TOP CLICKS: The week that was in viral stories – Toronto Sun

Omar Sachedina, chief anchor at CTV News, is getting personal in an hour-long set to air on the network this week.
Omar Sachedina, chief anchor at CTV News, is getting personal in an hour-long set to air on the network this week. Photo by CTV

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Some stories set the world on fire. And these ones are the most popular online stories from the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

Lisa LaFlamme fans blast CTV over special devoted to Omar Sachedina

Lisa LaFlamme’s fans are die hard. And when CTV messed with the former CTV National News anchor, they messed with them.

The latest wrong by the network? A new special devoted to LaFlamme’s replacement, Omar Sachedina, and his heritage, which fans believe is being used as some sort of damage control over LaFlamme’s firing earlier this year, Mark Daniell reported.

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The backlash is never going to die, is it?

TOPS FOR TOM BRADY? Taylor Swift attends an in conversation with Taylor Swift event on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (Evan Agostini/AP)
TOPS FOR TOM BRADY? Taylor Swift attends an in conversation with Taylor Swift event on day two of the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. (Evan Agostini/AP) Photo by Evan Agostini /AP

Pete Davidson favoured as Gisele Bundchen’s new boy toy; Taylor for Tom

Now that Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen are divorced, Las Vegas oddmakers are already wagering on who the quarterback and supermodel will date next, Brad Hunter reported.

While Taylor Swift is leading the pack to be Brady’s next girlfriend, the folks in Vegas may need to renew their subscription to People magazine because the singer has been in a serious relationship with actor Joe Alwyn for years. Also, Tom probably isn’t interested in having any songs written about him.

Others on the list include models Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Bella Hadid and Candice Swanepoel, reality star Kim Kardashian and big names Halle Berry, Jennifer Aniston and Charlize Theron. Heck, basically any single female made the cut, even Tom’s ex, Bridget Moynahan.

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As far as Bundchen is concerned, the oddsmakers seem to think she needs some BDE, with Pete Davidson favoured to be her next boy toy, followed by Jason Momoa, John Mayer, Chris Evans and Bradley Cooper.

Gisele’s ex, Leonardo DiCaprio, was also mentioned. She was 20 and he was 25 when they first started dating but they split when – you guessed it – she turned 25.

What about this? They both just enjoy being single for the time being?

4Aces GC captain Dustin Johnson embraces his wife Paulina Gretzky after winning the team championship in the season finale of the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral in Miami, Fla., Oct. 30, 2022. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports)
4Aces GC captain Dustin Johnson embraces his wife Paulina Gretzky after winning the team championship in the season finale of the LIV Golf series at Trump National Doral in Miami, Fla., Oct. 30, 2022. (Jasen Vinlove/USA Today Sports) Photo by Jasen Vinlove /USA TODAY Sports

Paulina Gretzky, Dustin Johnson bust out PDA after LIV Golf season-ender

Dustin Johnson reportedly earned more than $35 million for his first season with LIV Golf. In addition, he was paid about $125 million just to leave the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed league.

So naturally, after having quite the season, he and his wife Paulina Gretzky did what any young, attractive couples do: bust out some major PDA to celebrate. Eddie Chau had the tough job of scouring Paulina’s socials.

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Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas speaks at the podium about the upcoming season and his expectations of his players on Wednesday September 21, 2022. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas speaks at the podium about the upcoming season and his expectations of his players on Wednesday September 21, 2022. (Jack Boland/Toronto Sun) Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun

TRAIKOS: From firing the coach to firing the GM, here’s five ways to fix the Maple Leafs

While Lance Hornby reported on the Maple Leafs’ horror-filled road trip that was capped off in a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Anaheim Ducks, who had not won in seven straight, Michael Traikos had a much more fun assignment: how the Leafs could be fixed. Because something had to give.

Firing coach Sheldon Keefe was a given, as was getting rid of general manager Kyle Dubas. Making a trade and switching up the lines were also good ideas, which leaves us with his final suggestion: Do nothing. No! The Leafs were already doing enough of that as it was.

Chinese one-hundred yuan banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, April 23, 2020. (Paul Yeung/Bloomberg)
Chinese one-hundred yuan banknotes are arranged for a photograph in Hong Kong, China, on Thursday, April 23, 2020. (Paul Yeung/Bloomberg) Photo by Paul Yeung /Bloomberg

Lottery winner keeps $30 million jackpot win secret from wife and child

A man in southern China went to extremes to keep his 219 million yuan ($29.9 million) lottery jackpot a secret from his wife and child: by wearing a bright yellow costume covering his face when he accepted the prize. Why? Because he didn’t want them to get lazy.

Wow. Here’s hoping they broke the mould with this one.