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Toronto City Council voted in favour of expanding BMO Field on Thursday. Loic Remy Chelsea Jersey UK . The motion to expand the stadiums capacity passed through by a count of 39-3, with Toronto mayor Rob Ford being among those in opposition. Currently boasting a capacity of 21,566 for soccer games, the proposed expansion would give the venue the ability to host up to 40,000 for special events. The motion carries a $10 million cost for the City of Toronto. The federal and Ontario governments have expressed interest in matching the Citys investment in order to provide a total public sector contribution of $30 million, with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment footing the remaining $90 million of the total estimated renovation cost. MLSE has also agreed to modify the terms of the deal to provide additional revenue to the City of Toronto. The City Finance staff forecasted in a circulated report that "the proposed $10 million investment will be fully recovered from incremental revenues generated during the term of the extended agreement with MLSE." Branislav Ivanovic Chelsea Jersey UK . The Raptors have been outscored 88-66 in the opening quarter over a three-game span to begin the month of February. Their most recent loss, 109-101 in Sacramento on Wednesday, was eerily similar to Saturdays defeat at the hands of the Trail Blazers. Custom Chelsea Jersey UK . Vonn "reopened" the idea of competing in the season-opening World Cup event on Oct. 26-27 in Soelden, Austria after returning to the slopes last month in Portillo, Chile.TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry could have withdrawn into a shell when his name began being tossed about in trade rumours earlier this month. Instead, the Toronto Raptors point guard did the exact opposite. Lowry poured in a season-high 32 points, plus had 11 assists and eight rebounds, to lead the Raptors to a decisive 115-100 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday -- his latest strong game, prompting coach Dwane Casey to say Lowry is playing the best basketball of his career. "He is playing with such force and confidence," Casey said. "Hes been playing the game the right way and hes been playing lights out." Terrence Ross had seven three-pointers as part of a 23-point performance for the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (13-15), whove won seven of their last 10 games. DeMar DeRozan finished with 20 points, while Raptors newcomer Greivis Vasquez added 11, and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 boards to go with nine points. But it was Lowry who was the recipient of most of Caseys post-game praise, mostly for the leadership hes showing. At one point during the fourth quarter Saturday, Lowry jumped in to separate Valanciunas and Knicks big man Tyson Chandler. "Just in the locker-room, in practice, on the court, his encouragement to the young players, how you say things to young players, hes been great at that," Casey said. "With all the trade rumours, and all the bullcrap thats going around, hes been positive and upbeat, and a leader. "He could have. . . isolated himself from everybody else, but he dove in and has been positive about it. Im happy for him, and proud of him for handling himself that way." Lowry shrugged off Caseys comments. "What am I going to do? Its a business. Am I going to be mad?" Lowry said. "It is what it is, Im not really worried about it, Ive said it 50 million times and Im going to say it 50 more, until something happens, Im a Raptor and Im going to play for the Raptors and play hard for the Raptors." Torontos victory over the beleaguered Knicks was the second in as many nights, coming a day after they rallied from a 12-point third-quarter deficit to win 95-83 in New York. The Raptors never trailed by more than two points Saturday, and took the lead for good late in the first quarter, pulling away in the second with crisp ball movement, strong team play, and the hot hand of Ross before taking an 85-71 lead into the fourth. Vasquez, acquired in the trade that sent Rudy Gay to Sacramento, drained three consecutive three-pointers in the third for a 17-point Toronto lead. But the Knicks put up some resistance down the stretch, pulling to within six points on a basket by Tyson Chandler with 3:50 left to play. Lowry, who was just two rebounds shy of a triple-double on the night, responded with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to put Toronto up by 11 and out of danger to the relief of a sellout Air Canada CCentre crowd of 19,800. Thibaut Courtois Jersey UK. Amare Soudemire had 23 points to top the Knicks (9-21), who were missing Carmelo Anthony (sprained left ankle) and Metta World Peace (sore left knee). Chandler added 16, while former Raptor Andrea Bargnani had 12 points in 17 minutes. "Either way, whether its by 20 or by one, its still a loss," said the Knicks JR Smith. "Every loss is difficult. We try to learn from it as much as you can but it just keeps happening." The Raptors were back in Toronto after going 3-1 on the road -- a stretch that included victories over Oklahoma City and Dallas. Their confidence right now is soaring. "Were not beating just any teams, were going into other places and beating good teams, thats what its all about, and thats what weve got to keep doing if we want to be a playoff team," DeRozan said. The victory in Dallas in particular, DeRozan said "just showed you we could play with anyone." The Raptors shot 45 per cent on the night, while allowing the Knicks to shoot 49 per cent. They outrebounded their visitors 45-37. Ross, whos been making the most of his increased playing time since Gay was traded, shot 7-for-11 from three-point range, and had a massive dunk in the second quarter that brought the crowd to its feet. DeRozan said his advice to Ross was: "You jump higher than anybody on the court. Youre a great shooter. You can do so much. Just use it." Bargnani, meanwhile, was booed mercilessly during introductions in his first regular-season game in Toronto since the Raptors traded him to New York last summer. Some fans chanted "Primo!" -- a reference to his Toronto pasta commercials. The seven-foot Italian was drafted No. 1 overall in 2006, and played his first seven NBA seasons in Toronto, but fans had little love left for Bargnani by the time he departed. Before the game, Bargnani made light of the boos he knew hed surely face. "Its not the first time I got booed. Its not the last time. Ive been playing in Europe since I was 14. Its not just about the boos. Its about life. a You hear them," he said. "But like I say, its not the first time, its not the last time." Lowry raced out to a strong start, with nine points and four assists in a first quarter that saw the lead change hands nine times. The Raptors took a 26-22 lead into the second. Toronto turned it up a notch in the second, and a driving layup by Lowry with just under a minute to go before the break put the Raptors up by 14 points. The Raptors took a 57-44 lead into the dressing room at halftime. Ross drained three buckets from beyond the arc in the third, his third one with 4:14 left putting the home team up by 20 points. NOTES: Fridays game at New York was the first of 11 straight against Eastern Conference opponents. . . The Raptors play the Bulls on New Years Eve, then return home to host the Indiana Pacers on New Years Day. 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