No fooling, the Jays are looking okay

What have I done? The Toronto Blue Jays were preparing to open the new major league baseball season last week — just as April Fool’s Day pranksters were exercising their ancient custom of nabbing victims for their worn-out jokes, hoaxes and tricks. At about the same time, I was busy getting ready for the fantasy...

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Pictonians crossed paths with Sparks

Another champion fighter from Nova Scotia’s greatest boxing era has passed on to the big squared circle in the sky. Lenny Sparks was 81. His obituary last week said he had “an amazing boxing career.” That, I’d say, was a pretty accurate assessment when you consider that he won several championships and was honoured by...

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The Canadian teams making it exciting

The National Hockey League, like everything else that matters in our world, couldn’t escape when COVID-19 swept across North America just over a year ago. The pandemic took on the 100-year-old league at centre ice and won. The repercussions disrupted the 2019-20 season far more than even a world war could 80 years earlier. It...

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Why the old APC survived so long

There’s a question that keeps being asked in emails from readers or during conversations with acquaintances or total strangers. How do I keep finding new column ideas after writing for so many years? The longevity reference just makes me smile. Sometimes I get a subject in a rather peculiar way. It happened again for this...

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One of the finest I’ve ever known

When I think of excellence and people I’ve met in the hockey world, I immediately think of Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky. When I think of excellence and people I’ve known in Canadian university sports, I think of Steve Konchalski. Perfection and class. There’s no need, after all this time, to re-examine the lifetime achievements...

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Crushers game Sunday

TRURO – The hockey game which was postponed on January 28 between the Summerside Western Capitals and the Pictou County Weeks Crushers at the Pictou County Wellness Centre has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 14 at 3 p.m....

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Boxing Caldwell sisters knocking out stereotypes

Some might take the phrase “hit like a girl” as an insult, but the Caldwell sisters of the Westville Boxing Club are proving it’s a compliment. The two sisters took up boxing for fun and something a bit different a little over a year ago. Initially, the pair had intended the sport to be another...

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Packy McFarland: A true Xaverian in so many ways

When the shock of golf icon Tiger Woods’ car crash in Los Angeles settled in my mind last week, I was thinking of another car accident involving an athlete — one that occurred a long time ago and much closer to home. It was the fall of 1956. I was an 18-year-old freshman arriving on...

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MHL games postponed

The Weeks Crushers will not be heading to Summerside, PE, to play Mach 5. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions on Prince Edward Island, the game have been postponed. An announcement will be made when these games are rescheduled....

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‘Scotch doubles’ was a fun format

Though I’m well into my 67th year of writing for newspapers, I’ve always preserved time for a hobby. Nowadays — and for the past 20 years — fantasy hockey and baseball leagues have engulfed my enthusiasm in my spare time. Playing general manager, making draft picks and proposing trades with friendly and not-so-friendly foes, turns...

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