Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun

A passionate hoops observer, Ryan Wolstat has covered a variety of sports for Sun Media ranging from the NFL to Toronto FC and the Toronto Rock. But none get the juices flowing quite like basketball. Besides covering the Raptors, Ryan is a keen follower of the NCAA and March Madness. Ryan is a Toronto native and a graduate of Ryerson's School of Journalism and the University of Guelph. He has also written for the National Post and a variety of magazines and websites. Ryan, who joined the Sun in 2005, lives in Toronto.

Stories

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan listens on the bench ion the dying moments of the game as a defensive play is set against the Denver Nuggets in Toronto on Oct. 31, 2016. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Raptors' DeRozan proving his doubters wrong

If there is one thing DeMar DeRozan loves — besides simply playing basketball — it is proving his legion of critics wrong. He doesn’t do it maliciously and won’t rub mistakes in their faces, but every time he makes someone think twice about something they wrote or said about him, DeRozan smiles.

Terrence Ross’ hard work in the off-season is paying with an impressive pre-season. (Getty Images)

Terrence Ross could be the Raptors' X-factor

Terrence Ross has been gifted with considerable natural ability. He is as athletic as just about anyone in a league filled with supreme athletes and can be a great three-point marksman when he heats up.

Jose Bautista strikes out in the fourth inning as the Blue Jays play the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Sept. 27, 2016. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)

Blue Jays bats silent in shutout loss to Orioles

TORONTO — Following a demoralizing loss on Wednesday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had maintained that his charges were “resilient” and would bounce back in the series wrapper against the Baltimore Orioles.

Toronto Blue Jays, left to right, Jose Bautista, Russell Martin, and Troy Tulowitzki celebrate their team's win against the New York Yankees in MLB baseball action in Toronto, Friday September 23, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch)

Great pitching, clutch hitting leads Jays over Yankees

In what was likely his second-last start of the season, Francisco Liriano made the case for more turns on the hill. The big left-hander battled through some early wildness – his Achilles Heel – and went six excellent innings as Toronto opened its final homestand of the regular season with a 9-0 laugher over the Yankees.

Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell celebrates after scoring a three-pointer during second-half Round 1 NBA playoff action against the Indiana Pacers in Toronto on May 1, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

Raptors' Powell proving to be big bargain

LAS VEGAS — Norman Powell first served notice that the Raptors might have landed a steal with the 46th pick of the 2015 draft here last year when he averaged some gaudy numbers (18 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and assists per game).

Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts while taking on the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP)

Tristan Thompson's contribution to Cavs title shouldn't be overlooked

LeBron James and Stephen Curry will get the bulk of the attention — good and bad — following one of the most memorable finishes in NBA history, Cleveland’s 93-89 Game 7 title win late Sunday evening, but Tristan Thompson deserves his share of the spotlight as well.

LeBron James goes to the basket during Game 6 on the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. (USA Today Sports)

Numbers show LeBron should be NBA Finals MVP

Despite coming into Tuesday’s Game 6 the heavy favourite to be named Finals MVP — whether his Cavaliers won or lost — LeBron James made it very clear that there is only one trophy he’s concerned about.