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July 2016

  • Out of the sunshine, into the fire

    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.

  • Don’t tell him he’s No. 2

    Putting Patrik Laine’s and Auston Matthews’ 19-or-under performances at the World Championship in perspective

  • The rest of the best

    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

  • Clancy to Clark to Matthews

    Three decades later, a lunch with a pair of Leafs legends offers plenty of lessons for Toronto’s No. 1 pick

  • The $500-million man

    Bryce Harper wants to play ball and have fun. He also wants to be paid like no athlete has been before. Will it happen?

  • The pivot

    How former NCAA quarterback Anthony Alford left the gridiron behind and became the Jays’ No. 1 prospect

  • What it means to be a Raptor

    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.

  • The Interview

    Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez on curveballs, splitting his pants and (not) talking umpires

  • Feschuk: With golf buddies like these…

    With the weather getting nicer, it’s time to hit the links. Just be careful when filling out your foursome.

  • Brunt: Back it up, boys

    Blue Jays fans are fine with their team showing off and flipping bats. But if the players want to talk the talk…

June 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

December 28, 2015

December 7, 2015

November 15, 2015

November 2, 2015

October 5, 2015

September 7, 2015

  • Taking very different routes

    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

  • And now for his next act

    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?

  • Pulling a fast one

    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.

  • Serena’s time

    She’s frequently been called the most dominant athlete in her sport. It’s just that now she’s the most dominant athlete, period.

  • Rock star

    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.

  • Hand-to-hand combat

    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.

  • “There are two types of people in this world, faucets and drains, and I want to be a faucet”

    The Interview with David Price

  • Feschuk: Remember the fearsome 49ers? Neither do they.

    Almost nothing could be as lousy as a San Francisco’s roster. Unless maybe Creed got back together.

  • Grange: Glorious and free—to decide

    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.

  • Brunt: Tomorrow I’ll be available

    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

  • The wake-up call

    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.

  • The closer

    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.

  • Solving Greinke

    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.

  • Absolute focus

    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.

  • Poster boy

    Rowan Barrett Jr. is a Canadian-hoops blueblood rising at the right time. But he’s become a top prospect on his own efforts.

  • “Maybe those extra few grams of grey matter I have mean extra momentum when I strike”

    The Interview with Peter Dyakowski

  • Feschuk: Little angels in the outfield

    The fence was broken, the announcer left and the kids couldn’t see the ball. But oh, what glory.

  • Grange: Knowing when to hold ’em

    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.

  • Brunt: Did you expect anything less?

    Alex Anthopoulos has pulled some gutsy moves to make Toronto a serious contender. We shouldn’t be surprised.

August 3, 2015

July 13, 2015

June 22, 2015

June 8, 2015

May 18, 2015

  • How did they do it?

    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.

  • In his corner

    Behind the scenes at Coach’s Corner, the most famous segment in Canadian television

  • Stopping the fight

    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.

  • Holding steady

    Noah Hanifin may not be as sparkly as some of his draft classmates, but the talented defenceman will go early and play soon

  • “I don’t have to cheer for him”

    The love-hate relationship between Yankees fans and their favourite (or least favourite) disgraced superstar

  • Mind over batter

    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

  • “It’s not like I’m gonna throw stuff around the room”

    The Interview with Ryan McDonagh

  • Feschuk: “How special is it to be excited?!”

    The NFL draft can’t guarantee intrigue—just pomp and positivity. Loads and loads of positivity

  • Grange: Getting there is no fun at all

    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

  • Brunt: Turns out you can go home again

    In his second chance as Canadiens bench boss, Michel Therrien is mellow, mature and ready to roll with the punches

April 20, 2015

April 6, 2015

March 23, 2015

  • The watchman

    Not long ago, Josh Donaldson was struggling to live up to his potential. Then he discovered the film room.

  • On the upswing

    Four years ago, Michael Saunders lost his mother and nearly his career. Now he’s got his eye back on the ball.

  • Next man up

    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

  • Taking his lead

    Edwin Encarnacion knows what it takes to go from castoff to to all-star. Can Justin Smoak follow that path?

  • He’s got their backs

    Once a tormented rookie, Mark Buehrle is now the go-to veteran for kids trying to find their feet with the big club

  • “Distracting” “Immature” “Selfish” Cocky” “Jerk”

    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.

  • Street smarts

    Dylan Strome was raised on the type of competition that breeds top-five picks

  • Who says it doesn’t hurt to try?

    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

  • “Well, goals are more important, no?”

    The Interview with Claude Giroux

  • Feschuk: It’s our year! Or, at least, it’s not theirs.

    Rejoice, Blue Jays fans! There are too many duds in the AL East for your team to fail this year.

  • Brunt: Holding out for a hero (or two)

    The Blue Jays said goodbye to skilled malcontents and will look to players who bring more than talent to the table

February 23, 2015

January 26, 2015

December 29, 2014

December 8, 2014

November 24, 2014

November 10, 2014

October 27, 2014

September 22, 2014

September 8, 2014

August 18, 2014

July 28, 2014

July 7, 2014

June 23, 2014

June 9, 2014

May 26, 2014

  • He’s going to be big

    With swagger, grit and talent in spades, Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman defies the idea that short pitchers can’t start

  • A new target

    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.

  • The Lucky Ones

    London Knights stars Nikita Zadorov and Bo Horvat got cut from their NHL teams this season. Good thing.

  • Life of a rook star

    Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen wants to be the world champion of chess. It’s a long way to the top.

  • The Interview: Zdeno Chara

    “I couldn’t feel my legs. I was like, how am I gonna drive?”

  • Grange: Can’t lose for winning

    The Raptors exceeded everyone’s expectations this season. But what needs to come next?

  • Feschuk: Live from the draft: Men are sitting!

    Oh, the thrill of watching NFL teams pick new players (and punishing the guy who forgot the dip)

  • Brunt: Let’s talk about our feelings

    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

April 21, 2014

April 7, 2014

March 24, 2014

March 10, 2014

  • Could’ve seen it coming

    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.

  • Weight of the world

    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.

  • The new deadline

    Steven Stamkos missed Sochi. But the playoffs will be a different story. Inside the comback of hockey’s top sniper.

  • Rockin’ the house

    Meet Rachel Homan, the wunderkind who isn’t shy about her plan to be the best skip in curling

  • Feschuk: Quick! Get that goalpost an agent!

    Crosby was great. Wickenheiser was terrific. But nobody had a better Games than that post.

  • Brunt: Savour Sochi, hockey fans…

    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

February 10, 2014

January 27, 2014

December 30, 2013

  • Big game hunter

    Carey Price has his sights set. First Gold. Then the Cup.

  • Old battle reborn

    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

  • Searching for answers

    Canadians expect gold at the World Junior Championship. So after four years of failure, Hockey Canada took big risks in building the 2014 team.

  • Northern touch

    At 13, long before Steph Curry became an NBA superstar, he was tearing up Toronto hardcourts

  • The perfect storm

    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.

  • Feschuk: Breakin’ the rules

    Whether it’s Madison Square Garden or your living room, no rules violation escapes the notice of Brendan Shanahan

  • Morrison: It’s time to shoot down the shootout

    With playoff races so tight and jobs often hanging in the balance, let the outcome be settled by actually playing the game

  • Brunt: Back where he belongs

    Behind his steely glare and determined professionalism, Roy Halladay kept a soft spot for the place it all began

December 16, 2013

December 2, 2013

November 18, 2013

November 4, 2013

October 14, 2013

September 30, 2013

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