Keith Gretzky Q&A: On McDavid, Puljujarvi, trade deadline

EDMONTON — Between Connor McDavid’s hearing with the Department of Player Safety, Jesse Puljujarvi seeking a second, possibly season-ending medical opinion, and Monday’s pending trade deadline, interim Edmonton Oilers general manager Keith Gretzky needs three hands and an extra battery for his cell phone. He spoke Friday morning in Edmonton on all of the above, and Sportsnet was there to ask some questions and record his answers. Here’s a look into how a brand new, temporary GM approaches the beginning of another rebuild in Edmonton. (Hint: Very carefully.) Sportsnet (SN): What is the story with Jesse Puljujarvi and his injury? Keith Gretzky (KG): We came back from the trip and… Read More

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Keith Gretzky Q&A: On McDavid, Puljujarvi, trade deadline

EDMONTON — Between Connor McDavid’s hearing with the Department of Player Safety, Jesse Puljujarvi seeking a second, possibly season-ending medical opinion, and Monday’s pending trade deadline, interim Edmonton Oilers general manager Keith Gretzky needs three hands and an extra battery for his cell phone. He spoke Friday morning in Edmonton on all of the above, and Sportsnet was there to ask some questions and record his answers. Here’s a look into how a brand new, temporary GM approaches the beginning of another rebuild in Edmonton. (Hint: Very carefully.) Sportsnet (SN): What is the story with Jesse Puljujarvi and his injury? Keith Gretzky (KG): We came back from the trip and… Read More

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MLB adds 20-second pitch clock to spring training games

NEW YORK — A 20-second pitch clock will be phased in in three stages during spring training, with the start of ball/strike penalties depending on negotiations with the players’ association. Major League Baseball said Friday that the pitch clock will not be enforced this weekend and that beginning early next week umpires will issue reminders to batters and pitchers who violate the clock. MLB did not give a date for when it might start ball/strike penalties. The clock will not operate before the first pitch of a plate appearance, or after foul balls, mound visits or timeouts called by umpires, except for timeouts called just to reset the clock. The… Read More

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Toronto FC faces Herculean task in Concacaf Champions League

TORONTO – How does a team rebound from one of the worst performances in franchise history? That’s the question facing Toronto FC ahead of next Tuesday’s Concacaf Champions League game at BMO Field. TFC was embarrassed by Club Atletico Independiente de la Chorrera in the first leg of their round-of-16- series, dropping a 4-0 decision in Panama this past Tuesday. That shocking result puts the Reds in a massive hole, as they have to win by at least five goals – five! – in the return match in order to advance to the quarterfinals. How times change. Last April, Toronto was on the brink of becoming the first MLS team… Read More

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Toronto FC faces Herculean task in Concacaf Champions League

TORONTO – How does a team rebound from one of the worst performances in franchise history? That’s the question facing Toronto FC ahead of next Tuesday’s Concacaf Champions League game at BMO Field. TFC was embarrassed by Club Atletico Independiente de la Chorrera in the first leg of their round-of-16- series, dropping a 4-0 decision in Panama this past Tuesday. That shocking result puts the Reds in a massive hole, as they have to win by at least five goals – five! – in the return match in order to advance to the quarterfinals. How times change. Last April, Toronto was on the brink of becoming the first MLS team… Read More

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