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Australian Open ‘most likely’ to be delayed, says state sports minister

The sports minister for Victoria state says the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne will “most likely” be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start of Jan. 18. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to Austria’s Dominic Thiem during the men’s singles final at the 2020 Australian Open. On Tuesday, the Victoria state sports minister said the 2021 edition of the tournament may be delayed from its scheduled start time of Jan. 18. (Dita Alangkara/The Associated Press) The sports minister for Victoria state says the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne will “most likely” be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start of Jan. 18. Martin Pakula also said negotiations between various levels of governments and tennis officials were close to...

Toronto FC’s season ends in shock following extra time loss to expansion Nashville SC

Toronto FC saw its Major League Soccer season end Tuesday, dropping a 1-0 extra time decision to Nashville SC in playoff action. Toronto was heavily favoured heading into the game, having finished the regular season with a 13-5-5 record, the second-best in the league. Nashville SC players celebrate following forward Daniel Rios’ 108th minute game-winning goal against Toronto FC on Tuesday. (@NashvilleSC/Twitter) Toronto FC saw its Major League Soccer season end Tuesday, dropping a 1-0 extra time decision to Nashville SC in playoff action. Toronto was heavily favoured heading into the game, having finished the regular season with a 13-5-5 record, the second-best in the league. Nashville’s Daniel Rios scored in the 108th minute to secure the expansion club’s victory at TFC&...

QMJHL postpones 7 games in Maritimes division after new restrictions take effect

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has postponed seven games in its Maritimes Division this week following new COVID-19 restrictions in that region. Defenceman Jeremie Poirier of the Saint John Sea Dogs is shown in October 2019. The Sea Dogs were one of seven teams who had games postponed by the QMJHL Tuesday after new COVID-19 restrictions took effect across the Maritimes. (Saint John Sea Dogs/HO/The Canadian Press) The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has postponed seven games in its Maritimes Division this week following new COVID-19 restrictions in that region. The games scheduled Wednesday to Sunday involved the Charlottetown Islanders, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, Halifax Mooseheads, Moncton Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs. The Sea Dogs and Mooseheads had...

Chicago NHL team hires Kendall Coyne Schofield as its 1st female development coach

Chicago’s NHL team on Monday hired Kendall Coyne Schofield as a player development coach, making her the first woman to hold that position in the organization’s 94-year history. Chicago’s NHL team on Monday hired former U.S. women’s national team forward Kendall Coyne Schofield as a player development coach. The 28-year-old previously held broadcasting jobs with NBC Sports and San Jose Sharks. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Kendall Coyne Schofield figures there will be a time in her new role as player development coach that a Chicago prospect will razz her for preaching one thing and doing the opposite on the ice herself. She’s not worried about how she’ll be received as a woman in a men’s professional sport. “While I may be first female coac...

Why COVID-19 vaccine likely won’t get fans back in NHL arenas anytime soon

The development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines could be a major assist in the battle against the coronavirus, but they might not be a game changer when it comes to NHL fans being able to return to arenas in the near future. Playing in front of empty seats, as the Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights did during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, will still remain an issue for the NHL in the upcoming season, according to an infectious diseases specialist. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press) The development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines could be a major assist in the battle against the coronavirus, but they might not be a game changer when it comes to NHL fans being able to return to arenas in the near future. Dr. Susy Hota, medical director of infection prevention and control and infec...

New Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis tasked with guiding program through pandemic

A tenured professor at McMaster University, Nick Bontis’s school bio says he’s recognized internationally as a “leading strategy and management guru.” Those skills — combined with some guidance from the man he’s succeeding — will come in handy as he begins his new role as Canada Soccer president in the middle of a pandemic. Nick Bontis, fifth from left in top row, was spoke publicly Tuesday after being named president of Canada Soccer. (Neil Davidson/The Canadian Press) A tenured professor at McMaster University, Nick Bontis’s school bio says he’s recognized internationally as a “leading strategy and management guru.” Those skills — combined with some guidance from the man he’s succeeding — will come in handy as he begins his new ...

‘We have some ground to cover’: Plagued by uncertainty, NHL’s Jan. 1 start date in peril

The National Hockey League and its players are running out of time to start the season Jan. 1 as previously planned, with various pandemic-related problems standing in the way. There is uncertainty on many fronts. Cleaning crew staff disinfect team benches before a game in August. The NHL enters U.S. Thanksgiving holiday without a confirmed start date for the new season. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) A far cry from the standings at Thanksgiving serving as a barometer of which teams are most likely to make the playoffs, the NHL heads into the U.S. holiday without a firm plan announced for next season. The league and players are running out of time to start the season Jan. 1 as previously planned, with various pandemic-related problems standing in the way. There is uncertainty on many ...

Quartet of European soccer powerhouses reach Champions League knockout stage

Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Sevilla all reached the knockout stage of the Champions League with two matches to spare on Tuesday. Juventus forward Alvaro Morata, right, celebrates with midfielder Aaron Ramsey, centre, and forward Federico Chiesa, left, after scoring during his team’s 2-1 win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday. (Miguel Medina/AFP via Getty Images) Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Sevilla all reached the knockout stage of the Champions League with two matches to spare on Tuesday. Alvaro Morata scored in injury time to send Juventus through with a 2-1 win at home over Hungarian team Ferencvaros, ensuring the Italian champions finished at least second in Group G. Barcelona tops the group and booked its spot in the last 16 for the 17th straight season with a comfortable 4-0 ...

Pelicans’ Ingram, Heat’s Adebayo sign max contract extensions

Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million US contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, while Miami forward Bam Adebayo agreed to a similar extension with the Heat. New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Miami Heat counterpart Bam Adebayo, right, each signed five-year contract extensions with their respective teams on Tuesday. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million US contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Ingram’s agents, Jeff Schwartz and Jordan Gertler of Excel Sports Management, confirmed the deal on Tuesday to The Associated Press. Ingram is the NBA’s reigning most improved player after averaging a team-high 23.8 points in his first season with the Pelican...

Raptors sign Alex Len to help fill void created by Ibaka, Gasol departures

The Toronto Raptors continued to shore up their frontcourt on Monday, reportedly signing former Sacramento centre Alex Len. The seven-footer averaged 5.9 points in 15 games with the Kings following a February trade from Atlanta. The Raptors signed free-agent centre Alex Len, right, on Monday after losing centres Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol to free agency on the weekend. The seven-foot Len averaged 5.9 points in 15 games with the Kings last season. (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press) On the heels of losing their two championship centres, the Toronto Raptors shored up their frontcourt by signing Alex Len on Monday — and also some maintained some financial flexibility toward their ambitious 2021 off-season goals. Len signed a one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Financi...

Olympic wrestling champion Erica Wiebe set for 1st competition since March

Canada’s Erica Wiebe will make her long-awaited return to competition in December. Wiebe, 31, and fellow Canadian Amar Dhesi, 25, are set to fight at United World Wrestling’s Individual World Cup in December in Belgrade, Serbia. Canada’s Erica Wiebe, right, seen above at the 2016 Olympics, will compete at her first tournament since March at the Individual World Cup in December. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press) Canada’s Erica Wiebe will make her long-awaited return to competition in December. Wiebe, 31, and fellow Canadian Amar Dhesi, 25, are set to fight at United World Wrestling’s Individual World Cup in December in Belgrade, Serbia. The pair last competed in March’s Pan Am Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where each booked a ticket to the upcoming Tokyo...

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