Canadian Elite Basketball League

Hamilton Honey Badgers clawed past Niagara River Lions in the quarterfinals of the CEBL Summer Series on August 6, scraping their way to an 85-83 victory.

The highest-stakes games in basketball right now are in the Canadian Elite Basketball League, which is heading into its championship weekend. In last night’s quarter-finals, the Hamilton Honey Badgers clipped the Niagara River Lions 85-83, and the Ottawa Blackjacks beat the Guelph Nighthawks 83-75. Read more about those games and watch highlights here. Continue reading

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US college football reopens as athletes resist: ‘#WeAreUnited’

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium |Wikimedia Commons

By Andy Thompson

(August 6) – Despite a dramatic increase in new COVID-19 cases in July and expectations of another surge in the fall as schools reopen, US colleges and universities are moving forward with plans to operate their college football programs with minimal changes.

It is practically guaranteed that the opening of the 2020 football season and the fall college semester will spark new outbreaks of COVID-19 among players, the general student population and the surrounding communities. The average student is at an even greater risk because, unlike players, they will not have access to the testing or dedicated health resources reserved for athletics. Continue reading

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WNBA players are trying to get a team owner defeated in her election

Before their game on Tuesday, Atlanta Dream players wore shirts backing Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, who is hoping to unseat one of the Dream’s owners, Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, in this fall’s election.

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler angered a lot of players by opposing the league’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Republican is trying to get re-elected to her U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, where the Democratic nominee is a pastor named Dr Raphael G. Warnock. Earlier this week, players from Loeffler’s own Atlanta team, along with others on the Seattle, Chicago and Phoenix franchises, wore “Vote Warnock” t-shirts before their games. Continue reading

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Athletes wonder could another Olympic reset be on tap?

In this June 21, 1980, file photo, Edwin Moses, gold medal winner in 1976 in Montreal, coasts to an easy victory in the 400 intermediate hurdles as the 1980 Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.

By EDDIE PELLS

AP (August 5) – By the time the boycott hit, Edwin Moses could envision the end of the Olympics as he knew them – or maybe the end of them altogether. Continue reading

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Muddy knees and climbing trees: how a summer playing outdoors can help children renew

By AVRIL ROWLEY*

Most adults will remember spending much of their childhood playing outdoors without much parental supervision. But fears for children’s safety plus the demands of modern life mean many parents don’t allow their children the same freedoms. Continue reading

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Is dollar- and algorithm-driven esport sport?

By ANDY MIAH

Elite sports events are still largely closed to the world – but July 2020 has still been an unprecedented month for the global sporting calendar thanks to the world’s first Virtual Tour de France, which – despite the name – was based nowhere in particular, as riders took part from their homes in all parts of the world. Continue reading

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MLB announces players will now be quarantined for 14 days between bases

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US colleges axe non-revenue sports

Clayton Murphy celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)

Clayton Murphy celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

(July 25) – The opening ceremony — an event that ushers in another Olympic Games and, for many, commemorates their greatest athletic accomplishment — begins with hours of waiting. Athletes wait for the buses that take them from the village to the venue. They wait to enter the stadium. They wait to march. The process devours an entire evening, but it’s memorable and communal. Continue reading

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Child’s play: Kids’ physical activity levels are plummeting during pandemic

Professor Sarah Moore’s children enjoying physical activity outdoor | Matt Kennedy

Have your kids been less physically active over the last few months? Well, they’re not the only ones. Yvette d’Entremont of the Halifax Examiner interviewed Dalhousie University professor Sarah Moore, who led a national survey commissioned by ParticipACTION that shows kids’ activity levels have plummeted. The survey studied 1,500 children and youth in early April. Continue reading

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Bringing sport back includes important considerations for amateur and youth sports too

“Sport offers one of society’s great means of early social engagement, providing citizens across demographic lines opportunities for sustained and equitable participation,” write Cheri Bradish and Norm O’Reilly.

As fans rejoice in the planned return of their beloved professional sports leagues, another aspect of sport (one that hits closer to home), waits anxiously in the wings for its own return-to-play plan.

Amateur and youth sports.

The return of amateur and youth sports cannot be forgotten in the discussion to bring sport back into our lives. In these challenging times, the economic, social and psychological benefits of amateur sport may be more vital and necessary than ever. Continue reading

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