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Rogers Cup in Toronto officially postponed until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

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As expected, Canada’s top men’s tennis tournament will not take place this year.

Tennis Canada announced on Wednesday that the 2020 edition of the men’s Rogers Cup tournament has been moved to August 7, 2021 because of the health and safety issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Organizing a closed-door event is complex and requires certain important health and operational protocols to be put in place…We estimated that to organize and broadcast such a tournament, we would require having up to 450 people on-site.” said Gavin Ziv, managing director of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

“The safety of these people during the two weeks of the event would have been a concern for Tennis Canada and in the current context, the level of risk would have remained high, especially for a sport like tennis where athletes comes from all parts of the world. In addition, at this time, the federal law relating to access to our country and mandatory quarantine would require players to arrive in Canada well before the start of the tournament, which made things much more difficult.”

The tournament was initially supposed to be played from August 8-16 at York University. The women’s tournament in Montreal was moved to next year as well earlier this month.

Tennis Canada has lost an estimated $17 million so far in 2020 due to the coronavirus.

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NFL coming to Germany?

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The NFL looks poised to expand their reach in the European market beyond the United Kingdom.

The league announced that a German city will host an NFL regular season game in the near future. They are hoping for next season, but 2023 remains a more realistic goal due to scheduling conflicts that result from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The biding war to host an NFL contest is down to three German cities; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

“After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the `candidate phase’ of the process,” the league said in a statement. “Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.” said the NFL in the statement.

More to come.

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Nets GM felt he had “no choice” but to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he is fully vaccinated

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The Brooklyn Nets have championship aspirations this season and certainly didn’t want to start off the 2021/22 campaign this way. But Kyrie Irving’s vaccine stubbornness has forced their hand.

Nets GM Sean Marks recently spoke to the media about the controversial decision to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he gets fully vaccinated. He admitted it was a tough decision, but clearly has no regrets with how he handled it.

“He has a choice to make, and he made his choice.” said Marks.

“Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision and best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They’re not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions. Just like I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates.”

The Nets will open their season presumably without Irving when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.

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Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon will miss season opener after testing positive for COVID-19

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The Colorado Avalanche will be without a key player to open the season.

The team announced that All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon will be out for tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic says MacKinnon is asymptomatic and resting at home until the virus leaves his system.

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