Canada is a country that has encouraged and promoted sport with adequate facilities. For this reason, the participation of people who practice it professionally or in an amateur way is high. Among the most popular sports are ice hockey, basketball, baseball and Canadian football.
Canada’s national sport is ice hockey, which has won many awards in national and international competitions. The number of fans of this sport is high. So much so that when the national team participates in a world championship or the Winter Olympics, everything comes to a standstill. People go home or to different places in order to watch the live broadcast. The best-known teams are: the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens.
Another sport that has been gaining followers and has positioned itself as the second in popularity, is baseball. The iconic team is the Toronto Blue Jays. A team of Canadian origin that competes in the North American Major League. Their home is the Rogers Centre, which is considered an architectural gem.
With regard to basketball, the best-known team is the Canadian NBA franchise “The Toronto Raptors” that play in the Air Canada during the season that runs from November to June. Finally, Canadian football, although not very popular, has the Canadian Football League. Its most prominent team is the Toronto Argonauts. They also have a team playing Major League Soccer in the United States: the Toronto Football Club.
As in many places in the world, Canada is not left behind with the evolution of sports betting and you can find a wide variety of online platforms from which you can make a bet legally.
The best Canadian betting sites are those companies that have licenses in countries with demanding regulations, which allows you to verify their reliability and security. Among the most prominent are: Bodog and bet365.
These betting sites give you the opportunity to place your bet through an online betting app for mobile phones and for the most demanding customers, they allow you to compare the best odds, events or betting options. Fortunately, most of these online bookmakers are for people over the age of 18, thus promoting responsible gambling.
James questions media disparity in coverage of Irving tweet, Jerry Jones photo
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has questions about the disparity of media scrutiny he believes is being applied to a 1957 photo of Jerry Jones and the recent controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving.
The photo of Jones, captured by an Associated Press photographer, shows him standing among a group of white students at North Little Rock High School in Arkansas on Sept. 9, 1957. The group was blocking six Black students who were attempting to desegregate the school and news reports said that moments after the image was taken, the students were shoved down a flight of stairs.
The photo accompanied a Washington Post story last month that was about Jones’ legacy as owner of the Dallas Cowboys, including how the team has never had a Black head coach.
James has spoken often about the Cowboys — he was a fan of the team for years before saying in October on Instagram Live that he has switched allegiances — but said Wednesday that he found it interesting that he wasn’t asked about the Jones photo.
“When I watched Kyrie talk, and he says, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we’re talking about my people and the things they’ve been through,’ and that Jerry Jones photo is one of those moments that our people, Black people, have been through in America,” James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ game on Wednesday night. “And I feel like as a Black man, as a Black athlete, someone with power and with a platform, when we do something wrong or something that people don’t agree with, it’s on every single tabloid, every single news coverage. It’s on the bottom ticker. It’s asked about every single day.
“But it seems like to me that the whole Jerry Jones situation, the photo, and I know it was years and years ago, and we all make mistakes, I get it. It seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, it happened. OK. We just move on.’ And I was just kind of disappointed that I haven’t received that question from you guys.”
Irving was suspended for an eventual eight games by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season after the guard — a former teammate of James’ with the Cleveland Cavaliers — tweeted a link to a film containing antisemitic material.
James was asked by reporters about that last month, and he made clear that he thought Irving made a significant mistake.
“There’s no place in this world for it,” James said in November. “Nobody can benefit from that and I believe what Kyrie did caused some harm to a lot of people. … We as humans, none of us are perfect. But I hope he understands how what he did and the actions that he took were just harmful to a lot of people.”
Jones told reporters last week that he was at that school entrance as “a curious kid.” He was 14 at the time.
“That was, gosh, 65 years ago, and (I was a) curious kid,” Jones said. “I didn’t know at the time the monumental event really that was going on. And I’m sure glad that we’re a long way from that.”
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Canada coach John Herdman disputes Croatian counterpart’s account of skipped post-match handshake
Canada coach John Herdman is disputing his Croatian counterpart’s account of why there was no handshake after their World Cup game.
Herdman had antagonized the Croatian camp with a heated postgame message to his players after Canada’s opening 1-0 loss to Belgium at the soccer showcase. Asked in a pitch-side interview what he had said in a postgame huddle to his players, Herdman replied: “I told them they belong here and we’re going to go and eff – Croatia. That’s as simple as it gets.”
That prompted a stern lecture from Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic on the need for respect. And after Croatia beat the Canadians 4-1 Sunday, Dalic was asked if he had a chance to shake hands with Herdman following the final whistle.
“I did not see the other head coach after the match,” he said through an interpreter. “When I lose I always congratulate the winner. He was not there and that’s his way of doing things. He’s obviously mad. He is a good coach. He is a high-quality professional. But it will take some time for him to learn some things.”
Herdman, whose postgame news conference preceded Dalic’s on Sunday, disputed that account Wednesday when asked about it.
“Look, we shook hands before the game. So that happened,” he said. “At the end of the game, the usual process – no different than [with Belgium coach] Roberto Martinez. You shake hands with the coach, then you go shake hands with the referee.
“When I turned round, [Dalic] was already off down the touchline, which is his right to do. He’s celebrating. He’s just beaten Canada. It was a big celebration for him. He was off and I couldn’t get to shake his hand. I went into the field, shook the ref’s hand, shook players’ hands. And didn’t get to see him.
“That moment’s gone. We’re into process now – team huddle, see your fans, flash interviews, calm yourself down so you don’t say anything and move on.”
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