• September 21, 2021

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Canadian multi-sport athlete Georgia Simmerling retires after 4 Olympic Games

Canadian multi-sport athlete Georgia Simmerling retires after 4 Olympic Games

Canadian multi-sport athlete Georgia Simmerling has announced her retirement from professional sport.  The Vancouver, B.C., native — who in 2016 became Canada’s first Olympian to compete in three different sports across three different Games — is…

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Amanda Nunes tests positive for COVID-19; Bantamweight title defense vs. Julianna Pena off

Amanda Nunes tests positive for COVID-19; Bantamweight title defense vs. Julianna Pena off

Amanda Nunes, the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the UFC, will have to wait a little longer for the next defense of her bantamweight championship. She tested positive for COVID, UFC chief business officer Hunter…

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Novak Djokovic on competing at Olympic Games: Historic gold medal outweighs empty seats

Novak Djokovic on competing at Olympic Games: Historic gold medal outweighs empty seats

The prospect of winning an Olympic gold medal for Serbia outweighs the disappointment of playing in an empty venue at the Tokyo games, the men’s world tennis No. 1 Novak Djokovic stated on Monday. Djokovic considered pulling…

Alex de Minaur withdraws from Tokyo after testing positive for virus

Australian tennis star Alex de Minaur has been forced to withdraw from the Olympic Games after testing positive for COVID-19, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) confirmed. De Minaur, not currently in Tokyo, tested positive during…

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Blue Jays announce July 30 return to Toronto after receiving government approval

Blue Jays announce July 30 return to Toronto after receiving government approval

It’s been nearly 22 months since Toronto Blue Jays fans have been able to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr., tear the cover off a fastball down the middle at Rogers Centre. They haven’t seen lefty ace…

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Fury tests positive; Wilder bout postponed

Fury tests positive; Wilder bout postponed

The heavyweight championship saga in 2021 took another unexpected turn on Thursday. The championship trilogy between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has been postponed from July 24 after a COVID-19 outbreak in Fury’s camp, according…

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Djokovic, Murray win as rain disrupts Wimbledon

Djokovic, Murray win as rain disrupts Wimbledon

Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Monday, two years minus two weeks from the last time a meaningful match was played at Wimbledon, a voice blared over the loudspeakers: “Good afternoon and welcome to Centre Court.”…

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La Liga president warns Barcelona to reduce wage bill or risk Lionel Messi contract

La Liga president warns Barcelona to reduce wage bill or risk Lionel Messi contract

La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Barcelona they risk not being able to register Lionel Messi next campaign if they don’t reduce their wage bill. Messi’s deal expires in nine days, and he has not yet made a public…

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With Olympic dream on the line, Canada’s best swimmers must hold for applause

With Olympic dream on the line, Canada’s best swimmers must hold for applause

While many sporting events around the world have returned to pre-pandemic normalcy – with packed stadiums and raucous crowds – COVID-19 still looms large over the 2021 Canadian swim trials. Toronto’s cavernous Pan Am Sports Centre,…

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Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, bout vs. George Kambosos moved to Aug. 14

Teofimo Lopez tests positive for COVID-19, bout vs. George Kambosos moved to Aug. 14

Teofimo Lopez has tested positive for COVID-19 and is symptomatic. His Saturday fight vs. George Kambosos that was arranged to be in Miami and the whole undercard has been moved to Aug. 14, Triller announced.…

LPGA Tour’s Canadian stop cancelled for 2nd straight year due to pandemic

The LPGA Tour’s lone Canadian stop will not take place for the second year in a row because of border restrictions and logistical challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Golf Canada revealed Wednesday the CP Women’s…

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Canada collapses late in 4th set en route to 4th straight loss in women’s volleyball

Canada collapses late in 4th set en route to 4th straight loss in women’s volleyball

Canada’s women remain winless in their Volleyball Nations League debut. They appeared on their win to snapping a 0-3 skid with a six-point lead over Turkey late in the fourth set Monday but suffered a…

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Damian Warner sets Canadian long jump record in bid for 6th Hypo Meeting title

Damian Warner sets Canadian long jump record in bid for 6th Hypo Meeting title

Damian Warner set a Canadian and world best in the long jump on Saturday in his first decathlon since the 2019 track and field world championships. The 31-year-old from London, Ont., jumped 8.28 metres at the…

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2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells rescheduled for October

2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells rescheduled for October

The 2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, frequently referred to as tennis’ “fifth major,” has been rearranged for October. Initially slated for March 8-21 in California, the tournament was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. It…

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Canadian Olympic swimming trials pushed back to June, may move from Toronto

Canadian Olympic swimming trials pushed back to June, may move from Toronto

Canada’s Olympic swim trials have been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in Ontario. The primary means of selection for Canada’s team bound for Tokyo this summer has been pushed back almost a month…

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Canada withdraws from upcoming World Relays in Poland over COVID-19 concerns

Canada withdraws from upcoming World Relays in Poland over COVID-19 concerns

Athletics Canada has withdrawn from the 2021 World Athletics Relays, which take place next month in Poland, due to  COVID-19 concerns. The travel risks simply outweigh the rewards of competing at the Olympic qualifying event, according to…

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Stunned Canadian players head home after cancellation of women’s hockey worlds

Stunned Canadian players head home after cancellation of women’s hockey worlds

Shock and disbelief gave way to a swirl of emotions as players on the Canadian women’s hockey team packed their bags in Halifax and headed home Thursday. In a span of two days, they’d gone…

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Real Madrid fail to keep pace with Atleti after draw with Getafe

Real Madrid fail to keep pace with Atleti after draw with Getafe

A heavily depleted Real Madrid side scraped a 0-0 draw at Getafe on Sunday in La Liga to fall three points behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Real defeated Barcelona 2-1 last week and overcame Liverpool in midweek to reach the Champions League semifinals but…

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Canada’s Andre De Grasse opens season with a fast 9.99 in Florida

Canada’s Andre De Grasse opens season with a fast 9.99 in Florida

Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse opened the outdoor season with a fast time on Saturday. The three-time Olympic medalist from Markham, Ont., ran 9.99 seconds in the 100 metres to finish second at the…

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Man City stroll into Champions League quarterfinals

Man City stroll into Champions League quarterfinals

Manchester City marched into the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the fourth consecutive season after a 2-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday that completed a 4-0 aggregate triumph. First-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan secured a comfortable…

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Portuguese Grand Prix confirmed as third race of F1 season

Portuguese Grand Prix confirmed as third race of F1 season

The Portuguese Grand Prix at Portimao will feature for a second consecutive year as the third race on the 2021 Formula One calendar, the championship confirmed Friday. Portimao had its first F1 event last year…

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5 Raptors ruled out for rescheduled game vs. Pistons due to COVID-19 protocols

5 Raptors ruled out for rescheduled game vs. Pistons due to COVID-19 protocols

A greatly reduced Raptors team will host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday in Toronto’s temporary home of Tampa, Fla. The team stated Tuesday that starters Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby are out as…

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Women provide successful test of Calgary’s curling bubble ahead of Brier

Women provide successful test of Calgary’s curling bubble ahead of Brier

All systems are go for the Canadian men’s curling championship after the women proved elite curling can happen in a pandemic. Curling Canada says no one tested positive for the COVID-19 virus during the Scotties…

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Raptors’ COVID-19 issues worsen, forcing postponement of Sunday game against Bulls

Raptors’ COVID-19 issues worsen, forcing postponement of Sunday game against Bulls

After dodging COVID-19 for almost half of the NBA campaign, the Toronto Raptors have been dealt a big blow. The NBA called off Toronto’s game versus the visiting Chicago Bulls on Sunday night due to…

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Serena Williams outlasts challenge from teen Anastasia Potapova to advance at Australian Open

Serena Williams outlasts challenge from teen Anastasia Potapova to advance at Australian Open

Serena Williams will be part of the weekend action at the Australian Open. Spectators will not. Williams overcame erratic strokes and two set points to defeat Anastasia Potapova 7-6 (5), 6-2 on Friday and advance to the…

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns returned to the court for the first time since mid-January to play versus the LA Clippers on Wednesday. Towns, who hadn’t played since Jan. 13, returned from reconditioning after a stint in the NBA’s health…

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Andreescu withdraws from Grampians, will focus on Australian Open prep

Andreescu withdraws from Grampians, will focus on Australian Open prep

2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu will wait just a tiny bit longer to contest her first WTA match in over a year, as she has decided to withdraw from this week’s upcoming Grampians Trophy…

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35 mixed doubles curling teams to compete for world berth in Calgary bubble

35 mixed doubles curling teams to compete for world berth in Calgary bubble

With Canada’s Olympic hopes potentially riding on the winning team, an elite field of 35 teams will be in the bubble in Calgary for the 2021 Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, presented by…

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul George out for Clippers-Hawks due to coronavirus protocols

Kawhi Leonard, Paul George out for Clippers-Hawks due to coronavirus protocols

The Los Angeles Clippers ruled out stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on Monday for Tuesday’s road game versus the Atlanta Hawks, citing the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Tuesday marks the first of six road games in nine days for…

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Brooke Henderson taking lessons from pared-down 2020 into new season

Brooke Henderson taking lessons from pared-down 2020 into new season

Brooke Henderson’s breakneck pace of nearly 30 tournaments a season was slashed to a pedestrian 10 in 2020 due to COVID-19. But the 23-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., said she found a silver lining in…