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Sports Quick Hits: August 19th, 2021

August 19, 2021
Source: F1.com
Source: F1.com

🏎Formula One: Despite Tokyo’s successful hosting of the Olympics and soon-to-come Paralympics, organizers have cancelled October’s Japanese Grand Prix for the second straight year due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The F1 drama has been top-notch this season, so hopefully they’ll find a replacement venue soon. The Drive to Survive fans need it.

⚾️Baseball: The Toronto Blue Jays are battling for a Wild Card spot in the toughest division in the MLB, and now they’ll have to do it — for at least the next week — without star outfielder George Springer, who’s been ruled out with a knee sprain. Hate to see it. 

  • Meanwhile, on Tuesday night Cincinnati Red Joey Votto became the second Canadian in MLB history — after Larry Walker — to record 2,000 career hits...and then followed it up by talking about his dog post-game. The cutest. 

🏈NFL: On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons announced that their entire roster is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, making them the first (and only) NFL team to reach the mark. Hopefully they’ll have some company soon, as 91.7% of players in the league are fully vaccinated. Money talks

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Check out these mind blowing headlines in the sports world right now

August 19, 2021
Source: The Canadian Press
Source: The Canadian Press

⚾️Trevor Bauer: The villainous LA Dodgers pitcher is the subject of not one but two restraining orders, after victims in Ohio and California took legal action to protect themselves after alleged sexual assaults from one of the MLB’s highest paid men.

⚾️Anti-Asian racism: Detroit Tigers TV analyst Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely after he used an exaggerated East Asian accent when talking about LA Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani during Tuesday’s broadcast. Morris is set to undergo bias training before returning to the booth.

  • This is the third prominent example of anti-Asian sentiment in the sports world over the past month, after the Juventus women’s team tweeted a racist photo and Green Bay Packer Devin Funchess used a racial slur in a post-game press conference.

🏈DeShaun Watson: While the Houston Texans quarterback faces 22 active lawsuits from massage therapists who he allegedly assaulted, the FBI is now investigating one of the women who may have been aiming to extort money from Watson. Just all bad. 

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Sports Quick Hits: August 16th, 2021

August 16, 2021
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter
Source: Bleacher Report/Twitter

 🎾Tennis: The U.S. Open starts in a couple of weeks, but Roger Federer won’t be there. The five-time champ announced yesterday that he’ll undergo his third knee surgery, and recovery will keep him out for “many months.” Fingers crossed for January’s Australian Open. 

  • And in some good tennis news, Canadian Gaby Dabrowski earned her first home title, winning the National Bank Open’s women’s doubles final in Montreal yesterday. We love to see it. 

🏈NFL: The league’s newest quarterbacks (QBs) got their first taste of pro ball (albeit preseason) this weekend. The New England Patriots rang in the Mac Jones era, San Francisco 49er Trey Lance tossed an 80-yard touchdown (TD) and the Jacksonville Jaguars welcomed first overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

  • But it was newest Chicago Bear Justin Fields who stole the show, proving he’s already a dual-threat QB with both a rushing and a passing TD. Impressive.

⛳️Golf: After 228 professional starts, LPGA veteran Ryann O’Toole finally has a title to her name. The 34-year-old American won her first tournament — the Women's Scottish Open — with a bogey-free final round. 

  • She’ll look to carry her newfound momentum into the Women’s British Open, the final major of the year, on Thursday.   
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Sports Quick Hits: July 8th, 2021

July 08, 2021
Source: Steve Kingsman/Canada Soccer
Source: Steve Kingsman/Canada Soccer

⚽️Soccer: As Team Canada gets ready to say hello to Tokyo, living legend Diana Matheson is saying goodbye. After 18 years and 206 international games, the three-time Olympian, best known for her bronze medal–winning goal during the London 2012 Games, announced her retirement yesterday. So long, Diana, and thank you.

🏀Basketball: Although Giannis Antetokounmpo (pronounced YAHN-iss ah-dedo-KOON-bo) miraculously returned from injury for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Phoenix Suns led the way. 

  • Phoenix set an NBA Finals record with 25 consecutive made free throws and Chris Paul became the first player since Michael Jordan to notch 30 points and eight assists in a finals debut. Decent company.

🏈CFL: False alarm, folks. After scaring diehard fans with talks of a possible merger with the Dwayne Johnson–led XFL, the CFL has announced they’ve scrapped collaboration efforts. It’s cool, we were kind of confused by it anyway. Onwards and upwards: after a year off, the new season starts August 5th. 

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Ottawa: Brad Sinopoli Announces Retirement and Future Plans

June 24, 2021
Source: Kevin Light/CBC
Source: Kevin Light/CBC

🏈Redblacks: After nine seasons in the CFL, including five with the Redblacks, wide receiver Brad Sinopoli announced his retirement yesterday. The CFL’s two-time Most Outstanding Canadian won’t go far though: the former Ottawa Gee-Gee is sticking around the city as a community ambassador

  • Meanwhile, the rest of the team is preparing for July’s training camp ahead of August’s season start. Check out the full schedule here and start planning your trip to TD Place. Lansdowne is waiting for us.

🏀BlackJacks: Elsewhere at TD Place, the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL)’s third season tips off tonight at 7 p.m. with an Ottawa BlackJacks home game against the Niagara River Lions. Though games are still closed to fans, you can watch online or listen to the amazing HannaH Sunley-Paisley and AJ Jakubec broadcast on TSN 1200.