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MLS players boycott training in apparent labour impasse

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5594031.1591047852!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/sporting-kc-minnesota-united-soccer.jpg Toronto FC, Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecap players boycotted training Monday in an apparent labour impasse between the MLS and the MLS Players Association. It appears players in "multiple markets" also stayed home amidst reports they faced a threatened lockout by the league. The training sessions are voluntary but players had been taking advantage of them, with Toronto, Atlanta, Inter Miami and Sporting Kansas City among those slated to progress from individual to small group training sessions Monday."Players

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Raptors’ VanVleet says people ‘fed up’ with racism and discrimination

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5593887.1591045753!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/bkn-suns-raptors-20200221.jpg Fred VanVleet says people in the United States are reaching a boiling point after hundreds of years of racism. The Toronto Raptors guard was asked Monday what he thought of the protests happening in major cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He was killed after a police officer held his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes and ignored his cries of distress."It's really unfortunate, but what's even more unfortunate is I

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Like Colin Kaepernick, Gwen Berry knows the athlete’s voice isn’t always welcomed

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5593480.1591034295!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/gwen-berry-protest.jpg As American track and field athlete Gwen Berry stood on top of the podium after claiming gold in hammer throw during last summer's Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, she could no longer be the silent, well-behaved and compliant athlete the international sports system wanted her to be. Wearing a blue jacket with the United States Olympic Committee crest on it, and blue lipstick to match, Berry stood watching the American flag rise as her national anthem blasted around

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Toronto’s Rogers Centre to be used as temporary facility to help Food Banks Canada

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5593121.1591021717!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/71532014.jpg Rogers Centre, the home of the Toronto Blue Jays, is going to be temporarily converted into a giant food bank facility. Rogers Communications and the Jays Care Foundation have announced a new initiative, called Step Up to the Plate, to support Food Banks Canada.They say the stadium, currently in disuse because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of the Major League Baseball season, will house more than 4.5 million kilograms of food. The program will see hundreds

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COC, CPC, Own the Podium announce $5M investment for high-performance sport’s return

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5593078.1591020548!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/crew-brittany-de-grasse-1180.jpg The Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Committees along with Own the Podium unveiled a $5 million investment in a phased return to high-performance sport in a joint statement Monday as much of the sports world remains on hold in the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding will be directed to the areas of greatest need deemed by the Return to Sport Task Force, which has developed a national framework on how the resumption of sport activity will occur "in a responsible manner" from

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Asterisk or not, Flames coach sees tough road ahead in battle for Stanley Cup

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5592565.1590957112!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/hkn-rangers-flames-20200102.jpg Geoff Ward realizes there are hockey fans who staunchly believe in attaching an asterisk to the 2020 Stanley Cup champions. The Calgary Flames interim head coach gets that this Stanley Cup tournament — slated to start in the heat of summer with no fans in attendance — is vastly different than in years past.But Ward figures the NHL is preserving the sanctity of Lord Stanley's chalice through the most trying of circumstances — a global pandemic. "Whoever wins,

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3-time Olympic gold medalist Bobby Joe Morrow dies at 84

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5592786.1590978992!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/519797582.jpg Three-time United States Olympic gold-medalist sprinter Bobby Joe Morrow has died. He was 84. Morrow died Saturday in San Benito, Texas. He died of natural causes, according to published reports. Morrow won the gold medal in both the 100 and 200 metres at the 1956 Games in Melbourne, Australia. He also anchored the goal-medal winning 400 metre relay team. Morrow's 20.6-second time in the 200 matched the world record at the time. He was named "Sportsman of

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MLB players propose 114-game season: report

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5592778.1590978208!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/73775040.jpg Major League Baseball's players proposed a 114-game regular season Sunday, up from 82 in management's offer, and no additional pay cuts beyond the one the agreed to in March, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were announced.Opening day in the coronavirus-delayed season would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB's proposal

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MLS players approve tournament in Orlando, salary cuts across the pool

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5592764.1590975809!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1211460974.jpg MLS players have approved taking part in a summer tournament in Orlando, agreeing to a "package of economic concessions" for the revamped 2020 season in the process. The 26-team league suspended play March 12 because of the global pandemic, two weeks into its 2020 season. The MLS Players Association said in a release Sunday evening that its membership had voted to accept "salary reductions across the entire player pool, reduced team and individual bonuses, and additional concessions to

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Toronto FC to start small group training sessions Monday

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5592698.1590967543!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1211354991.jpg Toronto FC plans to up its training on Monday, going from individual workouts to small group sessions. Major League Soccer, which suspended play on March 12 due to the global pandemic, announced Friday that teams had the green light to start voluntary small group training providing their plans are approved by the league and don't conflict with local heath or government policies. Atlanta United and Sporting Kansas City also plan to begin small group training sessions Monday.

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