July 11th, 2020

National Sports

Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic won’t play in NHL’s restart

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

Calgary Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic has decided not to play in the NHL’s restart. The Flames said Friday night that Hamonic has opted out of the NHL’s return-to-play program. Players have until Monday at 5 p.m. ET to declare they are opting out following the ratification of the NHL’s return-to-play protocol on Friday night. Hamonic, ... Read More »

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Kansas City player the latest to test positive for COVID-19 at MLS tournament

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

A member of Sporting Kansas City is the latest player to test positive for COVID-19 at the MLS is Back Tournament. The club confirmed Friday that one of its players had recorded a pair of consecutive positive test results. Sporting Kansas City said the positive test results followed mandatory testing on two consecutive days upon ... Read More »

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NHL, NHLPA ratify RTP, CBA extension; Toronto, Edmonton unveiled as hub cities

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

TORONTO – The NHL remains on course to resume its pandemic-delayed season north of the 49th parallel later this summer, and has the labour peace it needs to ride out the unprecedented economic storm brought on by COVID-19. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Friday the return-to-play protocols – featuring Toronto and Edmonton as ... Read More »

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NHL/NHLPA announce Toronto, Edmonton as hubs, and CBA extension

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

The NHL board of governors and NHL Players’ Association have ratified the return-to-play plan and a four-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement, paving the way for the league to resume its pandemic-hit season later this summer in Canada. As part of the 24-team blueprint to resume the 2019-20 campaign halted March 12 because of ... Read More »

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Major League Soccer says another players has tested positive for COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

Another player has tested positive for COVID-19 at the MLS is Back Tournament Major League Soccer did not identify the player or his club in a statement Friday. The news comes one day after Nashville SC became the second team forced to withdraw from the tournament due to multiple COVID-19 tests. FC Dallas pulled out ... Read More »

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All 5 former winners in same half of Champions League draw

By Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press on July 10th, 2020

GENEVA – All five former Champions League winners were put into the same half of the draw on Friday, setting up a possible semifinal pairing between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich – who have combined to win 26 European Cups – will whittle down one side of ... Read More »

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Toronto FC pre-game meal set for 5:30 a.m. before 9 a.m. Florida morning kickoff

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

TORONTO – The 9 a.m. kickoff is daunting. So is the 5:30 a.m. pre-game meal. Toronto FC gets one heck of an early start to the MLS is Back Tournament on Sunday when it faces D.C. United at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex in the Orlando area. The league has scheduled games in the ... Read More »

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Coach says U Sports must help football players stuck in pandemic, age-cap trap

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

U Sports ignored calls to help football players recover a year of eligibility lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the University of Alberta’s coach. Golden Bears head coach Chris Morris has stepped down as head of both a university football coaches’ committee and a technical subcommittee. He’s dismayed by a U Sports board of ... Read More »

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Pandemic has Curling Canada facing Olympic trials qualifying complications

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

OTTAWA – Curling Canada has been forced to re-think qualification for the Olympic team and mixed doubles trials after cancellations and postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams and mixed doubles duos ultimately must win events or collect enough points at events to earn berths in the 2021 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings and ... Read More »

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Canadian forward Tesho Akindele signs contract extension with Orlando City

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

Canadian international forward Tesho Akindele has agreed to a contract extension with Orlando City SC that includes options for the 2022 and ’23 seasons. The 28-year-old’s previous contract was to end after the 2021 season. “I’m just really happy that I get to be here for the foreseeable future,” Akindele said in a video statement ... Read More »

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