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Canada kicks off defence of Olympic hockey gold versus Switzerland, Russia

ZURICH — Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia.

Leafs forward Matthews says protesting during pre-game anthem dishonours U.S. flag

TORONTO — Auston Matthews says while American athletes have the right to protest during the U.S. national anthem, he will not be taking a knee along with them.
Raptors president says he supports his players: 'Nobody is getting fired here'

Raptors president says he supports his players: 'Nobody is getting fired here'

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri says he is fine with his players speaking their mind, adding nobody is going to get fired here.
Invictus athlete says training for Toronto Games was a huge motivator

Invictus athlete says training for Toronto Games was a huge motivator

TORONTO — Jackie Buttnor is passing along the fitness bug, one international sporting competition at a time. The 50-year-old former Canadian Forces medic credits her training for Toronto's Invictus Games with renewing her life.
Trump relishes feud with the NFL, reviving issue with tweets

Trump relishes feud with the NFL, reviving issue with tweets

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is indulging in his favourite kind of drama — personal, aggressive, culturally volatile and entirely of his own making.
Don't talk about mom: NFL players angry over Trump's insult

Don't talk about mom: NFL players angry over Trump's insult

President Donald Trump struck a nerve with NFL players when he implored team owners to "get that son of a bitch off the field" for protesting during the national anthem.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Charline Labonte retires from women's hockey

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Charline Labonte retires from women's hockey

MONTREAL — Four-time Olympic gold medallist Charline Labonte is retiring from the Canadian Women's Hockey League.

Roughriders, Stampeders voice support for NFL players after recent Trump comments

REGINA — Backlash from U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem reached the Canadian Football League on Sunday.

WWII vet, 97, takes a knee in support of anthem protests

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On a day when NFL teams grabbed the nation's attention by co-ordinating demonstrations during the national anthem, a 97-year-old World War II veteran went viral with a solitary show of support for the protests.
President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

President's criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

President Donald Trump's criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem sparked angry protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.