Raptors send unforgettable message by crushing Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. – They got their money’s worth. The Bay Area is a long way to travel, so you might as well get the full Golden State Warriors experience. It was the Raptors’ last regular-season visit to a venue that is in its last season and has been the sight of endless nightmares for Toronto, […]

The Blue Jays have a decision to make on Ken Giles

Understand that this was way back before analytics were all the rage – long before anybody was talking about an “opener,” and back in a time when closers had an almost mythical quality attached to them. Baseball people, or many at least, understood there was a fungible nature to the job. But it was almost […]

31 Thoughts: Examining why a Nylander-Pietrangelo deal never materialized

• Can Ovechkin break Gretzky’s goals record?• Leafs doing due diligence on blueliners• Would Chicago, L.A. discussing moving Crawford, Quick? For years, David Amber’s been preaching to anyone who would listen that Alex Ovechkin will challenge Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 goals. This is always met with derisive mocking, including, on one occasion, from Ovechkin […]

Maple Leafs, Nylander regain composure in win over Hurricanes

RALEIGH, N.C. — No stone is left unturned in the Toronto Maple Leafs efforts to maximize player performance. That’s why William Nylander has found no internal pressure to perform at a high-end level since returning from his long contract impasse. By the best estimates of the Leafs sports science department, it typically takes a player […]

Why the Toronto Blue Jays released Troy Tulowitzki

LAS VEGAS – Consider the $38-million price tag on the release of Troy Tulowitzki the final bill for punting Jose Reyes midway through the 2015 season, when the need to pay out a shortstop who no longer fit the roster was deferred for a few years. The Toronto Blue Jays decided they had to make […]

Blue Jays release shortstop Troy Tulowitzki

LAS VEGAS – Troy Tulowitzki’s Toronto Blue Jays career came to an abrupt and unexpected end Tuesday, as the team announced the release of the 34-year-old shortstop. “Through many conversations with Troy and his representative Paul Cohen, and with consideration to what is in the best interest of both sides, we made the decision to […]

Blue Jays’ path to trading Stroman, Sanchez seems more tangible

LAS VEGAS – There’s always a degree of posturing in the public statements of baseball officials, particularly when it comes to the futures of players who may be up for trade. During the winter meetings especially, taking all that’s said with a grain of salt is highly recommended. What’s important to track, however, is how […]