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Toronto, Ont.
Sports Columnist — Toronto Star

Toronto Star sports columnist, father of three, regular on The Reporters on TSN and TSN Radio. This is the cracked blinking kaleidoscope of my brain.

#BlueJaysBingo game worth losing: Arthur — So, bad start. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders opened up spring training by stepping on a sprinkler head at the Jays' creaky old Dunedin facility, and now he's out until after the all-star break, and Toronto fans probably feel a familiar creeping sense of dread.

David Clarkson trade massive weight off Maple Leafs: Arthur — Through all the years, all the endless failures and humiliations, all the bilking and barking, all the false hope and thin hope and no hope, all the endless bleating about the fundamentally hollow centre of the hockey universe, there was the money.

Chicago Bulls forced to move on without Derrick Rose: Arthur — The first thing you think when you hear that Derrick Rose is out for the year is, what a shame. He was the NBA most valuable player at age 22, and now he's going to have his third knee surgery in three lost years, and that's sad.

FIFA deserves red card for the debacle that is Qatar World Cup: Arthur — Well, at least the world's best women's soccer players can now feel better, in a way. Yes, they will be forced to play this year's World Cup on artificial turf rather than grass in Canada this year, and that's reasonably ridiculous. Their lawsuit, filed by players from 13 countries, went nowhere.

NHL analytics leap worth a shot: Arthur — In 2002, the NHL stopped collecting real-time stats, or at least telling the players what they were. Hits, takeaways, giveaways, blocked shots, even ice time: they disappeared from the record. The players, it seemed, had been using them in arbitration hearings, and the league didn't like it.

Wild NBA trade deadline more fun for some: Arthur — It was around the time that Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted "Good lord," his home office presumably full of smoke and small fires, that the NBA trade deadline passed into the stage of a party at which people start jumping fully clothed into the swimming pool, or just taking off their pants.

Raptors not wheeling and dealing, and that’s just fine: Arthur — It's strange how quickly a good basketball team has become normal for the city of Toronto. It's a little like how after winter ends - it will end, I promise - and summer comes, and as you sweat in the shade, your T-shirt sticking to your back in the hot heavy air, the snow and the ice and the jagged cold can feel like a half-remembered dream.

A-Rod’s apology just a part of the media game: Arthur — Alex Rodriguez checked in on Tuesday after a long absence just like people used to do: With a handwritten apology note, and a promise to do better. I like to imagine he wrote it on a Florida porch, in a creaking rocking chair.

The apology Lance Armstrong will never give — Hello, everybody, and thanks for coming today. I know a lot of you never thought I would do this. Well, I never thought I would do this, either. My name is Lance Armstrong, and I love cycling. When I was young my anger and desire would overwhelm me when I competed, a blinding rage, and I could barely control it.

Maple Leafs take first small step in rebuild: Arthur — In bingo this would be the free space, more or less. You have two players who are headed for unrestricted free agency, and you're not keeping them. Your team is headed down a longer, more uncertain path. Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli? Nobody is untouchable with the Toronto Maple Leafs, in that every player has a theoretical price.
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