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NASCAR bans Confederate flags at its events

Jun 10 2020 — — NASCAR announced on Wednesday it would ban Confederate flags from its events, two days after the only black driver in the league’s top series called on NASCAR to make the change.

CBC host Wendy Mesley apologizes for using a certain word in discussion on race

Jun 9 2020 — — CBC News host Wendy Mesley says she’s sorry and “deeply ashamed” after using “a word that should never be used” during an editorial discussion about current issues regarding race. “The Weekly with Wendy Mesley” host took to her Twitter account to post about the incident, which now has her off the air while the CBC […]

Piya Chattopadhyay to host Sunday mornings on CBC Radio

Jun 8 2020 — — Piya Chattopadhyay will be the new host of Sunday mornings on CBC Radio One, beginning in September. CBC announced Monday that Chattopadhyay and the show’s team will develop a new format, maintaining the focus on in-depth interviews and documentary storytelling. The program will air on CBC Radio One and the CBC Listen app.

J.K. Rowling faces backlash over tweets considered transphobic

Jun 7 2020 — — J.K. Rowling is facing backlash online after being accused of making transphobic comments on social media. The “Harry Potter” author took to Twitter on Saturday to share an opinion article titled “Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate,” calling out the article’s use of the phrase “people who menstruate.” “I’m sure there […]

UFC champion Conor McGregor has announced his retirement

Jun 7 2020 — — Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor announced his retirement from the sport on social media Sunday. The former two-division UFC World Champion said he was done fighting in a statement posted to his verified Twitter early Sunday morning.

Woodbine Entertainment to kick off both harness, thoroughbred cards this weekend

Jun 5 2020 — Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Horse-racing has another opportunity to take centre stage on the Canadian sports landscape with the pro ranks still suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harness racing resumes Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ont., following an 78-day hiatus. Horses ran there until March before action was suspended due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. But this weekend […]

Veteran commentator Chris Cuthbert joins Sportsnet’s NHL broadcast team

Jun 5 2020 — The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Veteran sports commentator Chris Cuthbert is joining Sportsnet as an NHL play-by-play analyst. Cuthbert had been at TSN since 2005, where he was the network's lead CFL commentator as well as an NHL play-by-play voice. Cuthbert worked on CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada" prior to joining TSN. He started in 1984 anchoring regional western […]

Carole Baskin awarded the zoo once owned by ‘Tiger King’ Joe Exotic

Jun 2 2020 — — Carole Baskin, whose longstanding feud with Joe Exotic was chronicled in the hit Netflix docuseries “Tiger King,” has been awarded the zoo once owned by her nemesis. A judge ruled in favour of Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue Corporation Monday in a lawsuit against the Greater Wynnewood Development Group, LLC. The latter company once was owned […]

‘Seinfeld’ actor Richard Herd dies at 87

May 27 2020 — — Veteran American actor Richard Herd died on Tuesday. He was 87. The entertainer was best known for playing Mr. Wilhelm — George Costanza’s (Jason Alexander) supervisor at his job with the New York Yankees — on the late 1980s and ’90s sitcom Seinfeld. He also played the Klingon L’Kor on Star Trek: The Next Generation […]

NHL formally adopts 24-team playoff format, announces altered draft lottery

May 26 2020 — — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league and the NHL Players’ Association have agreed on a return-to-play format in the event the 2019-20 season can resume. The 24-team plan would see the top-4 clubs the Eastern and Western Conference play two mini round-robin tournaments to determine seeding for the playoffs.