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2021 CFL Division All-Stars unveiled – CFL.ca

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TORONTO — The Canadian Football League (CFL) has announced the 2021 East and West Division All-Stars. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lead all teams with 15 All-Star selections, while the Hamilton Tiger-Cats top the East Division with ten. A total of 14 National players were selected.

Calgary punter Cody Grace of Perth, Western Australia has become the first global player to be selected as a CFL All-Star.

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The East Division All-Stars were selected by the voting members of the Football Reporters of Canada (FRC) from the East Division markets and the National Chapter, as well as the East Division head coaches.

The West Division All-Stars were selected by the voting members of the FRC from the West Division markets and the National Chapter, as well as the West Division head coaches.

The 2021 CFL All-Stars will be announced in late December.

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Connor McDavid's Edmonton mansion gets misconduct for lack of colour – Toronto Sun

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McDavid and Lauren Kyle opened the doors of their uber-modern mansion to Architectural Digest

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Oilers superstar Connor McDavid and his gal pal’s design choices for their Edmonton mansion have been slammed into the boards.

McDavid and Lauren Kyle opened the doors of their uber-modern mansion to design bible Architectural Digest.

But the star was hit with a two-minute minor for bad taste — and lack of colour.

One wag tweeted: “After seeing Connor McDavid’s house I no longer wish to be rich. If it means living in a monochromatic home with no personality, how the hell am I supposed to eat pizza rolls in that house?”

Another added: “Fantastic, it’s McDavid House Tour time again, when we continue to ask the question: what did colours do to offend these two?”

But the Edmonton sniper seems proud of his posh abode that features a basketball court and a snazzy wine cellar. However, he spends a lot of his spare time rollerblading.

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“We live in Edmonton, Alberta, which for people (who) don’t know, that is a very cold place,” the 24-year-old told the magazine.

Kyle added: “Connor being the captain, we knew we were going to have to host a lot. This house feels like it’s definitely an entertainer’s home.”

Richmond Hill native McDavid agreed: “I think our house has kind of become the designated team party house.”

The couple had boffo bucks when they began their home search after he signed a monstrous, eight-year contract with the Oilers in 2017.

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And the pair seem at home in the minimalist manse — haters aside.

“I like that everything’s hidden,” Kyle says. “Even our bar, we have this brass door that slides over (it). We really wanted everything to stay clean, but then have a little bit of intrigue. Like, What’s behind?”

Still, that didn’t stop catcalls from the cheap seats, with at least one wag likening it to a serial killer’s abode.

“McDavid’s house is cool in like a hedge-fund billionaire who is secretly a serial killer kind of way,” one Twitter user commented.

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Raptors' Birch out Friday vs. Pacers, Anunoby questionable – Sportsnet.ca

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Toronto Raptors centre Khem Birch remains out for Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers while forward OG Anunoby is listed as questionable, according to Sportsnet’s Blake Murphy.

Murphy reported Wednesday that Birch is dealing with a lingering wear-and-tear knee issue with swelling having gone up and down over a course of weeks. The Montreal native missed a week with the same injury earlier this month. The 29-year-old is averaging 6.9 points and 5.7 rebounds over 22.9 minutes per game this season.

Anunoby, 24, hasn’t played since Nov. 15 because of an injured left hip pointer. He’s averaging a career-high 20.1 points through 15 games so far this season.

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Jacobs rink in good shape heading into last day of round robin at curling trials – SooToday

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Brad Jacobs is in a strong position heading into the final day of round robin action at the 2021 Tim Hortons Curling Trials in Saskatoon this week.

The Jacobs rink sits at 5-1 thanks to a 7-2 win in eight ends over Calgary’s Kevin Koe on Thursday afternoon at SaskTel Place.

Team Jacobs, which includes third Marc Kennedy, second E.J. Harnden, and lead Ryan Harnden, sits in second in the nine-team men’s event with a pair of games remaining in the round robin.

After blanking the opening end, Jacobs got on the scoreboard in the second with a pair after a hit and stick with his final shot.

Jacobs then limited Koe to one in the third end.

Koe proceeded to force Jacobs to a single on a draw in the fourth end before stealing one in the fifth to go up 4-1.

Koe cut into the lead with a single in the sixth, making a tough shot on his last shot of the end to make if 4-2.

In the seventh end, Jacobs removed a Koe rock from the house and scored three to extend the lead to 7-2.

In the eighth end, Koe looked to plan an in-off to score two, but gave up a steal of one in the end.

After dropping a 7-6 decision to Brad Gushue of St. John’s, Nfld. on Tuesday, the Jacobs rink has won two straight.

In interviews with Curling Canada, both Jacobs and Kennedy said struggling at a Grand Slam of Curling event prior to the Trials was a good thing for the team.

“I think the event that we played in before the Trials, at Chestermere (Alberta), where we got our butts handed to us, sometimes those are the best things for a team,” Jacobs said. “We’ve always been a pretty resilient group and we’ve proven that. We took what we learned from that event, and from others in the past and brought it all together so far this week.” 

“We were playing pretty good, but we were getting quite a few misses from other teams and at Chestermere it was teams playing really well against us,” Kennedy also said. “We knew we need to pick up our game, we need to prepare hard and we have to realize this is not going to come easy. It really put the focus on those 10 days in between to make sure we prepared as well as we could.” 

Jacobs will play a pair of games on Friday, facing Mike McEwen in the morning draw at 10 a.m. Sault time before playing Tanner Horgan in the evening draw at 8 p.m.

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