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MacLeod: Tuesday night a write-off for Toronto sports fans

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry

It was not a good night to be a Toronto sports fan.

First it was the Maple Leafs who continued their downward spiral with a 4-2 setback at home against the San Jose Sharks, Toronto's sixth loss in their last seven National Hockey League outings.

Then it was the turn of the city's basketball team to show there is no level too deep in which it can sink as the Raptors blew a 27-point lead in losing 112-103 to the Golden State Warriors.

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It was the biggest blown lead in the Raptors' National Basketball Association history and also the seventh-largest comeback in NBA history for the Warriors.

Perhaps the biggest head-scratcher in this game as it played out in Oakland is the fact that the Raptors failed to haul in a single defensive rebound over the duration of the fourth quarter.

If all this doesn't convince rookie general manager Masai Ujiri to blow up this collection of non-achievers and tank the rest of the season in order to draft home-grown prospect Andrew Wiggins nothing will.

In the Leafs loss to the Sharks, the hockey club trailed 2-0 by the end of the first period and were forced to try and play catch-up after that.

And things will not get any easier for the Leafs, who are entering a particularly nasty portion of the schedule

A 10-minute stretch in the second period where the Leafs scored twice and dominated one of the NHL's slickest outfits at the very least gives rise to a belief that better days lay ahead for the hockey club

For the Sharks, that stretch was termed "embarrassing" by coach Todd McLellan, who credited a "little chat" with turning things around.

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Yankees big spenders once again

The Toronto Blue Jays sign free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro and then trade right-hander Brad Lincoln to the Phillies for catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen

But that news was dwarfed by developments out of New York where the Yankees continued their off-season spending spree, agreeing to a seven-year, $153-million deal to secure Boston Red Sox leadoff man Jacoby Ellsbury .

Having already shelled out a five-year, $85-million deal to secure free-agent catch Brian McCann the Yankees have no other option but to spend big to try to turn the team's fortunes

With all the big money being thrown around you have to wonder where that leaves second baseman Robinson Cano, who is also seeking a lucrative new contract to remain in New York.

It all represents a big "game of chicken" between the Yankees and Cano, a strategy that the Yankees could come to regret.

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As for the Red Sox, they've seen this story before  where a popular and speedy outfielder decides to switch sides in what is baseball's most heated rivalry.

The Colorado Rockies have also made a bold move, signing Canadian first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year deal that will pay him slightly under $13-million.

Tomlin's miss-step could prove costly

What was one small step on the football field for Mike Tomlin will probably lead to one big fine for the Pittsburgh Steelers coach.

Tomlin managed to slow Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones who would be caught from behind after a 73-yard play.

"I would never get caught," Jones said to his teammates and coaches and Tomlin has since apologized for the incident, terming his actions "inexcusable."

The National Football League is reviewing things and the belief is that Tomlin will be hit with a six-figure fine for his gaffe

Tomlin could also be facing a suspension and the Steelers could be forced to forfeit a draft pick.

The Globe's Robert MacLeod curates the best of sports on the web most weekday mornings

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