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Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends against New York Knicks centre Amar'e Stoudemire (1) during first half NBA action in Toronto on Friday April 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Playoff-bound Raptors insist they have preferable post-season opponent

| Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

The Raptors wrap up their record-breaking regular season Wednesday night at New York.

The Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson, right, celebrates with teammates Greivis Vasquez, left, and Dwight Buycks after clinching a playoff spot with their win over the Boston Celtics in Toronto on March 28, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Raptors fall to Knicks but lock up third seed

| The Associated Press

They’ll open up their first post-season series since 2008. Video

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends against New York Knicks centre Amar'e Stoudemire (1) during first half NBA action in Toronto on Friday April 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Playoff-bound Raptors insist they have preferable post-season opponent

| Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

The Raptors wrap up their record-breaking regular season Wednesday night at New York.

Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Phil Kessel reacts near the end of the Leafs loss to the Boston Bruins in NHL action in Toronto on Saturday February 2, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Leafs know changes are coming following disappointing end to season

| Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

"I can't point a finger to one thing. We just didn't play well," star winger Phil Kessel said. Video

Montreal Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher (right) and Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski battle for the puck during first period NHL action in Toronto, Apr. 27, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Canada could support 3 more NHL teams, says Conference Board

| Julien Arsenault, The Canadian Press

The requirements include elements such as population, income and corporate presence. Video

NHL senior vice president Brendan Shanahan speaks with the press at the 2012 NHL All-Star Game board of governors meeting on Jan. 28, 2012 in Ottawa.  NHLI/Getty Images/Andre Ringuette

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Leafs say they respect new president Shanahan, hope he can bring wins

| Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

The team announced Brendan Shanahan would be joining the team as president. Video

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (17) defends against New York Knicks centre Amar'e Stoudemire (1) during first half NBA action in Toronto on Friday April 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Raptors secure division despite loss to Knicks

| The Canadian Press

DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 26 points.

A video still from the NHL's website of Brendan Shanahan explaining player's suspension. COURTESY OF NHL.COM.

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Maple Leafs officially name Shanahan president

| Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Leafs said in a statement that Shanahan will begin in his new role immediately Video

Rapper Drake delivers his opening monologue on "Saturday Night Live" on Jan. 18, 2014. NBC

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Drake to host the ESPYs this summer

| Toronto Staff

The Grammy Award-winning rapper will MC the show in Los Angeles on July 16. Video

A video still from the NHL's website of Brendan Shanahan explaining player's suspension. COURTESY OF NHL.COM.

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MLSE CEO eyes Shanahan for Leafs job: Kypreos

| Jeff Simmons, Sportsnet

Tim Leiweke is reportedly looking into the possibility of shake up the front office.

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) reacts after giving up a goal to Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, April 8, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Chris O'Meara

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Leafs complete collapse with loss to Lightning

| Chris Johnston, Sportsnet

There will be no miracle finish for the Toronto Maple Leafs. (5)

Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is surrounded by reporters as he answers questions about Jonas Valanciunas on April 8, 2014. CITYNEWS.

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Raptors Valanciunas to play Wednesday despite impaired driving charges

| The Canadian Press

The 21-year-old Lithuanian was arrested Monday in Wasaga Beach, Ont.

Leafs chances of making the NHL playoffs remain slim

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Maple Leafs on the brink of elimination

| Luke Fox, Sportsnet.ca and Toronto Staff

Barring an improbable run and a collapse by both the Blue Jackets and Devils, the Leafs will not qualify for the post-season.

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas (17) slams home a dunk against Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert (left) during first half NBA action in Toronto on Friday April 4, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Raptors forward Jonas Valanciunas charged with impaired driving

| The Canadian Press

In a statement, the Raptors said they were "disappointed he has put himself in this situation."

Leafs' Lupul warns fans could get 'fed up'

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Leafs’ Lupul done for season, set for surgery

| Luke Fox, Sportsnet

The winger will undergo knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and get a head start on recovering for next fall.

Oscar Pistorius, center, leaves the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday June 4, 2013.  THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Emotional Oscar Pistorius testifies at murder trial, apologizes to slain girlfriend’s family

| Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

Pistorius' voice quavered so much and was so low at the start of his testimony that Judge Thokozile Masipa asked him to speak up.

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier talks with head athletic therapist Paul Ayotte after being injured in the third period against the Boston Bruins on April 3, 2014 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. GETTY IMAGES/NHLI/Graig Abel.

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Leafs’ Bernier out three weeks with MCL strain

| The Canadian Press

The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to continue their playoff push without goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate Nazem Kadri’s game-winning goal in overtime against the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre on April 3, 2014. GETTY IMAGES/Abelimages.

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Leafs keep hope alive, beat Bruins in OT

| The Canadian Press

Lessons in losing are cheap for the Leafs with time running short.

Halladay pitches against the Seattle Mariners. Safeco Field, July 29, 2009, Seattle. Photo by Paul Jasienski/Getty Images.

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Halladay throws out first pitch at Toronto Blue Jays home opener

| Mackenzie Liddell, Sportsnet

The Jays take on the New York Yankees at the Rogers Centre on Friday evening. Video

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf celebrates with teammate Phil Kessel (81) after scoring on Boston Bruins goalie Tuuka Rask during third period first round NHL playoff action in Toronto, May 12, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Gardiner, Maple Leafs hope they can bring their best against Bruins

| Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Toronto's debilitating eight-game losing streak finally came to an end Tuesday with a home win over the Calgary Flames. (1)

The Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson, right, celebrates with teammates Greivis Vasquez, left, and Dwight Buycks after clinching a playoff spot with their win over the Boston Celtics in Toronto on March 28, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

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Police warn of Jays, Raptors ticket scams

| Michael Talbot

"Many fraudulent ticket schemes begin with ads, posted online, offering tickets for sale," police warned in a release Wednesday.