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Brent Hayden didn't need this on top of everything else.The Canadian swimmer is among athletes trying to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics amid the COVID-19 pandemic while also dealing with credit card fraud.A number of Canadian athletes have discovered fake applications for a Walmart MasterCard were approved in their names. They're dealing with the time-consuming fallout."There are seven or eight Olympians that have had this," Hayden told The Canadian Press."I think someone specifically decided to target Olympians. I don't think it's a vendetta against Olympians, but it's 'what's a list of people we could do this to?'"I don't know if there was a data breach somewhere. The only information they seem to have are names and mailing addresses."Race walker Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C., and Calgary sport pistol shooter Lynda Kiejko confirmed they've dealt with the same credit card problems.Dunfee cancelled a pair of cards that arrived at his parents' house, with one already charged $500. Kiejko was able to cancel charges and now has fraud alerts on her financial accounts. "No idea who did it, or where they got my info," she told The Canadian Press in a text.As soon as Hayden cancelled one credit card, another one arrived in the mail as well as a statement from the first with $472 in charges.The 37-year-old from Maple Ridge, B.C., won an Olympic bronze medal in the men's 100-metre freestyle in 2012. He came out of retirement to compete in Tokyo.Canada's Tokyo hopefuls are pivoting and adapting on a daily basis to changing training and competition schedules because of the pandemic. Canada's swim trials initially scheduled for April were delayed to May, and again to June.Time spent on the phone with corporations, police and credit monitoring companies feels draining to Hayden."Last week, it was way too much time," Hayden said. "I was late to every single practice. I couldn't get out the door on time because of this."We're dealing with COVID and still trying to figure out how we can keep training. Every single week we're constantly adapting schedules and making micro-changes.""Then you throw this on that, you're like 'what is going on?'"Duo Bank, which administers the Walmart Mastercard, said credit card fraud is an industry problem."We have processes in place to identify accounts and close them immediately upon notification," Duo Bank said in a statement. "Victims of fraud like this are never responsible for purchases made with credit cards fraudulently opened in their name. In this case, we have been in touch with the customers."Hayden's basic information gleaned from a list could have provided enough for scammers to apply for a credit card, said University of Calgary professor Tom Keenan, who authored the book "Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy.""Credit card companies are in the business of having you open credit cards, so they do their best to make it as easy as possible," Keenan said. "My speculation is there was a list and it got into the wrong hands. Somebody said 'oh, these will be good people to scam.'"To my mind, there was a list with just enough information on these athletes that you could take it and go get credit cards."Elite athletes tend to include their birthdays and hometowns in their online profiles, which can also assist scammers, he said.Keeping your birthdate off-line is one way to thwart scammers, Keenan advised. Installing credit monitoring on accounts and being stingy with information while travelling overseas are others.The Canadian Olympic Committee is aware that some Tokyo hopefuls are dealing with credit card chaos, and said its databases are secure.“We were concerned to hear that Team Canada athletes may be being targeted for fraud," COC chief executive officer Dave Shoemaker said in a statement. "The COC has a robust (information technology) infrastructure in place and includes constant security monitoring. "We will explore opportunities to provide cybersecurity awareness education for Team Canada members and stakeholders.”This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021. Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Triston McKenzie bounced back from a rugged start to pitch one-hit ball into the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians completed a four-game sweep by blanking the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Thursday. It was the fifth straight loss for the Royals, who came into the series with the best record in baseball. Cleveland went 6-1 on its road trip against the White Sox and Kansas City, and has won nine of 11. This was the first time in the 48-year history of Kauffman Stadium that the Indians swept a four-game series at the park. The last time Cleveland swept a four-game set in Kansas City, it was against the A’s in Municipal Stadium in 1960 — Tito Francona, the father of Indians manager Terry Francona, totalled five hits for Cleveland in that previous sweep. “I feel like it just shows the kind of players and team we have,” McKenzie said. “From top to bottom early on, everybody was like, ‘Oh, they’re not going to hit, they can’t do this, they can’t do that.’ This road trip we really proved the type of team that we can be.” Terry Francona was more philosophical. “I know it was a good trip,” he said. “But we got to move on. Because you just need to win the game at hand." Franmil Reyes launched his eighth home run as he continued to hit well at Kauffman Stadium. He is batting .538 (14 for 26) with two homers, six doubles and six RBIs in seven career games at the park. Cesar Hernandez and Rene Rivera each had three hits for Cleveland. McKenzie (1-1), who gave up five runs in two innings in his last start against Kansas City, exited after a single and walk in the sixth. He struggled with his control, walking four and striking out five. “(I was) just making sure as well as attacking the top of the zone I was attacking the bottom of the zone, too,” McKenzie said. “I gave up the hit early to (Whit) Merrifield and that kind of locked me in. Then just instead of focusing on trying to strike guys out just making sure I let my defence work behind me. “Even when I fell behind guys there was a lot more urgency to get back into the count and let them put the bat on the ball. There were some situations where I was behind the count and they kind of bailed me out. Harold made a nice play in centre field for me, or I got a double play there. Those are all huge, especially for the team," he said. The losing streak drops Kansas City out of first for the first time since April 13. “We like to take the positives from the wins and learn something and move forward,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We like to do the same with the losses, but sometimes it’s a lot easier to talk about it than to put it into play. “We’ve got a lot of baseball to go this season. It’s not going to be the last tough run of things not going the way you want them to. It’s just how quick we rebound. We need some guys to be able to help us take the next step," he said. Danny Duffy (4-2) allowed three runs and eight hits, striking out six and walking one. He exited with a 1.26 ERA, the first time this season it’s been above 1.00. “I felt like I had pretty good stuff,” he said. “For whatever reason I had trouble putting guys away when I got to two strikes. I need to improve on that.” Duffy worked around Hernandez’s double to lead off the game, then gave up a double to Harold Ramirez to begin the second and an RBI single to Amed Rosario. It was first earned run Duffy allowed this season not on a solo homer. The Indians added another run in the fifth on three straight soft singles with two outs. Jordan Luplow hit the third of the three in the hole at short, driving in Rivera. Duffy walked Reyes to begin the sixth, struck out the next two batters and gave up a triple to Rosario on his last pitch. Reyes homered in the eighth. UP NEXT Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (2-3, 4.78 ERA) will get the ball as Cleveland returns home to face the Cincinnati Reds. In his last two starts, he has a 2.03 ERA while holding opponents to just a .170 average. Royals: RHP Brad Keller (2-3, 8.05 ERA) will face the Chicago White Sox. Keller will be trying to get on track after a difficult start to the season. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports David Smale, The Associated Press
Canadian Olympic snowboarder Max Parrot picked up some hardware Thursday, winning the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after overcoming Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer to win multiple X Games gold medals. The Bromont, Que., native bested Alex Smith (NFL), Alex Morgan (USA Soccer), Daniel Bard (MLB), Mikaela Shiffren (USA Skiing) and Kento Monota (Badminton, Japan) for the award. The 26-year-old currently holds the record for the most snowboarding big air gold medals in X Games history. "Winning this award is very special to me. I can easily say that it is my biggest achievement," Parrot said. "It's a recognition that I am extremely proud of. I share it with the many important people in my life that took part in this journey with me. The Laureus Academy told me they were inspired by my story and who I am as a person. This just inspires me to accomplish so much more." Max Parrot earned the Laureaus World Comeback of the Year award after winning multiple X Games gold medals following his bout with cancer.(Handout/Laureus via Getty Images) Parrot was diagnosed with cancer on December 21, 2018. He won his battle within six months. Only two months after announcing he was cancer-free, Parrot returned to competition at the Norway X Games where he won a big air gold medal. The star snowboarder continued his winning ways, taking two more X Games gold medals in 2020 in Aspen, Colo., and Norway. Following a big air gold medal win in January at a World Cup in Austria, with expectations of competing in the upcoming X Games, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to compete. He went on to win silver in the big air event at the world championships in March, in Aspen, Colo. The other winners of the 2021 Laureus World Sports Awards, which were revealed at a digital awards ceremony in Seville, Spain, were: Rafael Nadal (Laureus World Sportsman of the year) Naomi Osaka (Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year) Patrick Mahomes (Laureus World Breakout Athlete of the Year) Bayern Munich (Laureus World Team of the Year Award).
MINNEAPOLIS — The first nine innings for the Minnesota Twins haven't exactly been a blast. Their experience after that has been quite the exhausting experience. “Based on the first month of this season? I'm starting to sour on it,” manager Rocco Baldelli said of the speed-up-the-game rule started last season that puts a runner on second base to begin each extra inning. Working overtime has worked far better for the Texas Rangers, who used Willie Calhoun's RBI single in the 10th inning Thursday to beat the reeling Twins, who fell to 0-7 in extra innings. “We’re really bumping right now as a team," Calhoun said. Joey Gallo and Jonah Heim homered for the Rangers, whose third straight matched the team's season-long streak. They raised their record to 3-0 in four-game series and 4-0 in extra innings. “They’re a fun team to watch. I told them that after the game, with a few expletives,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. Rangers relievers logged 12 2/3 scoreless innings over the last three games and have been credited with each of the team's last five victories. Brett de Geus and Taylor Hearn (1-1) each pitched two scoreless innings in this one, and Josh Sborz earned his first save with a dominant 10th against a Twins team that has hit its fourth losing streak of three games or more this year. “The experience they’re getting now in these leverage spots, they’re never going to forget that,” Woodward said. Heim was the automatic runner at second in the 10th against Tyler Duffey (0-1), who let him advance with a wild pitch. Calhoun smacked a single to right off an eye-high fastball to score him. Sborz struck out Willians Astudillo, who had an earlier two-run single among his three hits and one of the toughest batters in baseball to strike out. Pinch-hitter Josh Donaldson fanned on three pitches. Then Gallo made a diving, snow-cone catch of a shallow fly to save the tying run and end the game. “There’s a reason why Joe has gold on his glove,” Calhoun said. For the Twins, explaining this failure has become just as elusive as those wins. “Could there be pressure? After seven of them, could that be something that guys are thinking about? I think everyone’s thinking about it at one point or another when you approach those situations, but it still doesn’t mean we can’t refocus on what we have to do,” Baldelli said. Pineda, who recovered from stiffness and swelling in his wrist after being hit by a batted ball in his last start, finished six sharp innings for the Twins with five strikeouts and a 3-2 lead. Heim, the backup catcher who came to the plate batting .105, took Hansel Robles deep with two outs in the seventh to tie the game. Byron Buxton just missed catching the ball with his jump at the centre field wall. HOMER STREAK Rangers starter Jordan Lyles, who was torched for 16 hits and 12 runs in 6 2/3 innings over his previous two turns, finished five innings. He has allowed a homer in 12 straight starts, a streak extended when Max Kepler hit his 10th career leadoff shot. That was the first home run of the season for the slump-ridden Kepler, who had 36 homers in 2019. FAST START Twins 2B Nick Gordon had a walk and a single and became the first player in team history with two stolen bases in his major league debut. FILLING UP With the news from Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz that capacity limits on outdoor gatherings will end Friday, the Twins were excited about the prospect of more fans at Target Field. They've played in front of crowds of slightly under 10,000 people so far. “If we find a way to do it comfortably and safely, I think the atmosphere will improve in a big, big way, and I think that it’s going to help us too on the field,” Baldelli said. TRAINER'S ROOM Rangers: RHP Kohei Arihara, who has been working through a sore middle finger on his pitching hand, remains on track to rejoin the rotation Saturday. Twins: Buxton put on the brakes with a grimace while running out a grounder in the ninth and was removed from the game with a strained hip. His status was announced as day to day. UP NEXT Rangers: RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-3, 4.32 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game series Friday at Seattle. RHP Chris Flexen (2-1, 3.33 ERA) takes the mound for the Mariners. Twins: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-3, 7.83 ERA) pitches Friday at Detroit, beginning a three-game series. LHP Tarik Skubal (0-4, 6.14 ERA) starts for the Tigers. ___ More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com Dave Campbell, The Associated Press