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Multiple Jays players left behind in Florida after another COVID-19 positive – Toronto Sun

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As the Blue Jays were to begin training camp workouts in Toronto on Monday, the team was short an undisclosed number of players.

A source confirmed to The Toronto Sun that one player on the Toronto roster recently tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and as a result did not board the team charter for a light to Toronto on Sunday night.

As an added precaution, the source said other players who had been in close contact with the individual who tested positive remained in Florida as well. Those players will be monitored and once they record two negative tests for the virus will make the trip on another Jays charter.

The development, first reported by ESPN’S Jeff Passan, is the second incident of COVID-19 positives for the Jays, who also had a number of players and staff shut down with the virus late last month. Jays players gathered at their spring training home in Dunedin, Fla. last week where intake testing was done for the virus. A charter from Florida transported several players, coaches and support staff here on Sunday night.

The team is under a strict quarantine protocol at the Rogers Centre after receiving approval from provincial and federal officials and health authorities to stage their training camp at their home stadium.

Under the plan, the team is staying at a hotel attached to the stadium itself and players will not be allowed to exit the building before breaking for the proposed start of the regular season on July 24th.

The Jays club policy is to not reveal the name of any who test positive for the virus unless the player agrees to allow it. Several teams across Major League Baseball have identified players who have contracted it.

It is unclear how many Jays players from the announced 60-man roster were participating in initial workouts at the downtown Toronto dome. For the first two days of camp, media has been denied access to the stadium.

Meanwhile, the Jays schedule will be revealed later today when MLB releases the itinerary for all 30 teams. The Jays have yet to receive government approval to play their 30 home games at the Rogers Centre and are keeping TD Ballpark in Dunedin as their backup.

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Raptors to face Nets in first round of playoffs – TSN

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the playoffs — the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets clinched their spot against the defending NBA champions with Sunday night’s 129-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Toronto lost to Brooklyn in seven games in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the thrilling series that led to the creation of Jurassic Park fan zone outside the then-Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors (50-19) clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with Sunday’s 108-99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and achieved 50 wins on the season for the fifth consecutive year.

The Nets’ confidence is high after going 6-2 under interim coach Jacque Vaughn.

“As far as going into Toronto, you know what to expect,” Tyler Johnson said after scoring 21 points against the Clippers. “But then again, there’s no home-court advantage. You play a basketball team in the same spot for however many games it takes to advance.

“So for us, it’s continue to play our style of basketball and at this point we understand that if we continue to do that we’re capable of beating anybody and we’ve shown it.”

Nets guard/forward Caris LeVert told reporters that Toronto moves the ball well and is a “great defensive team.”

“But for us, we feel like it’s about us,” LeVert said. “If we move the ball well, if we play good defence, if we’re locked into the game plan, we can win that series. We truly believe that. So we’re going to go into that playoff matchup all the way locked in.”

While there is no traditional home-court advantage in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said recently that he wasn’t writing it off entirely. The league has been tinkering with game presentation, Nurse said.

It includes 300 of the team’s fans appearing digitally on courtside video screens and manufactured crowd noise piped into the arena. During scrimmages in the Walt Disney World bubble, it had been so quiet Nurse said the opposing teams could hear him calling plays.

“There’s crowd noise (now), you can see family members and coaches’ family members and players’ family members (on the giant video screens), there is a sense of personal touch to it,” Nurse said. “It seems like they’re tweaking a little bit more and more as they go here in the games, as they’re learning things about how to put the game on in this setting.

“We’re seeing familiar faces on those screens, and who knows what it’ll evolve to here two months from now. So I don’t want to discount the home court thing quite yet.”

The Raptors’ playoff series against the Nets was their first post-season appearance in six years. Brooklyn won Game 7 104-103 in Toronto when Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry‘s shot as time expired.

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Raptors to face familiar foe in Nets in first round of post-season – Sportsnet.ca

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors will face a familiar opponent in the first round of the playoffs — the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets clinched their spot against the defending NBA champions with Sunday night’s 129-120 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Toronto lost to Brooklyn in seven games in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, the thrilling series that led to the creation of Jurassic Park fan zone outside the then-Air Canada Centre.

The Raptors (50-19) clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with Sunday’s 108-99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and achieved 50 wins on the season for the fifth consecutive year.

The Nets’ confidence is high after going 6-2 under interim coach Jacque Vaughn.

“As far as going into Toronto, you know what to expect,” Tyler Johnson said after scoring 21 points against the Clippers. “But then again, there’s no home-court advantage. You play a basketball team in the same spot for however many games it takes to advance.

“So for us, it’s continue to play our style of basketball and at this point we understand that if we continue to do that we’re capable of beating anybody and we’ve shown it.”

Caris LeVert guard/forward told reporters that Toronto moves the ball well and is a “great defensive team.”

“But for us, we feel like it’s about us,” LeVert said. “If we move the ball well, if we play good defence, if we’re locked into the game plan, we can win that series. We truly believe that. So we’re going to go into that playoff matchup all the way locked in.”

While there is no traditional home-court advantage in the NBA bubble at Walt Disney World, Raptors coach Nick Nurse said recently that he wasn’t writing it off entirely. The league has been tinkering with game presentation, Nurse said.

It includes 300 of the team’s fans appearing digitally on courtside video screens and manufactured crowd noise piped into the arena. During scrimmages in the Walt Disney World bubble, it had been so quiet Nurse said the opposing teams could hear him calling plays.

“There’s crowd noise (now), you can see family members and coaches’ family members and players’ family members (on the giant video screens), there is a sense of personal touch to it,” Nurse said. “It seems like they’re tweaking a little bit more and more as they go here in the games, as they’re learning things about how to put the game on in this setting,” Nurse said.

“We’re seeing familiar faces on those screens, and who knows what it’ll evolve to here two months from now. So I don’t want to discount the home court thing quite yet.”

The Raptors’ playoff series against the Nets was their first post-season appearance in six years. Brooklyn won Game 7 104-103 Toronto when Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry’s shot as time expired.

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Tortorella says criticism of Maple Leafs coach 'beyond belief' – NHL.com

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John Tortorella defended Sheldon Keefe one day after the Columbus Blue Jackets eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

The Blue Jackets coach responded to criticism leveled at the Maple Leafs coach for decisions made during the best-of-5 series, won by Columbus with a 3-0 victory in Game 5 at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday. The Blue Jackets advanced to play the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 is in Toronto, the hub city for the East, on Tuesday (3 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

The Maple Leafs have not won a postseason series since a seven-game victory against the Ottawa Senators in the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

“I just can’t get over people ripping Sheldon Keefe and his staff as far as the job he’s done with the Maple Leaf team,” Tortorella said of Keefe, who played most of his 125 NHL games for the Lightning from 2000-03 with Tortorella as his coach. “They have done a terrific job with that team. Now this is after the series and all that, and some of the things I read, some of the things I watched last night, I mean, half the pundits in this city think they really know about the game, but they really don’t. And it just [upsets me] for a fellow coach in this league.”

Keefe was hired to replace Mike Babcock on Nov. 20 following a 9-10-4 start and was 27-15-5 in 47 games. He guided Toronto of the American Hockey League to the Calder Cup in 2018.

“And I know it’s Toronto, a great city, a great hockey town, I love being here,” Tortorella said. “But some of the things he’s criticized for are beyond belief to me. And it just shows that people have no clue what’s going on in this game. So I just want to support him, I’m glad we won, but I just want to support him and his staff have done a terrific job with that hockey club.”

The Maple Leafs were the No. 8 seed in the East after going 36-25-9 (.579 points percentage). They are one of eight teams (Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets) eliminated from the Qualifiers with a 12.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday (6 p.m. ET; NHLN, NBCSN, SN, TVAS).

Alexis Lafreniere, a left wing for Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, is the projected top pick.

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