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Can The Maple Leafs Make The Playoffs?
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Can The Maple Leafs Make The Playoffs?

The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team haven’t been doing very well this year. They started off looking pretty good, but before long they began playing poorly. Soon, they were near the bottom of the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings. At one point, the Leafs were 14 points away from earning a spot in the playoffs, which meant they probably wouldn’t get to play in the playoffs.

But the Leafs have come back. They won seven of their last nine games and they now have a good shot at making the playoffs.

Much Talk About Concussions In Sports
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Much Talk About Concussions In Sports

There have been a lot of articles in the newspapers about concussions recently. A concussion happens when you hit your head, hard. For instance, if you run into a tree on the playground, or if someone hits you in the head when you’re playing a sport, or if you fall down and hit your head hard on the ground you can get a concussion.

That’s why in many sports, you must wear a helmet. Helmets can often help prevent a concussion.

Sometimes people go unconscious (black out) when they get a concussion but sometimes they don’t. Research shows that people who have just been hit in the head usually don’t know when they have a concussion.

Young Canadian Makes Tennis History
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Young Canadian Makes Tennis History

At the young age of 20, Milos Raonic has become Canada’s highest ranked tennis player, ever. Raonic is from Thornhill, Ont.

He jumped from 156 at the end of last year to number 37 with an incredible two-week run that included a win at San Jose and a closely played loss to the number-one seed Andy Roddick in Memphis last weekend.

He didn’t get to where he is by luck–he’s gotten here by hard work, says his mother. She told CBC Radio this morning that her son has practiced long and hard to get where he is. In fact, when he started out he wasn’t even good enough to play with the other kids his age. The coach said he had to improve if he wanted to join the other kids. So that’s what he did, playing before and after school and on weekends until he was good enough to be allowed to work with a coach.

Ronaldo at a 2005 press conference. Image: Agencia Brasil
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Soccer Star Ronaldo Retires

A world-famous soccer player has retired.

World Cup star Ronaldo, who plays for the Corinthians soccer team in Brazil, is one of the most famous soccer players in the world. People call him “a legend.”

He has won two world cups with Brazil and has played on some of Europe’s best teams. He has scored more goals than anyone in the history of the World Cup.

Young Goalie Gets Called Up
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Young Goalie Gets Called Up

A young goalie in the minor leagues had his dream come true on Tuesday night. He got “called up.”

Joel Martin is a talented young goalie with dreams of playing in the NHL. He’s currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Imagine his surprise when, in the middle of a game, the coach of the New York Islanders asked him to come to New York and put on his gear—and be ready to play.

Christina Aguilera Flubs U.S. Anthem
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Christina Aguilera Flubs U.S. Anthem

The Super Bowl last Sunday was very exciting. The Green Bay Packers won over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31 to 25.

In the first quarter of the game, the Packers scored two touchdowns. It looked like the game might be a blow-out for the Packers. But then the Steelers scored with just seconds left in the half, putting the score at 21 to 10 at half-time. The Steelers kept the game close, but the Packers ended up winning 31 to 25.

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Young Canadian A Big Surprise At Australian Open

Milos Raonic is from Thornhill, Ont., but he’s causing a huge stir half-way around the world… in Australia.

The 20-year-old tennis pro has become an overnight sensation, beating players well above his ranking. Currently, Raonic is ranked 152nd in the world. Last week he beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russia–ranked #10 in the world.

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Blue Jays Trade Vernon Wells (#10)

Last week, The Blue Jays traded away one of the team’s key players – centre fielder Vernon Wells. The trade took many fans by surprise because #10 was a fan favourite. In return for Wells, the Jays get catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder Juan Rivera.

Wells will now be playing for the Los Angeles Angels. The main reason for the trade was money. Wells had one of the highest salaries of any baseball player.

“Doc” Halladay Pitches A No-Hitter
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“Doc” Halladay Pitches A No-Hitter

Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay has done something no other pitcher has done since 1956. The pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter in the playoffs.

A no-hitter means that Halladay, whose nickname is “Doc,” pitched to 28 batters, and not one of them was able to hit their way to first base. It may not sound that hard, but it is — and it doesn’t happen very often. Most pitchers go their whole careers without ever pitching a no-hitter.

And to do it in the playoffs is even rarer.

Shera is the mascot for the 2010 Commonwealth Games
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Commonwealth Games

  Canadian athletes to arrive at Commonwealth Games tomorrow. Athletes around the world are gearing up for the Commonwealth Games, which begin in New Delhi, India on Oct. 3.  A team of 35 Canadians arrived last week at the event’s […]