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Ottawa unveils plan to fight harassment, abuse, discrimination in sport

Ottawa unveils plan to fight harassment, abuse, discrimination in sport

Minister announces investigation unit and toll-free confidential helpline

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts to a call against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

NBA reminding teams to keep cool when hot with referees

Playoff-race pressure is real, and the NBA thinks — or hopes — that some tantrums in recent weeks can be attributed to that

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces that the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the 2022 NBA All Star game during a news conference in Cleveland. The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa. The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

NBA, FIBA announce plans for pro league in Africa

Obama — an enormous basketball fan — has told him he wants to have a direct role in the league, reports say

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2018 file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces that the Cleveland Cavaliers will host the 2022 NBA All Star game during a news conference in Cleveland. The NBA is bringing a pro league to Africa. The Basketball Africa League, a new collaboration between the NBA and the sport’s global governing body FIBA, was announced Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
Micheal Wright runs with the ball in this undated handout photo. Micheal Wright plans to bring some NBA-style finesse to the Special Olympics World Summer Games this spring. Wright is the only Canadian out of 12 Special Olympics athletes competing in a Unified Sports game with players from the NBA and WNBA on Friday as part of the league’s all-star weekend in Charlotte, N.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ross MacHattie, Special Olympics Canada)

Canadian Special Olympics athlete to play at NBA all-star weekend

Wright is the only Canadian out of 12 Special Olympics athletes competing in a Unified Sports game

Micheal Wright runs with the ball in this undated handout photo. Micheal Wright plans to bring some NBA-style finesse to the Special Olympics World Summer Games this spring. Wright is the only Canadian out of 12 Special Olympics athletes competing in a Unified Sports game with players from the NBA and WNBA on Friday as part of the league’s all-star weekend in Charlotte, N.C. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ross MacHattie, Special Olympics Canada)
World Anti-Doping Agency athlete committee chairperson, Beckie Scott, speaks at a news conference following the agency’s first Global Athlete Forum in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, June 5, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

New athletes group formed to tackle doping in sports

Athletes believe Russia was treated too gently following its doping scandal

World Anti-Doping Agency athlete committee chairperson, Beckie Scott, speaks at a news conference following the agency’s first Global Athlete Forum in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, June 5, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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Wild hockey brawl leads to suspensions of 15 players, both head coaches

Wild hockey brawl leads to suspensions of 15 players, both head coaches

Members of the Acadia Axemen and St. Francis Xavier X-Men fought during a game in Wolfville, N.S.

Wild hockey brawl leads to suspensions of 15 players, both head coaches
Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018

Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018

It was the smallest audience in nearly a decade

Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018
Come together: Super Bowl Sunday, the last stand of live TV

Come together: Super Bowl Sunday, the last stand of live TV

Of the 10 highest-rated television programs in U.S. history, nine were Super Bowls and one was the finale of ‘M.A.S.H.’

Come together: Super Bowl Sunday, the last stand of live TV
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan.18, 2018 file photo, United States’ Lindsey Vonn prepares for an alpine ski, women’s World Cup downhill training, in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti, File)
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan.18, 2018 file photo, United States’ Lindsey Vonn prepares for an alpine ski, women’s World Cup downhill training, in Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti, File)
Los Angeles Rams receiver Robert Woods stiff-arms Seattle Seahawks safety Delano Hill to pick up yards in the third quarter on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

NFL says concussions down 29 per cent in regular season

Of the 538 evaluations for concussions, the league says, 75 per cent ultimately showed no concussions

Los Angeles Rams receiver Robert Woods stiff-arms Seattle Seahawks safety Delano Hill to pick up yards in the third quarter on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, Russian National Anti-doping Agency RUSADA building in Moscow, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, officials are due to arrive in Moscow on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019, seeking the release of lab data to help prove potential charges against numerous Russian athletes, but RUSADA has already missed the Dec. 31, 2018 deadline. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)

Russia says ‘understanding’ reached on doping data for WADA

Russia missed a deadline to hand over the data, meaning its anti-doping agency could face sanctions

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, Russian National Anti-doping Agency RUSADA building in Moscow, Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, officials are due to arrive in Moscow on Wednesday Jan. 9, 2019, seeking the release of lab data to help prove potential charges against numerous Russian athletes, but RUSADA has already missed the Dec. 31, 2018 deadline. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)
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Canada downs Russia at U18 women’s world championship

Canada finished round robin with two wins and a loss for six points

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Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year
USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry, middle, watches the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Abuse settlements force USA Gymnastics to file for bankruptcy

The organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on Wednesday as it attempts to reach settlements in the dozens of sex-abuse lawsuits it faces.

USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry, middle, watches the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Ring doctor Marc Gagne, left, checks on Adonis Stevenson, of Montreal, after he was knocked out by Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine in their Light Heavyweight WBC championship fight, Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Canadian boxer stable but critical after traumatic brain injury: Doctor

Stevenson suffered from head trauma when he was knocked out by Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine in the Light Heavyweight WBC championship fight Saturday Dec. 1.

Ring doctor Marc Gagne, left, checks on Adonis Stevenson, of Montreal, after he was knocked out by Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine in their Light Heavyweight WBC championship fight, Saturday, December 1, 2018 in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
This is a 2015 photo of Mylan Hicks of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. A man charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Canadian Football League player is scheduled to stand trial today. Nelson Tony Lugela, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks, a 23-year-old defensive back who was on the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

Trial to begin for accused in fatal shooting of CFL player

Mylan Hicks died in 2016 outside the Marquee Beer Market in Calgary

This is a 2015 photo of Mylan Hicks of the San Francisco 49ers NFL football team. A man charged in the 2016 shooting death of a Canadian Football League player is scheduled to stand trial today. Nelson Tony Lugela, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Mylan Hicks, a 23-year-old defensive back who was on the practice roster of the Calgary Stampeders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
Promoter says Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout

Promoter says Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout

The 41-year-old Stevenson was put on a stretcher after the bout and left Videotron Centre in an ambulance

Promoter says Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout
Seattle Hockey Partners David Bonderman, left, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan talk to the media as they leave a meeting at National Hockey League headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. Members of Seattle’s potential ownership group and Mayor Durkan presented their case to the Board of Governors’ executive committee at the league office. If the executive committee moves the process forward, the board could vote as soon as December to award the NHL’s 32nd franchise to Seattle. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NHL expansion to Seattle appears to be a slam dunk, but other questions remain

When Seattle will actually hit the ice and how the NHL will realign two of its four divisions remain unanswered

Seattle Hockey Partners David Bonderman, left, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan talk to the media as they leave a meeting at National Hockey League headquarters, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in New York. Members of Seattle’s potential ownership group and Mayor Durkan presented their case to the Board of Governors’ executive committee at the league office. If the executive committee moves the process forward, the board could vote as soon as December to award the NHL’s 32nd franchise to Seattle. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell arrives in preparation for the Grey Cup, in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday November 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.

Calgary quarterback earns second CFL outstanding player award

Calgary Stampeders quarterback, Bo Levi Mitchell, was named the CFL’s top player Thursday night during the league’s awards banquet at the Winspear Centre.

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell arrives in preparation for the Grey Cup, in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday November 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson.