During a global pandemic, Milos Raonic is not using his newfound time off for video games and Netflix binging.

With the ATP on hiatus, the world No. 30 and former Wimbledon finalist is taking the extended time off to build up his body, sharpen his game and prepare tactically for a return to live tennis later this summer.

“I took a very short break and then got straight into training,” said Raonic, appearing on the Match Point Canada podcast.

Speaking from his home via a Zoom call, the Canadian revealed how he’s dedicated his time to separate training blocks alongside

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VIENNA — Third-ranked tennis player Dominic Thiem apologized Thursday for taking part in an exhibition series hosted by Novak Djokovic in which four players tested positive for the coronavirus.

Thiem wrote on Instagram: “Our behaviour was a mistake, we acted too euphorically. I am extremely sorry.”

The top-ranked Djokovic tested positive on Tuesday. Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki have also said they tested positive after taking part in the Adria Tour exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia.

Thousands of spectators attended the matches in Belgrade and the Adriatic resort of Zadar, and no social distancing was observed.

Thiem

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MADRID — Amid more refereeing controversy and the record-breaking debut of a 15-year-old player, Real Madrid defeated Mallorca 2-0 on Wednesday to keep its perfect record intact after the pandemic break and move back atop La Liga.

Vinicius Junior and Sergio Ramos scored a goal in each half as Madrid won its fourth in a row to retake the lead from Barcelona, which on Tuesday edged Athletic Bilbao 1-0. Both teams are tied with 68 points but Madrid is ahead on the tiebreakers.

Mallorca’s 15-year-old Luka Romero, dubbed by local media as the “new Lionel Messi,” became the youngest player

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Hey, have you seen the reports? J.R. Smith could be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers! Or what about Tyler Johnson agreeing to a deal with the Brooklyn Nets!?

Though we’ve been hearing about the NBA’s return ad nauseam for the best month or so, it hasn’t really felt like the NBA was coming back until this week – and it’s not just because teams have convened with each other as league-wide testing begins in preparation of everyone involved heading down to the Disney campus.

No, instead, it’s because of the week-long transaction window (that’s slated to close June 30

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