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Bianca v Serena

The greatest of all time and maybe the best of right now | Frank Gunn/Canadian Press

On Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, Bianca Andreescu and Serena Williams will take the court at 23,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City for the U.S. Open women’s final. One way or the other, history will be made. Either Andreescu will become the first Canadian tennis player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament, or Williams will match the all-time record for major titles.

Here’s what else you should know about one of the biggest matches in Canadian tennis history: Continue reading

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Andre De Grasse runs his best race of the year

Great timing too: his season-best 19.87 in the 200 metres was good for third place at the prestigious Diamond League final in Brussels. De Grasse outran fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, who beat him for the national title earlier this summer but finished fourth today. American Noah Lyles, the pre-race favourite, won in 19.74. This is a good sign for De Grasse with the world championships coming up in three weeks. Three other Canadians competed in Diamond League finals on September 3. Alysha Newman placed third in the women’s pole vault, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finished seventh (but broke her own national record) in the women’s 5,000 and Crystal Emmanuel was seventh in the women’s 100. Read more about the meet here. Watch a replay Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on CBC TV and CBCSports.ca.

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Why I do not watch tennis on TV

Matteo Berrettini and Gaël Monfils traded haymakers for nearly four hours of exhausting tennis at the United States Open. The duel did not end until the 24th-seeded Berrettini won the 324th point of the match.

“What a great fight,” Berrettini said after the two competitors hugged in mutual appreciation. “I have to say congrats to Gaël.”

It’s the fourth time a man from Italy had advanced to the semifinal stage of a Grand Slam singles tournament in the Open Era

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A fist raised and a knee taken: US gold medalists Gwen Berry and Race Imboden protest racism, social injustice

“Somebody has to talk about the things that are too uncomfortable to talk about. Somebody has to stand for all of the injustices that are going on in America and a president who’s making it worse,” said hammer thrower Gwen Berry

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

American gold medalist fencer Race Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist – as other politically-engaged athletes have done in the past – during the playing of the US national anthem at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, to protest social injustice and to call attention to their country’s racism, mistreatment of immigrants, and ongoing gun violence epidemic. Continue reading

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3-on-3 basketball: Yet another story of Canadian athletes scrounging to participate in the Olympics

Michelle Plouffe (right) jogs back to her defensive position with sister Katherine during women’s basketball action against Argentina at the Pan Am games in Toronto on July 17, 2015 | CHRIS YOUNG/The Canadian Press

By LORI EWING, Canadian Press

If Katherine and Michelle Plouffe qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, they will have done so on their own dime. Continue reading

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‘Unapologetic Palestinian’ Oday Aboushi leads by example in the NFL

Oday Aboushi addresses the media at Detroit Lions training camp | Screenshot via detroitlions.com

By MANSUR SHAHEEN

(August 8) – On the surface, Oday Aboushi is just another football player. He stands a towering 6 foot 5 inches and he has the wide, burly, frame that you would expect from an NFL offensive lineman. Aboushi makes it his mission to be more than just another guy who plays football though. Continue reading

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Limardo brothers from Venezuela make history at 2019 Pan American Games

(August 7) – Ruben and Jesus Limardo battled for the gold medal in the Men’s Individual Epee fencing competition at Lima 2019, becoming the first brothers to compete in the final in the history of the Pan American Games. Continue reading

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