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Nov 7, 2012 10:00pm
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Since I was a kid, Ive been a Lakers fan. Derek Newton Jersey . Hearing that
Steve Nash, the greatest basketball talent this country has ever produced, is on
his way to Los Angeles, should be welcome news. But it doesnt feel that way at
all. Why? Because Im a Torontonian thats why. I totally understand why Nash
chose the Lakers over the Raptors or any other team for that matter.  He took
less money to stay close to his family, play alongside one of the five greatest
players ever in Kobe Bryant, will contend for a title, and enjoy warm winters in
southern California. And Nash deserves it all.  Who wouldnt take that deal? But
Toronto needed Nash for so many reasons beyond basketball. The city is broken.
Politically, emotionally, and most noticeably with its pro-sports teams. Cities
rally around teams. It happens in every city. It may be a different sport, but
its what people do. What did the Stanley Cup runs in Edmonton, Ottawa and
Calgary do in recent years? How about the Olympics for Vancouver? Toronto is
beaten up. It has been 19 years since the Blue Jays were last in the
post-season. The Raptors have won only one playoff round since joining the NBA
in 1995. It has been eight years since the Argos won a Grey Cup. TFC has been a
fiasco since joining MLS. And the Leafs?  Never mind the Cup drought since 1967,
theyre the only NHL team not to make the playoffs in the post-lockout era. 
Politically, the divide between the right and left has never felt greater in the
GTA. Its a city that seems more rundown than the Gardiner Expressway, a traffic
artery that seems to be crumbling daily. In recent weeks, a string of gun
violence has left Canadas largest community shaken while local authorities plead
with residents the city is still safe. Steve Nash was the perfect cure for a
city with a frail psyche. He couldve provided that spark the city needed to feel
good about itself again. For all this talk about how Toronto is the Centre of
the Universe, Hogtown is a sensitive soul. There was anger in the winter when
the Leafs collapsed, and the Jays failed to reel in Yu Darvish or even Prince
Fielder. With Nash, its different. Its not anger, just disappointment. Nash
represents himself globally in a way we should all feel proud of. Hes the ideal
Canadian. Smart, athletic, innovative, and with an incredibly social concious.
No one expected a title in Toronto from Nash, and this isnt to say he shouldve
been obligated to come here in the first place. After all, hes a B.C. boy. But
this city was looking for a ray of sunshine. Someone to make this city feel good
about itself.  Theyll just have to find it someplace else. In the meantime,
maybe we can all just crash on Landry Fields couch until the clouds over the CN
Tower lift. Twitter.com/jamescybulski Alan
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. Santos said a reshuffle is needed to prevent another slow start for his team,
which dropped to last place in Group A after losing to the fast-paced Czech
Republic 2-1 on Tuesday, conceding two goals in the first six minutes. Andre Johnson Red Jersey . As a result, the
French forward was traded to Toronto late Friday in a move that works out well
for both teams. Despite his status as a fan-favourite, Hasslis departure from
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Cincinnati Reds then found a way to give Dusty Baker a milestone victory. Vottos
RBI double off John Axford broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Reds
edged the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday.Free agent goalie Chris Mason has
signed a one-year, $1.25 million with the Nashville Predators. Mason appeared in
20 games last season backing up Ondrej Pavelec in Winnipeg. The 36-year-old
finished 8-7-1 with a 2.59 goals against average, .898 save percentage, and two
shutouts for the Jets. Masons best seasons came in 2008-09 and 2009-10 with the
St. Louis Blues, where he was the starter. In 3006 career appearances, Mason has
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