Canada & World

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

“Could be us” — Nick Nurse believes Raptors are capable of historic comeback

No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse watches during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oilers’ star Connor McDavid’s drive to be NHL’s best player starts off the ice

McDavid is on pace to be the league’s top scorer for the fourth time

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, left, tries to get past Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden during the first half of Game 5 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Raptors fend off elimination with crucial 103-88 win over 76ers in Philadelphia

Toronto, now trailing 3-2, hosts Game 6 in NBA playoff series on Thursday

Toronto Raptors’ Scottie Barnes, left, tries to get past Philadelphia 76ers’ James Harden during the first half of Game 5 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 25, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Images of hockey legend Guy Lafleur are projected on the ice during a ceremony at the Bell Centre prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Lafleur passed away on April 22 at the age of 70. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Images of hockey legend Guy Lafleur are projected on the ice during a ceremony at the Bell Centre prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Lafleur passed away on April 22 at the age of 70. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, right, is checked by Calgary Flames centre Blake Coleman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, April 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, right, is checked by Calgary Flames centre Blake Coleman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, April 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A fan pays his respects at a statue honouring Guy Lafleur in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Friday, April 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec government talking to Lafleur family about possible national funeral

Montrealers pay tribute to Habs great as the reflect on his impact

A fan pays his respects at a statue honouring Guy Lafleur in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Friday, April 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, cheered on competitors of the Wheelchair Basketball final between The Netherlands and the U.S. at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, April 22, 2022. The week-long games for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded opened last Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the global center of peace and justice. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Winter sports to be featured when Vancouver, Whistler host 2025 Invictus Games

Prince Harry announced the 2 municipalities have won the bid to host the international competition

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, cheered on competitors of the Wheelchair Basketball final between The Netherlands and the U.S. at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, April 22, 2022. The week-long games for active servicemen and veterans who are ill, injured or wounded opened last Saturday in this Dutch city that calls itself the global center of peace and justice. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)

Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, a dominant force in his generation, dead at 70

Hall-of-famer led the Montreal Canadiens 1970s Stanley Cup dynasty, inspired legions of fans

Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) reacts as Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid (21) celebrates the 76ers win with forward Tobias Harris (12) in overtime NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Embiid hits dagger in OT and Sixers take 3-0 NBA series lead over Raptors

Toronto must dig out of massive hole in best-of-7 playoff matchup

Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) reacts as Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid (21) celebrates the 76ers win with forward Tobias Harris (12) in overtime NBA first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe, left, and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, right, show off their gold and silver medals from women’s freestyle moguls after the medal ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday, February 9, 2014.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Money, medals putting pressure on Canadian high-performance sport culture

Athletes, observers raising questions about how some Canadians are treated in the pursuit of medals

Canadian sisters Justine Dufour-Lapointe, left, and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe, right, show off their gold and silver medals from women’s freestyle moguls after the medal ceremony at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday, February 9, 2014.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - New York Islanders Mike Bossy holds a puck signifying his scoring 50 goals in his first 50 games, in Uniondale, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1981. Bossy, one of hockey’s most prolific goal-scorers and a star for the New York Islanders during their 1980s dynasty, died Friday, April 15, 2022, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. (AP Photo/Bennett, File)
FILE - New York Islanders Mike Bossy holds a puck signifying his scoring 50 goals in his first 50 games, in Uniondale, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1981. Bossy, one of hockey’s most prolific goal-scorers and a star for the New York Islanders during their 1980s dynasty, died Friday, April 15, 2022, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 65. (AP Photo/Bennett, File)
United States’ Martin Iosefo (12) vies for the ball against Canada’s Andrew Coe, right, and Josiah Morra, back, during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, on September 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Young Canadian rugby team looks to find consistency at Canada Sevens tournament

“It’s been a rebuilding year,” said team captain Jake Theil

United States’ Martin Iosefo (12) vies for the ball against Canada’s Andrew Coe, right, and Josiah Morra, back, during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, on September 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Memebrs of Canada’s 4 X100-metre relay team celebrate their bronze medal win during the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, Aug.6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada to receive 4×100 men’s relay silver medals from Tokyo Olympics

Move coming after court ruled against British sprinter tested for prohibited substance

Memebrs of Canada’s 4 X100-metre relay team celebrate their bronze medal win during the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, Aug.6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada Skip Brad Gushue prepares to deliver a stone against Sweden during a gold medal game at the World Men’s Curling Championships, Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Canada Skip Brad Gushue prepares to deliver a stone against Sweden during a gold medal game at the World Men’s Curling Championships, Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Scottie Scheffler reacts after winning the 86th Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Scottie Scheffler wins Masters by 3 strokes for his first major championship

25-year-old Texan wins for fourth time in last six tournaments

Scottie Scheffler reacts after winning the 86th Masters golf tournament on Sunday, April 10, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
North Delta’s Jasmine Mander (left) poses for a selfie with Canadian women’s soccer team captain Christine Sinclair after the team won Olympic gold at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan on Aug. 6, 2021. (Jasmine Mander/submitted photo)

Canada’s Christine Sinclair focusing on ‘bigger things’ than scoring milestone

Sinclair set a new world record in January 2020 when she scored her 185th goal

North Delta’s Jasmine Mander (left) poses for a selfie with Canadian women’s soccer team captain Christine Sinclair after the team won Olympic gold at International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan on Aug. 6, 2021. (Jasmine Mander/submitted photo)
Tiger Woods acknowledges applause on the 18th green after finishing the first round at the Masters golf tournament on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Tiger Woods acknowledges applause on the 18th green after finishing the first round at the Masters golf tournament on Thursday, April 7, 2022, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.Three University of Toronto sport scholars are asking Canada's sport minister to take a look at Own The Podium's mandate amid mounting allegations of athlete maltreatment.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

University of Toronto scholars ask Sport Minister for a review of Own The Podium

Mounting allegations of athlete maltreatment, prioritizing results over health and safety

Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022.Three University of Toronto sport scholars are asking Canada's sport minister to take a look at Own The Podium's mandate amid mounting allegations of athlete maltreatment.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Bayern’s Alphonso Davies controls the ball during the Champions League group E soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Bayern Munich, at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann says Canadian star Alphonso Davies should be back within two weeks. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Canada star Alphonso Davies makes return from myocarditis in Champions League match

Davies hadn’t played since Dec. 17 after developing symptoms of myocarditis after a COVID infection

Bayern’s Alphonso Davies controls the ball during the Champions League group E soccer match between Dynamo Kyiv and Bayern Munich, at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann says Canadian star Alphonso Davies should be back within two weeks. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canadian men to face Belgium, Croatia and Morocco in opening round at World Cup

Canadian men are ranked 38th in the world, below the 3 other teams in their group

Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn