Bruce Penton

Major sports being stung by gambling Members Public

Widespread legalized gambling on sports events in North America is only a few years old, yet its dark side has bubbled to the surface. How bad will it get before authorities step in?

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Talented youth abound in MLB Members Public

Shohei Ohtani, currently embroiled in a gambling controversy but blessed with the amazing ability to throw and crush a baseball, is the best player in the world, but he’s not making this list because at the age of 29, he doesn’t qualify in the annual “Best Player 25 or Under” category.

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No easy games at men's world curling Members Public

Based on historic results that show Canada has won 36 world titles, 25 more than the next-best country, Canada’s Brad Gushue, who defeated Saskatchewan’s Mike McEwen for the 2024 Brier title, should win this year’s men’s world curling championship in Schaffhausen, Switzerland.

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Will Sid the Kid play in his third Olympics? Members Public

Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh Penguins is the only current NHLer with an opportunity to play in his third Olympic Games when the NHL returns to the global competition in 2026 for the first time since 2014.

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Homan wins Hearts; Jennifer Jones wins fans’ hearts Members Public

Rachel Homan was the deserved winner of the 2024 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg deservedly won the hearts of Canadian curling fans.

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Dodgers appear to be invincible Members Public

With spring training camps underway in Florida and Arizona, it’s time to bring out the hyperbole machine to try to foretell what will happen in 2024.

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Sports

Will wearing green be lucky for McEwen? Members Public

It’s the month for St. Patrick’s Day, so perhaps wearing Saskatchewan green and the luck of the Irish will mean a Brier championship for Mike O’McEwen.

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Leafs’ Matthews eyeing 70-goal season Members Public

At the helm of Canada’s team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, is Captain America, Auston Matthews.

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Was it Belichick’s coaching skill, or Tom Brady? Members Public

Generally regarded around the National Football League as one of the — if not THE — greatest ever coach ever, Bill Belichick today stands outside with his faced pressed against the window and waits for another coaching opportunity.

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Sports

A new star shines on the PGA Tour Members Public

Twenty-year-old Nick Dunlap has joined the youth brigade that has guaranteed the PGA Tour will continue to be the only golf tour that really matters.

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It’s now ‘Winnerpeg’ with NHL’s Jets Members Public

Hopes are higher than the Golden Boy this year for Winnipeg Jets to have playoff success in the National Hockey League. Does anyone close to the franchise, or any of their fans, wary of a jinx, dare to whisper the words ‘Stanley Cup’?

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Sports

Online fun with Ohtani free-agent saga Members Public

Twitter, or X, as owner Elon Musk has renamed it, can be wonderful, or it can be an annoyance. A plethora of crap is displayed on the social media site, but there’s also a lot of valuable information that can be fulfilling. Or useless.

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NHL coaches usually not unemployed too long Members Public

When Minnesota Wild fired coach Dean Evason in late November after a miserable start (5-10-4) to the 2023-24 season, they didn’t have to struggle too long to find a replacement.

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Sports

Sports humour review from 2023 (Part 1) Members Public

Part 1 of a review of some of the best quips and quotes from 2023 (January to June):

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Fitting celebration to end of Sinclair’s career Members Public

The best aspect of the sendoff to Christine Sinclair’s glorious career as a soccer superstar in Canada is that it didn’t open with a minister telling the gathering that her’s was a life well lived.

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Canadian NHL teams -Two distinct groups Members Public

Observations at the quarter pole of the 2023-24 National Hockey League season about the highs and lows of the seven Canadian teams

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