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Winnipeg Jets douse Calgary Flames 3-2 to even up qualifying series

EDMONTON - The Winnipeg Jets recovered from a gaffe and bad luck to edge the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Monday and draw even in their qualifying-round series.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers broke a 2-2 tie with a goal at 10:24 of the third period, and the Jets held on to even the best-of-five series at 1-1.

 

Adam Lowry led the Jets with a goal and an assist.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the eventual winner in the third period, rookie Jansen Harkins also scored for Winnipeg and Jack Roslovic contributed a pair of assists.

 

Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the win.

Elias Lindholm and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames. Calgary starter Cam Talbot stopped 23 shots in the loss.

VanVleet has 36 points, Raptors stretch win streak to six with win over Miami

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 36 points and had a big deflection in the dying seconds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 107-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday.

 

Pascal Siakam had 22 points, while Serge Ibaka had 15 and Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Raptors (48-18) stretched their win streak to six games, and improved to 2-0 in the NBA's restart after the COVID-19 hiatus.

 

Goran Dragic had 25 points to top the Heat (42-25). Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had 17 points, two nights after a big game against Denver that saw him score 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 125-105 win. Jimmy Butler, who'd missed Sunday's practice sparking speculation he was in quarantine, had 16.

 

The Raptors, who were slotted into Monday's matinee spot because of the holiday in most of Canada, led for most of the afternoon and broke the game open with a 20-7 third-quarter run that put them up by 17 points. But Miami sliced the difference to 84-79 with one quarter to play.

 

Olynyk's three-pointer midway through the fourth put Miami up by three, but Siakam's three-pointer sparked a mini Raptors run and when Lowry dished off a short pass to Ibaka for a dunk, Toronto was back up by six with 6:11 to play.

 

Tyler Herro's driving layup got Miami back within two. Free throws from Lowry and VanVleet had Toronto up by six, but a big Jae Crowder three-pointer and Dragic layup made it a one-point game with 41 seconds to play.

Thompson's Jennifer Saunders to be inducted in Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

Eight athletes will be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, including a racquetball player who grew up here in Thompson.

 

Jennifer Saunders has won eleven Canadian Women’s Singles Championships, and 13 Canadian Women’s Doubles Championships, which combined are a record number of 24 titles.

 

Internationally, Saunders won 11 medals in Singles, Doubles, and Team competitions in World Championships, and has competed for Canada 29 times in various competitions.

Taylor, Suzuki lift Nats past Jays 6-4 before 4-day break

WASHINGTON - Michael A. Taylor's second homer of the season helped the “visiting” Nationals knock around struggling Hyun-Jin Ryu and beat the home-away-from-home Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Thursday before both teams head into a coronavirus-caused “mini All-Star break,” as Washington manager Dave Martinez called it.

 

Kurt Suzuki delivered a two-run double and Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI double off Ryu (0-1), who gave up Taylor's two-run shot to straightaway centre that he celebrated with a socially distanced dugout dance in the fourth. Taylor is now 2 for 14 this season, a .143 average, but both hits cleared the fences.

 

Ryu's ERA is 8.00 after he allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, his second start under an $80 million, four-year deal Toronto gave him after he was second in NL Cy Young Award voting for the Dodgers in 2019.

 

Erick Fedde, making his second start in place of a sidelined Stephen Strasburg, gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Ryne Harper (1-0) followed and got five outs for the win. Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the year.

 

Nationals rookie third baseman Carter Kieboom reached base four times - two singles, two walks - and scored twice.

 

Teoscar Hernandez homered twice, giving him four during this four-game series at Washington, and Cavan Biggio hit a solo shot for Toronto.

Cross Lake's Brady Keeper to play second NHL game in exhibition play against the Lightning

Today at noon is the exhibition game between the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning, and if you look closely, you'll see Cross Lake's own Brady Keeper.

 

Keeper played for the Norman Northstars and the OCN Blizzard, and was the MVP in his final years in the MJHL in 2016-17.

 

He plays defense for the Panthers, and this will be his second game in the NHL.

Source: Canadian Premier League to play 2020 season in Charlottetown

TORONTO - The Canadian Premier League will play its 2020 season in Charlottetown.

 

A source, not authorized to speak on the record because the official announcement had not been made, confirmed that the eight-team league is headed to Prince Edward Island.

 

The league has scheduled a media conference call with commissioner David Clanachan for 1:20 p.m. ET.

 

Langford, B.C., had also been in the running to host the season with Moncton reportedly another contender.

 

The CPL's original schedule was to have started April 11 and conclude on Oct. 4 with teams playing a 28-game schedule, a plan derailed by the global pandemic.

Toronto Raptors lose final scrimmage in bubble 117-106 to Phoenix Suns

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - The weary-looking Toronto Raptors dropped a 117-106 decision to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, suffering their only loss in three scrimmages in the NBA's restart.

 

Pascal Siakam had 17 points, Norman Powell scored 14 off the bench, and Fred VanVleet, who was back after missing most of Sunday's scrimmage with a minor knee injury, had 13.

 

Kyle Lowry had 11 points, seven assists, and took a couple of charges.

Mikal Bridges had 26 points to top the Suns, while Ricky Rubio chipped in with 22.

 

Four days before the Raptors tip off their eight-game seeding round against the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Nick Nurse gave his starters more minutes.

 

But playing their third game in five days, and coming off an unheard-of four-month layoff due to COVID-19, the defending NBA champions were both sloppy and a step behind the Suns, who are 13th in the Western Conference and have the worst record of the 22 teams in the bubble (26-39).

Kerfoot scores twice, Leafs down Canadiens in exhibition play as NHL returns

TORONTO - Morgan Rielly had a goal and two assists, Alexander Kerfoot scored twice, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 in their exhibition matchup Tuesday as the NHL's restart to its pandemic-hit 2019-20 season got into full swing.

 

Ilya Mikheyev had the other goal for the Leafs, who got 28 saves from Frederik Andersen. Thomas Tatar and Paul Byron replied for the Canadiens. Carey Price stopped 19 shots for Montreal.

 

The Canadiens open their best-of-five qualifying round series against the heavily-favoured Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday - the first day the games will truly matter - before the Leafs do the same 24 hours later against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

Mikheyev, who suffered a gruesome wrist laceration in late December, scored just 33 seconds into his first game back inside an cavernous Scotiabank Arena as the league resumed action without fans after shuttering operations in mid-March because of COVID-19.

 

Kerfoot made it 2-0 at 6:46 of the second when he roofed a rebound after Kasperi Kapanen was stopped on a shorthanded breakaway.

 

Tatar got one back for Montreal with 3:04 left in the second on a power play off a nice feed from Nick Suzuki, but Kerfoot tipped Rielly's shot past Price late in the period to make it 3-1. Leafs rookie Nick Robertson, who was making his NHL debut after a 55-goal season in the Ontario Hockey League, picked up the second assist.

Oilers defeat Flames 4-1 in exhibition debut of Edmonton's NHL hub-bubble

EDMONTON - Connor McDavid scored two goals Tuesday to pace the Oilers to a 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames in the official debut of Edmonton's NHL post-season hub-bubble.

 

Kailer Yamamoto and Patrick Russell also scored for Edmonton while Elias Lindholm replied for Calgary.

 

It was the lone exhibition game for the two teams prior to the weekend start of the NHL's play-in round.

 

It was played before thousands of empty seats at Rogers Place, which has been locked down to prevent any spread of COVID-19 as Edmonton hosts the Western Conference play-in/play-off series to finish the 2019-20 season.

 

The game was only a minute old when Oiler centre Leon Draisaitl chased down a dump-in to Calgary's end to spark an attack that ended with Yamamoto firing a rebound over goalie Cam Talbot's glove to make it 1-0.

 

The Oilers' power play, the league's best at 29.5 per cent in the regular season, made it 2-0 at the 7:44 mark. Draisaitl threaded a cross-ice pass through heavy traffic in the slot to McDavid on the doorstep who then flicked the puck over a sprawling Talbot.

Tam: Feds, CFL in discussion about NHL-style cohort quarantine for Winnipeg hub

OTTAWA - Canada's chief public health officer says the federal government is in talks with the CFL about applying quarantine rules to returning American players that are similar to the cohort approach used by the NHL.

 

Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday that protocols the NHL has in place, which includes the concept of teams entering quarantine together, is being discussed with the CFL, though she said she did not have an update on how far talks have progressed.

 

The federal government approved a cohort quarantine approach for NHL teams entering Canada to resume the season in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams are isolated from the general public in “bubbles,” and players can quarantine together instead of being subjected to the individual 14-day quarantine required of those crossing the international border.

 

The CFL, which employs many American players who would need to cross the border, has approved Winnipeg as a hub city should a shortened 2020 season take place.

 

Under the Manitoba government plan, CFL players and coaches would be in a bubble consisting of hotels, practice fields and a stadium. Players would have to isolate at home for 14 days prior to departing for Winnipeg, be tested for the novel coronavirus upon their arrival then go into quarantine for another seven days.

 

A quarantine plan is not the only hurdle the CFL faces. The league needs to secure financial assistance from the federal government, and the CFL and CFL Players' Association need to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, for a shortened season to get the green light.

Game on: NHL returns after months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19

NHL hockey returns today after a months-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The Montreal Canadiens are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers meet the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place as part of today's three-game exhibition schedule that kicks off Phase 4 of the league's return-to-play plan.

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers square off in Toronto in today's other game.

 

Edmonton and Toronto are serving as hub cities for the 24 NHL teams that are returning to action, though the Canadiens and Flames are listed as the home teams tonight.

 

Each team will play an exhibition game at Scotiabank Arena or Rogers Place between today and Thursday before the playoff qualification round begin on Saturday.

 

The NHL suspended its season March 12 due to the spreading global pandemic and announced its four-stage return plan May 26.

Hernandez hits 2 of 4 Blue Jays homers in 4-1 win at Nats

WASHINGTON - Because of injuries, the can't-play-in-Toronto Blue Jays were without their leadoff hitter and their closer against the Washington Nationals on Monday night.

 

The two guys who took over those jobs came through. Teoscar Hernandez replaced late scratch Bo Bichette and hit two of Toronto's four solo homers off Anibal Sanchez, Anthony Bass got the save while filling in for Ken Giles, and the Blue Jays beat the 2019 World Series champions 4-1.

 

Hernandez drove the game's second pitch over the wall in right-centre, and started the fifth by homering to the same part of the park.

 

“Teo got us going right off the bat. ... Bass came in and was lights out. Shut the door. That's what everyone knows he's capable of doing. That was definitely a positive sign,” said Toronto's Trent Thornton, who started and pitched four innings, before being followed by five relievers.

 

“Two guys stepped up and got the job done,” Thornton said. “We have plenty of guys who are fully capable of doing that.”

 

Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen also went deep for the Blue Jays, who put Giles on the 10-day injured list Monday and pulled Bichette from the lineup about 15 minutes before the first pitch with a tight left hamstring.

 

Manager Charlie Montoyo's team already had to deal with the inconvenience of not being allowed to host any 2020 games in Toronto.

 

Indeed, the Blue Jays' first two “home” games of this pandemic-altered season will be played in Washington on Wednesday and Thursday while they wait for Buffalo's minor league park to be prepped for them.

 

Toronto improved to 2-2 and dropped the World Series champions to 1-3 by going deep - over and over again.

 

Washington kept getting hits, 11 in all. But other than Kurt Suzuki's double that scored Eric Thames from first base in the fourth, the Nationals could not come through.

 

“Just one of those days we weren't lucky,” said manager Dave Martinez, who was critical of baserunning by Victor Robles and Thames.

 

The Nationals hit into four double plays. Three times, they stranded a man on third. They left a total of 10 runners on base.

 

Ryan Borucki (1-0) got four outs to earn the win, before Bass recorded his first save of the year.

 

Toronto, meanwhile, kept getting the big swings: Of the six hits given up by Sanchez (0-1), four left the yard - including Hernandez's seventh career multi-homer game - and the others were doubles.

 

Asked about not allowing a single, Sanchez smiled widely and joked: “Almost a no-hitter.”

Ryan Stuart named Northstars head coach for upcoming season

Ryan Stuart has been named head coach of 2020/2021 Northstars.

 

Stuart served as assistant coach from 2010-2012 and his 5 years experience with Thompson Minor Hockey.

 

Thompson's own Ryan Monias has been picked up by the Winkler Flyers. The gigantic winger scored 20 goals and added 25 assists with the NorMan Northstars last year.

Blue Jays hold pair of workout sessions as summer camp continues

The Toronto Blue Jays resumed summer training camp at Rogers Centre on Tuesday with a pair of workout sessions that came amid the continued uncertainty about the team's present and future plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Few details were available as a planned conference call with manager Charlie Montoyo was pushed to Wednesday and media access to the stadium was postponed a day until Thursday.

 

Social media did provide a glimpse into the stadium as a photo of the empty ballpark with roof open was posted on the Blue Jays' Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon, complete with a “Home Sweet Home” caption and a pair of emojis.

 

Players arrived in town Sunday night via team charter from Dunedin, Fla., and began working out a day later. The Blue Jays' 60-game schedule was released Monday evening but the team still doesn't know where it will play home games this season.

 

The team has expressed its desire to play at Rogers Centre but as was required for training camp, approval would be needed from the government and health authorities.

 

There was no word on when a decision might be made. Messages left with the provincial government and the Public Health Agency of Canada were not immediately returned.

NHL/NHLPA announce tentative agreements on return-to-play protocol, new CBA

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have taken a massive step towards resuming the pandemic-hit 2019-20 season later this summer in Edmonton and Toronto - along with securing labour peace for the foreseeable future.

 

The league and its union announced Monday the two sides have hammered out a tentative deal on the return-to-play protocol as well as a memorandum of understanding on a four-year extension of the current collective bargaining agreement.

 

The NHL board of governors, the NHLPA's executive board and full membership must now ratify the documents, which are tied together, in three separate votes. If the proposals get the green light, training camps would begin July 13, with the 24 teams set to resume heading to the two Canadian hub cities on July 26. Competitive game action would then commence Aug. 1.

 

The league has yet to announce the two hubs for its return-to-play plan this summer, but Toronto and Edmonton are the destinations, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.

 

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league and the NHLPA have not released this information. The person said the league is in part being cautious and allowing itself flexibility in the event of potential spikes in COVID-19 infections in not yet determining which cities will host the conference finals and Stanley Cup final.

 

Hashed out in the shadow of unprecedented economic conditions brought on by COVID-19 - and viewed as crucial for a resumption of play - the proposed CBA would bring at least 14 consecutive years of NHL-NHLPA harmony after lockouts wiped out the 2004-05 season, and cut the 1994-95 and 2012-13 campaigns to 48 games.

Native American groups ask NFL to force Redskins name change

WASHINGTON - Several Native American leaders and organizations sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday calling for the league to force Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately.

 

The letter obtained by The Associated Press is signed by 15 Native American advocates. It demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos - with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched a “thorough review” of its name.

 

The groups “expect the NFL to engage in a robust, meaningful reconciliation process with Native American movement leaders, tribes, and organizations to repair the decades of emotional violence and other serious harms this racist team name has caused to Native Peoples.”

 

The NFL did not immediately respond to a message confirming receipt of the letter. Goodell last week expressed support for Snyder's review process of the name.

 

Retired PGA Tour golfer Notah Begay, two former executive directors of the National Congress of American Indians and several authors and professors signed on to the letter, which came the same day President Donald Trump criticized the Redskins and Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians for considering name changes.

 

Trump tweeted: “They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct.”

NHL says 5% of players have tested positive for COVID-19 at voluntary workouts

NEW YORK - The NHL says 35 total players have tested positive for the novel coronavirus over roughly the past month.

 

The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.

 

The NHL and NHL Players' Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.

 

Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.

Jays' McGuire fined after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct charge

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Toronto Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge - a second-degree misdemeanour - and paid fines totalling US$500 stemming from a February incident in Florida.

 

His Tampa-based lawyer, Wes Trombley, confirmed the plea Monday and said the case was resolved last week.

 

McGuire originally faced an indecent exposure charge after deputies were dispatched to a shopping centre parking lot in Dunedin on Feb. 7 following reports that a man sitting inside an SUV was exposing himself, according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office news release.

 

Deputies said they spoke with McGuire, who was co-operative and did not deny the allegations.

 

He was charged with a misdemeanour count of exposure of sexual organs, was given a notice to appear in court and was not taken to jail.

 

The charge was later reduced to disorderly conduct and formally processed last Thursday, according to the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller's office.

Blue Jays claim infielder Valera off waivers, add 3 more to training pool

The Toronto Blue Jays continued to re-tool their roster Thursday ahead of the upcoming MLB season, claiming infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the San Diego Padres and adding three others to its player pool.

 

Right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Josh Palacios were added to the pool of players who will be at the team's summer camp.

 

Training is supposed to begin Friday, with the 60-game regular season slated to start July 23 or 24.

 

Toronto had named 58 players to its pool earlier this week. Each team can have a maximum of 60.

 

The transactions page on the Blue Jays' website listed four players - right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and centre-fielder Jonathan Davis - as being added to the 10-day injured list Wednesday, with the moves retroactive to June 30. All four of those players were on Toronto's initial player pool.

 

Valera, 28, batted .234 in 17 MLB games last season, splitting time between the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season.

Toronto, Edmonton close to being named NHL hub cities

Toronto and Edmonton are on the verge of being picked as hub cities for the NHL's resumption of play, according to multiple reports.

 

TSN, Sportsnet, the Toronto Star and Postmedia all reported Wednesday the league is poised to pick two Canadian cities as sites for the 24 remaining teams to resume play later this summer, with the NHL attempting to crown a Stanley Cup champion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The NHL did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Canadian Press.

 

Toronto and Edmonton were among 10 markets originally under consideration to serve as the NHL's two hubs. The league and players unveiled the format for a resumption of play in late May featuring 24 teams split between two centres where they would play in front of no fans.

 

The plan calls for players and staff to be segregated from the general population inside so-called “bubbles” in hopes of keeping the novel coronavirus at bay. The league has said it will test players daily if its plan to resume play goes ahead.

 

Vancouver, Las Vegas, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis/St. Paul were the other cities in the running to be hubs before the league started to pare down the list in recent weeks.

CP Women's Open cancelled for 2020; Shaughnessy still host in 2021

The 2020 CP Women's Open has been cancelled.

 

The Canadian women's professional golf championship was scheduled for the first week of September at Vancouver's Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

 

Organizers had hoped that the tournament would be able to go ahead as planned, but travel and border restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible.

 

Shaughnessy and the city of Vancouver will instead host the event in 2021.

Golf Canada had already cancelled all of its national championships.

 

The RBC Canadian Open, Canada's men's professional championship, was cancelled in mid-April.

Blue Jays name 58 players to club player pool for 2020 season

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have named 58 players to their club player pool for the 2020 season.

 

Toronto made the announcement on Sunday, three days before training camp is expected to begin.

 

The roster includes 33 pitchers, 12 infielders, eight outfielders and five catchers.

 

Sunday was the deadline for teams to submit player pools, although additions can be made later. Many teams announced pools well below the 60-player limit.

 

Prospect Austin Martin, who Toronto selected fifth overall at the 2020 draft, has yet to sign a contract and wasn't amongst the 58 players named.

 

Training camp are scheduled to start Wednesday and a 60-game Major League Baseball regular season is set to begin July 23 or 24.

 

The Blue Jays are currently awaiting word on whether they'll get the go-ahead from government officials to train and play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto or be forced to shift focus to a likely homebase at the team's Dunedin spring-training facility in the COVID-19-ravaged state of Florida.

Blue Jays closer to getting full approval for training in Toronto

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays appear one step closer to being able to train at Rogers Centre for the upcoming season.

 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said Monday that “municipal, provincial and federal health folks” have given the team the OK, but they are still awaiting federal approval on the issue of quarantining.

 

The Blue Jays, the lone MLB team north of the Canada-U.S. border, had to ask for special permission from the Canadian government last week to use their Toronto stadium. The border remains closed to non-essential travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

It's unclear if the Blue Jays would also be playing their home games in Toronto, or if permission is being granted for training only.

 

Players would arrive in Toronto on Wednesday with camp officially beginning Friday. An abbreviated 60-game regular season would begin either July 23 or 24 and last 66 days.

 

Having a home base in Toronto would mean the Blue Jays can avoid using their spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla. - at least for the time being.

NHL says 26 players have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 8

TORONTO - The NHL says 26 players have tested positive for COVID-19 since Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol started June 8.

 

The numbers released Monday include 11 positive results previously announced June 19. The league added it's also aware of 11 other players testing positive outside of Phase 2 over the last three weeks.

 

The NHL said it's conducted in excess of 1,450 tests for COVID-19 during Phase 2, which has practice facilities open for voluntary on- and off-ice workouts in small groups under strict health and safety guidelines.

 

Four separate teams announced a total of 10 positive tests for the novel coronavirus in the spring - five from Ottawa, three from Colorado, and one each from Pittsburgh and Boston.

 

The league and the NHL Players' Association continue to negotiate plans for a resumption of the pandemic-delayed 2019-20 season, including health and safety measures, and the location of two hub cities that will combine to host 24 clubs.

 

The opening of training camps, which represent Phase 3 of the return-to-play protocol, is scheduled for July 10. If all goes well, it's hoped the season will then resume later that month or in early August.

Raptors scheduled to face Lakers Aug. 1 in return to action

TORONTO - The defending champion Toronto Raptors will resume the 2019-20 NBA season on Aug. 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

 

The Raptors, along with the NBA, announced their revised eight-game schedule on Friday.

 

Under the format for the restart, the 22 participating teams will have eight 'seeding games,' selected from their remaining regular-season matchups.

 

Toronto will also play Miami, Orlando, Boston, Memphis, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Denver, with the 'seeding games' concluding by Aug. 14.

 

All games will be played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with no fans in attendance.

 

The Raptors held down the second seed in the Eastern Conference when play was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The NBA's re-opening night on July 31 will see New Orleans against Utah and the Clippers versus the Lakers.

 

 

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