Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet confirmed he did get COVID-19, blasts the report coaches were the reason for the spread and explains how excited he was to get back into the gym.
Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet confirmed he did get COVID-19, blasts the report coaches were the reason for the spread and explains how excited he was to get back into the gym.
Only Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona are still officially involved.
Tanner Pearson and Brandon Sutter each scored twice Tuedsay, powering the Vancouver Canucks to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Several NBA and WNBA players demanded the need for further accountability after former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.
Davis explained his reasoning for the tweet and said that the Raiders would not delete it.
Pittsburgh led 6-0 entering the third before the Devils put together a furious rally.
Canada will open the Tokyo Olympic women's soccer tournament against host Japan on July 21 at the Sapporo Dome.
Six English teams backed out of the renegade league on Tuesday, leading founders to admit Wednesday that the project was dead.
In order to earn a piece of the $40 million pot, golfers need to simply "positively move the needle" and "drive fan and sponsor engagement."
Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe feels extremely proud after signing his first NBA contract.
A battle between two London rivals, and two Serie A powers fighting for European qualification highlight this week's slate.
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A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Wednesday: ENGLAND Amid the fallout from the already defunct Super League, the Premier League continues with two of the proposed rebel clubs, Manchester City and Tottenham, in action. City visits Aston Villa seeking a win to move 11 points clear in first place. Pep Guardiola's team needs a maximum of 11 points from its last six games to win a third league title in four years. Seventh-place Tottenham is at home to Southampton needing a victory to keep alive its realistic top-four hopes and qualification for next season's Champions League. Tottenham is five points behind fourth-place Chelsea. Ryan Mason, a 29-year-old former Tottenham player, takes charge of the team for the first time since temporarily replacing the fired Jose Mourinho. SPAIN Real Madrid visits Cádiz looking to get back in the fight for the title in the Spanish league. The defending champion lost ground after being held at Getafe last weekend. It has a chance to get back within a point of leader Atlético Madrid, which hosts Huesca on Thursday. Third-place Barcelona also plays on Thursday, against Getafe at home. Real Madrid remains depleted by injuries and suspensions, with several players unable to make it to the match against Cádiz. Fourth-place Sevilla also plays on Wednesday, visiting mid-table Levante. ITALY Inter Milan will be confident of maintaining its march to a first league title in more than a decade when it travels to lowly Spezia. Inter is nine points ahead of second-place AC Milan, which hosts Sassuolo. Juventus is four points further back, in fourth, and welcomes relegation-threatened Parma. Bottom-place Crotone hosts Sampdoria knowing that its survival hopes are getting ever fainter. It is 15 points below 17th-place Benevento and Torino, who visit Genoa and Bologna, respectively. Cagliari can boost its hopes of survival with a win at Udinese. GERMANY Wolfsburg is third in the Bundesliga and can take a step closer to guaranteeing a return to the Champions League with a win at Stuttgart. Fifth-place Borussia Dortmund hosts Union Berlin as it bids to climb back into the top four. Borussia Mönchengladbach visits Hoffenheim and Werder Bremen hosts Mainz. Hertha Berlin was scheduled to play Freiburg but the game was postponed after a coronavirus outbreak at Hertha forced the entire team into quarantine for two weeks. FRANCE French Cup winner and record holder Paris Saint-Germain takes on Angers at home for a place in the semifinals. But PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino may decide to rest some key players with a Champions League semifinal against Manchester City looming on the horizon. PSG is looking to win the competition for the 14th time, but there is some stiff competition because Monaco and Lyon are still involved. The five-time Cup winners meet in Lyon for the last remaining quarterfinal. Lyon won its fifth French Cup in 2012 while Monaco’s came 30 years ago and its last final was in 2010, when it lost to PSG. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
MUNICH — Robert Lewandowski returned to training with the Bayern Munich team on Wednesday as the Polish striker aims to break a longstanding record for most goals in a Bundesliga season. Lewandowski pulled a ligament in his knee during Poland's win over Andorra in World Cup qualifying last month and missed both legs of Bayern's defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League quarterfinals. Coach Hansi Flick hopes Lewandowski can return in time for Bayern's game at Mainz in the Bundesliga on Saturday. Lewandowski has 35 goals from 25 league games with four matches left in which to break Gerd Müller's record of 40 goals from the 1971-72 season. “I don’t know whether I can do that (break the record), but I hope when I’m back out there that I can show my level from the first minute and score goals straight away,” Lewandowski said on the club website Tuesday. Bayern can win the Bundesliga title for a record-extending ninth time in a row with a victory over Mainz. Bayern stretched its lead to 10 points on Tuesday when it beat Bayer Leverkusen and second-place Leipzig lost at Cologne. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
LONDON — After the aborted attempt to form a European Super League, Liverpool owner John Henry attempted to regain the trust of fans with an apology video on Wednesday. The same public contrition was yet to come from all six of the Premier League clubs who faced two days of fury from their supporters for deciding — briefly — to abandon the UEFA system to join a largely closed breakaway European competition. On a frenzied night of statements, Liverpool withdrew on Tuesday from the 12-team project along with the other five English rebel clubs, imploding the planned split from the existing Champions League. “It goes without saying but should be said that the project put forward was never going to stand without the support of the fans,” said Henry, who also owns the Boston Red Sox. “No one ever thought differently in England. Over these 48 hours you were very clear that it would not stand. We heard you. I heard you.” Premier League club owners like Henry didn't just fail to consult their supporters. Even players and coaching staff at the Premier League champions were left in the dark before the announcement on Sunday of the Super League. Liverpool players publicly voiced their opposition in a wave of co-ordinated tweets on Tuesday night to intensify the pressure on Henry to keep the seven-time European Cup winners within the long-standing, open competition. “I want to apologize to Jürgen, to Billy, to the players and to everyone who works so hard at LFC to make our fans proud,” Henry said referencing chief executive Billy Hogan and manager Jürgen Klopp. “They have absolutely no responsibility for this disruption. They were the most disrupted and unfairly so. This is what hurts most. They love your club and work to make you proud every single day.” The attempt at damage-limitation was familiar from Liverpool since the Fenway Sports Group bought the club in October 2010. “I know the entire LFC team has the expertise, leadership and passion necessary to rebuild trust and help us move forward,” Henry said. "I hope you’ll understand that even when we make mistakes, we’re trying to work in your club’s best interests. In this endeavour I’ve let you down. “Again, I’m sorry, and I alone am responsible for the unnecessary negativity brought forward over the past couple of days. It’s something I won’t forget and shows the power the fans have today and will rightly continue to have.” Fans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham did not receive a similar apology from their owners for the fleeting attempt to join the Super League that the British government threatened to introduce laws to stop. United, City and Chelsea only gave brief statements announcing they were deserting the Super League with no details. Expressing disappointment at receiving no apology from the club, the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust said it has no confidence in the club’s leadership at board level led by chairman Bruce Buck — indicating their ongoing backing for owner Roman Abramovich, whose vast wealth has transformed the team since 2003. Chelsea fans flooded the streets outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday before the decision was leaked that the club was out of the Super League. “We request a full and in-depth examination as to why the board took the decision to turn their back on the European competition and for CFC to explain why they signed up to the Super League without prior consultation with their loyal supporters," the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust said. The Manchester United Supporters' Trust said for once fans weren't ignored and managed to kill off the Super League. “We need to make this a turning point — both for United and for football as a whole,” MUST said. “We have shown the power fans have, and we have to build on the amazing energy and momentum the short but noisy campaign against the Super League has had.” United also announced Tuesday night that vice chairman Ed Woodward would be leaving this year but tried not to link it to the disastrous decision-making behind the Super League or the failure to win the Premier League since 2013. “The problems at Manchester United are at ownership level,” MUST said. "With Ed going, and their Super League dream in tatters, maybe the Glazers ought to consider if now is their moment to leave the pitch too. “But we don’t want them selling off to the highest bidder and fans to just be stood on the sidelines waiting to find out who takes over. This is a real opportunity for the Glazers to now change the current path of their legacy and open the door to supporter shareholding with full voting rights.” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said officials “regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal,” while explaining the finances on offer were too good to turn down initially. From across north London, Arsenal issued an open letter to fans. “We made a mistake, and we apologize for it,” said the club which is owned by Stan Kroenke. “We know it will take time to restore your faith in what we are trying to achieve here at Arsenal but let us be clear that the decision to be part of the Super League was driven by our desire to protect Arsenal, the club you love, and to support the game you love through greater solidarity and financial stability.” ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Schalke has condemned the fans who police said pelted players with eggs hours after the team was relegated from the Bundesliga. Fan groups confronted the players in the early hours of Wednesday morning when the team returned from its 1-0 away loss at Bielefeld which confirmed Schalke would drop out of German soccer's top tier for the first time in 30 years. “During this encounter, so far unidentified individual people from the crowd crossed lines which FC Schalke 04 considers non-negotiable,” the club said. Schalke added that it understood the anger but “the club will never accept the physical welfare of its players and staff being endangered. That is exactly what happened last night due to the actions of individuals.” Police in Schalke's home city of Gelsenkirchen said up to 600 people, some with pyrotechnics, gathered at the club's stadium to await the team's return. When the team left the bus, “the players had eggs thrown at them and were verbally attacked.” Police said they intervened to stop the incident escalating further. There was no immediate report of arrests but police are still investigating. No injuries were reported. Relegation follows a dramatic decline for Schalke, which played in the Champions League knockout stages two seasons before. The club is in deep financial trouble and has won only two Bundesliga games all season. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
This is a column by Morgan Campbell, who writes opinion for CBC Sports. For more information about CBC's Opinion section, please see the FAQ. Last Saturday night in Atlanta, YouTube star turned pro boxer Jake Paul squashed retired MMA fighter Ben Askren in a pay-per-view boxing match so lopsided people wondered if it was scripted. Paul, who trains full time with former middleweight contender J'Leon Love, landed a right hand to Askren's temple. Askren, who, judging by his pudgy upper body, doesn't train much anymore, went down like a felled tree. Paul collected victory, and a $690,000 guarantee. But at Paul's level of the business — distinct from the sport in ways we'll discuss later — paydays are backloaded, with headliners getting a cut of pay-per-view revenue. Organizers are still calculating data, but early reports peg pay-per-view sales between 1.2 and 1.6 million. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao did numbers like that a decade ago, and few boxers have even approached them since. If those projections bear out, Paul could gross seven or eight figures for winning a mismatch. That a guy who made his name as a YouTube troll, who has never fought a boxer in official competition, could pocket that much money in his third pro bout must surely herald boxing's long-awaited death. Right? In what other industry could a high-profile beginner, famous for being famous, make life-changing money, while dedicated craftspeople in the same field scuffle for recognition, and modest compensation? Surely not music, where the best singers always make the most money. And not publishing, where only the most skilled storytellers pull in seven-figure advances. And ABC definitely didn't build a whole franchise around pairing celebrities with professional dancers in a weekly contest. Impossible. That only happens in boxing, and that's why boxing's dying, again. Boxing's habit of self sabotage Except boxing's problems existed before Jake Paul, and they'll persist after Paul either gets bored or gets beat. Right now, most fight fans want to see a world title showdown between undefeated welterweights Errol Spence and Terence Crawford, but will have to settle for something else because the two fighters' promoters won't make a deal. Nobody like Jake Paul existed in the 1990s, when Lennox Lewis and Riddick Bowe never met in a megafight. They just didn't fight. Popular novelty bouts don't affect boxing's entrenched self-sabotage habit. Boxing is boxing, and it's not the only place where a novice can monetize a big following (15 million on Instagram, 20.4 million on YouTube). The reality is Paul and Triller, the social media startup that promoted and broadcast the fight, are cashing in by taking standard boxing industry tactics to new platforms. Early estimates suggest pay-per-view sales of Paul vs. Askren could be between 1.2 to 1.6 million. If correct, Paul, the YouTube star turned pro boxer, could earn seven or eight figures for winning the mismatch.(Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller) Boxing still exists because boxing fans do. Last September, 1.4 million people tuned in to watch Yordenis Ugas win a decision over Abel Ramos to claim a welterweight title. The viewership number was the biggest for a televised card since the sport returned after a COVID-19-induced moratorium, and right in line with the number of people boxing industry experts expect for fairly big fights. If you've never heard of Ugas or Ramos, that's the point. A good-sized group of viewers care enough about boxing to watch them fight. And over the past few days Showtime, the U.S. cable network, and DAZN, the streaming service, have sent out news releases, and plastered their social media feeds with schedules for their upcoming bouts. All serious fights, with high-level competitors, aimed at the kind of boxing fans who don't necessarily plan their Saturday nights around Jake Paul main events. A sport that enables But Paul has a following that will watch him do just about anything. And boxing has fewer barriers to entry than any other major North American sport, which makes it the perfect place for Paul to find a windfall. He couldn't do it in football. Too hard to find three dozen other players and a way to make himself look skilled. He could try tennis, but who is somebody good enough to get the ball over the net and keep it between the lines, yet bad enough to lose to Jake Paul? But to stage a boxing match, you only need an opponent of the same gender and somewhat similar size, and who can get licensed, which is way easier than it sounds. Can you read this sentence? Then your eyes work. Congratulations. You're halfway to a boxing license. And I didn't mean to sound ableist. If you're reading this via braille, or listening to a dictation, and you comprehend it, your brain works. Congratulations. You, too, are halfway to entering the Jake Paul opponent lottery. From there, Paul and Triller just follow the boxing business playbook. Hometown fighters on local cards are usually tasked with selling tickets. The more you sell, the more likely promoters are to book you on future shows. Paul fought in the co-feature of Triller's first fight card, headlined by an eight-round exhibition between Roy Jones Jr. and Mike Tyson. But Paul's destruction of retired NBA player Nate Robinson went viral, making him Triller's equivalent of the local hopeful who sold his whole ticket allotment. When they planned their second card, Paul graduated to the main event. And the one-sided pummelling of an overmatched part-time fighter? Also standard in the boxing business. Most would-be contenders build their records on similar mismatches, beating up on barbers, day labourers, cab drivers. So that aspect of Paul's boxing career is standard. In three fights, he has beaten a social media star, a basketball player, and Askren — best known for getting knocked unconscious by Jorge Masvidal in a UFC bout. Ben Askren, left, is knocked out by Jorge Masvidal during their UFC 239 welterweight bout in 2019.(Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) But here's where Paul's diverges from boxing's business as usual: Most people in Paul's position know they'll have to, as the boxing cliché says, "step up in class." Their handlers will match them with better opponents, and making real money will mean accepting a fight they might lose. It's a gamble for the fighter and their management, but it's also the only way to win titles and big cheques. But for Paul, because he already has a following, and because Triller is willing to backstop these ventures, challenging fights never have to enter the business plan. If Paul can pocket seven figures for fighting Ben Askren, he has no financial incentive to fight anybody world class. His business partners know it, which is why Triller's fight cards are also variety shows. Snoop Dogg does commentary. Rappers perform. Pete Davidson gets paid to highlight how absurd it is. And all those features are necessary to engage an audience that doesn't care about boxing, and dress up a main event that never figured to be competitive. It's also why Triller spent big to secure the rights to lightweight champ Teofimo Lopez' next fight. People might not always pay to watch the spectacle, but boxing fans, like the boxing industry's issues, will still be here when the novelty of a Jake Paul fight wears off. WATCH | Bring It In panel examines soccer's disdain for Super League:
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