National Newswatch

Ontario Sport Minister says no CFL-specific financial aid on table

Jul 2 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Ontario Sport Minister Lisa MacLeod continues to speak with Ottawa and her provincial counterparts about how to help the CFL, but says there's been no talk of the two tiers of government combining to provide league-specific financial assistance. Commissioner Randy Ambrosie testified before an Ontario committee on finance June 18 regarding the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the CFL. […]

Pink Lloyd chasing record fourth straight win in Grade 3 Jacques Cartier Stakes

Jun 24 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Another week, another chance at a milestone victory for trainer Robert Tiller. The 70-year-old registered his 2,000th career victory Friday when jockey Rafael Hernandez rode the Tiller-owned Have a Souper Day, the race favourite, to the win at Woodbine Racetrack. On Thursday, multiple Sovereign Award winner Pink Lloyd will make his '20 debut chasing a record […]

Pink Lloyd chasing record fourth straight win in Grade 3 Jacques Cartier Stakes

Jun 24 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Another week, another chance at a milestone victory for trainer Robert Tiller. The 70-year-old registered his 2,000th career victory Friday when jockey Rafael Hernandez rode the Tiller-owned Have a Souper Day, the race favourite, to the win at Woodbine Racetrack. On Thursday, multiple Sovereign Award winner Pink Lloyd will make his '20 debut chasing a record […]

Former NFL-CFL player Vaughn Martin looking to help during COVID-19 pandemic

Jun 19 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Life after football has been anything but dull for Vaughn Martin. After finishing his pro career in 2016 with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, Martin entered the business world, co-founding Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. In January, the six-foot-four, 297-pound former defensive lineman joined the board of BeMotion Inc., a digital marketing and m-commerce company that's producing the DUO400 Intelligent Human […]

CFL commissioner Ambrosie testifies before Ontario committee on finance

Jun 18 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Commissioner Randy Ambrosie was scheduled to spend much of Thursday speaking with federal and provincial politicians about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the CFL. Ambrosie was among three individuals to speak via videoconference before an Ontario standing committee on finance and economic affairs Thursday morning. During his presentation, Ambrosie said he was scheduled to participate in […]

CFL Players’ Association says it has yet to hear from CFL regarding 2020 season

Jun 16 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The already fractured relationship between the CFL and CFL Players' Association isn't getting any better. On Tuesday, the union stated it still hasn't heard from the CFL regarding its plans for an abbreviated 2020 season. Executive director Brian Ramsay tweeted Thursday the CFLPA hadn't received "concrete ideas regarding a 2020 collective agreement from the CFL, as […]

Former CFL board chairman Lawson feels ’20 season will be difficult for league

Jun 16 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Former CFL board chairman Jim Lawson has serious concerns regarding whether the league will play this season. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie announced last month the earliest the league would begin an abbreviated 2020 season is sometime in September. But he also stated a cancelled campaign remains possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawson became CFL […]

Tradition was important factor in planning of Canadian Triple Crown races

Jun 15 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a change of dates for Canada's Triple Crown races but it wasn't going to force Jim Lawson to switch either the order or distances of the three events. The American Triple Crown begins Saturday with the Belmont Stakes, which is traditionally the series finale, without fans. And due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Belmont — […]

U Sports cancellation gives CFL, commissioner Ambrosie more to consider

Jun 8 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Commissioner Randy Ambrosie and the CFL have yet another issue to consider. U Sports, Canadian university sport's governing body, announced Monday the cancellation of six fall national championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Included was the Vanier Cup, presented annually to Canada's top college football squad. The Vanier Cup was scheduled for Nov. 28 in a city […]

Thoroughbreds are finally off and running at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto

Jun 6 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — It certainly was worth the wait for Darryll P. Holland. The British-born jockey earned his first career win at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday as the 2020 thoroughbred campaign finally started minus spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Holland, 47, rode 14-1 longshot Majestic Fever to a first win in 25 races in brilliant sunshine and balmy 23 C temperatures. "This means a […]

Woodbine Entertainment to kick off both harness, thoroughbred cards this weekend

Jun 5 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Horse-racing has another opportunity to take centre stage on the Canadian sports landscape with the pro ranks still suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harness racing resumes Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ont., following an 78-day hiatus. Horses ran there until March before action was suspended due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. But this weekend […]

Commissioner Ambrosie not counting on specific funding from federal government

May 26 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Commissioner Randy Ambrosie continues to work with the federal government, but isn't banking on CFL-specific funding to help the league through the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL approached Ottawa last month for financial assistance. The league's three-part proposal called for $30 million immediately, additional monies for an abbreviated season and up to $120 million more in […]

The Spring League in U.S. interested in forming partnership with CFL

May 22 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An American developmental football league wants to help CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie out. Brian Woods, the CEO of The Spring League, has approached Ambrosie about a partnership. Woods is offering an opportunity for some CFL teams to practise with and play against Spring League squads in September in a condensed format he says has proven beneficial to his operation. […]

Ramsay says CFLPA’s focus is exhausting all options for safe 2020 CFL campaign

May 21 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Executive director Brian Ramsay says the CFL Players' Association is focused on exhausting all options for a safe 2020 season. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie told season-ticket holders during a video conference Wednesday the earliest the league could start the 2020 season was September. But Ambrosie also stated a cancelled '20 campaign remains a possibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "It […]