Raptors’ Kyle Lowry available to play vs. Hornets

The Toronto Raptors are getting back to full health at just the right time, as Kyle Lowry is set to return to the lineup against the Charlotte Hornets.

Lowry will play tonight vs. Hornets. First time Raps have post deadline group intact, I believe.

— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) March 24, 2019

Lowry has missed the past two games after suffering an ankle injury against the New York Knicks.

Over the course of 57 starts this season, the 32-year-old is averaging a team-best 9.0 assists, scoring 14.8 points and adding 4.8 rebounds per game.

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Maple Leafs sign goaltender Joseph Woll to entry-level contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goaltender Joseph Woll to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

The 20-year-old played NCAA hockey with Boston College this season, finishing the campaign with a 13-21-3 record and .919 save percentage in 37 games.

In 101 games with Boston College, Woll compiled a 2.51 goals-against average. He also won a gold medal at the 2017 world juniors and a bronze medal at the 2018 world juniors as a member of Team USA.

The Missouri native was selected with the 62nd overall pick by Toronto in the 2016 NHL Draft.

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Canada’s Raonic falls to Britain’s Edmund in third round at Miami Open

MIAMI — Canada’s Milos Raonic dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Britain’s Kyle Edmund on Sunday afternoon at the Miami Open.

Raonic, seeded 12th at the ATP Tour event, was broken at love late in the second set and the 19th-seeded Edmund served out for the win.

Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., needed treatment for a back issue early in the second set and his movement appeared laboured at times.

The result left two Canadians in the men’s singles draw.

Montreal qualifier Felix Auger-Aliassime was scheduled to play Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz on Sunday while Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., will likely play Monday against Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev.

Shapovalov and India’s Rohan Bopanna were scheduled to play their second-round doubles match Sunday against seventh-seeded opponents Marcel Granollers of Spain and Nikola Mektic of Croatia.

In second-round women’s doubles play, fifth-seeded Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa and China’s Yifan Xu were to play Poland’s Alicja Rosolska and China’s Zhaoxuan Yang.

Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., had the day off after reaching the fourth round in singles play a day earlier.

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Rule 5 pitcher Jordan Romano returning to Blue Jays

The Texas Rangers have returned Canadian pitcher Jordan Romano to the Toronto Blue Jays.

After being selected by the Rangers during the Rule 5 draft in December 2018, Romano failed to make Texas’ big league roster ahead of the 2019 regular season and was subsequently offered back to Toronto.

The right-hander pitched to a 12-8 record and 4.11 ERA with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons and double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats in 2018, striking out 128 batters over 142.1 innings of work.

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