TORONTO — Ontario says it has accelerated its return-to-play plan for professional and elite amateur leagues as the province loosens COVID-19 restrictions. Sports Minister Lisa MacLeod says that high-level teams can now hold non-contact practice and dry-land training in Ontario. Teams and leagues will be allowed to resume games as soon as August, although there is currently no plan to allow spectators. MacLeod says this includes the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Raptors, and Toronto FC, although th
The CFL has cleared two more hurdles in its quest to return to the field in 2021. An official with the Public Health Agency of Canada told The Canadian Press the federal government has received the CFL's request for a national interest exemption for modified quarantine for the upcoming season. The official added Ottawa is reviewing it in consultation with provincial health authorities. The inclusion of negotiations with Ottawa, in addition to previous talks with provincial health authorities, is
TORONTO — The Ottawa Redblacks have suspended a defensive lineman after Toronto Police launched an investigation into a possible hate crime. The Canadian Football League team said Wednesday night that player Chris Larsen is being investigated for an alleged assault which happened on Toronto Island. Mark Goudie, CEO of the Redblacks' parent company, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, said in a statement that they "were made aware of social media allegations of an assault by a group of individ
Larsen was allegedly among a group of men who shouted homophobic slurs before violently attacking a gay man and rendering him unconscious.