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Drake passions heat up with Raptors' run as crucial game approaches

TORONTO — By now, Drake's relentless grandstanding on behalf of his beloved Toronto Raptors is to be expected. And so too, then, is the wrath of Milwaukee Bucks' fans now excoriating the Canadian rapper for a series of escalating taunts.

Willie Jefferson happy to switch sides in Blue Bombers-Roughriders rivalry

WINNIPEG — Willie Jefferson thought there would be some backlash when he left the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the rival Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Turns out he was right.
Toronto Wolfpack thump Sheffield Eagles to run winning streak to nine games

Toronto Wolfpack thump Sheffield Eagles to run winning streak to nine games

SHEFFIELD, England — The Toronto Wolfpack ran in eight tries Friday to extend their winning streak to nine games with a 42-16 win over the Sheffield Eagles in Betfred Championship rugby league play.

Former hooker Ray Barkwill to join Canada U-18 rugby coaching staff

TORONTO — Recently retired Canadian hooker Ray Barkwill is joining the coaching staff of Canada's under-18 rugby team for its July international series. The 38-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont.
Toronto Raptors founder Bitove proud of team's success, praises fans

Toronto Raptors founder Bitove proud of team's success, praises fans

TORONTO — One of the founding owners of the Toronto Raptors says he feels like a proud parent as the basketball team prepares for its biggest game in franchise history this weekend.
Olympic short-track speedskating gold medallist Samuel Girard retires

Olympic short-track speedskating gold medallist Samuel Girard retires

SAGUENAY, Que. — Olympic short-track speedskating champion Samuel Girard has announced his retirement from the sport. The 22-year-old from Ferland-et-Boilleau, Que.
Terror probe after 'low force' blast in French city of Lyon

Terror probe after 'low force' blast in French city of Lyon

LYON, France — A "low force" blast hit a busy pedestrian street Friday in the French city of Lyon, injuring seven people as it shattered the glass from a refrigerated shop cooler in a bakery, a local official said.
Three young Canadians look to make their mark at French Open

Three young Canadians look to make their mark at French Open

LYON, France — Tennis might have its legendary "Big Three" in Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. But now Canadian tennis has its own version — and the trio is ready to make waves at the French Open.
Raptors relying on experience as they try to finish off Bucks

Raptors relying on experience as they try to finish off Bucks

TORONTO — The situation may be new for Toronto as a city, but it's old hat for Kawhi Leonard.
Canada plays Spain to 0-0 draw in final warm-up match before Women's World Cup

Canada plays Spain to 0-0 draw in final warm-up match before Women's World Cup

LOGRONO, Spain — Canada goes into the Women's World Cup unbeaten this year and having conceded just one goal in eight matches after a 0-0 draw with Spain in its final tournament warm-up match Friday.