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George, Kawhi coordinated team-up at Drake's house – TSN

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Drake might be the Toronto Raptors’ global ambassador, but he helped coordinate a high-profile defection from the NBA champions.

In an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Paul George says that some of the planning in arranging a team-up with fellow Southern California native Kawhi Leonard with the Los Angeles Clippers went down at the Toronto rapper’s home in the LA area.

George says everything began with a congratulatory phone call to Leonard shortly after the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals.

“It was congratulating him on winning,” George says. “That’s how it started … then it took on a life of its own.”

As Leonard was navigating his free agency, Drake allowed the Finals MVP to take up residence in his Hidden Hills, CA home. After a series of calls and texts between George and Leonard, the two met in person at Drake’s house. A plan came together as to how the two could join forces.

By July 2, George had informed Oklahoma City Thunder general manager of his plan and asked for a trade, only a year after re-signing with the team on a four-year deal. Presti agreed to his request and began to engage both the Raptors and Clippers about a potential deal with the Clippers the preferred destination for George over the July 4th weekend.

George told Shelburne that he and Leonard again met at Drake’s home following the latter’s return from a meeting in Toronto with Raptors brass.

Shortly thereafter, the Clippers would pull the trigger, sending Hamilton native Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five first-round picks to the Thunder for George.

George says that after he received word of the trade, he immediately called his parents.

“I can’t explain what that feels like,” George said. “As a kid, you see yourself and you envision this. I pictured my parents being able to watch me at Staples. I pictured playing in L.A. I pictured being an All-Star, a superstar. But I think the best thing is before every game when I’m introduced, ‘Paul George from Palmdale, California.’ I’m not playing for the Clippers. This is home. I’m playing for the home team.”

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Alouettes trade for QB Trevor Harris – CFL.ca

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MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that the team has acquired veteran quarterback Trevor Harris from the Edmonton Elks in exchange for American defensive end Antonio Simmons.

In six games this season, Harris completed 135 of 192 passes, collecting 1,568 yards, adding six majors.

Harris (six-foot-three, 212 pounds) is in his ninth season in the CFL after playing in Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton. In 139 career games, he completed 1990 passes for 23,750 yards, adding 126 touchdown passes. The 35-year-old quarterback has hoisted the Grey Cup twice (2012, Toronto; 2016, Ottawa). The Waldo, OH native was selected on the East Division All-Star Team in 2016. The former Edinboro University Fighting Scots suited up for the Jacksonvile Jaguars in 2010 and the Buffalo Bills in 2011.

“Trevor is a veteran who knows the league well and what it takes to win”, said Montreal Alouettes General Manager Danny Maciocia. “We are pleased to have been able to complete this transaction. We are confident that Trevor will work well with our quarterbacks. We thank Antonio for his services and wish him well.”

In 23 career games with the Alouettes, Simmons made 52 defensive tackles, five quarterback sacks and forced a fumble.

Simmons is currently in his second CFL season and joins the Elks after originally signing with Montreal in May of 2019.

The Georgia Tech product played all 18 regular season games for the Als in 2019, recording 45 defensive tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. In five games this season, Simmons has registered seven defensive tackles and two sacks.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Simmons played four years (2014-17) at Georgia Tech, collecting 83 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, and seven quarterback sacks. He spent time in 2018 with both the Denver Broncos and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Flames D Andersson fined $5K for roughing Oilers F Yamamoto – TSN

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Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson has been fined $5,000 for roughing Edmonton Oilers forward Kailer Yamamoto.

Andersson was fined the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the Players’ Association.

The money goes to the players’ emergency assistance fund.

Andersson was assessed minor penalties for both roughing and elbowing at 14:33 of the first period Saturday in Edmonton.

The Flames lost their season-opener 5-2 to the Oilers.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 17, 2021.

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Report: Maple Leafs to ease up on dress code restrictions for game days – Sportsnet.ca

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The Toronto Maple Leafs are apparently planning to loosen up on dress code restrictions for players on game day.

Players are required to wear jackets, ties and dress pants to and from the arena, as outlined in the CBA, however, teams can ease up on the mandate if they choose.

The Arizona Coyotes were the only team that opted to do so entering the season, but the Maple Leafs now plan to follow suit, according to Lance Hornby of The Toronto Sun.

The decision comes just a few days after ESPN published an article on Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews, who has shown a flair for unique fashion while away from the arena, discussing his displeasure with the NHL’s strict dress code.

“I don’t mind wearing a suit, but it gets old pretty quick,” Matthews said. “I think it’d be fun to wear different things and be able to express yourself, similar to what the NBA does or even the NFL a little bit.”

The 24-year-old Matthews, who led the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games last season, missed the first three games of the season while recovering from wrist surgery and is expected to make his 2021-22 debut Monday night against the New York Rangers on Sportsnet.

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