Siegel: Biggest season of NHL career looms for Leafs' Franson

While the first day of Maple Leafs training camp got underway in 2013 at the Mastercard Centre in west Toronto, Cody Franson sat at home in his apartment, waiting for 3pm practice with the Ryerson Rams. He was mired in the second of three contract struggles, this one finally coming to a close on Sept. 26, less than a week before the start of the regular season. ...more

MacArthur: Gibbons talks Lawrie, Reyes, platoons, future

Prior to Friday's second game of the Blue Jays' four-game set at Yankee Stadium, Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio 1050 sat down with manager John Gibbons. A number of topics were broached, including the club's use of platoons, the bright future of the starting rotation, Jose Reyes' defence and Brett Lawrie's health issues. ...more

Siegel: Will the Leafs lighten the load on Phaneuf?

One of the more interesting subplots to the coming Maple Leafs season will be Dion Phaneuf and his usage with the club under returning head coach, Randy Carlyle. As Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 writes, no defender in the league played against more difficult competition than Phaneuf last season. ...more

Butler: Pride restored as Champions League knockout stages beckon

As late summer has turned into early fall, renewed optimism and a much more positive vibe abounds down Stade Saputo way. A significant aspect of this shift in moods has to do with the arrival of a new sheriff in town, Ignacio Piatti, who has had nothing short of a dream like start to his career in Montreal. TSN Radio 690 soccer analyst Noel Butler has more. ...more

Jack: Herrera's instincts bring intelligence back to United

It can take some time for overseas players to adapt to the Premier League, but last weekend Ander Herrara looked like he had been playing in England all his life. The 25-year-old Spaniard starred at the heart of Manchester United's new-look midfield in a 4-0 thrashing of QPR and the best, writes Kristian Jack, could be yet to come from the Old Trafford newcomer, starting with Sunday's date at Leicester City live at 8:30am et/5:30am on TSN2 ...more

Hogan: Argos try to rebound against Lions after historic loss

It was officially rock bottom. The Toronto Argonauts had their best half of the season last Saturday in Calgary. They were leading the Stampeders, arguably the league's best team, by a 29-3 lead late in the second quarter. Then everything that went right in the opening 30 minutes started to go wrong. TSN 1050's Mike Hogan has more. ...more

Ferguson: Showalter's Orioles no overnight sensation

There weren't too many, if any prognosticators, who picked the Baltimore Orioles to win the American League East. But the last two-and-a-half months of the season, they have been far and away the best team in the division, if not the entire American League, and have built the largest division lead of any team in baseball at 14 games over the New York Yankees. The O's aren't really an overnight success. TSN 1050's Scott Ferguson explain. ...more

Phillips: On Stroman, AL East, Angels and a retiring Jeter

TSN Baseball Insider Steve Phillips answers several questions each week. This week, topics include fallout from Marcus Stroman throwing at Caleb Joseph, who's primed to bounce back in the AL East in 2015, the Los Angeles Angels emerging as American League favourites and Derek Jeter's exit from the game. ...more

MacArthur: Two schools of thought on Stroman situation

Marcus Stroman is facing a six-game suspension for throwing in the area of Caleb Joseph's head. As Scott MacArthur of TSN Radio 1050 writes, there seems to be two schools of thought on whether retaliation was necessary in that situation. ...more

Siegel: Leafs' Carlyle 'under the microscope' as camp begins

Fronted by new president Brendan Shanahan, Maple Leafs management levied a harsh and disapproving message of head coach Randy Carlyle in early May when they fired three of his assistant coaches. Now, Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 asks, can Carlyle adapt to save a job that hangs delicately on the line? ...more

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