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Backlash after Kobe Bryant’s death illustrates continued resistance to discussing sexual assault


In the hours following the helicopter crash that left basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others dead, social media sites were inundated with mourning fans, commemorating an idol and cultural icon. But as celebrities, fans and players remembered the inspiring and dedicated Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard, thought to be one of the best players in NBA history, one less-uplifting detail of his career went largely unmentioned: the 2003 rape case. Continue reading

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TV monopolies and Canadian football


On Saturday November 25, the Canadian university football championship was held in Hamilton between the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and Laval Rouge et Or, with the former prevailing 39-17 . The Vanier Cup, attended by 10, 754 fans, was not broadcast on either CBC which featured an Alpine skiing race, an elite sport, or CTV, which featured the Hollywood doomsday movie Armageddon. Instead, it was relegated to TSN 3. (TSN is owned by Bell Media, with EPSN holding a 30 per cent share; Bell owns CTV.)

Sport in Canada has been commercialized, privatized, Americanized and colonized by private empires, reinforced by the sports media monopolies. To watch a Canadian championship, one has to be a cable TV subscriber. But even that is no guarantee. About ten years ago, CIS sports had to quietly pay the then Score TV cable channel $50,000 to come to Halifax to broadcast the semi-final and the final of the college basketball finals. (Score was later bought out by Rogers Sportsnet.)

Is it little wonder that the Vanier Cup is plagued by low attendance? Continue reading

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Canada sets its roster for FIBA World Cup

Canada’s is appearing in the FIBA World Cup for the first time since 2010. Canada’s men’s basketball roster has been set, but it doesn’t much look like what many envisioned several weeks ago. Almost every celebrated Canadian player on a NBA contract – 17 in total – inexplicably pulled out of the World Cup with the exception of guard Cory Joseph (Sacramento Kings) and forward Khem Birch (Orlando Magic). Forward Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat) – like Joseph a longtime combatant for the country – was forced to pull out due to injury suffered in an exhibition game against Nigeria in early August. Two players under contract with the Toronto Raptors also left the team. 

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Russ Conway, 70, dies; His reporting led to a hockey boss’s downfall

While the Canadian sports media was mute, a US journalist detailed the corrupt acts of Alan Eagleson, the head of the NHL players’ union – a former Tory Party president – laying the groundwork for successful prosecutions in the United States and Canada. One of the most important conclusions, although not dealt with in this article by RICHARD SANDOMIR of The New York Times, is how easily the media back then was fooled by so many spinmeisters like Eagleson. As today, there was no shortage of journalists reporting that everything was hunky-dory in the NHL. 

The sportswriter Russ Conway in 1999 after learning that he would be receiving the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for his reporting on the head of the N.H.L. players’ union | Carl Russo

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XVIII Pan Am Games: A world away


Do you remember the Pan-American Games in 2015 in Toronto? It was a festival of sport and friendship of more than 6,000 young athletes from the Americas with venues throughout Southern Ontario. To raise the army of volunteers needed for various tasks, more than 60,000 people came forward to be selected, and of these only a third were chosen. Canada organized a delegation of its top athletes, who finished second in the medal standing. The Rogers Centre was packed for the closing ceremonies. The hosts built more than ten new facilities and 15 others were remodelled, to inspire the crowds that filled them. The privately-owned Hamilton Tiger Cats even finally walked away with a new stadium paid for by public tax dollars and renamed after some coffee chain owned in Brazil. Continue reading


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Infographic: The Amaury Group, organizers of the Tour de France


Infographie : le groupe Amaury


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In memoriam: Paul Sherwen, 62, the Voice of the Tour de France

Are you watching the The Tour de France? Begun in 1903, it is one of the greatest and most demanding athletic competitions in the world. Some 200 cyclists organized in 20-22 corporate teams of eight riders race some 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) through the villages and cities, the coast, plains, valleys, gorges and mountains (the Pyrénées and the Alps) of France. Like the other Grand Tours (the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a España), it consists of 21 day-long races or stages over a 23-day period. This Sunday, July 28, it will finish on the cobblestones of Avenue des Champs-Élysées, 1.9 kilometres long and 70 metres wide, running between the Place de la Concorde and the Place Charles de Gaulle, where the famed Arc de Triomphe is located.

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