Nov. 23, 2010: Concussions bring helmet safety into question

If you play high-level football, brain trauma is not a risk but a reality. And a helmet isn’t going to save you. In fact, it’s probably part of the problem. Nov. 23, 2010 Toronto Star Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter A good football helmet can withstand the force of a 35-pound weight dropped on it from eight … Continue reading

Sizzling Majors stoke fan fever in Mississauga

Dec. 3, 2010 By Morgan Campbell On a recent evening, a group of players from the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors strolled into a movie theatre at Square One mall and ran into something unexpected — a fan who recognized their faces. Before the lights went down, the fan approached the teenagers to praise them for … Continue reading

The Best of Fighting Words VIII: Cain Velasquez and History

Oct. 26, 2010 Cain Velasquez’ win over Brock Lesnar was noteworthy, but not historic.

Oct 16, 2010 — Joey Votto: The reason Richview roots for red

Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Prime Minister Stephen Harper is Richview Collegiate’s highest achieving alum — at the moment — but you wouldn’t know it by touring the school’s phys. ed. wing, where everyday objects double as Joey Votto monuments. See the bent basketball rim in the boys’ gym? That’s where Votto, a former point guard, … Continue reading

Oct. 12, 2010: Bautista’s certain big payday also brings big pressures

Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter As training camps opened for Dominican league baseball teams last week, Santo Domingo newspaper La Nacion Dominicana trumpeted a major development for that island’s equivalent of the New York Yankees. “Tigres del Licey receive backing,” read the headline on a story that detailed a local businessman’s seven-figure sponsorship deal with the 22-time … Continue reading

Sept. 30, 2010: Cito Gaston’s farewell to Toronto

Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston has spent the last few months telling every reporter who asks him that he really, truly and honestly won’t miss much when this season ends and he retires from baseball. The travel? Nope. Once he retires he’ll see the world on his own time instead of … Continue reading

Sept. 25, 2010: Boxers duke it out for North American title — and small-town bragging rights

Orangeville is a small town with a big love for boxing, and on a Saturday in September natives Buzz Grant and Logan McGuinness squared off for their hometown’s unofficial crown. Sept. 25, 2010 Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter After 18 months of trash talk, the big rivals from the small town stood nose to nose at … Continue reading

Sept. 3, 2010: Local boy Joey Votto makes good — very good

“Definitely next year people will know (Joey Votto),” says Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. “He’s always been good, but now he’s brought his game to a different level. To be at the level he’s at, he’s going to get recognized.”

The Best of Fighting Words VII: Nobody is making you watch MMA

Aug. 20, 2010 MMA legislation in Ontario brings haters out of hiding, even if they don’t know exactly what they hate.

The Best of Fighting Words VI: Anderson Silva’s Coocoon of Horror

Aug. 9, 2010 Was Anderson Silva toying with Chael Sonnen, or is he simply slowing down?

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