Marty York

NHL Report: January 23, 2009

The Toronto Maple Leafs are wretched and have lost seven of their past eight games heading into the all-star break this weekend, and I received this email from a disgruntled fan Thursday:“Marty, I had two Maple Leaf tickets sitting in plain view on my car dashboard. Some bastard broke my window and...

Friday, January 23, 2009, 1:32 PM

NHL Report: January 15, 2009

They were in the Stanley Cup final last season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins will be hard-pressed to even qualify for the playoffs this season.Who says?Their coach.In an interview Thursday, Michel Therrien admitted the math is starting to work against his team's post-season hopes.After their 6-3...

Friday, January 16, 2009, 1:32 PM

NHL Report: January 8, 2009

Tomas Kaberle is a frustrated and miserable defenceman with the Toronto Maple Leafs and is thinking about waiving his no-trade contract to join the Montreal Canadiens.That's the word from two NHL sources, who also tell us the Leafs and Canadiens have been involved in trade discussions for several...

Thursday, January 8, 2009, 7:03 AM

NHL Report: January 1, 2009

Okay, it’s starting to get a little silly now, with these media types tending goals for NHL squads.We told you recently that a web site producer named Brett Leonhardt was used as a backup goalie by the Washington Capitals during a game against the Ottawa Senators last month. Leonhardt never got off...

Thursday, January 1, 2009, 11:57 PM

Will fumble linger with Price?

It was the sort of blunder you might have made yourself, when the other kids forced you to take a turn in goal during your road-hockey days.There you were, in your crease, retrieving the loose ball with your hands and then flipping it forward to a teammate. Except then a darned opponent, who’d been...

Friday, April 18, 2008, 4:43 AM

Now Senators can play Blame Game

The hockey season ended last night for the Ottawa Senators, and they wound up with precisely as many playoff victories as the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks.Zilch.The Sens were thoroughly outplayed in their post-season series by the very team they eliminated in...

Thursday, April 17, 2008, 5:36 AM

MLB Report: April 10, 2008

Bill Buckner was emotional during a pre-game ceremony in Boston Tuesday, crying, claiming he was crucified by Red Sox fans and media for years because of his famous between-the-legs error in the 1986 World Series.He said Tuesday’s ceremony finally gave him “closure.”But this question was repeatedly...

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 11:43 PM

Sens won’t last long in playoffs: Experts

Seldom has a professional team in a respectable sports league deteriorated as acutely as the Ottawa Senators.Eastern Conference representatives in the Stanley Cup championship series last season, the Sens barely qualified for the playoffs this season. And, according to NHL television analysts Don...

Wednesday, April 9, 2008, 4:08 AM

Canseco grossing A-Rod out to the Max

There’s a Canadian steroids supplier who has a history of hobnobbing with MLB stars. His name — or code name, at least — is Max.We know nothing else about this character.Not yet, anyway. We certainly would learn more about Max if Alex Rodriguez comes out and denies what Jose Canseco wrote about him...

Thursday, April 3, 2008, 4:18 AM

Canseco wastes more paper

Raindrops in New York prevented the Blue Jays from opening their regular season yesterday, but they couldn’t prevent me from opening Jose Canseco’s newest book.Unfortunately. Vindicated, published by Simon and Schuster, hits book stores this week, but unless you’re interested in reading a whole lot...

Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 4:08 AM

Big Hurt will be riding pine

If manager John Gibbons hasn’t already received the message, he will soon, certainly before the Blue Jays open their regular season next week.The message: Exclude Frank Thomas from your starting lineup periodically.Benching Thomas occasionally is being deemed necessary by the Jays’ brass — at least...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 3:30 AM

Dour feeling in Jaysville

« I feel great. »—Blue Jays slugger Frank Thomas, in spite of only hitting around .100 this springSun-drenched in their seats, several rows behind home plate, general manager J.P. Ricciardi and his aides seem miserable.Frank Thomas has just struck out — again — leaving teammate Vernon Wells...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 5:56 AM

Up-and-coming Rays focus on positives

As they prepare in spring training for the regular season, the Blue Jays understandably have been focusing primarily on the titans of the American League East — the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees.Down the road from the Jays’ camp in Dunedin, Fla., however, another division rival is making...

Thursday, March 20, 2008, 8:14 AM

Timlin targets 5th title

They dazzle observers merely by emerging from their clubhouse, one stud at a time.Manny Ramirez. David Ortiz. Jason Varitek. Josh Beckett. Jonathan Papelbon. Daisuke Matsuzaka.And so on, and so on.The Boston Red Sox, simply, are a who’s who of baseball brutes and distinctly dangerous dudes. And, as...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 3:17 AM

Lunacy reigns in Evil Empire

Not to give Blue Jay Junkies and/or Yankee Haters false hope or anything, but it’s easy to anticipate adversity for the Evil Empire this season.You can quickly sense the Yanks’ demise at their training site here in Tampa.For starters, they’re old now. They’re geezers in pinstripes.And the sane...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 5:14 AM

Crystal’s foul offers fair payout

You could have made nice money if you bet on Billy Crystal yesterday.The comedian/­actor, who turns 60 today, was in the New York Yankees’ lineup, prompting sports books to offer a 2-to-1 prop that he wouldn’t make any sort of contact.Well, he did, with a foul ball down the first-base line off the...

Friday, March 14, 2008, 6:34 AM

NHL Report: March 13, 2008

OK, we know the Edmonton Oilers haven’t been much this season, and we know it’d be miraculous at this point if they were able to qualify for the post-season, but, hey, these guys look like they could be for real next season.Seriously.The Oilers have an impressive bevy of players, four of whom had...

Friday, March 14, 2008, 3:43 AM

CFL legend was ‘Just Incredible’

He may have been the top talent recruiter in CFL history, but when he died yesterday, J.I. Albrecht still hadn't been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame."That hurt him," lamented J.I's son, Dean Albrecht. "He often said he couldn't understand why he wasn't in the Hall. He thought...

Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 6:08 AM

MLB poised to lash out

Canadian Eric Gagne could face a suspension after being named in the Mitchell Report.MLB players linked to steroid and/or HGH use in the Mitchell Report - including Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun and Canadian reliever Eric Gagne - are not out of the woods just yet.According to information obtained by...

Tuesday, March 11, 2008, 6:33 AM

Tough talk could cost Riley

« It might be irreversible right now because everybody is locked into guarantees and they’re all comfortable and they can get in their car and they can go home and put their head down on the pillow and not give a damn. »— Miami Heat coach Pat Riley on his 11-47 teamAs the chief grand poobah of the...

Friday, March 7, 2008, 5:56 AM