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Downtown Toronto businesses booming, thanks to Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays’ recent surge into serious postseason contention has energized the city’s playoff-starved baseball fans – and is boosting the fortunes of businesses near Rogers Centre, too. “The Jays’ winning streak has helped 100 per cent,” said Frederico Munoz, bar manager at Milagro, a Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto. “We are seeing almost twice as many customers. It’s been a full house here every night there’s a game.” While

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Olympic bid still costly for Toronto, expert says

Researcher questions new rules on financial sustainability ​Olympics officials say new rules meant to make hosting the Games more affordable would also cut the cost of bidding for the international competition. But at least one expert disputes those claims, saying the new measures brought in by the International Olympic Committee only pay lip service to financial sustainability and won’t make the pitch or the Games themselves any cheaper. Financial concerns

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Swiss teen Bencic shocks Serena in Toronto

TORONTO (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams was dumped out of the Rogers Cup semi-finals 3-6 7-5 6-4 by rising Swiss talent Belinda Bencic, who will meet Simona Halep in Sunday’s final after the Romanian second seed beat Sara Errani in straight sets. Saturday’s defeat was just the second in 45 matches this season for Williams, who has won the first three grand slams of the year and will

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2024 Olympic Games: What has to happen for Toronto to bid

Should John Tory decide to bid, it would almost certainly become a federal election issue Toronto Mayor John Tory has a big decision to make, a decision that looks to be his alone, and he doesn’t have much time. He has to decide by Sept. 15 whether Toronto will submit a formal bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Technically, it is a country’s Olympic committee that sends along the

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Blue Jays’ Winning Streak Goes to 11

Ryan Goins hit a home run and pitcher Mark Buehrle was solid as the Toronto Blue Jays won their 11th game in a row on Thursday with a 4-2 home victory over the Oakland Athletics. Buehrle (13-5) had two strikeouts and allowed seven hits and two runs over seven-plus innings as Toronto (64-52) extended its winning streak. Aaron Sanchez pitched a scoreless inning of relief while Roberto Osuna earned his

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Jays Send Message After Sweeping Yankees

NEW YORK – As messages go, the Blue Jays couldn’t have been more explicit this weekend. They arrived in the Bronx for three games with the first-place Yankees, trailing the American League East leaders by 4.5 games. After three convincing victories, capped by Sunday’s 2-0 whitewash, that lead is down to a slender 1.5 games. Message delivered: Toronto is in this thing to the finish. “Well, we’ve climbed back real close,” said

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The Jays deadline trades that didn’t happen

There is the build up to the July 31 trade deadline … Although nothing like the past week has ever been experienced in the Blue Jays clubhouse in the 39-year history of the franchise as far as this much talent arriving. And the week after the deadline is about tales of trades that might have been: How the Cincinnati Reds and the Blue Jays discussed a trade for right-hander Mike

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Bay and King no more? Heart of Toronto’s financial district moving south to Union Station, study says

Bay and King, long considered “centre ice” when it comes to defining Canada’s financial district is being pushed out by Toronto’s newest downtown neighbourhood, says a new study. Cushman & Wakefield, an international real estate company with a strong Canadian component, said Toronto’s downtown south core centered around Union Station has become the go-to destination for anybody looking to locate in the city. “The redefined centre ice is probably Union Station,”

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Blue Jays pitcher Price already winning hearts

TORONTO – Only 17 months ago the Blue Jays were having clandestine meetings and talking behind closed doors about removing bits of committed cash from five piles and putting it into a larger one. With cash spent and none on the horizon from Rogers Communications, an elaborate plan was devised where Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, R.A. Dickey, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion would restructure their contracts so the Jays could pay free

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Breaking down Blue Jays’ trade for David Price

Lefty David Price was 22 the first time we saw him. He was the same age as Daniel Norris is this year. Then-Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon brought in Price in Game 1 of the 2008 American League Championship Series at Tropicana Field. At the time, the No. 1 overall selection in North America from the Vanderbilt Commodores in the 2007 draft had only 14 big-league innings and 141

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