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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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Patriots ink QB Cam Newton to one-year, incentive laden contract

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You didn’t think the New England Patriots were going to give up and let this season go , did you?

They may have lost Tom Brady, but they have officially replaced him with a bonafide veteran quarterback who has an MVP under his belt.

The team announced Sunday that they have signed free agent Cam Newton to a one-year deal with incentives that could earn him as much as $7.5 million.

The 31-year old had been looking for a new team since being released by the Carolina Panthers in March. He had been with that for his entire nine-year NFL tenure, leading them to the Super Bowl in 2015 (which they lost) and amassing 29,041 passing yards, 2371 pass completions and 182 touchdowns in 125 combined games.

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Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22 NBA seasons

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Vince Carter is packing his bags and riding off into the sunset.

The eight-time NBA All-Star announced on Thursday via the Ringer’s ‘Winging It’ podcast that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

At 43 years of age, Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998/99 season. Throughout his illustrious career, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists split between eight different teams in 1466 combined regular season games.

This past season with the Atlanta Hawks, he broke the NBA record for most seasons played, and become the first player to have played in four different decades. He is also the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points

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Lightning reopen training facilities after they were deemed safe environments

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The Tampa Bay Lightning will be able to resume voluntary workouts in small groups

The team announced that they have reopened their two training facilities, deeming them safe environments just five days after three players and other staff members tested positive for the coronavirus.

The state of Florida has a whole has seen a massive rise in COVID-19 cases in recent days. Overnight, they recorded a record-breaking 5,508 new confirmed cases, and continues to trend in the wrong direction due to very few restrictions put in place to prevent/limit the spread.

“With a significant rise in cases in the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the State of Florida we are imploring everyone in the Bay Area, especially young people, to help slow the spread of the pandemic by diligently following the recommendations of government officials by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and continuing to wash their hands regularly. We need to work together as a community to slow the spread.” said Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois.


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