Canada & World

A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Tokyo Games may go without fans as Japan declares emergency

State of emergency was unlikely to trigger a cancellation of the games as COVID-19 surges

A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman David Savard (58), centre Steven Stamkos (91), and centre Anthony Cirelli (71) crowd left wing Ross Colton (79) after his goal on Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

Lightning beat Canadiens 1-0 to claim 2nd straight Stanley Cup title

Tampa Bay beats Montreal in 5 games; Vasilevskiy named playoff MVP

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman David Savard (58), centre Steven Stamkos (91), and centre Anthony Cirelli (71) crowd left wing Ross Colton (79) after his goal on Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) during the second period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
People ride escalators with banners to promote the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to open on July 23, in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Olympics likely to open during COVID-19 ‘state of emergency’

COVID-19 cases in Tokyo have hit a two-month high with the pandemic-delayed Olympics two weeks away

People ride escalators with banners to promote the Tokyo Olympics scheduled to open on July 23, in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Canada’s Nathan Hirayama, right, dives to score a try in front of South Africa’s Sakoyisa Makata during the bronze medal match at the Canada Sevens rugby tournament in Vancouver, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The Canadian men’s rugby sevens team will land in the the deep end at Tokyo Olympics, opening against Rio 2016 runner-up Britain before facing defending Olympic champion Fiji.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Nathan Hirayama, right, dives to score a try in front of South Africa’s Sakoyisa Makata during the bronze medal match at the Canada Sevens rugby tournament in Vancouver, on Sunday, March 8, 2020. The Canadian men’s rugby sevens team will land in the the deep end at Tokyo Olympics, opening against Rio 2016 runner-up Britain before facing defending Olympic champion Fiji.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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CFL announces talks halted on potential partnership with XFL

After suspending play for a year due to the pandemic, CFL training camps slated to open Saturday

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Looking north at the neighborhood of Paradise Island on Treasure Island, Fla., outer bands of Tropical Storm Elsa brings a downpour of rain over the area on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The Montreal Canadiens quite literally flew into a storm to continue their Stanley Cup final series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Looking north at the neighborhood of Paradise Island on Treasure Island, Fla., outer bands of Tropical Storm Elsa brings a downpour of rain over the area on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. The Montreal Canadiens quite literally flew into a storm to continue their Stanley Cup final series with the Tampa Bay Lightning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tampa Bay Times, Marc Topkin, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
In this July 1, 2021, file photo, men cycle along the wall installed to close off a park being prepared for the Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few fans — if any — being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan's Asahi newspaper, citing multiple unidentified government sources, says the opening ceremony will be limited only to VIP guests. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)

Tokyo Olympics shaping up as TV-only event with few fans

Surging virus numbers in Tokyo are forcing a rollback in fans in the stands

In this July 1, 2021, file photo, men cycle along the wall installed to close off a park being prepared for the Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few fans — if any — being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan's Asahi newspaper, citing multiple unidentified government sources, says the opening ceremony will be limited only to VIP guests. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) celebrates with right wing Cole Caufield (22) after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime period Game 4 Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal, Monday, July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) celebrates with right wing Cole Caufield (22) after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime period Game 4 Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal, Monday, July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
FILE - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) is shown during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, in this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, file photo. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday, July 5, 2021, that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died. The team said in a statement Kivlenieks died from an apparent head injury in a fall after medical personnel arrived. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall or where he was at the time of the incident, and multiple messages were left with team and national federation personnel that were not immediately returned.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NHL goalie dead from chest trauma in July 4 fireworks blast

Autopsy finds Columbus player Matiss Kivlenieks died after firework tilted and fired toward people

FILE - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) is shown during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, in this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, file photo. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday, July 5, 2021, that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died. The team said in a statement Kivlenieks died from an apparent head injury in a fall after medical personnel arrived. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall or where he was at the time of the incident, and multiple messages were left with team and national federation personnel that were not immediately returned.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Police officers keep an eye on Montreal Canadiens fans following game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning outside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal police ready as Canadiens, Lightning square off ahead of do-or-die Game 4

Police made 15 arrests after the Canadiens’ series-clinching victory against Vegas in late June

Police officers keep an eye on Montreal Canadiens fans following game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning outside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
André De Grasse, of Canada, wins the men’s 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, July 1, 2021. De Grasse had to train on a soccer field for weeks after his track in Florida closed for COVID-19 protocols. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NTB, Annika Byrd

‘Resilience’ is catchphrase for Canada’s Tokyo Olympic track and field team

Canada is coming off a solid showing at the 2019 world championships in Doha

André De Grasse, of Canada, wins the men’s 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, July 1, 2021. De Grasse had to train on a soccer field for weeks after his track in Florida closed for COVID-19 protocols. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NTB, Annika Byrd
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save off Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov during second period Game 3 Stanley Cup finals action in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save off Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov during second period Game 3 Stanley Cup finals action in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Socially distanced fans on the field and in the stands listen as coach Urban Meyer speaks during an NFL football draft party Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

NFL can’t confirm Chung’s allegations of discrimination

Chung, who is Korean American, said he was told he was ‘not the right minority’ by an NFL team

Socially distanced fans on the field and in the stands listen as coach Urban Meyer speaks during an NFL football draft party Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden smile following a virtual joint statement in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Trudeau is challenging the U.S. president to a bet as the Montreal Canadiens square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final — a gamble Biden readily accepted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘You’re on pal’: Biden accepts Trudeau’s bet on Habs as Stanley Cup final kicks off

Last hockey bet, Barack Obama wound up owing former prime minister Stephen Harper two cases of beer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden smile following a virtual joint statement in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Trudeau is challenging the U.S. president to a bet as the Montreal Canadiens square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final — a gamble Biden readily accepted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki, centre, is helped to turn his body by Eric Daigle, left, and Jill Mack while he attends a physiotherapy session in Calgary on Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki, centre, is helped to turn his body by Eric Daigle, left, and Jill Mack while he attends a physiotherapy session in Calgary on Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A referee breaks up Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
A referee breaks up Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
The Stanley Cup is carried down to the ice at Amalie Arena as fans look on in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd

Denied by COVID-19 in 2020, Tampa gets second chance to pull out Stanley Cup stops

Game one of the Stanley Cup Final gets underway with defending champ Tampa hosting hungry Montreal

The Stanley Cup is carried down to the ice at Amalie Arena as fans look on in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd
Montreal Canadiens fans celebrate on Rue St Catherine after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action in Montreal, Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe

COVID-19 restrictions could still limit celebrations as Habs try to win Stanley Cup

Unlike past playoff runs, many fans will be celebrating from their homes instead of in bars and restaurants

Montreal Canadiens fans celebrate on Rue St Catherine after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action in Montreal, Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe
Team Canada huddle up during action against Brazil at the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Team Canada won 33-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

11 B.C. athletes named to Canada’s rugby sevens for Tokyo Olympics

Both teams are home at the Al Charron National Training Center in Langford preparing for the Games

Team Canada huddle up during action against Brazil at the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Team Canada won 33-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito