Given the nature of removing eight bad teams from the NBA’s pool of teams, it was always going to be a foregone conclusion that no matter what schedule the Toronto Raptors received for the eight-game seeding period of the NBA’s restart it was going to be tough.

It just probably wasn’t expected to be this tough, though.

Taking the standings as they were when the season suspended on March 11, the overall winning percentage of the Raptors’ opponents is .638 or, as Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press put it, the second-hardest schedule of any team in the restart.

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Phil Mickelson figures age might be an asset.

Playing his first tournament since turning 50 this month, the five-time major champion shot a 7-under 63 on Friday in the Travelers Championship to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend.

First-round leader Mackenzie Hughes of Dundas, Ont., followed an opening 60 with a 68 to drop into a second-place tie with 23-year-old Will Gordon, who led most of the day after shooting an early 62.

Lefty said said it was perhaps the wisdom that comes with his age that made him stay within himself instead of going toe-to-toe

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers have signed first-round draft picks Javon Kinlaw and Brandon Aiyuk to four-year deals, the team said Friday.

The defending NFC champion 49ers made two trades during the draft, moving down one spot to take Kinlaw, a defensive lineman out of South Carolina at No. 14, and then up six spots to take Aiyuk, a wide receiver from Arizona State with the 25th selection.

The picks help the 49ers fill two big holes created when star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner was traded to Indianapolis and receiver Emmanuel Sanders left in free agency.

Kinlaw

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The NASCAR Cup Series heads to Pocono Raceway for a pair of races this weekend, starting on Saturday with the Pocono Organics 325 followed by the Pocono 350 on Sunday afternoon. And following a disappointing outing last weekend, current standings leader Kevin Harvick will take the track for the Pocono Organics 325 on Saturday as a narrow +450 favourite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Harvick continues to lead the way in the standings, and on the odds board, despite failing to finish better than 10th in three straight outings. In addition to sliding to 10th place at last weekend’s GEICO

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Fight fans knew Justin Gaethje vs. Tony Ferguson would be incredible. It was. Fight fans knew the bantamweights would deliver at UFC 250. They did. Fight fans anticipated Josh Emmett and Shane Burgos would throw heavy leather until the final horn and that’s exactly what happened this past weekend.

There have been some memorable fights and performances during the UFC’s recent string of empty-venue events and on Saturday night Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker are set to go toe-to-toe in a lightweight bout fight fans are convinced is a bona fide Fight of the Year contender.

On paper, this tilt

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Alberta heavyweight Tanner (The Bulldozer) Boser looks to save the UFC some money this weekend by beating Brazil’s Philipe (Monstro) Lins on a Fight Night card in Las Vegas.

His rationale is simple.

Boser’s entry-level contract pays him US$12,000 for the fight with a matching win bonus. Lins earned $80,000 in his UFC debut in May, missing out on a matching win bonus in losing a decision to former heavyweight champion Andre (the Pitbull) Arlovski.

“I’m going to kick his ass for $24,000 and a mandatory 2 week quarantine,” Boser tweeted May 28 in announcing the fight.

Lins got a

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