P.K. Subban makes a heartfelt homecoming to his adopted city of Montreal

I miss that.”Well, that and the energy that pulsates through what he called “the Mecca of hockey.”Subban is now a member of the Nashville Predators – for anyone who may have been in a coma last July, Subban was traded there in exchange for fellow Team Canada defenceman Shea Weber – and the 27-year-old has returned to his old stomping ground for the first time.“It’s a mix of emotions, but I’m a pro,” he said, latter adding, “I don’t think it’s fair to try to anticipate how you’re going to feel.”Falling as it does immediately after the trade deadline – where the Habs were unable to address their most glaring need up front – and in the stretch run to the playoffs, “Not only is it going to be an emotional game, it’s going to be an important one as well,” he said.It was easily the most-anticipated game of the year. I don’t miss it that much; he was just in Nashville a few days ago.”Despite the best efforts of the assembled media to goad him, Subban resolutely refused to express any desire to stick it to his former team.“We’re on the road, so there’s no show to put on, we’re here for the two points,” he said. “The smell of hot dogs. There’s a reason they give tours of the place.So what is it exactly former Habs defenceman and fan favourite P.K. If nostalgia is your thing, or grandeur, the home of the Montreal Canadiens has what you need.There are monumental statues of the greats outside, Stanley Cup banners and memories galore inside. With 12 points in his past 10 games, Subban is rounding into form.He was plainly thrilled at having the opportunity to visit the Children’s, where he was also presented with a Meritorious Service Cross by Governor-General David Johnston.“It’s the highest honour I’ve ever had,” he said.After an afternoon meeting with the team, he returned to visit with children, parents and staff, bringing teammates Mike Fisher and Roman Josi along.He was also hoping to make time to visit his regular haunts including the restaurant run by close friend Antonio Park – “he’s the best chef in the world as far I’m concerned …. Subban for ‘extraordinary’ generosity (The Canadian Press)

“The smell,” he laughed Wednesday. Governor General honours P.K. Subban misses about the Bell Centre? Ticket prices on the secondary market are stratospheric.Every game brings its lot of fans in enemy jerseys, but given the fierce attachment many segments of the Habs fan base continue to have toward Subban, there will be probably a higher incidence of Nashville yellow than for other mid-season weekday games.Though he may have grown up in Toronto and now practises his trade in the Music City, Subban is very much an adopted Montrealer.Such was the case before his mammoth $10-million, seven-year fundraising commitment to the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and it will continue to be because of the close friendships he has forged in the city.“It’s nearly impossible for me not to know what’s going on in Montreal … regardless of whether I’m here or somewhere else I’ll always be connected to the city,” he told a news conference at the Bell Centre.Much has happened since he last prowled the building’s halls including the ouster of Michel Therrien, a coach who plainly didn’t see eye-to-eye with his swashbuckling defenceman.Subban was gracious toward his former coach, and to his former club, saying “it’s an honour to wear that sweater” and that he still considers himself an ambassador for the city and team.Asked about the transition to life in the southern United States, where hockey is mostly an afterthought, he allowed that it took some time but that it’s gone smoothly given he doesn’t have a wife or children (“that I know of, anyway”).The bigger adjustment has been to missing time with injuries in both training camp and mid-season.

Joel Embiid’s season over because of left knee problems

The No. But an MRI performed Monday showed the meniscus problem was worse than the original diagnosis suggested, and after reviewing that information the 76ers decided to end his season. Embiid averaged 20.2 points and 7.8 rebounds this season, numbers that merited serious All-Star consideration.“He’s just in the early stages of what I think is going to be a long, long time having tremendous success,” Brown said. Selfishly, you go through it as a coach, you’re trying to lead our program, but my immediate thought goes to just being with him and helping him navigate through that. Those two are very good friends and they talk about it behind our backs, about how this whole thing will play out.” And we will do that, and he will do that.”Embiid missed his first two NBA seasons with right foot issues, then finally made his debut this season and appeared in 31 games with the 76ers. “I also think it’s pretty fantastic that it’s being discussed along with Dario. “There is a level of disappointment. 27, and the 76ers had said in recent days that his return was likely later this week. He scored at least 20 points in 19 of his 31 appearances, had nine double-doubles, blocked at least three shots 12 times and even was a 37 per cent shooter from 3-point range.And now, another setback.The 76ers said Embiid’s bone bruise has gotten better, but the meniscus tear was “more pronounced in this most recent scan,” 76ers Chief Medical Director Dr. Philadelphia centre Joel Embiid’s season is over because of left knee problems, including a torn meniscus that is worse than the 76ers first thought.Embiid hadn’t played since Jan. “He’s got good people around him,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said Wednesday before Philadelphia visited the Miami Heat. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft still could win the award, given how dominant he looked at times this season.The 76ers were cautious with Embiid, never playing him more than 30 minutes in a game — yet he still had a penchant for big numbers. Jonathan Glashow said.Glashnow said the team is still determining the best course of action for Embiid.“Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on the basketball court,” 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo said.Despite the fact that Embiid will miss 62 per cent of Philadelphia’s games, Brown still believes Embiid is rookie-award worthy — as is his 76ers teammate Dario Saric.“I get the duration of games,” Brown said.

James McCann drives in two runs to lead split-squad Tigers over Blue Jays

Canadian Dalton Pompey hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays (1-5). James McCann drove in two runs as a Detroit Tigers split squad edged the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday in Grapefruit League action.Dixon Machado went 3-for-3 and a run-batted in for Detroit (3-4) while Edward Mujica got the win. Joe Smith allowed two runs on three hits in the second. Kevin Pillar was 2-for-3.Ryan Tepera pitched the first inning, striking out one batter. Michael Fulmer started the game, allowing three hits with three strikeouts in two innings.

Wizards thumps Lowry-less Raptors

In a battle between two foes jockeying for the third playoff seed in the Eastern Conference standing, the Toronto Raptors put on a disappointing show Wednesday night.The Washington Wizards toppled the Raptors 105-96 in the first game of a home-and-home series. Much of that scoring was done by newly acquired Wizard Bojan Bogdanovic, who exploded for a 16-point quarter.Washington held a 62-46 lead at halftime.Toronto trailed by as much as 24 points in the second half, thanks to more sloppy turnovers, and a near-franchise-low number of assists. The Raptors were missing Kyle Lowry for a fourth successive game. The Raptors were nearing a club-record-low for assists (six) but finished with 11.The Raptors made a run at the end of the game, mostly with their youngsters getting experience minutes to close out the game. “We lost connection with him, chasing him outoff the threes, we didn’t do a good job of that. But then Washington’s second unit kick-started a big run against Toronto’s reserves to start the second, and it lingered long after the Raps starters returned. The Wiz plan to have newly signed Brandon Jennings in the mix for that game to strengthen their depth behind Wall. It was a stinker all around and not just on defence. In the first three games without Lowry, he averaged 37.7 points and 6.3 rebounds over 37 minutes, and got to the line more than he has all season, nailing an average of 12.3 of 13.7 free-throw attempts.DeRozan led Toronto with 24 points, while Serge Ibaka contributed 22 points and 12 boards. They came within nine in the late-going, but it wasn’t enough.The Raptors seemed to miss Lowry, a floor general who typically draws Wall on defence, and averages 37.7 minutes a game, more playing time than anyone in the NBA, including LeBron James (37.5). Unlike recent home games, Lowry was not on the bench with his team on Wednesday night.The Wizards arrived confident, fresh off an upset victory over the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors on Tuesday – the Western Conference powerhouse that has lost just 10 games all year.Washington came to town still toting most of the key pieces of the squad that swept the Raptors in the first round of the 2015 playoffs – the dynamic backcourt duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal, crafty centre Marcin Gortat and sharp-shooting Otto Porter Jr. Before the injury, the 30-year-old Raptor was leading his team in numerous per-game statistical categories, including assists (6.9), steals (1.4), three-point field-goal percentage (41.7 per cent) and three-point field goals made and attempted (3.3 of 7.9). Much like they had in that playoff series two years ago, the Wizards totally dominated Wednesday.The first quarter was close. Before the all-star break, DeRozan averaged 27.3 points and 5.3 rebounds over 35.5 minutes. The all-star point guard underwent surgery on Tuesday in New York to remove loose bodies (fragments of cartilage or bone) from his right wrist. Bogdanovic was Washington’s best scorer with 27 points, while Beal added 23 and Wall 12.“Bogdanovic came in and changed the game,” said Raptors coach Dwane Casey. With the Raptors missing a slew of shots and committing careless turnovers, the Wiz went on a punishing 26-1 run, shooting 9-for-9 from the field. They also brought a newcomer who troubled Toronto greatly. The defence started it but it carried over onto the offensive end.”With 21 games left on their schedule, the Raptors kick off a five-game road trip, starting Friday with a rematch in Washington. Washington improved to 36-23 and seized sole possession of third spot in the East over Toronto, 36-25. He scored 1,225 – or 19.8 per cent – of Toronto’s 6,183 total points before he went down.In the first three games that Lowry had missed with the wrist injury, DeMar DeRozan had taken more of the scoring burden upon himself.

Blue Jays’ Dalton Pompey looking forward to first World Baseball Classic

“Unfortunately, as other people say, we don’t have the depth that other teams do but we still have quality guys and we’re going to compete regardless.“We kind of have to focus on the guys that we do have and in a short tournament you never know what can happen.”The WBC features a three-game round robin with the top two teams from each of the four groups moving on to the second round. I figured, ‘Hey, I should go. “It’s just a couple of games, it’s not a season. “I had the conversation with (general manager) Ross Atkins and it’s something that I wanted to do. I’ve waited so long for this opportunity. In a season guys have to make adjustments and stuff like that, but minimum three games and onward from there I feel like it’s a smooth transition.” Also missing are Phillies outfielder Michael Saunders, Mariners left-hander James Paxton and White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie.Votto turned down Canada’s invitation to focus on his own play this spring while Martin had to bow out due to insurance concerns following off-season knee surgery.“It’s disappointing because it means we can’t put our best team on the field, but it’s their careers at the end of the day and they should be able to do what they want,” Pompey said. You just have to come out and put some at-bats together, hopefully make some pitches, play some defence and you never know.“If we end up winning, we’re the underdogs, we’re the good guys.”Canada does have a few players with lengthy MLB careers on its roster — free agent Justin Morneau has 14 major-league seasons under his belt, Ryan Dempster spent 16 years in the majors before retiring after the 2013 season and Eric Gagne pitched in the big leagues from 1999-2008. But as someone who’s still hoping to crack the Blue Jays’ big-league roster out of spring training, he wasn’t initially sure if leaving camp for a week to compete for Canada was a good idea.“It was a tough decision,” a thick-bearded Pompey said in a recent interview at Toronto’s spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla. And with the Canadians in arguably the most difficult group of the tournament with the United States, Colombia and the defending champion Dominicans, they’ll have an uphill battle again.“We know we look like underdogs,” Pompey said. The team also has a wealth of experience playing in short, international tournaments.Seven players, including Blue Jays left-handed pitching prospect Shane Dawson, are returning from the 2015 gold-medal winning Pan American Games team, and nine members of this year’s WBC roster also played at the 2013 tournament.Morneau, along with infielder Pete Orr and right-hander Scott Mathieson will be making their fourth WBC appearances.Pompey, one of the younger players on the team, sees the benefit of having a mix of MLB and international experience.“You’re playing with major league guys but you’re in an international tournament so it helps to have both,” he said. The winners and runners-up from there advance to the single-elimination championship round in Los Angeles.Canada has never moved past the group stage in each of the three previous tournaments. Pompey, who hasn’t worn a Canadian jersey in an international competition since playing for the junior national team in 2010, is thrilled to be on the roster. Best case scenario I miss a week of spring training and that’s not too bad.“’Canada will be without two of its most recognizable faces with Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin unavailable. “But it’s early in spring training and guys aren’t going to be in mid-season form anyway. Dalton Pompey remembers watching the 2009 World Baseball Classic in Toronto as a teenager and wondering if he’d ever get a chance to play in the tournament.Fast forward eight years and he finally has his answer.The 24-year-old outfielder from Mississauga, Ont., will be in Miami next week when Canada opens WBC play against the Dominican Republic on Thursday. I don’t know if there’s going to be another one so if this is my last shot, I wanted to do it.“I’m still competing for a spot (with the Blue Jays) but when they signed Jose (Bautista) I knew it wasn’t as open as it once was.

Bradley Wiggins snaps at reporters over questions about medical package

Just not medicines administered to its star rider a year before he won the 2012 Tour de France.Team Sky maintains that it was a legal decongestant, Fluimucil, a brand name for a product containing acetylcysteine used for clearing mucus. With investigations escalating into a mystery medical package dispatched to a race six years ago to treat Bradley Wiggins, the British cycling great’s anger boiled over on Thursday.Not over the revelation that Team Sky didn’t retain adequate records of his medication.Nor by the discovery that British Cycling didn’t track the movement of medical supplies. Freeman was due to give evidence to the parliamentary committee on Wednesday but withdrew citing illness. U.K. Anti-Doping chief executive Nicole Sapstead, though, used a parliamentary committee hearing on Wednesday to reveal that the agency is investigating whether the product was in fact a banned corticosteroid called triamcinolone.THE LEGALITYFor Wiggins, triamcinolone would be allowed in competition only if a therapeutic use exemption was obtained, as he did three times from 2011 to 2013 — just not for this race. It’s a private road. The body has to abide by “actions plans … If Wiggins was found to have used triamcinolone at the Criterium du Dauphine without a TUE he could have been banned and not been eligible to race and win the Tour de France the following year.THE DOCTORTeam doctor Richard Freeman should have logged Wiggins’ use of an unlicensed product — if it was used — to abide by British medical guidelines. UKAD said Freeman maintained records only on a laptop and didn’t upload the records to share with colleagues as required. That contained “excessive” quantities of triamcinolone if only Wiggins used it or “quite a few people had a similar problem,” UKAD’s Sapstead said.Jonathan Browning, who was appointed British Cycling chairman last month, said the organization’s medical services processes are being reviewed“It’s unacceptable that those records were not complete and clear and available,” Browning said.THE FUNDINGBritish Cycling is one of the country’s best-funded national bodies from the government and National Lottery. I will call the police.”Associates pushed the camera away as a reporter asked Britain’s most decorated Olympian and first Tour de France winner if he would “shed some light” on the “mystery package.”THE PACKAGEWhat isn’t disputed is that a package was couriered in 2011 to France with a product for Wiggins as he completed the Criterium du Dauphine.It’s the ambiguity over the contents and the revelation about the absence of paperwork that, according to sports officials and legislators, is damaging the credibility of a team that trumpeted how it set new standards in cycling for winning cleanly through “marginal gains.”Everything was supposedly monitored, logged, and refined by the Team Sky experts — from riding routines to food and bedding. Freeman also told investigators that his laptop was stolen in Greece in 2014.THE LEADERSHIPAt the time the package was flown to the Criterium du Dauphine — carried by an official who said he didn’t ask what it contained — British Cycling was led by the man now in charge of the sport internationally. as a condition of grant,” UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholls said, adding that it was “shocking” to discover British Cycling dispensed drugs to Team Sky without a license as a wholesaler.“I’m reassured that British Cycling has acted very quickly to say there will be a review of their medical management policy, actually an independent review of their medical management policy and their record keeping,” Nicholls said on Thursday at the Manchester velodrome where both Team Sky and British Cycling are based.“What we heard in the select committee was not acceptable in terms of the standard of management of obviously delicate matters.”THE HONORSBritain’s Olympic cycling medals: Beijing 2008 (14), London 2012 (12), Rio 2016 (12).Team Sky’s Tour de France winners: Bradley Wiggins (2012), Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016) What incensed Wiggins was the presence of reporters outside his home seeking answers about a package being investigated by the country’s anti-doping agency and a parliamentary committee.After walking down the driveway and opening a gate, Wiggins confronted a BBC television crew and snapped: “This is my house. UCI President Brian Cookson is not available for interview, the organization said, and he did not respond to a tweet asking why British Cycling didn’t log the movement of medical supplies.British Cycling and Team Sky shared staff, including performance chief Dave Brailsford at the time, and a medical storage facility. It received 30 million pounds ($37 million) in the Rio de Janeiro Games cycle and will collect another 26 million pounds from the UK Sport agency in the four-year cycle to fund its Tokyo program.That cash could be at risk if UK Sport loses faith in British Cycling.

Blue Jays can’t guarantee Devon Travis will be ready for season

“They have some limitations put on him. This is same knee on which he had off-season surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage.“He’s moving around, he’s doing his drills,” Gibbons said before Thursday’s game against Philadelphia. Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons hopes second baseman Devon Travis will be ready for the start of the season but can’t guarantee it.Travis is slowed by a bone bruise on his right knee bone. He was an All-Star for a third straight season and helped lead Toronto to the ALCS.GROUNDERS FOR GURRIELToronto’s most intriguing off-season move was the signing of Cuban prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr. He may be able to.”Gurriel tweaked a hamstring in last Saturday’s game against Atlanta but is expected to return this weekend or early next week. I see progress but I can’t tell you when he’s going to be in a game yet.”

Travis had issues with the knee during last year’s post-season. “When he’ll play, I couldn’t tell you but he’s making pretty good progress.”Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, batted .284 with 37 home runs and 99 RBIs last season. “If they decide they can’t, you can always move them. I think he’s better defensively than when we first got him. “He can really hit. We don’t want him to get carried away. 17, is hitting and taking ground balls.“He’s starting to move around pretty naturally now,” Gibbons said. That’s the most demanding spot, so few can do it. He hit .300 with 11 homers and 50 RBIs in 101 regular-season games.“He’s the kind of player if he can string some seasons together where he plays every day, I think he could be one of the better players in baseball,” Gibbons said. to a seven-year, $22 million contract.He is the younger brother of Astros infielder Yulieski Gurriel and the son of a Cuban baseball legend. He can hit for power someday, drive in some runs, but he’s got to stay on the field.”Third baseman Josh Donaldson, who injured his right calf while running sprints Feb. Gibbons said the 23-year-old will probably start the season at shortstop with Single-A Dunedin.“Normally you take your top athletes, play them at short just in case there’s a chance they can do that,” Gibbons said.

Colin Kaepernick to stand during national anthem next season: report

He also ran for 468 yards and two TDs. 16 against the Buffalo Bills.With Kaepernick under center, the 49ers lost nine straight and 10 of 11 overall to finish the season with the second-worst record in the NFL at 2-14.Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while fumbling a career-worst seven times. Kaepernick initially said that his national-anthem protest was meant to bring attention to social and racial injustice. Now, according to ESPN’s report, the 29-year-old will no longer kneel for the anthem to avoid a possible distraction for a new team.Kaepernick doesn’t want the “past method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created, per sources,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said.Kaepernick started the campaign of kneeling during the national anthem as the 49ers’ backup behind Blaine Gabbert before taking over as the starter on Oct. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has altered his stance and will stand during the national anthem next season, ESPN reported on Thursday.The decision comes on the heels of Kaepernick hiring new agents, who told all 32 NFL teams that the quarterback would opt out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and will be available when free agency begins March 9.

CTE found in brain of patient with no history of concussions

“The finding of CTE in an individual who not only had no known head trauma, but also showed no signs of dementia or cognitive impairment and was high-functioning mentally until his death, highlights that the cause of CTE might be more complex than we assume,” Dr. The more we know about this disease, the more likely we’ll be able to figure out how to treat it and perhaps eventually prevent it.”The CCC’s finding was published as a case study in the International Journal of Pathology and Research. In the brains examined so far, most have had CTE, but not every former football player autopsied did.“Finding CTE in a patient without a history of concussion is an interesting development that opens up our understanding of this disease,” said CCC director Dr. Lili-Naz Hazrati said in a news release. It was also presented at the annual symposium on Research on the Concussion Spectrum of Disorders. The CCC has a working agreement with the Canadian Football League Alumni Association whereby former athletes, most of whom were repeatedly hit in the head or concussed, have agreed to donate their brains to research at the time of their death. The Canadian Concussion Centre has made a curious find – chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE – in the brain of a patient who never had a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Hazrati did the autopsy.Prior to this point, CTE had only been found in the brains of people who have had concussions or some form of head trauma. “As researchers, we need to go where the evidence takes us, and it now seems possible that CTE affects a wider range of people. As a neuropathologist with the CCC research team, Dr. The Toronto-based CCC announced its discovery Thursday hailing it as “the first known case of its kind.”CTE, which leads to the degeneration of brain cells, was found in a patient who had been suffering with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS] and motor neuron disease [MND] for seven years. Charles Tator, the country’s leading authority on brain injuries. Family members told the CCC they were unaware of the patient ever having a head injury or a concussion.

Red Sox pitcher David Price consulting specialists for elbow soreness

Earlier this week, before the injury, Price acknowledged he had something to prove after last season.“I’ve always got something to prove,” he said. Still, Price is expected to seek second opinions from Dr. Red Sox left-hander David Price was scratched from his first spring training start and will consult with specialists after experiencing soreness in his left forearm and elbow.Price, who is scheduled to make his first spring start this weekend, underwent an MRI on Wednesday but results of the test are not yet available. He would likely travel to Indianapolis for consultations. “To what extent, at this point, we’ll have to wait until the doctors see him. The team was counting on Price, along with reigning Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello and lefty Chris Sale, acquired in a December trade with the White Sox for four top prospects, to lead the team this season.Price went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA in a major league-leading 35 starts last season, his first in Boston. Neil ElAttrache, who are at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. But you never like to see a guy step down no matter what, as far as missing any time is concerned. He first noticed the soreness Wednesday morning.“He’s gone through some soreness in the forearm/elbow area in previous spring trainings but this one has got a little bit more intensity to it,” Farrell said.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said the club was setting up appointments for Price.“You’re concerned any time any of your pitchers have a sore elbow,” Dombrowski said. So we all have something to prove.”The Red Sox entered camp with Price, Porcello and Sale slated for the top three spots in the rotation with knuckleballer Steven Wright and left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez competing for the final two spots. Manager John Farrell said Price threw 38 pitches in a two-inning simulated game Tuesday and felt no discomfort. But we’ll wait and we’ll see, because we just don’t have enough information at this point.”The loss of Price for a significant amount of time could be a setback for the Red Sox. The Red Sox signed Price in December 2015 to a seven-year, $210 million contract.Price was not available for comment Thursday. James Andrews and Dr. “If you ain’t got nothing to prove, you’re not very driven.