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Toasting the nation on July 1 has become secondary for many in recent years. For puckheads, it's a different kind of celebration as NHL free agency begins. The list of top players who could hit the open market include Brad Richards, Christian Ehrhoff and Brooks Laich.


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The Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC will see a lot of each other this week as Canada's two MLS teams meet Wednesday in league play and then Saturday conclude the rain-delayed finale to the national club championship. Both games are in Toronto.


Delayed by a year because of the Group of 20 summit, Roy Halladay finally returns to Toronto this coming weekend as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. The former Toronto Blue Jays ace is likely to face his old team on Saturday.

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