Jose Fernandez likely operating boat at time of fatal crash: investigators

They were pronounced dead at the scene.The report describes how officials were not able to identified Fernandez by his driver’s license photo because of face trauma. and the crash occurred at 3:02 a.m.The report says it was calm and dark in Miami – with visibility at 10 miles – when the crash occurred. It also listed drugs and alcohol as factors in the crash.Fernandez’ 32-foot Sea Vee hit Miami’s Government Cut north jetty at 65.7 mph just after 3 a.m. 25, the report said. on Sept. He said he knew the pitcher could “throw ‘em down” and wouldn’t be surprised to learn he had been drinking that night.The lawyer also described the pitcher as controlling and a “hot head.” He also told investigators he knew that Fernandez had not been driving the boat that night because he was aware of someone who was on the phone with the pitcher at the time of the crash.“He said this person heard Fernandez giving someone directions when suddenly he heard the crash occur and the phone went dead,” the report said.Ralph Fernandez did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the accident report.Investigators met with Yuri Perez, a South Beach club owner who claimed he was on the phone with Fernandez at the time of the crash. 25, killing the baseball star and two other men, according to a report issued Thursday by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which investigated the accident. The 46-page report included a seating chart that had Fernandez at the helm, based on “physical evidence” collected during the investigation, including the pitcher’s fingerprints and DNA on the steering wheel and throttle and projection of his body as he was thrown from the boat. She told Rivero the pair had been arguing and asked him to take care of Fernandez. Fernandez bought two bottles of tequila, two vodka drinks and one gin drink. Fernandez and the boat’s other occupants – Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25 – were ejected.Investigators concluded that had Fernandez survived the crash, he could have been charged with multiple crimes, including boating under the influence manslaughter; vessel homicide and reckless or careless operation of a vessel.The report also included a text message exchange that night between Rivero and Maria Arias, Fernandez’ girlfriend. Macias bought three vodka drinks, according to the report.The trio left at 2:42 a.m. on Sept. Fernandez, a Tampa-based attorney who is a family friend, was also interviewed in a group setting with the pitcher’s mother and several other relatives. Macias was submerged in a tidal pool next the jetty’s surface and Rivero was submerged, his head and chest under a bolder. They also found a Major League Baseball identification card inside his wallet.Fernandez’ boat was named “Kaught Looking” – the “K” is backwards, signifying a strikeout when the batter does not swing.According to the report, Fernandez’ mother, Martiza Fernandez, was adamant in telling investigators the day of the crash that her son “was always the driver” of his boat. They searched the internet for photos of Fernandez’ tattoo, which had a baseball surround by gears, to identify him. 25 and spent about an hour and 45 minutes. But GPS and phone records show Perez was on the phone with Fernandez 12 minutes before the crash, while the boat was still on the Miami River.An autopsy concluded Fernandez and Rivero had cocaine and alcohol in their systems.“The presence of cocaethylene does confirm that alcohol and cocaine were consumed at the same time, from 15 minutes to 2 hours of most recent use,” the report concludes.Investigators found that Fernandez and Rivero arrived at American Social, a Miami bar, around 1 a.m. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was the “probable” operator of a speeding boat that crashed into a Miami Beach jetty on Sept. “He’s been drinking and is not in the best state of mind.”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded and divers found Fernandez submerged under the boat, pinned between the t-top and a boulder. She also said she didn’t know her son to be a heavy drinker or user of drugs.Ralph E.

Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund rewarded with contract extension

The 24-year-old Hagglund, in his fourth year with the club, starts on the left side of coach Greg Vanney’s three-man backline.At US$63,000 last season, according to MLS Players Union salary figures, Hagglund was a bargain. He is an important part of our club and someone that has stepped up whenever or wherever he has been needed.“We are pleased to give him this well-deserved extension and ensure he remains part of Toronto FC.”The 25-year-old Brunell joined Toronto FC as a trialist ahead of pre-season camp in Los Angles. Hagglund played in all six of Toronto’s playoff matches last season.At six foot one and 193 pounds, he is a force to be reckoned with — especially in the air. He will provide backup to Drew Moor, Eriq Zavaleta, Hagglund and Mavinga.Brandon Aubrey, Toronto’s first-round pick in the 2017 SuperDraft, has been training with Toronto FC 2 recently.The Brunell signing brings Toronto’s first-team roster to 26. A centre back and occasional right fullback in the past, the Ohio native has also worked hard on his left foot, to fit in on the left side of defence.Brunell was scouted at a Mexican combine, which had come to his attention via some of his teammates in Finland. He has made 69 appearances in all competitions for Toronto with three goals and six assists. The six-foot-three centre back played most recently for FF Jaro, where he made a combined 101 appearances with five goals in five seasons in the Finnish first and second divisions.Toronto took Hagglund 10th overall in the first round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Toronto FC has rewarded defender Nick Hagglund with a new contract and signed Finnish centre back Johan Brunell.In recent months, Toronto has rewritten contracts for Hagglund, goalkeeper Clint Irwin and forward Tosaint Ricketts to keep them in the fold long-term.Hagglund’s new, improved deal replaces the current contract and includes longer term. The new deal also serves as a vote of confidence given the off-season arrival of French-born Conoglese defender Chris Mavinga.“Nick has established himself as a very reliable defender in MLS,” Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. Forward Ben Spencer and rookie wingback Oyvind Alseth are expected to round out the roster at 28. “We have watched his continual growth both as a player and person since being drafted in 2014.

Homan aims for elusive gold at women’s world curling championship

We have a bit of experience on our side.”Winnipeg’s Jennifer Jones dominated women’s curling at the 2014 Winter Olympics, going undefeated to claim gold. The second time was in Canada and we did a little bit better.“We’re fairly young for being able to go our third worlds. Homan and her teammates began adjusting their sleep patterns four days before their departure.“Yep, definitely going to be in a bubble and far away in a different culture,” Homan acknowledged. “I think there’s going to be lots of people watching us and cheering us on from all over Canada and we know that.“We know there’s going to be some impact on work productivity in Canada from all our friends and family staying up late.”They’ll play in the 17,000-seat Capital Gymnasium, which was the venue for the 2014 men’s world championship. But it’s been nine years since Canada won a women’s world championship.Jones took the crown in Vernon, B.C., in 2008, which was a year after Homan graduated from high school. They won the national championship Feb. Wang, an Olympic bronze medallist in 2010, won World Curling Tour events in Saskatoon and Abbotsford, B.C., this winter.The format is the same as Canadian championships with the top four teams from the preliminary round advancing to the Page playoff.The top two seeds meet with the winner advancing directly to the final March 26. The average age of Homan’s current team is 28.5.Swiss women have dominated recently winning four of the last five world titles. Canada’s Kevin Koe finished out of the medals there, but won the men’s title in 2016.Nolan Thiessen, who was Koe’s lead in 2014 and now a Curling Canada consultant, has met with Homan’s team to give advice on handling smog and unfamiliar food.“We know this time it’s going to be a culture shock for us. The next move for Rachel Homan at the women’s world curling championship is the top of the podium after silver and bronze medals in previous appearances.Homan, third Emma Miskew, second Joanne Courtney and lead Lisa Weagle out of the Ottawa Curling Club open the 2017 world championship Saturday against host China in Beijing. The loser drops to the semifinal to face the winner of the playoff between the third and fourth seeds.Brad Gushue’s team from St. We’ve been preparing for it,” Miskew said. 26 beating Michelle Englot in an extra end in St. Catharines, Ont.Homan, Miskew, Weagle and second Alison Kreviazuk were third in their world championship debut in 2013 in Riga, Latvia, and runner-up the following year in Saint John, N.B.Courtney, who will play in her first world championship, was recruited in 2014 after Kreviazuk moved to Sweden.“The first time you go, everything is so new and foreign,” Homan said. Binia Feltscher was victorious last year in Swift Current, Sask.Homan topped the preliminary round in 2014 with a 10-1 record in Saint John, but lost the final to Feltscher.The 12-hour time difference from Ottawa means Canada plays their first game at 1 a.m. “We’ve been at two world championships now. This is our second one abroad.“It’s going to be a little bit more reassuring heading over there this time than it was the first time.”Hans Wuthrich of Gimli, Man., is the chief icemaker in both Beijing and at next year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.While world championship gold is their objective, the Homan team has tailored their curling and more recently their lives around winning December’s Olympic trials and wearing the Maple Leaf again in Pyeongchang.They’ve taken time off from work and curtailed their social lives to achieve it.“No other team is going to have this opportunity to play internationally before the trials,” Homan said.“I think right now we’re excited for the opportunity to represent our country. John’s N.L., will represent the host country at the men’s world championship April 1-9 in Edmonton. We’ve really got to stay focused on the worlds.”The 12-team field in Beijing includes three world champion skips: China’s Bingyu Wang (2009); Scotland’s Eve Muirhead (2013) and Switzerland’s Alina Paetz (2015).Anna Sidorova has skipped Russia to bronze the last three years. ET on Saturday. “We did our best and came up a little bit short.

U.S. women’s hockey team doesn’t concede to tournament deadline in wage fight

We are supposed to start training camp on Tuesday, but right now none of us intend to be there.” “We remain optimistic that we can still talk. USA Hockey has said it still intends to assemble a competitive team for the tournament.“We’ve communicated with all the groups who they might possibly get to replace us – women who play in the world university games, those from our U-18 team, the U-22 and the National Women’s Hockey League,” said U.S. Further, much of that money would come from the U.S Olympic Committee.The players also argue that USA Hockey spends some $3.5-million annually and schedules 60 games a season for the boys in its National Team Development Program, yet no comparable development opportunity exists for girls, and the women’s national team plays just nine games in non-Olympic years. The sum is in addition to a housing allowance, travel allowances, meal expenses, medical and disability insurance and the infrastructure that includes elite-level support staff to train and prepare the players.”The players called that list misleading, especially the $85,000 amount, which they say is largely predicated on winning Olympic gold. ET deadline to pass. star Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with Team USA and a five-time champion. Members of the U.S. The biggest event of the year on the women’s hockey calendar is set for March 31 to April 7 in Plymouth, Mich., but the reigning champs say they won’t show unless there is progress in the discussions with the U.S. They are seeking a contract with USA Hockey that includes fair compensation, because USA Hockey expects them to train year-round, but pays them “virtually nothing” outside of a six-month residency period leading up to the Olympics, during which the players are paid $1,000 (all currency U.S.) a month.“Half of us have second and third jobs, we train year-round and we have to be prepared to fly off to a national team camp every six to eight weeks and be in elite shape when we get there, so we miss time from work and we lose those wages,” Lamoureux-Davidson said.“We are not looking to become millionaires here. senators.“What it comes down to is that USA Hockey is unwilling to talk about that time period outside the six-month pre-Olympic training period,” said Dee Spagnuolo, a lawyer representing the players from the firm Ballard Spahr LLP.USA Hockey did not return The Globe and Mail’s requests for reaction on Thursday.“It’s hard to make progress when we haven’t received a call from USA Hockey,” Lamoureux-Davidson said. governing body. women’s national hockey team didn’t flinch on Thursday when USA Hockey gave them a deadline to commit to playing in the coming world championship.The women stood together as one and allowed USA Hockey’s 5 p.m. “They all have expressed a lot of support for us. The players, who are being represented pro bono by a Philadelphia law firm, say they won’t play, citing more than a year of stalled negotiations with USA Hockey to secure fair wages and support. I don’t think many young women are going to want to play for that team, not ones who dream of a future with Team USA. How do you think that would set up a young player to be accepted by the team?”The American women have won gold in six of the past eight world championship and won a medal in every Olympics. They say they get inequitable support for equipment, staff, meals, travel expenses, transportation and publicity.Tweets of support for the women have come from all over – tennis legend Billie Jean King, players from the U.S. women’s soccer team, women’s college hockey programs, the NWHL, U.S Olympians from the Washington Capitals and some U.S. We just want minimal compensation that’s fair.”The players threatened on Wednesday that they would boycott the tournament, and then USA Hockey countered with a statement saying that in the lead-up to an Olympics, the governing body offers “a six-month training camp, additional support stipends and incentives for medals that could result in each player receiving nearly $85,000 in cash over the Olympic training and performance period.

Aaron Sanchez says ‘no hard feelings’ after Jays renew him at minimum

“He’s going to get better and better and better.” Toronto offered a modest increase above the minimum based on team’s formula, which was rejected by Sanchez and his agent, Scott Boras.“It’s something that we didn’t agree on,” Sanchez said Thursday, when he gave up three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings in Toronto’s 11-5 loss to the New York Yankees.“They said there’s plan in place for quite some time. Aaron Sanchez says there are “no hard feelings” after the Toronto Blue Jays renewed his contract for the minimum salary of $535,000 in the major leagues and $304,444 in the unlikely event he is sent to the minors.Sanchez went 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA last year, his first full season as a starting pitcher. That’s always been my mindset and I think that will never change.”Blue Jays manager John Gibbons feels Sanchez is “just scratching the surface” when it comes to mound success.“His ceiling, who knows how high that is?” Gibbons said. I’m just here to worry about getting better and helping this team.

The ‘underdog’ Toronto Wolfpack faces test from London Broncos

We’re going there for a result.”London coach Andrew Henderson sees it as a more even affair, although he conceded as the home side playing in a higher division, the Broncos will be “slight favourites.”“I’d hate to be a bookie this week,” he said. The Canadian Press An amateur opponent was dispatched 14-6 in an earlier Cup match. … But I certainly believe that that Toronto squad has the capability to develop into a Super League side in future years.”Toronto will be without prop Fuifui Moimoi (suspended) and centre Greg Worthington (ribs).“All I can ask is we stay healthy because we’ve got such a small squad,” Rowley said.Henderson says his team, coming off a 19-6 league loss to Halifax RLFC, also has some injury concerns.Toronto played in a mud bath last Sunday in a 24-10 win at Whitehaven. The Wolfpack, with just three competitive games under its belt, is very much a work in progress.“We’re huge underdogs,” Toronto Wolfpack coach Paul Rowley said. “It’s be a tough game to call.”Henderson said the Wolfpack has brought excitement to the rugby league and the wider world of sport, given Toronto’s bold ambitions to win promotion to the top tier.“This is really history in the making. The footing will be far better Friday given the artificial turf surface at the Broncos’ Trailfinders Sports Club home.Rowley, a former England hooker, said conditions don’t matter to his team.“We’ll play anybody, anywhere, any time” he said. Whilst we’ll be underdogs, we’re not going just to take part and make up the numbers. The Broncos are cut from a different cloth.While no longer a member of the elite Super League, the London team stands fourth in the second-tier Championship with a 4-2-0 record and, like the Wolfpack, plays rugby league for a living.The difference is the Broncos, once owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson, have been around in one form or another for 37 years. “But we all know a little bit better that sports is not just about that. Either one.”The game is one of 12 Cup matches this weekend.The competition gets harder for the survivors with Super League teams, depending on league position, entering the draw in the fifth and sixth rounds.The knockout tournament dates back to 1897. “We can play good rugby or we can tough it up the middle. And I love being an underdog,” he added.Rowley estimated the Broncos’ budget is double that of his team.“If you go totally off money, then by all accounts they should be beating us convincingly,” the Toronto coach said. After beating one amateur and two semi-pro sides, the Toronto Wolfpack faces a stiffer challenge from the fully professional London Broncos on Friday in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.The Wolfpack, rugby league’s first transatlantic team, outscored its first two Kingstone Press League 1 opponents by a combined 100-10 in the third tier of English rugby league. “But we’ll go as confident as ever.”“I’m not sure if it’s a yardstick … but it’s a challenge and we love a challenge. It’s fantastic that we’ve got this transatlantic fixture with two high-quality teams that are evenly matched,” said the English-born, Australian-raised Henderson, who played internationally for Scotland by virtue of his Glasgow-born father.While Henderson says it’s early days when it comes to rating the Wolfpack, “they certainly, for me, wouldn’t look out of place in the Championship.

Canadian players lead Oregon Ducks’ push in March Madness

“I knew right then exactly the type of person he was. Until last Friday, the Ducks had an even greater Canadian complexion, but Chris Boucher, a senior from Montreal, injured his knee. Catharines, Ont.Dana Altman, Oregon’s head coach, and Mennenga recently were in the Toronto area. McIntyre, director of operations at the Athlete Institute’s basketball academy north of Toronto, figures upward of a hundred Division I coaches visited his gym this season.Mennenga benefits from a long history – and a display of success, once players arrive at Oregon. The loss dropped Oregon’s record to 29-5.Having lost Boucher, Oregon is considered as a potential bracket buster, possibly upended by Iona. He also landed on the list of 15 finalists for the Wooden award as collegiate player of the year.The team depends on his heroics: Brooks has hit several game-winning buzzer beaters this season.“They call me clutch,” Brooks said this week. But to get there, the Ducks could face the Midwest’s No. He was getting me ready.”Brooks and Dylan Ennis were raw prospects but Mennenga saw fire in them.“They were so determined to succeed,” Mennenga said in an interview.Beyond the tournament, the NBA is potentially next for Brooks. 1 seed in the West region and reached the Elite Eight. The green-and-yellow University of Oregon Ducks, one of the top teams in U.S. 14 Iona College Gaels. “And we’ve proven we work well together.” Brooks, a 6-foot-7 forward, was chosen earlier this month as Pac-12 player of the year. Mennenga, too, is considered one of the best recruiters, as ranked by ESPN.“We feel we have an intimate connection,” Mennenga said of Oregon and Canadian hoops. college basketball’s March Madness, have a distinctly red-and-white hue.Led by Dillon Brooks, a junior from Mississauga who ranks among the top players in college basketball, and Dylan Ennis, a graduate student from Brampton, the Ducks are the No. 2 seed in the West) before losing by three points. On weekends, he would drive up to work with CIA Bounce, the elite club team for teenagers co-founded by Tony McIntyre, father to Dylan Ennis (and Tyler Ennis, Dylan’s younger brother and today a guard for the Los Angeles Lakers).Brooks, playing for CIA Bounce, holds a distinct early impression of Mennenga from those days.He remembered driving to the hoop for a layup. 3 seed in the Midwest region heading into Friday afternoon’s first-round game against No. One of the university’s important recruits for next season is Abu Kigab from St. He considered the draft last year before returning to school. Last Saturday, the team demonstrated resilience without Boucher in the Pac-12 tournament final, staying close with Arizona (ranked No. Brooks has been forecast as a possible second-round draft choice in June, as had been Boucher.Canada continues to be important for Oregon. “It’s a confidence thing.”The challenge now, with Boucher out, is to do at least as well as last March, when Oregon was a No. 4 in the final AP poll and a No. 1 seed Kansas, in a game played in Kansas City.Oregon’s Canadian roots reach back a decade, when top players began to emerge from the Toronto area.Mike Mennenga, an Oregon assistant coach and key recruiter, was living in Buffalo at the time and in between jobs. That said, Barack Obama, who has been good at picking the early rounds, has Oregon penned in to reach the Sweet 16.Some have said the Final Four could still be realistic – noting that when Boucher wasn’t on the floor this season, Oregon still played well offensively and defensively. “I swooped in to the rim and [Mike] stood me up,” Brooks said last month. 2 seed, Louisville, and then potentially No. Oregon’s three Canadians had accounted for almost half the team’s scoring.Oregon’s Final Four hopes may have been diminished – 6-foot-10 Boucher was a scoring, rebounding and defensive force – but Brooks and Ennis will lead the push into the tournament. Altman visits several times a year, and Mennenga more often.Competition for Canadian talent has intensified.

Westbrook’s triple-double helps Thunder trounce Toronto

You wait for him to take a night off and he doesn’t. Westbrook began to warm up, scoring 10 points and six assists in the frame.In the third quarter, Westbrook dished off his 14th helper, timing his pass perfectly to send towering centre Steven Adams loping toward the iron for a big one-handed dunk that provided the Thunder with their biggest lead of the game to that stage at 75-60.The quarter concluded with the Thunder leading 97-70. At the appointed time, Westbrook discarded the ice, threw on a pair of grey sweats, slipped his stocking feet into a pair of sandals bearing his personal “Why Not?” slogan and shuffled over to speak briefly to reporters.Westbrook is having a season of seasons, attempting to become the second player in NBA history, alongside the fabled Oscar Robertson, to average a triple-double in points, assists and rebounds in the regular season.Robertson achieved his milestone in 1961-62, so you can see this achievement does not roll around very often.Even still, there are those who are sniffing that Westbrook’s run toward renown is not worthy of the league’s most-valuable-player honours, that a more deserving recipient would be Houston’s James Harden.Certainly that was the opinion voiced earlier in the week by Stephen Curry, the two-time MVP of the Golden State Warriors who opined his vote would go to Harden because Harden has helped lead the Rockets to a better overall record than the Thunder.“I don’t care,” Westbrook said when asked about Curry’s viewpoint. Who’s he?”Westbrook prefers to do his talking on the court and in that regard he was downright chatty Thursday night as he dutifully recorded his 34th triple-double of the season as the Thunder (39-29) easily subdued the Raptors (39-29) 123-102.Utilizing a swift offensive attack that featured pinpoint passing that often left the Raptors standing around mesmerized, Westbrook rose for 24 points, 16 assists and 10 rebounds to help dismantle Toronto in what was generally a ragged affair: Westbrook’s assists were more than the entire Toronto total of 15.Westbrook secured his triple-double by the third quarter, when the Thunder overwhelmed the Raptors by a margin of 39-22 to take a commanding 97-70 lead into the fourth quarter, where Westbrook didn’t even have to get off the bench.DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 22 points in this sad affair, in which the Raptors allowed the Thunder to shoot at a 55.6-per-cent clip through the first three quarters to drown the chances of the home side.Right after the game, the Raptors hustled over to the airport for the short flight to Detroit, where they will try to regroup against the Pistons on Friday night.Westbrook has been the talk of the NBA this season, piling up triple-double after triple-double on a near nightly basis, not missing a beat after running mate Kevin Durant bolted in free agency to the Warriors. “He’s just continuous, coming at you with the same spirit, the same force. Every night you’d know what you were going to get out of Gary Payton. Westbrook arrived in Toronto averaging a league-leading 34.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists.To put that in perspective, Harden is Westbrook’s nearest triple-double rival this year with 16, while LeBron James has 10. As for the Raptors, the injured Kyle Lowry has counted the team’s only triple-double of the year, on Feb. When the media finally gained entry to witness the final moments of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s shootaround on Thursday morning at Air Canada Centre, Russell Westbrook was already luxuriating on a bench at the far end of the court, a large bag of ice taped to both knees.Even at rest there are no half measures for this bulldog of a point guard, whose team was in Toronto to play the Raptors on Thursday night. 5 against the Brooklyn Nets.While Toronto coach Dwane Casey is not about to let himself to be drawn into any talk about who he thinks is the league’s deserving MVP, his admiration for Westbrook is sky-high.“He’s a freak of nature,” Casey said earlier in the week when discussing Westbrook’s merits. And the same with Westbrook, he’s coming out to try to take your spirit every time he walks on the floor.”Westbrook was relatively quiet in the opening quarter but it hardly mattered with the loose fashion in which the Raptors approached their defensive duties. Gary Payton was the same way. “It don’t matter what he say. OKC opened up a 29-24 lead after connecting on 54.2 per cent (13-of-24) of its shots.The Raptors looked even more bewildered on defence in the second quarter, in which Oklahoma was able to extend its lead to 58-48 by the half. He just continues to come at you, come at you.“And you’re waiting for him to run out of energy but he’s just one of those players.

Maple Leafs shut out Lightning, move into second wild-card spot

Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin has not scored a goal in his last 11 games.UP NEXTMaple Leafs: Host Chicago on Saturday night with Toronto wearing the uniform of the St. There was a lot of emotion.”NOTES: Tampa Bay played for the fourth straight game without centres Tyler Johnson, Vladislav Namestnikov and Cedric Paquette, who are all out with lower-body injuries. Thirteen Maple Leafs had points Thursday. … It was his fourth shutout this season and 10th overall.Polak had the lone first-period goal, a blue-line shot that went off Vasilevskiy’s shoulder and bounced into the net“The games are only going to get harder,” Martin said.Brian Boyle, obtained by Toronto from Tampa Bay on Feb. … Roman Polak, Connor Brown and James van Riemsdyk also scored for Toronto, which was coming off a 7-2 loss Tuesday night at Florida. “What was missing was the defending. It was a huge, huge win. … Toronto rookie C Auston Matthews has gone pointless in seven straight games. The team said it’s just the second time since being renamed the Maple Leafs that the St. Martin stopped a 24-game goal drought. Pats (1919-1927). “I loved my time here. We’ve been so good of late.”After Rielly scored 2:24 into the second, Martin made it 3-0 on the next shift. 27, played against his old team for the first time.“There’s a lot of great memories here,” Boyle said. The Toronto Maple Leafs quickly rebounded from a one-sided loss.Morgan Rielly and Matt Martin scored 15 seconds apart during Toronto’s four-goal second period, Frederik Andersen made 33 saves and the Maple Leafs moved into the lead for the second Eastern Conference wild-card spot by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-0 on Thursday night. The Maple Leafs hold a one-point advantage over Tampa Bay and the New York Islanders.“A good response,” Martin said. … Pats uniform will be worn.Lightning: Play the second of three consecutive home games Saturday night against Washington. “We played a good first period, and obviously a big second period offensively.”Toronto has won four of five.“You’ve got to control your own fate,” Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak said.Tampa Bay, 12-3-3 over its last 18 games, pulled Andrei Vasilevskiy six minutes into the second after he allowed four goals on 15 shots. The goalie had gone 6-0-1 over his previous seven games.“Missed opportunity for us,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. Brown, on the power play, and van Riemsdyk added goals later in the period.Andersen, who entered winless with a 6.00 goals-against-average in the three losses to Tampa Bay, stopped Brayden Point’s power-play breakaway midway through the second. Bozak had an assist in his 500th NHL game.

Little scores twice, Hellebuyck solid as Jets beat Islanders

The Maple Leafs beat the Lightning 5-0 to retake the last post-season slot by one point over the Islanders and Tampa Bay. New York scratched forwards Anthony Beauvillier and Shane Prince and defencemen Johnny Boychuk and Scott Mayfield … We’re going to take this thing as far as we can.”With 12 games remaining, the Islanders (33-26-11) are battling Toronto and Tampa Bay in a tight race for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. “We dug ourselves a hole. “We’ve got to step it up.”NOTES: Greiss stopped 24 of 28 shots. Perreault’s eighth goal of the season was assisted by Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele.Lowry increased the lead to 4-1 with his 12th goal of the season at 11:31.The Jets dominated the middle period, outshooting the Islanders 13-8 as the Barclays Center crowd of 13,700 grew restless and began booing the home team, which was playing their third game in four nights following a nine-game trip.“We looked like a team that practiced twice in the last 25 days,” Islanders coach Doug Weight said. Little scored twice in the first period after Islanders defenceman Adam Pelech opened the scoring 38 seconds in. Little was there to tap in the rebound.Little scored again on the power play at 18:35. 17. … Ehlers also assisted.The home team’s play was uninspired to start the second and the Jets took advantage when Perreault made it 3-1 at 3:24. It’s hard to do that game in and game out this time of year.”Little tied it at 9:22 after Nikolaj Ehlers’ shot hit the post to the right of goalie Thomas Greiss. After John Tavares overskated the puck, Jets forward Nic Petan recovered it and passed to Little who rifled the puck past Greiss for his 20th goal of the season. “Our structure wasn’t good.”Early in the third, Islanders forward Anders Lee scored his career-high 26th goal at 1:02, sweeping the puck past Hellebuyck from the slot to narrow the deficit to 4-2.But Hellebuyck held his ground the rest of the way for his 23rd win of the season. “We’re not giving up. It’s nice to help the team win games.”The Jets came into the game 0-3-1 in their last four and 2-8-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. Perreault and Lowry each scored in the second.“Sometimes the puck just comes to you,” said Little, who reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his 10-year career. The Islanders are 20-10-6 at home but have dropped their last two games in Brooklyn in alarming fashion for a team trying to reach the playoffs for the third straight season.“We weren’t good enough tonight,” the coach said. Winnipeg had also lost four straight to the Islanders.But after Pelech scored his second goal of the season on a floating shot that eluded Hellebuyck, the Islanders couldn’t capitalize on momentum generated by their 3-2 comeback win in overtime at Carolina on Tuesday a night after they lost 8-4 at home to the Hurricanes.“We didn’t execute well and they are a dangerous team,” said Islanders captain John Tavares, who assisted on Pelech’s goal. The regular season ends on April 9.New York is 16-9-3 under Weight, who took over from Jack Capuano on Jan. The Islanders are 1-19-8 when scoring fewer than three goals … The well-rested and high-scoring Winnipeg Jets took advantage of a New York Islanders team that looked tired Thursday night.Bryan Little scored twice, Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves and the Jets beat the Islanders 4-2 to snap a four-game skid.Mathieu Perreault and Adam Lowry also scored for the Jets, who had their game Tuesday in Newark, New Jersey, against the Devils postponed because of a snowstorm. Winnipeg was without defencemen Jacob Trouba for the second straight game because of an upper-body injury.NEXT:Islanders: Host Columbus on Saturday.Jets: Host Minnesota on Sunday. The Jets are well outside of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Hellebuyck remains confident.“We played the right way tonight,” the netminder said. “My linemates did a really good job of getting pucks to me.

Richard Panik scores late power-play goal as Blackhawks beat Senators

Duncan Keith had the other goal. Richard Panik scored the go-ahead goal as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 Thursday night.Panik scored the winner on the power play at 16:59 of the third period as he deposited a shot to the back of the net on a one-timer off a feed from Patrick Kane.Scott Darling made 33 saves for the Blackhawks (45-20-5), who collected their second straight win. The teams will then complete a back-to-back when they travel to Montreal for a game Sunday. Cody Ceci had no luck either as he was staring at a wide-open net from the face-off circle but the puck jumped over his stick.Notes: Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico, Mark Stone, Mark Borowiecki and Craig Anderson were scratches for the Senators. Condon made the initial save on the shot but the rebound bounced off a collection of bodies in front of the net before crossing the goal line.Turris tied the game at 11:23 on the power play with a one-timer from the right side that beat a screened Darling over the shoulder with Bobby Ryan on top of the crease.For two periods the defence and goaltending were the stories as neither team was able to score despite firing 43 combined shots on goal.The Senators had 21 shots on Darling through the first two periods but another 23 were blocked by Blackhawks skaters. On the other side, Condon made 22 saves while his teammates blocked 10 additional shots.Condon’s best save was a glove grab off Artemi Panarin in the second after Senators forward Derick Brassard tried to clear the puck behind the goal but it bounced off the side of the net right to Panarin in the slot.The Senators had back-to-back power plays late in the second as Marian Hossa was called for holding just eight seconds after Marcus Kruger finished serving his interference penalty.Ottawa had two shots on each of those power plays with no luck. Kyle Turris scored the lone goal.The first goal of the game came at 8:04 of the third period when Keith’s shot eventually found its way across the goal line. Michal Kempny, Tomas Jurco, Artem Anisimov, Michal Rozsival and Dennis Rasmussen were scratches for the Blackhawks Chicago forward Marian Hossa played his 1,300th game Next up for the Senators is the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. The Senators (39-23-7) got a 26-save performance from Mike Condon but it wasn’t enough as they failed to jump into first place in the Atlantic Division. The Blackhawks are in Toronto Saturday to face the Maple Leafs.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey slams team’s ‘unacceptable’ play against Thunder

We had multiple breakdowns as far as getting him under control.“He’s a great player but still … “We’re going to find seven or eight guys that’s going to come out and compete. I thought we had turned the corner a little bit with Dallas but we didn’t.”On a night where OKC’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 34th triple-double of the season – and didn’t even play the fourth quarter – the Thunder’s dominance was overwhelming as much as it was an eye opener for the Raptors.The Thunder led wire to wire and their lead extended to as many as 32 points in the fourth quarter. “[The Thunder] played with a sense of urgency, everything you can think of, from the [start]. There’s no excuse for it.”As for Westbrook, Casey said he had a field day tearing apart the porous Toronto defence.“He was a one man wrecking crew,” Casey said. They hit on 53.4 per cent of their shots, including 56 per cent (14 of 25) from beyond the three-point arch.OKC out-rebounded Toronto 47-32, outscored Toronto 17-1 in second-chance points and 14-4 on the fast break.Westbrook led the onslaught with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 16 assists – his assist total one more than what the entire Raptors team could manage.Casey said he had no clue why his team would come out with such a lethargic effort and emphasized that changes were in the offing.“That’s what we’re going to find out,” Casey said. And the score told that.”DeRozan said there was no excuse for the way the team played and that hopefully they will be able to turn things around on Friday night in Detroit against the Pistons. There’s no excuse, there’s none.“That’s a good team. We didn’t. But we talked about before the game how we had to come out with a competitive spirit, a toughness, that we didn’t have. “And that’s just the effort, the competitive spirit wasn’t there.“[The Thunder] came out and played like it was a championship game and we played like it was the middle of the season game. And again, it’s not acceptable, bottom line.”It was as bad a game as the Raptors have played all season and their lack of drive from the opening tip was shocking for a team that believes it has the talent for another deep run in the fast-approaching National Basketball Association playoffs.Casey knows that unless his players start picking up their level of play and intensity, an early exit from the post season is the more likely scenario.“Our transition defence was non-existent,” Casey bemoaned. [there were] things we didn’t do that could kind of slow that down; we didn’t do it.”DeMar DeRozan, who scored 22 points in the Toronto loss, said the players spoke to one another in the locker room for a spell after the game had concluded. It was about 40 minutes after the game had ended on Thursday night before Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was able to bring himself to speak with members of the media about the embarrassment that had just transpired on the basketball court.And while the coach spoke in even terms you could not help but sense the rage that was still roiling inside his mind. “We talked about it, we worked on it. Oklahoma City’s a good team. And that’s what’s disappointing. “He caused a lot of chain reactions, it starts with him. “That exhibition of basketball was unacceptable,” Casey started, letting his team have it with both barrels after a thoroughly desultory 123-102 dismantling by the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Air Canada Centre.“I want to apologize to our fans, to everybody, the way we played tonight,” Casey continued. It starts now. We worked harder in practice than we did in the game and that’s what’s disappointing.“And somehow, someway, myself and the staff we’ve got to find a competitive edge before the playoffs. He said everybody spoke up.“We got to come out and play, and play harder,” DeRozan said. That’s what we’ve got to have.

Fans, former opponents give thousands to pay Leo Cahill’s medical bills

We are trying to raise $25,000 to pay for his medical expenses and extend his life. “Most of the things I said was to get into the newspaper and get interest for the football team and have people talking about us and thinking about us.”Jamie Dykstra, senior director, media and communications for the Argonauts, said Thursday the team is aware of the crowd-funding campaign and made a private donation directly to Cahill’s family. The Atlanta hospital that has been treating him is discharging him [Wednesday] to a facility that will be unable to meet his medical needs. “I got a lot of criticism for things I said and did,” he said. The campaign was started by Tampa sports radio host J.P. The enraged Rough Riders were already motivated by Cahill’s remark but they also were smart enough to wear broomball shoes on the icy field and walloped the slip-sliding Argos, who wore their regular football spikes, 32-3. Peterson could not be reached for comment. The Riders won the series 46-25 and advanced to the Grey Cup game.The closest Cahill and the Argos came to winning the team’s first Grey Cup since 1952 was a 14-11 loss to the Calgary Stampeders in 1971 in Vancouver, a game famous for Argo running back Leon McQuay’s late-game fumble. Peterson, whose connection with Cahill is not known. Leo The Lip may have angered more than his share of CFL fans, opposing players and coaches during his glory days but they proved to be a generous bunch when adversity struck the former Toronto Argonauts head coach and general manager.Leo Cahill, 88, is still fighting for his life after abdominal surgery last month in Atlanta, where he lives with his son Terry. A year later, Cahill was fired and came up with the memorable line, “Leon slipped and I fell.”A couple of years ago, Cahill admitted to the CFL blog 3 Down Football that most of his outbursts were simply for the purpose of selling tickets. The donors are a high-profile group that includes Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, former Argos owner David Cynamon, former CFL players Leo Ezerins, Roland Mangold, sports executives and even media people. Almost $13,000 was raised by Friday morning, a day after a GoFundMe campaign was started to pay for his medical expenses. This discharge would surely mean his passing.”Cahill’s complicated personality, a rare blend of humour, pugnacity, verbosity, generosity and an enormous ego, is undoubtedly behind the quick response to his plight. They were also known for the number of colourful characters on the roster, most of them recruited by Cahill, who quickly became famous across Canada for his equally colourful outbursts.After the Argos beat the Ottawa Rough Riders 22-14 in the two-game, total-point Eastern final in 1969, Cahill declared, “It will take an act of God to beat us [in the series].” And so it did, as sub-freezing temperatures hit Ottawa before the second game. While he could enrage opponents and sometimes his own employers and players with his outbursts during two turns as head coach of the Argos, from 1967-72 and 1977-78, and one as GM from 1986-88, Cahill was one of the most likeable characters in the league.The Argo teams Cahill helped put together in the late 1960s and early 1970s ended the team’s long run of losing but were never able to win the Grey Cup. When he gets the proper care he does well. The Argos also posted a notice about the campaign on its Twitter account, as did the CFL Alumni Association. The campaign at says Cahill “is gravely ill and in need of financial help with medical expenses.

Octavio Zambrano introduced as Canada’s new men’s soccer coach

I was very happy to live there.”Also Ecuador. 117th in the world and 14th in CONCACAF, the Canadian men are in danger of becoming inconsequential. “My home.” He spent the last two years in the capital, Quito.But after living in five countries in 10 years, Zambrano says his wife and five-year-old son have had enough of constant motion.Zambrano will wield control over all of Canada’s men teams. “We went after the opponent … and Chapman University. Octavio Zambrano named Canada’s new men’s soccer coach (The Canadian Press)

For a man whose soccer journey has taken him around the globe, it was one of his best moves.The 59-year-old native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, has coached club sides in Colombia, Ecuador, Hungary and Moldova as well as the Los Angeles Galaxy and MetroStars in the early days of Major League Soccer.He has rolled the dice on more than a few jobs. Octavio Zambrano watched the 2006 World Cup as a fan, opting to mix in some travelling once his native Ecuador was knocked out by a David Beckham free kick.He eventually decided on Denmark over Finland and Sweden and ended up in a Copenhagen cafe watching the Ukraine-Italy quarter-final.It was there he met his wife, a Russian who was at the cafe with friends. But we had these studs in the back. California, where he was a successful youth coach, was his home for a long time and it still holds a special place for him.But he says he puts down roots quickly.“In that sense I could be anywhere really and call it my home,” he said.Budapest is one favourite. He led Los Angeles to a 24-8-0 record in 1998, when the Galaxy scored an eye-popping 85 goals during the regular season but lost to Chicago in the Western Conference final.But he is quick to note his Galaxy teams came with a stiff defence — Toronto FC head coach Greg Vanney and TFC assistants Dan Calichman and Robin Fraser all played in Zambrano’s backline.“Our team was an attacking team, there’s not doubt about it,” Zambrano said. Findlay will continue as an assistant coach. Zambrano says he sees the need for an identity for his teams here.“I think Canada has not had a true identity as a country — of how they want to play,” he said of the Canadian men.He wants all of his teams to be on the same page when it comes to playing style. Ranked fourth in the world, they walk the walk and talk the talk.But the men’s world landscape is vastly different.Ranked No. And he says he is hitting the ground running, having already consulted with national team staff.While his office will be in Toronto, he expects to travel frequently and says he will probably wait six months or so before deciding on the best place for a home base.He will travel to Edinburgh to see Canada, with assistant coach Michael Findlay running the show on the sideline, play Scotland next week. With his mature matinee idol looks and tailored suits, Zambrano looks like he walked off the set of “The Sopranos.”His predecessor, Spaniard Benito Floro, was also a veteran manager with no shortage of charm. “And perhaps with the help of others and a little bit of my input, they have reached their potential. Floro knew his stuff and was appreciated by Canadian players hungry for direction, but paid for the latest in a line of failed World Cup qualifying campaigns.Zambrano will benefit from Floro’s work in finding and developing talent. He was headed to Ukraine when the Moldovan job opening diverted him, for example.Now he is in charge of Canada.“I really feel that I’ve been preparing for this job my whole career,” Zambrano told The Canadian Press in an interview prior to his unveiling Friday.In landing the well-travelled Zambrano as head coach of the men’s national team program, the Canadian Soccer Association has hired a charismatic coach with a bulging Rolodex, a penchant for attacking soccer and an appreciation for young talent.He will be a stylish addition. “One of my strengths is to be able to put that into one solid soccer pyramid, if you will.”Zambrano enjoys developing talent and points proudly to success stories like Colombian winger Jose Izquierdo of Club Brugge, winner of Belgium’s Golden Shoe award as top player.Zambrano had him as an 18-year-old at Colombia’s Deportivo Pereira. That’s one of the things I really want.”Entertaining, attacking soccer remains his first love. I expect to do the same with Canada. Jimmy Medranda, a 23-year-old Colombian defender now at Sporting Kansas City where Zambrano was once an assistant coach, is another find.“I can tell you examples like that, quite a few, in my career, where I have spotted a kid with talent,” Zambrano said. I had full confidence in the guys in the back.”For Zambrano, finding the right balance is part of the trick of playing attacking football.Zambrano was 18 when he left Ecuador for the U.S. Success on the field is Job 1 but the men’s team badly needs an advocate.Herdman often talks of Canadian DNA, referring to his team’s grit. If we lost the ball. “A beautiful city. And given his language skills — he is fluent in English and Spanish and can communicate in Italian, Russian and Portuguese — he should be able to help sell the sport.The Canadian women have that in John Herdman. Zambrano will take charge of the Canadian under-23 team later this month at a tournament in Qatar.Zambrano’s first home match will be June 13 in Montreal when Canada faces Curacao as part of its CONCACAF Gold Cup preparation.Victor Montagliani, president of both the Canadian Soccer Association and CONCACAF, says Zambrano’s contract contains “different options” but runs through the next round of World Cup qualifying (for the 2022 tournament in Qatar).Italian-based Peruvian Javier Livia has also been hired as an assistant coach along with American-based Egyptian Zak Abdel (goalkeeping coach) and American-based Colombian Norberto Salamanca (fitness coach).

Senators, Canadiens to mark NHL centennial with outdoor game

19, 1917.It will also be the final event to celebrate the modern-day Senators’ 25th anniversary in the league, as well as Canada’s 150th birthday.The fact the outdoor clash was announced Friday will only heat up the rivalry between the two teams as they prepare to go head to head in coming days, said Melnyk.“This coming weekend you’ll see it,” he said. “I think it’s a very healthy rivalry.”The Senators and Habs will meet this weekend starting Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre and Sunday at the Bell Centre, with the Senators heading back to Montreal next Saturday night to end the series.The December game will mark the fourth time the Canadiens have played on an outdoor surface, all of them away games.But it’s only the second for the Senators since the inaugural Heritage Classic was hosted by Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium in 2003, and team captain Erik Karlsson couldn’t contain his excitement.“We’re a smaller community, but we have a lot of passion,” Karlsson said.“I think it’s going to be a great hockey game we’re extremely excited as a team.”In their first game in 1917, Montreal defeated the original Ottawa Senators 7-4. Ottawa will host the game at TD Place, home of the CFL Ottawa Redblacks, after plans fell through to hold the classic on Parliament Hill.Senators owner Eugene Melnyk wanted the game on the Hill, but government officials rejected the proposal over the cost and logistics involved in building an ice surface big enough, not to mention temporary seating for up to 40,000 fans.Instead, an outdoor rink will be frozen onto the football field just three weeks after the CFL’s Grey Cup is played at TD Place, which will be expanded to 34,000 seats. The extra stands will be left up so that the Senators and Habs can use the venue.The game will take place almost 100 years after Ottawa and Montreal met on the NHL’s opening night of Dec. 16 to mark the league’s Centennial. As the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators battle for supremacy in Atlantic Division standings this weekend, the two NHL teams announced Friday they’re taking their long-standing rivalry outside.“It’s the ultimate reality show,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters in Ottawa after announcing an outdoor game between the Sens and Canadiens on Dec.