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Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

COVID-19 keeps Larry Walker out of all-star festivities

B.C. baseball great will be inducted into Hall of Fame in September

Larry Walker Jr., a former Colorado Rockies player, will not attend all-star events in Denver this week after being “bit” by COVID-19. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, a man is seen through the Olympic rings installed near the National Stadium in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Canada sending 371 athletes to Tokyo’s Olympic Games

Canada’s contingent will be the largest since the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, a man is seen through the Olympic rings installed near the National Stadium in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
England’s Marcus Rashford is embraced following their loss to Italy at the Euro 2020 soccer championship final at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (John Sibley/Pool Photo via AP)

Police investigate racist abuse of three England players after Euro final

All 3 players targeted are part of a young England squad that has been widely praised for its diversity

England’s Marcus Rashford is embraced following their loss to Italy at the Euro 2020 soccer championship final at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (John Sibley/Pool Photo via AP)
FILE – Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, kisses the championship trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Bianca Andreescu will not compete in Tokyo Olympics due to pandemic

Tennis star cites difficulties caused by the COVID pandemic

FILE – Bianca Andreescu, of Canada, kisses the championship trophy after defeating Serena Williams, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
England’s Declan Rice, left, vies for the ball with Italy’s Bryan Cristante during the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Carl Recine/Pool Photo via AP)
England’s Declan Rice, left, vies for the ball with Italy’s Bryan Cristante during the Euro 2020 soccer championship final match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Carl Recine/Pool Photo via AP)
Michael Woods of Canada, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, celebrates on the podium after the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 183.7 kilometers (114.1 miles) with start in Carcassonne and finish in Quillan, France, Saturday, July 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Canadian Michael Woods earns King of the Mountain honours at Tour de France

Woods finished fifth on the 183.7-kilometre stage and sits 26th in the overall classification

Michael Woods of Canada, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, celebrates on the podium after the fourteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 183.7 kilometers (114.1 miles) with start in Carcassonne and finish in Quillan, France, Saturday, July 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Italy soccer fans watch their team lose 4-0 to Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championship final, at Cafe Diplomatico in Toronto, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Owners of Italian restaurants and English pubs said they expect their patios to fill up for the final match of this year’s Euro cup between Italy and England, at least to the capacity allowed under remaining rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

Patios prepared for England and Italy fans as teams battle for Euro 2020 final

Owners of Italian restaurants and English pubs said they expect their patios to fill up

Italy soccer fans watch their team lose 4-0 to Spain in the UEFA Euro 2012 soccer championship final, at Cafe Diplomatico in Toronto, Sunday, July 1, 2012. Owners of Italian restaurants and English pubs said they expect their patios to fill up for the final match of this year’s Euro cup between Italy and England, at least to the capacity allowed under remaining rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu
Sixty athletes selected as 2021 Save-On-Foods Fueling Sport ambassadors. (Black Press Media graphic)

60 Canadian athletes chosen as ambassadors in Save-On-Foods fueling sport initiative

‘We look forward to supporting them pursue their goals from their local hometowns to the international stage’

Sixty athletes selected as 2021 Save-On-Foods Fueling Sport ambassadors. (Black Press Media graphic)
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stretches during the first team practice in Brossard, Que. on Monday, January 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Carey Price’s B.C. hometown rallying behind Montreal star goaltender

A convoy of Canadiens flags arrived outside an arena in Anahim Lake where Price played hockey as a kid

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price stretches during the first team practice in Brossard, Que. on Monday, January 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Montreal Canadiens fans react as they watch Game 5 Stanley Cup finals action against the Tampa Bay Lightning on a big screen outside of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canadiens fans saddened by loss, proud team made it to Stanley Cup final

‘Heart, 100 per cent heart, no matter which way you look at it’

Montreal Canadiens fans react as they watch Game 5 Stanley Cup finals action against the Tampa Bay Lightning on a big screen outside of the Bell Centre in Montreal, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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)
Vanderhoof’s pool updated their capacity to 220 people due to change in COVID-19 restrictions. (Ema Peter photo)

Vanderhoof Aquatic Centre struggles to keep cool in early summer heat

It was more than just air conditioners at Vanderhoof homes that could…

Vanderhoof’s pool updated their capacity to 220 people due to change in COVID-19 restrictions. (Ema Peter photo)
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)