Finals fantasy: NHL, NBA go head to head

While the NBA is evolving into the soccer model of a few elite teams contesting the title, the NHL is content with its anyone-can-win philosophy

Finals fantasy: NHL, NBA go head to headThe NBA Finals feature the two best teams in the league, with star-studded lineups. The NHL Stanley Cup Final is a surprise with highly-rated Pittsburgh and wild card Nashville that finished in the middle of the playoff pack. On the surface, you’d say the National Basketball Association got it right while the National Hockey League did something…

Professional sports leagues confront homophobia

Words used as weapons hurt, sting and take root in our memories. On a playground or in a professional arena, there can be no room for slurs

Professional sports leagues confront homophobia“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” So goes the adage we all learned as children – usually taught to us by protective parents attempting to soothe our hurt feelings over an insult received in the unkind world beyond the cozy confines of our home. But it’s not true…

The sports world’s TV-fed money pipeline is drying up

Young viewers are tuning out TV networks and turning to tablets or phones for their live sports. Even worse, many are ignoring sports completely

The sports world’s TV-fed money pipeline is drying upThe Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a point of decision on a number of their highly-paid players. Will the 2017 edition of the club be worth preserving? Or is it time to unload Josh Donaldson, José Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and others at the trade deadline? Even if the club is clinging to faint post-season hopes,…

Braden Close a two-time national champion

Kindersley man wins Canadian Sledge Hockey Championship with Team Alberta – and he remembers it all this time, unlike last year when he suffered a head injury

Braden Close a two-time national championBy Andrew McCormack The Clarion Braden Close won his second title with Team Alberta at the Canadian Sledge Hockey Championship in Montréal on May 14 – and he remembers it this time. A year ago, the now-21-year-old centre hit an opponent head-on with three seconds left in a 3-1 gold-medal win over Ontario and suffered a…

May Mayhem: NHL post-season gets nastier

Around the league during the race for the Stanley Cup: Is Subban too pricey for his contributions? Why can't Ovechkin get the Capitals over the hump?

May Mayhem: NHL post-season gets nastierLooking for a National Hockey League catch phrase to describe the third round of the playoffs? How about May Mayhem? Apparently the stick work of April was not enough. This month’s lawless behaviour permitted by the league is checking from behind into the boards. Games have been a festival of players being pitched face-first into…

Bad to the bone: why the NHL can’t clean up its act

The league just can’t help itself. Despite pledges to free up the game, we endure reform and recidivism on flow of play, minor fouls, major fouls, video reviews

Bad to the bone: why the NHL can’t clean up its actIn criminology they call it recidivism – the tendency of criminals to re-offend, revert to the norm, as it were. While there’s much noise about rehabilitation, a certain percentage of the usual suspects end up precisely where we found them. Bad to the bone. So recidivism might be the best way to explain the National…
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