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Damien Cox


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Damien:

The Leafs and Wild aren’t alone. Cracking the salary-cap code is the only way to win a Stanley Cup

In part, Saturday’s Wild-Leafs matchup will be a test of which club has dealt with salary-cap problems most effectively — the game within the game. → Read More

Questions over Lou Marsh shouldn’t overshadow this year’s race to decide Canada’s top athlete

A study of the former Toronto Star sports editor’s full body of work is already underway amid questions whether it’s appropriate to continue to have M... → Read More

Peng Shuai. Novak Djokovic. Growing tennis comes with strings attached

China’s handling of Peng Shuai’s allegations of sex assault and Novak Djokovic’s lack of vaccination confirmation are issues that shouldn’t be ignored... → Read More

Why tanking for Shane Wright is the smart play for the Canadiens, and too dangerous for the Blackhawks

While both clubs traded away first-round picks for immediate help in the off-season, Montreal built in better protection against losing a potential sh... → Read More

Is it 2013 all over again? Overachieving Raptors exceeding expectations, just like after the Rudy Gay trade

In these early days of the 2021-22 NBA season, there seem to be some similarities with what is happening with Nick Nurse’s team and those intriguing, ... → Read More

Push to retouch the Stanley Cup is another cover-up by the Blackhawks. Their mistakes are engraved for all to see

The more you consider the team’s request to have disgraced staffer Brad Aldrich’s name scratched from the Cup, the more it seems like a pure public re... → Read More

The field is wide open for the Buffalo Bills. A trip to the Super Bowl and a new stadium are within reach

Monday night’s grudge match against the Tennessee Titans will be a litmus test for the Bills, the NFL’s hottest team. Clear this hurdle and they could... → Read More

The Leafs won the trade deadline in the North. Then came the reality check

In their new book “A League of Our Own,” Damien Cox and Andrew Podnieks look in depth at the all-Canadian division in the NHL’s pandemic-altered seaso... → Read More

The Tampa Bay Lightning are champions in strange times — NHL chameleons who can play it any way you want

Even a Stanley Cup three-peat is unlikely to be seen as proof of greatness in the modern NHL. The title to which the Lightning may be able to lay clai... → Read More

Maple Leafs no longer alone in NHL’s pay-up-and-hope lottery with young, unproven players

In less than a year, Toronto committed more than $168 million to Nylander, Marner and Matthews before any had established themselves as elite NHL play... → Read More

Will the Bryson DeChambeau-Brooks Koepka feud spill into the Ryder Cup?

The American team’s ability to get along will be one of the week’s biggest stories. → Read More

Robbie Ray. Marcus Semien. Kawhi Leonard. A contract year is a powerful motivator. Sometimes one season is enough

Like Kawhi Leonard and Raptors fans after their championship season, Jays watchers have been wondering if the club can re-sign ace Robbie Ray and all-... → Read More

Leylah Fernandez is Canada’s latest tennis success story. It was 30 years in the making

The investment in the sport eventually caught up with the vision and the ambition that had been percolating in the country decades ago and Canada’s no... → Read More

From ‘Brooksie’ to bathroom breaks, the rules of sports engagement have never been more fluid

How mean can you be to Bryson DeChambeau before it’s not funny any more? And what is Stefanos Tsitsipas doing in the bathroom for so long? If you’re t... → Read More

Vengeance is in the eye of the Hurricanes’ offer sheet for Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Carolina hasn’t forgotten the Canadiens’ run at Aho, and the ’Canes made that clear on Twitter. → Read More

After playoff collapse, how will Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner handle the intense scrutiny in Toronto?

New contracts signed by players like Brayden Point, Sean Couturier and Andrei Svechnikov, have given more ammunition to those who would argue Marner n... → Read More

The NHL doesn’t care about international hockey, Winter Olympics included. Star players expected better

When commissioner Gary Bettman’s final record is examined, part of his legacy will be that he allowed international hockey to die a slow, tortuous dea... → Read More

Roger Federer has been just what tennis has needed the last two decades

The Swiss star hasn’t officially retired, but another knee surgery probably means the end for the 40-year-old. → Read More

The Winnipeg Jets and Blue Bombers have told unvaccinated fans to stay home. Toronto teams should be next

Welcome to the sports world between where we’ve been and where we’re going. MLSE is planning an announcement next week regarding Maple Leafs and Rapto... → Read More

‘The process is not working,’ Jack Eichel’s agents say, with their client still stuck with the Sabres

Eichel team says Buffalo is delaying Eichel’s return to the NHL by not agreeing that surgery is the best option for his neck injury. → Read More