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Canadian women's hockey team camp underway in Halifax.
The Canadian women's hockey team starting a seven-day camp in Halifax may be an indicator the Nova Scotia government is willing to to host next month's women's world championship in Halifax and Truro. Hockey Canada has to navigate more COVID-19 restrictions in that province that it did to hold the world junior men's championship in Edmonton in January. By Donna Spencer. With Photo. 650 words. Short item moved. Expected to move by 5 p.m. ET.
Canadiens learning on the fly under new coach
UNDATED — Class is in session for the Montreal Canadiens. And in a shortened season, trying to grasp all the information from new head coach Dominique Ducharme is a little bit like cramming for an examine. Ducharme, who replaced the fired Claude Julien on an interim basis last week, is 0-1-1 in two games since taking over, but there was plenty to like about Montreal's dominant performance in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. 800 words. By Joshua Clipperton. Moves by 6 p.m.
Oilers claim goaltender Stalcok off waivers
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- The Edmonton Oilers have claimed goaltender Alex Stalock off waivers from the Minnesota Wild. Words: 151, Photos: 1. MOVED
— Story on Calgary at Ottawa NHL game (7 p.m.)
— Story on Vancouver at Winnipeg NHL game (8 p.m.)
— Story on Toronto at Edmonton NHL game (10 p.m.)
— Short story on Manitoba at Toronto AHL game (7 p.m.)
Despite early start to camp, Toronto FC has loose ends to tie up
TORONTO — Toronto FC can point to roster continuity and an extended training camp in the buildup to the 2021 MLS season. While Monday marked the first day most other teams were able to have their coaches and technical staff on field with players, Toronto has been in camp for a week and a half — granted extra time to prepare foe the Canadian Championship final. Still there are more than a few loose ends to be tied up. 700 words. By Neil Davidson. PHOTO. Expected by 5 p.m. ET.
Whitecaps looking to build on tumultuous season
After a season full of unexpected twists and turns, the Vancouver Whitecaps feel they finally have something solid to build on. Work on refining the new product will begin Monday as the majority of the club's players return to the pitch for the unofficial start of training camp. 800 words. ETA 4:30 p.m. ET.
Hearts in the curling bubble books, here comes the Brier
CALGARY - The Canadian women's curling championship was the first test of Calgary's curling bubble and sets the standard for the next three Curling Canada events and two Grand Slams scheduled to be held in WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre over the next two months. No one tested positive for the COVID-19 in the 500 on-site tests conducted during the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, according to Curling Canada. The men start arriving Tuesday in Calgary for Tim Hortons Brier opening Friday. 600 words. By Donna Spencer.
Plans announced for Canadian rugby league co-op
TORONTO -- Professional rugby league in Canada lasted less than four seasons with the Toronto Wolfpack. The Ottawa Aces have yet to take the field. But there are plans to kick-start the sport at the grassroots level in Canada, in the form of the Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League (CCCRL). Organizers hope to eventually establish a 12 -team league with both men's and women's teams with fans literally able to buy into the concept. 900 words. By Neil Davidson. PHOTO. MOVED
Riders sign offensive lineman Boyko
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada -- The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed offensive lineman Brett Boyko. Words: 128, Photos: 1
Spruce Meadows cancels Summer Series
Spruce Meadows is cancelling its summer show jumping series for a second straight year because of the pandemic. 200 words. MOVED
Auger-Aliassime ousted in first round
Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime lost 7-6 (4), 6-1 to Japan's Kei Nishikori in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Monday. 150 words. MOVED
— Short story on Toronto vs. Pittsburgh pre-season game in Dunedin, Fla. (1:07 p.m.)
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