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From the Ottawa Valley to Cuba – the famous ‘Cubacan’ bats

OTTAWA- September 04, 2020 --From his basement woodworking shop in the Ottawa Valley, former car salesman Bill Ryan, 66, is turning out finely-crafted maple bats for Cuba's beleaguered baseball leagues. He wants Canadian tourists to help him supply Cubans with more bats. assignment 134421 Credit: Jean Levac/POSTMEDIA FOR: 0910 batmaker

From his basement woodworking shop in the Ottawa Valley, former car salesman Bill Ryan, 66, is turning out finely-crafted maple bats for Cuba’s baseball leagues | JEAN LEVAC /Postmedia

By Andrew Duffy, first published in The Ottawa Citizen

A retired Ottawa Valley car salesman is turning out hundreds of hand-made maple bats every year for Cuban baseball players as part of a decade-long effort to assist the impoverished island nation.

Bill Ryan, 66, spends 10 or 11 hours every day in his basement woodworking shop, making his now famous “Cubacan” bats. Continue reading

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Bats for Cuban baseball

CUBACAN 6060 APPEAL, Canadian Network on Cuba

To say the pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone is a gross understatement and this is true especially for Cuba with the cessation of its critical tourism economy.

When you add the strengthening of the illegal, 60-year blockade of Cuba by Trump, we have a very “imperfect” storm.

Cuba will need at least 600 baseball bats for the next National Series, which begins on September 12th, but because of the blockade and the Covid pandemic, are unable to afford them. They have asked Canadian friends to assist in their acquisition. Bill Ryan, a long time Canadian supporter of Cuban baseball has taken on the task of helping Cuba in this by making these bats with his simple lathe. Bill has made bats for Cuba in past and the Cubans believe that these bats are as good as any they’ve purchase elsewhere and at a fraction of what would otherwise cost over $75,000. Continue reading

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Jamaican legend Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Jamaican legend Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Kingston, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) – Jamaican athletic legend Usain Bolt tested positive for the Covid-19 disease, local media reported today.

According to Loop News, the Olympic and world multi-medalist in the 100 and 200 meter sprints was infected with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, just days after celebrating a maskless birthday party. Bolt’s guests included England soccer star Raheem Sterling.

According to radio station Nationwide90fm, the greatest sprinter of all time fell ill with the Covid-19 virus and will spend time in self-isolation at home as a result. The publication points out that the 34-year-old man (born August 21, 1986) took a test for the virus a few days ago and discovered yesterday that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Bolt’s contagion comes amid an increase in infections from the pandemic in Jamaica, which in the past 24 hours reported 116 new cases, its largest increase in a day. The health authorities attributed the increase to 1,529 Covid-19 patients to the large number of meetings and parties during the first week of August, when the country celebrated Emancipation and Independence Day.

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


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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