An interesting choice for Canadian athlete of the year

December 11th, 2018

The Buzzer is CBC Sports' daily newsletter. Get up to speed in a hurry on the interesting stuff happening in sports, including a deserving (but the most deserving?) pick for the Lou Marsh Trophy.

Week 15 Yahoo Fantasy Football rankings: Helping you set your playoff lineup

December 11th, 2018

If Aaron Rodgers plans on “running the table” this season, he will need to get past the vaunted Bears defense in Week 15. Well, the Packers won their first game sans ex-head coach Mike McCarthy, outclassing the Atlanta Falcons. Aaron Rodgers tossed two touchdowns and rushed for another.

Raiders’ Jon Gruden continues to insult your intelligence after firing of GM Reggie McKenzie

December 11th, 2018

No matter how much they tried to avert their eyes to the awkwardness, there was no getting around what McKenzie told one longtime friend in the league back in September when the two were discussing a personnel decision – McKenzie’s hands were tied and it was Gruden’s show. Now you should know it. No matter how many times Gruden tries to insult your intelligence by acting like he’s not in control of who the next general manager will be.

Blue Jays release Troy Tulowitzki

December 11th, 2018
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The Toronto Blue Jays released veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Tuesday. The 34-year-old missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from both heels.

Pennsylvania Is A Battleground State … In Football

December 11th, 2018

Pennsylvanians went into the 2018 season believing that it might be a banner year for the state’s NFL teams. The Philadelphia Eagles were league champs the season before, and the Pittsburgh Steelers had harbored their own championship aspirations before an upset playoff loss against Jacksonville. Although we’ve never seen a Steelers-Eagles Super Bowl, we’ve come close a few times this century — both teams made the conference championship in 2008-09 (Eagles lost), 2004-05 (Steelers lost) and 2001-02 (both lost).

Detained soccer player fears extradition, torture

December 11th, 2018
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A Thai court ruled Tuesday that a soccer player who holds refugee status in Australia can be held for 60 days pending the completion of an extradition request by Bahrain, the homeland he fled four years ago on account of alleged political persecution and torture.

NFL rumors: Khalil Mack trade part of Raiders firing Reggie McKenzie

December 11th, 2018

Reggie McKenzie seemed damned if he did and damned if he didn't as the Oakland Raiders' general manager. The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Monday in the aftermath of McKenzie's firing that the GM was against trading his star linebacker for a package centered on two first-round draft picks. According to Tafur, coach Jon Gruden and owner Mark Davis didn't believe McKenzie pulled enough of a return from the Bears, who demanded a 2020 second-round pick from Oakland, too, when they realized the Raiders' desperation to move Mack.

Mikael Kingsbury wins Lou Marsh award as Canadian athlete of the year

December 11th, 2018
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Freestyle skier Mikael Kingsbury has won the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's top athlete.

49ers rookie Jeff Wilson Jr. sends message with hard-charging running style

December 11th, 2018

In an otherwise bleak 49ers performance in Seattle earlier this month, undrafted rookie running back Jeff Wilson Jr. sent a message. Wilson, getting his first extended playing time with Matt Breida hobbled with an ankle injury, broke into the Seahawks defense and lowered his shoulder to deliver a bone-jarring hit against safety Tedric Thompson. Wilson got up after the 11-yard run in the second quarter and flexed.

NFL Fun Power Rankings, week 14: Miracle play boosts Dolphins up table but Mahomes still has monopoly on magic

December 11th, 2018

Welcome back to the NFL Fun Power Rankings, where we rate teams based on how fun they are to watch instead of whether they're actually good at winning football games. This list is all about working out which NFL teams are worthy of your busy eyes, and which deserve to be rolled up in a carpet, set on fire, loaded into a big rocket and blasted off into the sun. Week 14 may have been the best of this brilliant season.