UPDATE FROM DUNEDIN RECONSTRUCTION

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY EDDIE MICHELS.

THREE VIEWS OF THE RENOVATION

New third base seating along with the bar and exit ramp for the stadium walk around are shown down the left field line at TD Ballpark.

Construction continues at the reconstructed main entrance at TD Ballpark at Grant Field the spring training home of the Toronto Blue Jays.  The stadium construction is supposed to be completed before the Blue Jays first home spring training game scheduled for Feb. 24 against the Atlanta Braves.  The stadium and minor-league complex are part of a $101-million project that will keep the Blue Jays in Dunedin for another 25 years.

Looking into TD Ballpark from Curtis Fundamental Elementary School.

Towns hits 7 3-pointers, Wolves beat Jazz without Wiggins — New Delhi Times

Karl-Anthony Towns had seven 3-pointers and 29 points, and the Minnesota Timberwolves handed the Utah Jazz their first home loss, 112-102 Monday night. Without second-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins, the Timberwolves held the Jazz to 36.8% shooting and were bolstered by Jeff Teague’s 21 points and 11 assists. Kelan Martin had seven of his 14 points […]

Towns hits 7 3-pointers, Wolves beat Jazz without Wiggins — New Delhi Times

Myles Garrett should be careful what he wishes for — ProFootballTalk

On Wednesday, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett will have the appeal hearing on his indefinite suspension, resulting from removing the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him in the head with it. Garrett’s best argument comes from the notion that the rules don’t permit an indefinite suspension for on-field misconduct. And that’s apparently…

Myles Garrett should be careful what he wishes for — ProFootballTalk

MAPLE LEAFS AT VEGAS PREGAME NOTES: “Frederik Andersen is 3-1-0 on the road this season with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. – Has a 4-1-0 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.54 goals-against average in five career games against Vegas.”

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (9-9-4 – 22 Points) vs.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (10-9-3 – 23 Points)

NOVEMBER 19, 2019 ▪ 10:00 PM EST

T-MOBILE ARENA (LAS VEGAS, NV) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VEGAS

ALL-TIME RECORD:4-1-0-0 (5 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:1-1-0-0 (2 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VEGAS

GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (10), Tyson Barrie (7), Alex Kerfoot (7)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (5), John Tavares (3), Mitch Marner (2)
ASSISTS:Jake Muzzin (4), Morgan Rielly (4), Three players tied (3)
POINTS:Auston Matthews (7), John Tavares (6), Mitch Marner (5), Morgan Rielly (5)
PENALTY MINUTES:Alex Kerfoot (4), Jake Muzzin (4), 12 players tied (2)

MAPLE LEAFS – GOLDEN KNIGHTS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVEGAS
GOALS FOR (Rank):70 (t-4th)66 (t-11th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       75 (t-29th)65 (t-20th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):12/72 [16.7%] (22nd)16/74 [21.6%] (10th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):57/76 [75.0%] (25th)68/78 [87.2%] (4th)
SHOTS (Rank):730 (3rd)744 (1st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1104 (1st)1010 (5th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.7% (2nd)52.0% (8th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):53.8% (2nd)49.7% (t-14th)


MAPLE LEAFS – GOLDEN KNIGHTS NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Nov. 6, 2017 vs. VGK (Toronto 4, Vegas 3 SO)
ALL-TIME RECORD:4-1-0-0 (5 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:3-0-0-0 (3 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:1-1-0-0 (2 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:Feb. 14, 2019 (Toronto 6, Vegas 3)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Tyson Barrie400th career NHL game (Mar. 26, 2017 (COL) at VGK)
Auston Matthews100th career NHL point (Dec. 31, 2017 at VGK)
100th career NHL goal (Feb. 14, 2019 at VGK)
Jake Muzzin200th career NHL assist (Dec. 8, 2018 (LAK) vs. VGK)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS14 (Matthews)
ASSISTS14 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS27 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Kapanen)
PIMs16 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
SHOTS84 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.9% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %59.5% (Spezza)
BLOCKED SHOTS43 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS47 (Moore)
TOI PER GAME25:14 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:25 (Matthews, Rielly)
SH TOI PER GAME3:32 (Ceci)


MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 3-1-0 on the road this season with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.
– Has a 4-1-0 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.54 goals-against average in five career games against Vegas.- Sixth in the NHL in saves (456) and seventh in even-strength saves (355).
Tyson Barrie– Sixth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (58).
– Has been on the ice for 436 Toronto shot attempts, which is the most on-ice shot attempts-for among all NHL skaters.
Cody Ceci– Sixth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time (77:34).- Tied for 15th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (43).
Travis Dermott– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent in nine games since returning from injury.
Pierre Engvall– Could make his NHL debut tonight.- Has 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 15 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) this season.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 60.3 percent (73 won, 48 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl– Has a 5-on-5 unblocked shot attempt percentage of 53.7, which is the highest among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Zach Hyman– Averaging 18:06 per game in ice time through three games since returning from injury.
Kasperi Kapanen– Leads the Maple Leafs in road points this season with nine (4-5-9) in nine road games.
Kasimir Kaskisuo– Made his NHL debut on November 16 at Pittsburgh.
Auston Matthews– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in goals (14).- Tied for third among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (10).- Fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (84).- Averaging 1.5 points per game against Western Conference opponents, which is the second-highest average vs. the Western Conference among Eastern Conference skaters.
Ilya Mikheyev– Leads the NHL in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shots on goal (52).- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded time on ice (52:43) by over 10 minutes (Second: Trevor Moore, 42:00).
Jake Muzzin– Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (21:58).- One of seven NHL defencemen to have registered at least 40 hits (47) and at least 40 shots on goal (43).- Has four assists in 10 career games against Vegas, which is tied for the third-most assists against the Golden Knights among NHL defencemen since their inaugural season. 
William Nylander– Has recorded three points (1-2-3) in three games against Pacific Division opposition.- Has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) through eight games in November.
Nic Petan– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 67.7 percent (107 for,
51 against) through eight games, which is the highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in five games.                  
Morgan Rielly– Tied for seventh among NHL defencemen in points (3-14-17).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-9-12).- Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in TOI per game (25:14).- 11th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (29.2).
– Has registered six assists in nine road games this season. 
Nick Shore– Tied for fourth among all NHLers in defensive zone starts (135).
John Tavares– Has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in seven games since returning from injury on November 5 vs. Los Angeles.- Recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in six road games thus far in 2019-20.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (60.0% – 39 won, 26 lost).- Has won the most faceoffs (142) among NHLers who have played 15 or fewer games.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

John TavaresTwo assists from 400 career NHL assists.Three games from 100 games as a Maple Leaf.

RECENT MILESTONES

Andreas Johnsson100th career NHL game (November 9 vs. PHI)
Kasimir KaskisuoFirst NHL game (November 16 at PIT)
John Tavares100th point as a Maple Leaf (Novemer 13 at NYI)

INJURY REPORT

Alex Kerfoot (Dental Fractures)Out indefinitely.
Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 46

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

November 18Recalled forward Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).Placed forward Trevor Moore on injured reserve.
November 12Recalled forward Nic Petan and goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Loaned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Knicks Hope That RJ Barrett Could Be The Real Deal — NEW YORK SPORTS THIS WEEK

RJ Barrett has been treated to a hero’s welcome to New York and the Knicks. In his first NBA win, Barrett’s first double-double (19 points, 15 rebounds) took a back seat to Bobby Portis’ timely shooting and 28 points off the bench. In the rookie’s first road win, he endured the worst shooting night (1-for-9) […]

Knicks Hope That RJ Barrett Could Be The Real Deal — NEW YORK SPORTS THIS WEEK

Eagles to host finish of New Jersey playoff game suspended due to shooting — ProFootballTalk

The Philadelphia Eagles will host the conclusion of a suspended New Jersey high school football game Wednesday at Lincoln Financial Field that was cut short due to a shooting last weekend. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association announced Monday that the Eagles had offered up the use of their stadium for the finish of…

Eagles to host finish of New Jersey playoff game suspended due to shooting — ProFootballTalk

RAPTORS 132, HORNETS 96 POSTGAME QUOTES: “I wish they would catch the guy who does it once in a while. That is two games (Anunoby) has gotten hit in the head and nobody sees anything.” –NICK NURSE

(6-8) CHARLOTTE HORNETS, 96 VS. (9-4) TORONTO RAPTORS, 132

SCOTIABANK ARENA
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES
NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)
On the team’s 40 assists …
We did a really good job, started early. Even though there were some long possessions early in the game, I thought we kept staying with things and ended up getting good shots even late in the shot clock. Then the threes starting going in like crazy in the second half and that always helps your assist numbers. But yeah, that is awesome to see. So many guys with such big numbers and it was just kind of from start to finish really.
On OG Anunoby getting hit in the eye again tonight …
I wish they would catch the guy who does it once in a while. That is two games he has gotten hit in the head and nobody sees anything.
He jump-started us there in the second half, I don’t know how many he made – four for sure in the third, four threes, I think, and a couple of them were dribble to the left late in clock a little bit. So those were big, I think that helped us gain a lot of momentum. It was good to
see, I didn’t think that he played that great in Dallas off the little time off and he was medium in the first half even I thought tonight. So it was good to see him get a boost of confidence there and play so great in the second half.
How much of that is OG’s confidence?
Yeah, I think it’s confidence, it’s just part of getting out there a little bit. I think … you can remember all those times he’d catch it and always pump fake it and they’d stay close and short on him, so he would still be able to take it again. He has just kind of worked that out
of his game for the most part where he is feet are ready and that’s a tribute to him to working on getting his feet and his hands (ready). I always say you have to have your feet ready, your hands ready and in between your ears ready to shoot. He has worked on all of that.
On the team’s rebounding…
We did talk about it a couple of times today. We said that we thought we had been trying really hard and battling on the glass and coming up a little short on the numbers some games. I said let’s keep the same battle but let’s win the rebound battle tonight. I wasn’t
faulting the effort or the attempts to block out or any of those things, the ball was a little tricky a few times in a couple of games and
tonight it wasn’t. Tonight we really did a good job chasing it down but it was on our board as a focus. Win the rebound battle and we win
the game is kind of what we were saying going into tonight, so they did a good job taking that from the board to the floor.
TERENCE DAVIS II (16 points, seven assists)
On setting a career high in points…
I just wanted to show that I can play in this league, bring energy. These guys handle their business on and off the court, so this is a
great organization to be part of.
Why was the ball moving so well tonight?
That’s just how we play. Our game is based on next action and anytime you get the ball moving that means the defence is moving.
That’s how we play and these guys are champions and it works.
RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON (15 points, eight rebounds)
On putting a focus on rebounding tonight…
It’s big. We got outrebounded last game, so just trying to come out, get my hands on any loose balls and rebound that I can was big for
me.
As a rebounder, how much is it wanting the ball?
It’s a mix of everything. Wanting the ball, being in the right place, going to get it, believing that your teammates will box out along with
yourself. It’s a lot of variables with rebounding. For the most part you have to have that will to go get it.
How scary is it to see OG get hit in the eye again?
We were just joking about that on the bench towards the end of the game, “you are going to have to wear the Bane mask pretty soon
just to keep people out of your eyes.” He laughed. It’s definitely scary to see, it’s part of the game, you never know what can happen.
You just want to play basketball at the end of the day.

OG ANUNOBY (24 points, five rebounds)
Are you going to start wearing the mask pretty soon?
I may try it out tomorrow at practice. We’ll see.
On experimenting with wearing goggles during warm up in Dallas…
I just needed more time. I’ve got wear them for practice first and then see how it goes.
How comfortable are you shooting threes?
How much more comfortable? I work on it every day, so each day I get more comfortable with it.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS QUOTES
JAMES BORREGO (HEAD COACH)
On the difference in the second half …
I think OG’s (Anunoby) threes made a huge difference. He made some tough shots off the bounce. He hit, I think, three of his threes …
off the bounce. Then we couldn’t find any traction offensively, and then we turned it over. So it was a combination of them making
shots, making threes, us turning it over and not running good offence, not making shots which led to their easy baskets going the other
way in transition.
Anything you are able to take from tonight…
What I’ll take from tonight is the aggressive team always wins, nine out of ten times the aggressive team always wins. I think overall
Toronto was the more aggressive, more physical team tonight.
BISMACK BIYOMBO (13 points, two blocks) On the Raptors second half … They got more aggressive in the second half, and I think the way started the third quarter gave them some confidence. Obviously we
are coming off of two great games. We’ve got to learn from this one. They are a great team, they are champions for a reason. We’ve
got to learn from it and be prepared for the next game. At the same time it’s a learning process for some of our young guys. We’ve got
to continue to grow and improve and look forward to Brooklyn.
On moving past a tough game…
To be honest, we are not even concerned about that. We’re taking it a game at a time. We focus on one game. Obviously this is over
now. You watch film, you grow and tomorrow we go back to the gym, we start studying Brooklyn. I think at the same time the NBA has
so many games. You play one the day after tomorrow and then you play another one. You have got to catch up fast and I think that is
the goal is for us. Focus on the next one and as our young guys continue to grow we are enjoying the process. We know what we want
to be and we are definitely working towards the right direction and we are going to continue to work and improve every single day.
MARVIN WILLIAMS (14 points, two blocks)
What did Toronto do in the third quarter to change the game?
I think they came out and asserted themselves. They imposed their will on us and we were never able to recover. Give those guys
credit. It’s a really good team. Obviously they are down a few men. They’ve been through the battles and they know what it takes to win
a basketball game. We’ve done well this far, but we are still learning. We will learn from this situation for the next time.
How do you have a short memory and come out against Brooklyn and be ready?
I think the biggest thing about an NBA season is that some nights you’re going to have nights like this and obviously you want to limit
those nights. You can’t dwell too hard on them. We have a lot of games coming up. Obviously you don’t want to play like that. I’m sure
we’ll watch film tomorrow and clean up some of the things we did wrong and focus on the next game. You’re disappointed because you
want to play better, especially against the better teams in the league, you can’t dwell on it for too long because we’ve got to keep looking forward.

RAPTORS 132, HORNETS 96 POST GAME NOTES: “The Raptors recorded a franchise-record 40 assists on 50 made field goals … The previous record was 39 assists set Dec. 15, 1997 vs. Indiana … Marc Gasol led Toronto with a season-best nine assists.”

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 132, CHARLOTTE HORNETS 96
DATE: November 18, 2019 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

Tonight marked Toronto’s 242nd consecutive sellout (including playoffs) dating back to Nov. 11, 2014 – the longest streak in franchise history.


FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
Charlotte 96 6-8 Williams – 14/ Batum – 6/ Graham – 6
Toronto 132 9-4 Anunoby – 24/Boucher – 11/ Gasol – 9

KEY RUN

Leading 71-61 with 7:53 remaining in third, Toronto went on a 13-3 run to push the lead to 20 with 5:40 left in the quarter … The Raptors outscored Charlotte 32-18 in the third period … Toronto’s largest lead of the night was 38 points midway through the fourth quarter.


KEY STAT

The Raptors recorded a franchise-record 40 assists on 50 made field goals … The previous record was 39 assists set Dec. 15, 1997 vs. Indiana … Marc Gasol led Toronto with a season-best nine assists.
RAPTORS NOTES:
• With the victory, Toronto improves to 9-4 this season and a perfect 5-0 at home … The Raptors are
one of five teams in the NBA still without a loss at home this season.
• Toronto has now won six of the last eight meetings with Charlotte.
• The Raptors outscored Charlotte 58-30 in the paint and 20-5 on the fast-break.
• Toronto made a season-high 20 three-point field goals – one shy of the franchise record … Tonight marked the fourth time in team history the Raptors made 20+ threes in a single game.
• The Raptors shot .515 (50-97) from the field, including .465 (20-43) from beyond the arc.
• Toronto out rebounded the Hornets 53-37 and matched a season high with 16 offensive rebounds.
OG Anunoby scored a career-high 24 points (10-13 FG, 4-7 3PT) in 27 minutes of action … Anunoby scored 20+ points for the sixth time in his career and second time this season.
Terence Davis ll set career highs with 16 points (5-7 3PT, 4-5 3PT, 2-2 FT) and seven assists in 21 minutes of the bench … Davis scored in double figures for the third time in the last five games.
Chris Boucher posted his second career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.
• The Raptors had seven players score double figures – Anunoby (24), Pascal Siakam (20), Norman Powell (17), Davis ll (16), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (15), Fred VanVleet (11) and Boucher (11).
Dewan Hernandez and Oshae Brissett both made their NBA debut tonight vs. Charlotte.


HORNETS NOTES:
• With the loss, Charlotte falls to 6-8 on the season and 3-4 on the road … The defeat ends the
Hornets’ two-game win streak … Charlotte continues a four-game road trip Wednesday at Brooklyn.
• The Hornets had five players score in double digits – Marvin Williams (14), Miles Bridges (13),

Bismack Biyombo (13), Devonte’ Graham (11) and Terry Rozier (10).