National Newswatch

Retired NWHL player Browne weighs in on hockey journey as transgender man

Jun 21 2019 — Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — For years, something always felt off when Harrison Browne heard his name announced after scoring a goal. Browne, who played as Hailey Browne early in his career, is believed to be the first publicly transgender player in professional hockey. He went public with his story in 2016 and finally got to hear the different pronoun and name called out after scoring for the National Women's Hockey League's Buffalo Beauts […]

Win or lose, Toronto Raptors’ deep playoff run puts franchise in the spotlight

Jun 11 2019 — Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Win or lose, the Toronto Raptors' deep run into the basketball post-season has put Canada's lone NBA team in the spotlight around the league and across the country. Considered a hockey-town hoops outpost in the team's early days, the Raptors are playoff regulars now and the city's basketball equity has risen exponentially. Being on the cusp of a league […]

Rivalry Renewal: A look back at the last great Oakland-Toronto playoff series

Jun 7 2019 — Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — With one swing of the bat in a mid-October game in 1992, Roberto Alomar helped change the perception of the Toronto Blue Jays. After years of playoff failure or late regular-season collapses, the Blue Jays had arrived and showed the juggernaut Oakland Athletics that they were the real deal. Forget the Toronto 'Blow Jays' of yesteryear. The '92 crew would finally win […]

Shorthanded Toronto FC side hopes to end 6-game winless skid against Sporting KC

Jun 6 2019 — Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press — Toronto FC will be missing some star power when it tries to end a six-game winless skid Friday night against a slumping Sporting Kansas City side. Americans Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley are on international duty ahead of the Gold Cup along with Canadians Jonathan Osorio and Ashtone Morgan. TFC recently signed defender Omar Gonzalez but he won't be […]

Toronto Raptors evolved from humble beginnings as expansion team in mid-90s

May 28 2019 — Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — For former Toronto Raptors executive Glen Grunwald, the defining moment of the team's first game in November 1995 didn't come when the players trotted out on the SkyDome hardcourt in their old-school warmup outfits, when Alvin Robertson hit the opening shot, or when the expansion club nailed down a 94-79 win over the New Jersey Nets. It certainly wasn't when […]