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‘MISSING THAT GOLD MEDAL’: After injury setbacks, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse is ready to chase glory again at Tokyo Summer Games

‘MISSING THAT GOLD MEDAL’: After injury setbacks, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse is ready to chase glory again at Tokyo Summer Games

When the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro came to a close in 2016, there were some certain conclusions. Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps were unassailable legends. Ryan Lochte had just learned the concept of
TRAIKOS: Has Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lived up to the hype?

TRAIKOS: Has Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins lived up to the hype?

Eight years later, how would you describe the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to draft Ryan Nugent-Hopkins? It’s not an easy question. Compared to who was selected after him, it wasn’t necessarily the right
Bills QB Josh Allen ‘halfway’ there after OT playoff loss

Bills QB Josh Allen ‘halfway’ there after OT playoff loss

HOUSTON — After two seasons of evidence, can we conclude yet whether Josh Allen is the Buffalo Bills’ long-term answer at quarterback? Probably it’s still too early. But he might be halfway there,
The 49ers now have a gold-paved path to the Super Bowl

The 49ers now have a gold-paved path to the Super Bowl

The Vikings took out the 49ers' top competition in the NFC playoffs — but don't think Minnesota is now a juggernaut
TRAIKOS: Oilers’ McDavid, Draisaitl are doing the job of five players

TRAIKOS: Oilers’ McDavid, Draisaitl are doing the job of five players

TORONTO — The Edmonton Oilers have two players who are tied for the lead in the Art Ross Trophy race. But if you want to know whether things have changed in Edmonton this season, it’s best to ignore
Patriots playoff ouster triggers the breakup of Brady’s bunch

Patriots playoff ouster triggers the breakup of Brady’s bunch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Gutted yet gracious in defeat in the late hours of Saturday night, Tom Brady admitted he doesn’t know the next step in his football future. The six-time Super Bowl champion with
SIMMONS: Keefe uses rare human approach to get Leafs on his side

SIMMONS: Keefe uses rare human approach to get Leafs on his side

It isn’t complicated. It’s not done very often. But Sheldon Keefe has adopted a rather human approach to gaining the trust of his Maple Leafs players. So far, it appears to be working splendidly for
Kurtenbach: I thought the Niners would go 7-9. Here are all the ways they proved me wrong in 2019.

Kurtenbach: I thought the Niners would go 7-9. Here are all the ways they proved me wrong in 2019.

Looking back at how the 49ers made me look like a fool is also an opportunity to reflect on a season for the ages.
How the 49ers went from the No. 2 overall pick to the No. 1 seed

How the 49ers went from the No. 2 overall pick to the No. 1 seed

The 49ers win over Seattle brought catharsis and validation — it also set up San Francisco with an optimal path in the NFL Playoffs.
KRYK: Antonio Brown for sure is no Saint, but might soon become one

KRYK: Antonio Brown for sure is no Saint, but might soon become one

Hold the groan. AB is not a New Orleans Saint, at least not yet. The Saints worked out Antonio Brown on Friday at their headquarters in suburban Metairie, La., but stopped short of signing the wide
49ers-Seahawks prediction: Why the game of the year should be a blowout

49ers-Seahawks prediction: Why the game of the year should be a blowout

The San Francisco 49ers' showdown with Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks is massive. The margin of victory should be, too.
If first 15 games under Keefe are an indication, optimism should be at the Leafs’ fore

If first 15 games under Keefe are an indication, optimism should be at the Leafs’ fore

We can imagine that as the Maple Leafs sat down to dinner with family and friends over the Christmas break that toasts of good fortune and optimism for the New Year and beyond were in order. For good
49ers 3 and Out: Robert Saleh proved his immense worth in San Francisco’s win over the Rams

49ers 3 and Out: Robert Saleh proved his immense worth in San Francisco’s win over the Rams

Three important takeaways from San Francisco's big win over the Rams.
SIMMONS: The numbers are working out nicely for Sheldon Keefe and the Leafs

SIMMONS: The numbers are working out nicely for Sheldon Keefe and the Leafs

The immediate impact Sheldon Keefe has made on a wobbling Maple Leafs season has been nothing short of remarkable. Heading into Saturday night, the Leafs had won nine of their first 13 games with
Kurtenbach: The 49ers need a new identity — it’s up to Jimmy Garoppolo to provide it

Kurtenbach: The 49ers need a new identity — it’s up to Jimmy Garoppolo to provide it

The 49ers' elite defense is no more. It's time for Jimmy Garoppolo to carry San Francisco.
Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San Francisco more than the Giants needed him

Kurtenbach: Madison Bumgarner needed San Francisco more than the Giants needed him

Some harsh truths need to be aired about Madison Bumgarner as he starts his new chapter in Arizona.
Kurtenbach: The Raiders are leaving behind a fanbase with a passion you cannot buy

Kurtenbach: The Raiders are leaving behind a fanbase with a passion you cannot buy

Why the Raiders' move from Oakland will eventually be seen as a mistake by the team and the NFL.
SIMMONS: MacKinnon playing with heart, for Hart

SIMMONS: MacKinnon playing with heart, for Hart

Nathan MacKinnon could well serve as an example for Auston Matthews. In MacKinnon’s first four NHL seasons, he averaged .68 points per game — in other words, he was scoring at a pace of 56 points a
Kurtenbach: The real reason the Sharks had to fire Pete DeBoer

Kurtenbach: The real reason the Sharks had to fire Pete DeBoer

The Sharks' issues are deeper than coaching, but it was clear that coaching wasn't helping.
TRAIKOS: Leiweke ‘getting closer’ to choosing Seattle franchise’s name

TRAIKOS: Leiweke ‘getting closer’ to choosing Seattle franchise’s name

PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF. — At first glance, it seemed like Tod Leiweke was making a statement. Or maybe he was playing the role of spoiler. One year after the NHL officially voted Seattle in as the 32nd