World of difference between Babcock and other coaches, says Shanahan — Toronto Sun

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. — Mike Babcock is not Bill Peters. He’s not Marc Crawford. He’s not even Jim Montgomery. A firestorm of inappropriate conduct has engulfed the hockey world ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs relieved Babcock of his coaching duties three weeks ago. And while Babcock has been similarly criticized for what some have […]

World of difference between Babcock and other coaches, says Shanahan — Toronto Sun



Canada Soccer announced today that Toronto FC II forward Jayden Nelson has been named 2019 Canadian Youth International Player of the Year, becoming the first Toronto FC player to win the award.

Nelson, 17, represented the Canadian National Team at the Concacaf Men’s U-17 Championship, where he scored five goals (including a hat-trick against Guatemala) in six appearances as Canada qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time since 2013. At the U-17 World Cup in Brazil, Nelson appeared in all three of Canada’s games and was selected Canada’s Player of the Match vs. New Zealand, in the team’s final Group A match.

Nelson appeared in 14 matches for Toronto FC II during the 2019 USL League One regular season. He made his professional debut on April 6, 2019, when he came off the bench against Orlando City B.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                    Dec. 10, 2019  


— Prolific Boston writer will be posthumously honored July 24-27
during Hall of Fame Weekend in Cooperstown —

Nick Cafardo, who informed and entertained New England’s passionate baseball fan base for more than 35 years up to the last day of his life, was elected the 2020 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. His career will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter “for meritorious contributions to baseball writing” during the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s Induction Weekend July 24-27, 2020 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Cafardo received 243 votes from the 427 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years’ service in becoming the 71st winner of the award since its inception in 1962 and named for the first recipient. Spink was a driving force of the Sporting News, known during his lifetime as the “Baseball Bible.”

Jim Reeves, an award-winning columnist and baseball writer in a 40-year career with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, received 108 votes. Patrick Reusse, who has spent the better part of 45 years writing about baseball in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, got 76.

A Weymouth Mass., native and Suffolk University graduate, Cafardo worked at the Brockton Enterprise and the Quincy Patriot-Ledger before joining the Boston Globe as baseball columnist in 1989. Nick inherited the Sunday notes column, founded by 2004 Spink Award recipient Peter Gammons in the early 1970s, and did not miss a single week over the final 15 years of his career. Cafardo made virtually every Red Sox trip and covered more than 30 World Series, All-Star Games and Winter Meetings.

Cafardo covered Red Sox World Series victories in 2004, 2007, 2013 and 2018. When the Red Sox and Dodgers played 18 innings in Game 3 of the 2018 Series at Dodger Stadium, Nick turned to colleagues with the score tied at the start of the 18th and remarked, “Isn’t this great?” Then he made deadline (Eovaldi Heroic in Defeat) in a game that ended at 3:30 a.m. Boston time. Cafardo wrote four baseball books and won the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year Award in 2014 and the Boston Baseball Writers’ Dave O’Hara Award in 2017.

Cafardo’s final baseball article, a column about World Series MVP Steve Pearce, appeared in the Globe Feb. 21, 2019. Cafardo was scheduled to be off that day but went to the ballpark anyway and died outside the Red Sox’ spring training clubhouse. He was 62. He is the first posthumous winner of the award since his Boston Globe colleague, Larry Whiteside, in 2008.

Previous Spink Award Recipients

2019 Jayson Stark; 2018 Sheldon Ocker; 2017 Claire Smith; 2016 Dan Shaughnessy; 2015 Tom Gage; 2014 Roger Angell; 2013 Paul Hagen; 2012 Bob Elliott; 2011 Bill Conlin; 2010 Bill Madden; 2009 Nick Peters; 2008 Larry Whiteside; 2006 Rick Hummel; 2005 Tracy Ringolsby; 2004 Peter Gammons; 2003 Murray Chass; 2002 Hal McCoy; 2001 Joe Falls; 2000 Ross Newhan; 1999 Hal Lebovitz; 1998 Bob Stevens; 1997 Sam Lacy; 1996 Charley Feeney; 1995 Joseph Durso; 1993 Wendell Smith; 1992 Leonard Koppett, Bus Saidt; 1991 Ritter Collett; 1990 Phil Collier; 1989 Jerome Holtzman; 1988 Bob Hunter, Ray Kelly; 1987 Jim Murray; 1986 Jack Lang; 1985 Earl Lawson; 1984 Joe McGuff; 1983 Ken Smith; 1982 Si Burick; 1981 Bob Addie, Allen Lewis; 1980 Joe Reichler, Milton Richman; 1979 Bob Broeg, Tommy Holmes; 1978 Tim Murnane, Dick Young; 1977 Gordon Cobbledick, Edgar Munzel; 1976 Harold Kaese, Red Smith; 1975 Tom Meany, Shirley Povich; 1974 John Carmichael, James Isaminger; 1973 Warren Brown, John Drebinger, John F. Kieran; 1972 Dan Daniel, Fred Lieb, J. Roy Stockton; 1971 Frank Graham; 1970 Heywood C. Broun; 1969 Sid Mercer; 1968 H.G. Salsinger; 1967 Damon Runyon; 1966 Grantland Rice; 1965 Charles Dryden; 1964 Hugh Fullerton; 1963 Ring Lardner; 1962 J.G. Taylor Spink.

Woz Blog: Missing open shots ailing the Raptors right now — Toronto Sun

Before we get to The Return of the King (non-LeBron version) and all of the hoopla that will surround Kawhi Leonard’s lone trip back to Toronto this season (barring a Finals meeting, of course), we unfortunately need to reflect on Monday’s hideous contest in Chicago and Sunday’s much more entertaining (but still not rewatchable) game…

Woz Blog: Missing open shots ailing the Raptors right now — Toronto Sun

What to expect when Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto — Press Telegram

Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto on Wednesday as a hero and an opponent. It’s his first visit since the three-time All-Star took his talents to L.A., agreeing to sign with the Clippers during free agency this past summer – just three long, massively scrutinized weeks after he led the Raptors to their first NBA title…

What to expect when Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard returns to Toronto — Press Telegram

MAPLE LEAFS AT CANUCKS PREGAME NOTES: “Alex Kerfoot hails from Vancouver and has a goal and an assist in three career games on the road against the Canucks.”

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (14-13-4 – 32 Points) vs.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (15-11-4 – 34 Points)

DECEMBER 10, 2019 ▪ 10:00 PM EST



ALL-TIME RECORD:59-62-22-3 (146 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:25-37-11-2 (75 Games)
LAST 10:6-2-2


GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (31), Jason Spezza (26), Tyson Barrie (22)
GOALS:John Tavares (7), Jason Spezza (6), Tyson Barrie (4)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (11), Jason Spezza (10), John Tavares (9)
POINTS:John Tavares (16), Jason Spezza (16), Tyson Barrie (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jake Muzzin (24), Morgan Rielly (9), Jason Spezza (6)


GOALS FOR (Rank):99 (8th)100 (7th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       101 (t-26th)90 (t-13th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):18/86 [20.9%] (10th)31/114 [27.2%] (4th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):75/98 [76.5%] (25th)83/102 [81.4%] (15th)
SHOTS (Rank):1044 (4th)961 (15th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1588 (2nd)1333 (16th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.2% (5th)50.8% (t-12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.4% (2nd)52.2% (3rd)


FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:October 11, 1970 (Vancouver 5, Toronto 3)
ALL-TIME RECORD:59-62-22-3 (146 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:25-37-11-2 (75 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:February 13, 2016 (Toronto 5, Vancouver 2)


Travis DermottFirst NHL game (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
Michael HutchinsonFirst win as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
First shutout as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
Mitch Marner200th NHL game (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
Jake MuzzinFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 15, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
Trevor MooreFirst NHL goal (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)


GOALS18 (Matthews)
ASSISTS18 (Rielly)
POINTS33 (Matthews)
PIMs22 (Muzzin)
SHOTS116 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.0% (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %58.6% (Petan)
TAKEAWAYS29 (Marner)
HITS66 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:42 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:04 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME3:19 (Ceci)


Frederik Andersen– Is 7-3-0 on the road this season with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
– Has made 15 career appearances against Vancouver and is 8-2-5 with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.- Tied for third in the NHL in wins (14).- Third in the NHL in saves (683) and even-strength saves (563).- Tied for third in the NHL in shootout saves (11).
Tyson Barrie– Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (81).
– Has been on the ice for the third-most shot attempts for (606) among NHL skaters.
– Has an on-ice shot attempt differential of plus-112, which ranks 11th among NHL defencemen.- Leads all Maple Leafs skaters and is tied for 25th among NHLers in slap shots taken (23).
Cody Ceci– Sixth among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (102:32).- Has started 194 shifts in the defensive zone, which is tied for the seventh-most defensive zone starts among all NHL skaters.
Justin Holl– Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent at 5-on-5, which leads all Maple Leafs defencemen.
Michael Hutchinson– Tied for sixth among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in fewer than 10 games in saves (197).
Zach Hyman– Had his sixth career multi-goal game on December 7 at St. Louis.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks eighth among Toronto skaters who have played 10 games.
– Averaging 17:44 per game in ice time through 11 games since returning from injury, which ranks fifth among Toronto forwards.
Kasperi Kapanen– Leads the Maple Leafs in points on the road with 14 (6 goals, 8 assists) in 16 road games this season.- Ranks sixth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (6-7-13).
Alex Kerfoot– Hails from Vancouver and has a goal and an assist in three career games on the road against the Canucks.  
Mitch Marner– Ranks second among NHLers who have appeared in 20 or fewer games in assists (16).- Sixth in the NHL in takeaways (29).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards in shifts per game (25.8).- Has played the most shorthanded ice time (57:17) among NHL forwards who have appeared in 20 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in goals (18).- Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (13).- Tied for 12th among NHL skaters in points (18-15-33).- Ranks fifth in the NHL with 116 shots on goal.- Has been on the ice for a team-high 45 of the Maple Leafs’ 99 goals.
Ilya Mikheyev– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Second among NHL rookies in shots on goal (73).- Leads NHL rookies and is third on the Maple Leafs in even-strength points (4-13-17).- Leads NHL rookies and the Maple Leafs in even-strength assists (13).
Jake Muzzin– Leads Maple Leafs defencemen in takeaways (16).- Tied for 20th among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (9).- One of seven NHL defencemen and 19 NHL skaters to have registered at least 60 hits (66) and at least 60 shots on goal (61).
William Nylander– Has notched eight primary assists, which is tied for third among Toronto skaters. – Has registered at least one point in 19 of Toronto’s 31 games. – Has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 11 games against Western Conference opponents.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in points (3-18-21).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-12-15).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in even-strength assists (12).- Ranks 10th among NHL skaters in TOI per game (24:42).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.6).- Has 10 assists in 16 road games this season.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 3.2 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Has 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 14 career games against Vancouver.- Averaging 2.71 shots on goal per game, which ranks third among Toronto skaters.- Leads the Maple Leafs in faceoff wins (219). Ranks second among NHLers who have played less than 25 games in faceoff wins.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.4 percent when the Maple Leafs are leading in games. 


Zach HymanHas goals (3) in two consecutive games.


Frederik AndersenTwo wins from 200 career NHL wins.


Pontus AbergMaple Leaf debut (December 7 at St. Louis)First point as a Maple Leaf (December 7 at St. Louis)
Morgan Rielly500th NHL game (December 4 vs. Colorado)


Andreas Johnsson (Leg)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 64


December 6– Placed forward Andreas Johnsson on the LTIR.
– Recalled forwards Pontus Aberg and Nic Petan, as well as defenceman Martin Marincin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Paul George silences boos as Kawhi-less Clippers hold off Pacers — Pasadena Star News

Booed repeatedly early in the game, George scores 36 points and makes seven 3-pointers in his first trip to Indianapolis as a Clipper and Montrezl Harrell adds 26 on Monday to power short-handed L.A. to a 110-99 win.

Paul George silences boos as Kawhi-less Clippers hold off Pacers — Pasadena Star News

Siakam is still growing into his new role — Toronto Sun

CHICAGO — It has been clear for a while — really since the moment Kawhi Leonard jumped ship for the Los Angeles Clippers — that Pascal Siakam would become the Raptors new No. 1 scoring option. Nick Nurse knew it and Pascal Siakam knew it. Every player on the roster knew it. And for a […]

Siakam is still growing into his new role — Toronto Sun

Raps snap losing skid but it’s nothing to write home about — Toronto Sun

CHICAGO — Any proponent of abolishing back-to-back games in the NBA had to be rushing to grab tape of the first half of last night’s Raptors-Bulls game. Certainly that second quarter had to be a must-have for any such individual. “Running in mud” as Dwane Casey was fond of saying of a game like this […]

Raps snap losing skid but it’s nothing to write home about — Toronto Sun.