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Meet Jack Murray: The young CPL fan-turned-amateur journalist

Jack Murray is not the average CPL fan. Outside training, the 12-year-old soccer buff is also an amateur journalist who has interviewed over 15 CPL players and coaches alongside his dad. Jack Murray, centre, is flanked by HFX Wanderers players in this photo from the 2019 season. The 12-year-old Murray was a ball boy for the team, and now – with his dad, Andrew – runs a blog about the CPL. (Photo courtesy CPL) Inside the online press conferences at the Canadian Premier League’s (CPL) Island Games was 12-year-old Jack Murray and his dad, Andrew, prepped with a list of questions for their blog, CPL Fever.  A soccer fanatic, Jack’s deep love for soccer stems from watching Spain’s ‘golden generation’ from 2008-2012. Over a decade later, his passion rema...

Canadian Premier League announces player of the year finalists

HFX Wanderers forward Akeem Garcia and midfielders Marco Bustos of Pacific FC and Kyle Bekker of Forge FC are finalists for the Canadian Premier League player of the year award. Forge FC’s Kyle Bekker, seen on the right during a match in 2019, is one of three finalists for the CPL’s player of the year award (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press) HFX Wanderers forward Akeem Garcia and midfielders Marco Bustos of Pacific FC and Kyle Bekker of Forge FC are finalists for the Canadian Premier League player of the year award. The Golden Glove Award for top goalkeeper is between Christian Oxner of HFX Wanderers, Triston Henry of Forge FC and Callum Irving of Pacific FC. The Coach of the Year finalists are Stephen Hart of HFX Wanderers, Bobby Smyrniotis of Forge and Spain’s Mista of ...

Wolfpack pledge to pay missed wages if returned to Super League

The Toronto Wolfpack continued their lobbying campaign to return to Super League with a pledge Friday to meet all outstanding payroll commitments if accepted back into England’s top flight under new ownership. Toronto Wolfpack Forward Bob Beswick, left, is seen with the Toronto Wolfpack in this file photo from 2018. The transatlantic rugby team has applied for reinstatement to the Super League in 2021 after standing down on July 20. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press) The Toronto Wolfpack continued their lobbying campaign to return to Super League with a pledge Friday to meet all outstanding payroll commitments if accepted back into England’s top flight under new ownership. The payroll promise, which had already been made verbally by potential new owner Carlo LiVolsi, came in t...

Raptors president Ujiri says free agent VanVleet a priority, not his own contract

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri said he hasn’t had any contract discussions with team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment since the club’s season ended last week. Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri says his priority since leaving the bubble has been taking care of his leadership team, which included a recent contract extension for head coach Nick Nurse. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press) Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri said he hasn’t had any contract discussions with team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment since the club’s season ended last week. Ujiri’s contract has one more year left. He spoke to reporters on Thursday in his season-ending news conference. Ujiri says feelings are still raw coming out of the NBA bubble at Walt Disney ...

Canadian Pro Triathlon Championships a socially-distanced success

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Edmonton to host 2021 world junior championship with no fans

The 2021 world junior hockey championship will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton with no fans in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rogers Place arena, home of the Edmonton Oilers will be the sole host of the 2021 world junior hockey championship. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press) Edmonton will host another major hockey event with no fans after the International Ice Hockey Federation confirmed Rogers Place will be the site of the 2021 world junior championship on Thursday. The IIHF Council approved the Hockey Canada plan, which sees one of two planned cities for the 2021 event maintain hosting duties during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event originally was scheduled to be held in Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta., from Dec. 26, 2020 to Jan. 5, 2021. Organizers now say the event will re...

Fed Cup renamed to honour tennis great Billie Jean King

The Billie Jean King Cup will become the first major global team competition to be named after a woman, the International Tennis Federation said Thursday. Billie Jean King, seen above in October 2019, was a member of the U.S. team that won the inaugural Fed Cup in 1963 at Queen’s Club in London. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images) The Fed Cup is changing its name to honour tennis great Billie Jean King, the woman whose lifelong battle for equality and social justice laid the foundation for generations that followed. The Billie Jean King Cup will become the first major global team competition to be named after a woman, the International Tennis Federation said Thursday. “I’m still in shock,” the 76-year-old King said of the tribute. “It’s really a privilege, and it&...

Denis Shapovalov advances, Milos Raonic eliminated at Italian Open

Denis Shapovalov is heading to the third round of the Italian Open, while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic suffered a second-round loss on Thursday. Denis Shapovalov, right, and Pedro Martinez meet at the net after their second-round match at the Italian Open in Rome on Thursday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images) Denis Shapovalov is heading to the third round of the Italian Open, while fellow Canadian Milos Raonic suffered a second-round loss on Thursday. Shapovalov, the No. 12 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., beat Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 clay-court event. Raonic, the No. 13 seed from Thornhill, Ont., lost 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2 to world No. 25 Dusan Lajovic of Serbia. It is the first clay-court tournament for men since tennis resumed after t...

WNBA star Maya Moore marries man she helped free from prison

Maya Moore is married to Jonathan Irons, the man she helped free from prison when his wrongful conviction from 23 years ago was overturned. WNBA star Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons married earlier this summer. Moore worked to free Irons from prison, arguing he had been wrongly convicted. (Twitter/@MooreMaya) Maya Moore is married to Jonathan Irons, the man she helped free from prison when his wrongful conviction from 23 years ago was overturned. Moore announced Wednesday on “Good Morning America” with Irons by her side that the couple married earlier this summer. “We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we’ve been doing together, but doing it as a married couple,” Moore said. “We’re excited to share this new c...

Canada Summer Games in Niagara postponed until 2022

The Canada Games Council announced the postponement after consulting with the Niagara region, as well as the provincial and federal governments. More than 5,000 athletes and 4,000 volunteers are expected to participate. The Canada Summer Games scheduled to take place in Niagara in 2021 have been postponed a year. (John Woods/Canadian Press) With the health and safety risks around COVID-19, and the inability to deliver a “phenomenal” event, the Niagara 2021 Canada Summer Games have been postponed until 2022. The Canada Games Council (CGC) and Niagara Host Society announced the decision Wednesday after consultations with the Niagara Region in southern Ontario, and the provincial and federal governments. “Like everyone else in sports events and the world generally we’v...

MLB plans shortened spring training, April 1 season start

Major League Baseball’s 2021 spring training will start on Feb. 27, leading into the regular season’s start on April 1. MLB will begin spring training in February before the regular season rolls in at the start of April. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Major League Baseball’s 2021 Spring Training will begin on Feb. 27 in Florida and Arizona with each of the 30 clubs in action on the first day of exhibition play, officials said on Wednesday. Select exhibition games will be played at MLB ballparks and spring training facilities from March 28-30, the league said in a statement. The Cactus League games in Arizona and Grapefruit League games in Florida will lead into the start of the regular season on April 1 when all teams will play their opening game. MLB this year suspended ...

German doctor accused of masterminding international blood doping ring starts trial

The doctor is accused of being behind a doping ring that was in operation since 2011. At least 23 athletes allegedly availed of his services, including participants in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Mark Schmidt, second to the left, a German sports physician accused of masterminding an international blood-doping network dismantled last year, arrives with his lawyers for the start of his trial. (Peter Kneffel/Pool/AFP via Getty Images) The trial of a German doctor and four others accused of being at the centre of an international blood doping ring began in Munich on Wednesday. Mark Schmidt has been in custody for more than 18 months following police raids in the central German city of Erfurt and at the Nordic skiing world championships in Innsbruck and Seefeld, Austria in February 2019 as part o...

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