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Recent articles by Laura:

Deep pool of Canadian female swimmers will challenge Lou Marsh voters

Maggie Mac Neil. Penny Oleksiak. Aurélie Rivard. Kylie Masse. Success in Tokyo will lead to more than one swimmer vying for the title when the Lou Mar... → Read More

The Oilers’ Connor McDavid has found a way to raise his game, and that of the Oilers

The Edmonton star should get points for substance and style. → Read More

The athlete of the year could be a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning women’s soccer team. But which one?

Fleming, Labbé, Lawrence, Quinn all merit mention in the Lou Marsh deliberations → Read More

Yes, Toronto, baseball’s free agents really do love you and the Blue Jays

Or maybe they just like where the young Jays are headed. → Read More

Alphonso Davies’ goal of the year was a reminder he could be Canada’s athlete of the year again

The 2020 co-winner is the most valuable young player in Europe’s top soccer leagues. → Read More

Lou Marsh Trophy contenders: Canadian Leylah Fernandez rose to the occasion at the U.S. Open

Fernandez defeated three top-five players and then two-time Open champion Naomi Osaka for her first major final berth. That was a victory in itself fo... → Read More

10 things you need to know about Kevin Gausman, the Blue Jays’ $110 million man

One of Gausman’s childhood heroes was Jays ace Roy Halladay who died in a plane crash in November 2017, Gausman announced on Instagram he would wear t... → Read More

The challenge for new Toronto FC coach Bob Bradley is clear: Fix the roster. Restore the identity. Win

TFC’s roster, style of play and culture all took a hit in a lost MLS season. Bradley brings a different approach, and isn’t afraid to shake things up. → Read More

Bob Bradley takes over as Toronto FC coach. The General is ready to take orders

As sporting director as well as coach of the team captained by son Michael Bradley, the soccer veteran will be responsible for all of TFC’s on-field o... → Read More

Scratch Steven Matz off the Blue Jays shopping list after Cardinals deal worth up to $48 million

The Jays were reportedly among eight teams that made offers to the 30-year-old free-agent left-hander, who posted a 3.82 ERA in 29 starts with the Jay... → Read More

Toronto FC names Bob Bradley, Michael Bradley’s father, new head coach and sporting director

Bradley’s appointment has long been rumoured, with Toronto looking to revamp its team after finishing with the second fewest points in MLS this year. → Read More

The tumultuous Jozy Altidore era is over at TFC. GM Ali Curtis is also out

Work is underway to terminate the star striker’s contract after a disastrous season for the Reds. → Read More

Canada’s soccer success runs deeper than Alphonso Davies. There are plenty of big moments to go around

For all the hype that led up to his homecoming in Edmonton, Davies had a relatively quiet couple of games against Costa Rica and Mexico. Teammates pic... → Read More

What lies ahead for the Canadian men’s soccer team on the road to the World Cup

What exactly will it take for Canada to qualify for the men’s World Cup for the first time since 1986? It’s too soon to tell, but the remaining schedu... → Read More

How Robbie Ray fixed his biggest flaw and won the Cy Young Award

Ray was already one of the game’s workhorses with a knack for piling up strikeouts, but control was a major issue. The Jays felt confident they could ... → Read More

‘It was a bit of a tactical battle.’ How Canada upset Mexico and climbed to the top in World Cup qualifying

Coach John Herdman made four changes from the starting 11 that beat Costa Rica here on Friday, including bringing in captain Atiba Hutchinson and stri... → Read More

Atiba Hutchinson has seen it all with the Canadian men’s soccer team. He never quit. Success was worth the wait

For much of the 38-year-old Hutchinson’s career, Canadian soccer success stories haven’t included the men’s program. But the tide has been shifting. T... → Read More

Blue Jays sign starter José Berríos to seven-year, $131 million contract extension

Getting him to re-sign was widely considered one of the most critical pieces of off-season work for Toronto. → Read More

The Canadians wanted Mexico to have to deal with Edmonton’s weather — but 20 centimetres of snow?

Winter arrives in time for World Cup qualifying match. → Read More

Canadian men make a mental note as they get their minds set on Mexico

Both teams have weapons, so their qualifying match “come back to mentality.” Herdman says. “There’ll be a hell of a fight out there.” → Read More