Senators owner Eugene Melnyk suing partner over failed arena bid

OTTAWA — Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is suing his business partner in a development deal that was meant to bring a new NHL arena to Ottawa’s downtown. Capital Sports Management Inc., a group controlled by Melnyk, said in a release Friday that it has started legal proceedings against John Ruddy, the chair of Trinity Development Group Inc., “seeking damages arising out of a failed joint venture between Trinity and CSMI.” The statement alleges the two companies were not able to finalize a master development agreement for the LeBreton Flats area of Ottawa, a couple of blocks southwest of Parliament Hill. CSMI says its statement of claim “alleges a number of… Read More

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Utah football: Utah County players grew up cheering for Cougars, but now they fight on the field for Utes

SALT LAKE CITY — Britain Covey and Chase Hansen don’t try to hide their affection and enthusiasm for the rivalry game, even if they have to temper their passion on the field this weekend. Unlike many of their teammates who’ve only known the BYU-Utah rivalry as players, Covey, a graduate of Timpview High, and Hansen, an alum of Lone Peak High, were introduced to the nearly 100-year-old contest as children. For both of them, however, those childhood memories involved them rooting for the Cougars and now, as players, they fight to make Utah fans cheer. “It’s awesome,” said Hansen of how he views the rivalry. “It’s weird because I look… Read More

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The importance of having an NHL playoff spot at American Thanksgiving

The sample sizes are big enough, the schedule is old enough – we can finally start making wild playoff projections based on actual games played so far. And, historically, looking at the playoff picture as it sits today really does mean something. It’s not early anymore. It’s the all-important American Thanksgiving cutoff. How important is American Thanksgiving in relation to making the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Over the last five seasons, 77.5% (62-of-80) of teams in a playoff spot at American Thanksgiving have went on to clinch a berth in the postseason. @NHL — Nick Alberga (@thegoldenmuzzy) November 21, 2018 With a little more than a quarter of the season gone,… Read More

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Retired NHL referee Mick McGeough to be removed from life support

Retired NHL referee Michael “Mick” McGeough suffered a stroke last Sunday and, after his condition worsened, will be removed from life support. McGeough, 62, was hospitalized after showing the early signs of a stroke. He consulted with a neurosurgeon in Saskatoon to explore treatment options for removing the remaining clots at the back of his brain. The damage proved to be irreversible. He has returned to Regina to be with his family. On Friday, it was announced all life sustaining measures will be stopped. McGeough began his NHL officiating career in 1987. He was among the last NHL officials to officiate NHL games without wearing a helmet. In total, he… Read More

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Raptors’ C.J. Miles to return Friday vs. Wizards; Anunoby probable

C.J. Miles will make his return to the Toronto Raptors lineup tonight when they take on the Washington Wizards. OG Anunoby is listed as probable to return as well. CJ Miles (groin) goes tonight vs. Wizards; OG Anunoby (wrist) probable. — Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) November 23, 2018 Both players went through morning shootaround without any issues. Miles has missed the last five games with a groin injury, while Anunoby has been sidelined for the last three games with an injured wrist. Through 13 appearances so far this season, Miles has averaged 4.8 points on 30 per cent shooting — down from last year’s averages of 9.7 points on 41.3 per… Read More

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Layton shows mettle in defeating Maple Mountain at Wrestling Against Cancer Duals

PROVO — In a battle of two dominant programs of this past decade Layton defeated Maple Mountain 51-18 Tuesday night in the Wrestling Against Cancer Duals hosted by Provo High School. The bouts started at 220 pounds and Maple Mountain actually took an early lead in the bout thanks to pin by Kalvin Smith (220 pounds) and a hard-fought 4-2 decision earned by Brock Morris (106) over Quade Smith. Sandwiched between this was a win by pin by Layton’s Jon Hunt at 285 pounds. Then the table turned for the Lancers as they won the next four bouts. They got forfeit victories at 113 and 120 pounds while Jaron Priest… Read More

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Babcock ‘confident’ Nylander will sign before deadline

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Cougar Insiders: Ty Detmer reminisces about emphatic victory over Utes in 1989 (podcast)

One year after the Utes’ blowout victory over BYU in 1988, the Ty Detmer-led Cougars bounced back with a 70-31 drubbing of the Utes, setting a record for most points scored by a winner in the rivalry game. In a salute to the days BYU dominated this rivalry, columnist Dick Harmon sat down with Detmer at his T14 Ranch in Texas while the Heisman winner recounted the memorable BYU victory. Find and subscribe to this and other podcasts from the Deseret News at DeseretNews.com/Podcasts. Or find us on iTunes, Google Play or wherever you listen to podcasts. Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of the episode. It’s been edited… Read More

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Roderick one of many who have been on both sides of the BYU-Utah rivalry

PROVO — First-year BYU quarterbacks coach Aaron Roderick spent 12 seasons on Utah’s coaching staff. When the Cougars visit the Utes Saturday, he’ll be on the visitors’ side at Rice-Eccles Stadium. What will that be like for him? “I don’t know. It’ll probably be weird,” Roderick said. “I still live about a mile away from there so maybe it’s not that weird. It will be weird to walk in there as a visitor. I was there for a long time.” Roderick was let go by coach Kyle Whittingham after the 2016 season before joining Kalani Sitake’s staff at BYU last December. While this game means a lot to Roderick, he… Read More

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No. 1 Western set to face No. 2 Laval in heavyweight Vanier Cup Final

It has become the marquee matchup of U Sports football. The two most decorated programs in Vanier Cup history will meet once again on the biggest stage of Canadian university football on Saturday when the defending national champion Western Mustangs (11-0) roll into Quebec City to face an eager Laval Rouge et Or (11-0) team looking for revenge in a rematch of last year’s final. The 54th Vanier Cup will boast the country’s top offensive and defensive teams in a matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 nationally ranked sides — a position both Western and Laval have held respectively since the start of the season. “Two undefeated teams… Read More

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