By Kevin McGran Sports Reporter Fri., Dec. 14, 2018 In a post-William-Nylander contract-is-signed world, the big question around the Maple Leafs these days is grit. Do they have enough? The question tends to be asked in a way that suggests a trade needs to be made, a body added. I’m not sure it’s the right question. I’m all in on a fast, skilled lineup where all four lines can go. That’s what Kyle Dubas wants. It’s the way the Pittsburgh Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups. I understand this raises questions about sandpaper, and fighting. The question has to be whether these young, skilled players are willing to sacrifice themselves. Block shots, for example. Put in the work. Put in tireless efforts. Never give up on a play. That’s grit in a skilled way. It doesn’t mean finishing your check (that saps too much energy) or going in elbows high to “send a message.” Now, I do think Mike Babcock might like a … [Read more...] about MAILBAG: Do the Leafs have enough grit?
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Thidapa, who won her first LPGA title at July’s Marathon Classic presented by Owens-Corning and O-I, carded five birdies and one bogey on a windswept Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Club. “Everybody has to be patient when you play hard golf,” said Suwannapura, who broke her back in 2016 and is finally fully returning to form. “But then with this golf course it's really challenging and it's windy and you have to think where to go, where to miss. It's kind of fun to play in this golf course. We just enjoying playing today.” World No. 1 and Thidapa’s countrywoman Ariya Jutanugarn is one stroke behind at 3-under 69, tied with Canadian veteran Alena Sharp, who is playing for the first time since September’s Evian Championship. Six players are tied for fourth at 2-under 70, including three more Thai players in Moriya Jutanugarn, Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras and Benyapa Niphatsophon. SUWANNAPURA ENJOYING LONG-AWAITED … [Read more...] about Thidapa holds first-round lead at Blue Bay LPGA
By Janet Reitman The New York Times Tues., Nov. 6, 2018 The first indication to Lt. Dan Stout that law enforcement’s handling of white supremacy was broken came in September 2017, as he was sitting in an emergency-operations centre in Gainesville, Fla., preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Irma and watching what felt like his thousandth YouTube video of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va. Jesus Christ, he thought, studying the footage in which crowds of angry men, who had gathered to attend or protest the Unite the Right rally, set upon one another with sticks and flagpole spears and flame throwers and God knows what else. A black man held an aerosol can, igniting the spray, and in retaliation, a white man picked up his gun, pointed it toward the black man and fired it at the ground. The Virginia state troopers, inexplicably, stood by and watched. Stout fixated on this image, wondering what kind of organizational failure had led to the debacle. He had … [Read more...] about How U.S. law enforcement failed to see the threat of white nationalism
By Joshua Clipperton The Canadian Press Wed., June 20, 2018 LAS VEGAS—Nathan MacKinnon felt a little out of place at last season’s NHL Awards. Coming off a miserable 30th-place finish for his Colorado Avalanche, he made a Sin City pit stop to see fellow Cole Harbour, N.S., native Sidney Crosby on the way to a California golf trip. “I felt like a loser walking around,” MacKinnon joked Tuesday. “I had like four goals.” Four is a stretch — he actually scored 16 — but there won’t be any double takes this week. MacKinnon is one of three finalists for the Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP along with Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils and Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings after tallying 39 goals and 58 assists for 97 points. Article Continued Below The 22-year-old finished fifth in league scoring despite missing eight games through injury, helping the Avalanche to a 47-point improvement in the standings as … [Read more...] about MacKinnon, Hall looking to cap turnaround seasons with Hart Trophy at NHL Awards