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Review: Drake delights hometown crowd in Toronto Special

Toronto - On October 25 at the Air Canada Centre, Torontonians got to see something unique and rare: a returning hometown hero at the top of his game. Welcome back, Drake.

Review: Muse rocks Toronto Special

Toronto - I’ve always used a musical troupe’s grand entrance as the litmus test for how powerful their live show will be and what kind of band are they exactly? It’s the ultimate gauge for how a band understands how to set a tone for the entire night.

NBA: Raptors knock off frustrated Celtics Special

Toronto - For a young Toronto Raptors team learning under the tutelage of new head coach Dwane Casey the team has had its share of disappointments this season.

NHL: Leafs win home finale 3-2 over Lightning in overtime Special

Toronto - On a day the Toronto Blue Jays kicked off its 2012 season in Cleveland, the Toronto Maple Leafs were getting ready for its home finale against the Tampa Bay Lightning. What’s the connection you ask?

NBA: Raptors finally defeat NBA’s last place Bobcats Special

Toronto - It wasn’t pretty but the Toronto Raptors were finally able to defeat NBA’s last place team, the Charlotte Bobcats, and finished its five-game home stand with a 3-2 record.

NBA: Raptors unable to spoil Bosh’s return, lose to Heat Special

Toronto - The boos rained down on Chris Bosh at a sold-out Air Canada Centre but the reception was nowhere near as harsh as last season for the former fan favourite.

NBA: Raptors get payback against Linsanity and Knicks Special

Toronto - What a difference a month makes. It just was on Valentine’s Day that Toronto basketball enthusiasts and even casual fans snapped up tickets to sell out the Air Canada Centre to witness the phenomenon of Jeremy Lin that had taken the NBA by storm.

NBA: Another late collapse for Raptors in Loss to Bulls Special

Toronto - Same old story. For the Toronto Raptors, the “fourth quarter collapse” storyline has grown stale this season with many fans and critics eager for the team to quickly play out the string of meaningless games remaining.

NBA: Undermanned Bucks pull past Raptors Special

Toronto - Coming off a humiliating lopsided loss in Detroit the Toronto Raptors responded with a great bounce back effort against the Milwaukee Bucks at home but it was a familiar ending.

NBA: Howard powers Magic past Raptors Special

Toronto - With all the speculation swirling around the NBA about whether Dwight Howard will be traded before this season’s trade deadline, the powerful centre looked unaffected in the pre-game shoot around moments before tipoff against the Toronto Raptors.

NBA: Turnovers costly as Raptors fall to Grizzlies Special

Toronto - Dwane Casey is starting to sound like a broken record. Once again he stepped up to the podium to address the media after another close loss and expressed similar words after his team was unable to close out a winnable game.

NHL: Sharks take bite out of struggling Leafs Special

Toronto - With the trade deadline just days away, Thursday’s performance by the Toronto Maple Leafs did little to quell the rumours surrounding the team lately. If anything the trade chatter and speculation, whether fact or fiction, will probably only intensify.

NBA: Raptors cool off Pistons before all-star break Special

Toronto - After a few days off to reflect and some hard practices, the Toronto Raptors rebounded from its Friday loss to NBA’s worst team to cool off one of the league’s better teams of late.

NBA: Bobcats snap long losing streak against Raptors Special

Toronto - After an emotional week and three tough losses against two of NBA’s better teams and sensation Jeremy Lin, a match against last place Charlotte Bobcats would have been either the win to reward Toronto Raptors’ great play or the perfect letdown game.

NBA: Spurs withstand late charge from Raptors Special

Toronto - A day after Lin-sanity captivated the city, Toronto Raptors picked up the pieces after back-to-back heartbreaking losses to push another of NBA’s best to the limit.

NBA: Bryant’s clutch jumper lifts Lakers over Raptors Special

Toronto - Perhaps DeMar DeRozan’s father put it best when he walked past the Los Angeles Lakers dressing room moments after the Toronto Raptors suffered a heartbreaking 94-92 loss at the hands of Kobe Bryant.

NBA: Raptors take advantage of tired Celtics Special

Toronto - A win is a win. In a season like the one the Toronto Raptors are currently mired in, the team needs to pick up W’s any way it can. Especially, since the team is without its leading scorer Andrea Bargnani and now guard Jerryd Bayless.

NBA: Bucks squeak out win over Raptors Special

Toronto - As the Toronto Raptors approach the halfway mark of the season it seems the team is losing more than just games at the moment. Whether its pride or players to injuries – the short, compressed season is turning into a long one.

NBA: Johnson powers Hawks over Raptors Special

Toronto - After coming off a winning road trip, the Toronto Raptors returned home, but playing in front of its own fans was not enough to help rally against a deep Atlanta Hawks team. In fact, it wasn’t even close and the game was already out of hand by halftime.

NBA: Aldridge leads Trail Blazers past Raptors Special

Toronto - Having a 30-20 night is a special feat and not accomplished every day in the NBA. On Friday night the Toronto Raptors returned home from a winless three-game road trip and fell victim to the LaMarcus Aldridge show at the Air Canada Centre.

NHL: Leafs shutout by Rangers at home Special

Toronto - After sweeping a four-game home stand and reeling off consecutive victories the Toronto Maple Leafs lost back-to-back games to New York state rivals in as many nights.

NBA: Raptors lose game and more against Kings Special

Toronto - The Toronto Raptors started the season stressing the importance of playing a defensive style of basketball. Head Coach Dwane Casey can pat himself and the rest of his staff on the back and consider that mission accomplished.

NBA: Raptors lack desperation in loss to Nets Special

Toronto - For the first six games of the season the Toronto Raptors were being praised for its impressive defence, dedication to hustling on both ends of the floor and playing a physical style of basketball.

NBA: Raptors shut down Cavs 92-77 Special

Toronto - The Toronto Raptors are starting to show signs of a team that is gaining confidence with each passing day. Under new Head Coach Dwane Casey the team is buying into the defensive-first philosophy and has been a pleasant surprise after six games.

NHL: Leafs rout Lightning 7-3 Special

Toronto - After a dreadful and disappointing December, the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off January and 2012 with a bang on Tuesday night.

NHL: Leafs rout Lightning 7-3 Special

Toronto - After a dreadful and disappointing December, the Toronto Maple Leafs kicked off January and 2012 with a bang on Tuesday night.

NBA: Raptors home opener spoiled by Pacers Special

Toronto - Eight months after its last regular season home game, the Toronto Raptors played its home opener in front of a sold-out crowd at the Air Canada Centre. But the Indiana Pacers spoiled the evening and hung on for a 90-85 victory on Wednesday night.

NBA: Raptors fall short to Celtics in pre-season opener Special

Toronto - The boys are back in town. The Toronto Raptors made its long-awaited return to the hard court Sunday afternoon against the Boston Celtics in front of a surprising 16,721 fans at the Air Canada Centre.

UFC: Jon 'Bones' Jones relaxed and confident ahead of UFC 140 Special

Toronto - Walk like a champion. Talk like a champion. Jon “Bones” Jones stepped out onto the stage for his weigh-in on Friday and looked completely relaxed and unfazed as fans gave him a mixed reception of boos and cheers.

NHL: Devils outlast Leafs in overtime Special

Toronto - James Reimer is back. The Toronto Maple Leafs goalie made his first start on home ice since returning from a head injury and went toe-to-toe with New Jersey Devils’ Martin Brodeur on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
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Muse  live in Toronto April 9  2013
Muse, live in Toronto April 9, 2013
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan guards Bucks guard Stephen Jackson. Both players had good offensive nigh...
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan guards Bucks guard Stephen Jackson. Both players had good offensive nights with DeRozan tying a game-high 25 points and Jackson scoring 17
JP Dhanoa
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) stops Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) ...
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) stops Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Sabres 4-3 - Dec 27, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Tom Szczerbowski-USA Today
Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey attempts to drive past DeRozan but he had an awful night finishin...
Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey attempts to drive past DeRozan but he had an awful night finishing with zero points on 0-for-2 shooting
John Lucero
Raptors centre Aaron Gray and forward Amir Johnson guard Detroit s Maxiell closely. Gray had a spiri...
Raptors centre Aaron Gray and forward Amir Johnson guard Detroit's Maxiell closely. Gray had a spirited game, his best as a Raptor, and registered season highs in points and rebounds
John Lucero
The mobile circular stage allowed Drake to perform for all levels at the ACC
The mobile circular stage allowed Drake to perform for all levels at the ACC
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mason Raymond (12) is pressured from behind by Dallas Stars defenseman...
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mason Raymond (12) is pressured from behind by Dallas Stars defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Stars 3-2 in overtime
With permission by Reuters / Tom Szczerbowski-USA Today
Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless (right) was effective distributing the ball along with Jose Calderon in...
Raptors guard Jerryd Bayless (right) was effective distributing the ball along with Jose Calderon in the back court. He was forced to leave the game in the third quarter after re-injuring his strained left ankle
JP Dhanoa
Fans look on as Raonic is unable to return a shot from Sampras
Fans look on as Raonic is unable to return a shot from Sampras
Kanishka Sonnadara
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his goal with right wing Phil Kessel (81) and...
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) celebrates his goal with right wing Phil Kessel (81) and defenseman Cody Franson (4) against the Dallas Stars at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafsbeat the Stars 3-2 in overtime
With permission by Reuters / Tom Szczerbowski-USA Today
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan scored all of his game-high 22 points in the second half.
Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan scored all of his game-high 22 points in the second half.
Karan Vyas
Drake performs to an adoring crowd on his birthday Thursday night at ACC in Toronto.
Drake performs to an adoring crowd on his birthday Thursday night at ACC in Toronto.

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