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Raptors Uprising GC sets NBA 2K League record with 15th straight esports win
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Raptors Uprising GC sets NBA 2K League record with 15th straight esports win

TORONTO — Unbeaten Raptors Uprising GC set a pair of NBA 2K League single-season records with its 15th straight win Thursday, sweeping Lakers Gaming in esports play.Toronto (15-0) will go after the perfect season next Friday when it closes against Cavs Legion GC (4-7) ahead of the playoffs.Blazer5 Gaming held the previous records for both single-season wins and consecutive regular-season wins at 14 — both set last year during a 14-2 campaign.Despite some patchy play, Toronto turned it on when it needed to in Game 1 Thursday for a 90-85 victory. Normal service resumed in Game 2 as the Raptors crushed the Lakers 99-68 to sweep the best-of-three series.Star point guard Kenneth (Kenny Got Work) Hailey had 42 points and 11 assists in Game 1 while three other Raptors finished in doub...
Stefanski preaches patience as Browns ramp up in unique camp
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Stefanski preaches patience as Browns ramp up in unique camp

CLEVELAND — Instead of a whistle dangling from his neck, Browns coach Kevin Stefanski wears a sensor that blinks and beeps whenever he's within 6 feet of someone in the team's facility.Nothing could have prepared him for his first training camp in Cleveland.Stefanski said Thursday he still hasn't met many of his players in person, and the first-year coach outlined some of the team's plans — and contingencies for players opting out or getting sick — for practices next month while adhering to strict protocols laid out by the NFL to keep players, coaches and other personnel safe from COVID-19.On yet another Zoom call with reporters, Stefanski, who was hired in January after 13 seasons as an assistant coach in Minnesota, said he'll preach more patience to his team as he begin...
Taylor, Suzuki lift Nats past Jays 6-4 before 4-day break
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Taylor, Suzuki lift Nats past Jays 6-4 before 4-day break

WASHINGTON — Starlin Castro is coming off a four-hit game. His Washington Nationals finally have their first consecutive wins of the season. So much for momentum, though.That's because now the Nationals — and their opponents Thursday, the Toronto Blue Jays — need to take four days off, a coronavirus-caused “mini All-Star break,” as Washington manager Dave Martinez called it.Castro scored twice, rookie Carter Kieboom reached base four times and Michael A. Taylor homered as the “visiting” Nationals knocked around struggling Toronto starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to beat the home-away-from-home Blue Jays 6-4 Thursday.“I've been feeling good. I've been hitting the ball hard,” said Castro, batting .360 through seven games in his first year with the Na...
LEADING OFF: Yelich, Springer slumping, Blue Jays wandering
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LEADING OFF: Yelich, Springer slumping, Blue Jays wandering

A look at what’s happening around the majors on Friday:SLOW STARTSTwo-time defending NL batting champion Christian Yelich has a long way to go if he wants a three-peat. The Milwaukee star is 1 for 27 to start the season, an .037 average that’s worst among qualified hitters.Yelich also has struck out 12 times going into the series opener at home against Jack Flaherty and the Cardinals.A trio of top Houston hitters also has been slow out of the batter’s box this season. Former World Series MVP George Springer (.048), two-time batting champ Jose Altuve (.174) and former All-Star Game MVP Alex Bregman (.174) will look to break loose when the Astros visit the Angels.TORONTO’S TRAVELSVladimir Guerrero Jr. and the wandering Blue Jays will figure out where to spend this wee...
Trout placed on paternity list ahead of couple’s first child
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Trout placed on paternity list ahead of couple’s first child

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout was placed on the paternity list before the Los Angeles Angels' game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.The reigning AL Most Valuable Player and his wife, Jessica, are expecting their first child, which was due Monday. Trout, who turns 29 on Aug. 7, initially expressed reservations about playing the season due to the coronavirus pandemic when players started summer camp workouts but was pleased with how the Angels were trying to keep players healthy.The power-hitting outfielder batted .292 with a home run and four RBIs in Los Angeles' first six games.The Angels recalled right-handed pitcher Kyle Keller to take Trout's roster spot. Brian Goodwin moved from right to centre field and will bat second, which is Trout's usual spot in the lineup.___M...
Final game of Cubs at Reds postponed because of rain
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Final game of Cubs at Reds postponed because of rain

CINCINNATI — The finale of a four-game series between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds was postponed Thursday because of rain.No makeup date was set in this virus-shortened season. The Cubs are scheduled to return to Cincinnati for a three-game series Aug. 28-30.Rain moved in several hours before the scheduled start and was expected to last well into the evening.The rainout slowed Chicago's fast start to the season, with four wins in the first six games. Chicago took two of three in Cincinnati, the first time it has opened with back-to-back series wins since 2017.Chicago's offence is on a tear, scoring eight, eight and seven runs in the three games in Cincinnati. The Cubs have homered in each of their first six games — they hadn't done that since 2009.And they've done it wi...
Players, coaches kneel before NBA’s re-opening night
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Players, coaches kneel before NBA’s re-opening night

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Black players were next to white players. Coaches from one team were next to their compatriots from the opposing side. Many locked arms with the man next to them, some shut their eyes tightly, a few raised their fists into the air.The NBA had a strong, powerful re-opening night message.When it comes to demanding change, the league stands united — and on Thursday, the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans showed that by not standing.An unprecedented image for the league in unprecedented times: The Jazz and Pelicans knelt alongside one another during “The Star-Spangled Banner," their way of joining the chorus of those demanding racial justice and equality in society.The NBA has a rule that dates back to the early 1980s decreeing that players must stand...