November 2017

Price's return provides hope for struggling Canadiens

Carey Price is back as net minder for Les HabitonsCarey Price is back to normal. After an uncharacteristically shaky October and a lower-body injury that kept him out for most of November, Price has returned to give the Montreal Canadiens some life.

Benching of Manning signals end of era for Giants

Eli Manning looks distraught on the sidelineThe Eli Manning era is nearing its end for the New York Giants. Head coach Ben McAdoo announced Tuesday that the Giants, who are a disappointing 2-9 this season after making the playoffs in 2016, will start Geno Smith in their next game, ending Manning’s streak of consecutive starts at 210. Manning won two Super Bowls during his time with New York, but the 36-year-old does not appear to be in the team’s rebuilding plans.

Slumping Grizzlies fire head coach Fizdale

David Fizdale has some questions after being dismissed by the Memphis GrizzliesDavid Fizdale’s first stint as an NBA head coach is over. The Memphis Grizzlies fired Fizdale on Monday after losing their eighth straight game, ending his tenure in Memphis after just 101 regular-season games and surprising the basketball world.

Argonauts come back to win Grey Cup as Stampeders fall short again

Northern Secondary School alumni Matt Black seals the Grey Cup for the Toronto ArgonautsThe Calgary Stampeders were less than 10 yards away from taking a commanding fourth-quarter lead in the 105th Grey Cup championship on Sunday, but the Toronto Argonauts stormed back to win 27-24 on a snowy evening in Ottawa. The loss was Calgary’s second Grey Cup defeat in as many years, and Toronto has now won its last six CFL championship appearances.

McDavid's illness symptomatic of Oilers' rough start

Connor McDavid gets stopped by Red Wings goalie Jimmy HowardSomething is definitely wrong with the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers appeared to turn a corner last season after making the playoffs for the first time since 2006, but a quarter of the way into 2017-18, they are once again one of the worst teams in the Western Conference. There is no simple answer to Edmonton’s struggles, which now include an ongoing illness affecting the team’s captain and best player, Connor McDavid.

Westbrook bests Durant in latest meeting of bitter rivals

Russell Westbrook gets the last laugh against former teammate Kevin DurantMore than one year apart has done little to cool the rivalry between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Westbrook finally earned a win over Durant and the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to a much-needed victory, which also happened to be their first against Golden State since Durant left the Thunder.

Clippers searching for answers amid lengthy losing skid

Austin Rivers dribbles into trouble against the Los Angeles LakersThe Los Angeles Clippers don’t look like themselves. The Clippers were one of the better teams over the last six seasons in the hyper-competitive Western Conference, never finishing lower than fifth, but an early-season nine-game losing skid suggests their days of relative dominance are over.

Suspensions leave Toronto FC without stars for first leg of conference final

Columbus Crew and Toronto FC prepare at a previous matchToronto FC is set to open the Eastern Conference Final without their top two scorers. Toronto visits the Columbus Crew on Tuesday for the opening leg of their playoff round, but Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco will both be out of the lineup due to suspensions that could prove costly to Toronto’s title hopes.

Bills in tailspin after strong start to season

Nathan Peterman walks off the field following a historically bad startAll of a sudden, the Buffalo Bills look lost. A month ago Buffalo was behaving like a team bound for the playoffs, but a three-game losing skid has pushed the Bills to the outside of the AFC playoff picture, and their road doesn’t get much easier in the final weeks of the season. Sunday’s 54-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers exposed many of Buffalo’s self-inflicted issues, along with some terrible luck.

Astros' Altuve, Marlins' Stanton named MLB MVPs

Jose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton accept awardsJose Altuve and Giancarlo Stanton finished their tremendous years by each taking home their first MLB MVP award on Thursday. For Altuve, the award caps a championship season with the Houston Astros, where Altuve developed into the American League batting champion over the last seven years.