Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) eyes the ball while playing against the Golden State Warriors during second half NBA championship basketball finals action in Toronto on Thursday, May 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Raptors’ Pascal Siakam named NBA’s most improved player

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam has won the NBA’s most improved player award. Siakam, who helped the Raptors win their first NBA championship this month, beat out D’Angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets and De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings for the honour at the NBA Awards show Monday night. He […]

Canada's Doneil Henry (15) and Cuba's Luis Paradela (23) chase the ball during the first half of a CONCACAF Golf Cup soccer match in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Cavallini, David scores 3 goals, Canada defeats Cuba 7-0

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Coach John Herdman couldn’t be happier about the state of Canadian soccer. “Our Canadian football system is starting to produce players,” Herdman said. “That’s exciting, seeing those youngsters coming through.” Canada got three goals each from 19-year-old Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini, and breezed to a 7-0 win over Cuba on Sunday […]

Nick Nurse smiles after being named the new basketball head coach of the Senior Men's National Team of Canada in Toronto on Monday, June 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Nick Nurse named new coach of Canada’s men’s basketball team

Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is the new coach of Canada’s men’s basketball team. Canada Basketball announced the hiring on Monday, less than two weeks after Nurse guided the Raptors to their first NBA championship. Canada Basketball says Nurse’s contract runs through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Penticton, B.C., native Gordie Herbert, one of three […]

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Row over Cameroon players’ reactions

Ajara Nchout (right) was upset that her goal was disallowed Image caption: Cameroon were knocked out of the Women’s World Cup after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England which was marked by Cameroon protests after two VAR decisions went against them. Goals from Steph Houghton, Ellen White and Alex Greenwood sent England through […]

Dewan Hernandez speaks with the media during the second day of the NBA draft basketball combine in Chicago on May 17, 2019. The Toronto Raptors selected centre Dewan Hernandez from the University of Miami with the 59th pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 Hernandez sat out this season because of his dealings with an agent. Facing additional punishment next season, the junior from Miami turned pro instead. The NCAA said Hernandez agreed to receive monthly payments from the agent and accepted other benefits. Hernandez sat out the first 19 games of the season while awaiting the Jan. 28 ruling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Nam Y. Huh
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Toronto Raptors happy to grab Dewan Hernandez with second-last pick of draft

TORONTO — Having barely taken a breath after winning his first NBA championship last week, Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster was back to work scouting players ahead of Thursday’s draft. “We asked Golden State (Warriors) how do you do this five years in a row,” he quipped. Throughout the Raptors’ championship run, Webster and […]

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New African football role for Fifa head Samoura

Fatma Samoura became Fifa secretary general in 2016Image caption: Football’s international governing body has appointed its secretary general, Fatma Samoura, as a General Delegate for Africa in a bid to improve governance on the continent. Ms Samoura, 56, will take charge for six months from 1 August, with the relationship “renewable” should Fifa and the […]

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Joint statement from FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF)

FIFA and CAF will undertake as soon as possible a full forensic audit of CAF ZURICH, Switzerland, June 21, 2019/ — The President of CAF (http://www.CAFonline.com) Ahmad Ahmad has proposed its Executive Committee gathered in Cairo on 19 June 2019, to seek FIFA’s (http://www.FIFA.com) expertise to assess the current situation in the African governing body […]

Anderson Whitehead, 11, was overwhelmed with emotion after meeting Carey Price on stage at the NHL awards gala in Las Vegas. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) comments
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Hockey fan’s teary-eyed feel-good moment with Carey Price recognized at NHL awards

Canadiens goalie comforts sobbing Anderson Whitehead, 11, on stage as he hands him a signed Canadiens jersey. Young Montreal Canadiens fan Anderson Whitehead was reduced to tears when he was reunited Wednesday with goalie Carey Price, on stage in front of thousands during the NHL awards gala in Las Vegas. Before the 11-year-old lost his mother to […]

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African football affairs: CAF attack on press freedom

Another attempt to control the news regarding African football affairs ACCRA, Ghana, June 21, 2019/ — In another attempt to control the news regarding African football affairs, the journalist Nazim Bessol, working for Algerian newspaper Botola, has seen his accreditation for the African Cup of Nations revoked. Initially Bessol received a confirmation approval letter with […]