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Edmonton CFL team sponsor threatens to cut ties if name isn’t changed

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641529.1594178029!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/eskimos-edmonton-070720.jpg The Edmonton Eskimos are receiving pressure to change their team name. On Tuesday, sponsor belairdirect threatened to cut ties with the organization unless it committed to dropping the Eskimos nickname.The car insurance firm has been a team sponsor for several years, it says. "One of our core values is respect, which is founded on seeing diversity as a strength, being inclusive and collaborative. Guided by this value, in order for us to move forward and continue on with

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Blackhawks stand by name, commit to ‘expand awareness’ on Indigenous contributions

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641409.1594167899!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/blackhawks-chicago-070720.jpg The Chicago Blackhawks have no intention of putting their team name on ice. As the NFL's Washington Redskins and MLB's Cleveland Indians consider changes to their names and logos, which critics say demean Native Americans, the Blackhawks issued a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday night defending their name and intent."The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois' Sac & Fox Nation, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of

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Banned for life by FIFA, former soccer officials line up to appeal

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641283.1594161925!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/teixeira-ricardo-070720.jpg The first of a number of appeals by former soccer officials banned for life by FIFA was heard Tuesday at sport's highest court. FIFA said Ariel Alvarado — a former member of its ethics committee — challenged its verdict at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Alvarado is one of at least 29 officials banned for life by soccer's governing body in the last five years.The Panamanian's case kicked off a monthly series of upcoming appeals at CAS brought

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Raptors’ Nick Nurse knows attention to family will be key for players

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641249.1594160724!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/nurse-nick-070720.jpg Nick Nurse has no problem letting one of his players duck out of a meeting to take a call from one of his children. The Toronto Raptors are two weeks into what could be an unprecedented three-and-a-half-month road trip, and Nurse knows that some of the most difficult challenges his players will face are loneliness and boredom.Nurse knows family time is precious. "It's really another part of the puzzle, and it's a big one," the Raptors coach said

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Canucks’ Tanev endorses NHL’s reported selection of Edmonton, Toronto as hub cities

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641207.1594160455!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1127056925.jpg With everyone experiencing a new normal, Vancouver Canucks defenceman Chris Tanev expects some bumps along the road as the NHL prepares to resume play, but praised the league for selecting two hub cities in Canada. "I think it was a smart decision," Tanev said during a conference call. "Both places we're going seem to have the virus contained to a certain extent."Once you're in the bubble, regardless of where it is, everyone, if they follow the rules, should be safe."

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Jays hold pair of Rogers Centre workouts as team awaits word on regular season

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641214.1594159636!/fileImage/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/pearson-nate-070720.JPG The Toronto Blue Jays resumed summer training camp at Rogers Centre on Tuesday with a pair of workout sessions that came amid the continued uncertainty about the team's present and future plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Few details were available as a planned conference call with manager Charlie Montoyo was pushed to Wednesday and media access to the stadium was postponed a day until Thursday.Social media did provide a glimpse into the stadium as a photo of the

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Major League Soccer’s return isn’t going smoothly

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641143.1594158388!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/vela-carlos-070720.jpg This is an excerpt from The Buzzer, which is CBC Sports' daily email newsletter. Stay up to speed on what's happening in sports by subscribing here. Here's what you need to know right now from the world of sports:The shaky-looking MLS is Back Tournament kicks off tomorrow night The name was meant to sound triumphant. But, a month after announcing it, Major League Soccer is limping toward its comeback event inside a fanless "bubble" at Disney World.

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IIHF encouraged by NHL’s potential Olympic return in 2022

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5641130.1594156935!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/fasel-rene-070720.jpg International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel is encouraged after learning the NHL's pending labour deal opens the possibility of the world's best players returning to the Olympics. Aside from the uncertainty raised by the coronavirus pandemic, Fasel told The Associated Press he doesn't foresee any major stumbling blocks that could derail negotiations leading up to the 2022 Beijing Games."No, I don't think there's a deal-breaker," he said Tuesday. "There are a lot of challenges. But I think in principle,

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Eagles’ DeSean Jackson apologizes after sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5640856.1594149891!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/jackson-desean-070720.jpg Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson has apologized after backlash for sharing anti-Semitic posts on social media over the weekend. "My post was definitely not intended for anybody of any race to feel any type of way, especially the Jewish community," Jackson said in a video he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. "I post things on my story all the time, and just probably never should have posted anything Hitler did, because Hitler was a bad person, and I

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Players call on WNBA to remove Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5640737.1594146080!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/loeffler-kelly-191204-1180.jpg Players are pushing for the WNBA to remove Kelly Loeffler as co-owner of the Atlanta Dream. Loeffler has owned the Dream since 2011 and is a junior U.S. senator from Georgia. The conservative Republican Loeffler stirred controversy when she appeared on Fox News and termed Black armed protesters in Atlanta "mob rule." Georgia is an open carry state.Loeffler also posted thoughts from an anti-LGBT group Family Project Alliance of Georgia, arguing transgender athletes should not be allowed to participate

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