National Newswatch

CFL teams reveal 10 players who are on their exclusive negotiation lists

Sep 24 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The Calgary Stampeders are taking a flyer on linebacker Marcus Smith II. Smith, a former first-round pick of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, is one of 10 players on Calgary's negotiation list. The nine CFL teams made the revelations Thursday, the first of two they'll do this year. Philadelphia selected the six-foot-three, 258-pound Smith in the first round, […]

Canadian mare Starship Jubilee captures $1-million Woodbine Mile

Sep 19 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Starship Jubilee delivered trainer Kevin Attard another stunning Grade 1 turf victory. The champion seven-year-old mare came on down the stretch to capture the $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack. Last year, Starship Jubilee earned Attard his first Grade 1 victory, that coming in the E.P. Taylor, a 1 1/4-mile turf race […]

Trainer Carroll says plan is for Curlin’s Voyage to run in Queen’s Plate

Aug 28 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It appears trainer Josie Carroll will take another run at recording the Woodbine Oaks-Queen's Plate double. Carroll said Friday the plan now is for Curlin's Voyage to run in the $1-million Queen's Plate next month. The filly served notice Aug. 15 that she's a threat to win North America's longest continuously run stakes race following an impressive victory in the […]

Sources: CFL’s $30-million federal loan request falls through

Aug 16 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The CFL's board of governors will meet Monday to determine the fate of the 2020 season after the league was unable to secure financial assistance from the federal government. The CFL presented Ottawa with a $30-million, interest-free loan request Aug. 3 to stage an abbreviated 2020 season during the COVID-19 pandemic. But two sources familiar […]

Njoo positive about talks with CFL but cannot provide timeline for decision

Aug 14 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's Deputy Chief Public Health Officer remains encouraged about the CFL's health-and-safety protocols but can't say when approval for a shortened season might come. "We've had very good discussions with the Canadian Football League in terms of their proposal," Dr. Howard Njoo said Friday from Ottawa during a videoconference. "From my perspective, from a public-health perspective, we're quite […]