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5 things sports fans are talking about tonight


Here’s what Canadian sports fans are talking about for Wednesday evening:

1. The Blue Jays need a win to keep their season alive as they host Kansas City in Game 5 of the ALCS. There’s no time to dwell on yesterday’s 14-2 pounding as the Jays send Marco Estrada to the mound. That means Canadian star Russell Martin starts the game on the bench in favour of Dioner Navarro, Estrada’s customary catcher, who was spotted stopping for a decidedly non-nutritious pre-game meal.

2. Two of tonight’s four NHL games involve Canadian teams, and both feature one of hockey’s most talked-about rookies. The Leafs head down the QEW for their first look at Jack Eichel and the cross-border rival Buffalo Sabres, while Connor McDavid and the Oilers host the Red Wings.

3. Torts is back. Combustible head coach John Tortorella was plucked off the scrap heap by the Blue Jackets to turn around a struggling team that started 0-7-0 (and gave up nearly five goals per game) under Todd Richards.

4. Big news from alpine skiing: Austrian star Anna Fenninger, who won the last two women’s World Cup overall titles, is likely out for the season after injuring her right knee in a training crash. Fenninger was hurt while practising for Saturday’s season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria.

5. Good news for us and (we dare say) you, the Canadian sports fan: The CBC has added the broadcast rights to two more Olympics. We’ll now be carrying the next five Games, from Rio 2016 through the 2024 edition in a yet-to-be-decided location.

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