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MLS postpones Rapids game after player, 3 staffers test positive for COVID-19

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740670.1601153479!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/colorado-rapids-200722-1180.jpg Colorado's MLS game against Sporting Kansas City has been postponed after a Rapids player and three staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. Meanwhile, former Toronto FC defender Nick Hagglund, now with FC Cincinnati, said he has also tested positive and is in isolation.The Rapids suspended training while the unidentified player and staff members who tested positive were isolated. The team has conducted additional testing and contact tracing. The match between the Rapids and Sporting in Commerce City,

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Svitolina outlasts Rybakina for Strasbourg title

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740656.1601152325!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1228720175.jpg Second-seeded Elina Svitolina beat No. 5 seed Elena Rybakina 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 on Saturday to claim the title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg. It was the 15th career title for the Ukraine star, who managed to fend off eight of 10 break points in the match. "It really gave me confidence to come back into the match," Svitolina said of surviving four break points in the third set. "The second set was a little bit one sided. It

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Bobby Ryan has contract bought out by Senators after clearing waivers

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740634.1601151149!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/ryan-bobby-201002-1180.jpg The Ottawa Senators bought out the remainder of forward Bobby Ryan's contract after he cleared waivers on Saturday. In turn, the NHL team will save $3.67 million US in cap space in each of the next two seasons, but add a cap charge of $1.83 million in each of the following two years."This was a decision that required a lot of consideration," general manager Pierre Dorion said in a team news release. "Bobby's long been a deserving fan favourite

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Late goal earns Spirit a draw with Red Stars in NWSL fall series

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740599.1601148797!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/nwslchiwas.jpg Crystal Thomas scored in the 88th minute to pull the Washington Spirit into a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday. Savannah McCaskill took a cross from Sarah Luebbert and scored from close range against Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe in the 73rd minute, giving Chicago (1-1-1) the lead. But Thomas sprinted past Chicago goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and scored for the Spirit (1-1-1). It was the second and final meeting between the teams in the National

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Tsitsipas earns berth in Hamburg Open final, racking up 12 aces against Garin

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740574.1601147472!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/tsitsipas-stefanos-200926-1180.jpg Stefanos Tsitsipas continued his impressive tune-up for the French Open by beating clay-court specialist Christian Garin in the Hamburg Open semifinals on Saturday to set up a final against Andrey Rublev. The sixth-ranked Greek hit 12 aces on his way to winning 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. That denied Garin his third clay final of the year and ended the Chilean's 5-0 unbeaten record in tour semis.Tsitsipas' run to the Hamburg final has seen him recover from his third-round exit at

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Curling returns to play in a pandemic by rediscovering its roots

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740527.1601142770!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/epping-weagle-kw.jpg So much about what makes curling special is community. When curlers and fans talk about this quirky, roaring game one of the first things that enters the conversation is how social the sport is – how in communities across the land there are curling rinks which for decades have been the heartbeat and gathering spot for people. So when the pandemic hit, many wondered how the game would return in Canada and what it would look like. It's

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Perfect prep: Simona Halep takes 14-match win streak to French Open

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740547.1601144100!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/halep-simona-200920-1180.jpg Two months of physical training. Then three months of practice on clay courts, followed by two straight titles on the red dirt. Amid all the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic, Simona Halep might very well have found the perfect formula to prepare for the French Open.When the clay-court Grand Slam tournament begins Sunday, 2018 champion Halep will be on court against 70th-ranked Sara Sorribes Tormo. "I was very strict to the schedule, and I have worked a lot

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Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen wins rare double gold at road cycling worlds

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5740484.1601138392!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/breggen-van-der-anna-200926-1180.jpg Dutch rider Anna van der Breggen made it two wins out of two at the road cycling world championships in Imola, Italy, adding the women's road race title on Saturday to her time trial gold medal. Van der Breggen became the first rider to win both races at the same championships since Jeannie Longo in 1995."It's incredible. It was a really hard race, fighting from the beginning," she said. "The climbs were really tough and on the penultimate lap

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Russia given 6 more months to fix ‘deficient’ anti-doping plan

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5668948.1597246330!/fileImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/1199701493.jpg Russia's suspended athletics federation (RusAF) has been granted a six-month extension to finalize its reinstatement plan before World Athletics decides on potential fresh sanctions or even expulsion, the sport's global governing body said on Saturday. RusAF was suspended in 2015 after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of mass doping among track and field athletes.The World Athletics Council said it had approved a recommendation from its Russia Taskforce to extend the deadline for the

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COVID-19 causing stressful times for top athletes

https://i.cbc.ca/1.5738719.1601047487!/fileImage/httpImage/image.png_gen/derivatives/16x9_620/covid-19-causing-stressful-times-for-athletes-image-2.png COVID-19 has created an extra level of anxiety Canadian athletes accustomed to competing nationally and internationally. They are used to the competition and the global pandemic is playing by its own rules."There are certainly challenges in terms of motivation for athletes who are used to a cycle of competitions that happen throughout the year, especially those who are trying to compete at major competitions like Canada Games or even Olympic and Paralympic Games," said Ken Bagnell, president of Halifax-based

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