February 2017

Upgraded Raptors likely without injured Lowry until playoffs

An injured Kyle Lowry addresses the press at All-Star WeekendThe Toronto Raptors responded to their worst stretch of the season by loading up at the trade deadline, and they will need every bit of that talent boost as they try to secure a favorable playoff seed without one of their all-stars. Kyle Lowry suffered a wrist injury prior to the all-star break and will undergo surgery Tuesday which will likely sideline him until the postseason.

Kings hedge their bets in net by acquiring Bishop from Lightning

Ben Bishop makes a save for the Tampa Bay LightningAfter enduring most of the season with their starting goaltender on injured reserve, the Los Angeles Kings aren’t taking any chances in net for a potential playoff run. Los Angeles acquired Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday for a package including Peter Budaj, prospect Erik Cernak and a conditional 2017 draft pick, giving the Kings a proven starter to play behind Jonathan Quick.

Leicester City fires Ranieri less than a year after Premier League title

One last time to say goodbye for Claudio RanieriNo one’s job appeared safer than Claudio Ranieri’s after he guided Leicester City on one of the most incredible championship runs in sports history. What a difference nine months can make. Ranieri was relieved of his duties as Leicester City’s manager Thursday as the club tries to salvage what they can from a trying season as defending Premier League champions.

Encarnacion wanted to remain with Blue Jays, who were ‘too hasty’

While it might run counter to the notion of the MLB’s free agent signing period being a frenzy of massive contracts, patience is often a virtue in baseball negotiations. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the way the Toronto Blue Jays squandered their opportunity to hang onto fan-favourite slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who said he would have stayed with the Blue Jays if their offer had remained on the table.

Offseason moves on the way for veteran quarterbacks Romo, Cutler

Cowboys fan holds up a sign thanking Tony Romo Tony Romo was diplomatic about backing up rookie Dak Prescott after returning from a back injury during the 2016 season, but he wants to be a starter again and it won’t happen with the Dallas Cowboys. Romo’s inevitable departure from Dallas has become one of the top stories of the NFL offseason, as many teams could use a veteran arm to stabilize their offense.

Laine and Matthews tied for rookie goal lead as they meet again

Rookie sensation Auston Matthews fist pumps teammates When Auston Matthews and Patrick Laine were selected with the first two picks of last June’s NHL draft, both were seen as superlative talents, but no one knew just how amazing—or how parallel—their rookie campaigns would run. Matthews and Laine are not only leading rookies in scoring, but they each have 28 goals as they prepare to face one another Tuesday when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Winnipeg Jets.

Sacramento reportedly trades Cousins to Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins handles the basketballDeMarcus Cousins travelled to New Orleans for the NBA All-Star game on the weekend, but he didn’t expect to stay there.

Derrick Jones Jr. looking to spoil Aaron Gordon's dunk contest coronation

Aaron Gordon slams it down against the Atlanta HawksAaron Gordon was one half of one of the greatest slam dunk competitions in NBA history last year, losing narrowly to Zach LaVine in Toronto. Gordon returns to the dunk contest Saturday in New Orleans as the presumptive favourite with LaVine sidelined, but his stiffest competition is someone who has barely graced an NBA roster.

Slumping Canadiens drop Therrien, add Julien in coaching shake-up

Michel Therrien has been replaced by former Habs' bench boss Claude JulienClaude Julien’s unemployment barely lasted a week. The Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Michel Therrien on Tuesday and replaced him with Julien, seven days after Julien was fired by the Boston Bruins. It will be Julien’s second time coaching the Canadiens, and his presence behind the bench adds another layer to the historic hockey rivalry between Boston and Montreal.

Raptors get their big, acquiring Ibaka from Magic for Ross and a pick

Serge Ibaka playing against the team he is set to joinThe Toronto Raptors have found their starting power forward. The Raptors addressed their biggest area of need Tuesday by acquiring Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.