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Bringing professional sports back to Canada in this pandemic is unsafe. Period

By CATHAL KELLY

This week, the Toronto Blue Jays released their plan to resume ‘spring’ training in Toronto. Players will begin heading north from the United States as early as this weekend. Continue reading

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This Day. Jack Johnson demolishes Jim Jeffries and the racist myth of the ‘Great White Hope’

Jack Johnson | United States Library of Congress

On July 3, 1910 one century ago this day in Reno, Nevada, African-American boxer Jack Johnson knocked out the white supremacist Jim Jeffries, triggering a series of racist attacks across the United States; about 20 Blacks died, and hundreds were injured. Johnson holds a seminal position not only in boxing but also in athletics and in the movement for the rights of all. Continue reading

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The dance of millions

The real possibility of cancelling the Olympics is under consideration | Oscar Sánchez Serra

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This Day. Muhammad Ali takes his stand

Pele and Muhammad Ali

On June 20, 1967, the great Muhammad Ali was convicted in Houston for refusing induction in the U.S. armed forces.

Ali saw the war in Vietnam as an exercise in genocide. He also used his platform as boxing champion to connect the war abroad with the war at home, saying, “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs?”

For these statements, as much as the act itself, Judge Joe Ingraham handed down the maximum sentence to Cassius Clay (as they insisted upon calling him in court): five-years in a federal penitentiary and a $10,000 fine.

Ali’s refusal to be drafted was an inspiring moment for many of us.

– Dougal MacDonald

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May the change be genuine!

Olympic fencing medallist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru on August 9, 2019.

Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, on June 8 in Colorado Springs, announced the creation of an “athlete-led group to challenge the rules and systems in our own organization that create barriers to progress, including your right to protest.” Continue reading

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Hockey players take their stand

Sharks forward Evander Kane on Friday called on high-profile athletes, especially white superstars in the NHL and other team sports, to speak out about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week and other racial injustices that have happened in the past.Seven current and former NHL players have formed a group to fight racism in hockey. The Hockey Diversity Alliance is co-headed by San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane and ex-NHLer Akim Aliu. The other members are Detroit Red Wings defenceman Trevor Daley, Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba, Buffalo Sabres forward Wayne Simmonds, former NHLer and current minor leaguer Chris Stewart and retired player Joel Ward. Continue reading

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Evander Kane calls on more high-profile athletes to speak out on death of George Floyd

Sharks forward Evander Kane on Friday called on high-profile athletes, especially white superstars in the NHL and other team sports, to speak out about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week and other racial injustices that have happened in the past.(May 29) – Sharks forward Evander Kane on Friday called on high-profile athletes, especially white superstars in the NHL and other team sports, to speak out about the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this week and other racial injustices that have happened in the past.

“We need so many more athletes that don’t look like me speaking out about this, having the same amount of outrage that I have inside, and using that to voice their opinion, to voice their frustration. Because that’s the only way it’s going to change,” Kane said on “First Take” on ESPN. Continue reading

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Michael Jordan’s ‘Last Dance’: A celebration of the American nightmare

Michael Jordan

By Danny Haiphong

Michael Jordan embodies the kind of athlete and Black leader that the U.S. ruling class has gone to great lengths to cultivate.

Michael Jordan is perhaps the best player to ever set foot in an NBA arena or any arena for that matter. His achievements have inspired generations of fans and players alike. The Last Dance is a tribute to the greatness of Michael Jordan. In typical Disney fashion, Jordan’s legacy is framed as a tale of perseverance and hardship on the road to the American Dream. The documentary is a reminder that the making of Michael Jordan has always been a celebration of Malcolm X’s American Nightmare, and that this nightmare has come at great cost to Black America and the lives of working people all over the world. Continue reading

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Basketball for blind athletes

A group of biomedical engineering graduates in Argentina designed a board with sound and sensors that gives athletes greater autonomy in the game. It is an open source project that can be freely downloaded and replicated.

Blind athletes play basketball with the new designed board / UNCiencia

May 26, 2020 – Basketball adapted for the blind has some differences with the traditional variant. The teams are made up of three members, the hoop is 45 centimetres lower (2.6 metres), the players must ask the referee to “enable” them to shoot the hoop and the points are not counted as doubles or triples, but in single point goals. Continue reading

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Sports without fans (dollars) in the stands

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MLB, the NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA tout the surreal idea of playing in empty stadiums. Continue reading

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