For more than 20 years I’ve gone to work with some of the most talented people on the planet.

I cover the NBA, a league where roughly 75 per cent of the players are African American. It is the most exclusive club in sports. Only 450 players are allowed a full roster spot at any given time. In my experiences, the players and coaches and executives I’ve met have been extraordinary. I learn from them and their stories and their examples all the time. I tell my kids about them.

I’m well beyond hero worship, but I know a good

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HFX Wanderers FC is the first Canadian Premier League team to receive approval from local government and health authorities to resume training.

The league says the Halifax-based franchise will start voluntary closed-door workouts on Monday at Soccer Nova Scotia.

Under the CPL’s training protocol, the team will begin with non-contact, individual or small group sessions which will adhere to safety protocols and physical distancing measures for players and staff.

“We’re grateful for our Nova Scotia chief medical officer of Health Dr. (Robert) Strang’s leadership during this difficult period and in providing us guidelines as a business to safely get our

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Chase Elliott will be looking to continue his steady climb up the NASCAR Cup Series driver standings with a second straight victory when the scene shifts to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Fresh off a win in Thursday’s Alsco Uniforms 500, Elliott heads into the Supermarket Heroes 500 sporting +800 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Thursday’s victory wrapped up a solid week for Elliott at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The 24-year-old turned in a steady performance while finishing second in last weekend’s Coca-Cola 600, and now sits in third on the NASCAR Cup Series standings, just 41 points back of

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.

But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.

The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.

NFL

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The Mackenzie Tour, Canada’s men’s professional golf circuit, has cancelled its season.

A stepping stone to the top-tier PGA Tour, the Mackenzie Tour had to end its 2020 season before it even began because of border restrictions, mandatory quarantines for those entering Canada, and gathering restrictions in all provinces because of COVID-19.

The 2020 season was set to be the Mackenzie Tour’s eighth, with 13 scheduled tournaments — the most in the third-tier circuit’s history.

“We had built a lot of momentum coming into this season, and we were excited to continue making a positive impact in the communities where

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Forbes has released its list of the top-100 highest-paid athletes and there’s a new No. 1.

Tennis legend Roger Federer has jumped both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to take the top spot thanks to $100 million in endorsement deals from Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and 10 other partners. Federer earned an additional $6.3 million in tournament winnings over the last year.

Ronaldo ($105 million), Messi ($104 million), Neymar ($95.5 million) and LeBron James ($88.2 million) rounded out the top five.

Forbes collected earnings data from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. The 100 highest-paid athletes earned a combined

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OTTAWA — Atletico Ottawa unveiled its home jersey on Thursday, adding a Maple Leaf to the traditional red-and-white colours of its Atletico Madrid parent club.

The jersey, shown in a virtual unveiling, has Atletico’s trademark red-and-white stripes with a subtle blue trim that marks an addition to the Spanish kit. A large Maple Leaf is imprinted on the back.

The Canadian Premier League expansion team will have to wait to show it off, given the global pandemic.

“It looks incredible,” said Canadian international Ben Fisk, who will wear No. 10 for Ottawa.

One Soccer, the CPL’s broadcaster, is featured on

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