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• Jaromir Jagr cleared waivers today, ending his 22-game stint with the Flames and almost certainly closing the book on his magnificent NHL career. Jagr is expected to rejoin his hometown team, HC Kladno of the Czech second division, for whom he played during his junior days and over parts of two NHL lockouts. The 45-year-old winger departs having played 1,733 regular-season games for nine teams, six of them in the last seven seasons. His 1,921 career points are second only to Wayne Gretzky, while his 766 goals only trail Gretzky and Gordie Howe.

In this Nov. 9, 2017 file photo, Jaromir Jagr celebrates his first — and only — goal with the Calgary Flames.

• Raptors coaches will oppose their two best players in the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles next month. Dwane Casey and his assistants clinched the right to coach Team LeBron with Toronto’s 123-111 win over the Lakers last night, since the result ensured the Raptors will have the best record in the Eastern Conference on Feb. 4 among teams with a coach eligible for the game. Boston’s Brad Stevens participated last season, so he’s out. Stephen Curry picked DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry for his team through the NBA’s new all-star draft last week.

• The last two sport federations, Alpine Canada and Cross-Country Canada, nominated their athletes for the Olympic team today. With the addition of 14 alpine skiers and 11 cross-country skiers, Canada’s list for Pyeongchang, unofficially by our count, will contain 220 names.

• Four teams are still undefeated through the opening weekend of play at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C. Jennifer Jones’ Manitoba rink and Kerri Einarson’s wild-card entry are tied atop Pool A at 2-0, while Alberta’s Casey Scheidegger and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Stacie Curtis are each 3-0 in Pool B. This year, they don’t have to contend with defending champion Rachel Homan, whose rink withdrew from the Scotties to focus on the fast-approaching Olympics. Round-robin play continues through Wednesday.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tosses a microphone after addressing the crowd at the team’s Super Bowl sendoff rally in Foxborough, Mass., on Jan. 29.

• Predictably, Tom Brady wasn’t amused when a Boston radio host called his five-year-old daughter an “annoying little pissant.” Alex Reimer made the remark on WEEI after watching the first episode of Tom vs. Time, a web documentary series about Brady’s life that started airing on Facebook last week. The station has suspended Reimer for the rest of Super Bowl Week, but Brady still cut short his weekly appearance on another WEEI show this morning, saying he’s unsure if he’ll call in again. He capped the morning with an actual mic drop, cajoling fans into a frenzy at the Patriots’ sendoff rally in Foxborough.

• Now that Super Bowl Week is here, the NFL title game is only six days away. If you can’t subsist on real analysis for that long, here’s a pair of duelling, dubious prognoses that came out today: a Madden NFL 18 simulation thinks the Patriots will win 24-20, while the stingrays at the Moody Gardens marine park in Galveston, Tx., kicked off the inevitable slate of animal predictions by picking the Eagles, score undetermined. Sports are weird sometimes.

• Bell Media officially announced the second edition of its $300,000 effort to get viewers to watch Sunday’s Super Bowl on its networks. After the CRTC decided Canadians had a cultural right to watch American Super Bowl commercials prior to the 2017 game, Bell offered a contest that required people to watch its broadcast of the game to win cash and prizes. Advertisements for this year’s contest ran during programming over the weekend and Bell issued an official press release today. TSN’s Natasha Staniszewski and Tessa Bonhomme will host. Bell will maximize your ability to see the program by airing the game itself on CTV, CTV Two and TSN2.

Nutritional analysis

Bo Bichette of the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Marlins Park on July 9, 2017.

We took a snapshot of MLBPipeline.com’s top 100 prospects earlier this month, which reflected the ranking following the Angels’ signing of Shohei Ohtani in early December.

On Saturday night, baseball’s in-house prospect service released its latest ranking heading into spring training in three weeks.

Here’s the original chart:

And here’s the updated version:

For the Blue Jays, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., moved up one spot to No. 3 and Anthony Alford dropped three spots to No. 47. As expected, Bo Bichette climbed significantly, from No. 26 to No. 14. That makes the Blue Jays one of only four teams with two prospects in the top 20 and one of only nine with at least three players in the top 50.

The Braves broke the previous four-way tie at the top and now have eight prospects in the top 100. The Padres remain with seven and are joined by the White Sox and Yankees. The Rays lost a player from the top 100 and now have six, along with the Phillies.

The Brewers took the biggest hit, dropping from seven prospects to three. Milwaukee sent four prospects to Miami last week to acquire outfielder Christian Yelich, although only two appeared in the top 100, including their top guy, Lewis Brinson. The deal allowed the Marlins to make an appearance on the new list after previously being one of four teams without a player in the top 100. Two of the other players in the deal switched places in the ranking, with Isan Diaz dropping out and Monte Harrison moving in.

The only other teams that added or subtracted more than one prospect in the total were the Dodgers and Twins, both down two, and the Angels, who gained two.

Among the players at the top of the list, the first six remained the same, although the order changed, with Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna moving up four spots to No. 2 and the Yankees’ Gleyber Torres and Washington’s Victor Robles both dropping three spots.

San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr., made one of the biggest jumps, moving 44 spots to No. 8. The Orioles’ Austin Hays had the biggest gain, going from No. 89 to No. 23.

Photos of the day

One consistently entertaining feature of tennis majors is the scenic post-tournament photoshoot with the men’s and women’s singles champions. After the French Open, the winners have posed with their trophy in front of the Eiffel Tower. After the U.S. Open, they have basked in the September sunshine at New York City’s Central Park. And after the Australian Open, they lounge in fields and boats at some of Melbourne’s finest historical sites.

Australian Open men’s singles champion Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup at Government House in Melbourne on Jan. 29.

Australian Open women’s singles champion Caroline Wozniacki poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup on an elegant wooden punt ride at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on Jan. 28.

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• Four years ago, at a celebration of Canada’s Olympians from Sochi 2014, most of the athletes who had descended on Parliament Hill for the day rushed to snap a selfie with Justin Trudeau when presented the chance. Not Sam Edney, Jesse Lumsden or Scott Moir. Instead, the luger, bobsledder and ice dancer took a seat outside and decided to prolong their careers through one more Olympic quadrennial. Less than two weeks out from Pyeongchang 2018, Wes Gilbertson has the untold story of that picnic-table pact.

• Connor Hellebuyck’s unlikely road to the NHL all-star game can be traced back to last July 1, when the Jets signed veteran goalie Steve Mason to serve as his platoon mate — or to replace him as the team’s usual starter. The transaction was a wake-up call, writes Michael Traikos; it inspired Hellebuyck to focus his summer on becoming fitter, more patient and more assured of his own ability. Now, he’s started 39 of Winnipeg’s 50 games to date, booking himself a trip to Tampa this weekend in the process.

TV tonight

All times Eastern

5 p.m. Curling: Tournament of Hearts round robin, draw 7 TSN1,3,4

7 p.m. AHL: All-Star GameSportsnet

7 p.m. NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at DukeTSN2

7:30 p.m. NBA: Minnesota at Atlanta SN One

8 p.m. NBA: Philadelphia at MilwaukeeNBATV

9 p.m. NBA: Boston at DenverTSN2

10 p.m. Curling: Tournament of Hearts round robin, draw 8TSN1,3,4

Early Tuesday

11:45 a.m. Alpine skiing: World Cup parallel slalom city event CBC.ca streaming

Noon Curling: Tournament of Hearts round robin, draw 9 TSN1,3-5

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