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Tatar’s 2-goal night helps Habs halt Maple Leafs’ 6-game win streak

Tomas Tatar scored two goals — including an empty-netter — as the Montreal Canadiens defeated Toronto 4-2 on Monday night to end the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak.

Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar celebrates his goal during the team’s 4-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

Tomas Tatar scored two goals — including an empty-netter — as the Montreal Canadiens defeated Toronto 4-2 on Monday night to end the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak.

Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson also scored for the Canadiens (18-12-9), who won for the first time in four games. Auston Matthews and John Tavares replied for the visiting Maple Leafs (28-11-3).

It was the first loss of the year for Toronto goalie Jack Campbell, who set an NHL record with 11 straight wins to start a season.

The Maple Leafs looked scattered in the early going at Bell Centre. Poor clearing attempts and sloppy defensive play proved costly as a loose puck careened off a skate to Tatar, who shovelled it in at 1:17.

Montreal dominated play over most of the opening period. With Zach Bogosian off for high-sticking, Suzuki fired in a wrist shot from the face-off circle at 7:53 to make it 2-0.

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The Maple Leafs were nearly burned on a too-many-men call at 9:58 but Campbell held the Canadiens at bay. Montreal outshot Toronto 11-3 over the first 20 minutes.

The Maple Leafs came out with more zip in the second period and were rewarded at 9:28 when Matthews scored his NHL-leading 32nd goal of the season. He tipped in a pass from Mitch Marner, who picked up his team-leading 39th assist.

Tavares tied the game at 14:57 when he roofed a backhand after a scramble in front of Montreal netminder Jake Allen.

Anderson restored Montreal’s lead at 16:22. He kept the puck on a 2-on-1 break and picked the top corner on Campbell’s glove side.

Jonathan Drouin was called for a tripping penalty midway through the third period but the Maple Leafs’ power-play struggles continued.

Toronto managed only two shots and has converted only one of its last 36 opportunities with the man advantage.

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Campbell made a pair of brilliant saves late in the third period, stoning both Anderson and Suzuki to keep it a one-goal game.

Both teams were busy before the trade deadline.

The Maple Leafs’ highlight move was landing forward Nick Foligno from Columbus while the Canadiens acquired blueliner Erik Gustafsson from Philadelphia. Neither player was in the lineup Monday night.

Montreal and Toronto will face off four times over the last two weeks of the regular season. The Maple Leafs have a 4-2-0 edge in the season series.

The Maple Leafs will return home to play Calgary on Tuesday night. The Canadiens will be back in action Wednesday against the visiting Flames.

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Patriots’ Julian Edelman, prolific post-season performer, announces retirement

Citing a knee injury that cut his 2020 season short after just six games, Julian Edelman announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

After 11 seasons with the New England Patriots, wide receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

For more than a decade Julian Edelman lived the ultimate NFL underdog story, going from undersized college quarterback to a favourite option of Tom Brady on three Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning teams.

He says he’ll leave the league after giving everything he had to the sport.

Citing a knee injury that cut his 2020 season short after just six games, Edelman announced Monday that he is retiring from the NFL after 11 seasons.

“Nothing in my career has ever come easy. And no surprise, this isn’t going to come easy either,” Edelman said fighting back tears in a video posted to Twitter. “I’ve always said I’m going to go until the wheels come off. And they finally have fallen off.”

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Earlier in the day, the Patriots terminated the contract of the Super Bowl 53 MVP after the receiver failed a physical.

It brings an abrupt end to the 11-year New England tenure of the 34-year-old, whose fingertip catch helped complete the Patriots’ historic Super Bowl 51 comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons.

“By any measure of what constitutes an elite NFL career — wins, championships, production — Julian has it all,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said in a statement. “Few players can match Julian’s achievements, period, but considering his professional trajectory and longevity, the group is even more select. It is historic. This is a tribute to his legendary competitiveness, mental and physical toughness and will to excel.”

Success story

Team owner Robert Kraft called Edelman “one of the great success stories in our franchise’s history.”

He appeared in just six games last season before going on injured reserve following a surgical procedure on his knee. He also missed the entire 2017 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Edelman was entering the final season of a two-year, $15.5 million US contract. He was facing an uphill climb to make the roster in 2021 following the Patriots’ efforts to remake the receiving group after their struggles last season. This off-season the Patriots have already added receivers Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor in free agency.

He also had 58 rushing attempts for 413 yards, the most rushing attempts and rushing yards by a wide receiver in Patriots history. His 9,869 all-purpose yards are fourth in team history.

Edelman will be most remembered for what he did during the post-season, though, amassing 118 catches for 1,422 yards and seven touchdowns.

He reached his pinnacle in Super Bowl 53 when he hauled in 10 receptions for 141 yards in helping lift the Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

That post-season Edelman also tied Dallas’ Michael Irvin for the second-most 100-yard receiving games in the post-season with six, just two behind Jerry Rice’s NFL record.

“Day in and day out, Julian was always the same: all out,” Belichick said. “Then, in the biggest games and moments, with championships at stake, he reached even greater heights and delivered some of his best, most thrilling performances.”

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Positive COVID-19 tests at men’s curling worlds deemed ‘false positives’

The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.

After a stoppage of play at the men’s world curling championships Saturday due to four positive COVID-19 tests within the Calgary bubble, the World Curling Federation said Monday the results occurred from potentially contaminated samples. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

The four positive COVID-19 tests that interrupted the men’s world curling championship are considered “false positives” from potentially contaminated samples, according to the World Curling Federation.

The men’s championship concluded late Sunday night with Sweden’s Niklas Edin winning a record fifth world men’s title.

No games were played Saturday because four participants, including one from a playoff team, tested positive for the virus in “exit” tests before leaving Calgary’s curling bubble.

None had symptoms of the illness.

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All have tested negative in multiple re-tests since then, the WCF said Monday in a statement. All tests were conducted via PCR throat swabs.

“According to Alberta Health, PCR testing remains the gold standard for COVID-19 testing,” the WCF said. “Very rarely, there are occurrences through sampling or testing processes when samples may become contaminated and a false positive may result.

All athletes and personnel considered close contacts of the four underwent testing Saturday with all results negative.

Every playoff team member was tested before and after each game Sunday with those results also negative, the WCF said. Hotel staff were also tested Sunday and cleared.

“With the original four positive test results now deemed as false positives, the integrity of the Calgary bubble remains intact,” the WCF declared.

“The change also allows international athletes who were considered close contacts, and who would have had to remain in isolation in Calgary for 14 days, will now be able to depart Calgary.”

Alberta Health confirmed the false positives were an isolated incident.

“More than 1,500 tests have been conducted at this event, with no issues identified before this weekend,” told CBC Sports in a statement.

The fifth of seven events in Calgary’s curling hub, the Humpty’s Champions Cup, gets underway Thursday.

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Former Canadian international Wilkinson to view home team as England assistant

After representing Canada 181 times as a player and then serving as a Canada Soccer staff coach, Rhian Wilkinson will get a different view of the Canadian women when they play England on Tuesday in Stoke-on-Trent. Wilkinson will be in the English coaching dugout.

Canadian Rhian Wilkinson, an assistant coach for England’s women’s soccer team, represented Canada as a player in 181 times and served as a Canada Soccer’s staff coach prior to taking her current job. (Andy Clark/AFP via Getty Images)

After representing Canada 181 times as a player and then serving as a Canada Soccer staff coach, Rhian Wilkinson will get a different view of the Canadian women when they play England on Tuesday in Stoke-on-Trent.

Wilkinson will be in the English coaching dugout.

The 38-year-old left Canada Soccer in January to join interim England head coach Hege Riise as an assistant. Wilkinson wanted to get out of her comfort zone and add to her skill set with an eye to coaching Canada in the future.

Wilkinson says the England job has been “absolutely what I hoped it would be, which is very challenging in so many different ways.”

“It’s a huge education in terms of I knew the Canada way inside and out. And this is different,” she added. “It’s been really, really good.”

On opposite sides

Canadian forward Janine Beckie is one of many sad to see Wilkinson leave.

“It will be really strange to see her on the opposite side. I can’t say that I’m not a little bit bitter,” she told reporters Monday. “But it’s always great to have friends and former teammates stay in the game.

“We obviously wish she was on our side, but it will feel good to beat her and then give her a hug.”

The ties run deep. Wilkinson went for a run Monday and came across former teammate Melissa Tancredi, part of the Canadian staff, running the other way.

“We kept our distance but I got a really nice catch-up with one of my closest friends. On the day, we’re going to want to smash one another and then the game’s over. This is the gift of having a job in a competitive sport,” Wilkinson added.

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A native of Baie-D’Urfe, Que., who calls North Vancouver home when in Canada, Wilkinson is now based out a small village southwest of Manchester. The rural locale is appreciated given her love for the outdoors.

“I lived on a mountain in Vancouver. I really needed to make sure that I was able to go on walks and just be outside in my area so I wasn’t breaking the lockdown restrictions and I was keeping sane. So [my real estate agent] found me this little place. It’s been really lovely.”

Riise is overseeing England until Sarina Wiegman, currently coaching the fourth-ranked Dutch women, takes charge after the Summer Olympics. Wilkinson will be part of Riise’s coaching staff with Team Great Britain at the Tokyo Games.

Wilkinson played with Riise at Norway’s Strommen, which ultimately became LSK Kvinner, where Riise served as an assistant and then head coach after retiring. Riise, named the 1995 world player of the year, won the Olympics, World Cup and European Championship as a player.

England lost 3-1 to No. 3 France on Friday in Caen in Riise’s second match at the helm. England thumped Northern Ireland 6-0 on Feb. 23 in the Norwegian’s debut, played at St. George’s Park.

Canadians begin U.K. friendlies with win

The Canadians, under new coach Bev Priestman, are coming off a 3-0 win over No. 31 Wales last Friday in Cardiff.

Beckie sees Tuesday’s game as a “huge” measuring stick, given almost all of the English players are in-season while the North American-based Canadians are just finishing pre-season.

“They’re coming off obviously a very difficult loss against France so they’ll be really motivated to come out and get a win,” said Beckie, whose Manchester City teammates dominate the English roster. “And we’ve got lots of momentum from our last game [against Wales]. So I think bringing those two things together and it’ll make for a really competitive game.”

Canada, ranked No. 8 in the world compared to No. 6 for England, is 6-7-0 all-time against the Lionesses. While the Canadians have won two out of the last three, the loss was painful — knocking Canada out of the 2015 World Cup in a 2-1 quarterfinal defeat on home soil. Wilkinson played in that game.

Familiarity from both ends

While Wilkinson knows Canada, Priestman has the skinny on England.

Priestman left Canada Soccer in August 2018 after 5 1/2 years as a staff coach, including time as an assistant with the senior squad and head youth coach, to join Phil Neville’s England coaching staff in August 2018. Neville has since left to take over Inter Miami CF of Major League Soccer.

The 34-year-old Priestman, an English native who was named Canada’s head coach last October. says she’s looking forward to renewing acquaintances with England.

“I know the group very well. I know the players but do I know how they’re going to play necessarily? Maybe not. But [I’m] excited. I think it will be a strange feeling but I’m fully invested in Canada now.”

England has some injury issues with Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes and star fullback Lucy Bronze all missing the France game. Striker Ellen White captained England in Houghton’s absence.

Canada edged England 1-0 last time out when they met in Manchester in April 2019. The winner came in the form of career goal No. 180 by Christine Sinclair.

Sinclair pounced on the rebound after Nichelle Prince’s shot hit the crossbar and bounced back. Sinclair controlled the ball with her thigh and then knocked it in from close range with her right foot for the 81st-minute winner.

Sinclair’s status for Tuesday is unclear after limping off the field in the first half of the win over Wales.

Wilkinson says coverage of women’s football has reached “a whole other level” in Britain with the BBC and Sky agreeing to a three-year broadcast deal starting next season. She believes the England team will further help raise the bar.

“Just the exposure, the opportunity, the facilities, it’s only just starting,” she said. “For those here who might be slightly more archaic in their views, they’re just going to miss out on this incredible opportunity. It’s just really starting to ignite. And if this team can perform to the level they’re absolutely capable of, I’m pretty sure they’ll be in the public eye and the spotlight for many years to come because this is an incredibly talented group of players and a great team.”

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With trades and passing time, are the Vancouver Canucks finally putting COVID behind them?

Forward Adam Gaudette, the first Canuck to test positive for COVID-19, has been traded to Chicago at the NHL trade deadline.

The Vancouver Canucks traded Adam Gaudette to Chicago for forward Matthew Highmore. Gaudette was the first Canucks player to be diagnosed with COVID-19. (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

NHL trade deadline day delivered a mixed bag of news for Vancouver Canucks fans, including a sense the team is finally starting to turn the page on the havoc caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Forward Adam Gaudette, the first Canuck diagnosed with COVID-19 on Mar. 30, was dealt to Chicago for little-known forward Matthew Highmore. 

“With Adam Gaudette, we felt like it was time for a change of scenery,” said Canucks General Manager Jim Benning. “To be quite honest, we expected him to take another step this year. We didn’t feel like he did that.”

In the weeks following Gaudette’s positive test, 21 more Canuck players and four staff contracted the virus, shutting down the club and forcing it into a highly condensed end-of-season schedule that will see the team play 19 games in 31 nights. 

A former Hobey Baker winner as the top U.S. college player, Gaudette scored 33 points in 59 games with Vancouver last season but trailed off this year with only seven points in 33 games. He was removed from the NHL COVID-19 protocol list on Sunday. 

Highmore, 25, has no goals and two assists in 24 games this season with the Blackhawks.

In other trades, the Canucks dealt defenceman Jordie Benn to Winnipeg for a sixth round draft pick. 

Vancouver also swung a second deal with Chicago adding defenceman Madison Bowey and a fifth round pick in exchange for a fourth round draft pick.

A woman wearing a protective face covering walks past Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver. A total of 26 Canucks players and coaches tested positive during the COVID-19 outbreak that involved a variant of the virus. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

Bowey, a former Kelowna Rocket, has appeared in just two Blackhawks games this season.

Benning said 10 Canucks players skated today as the team appears to be moving into the COVID-19 recovery stage.

Winger Tanner Pearson, who is injured and did not contract COVID, said it’s hard to know what to expect when the onslaught of games kicks off Friday versus Edmonton. 

“That’s a pretty crazy schedule if everyone is healthy,” he said.

“Who knows how guys are going to react when they come back. Hopefully it’s good, but no one knows how your body is going to feel.”

Benning said not all players are well enough to return to practice just yet, and said the remainder of the season will be an opportunity for prospects in the Canucks system.

“Some guys feel really good and ready to go. Other guys are still feeling some residual effects of the COVID.  The next step for them is to start working out, getting back on the ice and getting back into shape,” he said, adding he was hopeful the full team would be back for Friday’s game.

Officials have confirmed a variant of the COVID-19 virus is responsible for the Canucks outbreak, which is the largest in the NHL this season.

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Canadian women’s hockey team set to open selection camp in Nova Scotia

The Canadian women’s hockey team starts a 47-player selection camp Wednesday in Halifax ahead of the women’s world championship in Nova Scotia next month.

Marie-Philip Poulin, centre, is one of 18 players from Canada’s 2018 silver medal team that will take part in the 47-player selection camp being held in Nova Scotia starting Wednesday. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

The Canadian women’s hockey team starts a 47-player selection camp Wednesday in Halifax ahead of the women’s world championship in Nova Scotia next month.

The 10-country tournament May 6-16 in Halifax and Truro will be the first women’s world championship held in over two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 championship in Nova Scotia was cancelled and this year’s tournament was postponed from April to May.

“The past year has been very difficult for our athletes, coaches and staff, but we have persevered and continued our preparation for the IIHF women’s world championship one year later than expected,” Hockey Canada director of women’s national teams Gina Kingsbury said Monday in a statement.

Six goaltenders, 15 defenders and 26 forwards will vie for spots on Canada’s 23-player roster during the weeklong camp at Scotiabank Centre, which is one of two host venues for the tournament.

Those invited include 18 players who won an Olympic silver medal for Canada in 2018, including all six defenders, as well as captain Marie Philip-Poulin.

Canada is scheduled to open the world championship against Finland on May 6. Russia, Switzerland and the United States are also in the host country’s pool.

The Americans defeated host Finland for gold in 2019. Canada didn’t reach the final for the first time in the history of the tournament and took bronze.

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The North Division picture is clearing up, and the Leafs are on top

CBC Sports’ daily newsletter examines how each Canadian NHL team handled the trade deadline, and looks ahead to the playoffs.

After Nick Foligno’s Blue Jackets eliminated Auston Matthews’ Maple Leafs in 2020, the pair will work together for Toronto in the 2021 playoffs. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

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The Maple Leafs are emerging as North Division favourites

The NHL’s trade deadline came and went quietly today, and though trades could still trickle in past our publish time, rosters around the league appear set with the playoffs just over a month away.

Here’s where things stand in the Canadian division and around the NHL:

Toronto Maple Leafs

Winners of nine of their past 10 games, the Leafs added Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno — whose father Mike was on the team for its 1993 playoff run — in exchange for a first-round pick and a pair of fourths on Sunday night. Foligno brings defence and grit to a team often criticized for lacking both, but he isn’t much of an offensive threat anymore. Toronto also added backup goalie David Rittich from Calgary with Frederik Andersen still out indefinitely, and depth defenceman Ben Hutton from Anaheim.

The Leafs, up six points on second-place Winnipeg, are barreling toward first in the North and a first-round playoff series against the Canadiens, with both teams pretty much locked into their place in the standings. That hasn’t happened since 1979, and it’s a pretty ideal outcome for the NHL’s year of rejigged alignment.

Come Game 1, all pressure in that series will sit firmly in Toronto with its mix of veterans and young stars primed to contend.

Winnipeg Jets

A top-heavy offence plus the reigning Vezina Trophy winner in net could make for a lethal combination come the playoffs. The Jets already made their move early in the season when they flipped Patrik Laine to Columbus for Pierre-Luc Dubois. They added d-man Jordie Benn from Vancouver for a late pick today.

But the question remains: can Connor Hellebuyck make up for a defensive core that’s been lacking since Dustin Byfuglien’s departure?

Edmonton Oilers

Edmonton brought in Dmitry Kulikov, a minute-eating, penalty-killing defenceman, from New Jersey to shore up its blue line on Monday. Between Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, we know there’s enough offence, and Kulikov has just two assists and no goals.

The Oilers have been consistently good this season, but their record may be propped up by a dominant nine-game, season-series sweep of basement-dwelling Ottawa. Like Toronto, Edmonton’s season will be judged solely by the playoffs.

Montreal Canadiens

The Habs tinkered around the edges, adding defencemen Jon Merrill from Detroit and Erik Gustafsson from Florida at minimal costs to follow their earlier Eric Staal pickup.

They’ve lost three straight, with a matchup against the Maple Leafs on deck tonight. Those two have been pretty evenly matched throughout the season, despite the Canadiens’ own turbulent campaign that began strongly but quickly cratered into a coaching change.

Playing playoff spoiler against Toronto as underdogs would instantly make the season a success.

Calgary Flames

Two years after winning the West, the Flames were clear deadline sellers having gone 2-8 in their last 10 games to fall out of the playoff picture. It was a nice bit of business getting a second and a prospect for former lottery pick Sam Bennett from Florida, plus a third from Toronto for Rittich.

New-old coach Darryl Sutter hasn’t been able to turn things around, and the off-season may force answers to bigger questions, such as what to do with Johnny Gaudreau.

Ottawa Senators

Pretty ideal season for the Senators (especially if you remove their Oilers games), as the young guys have shown improvement and the old guys (Mike Reilly, Braydon Coburn, Erik Gudbranson) were shipped out for draft picks.

They could be a trendy playoff pick next season.

Vancouver Canucks

There was one more player added to health and safety protocols over the weekend, but the team’s facility finally reopened today. The Canucks are scheduled to play their first game since March 24 on Friday against the Oilers. The NHL announced over the weekend that the North playoffs would be delayed as Vancouver played out the string.

The Canucks are unlikely to factor into the post-season picture, eight points back of the Canadiens with 19 games remaining. They dealt forward/patient zero Adam Gaudette to Chicago for forward Matthew Highmore on Monday, while also sending Benn to Winnipeg and importing fellow defenceman Madison Bowey from Detroit.

American contenders

The Canadian division makes up less than one quarter of the league, and its winner will face an American team for the first time this season in the semifinals.

If that team is the Leafs, they’re surely hoping their semifinal foe is not Boston, who traded for Taylor Hall from Buffalo in exchange for a second-round pick and a depth forward. But the Bruins are just fourth in the East, behind the always-dangerous Capitals (who brought in scorer Anthony Mantha from Detroit), the stingy Islanders (who added offence in Kyle Palmieri last week) and the Penguins, who picked up centre Jeff Carter (yes, he’s still in the league) from the Kings.

In the Central, the Lightning and Panthers acquired defencemen David Savard and Brandon Montour, respectively, to keep up in the race with the Hurricanes. All three teams are separated by two points.

Finally, the West likely boasts the best team in the league in Colorado and another serious contender in Vegas. Neither made major moves at the deadline, due to a combination of cap problems and existing depth. But they’re on a collision course for a second-round showdown and the title of Stanley Cup favourite.

To see all the day’s moves in one place, head to CBC Sports’ trade tracker.

Another deadline has come and gone, and Rob Pizzo fills you in on the important moves made over the last 2 days. 3:44

Quickly…

Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves games are postponed after the police killing of a Black man. Daunte Wright, 20, was pulled over for a traffic violation and shot to death in what the Brooklyn Center, Minn., police department is calling an “accidental discharge” when the officer meant to take his taser. The murder trial of former cop Derek Chauvin, charged with the killing of George Floyd last May, is currently ongoing in the same county. With protests underway and “in response to the tragic event,” the Twins announced their home game today was postponed, and were soon followed by the Wild and Timberwolves who were also scheduled to play at home tonight. Read more about the situation here.

In case you missed it…

The Calgary curling bubble nearly burst. Late Friday night, just after Canada was eliminated by Scotland in a qualification game, news came of positive COVID-19 tests at the men’s curling world championships. It was the first scare since lead rocks were thrown at the Scotties in February and prompted the playoffs to be delayed by a day. American skip John Shuster revealed on That Curling Show that one of his teammates was among four positive tests, and each of the four tested negative 24 hours later. That allowed play to resume on Sunday, with Sweden’s Niklas Edin collecting his third consecutive title just before midnight in Calgary. Read more about the conspicuous end to the curling worlds here.

Hideki Matsuyama became the first Japanese man to win The Masters — or any golf major. And he did it without much contest, taking a four-shot lead into Sunday and only experiencing a brief scare before bouncing back to claim the green jacket. Though a trio of majors come first, Matsuyama may now be focused on this summer’s Olympic golf tournament, where he should be a contender to take gold on home soil. Canada’s Corey Conners, meanwhile, finished tied for eighth, guaranteeing himself a return trip to Augusta in 2022 after grabbing some attention this year with this hole-in-one.

And finally…

You knew about the lucky loonie. Now meet the hopeful hardwood. OK, it doesn’t have quite the same ring. But it’s meant to serve the same purpose, as the New York Times reports that Canada Basketball purchased the Toronto Raptors’ title-clinching court from the Golden State Warriors to be reinstalled in Victoria for the last-chance Olympic qualifier beginning in June. The hardwood didn’t come cheap (nearly $270,000 US), but will be worthwhile if it helps Canada get to Tokyo, where the country could boast an all-NBA roster and contend for the podium. Read more about the purchase here.

Canada Basketball’s version of the lucky loonie, worth a lot more than $1. (New York Times/Canada Basketball)

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Deadline day highlighted by Capitals’ acquisition of big forward Anthony Mantha

The Washington Capitals made the biggest deal of NHL trade deadline day by acquiring big forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings.

The Capitals on Monday picked up six-foot-five, 234-pound forward Anthony Mantha, pictured, after East Division opponents Boston, Pittsburgh and New York Islanders added to their rosters. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals made the biggest deal of NHL trade deadline day by acquiring big forward Anthony Mantha from the Detroit Red Wings.

The Capitals, in win-now mode, traded wingers Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik, a 2021 first- and 2022 second-round draft pick to Detroit for the six-foot-five, 234-pound Mantha, who fits in with their heavy approach. The 26-year-old is signed for three more seasons at a salary cap hit of $5.7 million US.

Washington also acquired pending unrestricted free-agent forward Michael Raffl from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a fifth-round pick. Raffl won’t have long to wait to see his former team as the Capitals host the Flyers on Tuesday.

The Capitals made the Mantha move after the other playoff teams in the East Division all made additions. After the New York Islanders got forward Travis Zajac and Kyle Palmieri from New Jersey, the Boston Bruins acquired Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar and Mike Reilly, and the Pittsburgh Penguins added Jeff Carter.

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Mantha, 26, has recorded 11 goals and 21 points in 42 games this season, the first of a four-year, $22.8-million contract.

He has collected 194 points in 302 NHL regular-season contests since being selected 20th overall by the Red Wings in 2013.

Vrana, 25, has scored 11 goals and 25 points in 36 games this season, while the 30-year-old Panik has nine points in 36 games.

Chicago moves Janmark to Golden Knights: report

The Vegas Golden Knights acquired centre Mattias Janmark from Chicago.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the trade was agreed to but the trade call has not been completed.

A third team could be involved to help salary cap-strapped Vegas make the money work. Janmark played against the Golden Knights during the 2020 bubble playoffs with the Dallas Stars.

Centre Mattias Janmark, whom the Golden Knights reportedly have acquired from Chicago, has averaged nearly 17 minutes of ice time this season but also posted a team-worst minus-17 rating. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Janmark, who was scratched by Chicago on Saturday to protect against injury, had 10 goals and 19 points in 41 games this season while averaging nearly 17 minutes of ice time, but also a team-worst minus-17 rating.

Sharks will receive 5th RD pick from Vegas for helping broker Janmark deal with Chicago. It’s Buffalo’s 5th RD pick in 2022. San Jose also sending a minor-league player to Vegas.

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Seven of the six-foot-one, 195-pound Swede’s 19 points have been scored on the power play.

NHL-best Avalanche reacquire Soderberg

The NHL-leading Avalanche keep loading up for what they hope is a deep playoff run.

Colorado is atop the West Division and the league standings with 60 points through 41 games. General manager Joe Sakic added goaltending depth with trades for Devan Dubynk and Jonas Johansson in recent weeks.

“We’ve said it since the start of the year that our intention is to be a contender and to make a deep playoff run and to have a chance to win,” defenceman Ryan Graves said Saturday. “Whatever Joe thinks is going to help us win, give us the best chance to in, we’re definitely welcoming any additions to the team.”

Lightning get deeper on defence

The Tampa Bay Lightning have added some more defensive depth as they try to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Tampa Bay acquired Frederik Claesson from the San Jose Sharks for goaltending prospect Magnus Chrona. Head coach Jon Cooper likes dressing seven defencemen a game, and the Lightning used nine in the 2020 playoffs on their Cup run.

The Lightning made their big splash Saturday when they got top-four, right-shooting defenceman David Savard from Columbus. Savard provides the muscle Zach Bogosian did last year before leaving for Toronto in free agency.

Hurricanes, Ducks swap D-men

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded Haydn Fleury to the Anaheim Ducks for fellow defenceman Jani Hakanpaa and a sixth-round draft pick in 2022.

Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell pointed to Hakanpaa’s six-foot-five, 218-pound frame as a physical boost to the blue-line.

The 29-year-old Hakanpaa is third in the league this year with 168 hits. He has one goal and one assists in 47 career NHL games with Anaheim. He was also a teammate of current Hurricanes star centre Sebastian Aho in Finland several years ago.

The Hurricanes parted with a former first-round pick Fleury, the No. 7 overall selection in 2014. The 24-year-old Fleury had one goal in 35 games this season.

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Senators trade defenceman Reilly to Bruins, Coburn to Islanders

The Ottawa Senators have dealt defenceman Mike Reilly to the Boston Bruins ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline. They also dealt depth defenceman Braydon Coburn to the New York Islanders late Sunday

Mike Reilly, who the Senators traded to Boston on Sunday, has 19 points in 40 games this season. (Rich Lam/Getty Images/File)

The Ottawa Senators have dealt defenceman Mike Reilly to the Boston Bruins ahead of Monday’s 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline.

The Senators (13-25-4) received a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL draft.

The 27-year-old Chicago native has 19 assists in 40 games for Ottawa this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Drafted 98th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011, Reilly has 72 points (eight goals, 64 assists) in 244 NHL games with the Sens, Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild.

Ottawa also dealt depth defenceman Braydon Coburn to the New York Islanders late Sunday, receiving a seventh-round pick at the 2022 NHL draft in return.

Coburn, 36, has two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 16 games for the Senators this season.

Canadiens acquire Merrill

The Montreal Canadiens have bolstered their blue-line depth ahead of Monday’s 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline.

The club acquired veteran defenceman Jon Merrill from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday for a fifth-round draft pick in 2021 and minor-league forward Hayden Verbeek.

Merrill appeared in 36 games with the Red Wings this season, picking up five assists while averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time.

The 29-year-old from Oklahoma City has 12 goals and 66 points in 392 NHL regular-season games with the New Jersey Devils, Vegas Golden Knights and Red Wings since making his NHL debut in 2013-14.

Merrill was selected 38th overall by the Devils in the 2010 NHL draft.

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Verbeek, 23, had one goal and two assists with Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League this season. The pick heading to Detroit in the trade previously belonged to the Ottawa Senators.

Earlier Sunday, the Canadiens put 22-year-old rearguard Victor Mete on waivers after he collected only three assists in 14 contests. The former standout with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League has four goals, 34 points and plus-30 rating in 184 NHL games.

Penguins pick up Carter from Kings

The Los Angeles Kings traded forward Jeff Carter to the Pittsburgh Penguins late Sunday night for a pair of conditional draft picks.

Kings vice-president and general manager Rob Blake said the franchise will have a conditional third-round selection in the 2022 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2023 draft. Pittsburgh GM Ron Hextall spent seven seasons with the Kings as assistant GM, including when they won their first Stanley Cup in 2012.

Some of the details in the draft picks involved in the Jeff Carter deal:
The 3rd round pick can become a 2nd Rd pick if the Penguins reach the Cup final and Carter plays in at least 50 percent of the games.

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In 40 games this season, Carter has eight goals and 11 assists. He leaves Los Angeles tied for 10th in franchise history in goals and first in overtime goals with 11. The Kings are likely to miss the post-season for a third straight season. They have won only three of their last 10 and are six points out of the final playoff spot in the West Division.

Pittsburgh is in third place in the East Division, but just two points behind Washington and the New York Islanders for the lead.

The Penguins have weathered a series of injuries to remain in contention and Carter’s arrival — with the Kings picking up 50 per cent of his $5.2 million salary — give them more experienced depth up the middle with the playoffs approaching.

Capitals move blue-liner to clear cap space

The New Jersey Devils acquired defenceman Jonas Siegenthaler from the Washington Capitals on Sunday for a third-round pick in this summer’s draft.

Washington clears $800,000 US in salary-cap space by dealing one of the eight defencemen on its active roster. New Jersey gets a 23-year-old left shot on the blue-line for its rebuilding efforts.

Siegenthaler is a restricted free agent after this season. The 2015 second-round pick from Switzerland has 13 points in 97 regular-season NHL games, all with the Capitals.

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Neymar to sign new PSG deal?

Although rumours suggested a return to Barcelona, Neymar’s future is in Paris as per France Football magazine. The Brazilian and his entourage assured that the player’s hope is to continue in the French capital.

Fabrizio Romano has relayed quotes from Neymar’s entourage to France Football, amid talk that a deal until 2026 has been thrashed out.

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“Neymar wants to stay at PSG. He sees that the club is in the process of growing. He likes the project. He posts less things on social media because he wants less controversy and attention on him. His main objective is to win the Champions League. He doesn’t think about anything other than that. He wants to show that Paris is a great team,” the player’s entourage was quoted as saying in France Football.

Fabrizio Romano has relayed quotes from Neymar’s entourage to France Football, amid talk that a deal until 2026 has been thrashed out.

According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, who is infamous for transfer-related scoops, the agreement between PSG and Neymar for his renewal is done.

Neymar also spoke in glowing terms of his Paris Saint-Germain attacking partner Kylian Mbappe, adding weight to rumours he could soon sign a new deal at the club.

“He taught me a lot about the way ‘to be French,'” Neymar told France Football. “He explained to me the French mentality.

“I owe a large part of my adaptation to him, and, therefore, my happiness to be here.

“First of all, I was very touched by the man he is. Kylian is very considerate, always happy, polite and kind to everyone. He is a very beautiful person. That’s why we’ve got along so well since our first contact.

“Then, of course, I had the opportunity to watch him train, to observe his speed, his dribbling repertoire, his intelligence and to see his humility to keep evolving. There, I said to myself: ‘he is our golden boy!’

“Speed alone doesn’t mean anything. You have to be smart to use it properly, and Kylian is. He is not only very smart and fast, but he also has a huge repertoire of dribbling.”