Meltdown in ninth costs Blue Jays in latest battle with beasts of the AL East

Breadcrumb Trail Links Toronto Blue Jays MLB Baseball Author of the article: Rob Longley Publishing date: May 20, 2021  •  12 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation Bobby Dalbec (centre) of the Red Sox celebrates with Christian Vazquez (left) and Hunter Renfroe (rigth) after scoring in the second inning against the Blue Jays at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla., Thursday, May 20, 2021. Photo by Julio Aguilar /Getty Images Proponents and residents of the American League East alike get the eye roll around the sport with the assertion that they reside in the toughest division in baseball. With four teams over .500 a quarter of the way through the 2021 season, however, it’s a tough

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Israel-Hamas truce takes hold after 11 days of fighting

Breadcrumb Trail Links World Author of the article: Reuters Nidal Al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams Publishing date: May 20, 2021  •  34 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  8 Comments Palestinians inspect damage to buildings in Gaza City on May 20, 2021. Photo by Fatima Shbair /Getty Images GAZA/JERUSALEM — An Egyptian-mediated truce between Israel and Hamas began on Friday, but Hamas warned it still had its “hands on the trigger” and demanded Israel end the violence in Jerusalem and address the damages in Gaza Strip after the worst fighting in years. U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to salve the devastated Gaza. Aerial bombardment of the densely populated area killed 232 Palestinians, while rocket attacks killed 12 people in

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Tavares incident a scary scene as Maple Leafs edged in playoff opener

Breadcrumb Trail Links Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Hockey Author of the article: Terry Koshan Publishing date: May 20, 2021  •  47 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation Maple Leafs captain John Tavares is tended to be medical staff after being injured against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on May 20, 2021 in Toronto. Photo by CLAUS ANDERSEN /GETTY IMAGES John Tavares’ health above all else. That was all that really mattered on Thursday night, and in the days that will follow. Game 1 of the first playoff meeting between the Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens in 42 years took a horrific turn midway through the first period at

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PAINFUL START: Maple Leafs lose captain John Tavares, Game 1

Breadcrumb Trail Links Toronto Maple Leafs NHL Hockey Star forward leaves on stretcher Author of the article: Lance Hornby Maple Leafs medical staff attend to forward John Tavares after a collision with Montreal Canadiens forward Corey Perry (not pictured) during the first period in Game 1 of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Photo by JOHN E. SOKOLOWSKI /USA TODAY SPORTS The Maple Leafs knew there would be abrupt emotion swings in these playoffs, surely at least one significant injury and moments of shock that required the bench to shake off and keep focus. They just never thought the first such test would come just 10 minutes into an

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Penguins edge Islanders in wild Game 3, take 2-1 lead

Brandon Tanev scored with 3:36 left as the Pittsburgh Penguins outlasted the New York Islanders 5-4 in a wild Game 3 of the Eastern Conference first-round series Thursday night in Uniondale, N.Y. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series two games to one. Game 4 is scheduled for Saturday afternoon on Long Island. The third period, played in front of a raucous pandemic-era sellout crowd of 7,200, featured five goals, two ties and a whopping 32 penalty minutes thanks largely to a lengthy skirmish near the Penguins’ net at the 5:35 mark. Kris Letang scored in the first, and Jeff Carter and Jason Zucker scored fewer than five minutes apart late in the second to stake the Penguins to

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Panthers rally for OT victory over Lightning in Game 3

Ryan Lomberg scored on a breakaway with 14:04 left in overtime, leading the Florida Panthers to a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in their first-round playoff series on Thursday night. It was just Lomberg’s third career goal and his first in the playoffs. Prior to his goal, he was the only Panthers player without a shot on goal in the game. The Panthers won despite Tampa’s five-goal barrage in the second period and trailing by two entering the third. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. Game 4 is set for Saturday afternoon in Tampa Bay. Florida also got goals from Sam Bennett – who made his return from a one-game suspension – as well as

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Maple Leafs’ Tavares leaves Game 1 on stretcher

Maple Leafs captain John Tavares left Game 1 of the team’s opening playoff round against the Montreal Canadiens on a stretcher. The scary incident happened in the first period when Habs forward Corey Perry and Tavares were involved in an incidental collision. Tavares was sent to the ice by a hit from Montreal’s Ben Chiarot at the blue line. As Tavares was falling to the ice, Perry, exiting the zone, made contact with his head. Hoping for the best for John Tavares. Awful scene. — Michael Traikos (@Michael_Traikos) May 20, 2021 Tavares was on the ice for several minutes and appeared woozy. He gave a thumbs-up as he was stretchered off the ice, but his status

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WARMINGTON: Pandemic turns Maple Leaf Square to playoff Ghost Town

This was playoff fever, pandemic style. While there was plenty of excitement on television, in person at the scene of Game 1 of the local team’s 2021 quest for the Stanley Cup, there was no fever at all. Who would have ever thought it? The Toronto Maple Leafs and main rival Montreal Canadiens are meeting for the first time in the NHL playoffs in 42 years — and there was no buzz around town at all. Thanks to COVID-19 restrictions, not only were there no fans in the Scotiabank Arena, there were next to none in Maple Leaf Square either. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. Just call it the ghost game. In more than 30 years of going

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Canada’s vaccine shipments could fall over the next month

Canada could fall far short of the number of doses promised by the Trudeau government by the end of June based on new comments from the new head of Canada’s vaccine rollout. In her first news conference in the lead role for the national vaccine plan, Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie pegged Canada’s vaccine haul by the end of next month at 8-10 million doses less that previously promised. “We are on track to deliver more than 40 million doses to provinces and territories by the end of June,” Brodie said. Later in her comments, Brodie would say that Canada will receive up to 40 million doses by the end of June. The Trudeau government has previously promised to be

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Prince William says BBC failed Diana with interview deceit

LONDON — Britain’s Prince William accused the BBC of failing his mother Princess Diana and poisoning her relationship with Prince Charles after an inquiry found a journalist for the broadcaster deceitfully obtained an interview with her in 1995. William’s astonishing rebuke to the public broadcaster comes after a report published Thursday said the inquiry found that BBC journalist Martin Bashir used deceit to win a sensational 1995 interview with Diana, and that the broadcaster covered up the deception. During the “Panorama” interview, watched by more than 20 million viewers in Britain, Diana shocked the nation by admitting to an affair and sharing details of her marriage to the heir to the throne and William’s father, Prince Charles. Diana

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