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With expectations sky-high after Tavares addition, Leafs ready to get rolling

TORONTO — Auston Matthews was asked at the start of training camp what John Tavares can expect in his first season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. "This," he replied, motioning to the throng of television cameras and microphones in his face. "All day.
Five NHL players looking to have breakout seasons in 2018-19

Five NHL players looking to have breakout seasons in 2018-19

TORONTO — All-stars Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov helped lead Tampa Bay to the top of the Eastern Conference standings last season and a league-high 54 wins, but it was the breakout performances from forwards Brayden Point and Yanni Gourde that
Sparks beats out McElhinney for Leafs' backup goalie job; Carrick dealt to Stars

Sparks beats out McElhinney for Leafs' backup goalie job; Carrick dealt to Stars

TORONTO — Garret Sparks has won the backup goalie job with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Connor Carrick, meanwhile, is on the move.
Five players looking to avoid last year's performance in 2018-19 season

Five players looking to avoid last year's performance in 2018-19 season

TORONTO — Whether it was snipers missing the mark, goaltenders watching their numbers implode or players not living up to their salaries, last season was one that a few NHLers would rather forget.
Rebuilding Ottawa Senators look for scoring from all corners

Rebuilding Ottawa Senators look for scoring from all corners

OTTAWA — For the Ottawa Senators, it's all about the future. After finishing second last in the NHL last season, Senators ownership and management decided to move ahead with a full rebuild.
Karlsson's wife does not have to turn over alleged cyberbullying evidence: judge

Karlsson's wife does not have to turn over alleged cyberbullying evidence: judge

TORONTO — A judge has denied a request by the fiancee of former Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman to see evidence related to allegations that she harassed and cyberbullied the wife of the team's former captain.
Montreal Canadiens feeling good about team after promising pre-season

Montreal Canadiens feeling good about team after promising pre-season

MONTREAL — After a rocky summer, the Montreal Canadiens are brimming with unexpected positivity. The Canadiens went 4-3-0 in exhibition play — certainly not an outstanding record.
Outspoken Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic

Outspoken Jemele Hill joining The Atlantic

NEW YORK — Jemele Hill is joining the staff of The Atlantic weeks after the outspoken personality left ESPN after 12 years as a commentator, anchor, reporter and writer.

Canada's Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov win first-round matches at Japan Open

TOKYO — Canadians Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov posted first-round victories Monday at the Japan Open. The sixth-seeded Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Adrian Mannarino of France while Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont.
Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video

Serena Williams sings, goes topless for breast cancer video

NEW YORK — Tennis great Serena Williams goes topless and sings "I Touch Myself" in a video to promote breast cancer awareness month.