found his true calling
Jays prospect Daniel Norris isn’t in baseball for the paycheque. Seriously.
Lessons on how to make (and lose) a fortune from Leigh Steinberg, the world’s first super-agent and the real Jerry Maguire
The men who win the Stanley Cup and the men who lose it have more in common than either side knows. Behind the scenes at the Cup final.
The Interview with Brittney Griner
Nick Wiggins, brother of Andrew, is forging his own path to pro basketball
It’s how you codify formal rules for an invented game and enforce them no matter the social cost
In 1994, the U.S. hosted the World Cup, and its citizens barely noticed. Today, soccer is a big deal everywhere. Finally.
June 23, 2014
Mark Buehrle doesn’t watch tape, go to pitchers’ meetings or wave off signs. He just wins games.
The son of an apple farmer from Milton, Ont., is convinced he can crack the world’s most glamorous race car series
Eleven men, long odds, one live rooster. Remember Canada’s lone World Cup appearance.
“Nobody likes you when you act like you’re somebody”
When Blue Jays broadcaster Joe Siddall lost his son, he leaned on the game they both loved
There’s an etiquette to sitting in the stands at a baseball game. We’ve got you covered.
For Eugenie Bouchard—and for us—it’s no longer enough to be the best Canadian. It’s time to be the best in the world.
June 9, 2014
As thirty-one countries descend on Brazil, no nation has more on the line than the World Cup hosts. Will the pressure break them?
Breaking down all 32 teams
“You could say I’m kinda old school, like I live in the Stone Age”
In the trial by fire of shared personal tragedy, some NHL teams forge stronger bonds
Ray Rice’s “apology” sets the standard for athletes failing to acknowledge their mistakes
CFL players are among the last pro athletes to earn regular folks’ wages. Why don’t their fans stand up for them?
May 26, 2014
With swagger, grit and talent in spades, Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman defies the idea that short pitchers can’t start
Most Blue Jays prospects hone their stuff in the minors; Chris Rowley tweaks his game between tank training and route marches. Now the West Point grad’s hopes of making the big club hang on the army letting him go.
London Knights stars Nikita Zadorov and Bo Horvat got cut from their NHL teams this season. Good thing.
Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen wants to be the world champion of chess. It’s a long way to the top.
“I couldn’t feel my legs. I was like, how am I gonna drive?”
The Raptors exceeded everyone’s expectations this season. But what needs to come next?
Oh, the thrill of watching NFL teams pick new players (and punishing the guy who forgot the dip)
The past two seasons have ended in the same place for MLSE’s signature teams. So why are the vibes so different?
May 12, 2014
Can anything less than a Cup keep Thomas Vanek in Montreal?
Ten kids. 7,200 kilometres. One epic road trip.
“This idea that my career’s over just ’cause I’m back in MLS—ridiculous”
Hoops fans in this country are a tribe in need of validation. Win or lose, these Raptors get it.
Just when you thought the frenetic pace of MLB action was too much for your heart to take…
Pucks have always trumped hoops in this country. But with all that’s happening in Canadian basketball, the gap is narrowing.
April 21, 2014
Five years ago he was injured and out of baseball. Only in the movies will you find a more unlikely all-star than Toronto’s Steve Delabar.
Kristina Rutherford chats with the Toronto Raptors’ centre
The Expos weren’t in action when the Jay hit the Big O in March. But their grounds crew was.
With great power comes great responsibility. Sorry, Dave Nonis, we don’t take requests.
This off-season proved that Alex Anthopoulos will do what he thinks is best for the Jays, no matter the consequences
April 7, 2014
How the Blue Jays grip their pitches
Despite being a badly needed sniper for the offence-starved Habs, Max Pacioretty isn’t a huge star in Montreal. And that’s fine with him.
It’s no sure thing the Philadelphia Flyers will make the playoffs, but they’re the bubble team nobody wants to face
Kristina Rutherford chats with golf legend Arnold Palmer
For once in the Raptors’ spotty 19-year history, their GM is setting the team up to win now and later
In many NFL cities, now is not a time of hope and excitement. Unless you believe the teams’ slogans…
The expectations aren’t nearly as high this season, but nobody will be satisfied if this Jays team isn’t a contender
March 24, 2014
One-on-one with Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion, the “best-kept secret in the game”
Scouts rate Bryce Harper’s otherworldly skills
Pitchers dish on their strategies against the Angels phenom
The book on St. Louis’s perennial success
Canada’s Tyler Ennis is about to take the NCAA tournament by storm
Kristina Rutherford chats with the IndyCar driver
Passed up by big NCAA schools, Carleton guard Phil Scrubb is blazing a trail to the pros anyway
Interested in becoming a sports announcer? Your first task is memorizing these classics.
Dustin McGowan is putting it all on the line for the Blue Jays—again. And he’s long overdue for some good luck.
March 10, 2014
Few predicted the ease with which the men’s hockey team took care of business in Sochi. But all the signs were there from the beginning.
Five men were the defining players of these Games. They shared golden expectations, but each bore different burdens. Some wilted. Others shone. At the end, one stood alone.
Steven Stamkos missed Sochi. But the playoffs will be a different story. Inside the comback of hockey’s top sniper.
Meet Rachel Homan, the wunderkind who isn’t shy about her plan to be the best skip in curling
Crosby was great. Wickenheiser was terrific. But nobody had a better Games than that post.
All signs point to NHL players not being in Pyeongchang for the 2018 Winter Games. And it just won’t be the same.
February 24, 2014
Roberto Luongo opens up about why the pressure won’t break him. Not anymore.
A climber picks the same mountain as the Taliban
To get back to the pitch, Kara Lang started at zero
Why P.K. Subban doesn’t mind being booed
In an era of 100 percent focus on a single sport, Olympian Heather Moyse focuses on everything
Look a little deeper and you’ll see there’s hidden meaning in the speech that opened the Olympic Games
The Vancouver Games revealed a new Canada, one that cares less about being nice, more about being the best
February 10, 2014
As Alex Ovechkin’s Olympic moment arrives, is his NHL career nearly over?
After 20 years behind the microphone, Murray Vosbourgh never did get to call his dream game, but realizes that isn’t the most important thing in life
It’s their big chance to make an impression, so don’t be surprised if Olympians talk some trash
It’s an innovative idea by a member of hockey’s royalty. And it might just get rid of a scourge on the game.
An interview with Ronda Rousey
January 27, 2014
What it’s going to take for Crosby and the boys to win in Russia
How the Bruins lose stars without losing momentum
Canadian hockey’s elite bred in Minnesota
Toronto needs to bury the hatchet—and maybe even thank him
How Amir Johnson became the Raptors’ heart and soul
Catching up with adopted Siberian Mike Keenan
Behind the scenes of the Dakar Rallly, one of the most gruelling races on Earth
You may not have much pity for those who gave you months of speculation. But they suffer for your entertainment.
Players and fans love the games. Owners don’t. So soak up Sochi, because the NHL wants to stay away from South Korea.
Barry Bonds’s absence from the Hall of Fame makes one thing clear: The system for deciding who gets in is broken.
December 30, 2013
Carey Price has his sights set. First Gold. Then the Cup.
The current crop of young Maple Leafs and Red Wings have the talent—and grit—to keep an old rivalry going for years to come
Canadians expect gold at the World Junior Championship. So after four years of failure, Hockey Canada took big risks in building the 2014 team.
At 13, long before Steph Curry became an NBA superstar, he was tearing up Toronto hardcourts
The quarterback’s short and the cornerbacks are huge. Most of the receivers weren’t drafted. The best defender played offence in college. The Seattle Seahawks are united by their supposed deficiencies—and their Super Bowl aspirations.
Whether it’s Madison Square Garden or your living room, no rules violation escapes the notice of Brendan Shanahan
With playoff races so tight and jobs often hanging in the balance, let the outcome be settled by actually playing the game
Behind his steely glare and determined professionalism, Roy Halladay kept a soft spot for the place it all began
December 16, 2013
This was supposed to be the Ottawa Senators’ season to contend. So what’s gone wrong?
In 1993, a Russian rookie ended the “Maple Laughs” era
Simon Fraser University is taking it to the Americans
You don’t know Damian Warner, but you should
If the Houston Texans part ways with their coach, we’ve already found them a replacement
The idea of coaching challenges is gaining traction. But video review already works. And with a few tweaks, it can be better.
There’s only one place in Canada that matches Riderville’s passion for football: Quebec
December 2, 2013
Toronto is defying the rules of analytics. Can it last?
Inside the longest-running prison rodeo in America
The national midget champion Red Deer Optimist Chiefs’ culture starts behind the bench
A fan long before he bought the team, pizza magnate Mike Ilitch spared no expense in transforming Detroit into a perennial power
Kiko Alonso leads the NFL’s best rookie crops—a group of young stars that has people thinking something special is just around the corner
The famous cricket star is back—almost from the dead
Going to an NFL game with your progeny can be a bonding experience. Just get club seats if either of you plans to pee.
Why Paul Henderson should be a Hockey Hall of Famer
Naming Canada’s best athlete is an annual exercise in comparing ourselves to the rest of the world
November 18, 2013
On what fuels Colorado’s rookie coach
The Edmonton Oilers rebuild is actually on track. Seriously.
He’s making millions now protecting Peyton, but Orlando Franklin’s most important deal was signed 11 years ago in Toronto
How, in a Prairie town of 365, the Central Butte Bulldogs have created a high-school football powerhouse
Welterweight Johny Hendricks is a nice, easygoing family man. And the most powerful title threat Georges St-Pierre has ever faced.
Inside the institutions of higher basketball learning where kids like Jalen Poyser learn to be pros
Master of the delaying tact of the shoe-tie. Tragically injured in the noble pursuit of the 10K. Scott Feschuk: jogger.
The NHL has done its best to accentuate speed and skill since the lockout. But that’s made it a dangerous place to work.
As excitement for the World Cup ramps up, Canadians must—once again—find other teams to cheer for
November 4, 2013
Crosby. Tavares. MacKinnon. They’re all great. But Connor McDavid is doing things never seen before.
John Tavares has Islanders fans dreaming about a dynasty again
Just 21, Jonas Valanciunas is already the one sure thing on the Toronto Raptors
Young guns are set to challenge vets for big purses at the Grand Slam of Curling. And for the chance to represent Canada in Sochi.
You’d never know it from looking at it, but a world champ is one of 800 curling diehards who live here
Brooklyn’s roster looks great. But can it gel by the playoffs?
Howard is in love with Houston. Now he just needs to put a ring on it.
How a hamburger-loving Montreal entrepreneur turned a poker hobby into a shot at $8.3 million
The Argonauts star arrived in Toronto not even knowing who Pinball Clemons was. Turns out the two are more alike than either would have thought.
The NFL understands that we’re quite willing to let athletes be hurt for our amusement
Think your job sucks? Try writing peppy things about the soon-to-be 0-16 Jacksonville Jaguars for a living.
You can attempt to make hockey safer, to make fights less frequent. But don’t ever expect them to go away. They won’t.
October 14, 2013
Their new defence-focused coach may be the Canucks’ last chance to live up to their promise
There won’t be much to cheer about in Calgary. But don’t worry, we found a few things
There’s a new regime and lot of talent in Oil Country, and everyone is sick of hearing how good they could be.
Jets fans are no longer happy to just have hockey back—they want a winner. But is this really the roster?
The Leafs took a big step last year, but they need to take another one
If the Senators are going to contend, Kyle Turris will have to be front and centre
The Habs are betting that Alex Galchenyuk is their third star to build around
The Sabres look like they’ll bottom out this year, but that might just be best for everyone involved
The Blackhawks have returned all the important pieces and are poised to be the first repeat champs in 16 years
And that goes for expectations as well. Tyler Seguin can’t wait to surpass them.
One day the Wings will miss the playoffs, right? It has to happen… sometime? Soon maybe? No.
Swept out of the playoffs in June, the Penguins are starting this season with a whole new focus
After failing to catch on in the NFL, Kory Sheets is chasing records with the Riders and has turned his team into a serious Grey Cup threat
Nearly 14 years later, The Tackle remains unforgettable for all involved
Quarterback arm strength
Why the Gulf Coast League is the last place a big-league hopeful wants to be
The most important matches of World Cup qualifying are upon us. For dozens of teams across Europe and the Americas, years of effort come down to two days in October that will make or break their Brazilian dreams.
The Kenora Thistles own a special place in the history of Canada’s game
There’s plenty for Canadian hockey fans to get excited about this season. Most of it has nothing to do with hockey.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best boxer alive, a true giant of his sport. It’s too bad he’s fighting in the wrong era.
There’s no lockout to worry about this year, but the combined challenges of the Olympics and realignment will play havoc.
September 30, 2013
The Sens’ new star opens up about his lost childhood on the run from the FBI, and how he survived it all.
Trevor Gretzky on long balls, small towns and the pressure of living up to the famous name
Inside Dion Phaneuf’s summer hideaway
Breaking down the greatest play in football history — 41 years later
How Yasiel Puig and a group of young superstars are revolutionizing baseball
The old ballpark that proves baseball is alive and well in La Belle Province
Disgraced and demoted after a juvenile nightclub incident, England’s Monty Panesar is trying to get back to the elite level
Alexander Gustafsson isn’t a UFC superstar, but five rounds with Jon Jones might change everything
Sportsnet looks back on the 25th anniversary of Ben Johnson’s rise and fall from glory at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games