Rogers Communications Inc. says it was exploring the future of its Toronto stadium prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus has caused it to put those plans on hold.
The telecommunications company and owner of the Blue Jays baseball team says its primary focus this year is keeping staff safe and maintaining operations, and it has no update on the status of the Rogers Centre stadium.
The statement comes after the Globe and Mail reported Friday that Rogers and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. were looking to tear down the stadium as part of a larger development project.
Citing unnamed sources, the Globe says the two companies would build a new stadium half the size on the southern part of the current site and use the remaining land for residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space.
Brookfield declined to comment on the matter.
Quick Reaction: Pacers 129, Raptors 114 – Raptors Republic
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|A. Baynes14 MIN, 9 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 4-9 FG, 1-4 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -2 +/-
Baynes clearly has a lot more pep in his step since righting his early season wrongs over the past few games. Tonight was another stride in the right direction. Indiana’s bigs were cheating off of him on numerous occasions, and Baynes burned them for it. The big Aussie displayed some really soft touch around the rim, and helped free up space for his guards with some rock solid screens on the perimeter.
|K. Lowry32 MIN, 12 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 2-11 FG, 1-5 3FG, 7-7 FT, 0 BLK, 2 TO, -4 +/-
Kyle started this one looking a little hungover from his 2 game absence, turning the ball over and playing quite sloppy basketball by his standards in the first half. Lowry failed to counterbalance his shoddy offense with any other sort of real contribution in this game. He notched up the intensity up a bit in the fourth quarter, but relied heavily on his teammates for points as he struggled to put the ball in the net all night long.
|N. Powell39 MIN, 24 PTS, 6 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL, 8-19 FG, 2-7 3FG, 6-6 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -14 +/-
Powell provided the offensive spark Toronto needed in this one, filling it up from multiple areas from the moment the game tipped. Shades of 2017 Playoff Powell were on display tonight, as Norm was both ultra aggressive and efficient whenever he touched the ball. He slashed to the cup like a madman in control, and his jumper was looking buttery. Without Norm’s immeasurable offensive boost, this one might have been over at halftime.
|O. Anunoby27 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 0 STL, 4-8 FG, 2-3 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -5 +/-
OG followed up his best game of the season with a fine performance on Monday evening. The work he’s putting in to his jump shot is clearly paying off, as he’s been an absolute marksman to start the year. His night was cut short by a bloody lip, but he still managed to hit double figures for the 9th consecutive game. Yeah that’s cool.
|F. VanVleet34 MIN, 25 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 11-21 FG, 3-5 3FG, 0-1 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -16 +/-
With Lowry back at his side, FVV demanded less defensive attention on Monday evening than he did yesterday, which directly increased his appetite to score. Fred did a solid job of supplementing his barrage of pull up jimmys with attacking open space early and often. Offense was tough to come by at points in this one, but Fred was one of the few who seemed to keep it rolling all night long.
|C. Boucher29 MIN, 9 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST, 1 STL, 3-12 FG, 1-6 3FG, 2-4 FT, 2 BLK, 2 TO, -15 +/-
The boy was back tonight. Well, at least from a defensive standpoint he was. After a couple rather pedestrian outings for the wacky-waving-inflatable-arm-flailing-tube man, Boucher served up a tasty defensive performance on Monday. Boucher saw the fear in his teammate’s eyes when they looked at Myles Turner in the first half, then said, “hold my beer”. He was an absolute shot-bothering stud during the second half, anchoring a performance which could’ve only been improved by a much more accurate jump shot.
|S. Johnson25 MIN, 4 PTS, 4 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 0-1 FG, 0-0 3FG, 4-4 FT, 1 BLK, 1 TO, 3 +/-
Stanimal began his night with one hell of a nasty swat on an Aaron Holiday transition lay-up attempt, and never looked back. Johnsons value might not be recognized from those lightly skimming the stat sheet, but if you watch him play, his impact on the game is pretty clear. He’s an intuitive disruptor who’s skillset shone bright in the minutes he played tonight.
|Y. Watanabe15 MIN, 9 PTS, 5 REB, 0 AST, 1 STL, 2-6 FG, 1-4 3FG, 4-4 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -8 +/-
Yuta had a couple bad turnovers and didn’t show the touch around the rim that we’re used to seeing from him, but he still made a few great plays in timely spots. He’s got a smooth-looking jumper, and as has been mentioned in many a QR before, is extremely agile for a player his size.
|T. Davis6 MIN, 3 PTS, 0 REB, 1 AST, 1 STL, 1-2 FG, 1-2 3FG, 0-0 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, -9 +/-
Not much to say about TD’s 6 min in this one. Took two 3’s and made one. He was part of a unit that gave up a ton of points in the 2nd quarter.
|D. Bembry5 MIN, 2 PTS, 2 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-2 FG, 0-0 3FG, 0-0 FT, 1 BLK, 0 TO, -4 +/-
He filled in for OG for a couple minutes in the forth while he was getting his lip tended to, but didn’t do much that was noticeable.
|M. Thomas2 MIN, 4 PTS, 0 REB, 0 AST, 0 STL, 1-1 FG, 1-1 3FG, 1-1 FT, 0 BLK, 1 TO, 4 +/-
Thomas was standing out of bounds when he caught the ball on his first touch of the game, but swiftly made up for it with a 4-point play on the next possession. Great work staying ready from a guy who hasn’t seen the court much since the first couple games of the season.
Nurse definitely did a good job of instilling some change in the locker room at half time, turning his clubs defensive performance around. However, he was 2 quarters too late, not being able to respond to the small ball, rapid pace which Indiana played from the jump.
Things We Saw
- Talk about a tale of two halves. The Raptors were god awful from a defensive stand point for the first 24 minutes, then came out looking like a totally different team in the third quarter. They outscored the Pacers by 9 in the frame, but more importantly, they held them to 28 points. That doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment, but for the pace this game was being played at, it was.
- Maybe it’s nagging pain from the toe infection, or it might be rust from being out of game action for a few days, but the Raps need their star player in Kyle Lowry to make more of an imprint on the game if they hope to keep trending in the right direction. Very peculiar to see Lowry, who usually contributes in multiple areas, be pretty ineffective across the board tonight. Let’s hope it’s just an aberration in the perennial All-Star’s game.
- Toronto has righted the ship somewhat, going 6-2 in their last 8 contests against several banged up teams. Now a real test presents itself in the form of their next game. The Raptors play the Bucks at home on Wednesday, in what should be a good litmus test for how far this club has come.
Player with Kamloops Blazers critically injured in weekend snowboard accident – The Globe and Mail
A player with the Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers has suffered what the league describes as “life-altering injuries” following a weekend snowboarding accident in Saskatchewan.
A statement posted by the league says the news about Kyrell Sopotyk is devastating.
The 19-year-old forward from Aberdeen, Sask., was entering his third year with the Blazers.
An online fundraiser set up for Sopotyk says he has been paralyzed.
The fundraiser launched Sunday to assist Sopotyk and his family with “possible renovations, health care costs and any additional supports,” and had far surpassed its $50,000 goal in less than 15 hours.
A statement issued by the Kamloops Blazers encourages public support of the fundraiser and calls Sopotyk “a tremendous young man and an exemplary representative” of the team.
Diamond Resorts A Great Start To 2021 – LPGA
That’s what I’m talking about. The star power at the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions presented by Insurance Office of America was simply off the charts – and so was the golf. Twenty-five LPGA Tour winners were joined by 53 celebrities and even the name “Sorenstam” popped up on a leaderboard for the first time in a dozen years.
But ultimately, it was the quality of play that stole the show at the Four Seasons Golf & Sports Club Orlando. For the second consecutive year, it took extra holes to decide a winner – although this time the action didn’t spill over until Monday as it did in 2020 when Gaby Lopez needed seven playoff holes to better first Inbee Park and then Nasa Hataoka.
This time, Jessica Korda rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of bonus golf to edge Danielle Kang for her sixth LPGA Tour victory after a Sunday shootout that was simply sensational. It was the fourth time Korda won her season debut and it sets hopes high for the season ahead – both for Korda and the LPGA Tour.
“Amazing,” Korda said, glancing down at the trophy. “It was obviously a huge grind. Danielle was playing so solid, and then Nelly started to make a bunch of birdies. I was like, Oh, my gosh. What’s happening? I knew that I was going to have to go low today.”
The final round began with the spotlight on the glam group of Kang, Korda and her sister Nelly and it stayed there all day. Kang began Sunday with a two-stroke lead over Jessica with Nelly a seemingly insurmountable six strokes behind. But then things got interesting.
Kang, who tied the LPGA Tour 54-hole record of 192, closed with a 68 while Jessica Korda finished with a 66 as they ended regulation tied at 24-under-par 260. Nelly Korda made a brilliant charge with a bogey-free 64 to finish two strokes back.
After going 84 holes without a bogey dating back to last season, Kang finally slipped up with a three-putt on No. 15. Meanwhile, both Kordas were making a run, Nelly reeling off six birdies in seven holes beginning on No. 7 and Jessica making four in seven holes beginning on No. 6.
As they stepped to the drivable par-4 16th hole, Kang was 23 under par, Jessica 22 under and Nelly 21 under. When Kang drove into the right trees, it appeared to be anyone’s ball game – at least anyone named Kang or Korda.
A birdie by Jessica and pars by Kang and Nelly sent the trio to the par-5 17th hole with Danielle and Jessica tied for the lead and Nelly two strokes behind. All three birdied No. 17 and parred No. 18, pushing the outcome to a playoff, which Jessica made sure would not need an extra day.
“It was just a crazy, crazy day,” Korda said. “Crazy two days. Shooting 60 yesterday, getting myself back into contention after bogeying three holes in a row to finish my second round. Crazy week.”
The weekend fireworks at Diamond Resorts were a fitting finish to a powerful week that kicked off 2021, a year in which the Tour visits Olympic Club, Atlanta Athletic Club, Carnoustie Golf Links and Inverness Club in a 34-event, $75 million bounce-back from the pandemic pause of 2020. If Diamond Resorts was the rousing overture, let the show begin.
Saturday alone was a day for the history books. Kang shot 63 to maintain the two-stroke lead she had going into the weekend but lost three strokes to Jessica Korda’s 60, a score beaten only once in the 71-year history of the LPGA, that by Annika Sorenstam, who played in the celebrity field.
“Days like today don’t come often, so you really cherish them when they do,” said Korda, whose previous best round was a 62 in the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand, which she also won.
The 60 was just the fifth in LPGA Tour history and first since Paula Creamer in 2008. The only 59 in Tour history was by Sorenstam in 2001. Larry Fitzgerald, the sure-handed receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, played with Korda during her magical round and had a ringside seat to witness greatness.
“The shot she hit on 18 was unbelievable,” Fitzgerald said about the birdie that capped Korda’s 60. “She played the contour of the greens, she hit it exactly where she wanted, and left herself below the hole. It was mastery at its finest. She had complete command of her ball today.”
In all, 10 major champions were in the field at Diamond Resorts and they were joined by Hall of Famers from other sports, Grammy-winning musicians, stage performers and media personalities. The celebrity division, played under the Stableford format, was won by U.S. Davis Cup tennis captain Mardy Fish, with 158 points.
Chad Pfiefer, who lost his left leg above the knee in an IED explosion in Iraq and is a past winner of the National Amputee Championship, was second with 147 points. Sorenstam, playing the event for the first time, was ninth with 134 points.
The show put on Sunday by a couple of Kordas and Kang at Diamond Resorts set the bar extremely high for the new season. There’s only one thing to do now: Start gathering names to play in next year’s Tournament of Champions.
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