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Chivas wins CONCACAF title, beating Toronto on penalty kicks

The Associated Press | posted Thursday, Apr 26th, 2018

Mexico’s Chivas beat Toronto FC 4-2 on penalty kicks Wednesday night to win the CONCACAF Champions League and the right to play in the Club’s World Cup for the first time in its history.

Toronto got the 2-1 win in the Akron stadium to force the penalty kicks, where the Mexicans scored their four shots while Jonathan Osorio and Michael Bradley missed for Toronto.

Orbelin Pineda put the home side ahead at the 18th, but Jozy Altidore tied it at the 25th and Sebastian Giovinco added a goal in the 43rd for Toronto.

Chivas won the first leg 2-1 and the series finished with a 3-3 draw.

In the penalty kicks, Oswaldo Alanis, Jesus Godinez, Alan Pulido and Angel Zaldivar scored for Chivas.

Giovinco and Marco Delgado did it for Toronto.

Guadalajara, along with America the winningest team in Mexico with 12 league championships, won their second CONCACAF title, their first since 1962.

Toronto was trying to become the first MLS team to win the CONCACAF title since the L.A. Galaxy did it in 2000.

The Mexican clubs have won this tournament in the past 13 editions. The last non-Mexican team to win it was Costa Rica’s Saprissa in 2005.

Raptors take 3-2 series lead with 108-98 victory over Washington

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Apr 26th, 2018

The Toronto Raptors are one win away from the Eastern Conference semifinals.

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points as Toronto pulled away over the final few minutes to beat the Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday. The Raptors will take a 3-2 lead in their seven-game series back to Washington for Friday’s Game 6.

Kyle Lowry finished with 17 points and 10 assists, while Delon Wright scored 18 points off the bench, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds.

John Wall led the Wizards with 26 points, while Bradley Beal added 20.

Through the first three quarters, Washington seemed the hungrier team in a back-and-forth battle that saw neither team lead by double digits until the game’s last couple of minutes. The Wizards were winning most of the loose balls and dominating the boards, outrebounding Toronto 50-35.

But after losing two games in Washington, the Raptors returned to Toronto with confidence in their homecourt that had seen them lose just seven times in the regular season.

The Raptors clutched a one-point lead into the fourth quarter in front of a nervous Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,987 that included Drake and Canadian swimming star Penny Oleksiak. Thousands more anxious fans gathered outside in Maple Leaf Square to watch both the Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs play on the big screens.

When Kelly Oubre converted a three-point play, it gave the Wizards a five-point lead, but with 6:49 to play Valanciunas stole the ball off Wall, and DeRozan finished the play with a emphatic dunk, bringing the fans to their feet with a roar.

The fans would stay on their feet as Wright first hit a three, then scored on a layup on Toronto’s next trip down the floor, putting the Raptors up by six with 2:58 to play. Valanciunas scored on a layup just over a minute later to make it a 10-point game, flexing his muscles as he ran back down the floor. Miles scored a three with 41 seconds left, the punctuation mark on a thrilling ending.

The Raptors cruised to wins in Games 1 and 2 _ by scores of 114-106 and 130-119 _ but their figurative wheels fell off when the series switched to Washington for Games 3 and 4.

The Wizards clobbered Toronto 122-103 in Game 3, then came from behind to beat the Raptors 106-98 in Game 4 to even the series, and force a Game 6, which will be Friday at Capital One Arena. Game 7, if necessary, will be back in Toronto.

A moment of silence was held before tipoff for those who died in Monday’s horrific van attack in Toronto that left 10 dead, and 14 injured, and both teams held black #Torontostrong banners during the anthems. The two teams, plus the NBA, are donating to a fund set up to help the families affected by the attack.

The Raptors missed their first three shots of the game, but then made six of their next seven. DeRozan had 13 points in the first quarter and his driving layup gave Toronto a six-point lead. But the Wizards closed with a run capped by Wall’s shot at the buzzer that put Washington up 24-23 heading into the second.

The Wizards led by five early in the second, but the Raptors responded with a 18-6 run to go ahead by seven. Washington ended the half on an 11-5 run, and Beal’s three with 10 seconds left cut the Raptors’ lead at halftime to just 48-47.

The Wizards shot 61 per cent in the third quarter, while the Raptors had five three-pointers to lead by one with a quarter left.

Arresting officer in Toronto van attack doesn’t want to be called a hero

Dilshad Burman and Diana Pereira | posted Thursday, Apr 26th, 2018

“He wants the public not to call him a hero. He’s Officer Ken Lam. He’s real. He’s got a name, he’s got a badge. He’s not a hero.”

Toronto’s deputy police chief Peter Yuen spoke to media on behalf of and about Constable Ken Lam in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon after police was inundated by requests to speak to the “hero cop” — the police officer who apprehended and arrested the suspect in Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto without firing a single shot.

Yuen said he shares a close relationship with Lam and shared some of the constable’s thoughts and what he wants the public and media to know — the salient point being that he does not consider himself a hero, nor does he want the public to see him that way. He was not assigned to the call that day but rather simply “bumped into the suspect.” He feels there were many first responders and other personnel on site who all deserve support and recognition.

Lam is unable to speak to media himself because he is a key witness in a multiple homicide case, Yuen said. He could be required to testify in court and anything he says could be used as evidence in open court.

Here are some snippets of what Yuen said:

Who is Const. Ken Lam?

  • Lam is 42 years old and married.
  • His parents immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong around 40 years ago to give their children a better life.
  • He had an interest in volunteering and helping people from a young age and wanted to work with seniors.
  • He joined Toronto police to give back to his community.
  • He began his police career in traffic services seven years ago, before which he was an engineer for 14 years. He moved to 32 division because he wanted a position where he could interact more with people.
  • Lam is a member of the TPS East Asian internal support network and is known as “the guy who sells stuff” because of his tireless work to raise money for various charities and causes.

How is he doing?

  • Lam is in an after-care program, a mandatory part of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) protocol for officers who endure traumatic experiences. Yuen said the TPS’ support program is one of the best in the country.
  • Lam was in good spirits on Wednesday morning when Yuen spoke to him, but the previous day was a difficult one. Yuen explained he had been through a similar traumatic experience 30 years ago, and knows that there are good days and bad days and it will take a while for Lam to recover.
  • Lam said he wasn’t able to sleep after the arrest. Yuen says that Lam expressed feeling anxiety, sleeplessness and sometimes woke up in cold sweats.
  • Among the things Const. Lam is currently grappling with is whether he made the right decision and what might have happened if he had opened fire.
  • Lam feels a sense of relief and is very appreciative for the public’s acknowledgement and support. He feels he made the right decision when he chose to give up his career as an engineer and join the force.

How did he handle the arrest?

  • Lam was not assigned to the call on Monday. He responded to it and “the incident found Ken Lam” said Yuen. He “bumped into the suspect” and made the arrest.
  • Yuen said Lam followed his training to the letter and he is an example of the TPS’ training translating into action.
  • Officers go through three days of rigorous front line training every year. Yuen said it is a continuous curriculum that is updated and reinforced on an ongoing basis. He added that Lam’s case could very well be used for training purposes next year.
  • Yuen said Lam’s calm and decisive behaviour was “remarkable” and he went “above and beyond.”

Boston Bruins eliminate Maple Leafs with 7-4 victory in Game 7

Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press | posted Thursday, Apr 26th, 2018

The Toronto Maple Leafs had been here before — up a goal heading into the third period of a Game 7 at TD Garden.

Wednesday’s collapse won’t rewrite any record books, but it hurts just the same.

Jake DeBrusk scored his second of the night on a great individual effort to put Boston ahead for good as the Bruins stormed back over the final 20 minutes to stun the Leafs 7-4 and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Toronto led 4-3 through two periods, having clawed its way back from a 3-2 deficit.

Then the wheels fell off.

“You’re all part of it when it goes good, you’re all part of it when it doesn’t,” Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said. “We came into the third period in a great spot.

“For them, for us. It was all right there. There was one period to go.”

There was also one period to go five years ago in Boston when Toronto led 2-1 through 40 minutes of Game 7 and 4-1 midway through the third period only to make NHL history as the first team to blow a three-goal cushion in that situation before losing in overtime.

The cast of characters is largely different, and the Leafs didn’t give up a late three-goal lead on this night, but they did surrender advantages of 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3, refusing to punch back when the Bruins came hard in the third.

“Not the way we saw it going,” said teary-eyed Toronto defenceman Jake Gardiner, who was on the ice for five goals against. “Personally I’ve got to be better. A lot of this game is on me. And it’s just not good enough, especially in a game like this. It’s the most important game of the season, and I didn’t show up. There’s not much I can say, really.”

“It’s going to be a tough one to swallow,” Gardiner added later. “I let a lot of people down.”

Boston, which led the series 3-1 before Toronto mounted a comeback to push it to Game 7, will take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinal.

Game 1 of that series goes Saturday in Tampa, Fla.

Patrice Bergeron, with a goal and two assists, David Pastrnak, Danton Heinen, Torey Krug and Brad Marchand, into an empty net, also scored for the Bruins. David Krejci had three assists, while Kevan Miller added two of his own.

“Didn’t matter how long it was going to take,” Krug said. “We were going to do the job.”

Tuukka Rask made 20 stops. Pastrnak and Marchand had an assist each for two-point nights.

Patrick Marleau, with two, Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen replied for the Leafs, who got 29 saves from Frederik Andersen. William Nylander added two assists.

Toronto forced Game 7 with a 4-3 victory in Game 5 where Andersen stood on his head with a 42-save performance in Boston before picking up 3-1 win on home ice in Game 6.

The netminder was brilliant in those outings, but wasn’t at his best Wednesday.

“Being able to force Game 7 is great,” Andersen said. “Obviously a pretty empty feeling right now.”

Boston tied it 70 seconds into the third when Krug blasted a shot from the point through a screen with the teams playing 4 on 4.

The Bruins then pulled in front at 5:25 with both clubs again playing down a man when he cut around Gardiner off the rush and slipped a shot through Andersen’s five-hole at an electric TD Garden.

“He got it off quick, he made a good move,” Andersen said. “He surprised me a little bit.”

Pastrnak then put it away with 8:21 to play, and Marchand scored into an empty net in the final minute.

Down 3-2 following a wild first period where they led twice, the Leafs tied things at 2:07 of the second when Dermott ripped a shot past Rask for the rookie’s first playoff goal.

The Bruins then went on the power play, with Andersen robbing Krug on a spectacular save from the slot to set up Kapanen shorthanded. The rookie winger fought off Marchand before moving in alone on Rask and beating the Bruins netminder with a slick move at 6:05.

“Disappointed,” Babcock said. “We were set up perfect going into the third.

“We were fresh. I thought we were the fresher team, and we were in the driver’s seat.”

Toronto exits the first round for the second straight spring, but despite the spirited comeback, this stings after a season where the club set franchise records for points (105) and wins (49).

While last year’s Leafs were just happy to make the playoffs, the 2017-18 edition expected to make some noise.

But the loss of centre Nazem Kadri to a three-game suspension in the opener against Boston, Andersen’s suspect play for long stretches, and the inability of Nylander and Auston Matthews to ever really get going cost Toronto.

While Matthews garnered more attention from the Bruins than any other Leafs forward, the 20-year-old star didn’t leave a mark on the series.

A bright spot up front for the Leafs was the play of winger Mitch Marner, who led his team with two goals and seven assists.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Matthews, who could only muster a goal and an assist in seven games. “We wanted to keep it going. We had the opportunity tonight.

“We let it slip.”

Marleau opened the scoring on the power play at 2:05 of the first when he tipped Gardiner’s point shot, but DeBrusk tied it on a Boston man advantage just 2:42 later, moments after Andersen reached back to stop a puck dribbling towards to goal line with the help of teammate Tomas Plekanec.

Marleau restored Toronto’s lead at 6:12 off a great pass from Marner, but the Bruins came back once again when Heinen beat Andersen at 9:10 to cap stretch of four goals on 11 combined shots.

The Leafs lost Morgan Rielly later in the period after he took a Zdeno Chara shot from the point in the mouth while battling in front. The bleeding Toronto defenceman missed the rest of the period, but returned for the second.

Marner and Matthews had a couple of chances to restore the Leafs’ lead in that frenetic opening 20 minutes, but the Bruins went ahead with 36.4 seconds left when Miller shot intentionally wide right to Bergeron, who buried his first point since Game 2.

“We just could not hold the leads,” Leafs defenceman Ron Hainsey said. “We had three of them and couldn’t hold the lead.”

York regional police say teen was clocked driving 87 km/h over speed limit

BT Toronto | posted Thursday, Apr 26th, 2018

A 17-year-old boy with a G2 driver’s licence has been charged with speeding and stunt driving after he was allegedly clocked driving 127 km/h in a 40 km/h zone in Markham last Thursday.

An officer conducting an educational presentation on speed enforcement for a group of students first spotted the vehicle near Rodick and Calvert roads at around 10:30 a.m.

The officer used a Radar device he had on hand for the presentation, and allegedly clocked the vehicle travelling 87 km/h over the posted speed limit.

“The officer was unable to safely stop the vehicle, however another officer conducting patrol a short distance away observed the vehicle which was still driving at a high rate of speed,” police said in a release. “The vehicle was stopped and the driver was investigated.”

The teen’s vehicle was impounded for seven days and his licence was suspended.

How to talk to your children about traumatic events

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2018

Many parents are struggling with how to talk to their kids about events such as the Toronto van attack that killed 10 people and injured 15 others.

CityNews reached out to Dr. Andrew Wong (www.awongpsychology.com), an Etobicoke-based psychologist.

Here are Dr. Wong’s top six tips for parents after a traumatic event:

  1. Limiting social media exposure to children regarding traumatic event – In my research with the traumatized population, children who have experienced horrific events have also benefited from adults who shielded them from images of violence and death. Children have vivid imaginations and seeing horrific events may only amplify those mental images. For young children, they should not be exposed to crime scene photos or images as this may increase a child’s worry and anxiety.
  2. Stay calm and follow your regular routine – Children are perceptive to adult behaviours and they know when parents are worried and upset. If we continuously watch the television or look at our phones to follow the events and express our concern and worry, children will internalize this worry. Therefore, it is important for adults to show children that we are calm.
  3. Provide reassurance – Let your children know that among all of the commotion, everything will be fine. Use your observations to explain how you know that you and the family are safe. For example, you can let your children know that the police are on the scene and an investigation is underway and the violent person has been caught. If your child becomes fearful of walking on the sidewalk to go to school, reassure him or her that they have walked this route on many occasions and nothing bad has ever occurred.
  4. Allow for communication – Listen to your children and what they have to say. This provides parents with insight into your child’s thought process. We may not always know how to respond with words but if children see that we are listening and allowing them to share their thoughts, they will likely feel the reassurance. If your child’s thoughts appear to be ‘fuzzy,’ prompt them by asking, “What do you mean by that?” Tell me more…” Also allow for children to express their feelings and mirror those feelings. For example, when a child tells you that they are sad about the situation, let them know that you are sad as well. This shows that it is safe to feel sadness.
  5. Discuss the positives after the event – As exemplified by many people in this city and around the world, a traumatic event has the ability to bring people together. Share thoughts and images of people displaying positive (or prosocial) behaviours such as delivering flowers and writing well-wishes.
  6. Seek assistance – Anxiety and worries, for the majority of children, will subside after a matter of days for such events. If your child, however, continues to show fear, anxiety, and worry after the course of a few weeks to a month, you may want to seek help through your family doctor, psychologist, or therapist.

 

Memorial grows outside scene of Toronto van attack

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Apr 25th, 2018

A memorial is growing outside the scene of the Toronto van attack that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 14 others.

Alek Minassian, 25, is currently facing 10 charges of first-degree murder and 13 charges of attempted murder.

Toronto residents have flocked to Olive Square, near Yonge and Finch, to express their condolences, light candles, and leave flowers and messages for the victims of the tragic event.

Tributes began pouring in on social media shortly after the attack on Monday, with the hashtag #TorontoStrong.

Suspect charged with murder, attempted murder in Toronto van attack

CityNews | posted Tuesday, Apr 24th, 2018

A 25-year-old man has been charged with 10 counts of attempted murder in connection with the deadly van attack in Toronto on Monday.

Alek Minassian, who is from Richmond Hill, appeared in court on Tuesday morning, where he also faced 13 charges of attempted murder.

Minassian was arrested after a van plowed into pedestrians on Yonge Street between Finch Avenue East and Sheppard Avenue.

A motive for the horrific attack is not yet clear.

He will be appearing in court again, via a video link, on May 10.

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