August 14th, 2020

National Sports

NBA champion Toronto Raptors ready to pick up where they left off

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

The Toronto Raptors were the hottest team in the NBA in early March, on a league-best four-game winning streak, coming off a solid west coast road swing and having just clinched a playoff spot. They were gleefully making their pre-season critics eat their words. Then the threat of COVID-19 swept through sports like a prairie ... Read More »

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Court overturns Boston Marathon bomber’s death sentence

By Alanna Durkin Richer, The Associated Press on July 31st, 2020

A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. The three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston issued the decision more than six months after arguments were heard in the case. The April 15, 2013, attack killed ... Read More »

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Hurricanes’ Dougie Hamilton out for Rangers series opener

By The Associated Press on July 31st, 2020

TORONTO – All-Star defenceman Dougie Hamilton won’t play for the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday’s opener against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference’s expanded playoff qualifying round. Hamilton has missed multiple practices, though the league has prohibited teams from disclosing whether a player is injured or ill amid the coronavirus pandemic. A team reporter ... Read More »

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Sophie Schmidt, Alphonso Davies win Canada Soccer Player of the Month awards

By The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

Sophie Schmidt and Alphonso Davies have been named Canada Soccer’s Players of the Month for July after helping their teams lift trophies. Schmidt and the Houston Dash won the Challenge Cup, capping the NWSL’s return to play. Schmidt’s header off the crossbar led to the winning goal in the semifinal and she scored the winner ... Read More »

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Nurse on Canadian anthem: “We need to do better in the systemic racism area”

By Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

The Toronto Raptors will treat both national anthems as “one long song” ahead of their opening game of the NBA restart on Saturday, according to coach Nick Nurse. Two days after every player and coach kneeled for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a pair of games on opening night, the Raptors are expected to follow suit ... Read More »

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Sources: CFL no longer talking to Business Development Bank of Canada

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

TORONTO – The CFL is no longer looking to the Business Development Bank of Canada for financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL had been pointed to the BDC by the federal government. But two sources with knowledge of the situation say that’s no longer a funding option after the crown corporation and league ... Read More »

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Virus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers off; 2 St. Louis positives

By Jake Seiner, The Associated Press on July 31st, 2020

NEW YORK – The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season. Friday’s game between St. Louis and Milwaukee was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for the coronavirus. The league announced the schedule change hours before ... Read More »

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Stroll quickest at 2nd British GP practice; Vettel struggles

By The Associated Press on July 31st, 2020

SILVERSTONE, England – Montreal’s Lance Stroll led the second practice for the British Grand Prix on Friday while struggling Ferrari had another bad day, with Sebastian Vettel spending most of it stuck in the team garage. Stroll finished fourth at the Hungarian GP two weeks ago for Racing Point, which uses Mercedes engines and has ... Read More »

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Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins optimistic about return of closer Ken Giles

By The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins delivered an optimistic outlook Friday on injured closer Ken Giles. Giles is currently out with a forearm ailment but in a videoconference with reporters Atkins appeared encouraged by the pitcher’s visits with doctors and subsequent test results. Atkins added Giles received a platelet-rich plasma injection after suffering the injury ... Read More »

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‘Anything can happen’: Canadiens no bothered by underdog role against Penguins

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

TORONTO – Shea Weber is fine being the underdog. Good thing, because the Montreal Canadiens and their captain are certainly that heading into the team’s qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Canadiens were playing out the string, sitting 24th in the overall standings – some 15 points back of the seventh-ranked Penguins – ... Read More »

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Canadian international striker Marcus Haber joins Calgary’s Cavalry FC

By The Canadian Press on July 31st, 2020

Canadian international striker Marcus Haber, who spent last season with Pacific FC, has joined Cavalry FC. The 31-year-old from Vancouver has won 27 caps for Canada with three goals. The six-foot-four forward, who missed part of last year with a knee injury, had four goals in 15 appearances in all competitions for Pacific FC in ... Read More »

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