Eugenie Bouchard will Compete in Olympics: ‘In the End I Know that I Really Want to Go’

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MONTREAL — Eugenie Bouchard will represent Canada in tennis at the Olympics in Rio. “I had concerns about going, of course because of Zika and my health and summer in general,” Bouchard said Sunday at a press conference. “I spent a lot of time making this decision, but in the end I know that I really want to go.” Bouchard ...

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Montreal Olympics: Most Facilities Built for 1976 Games Still Open

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Montreal experienced a sports building boom before the Olympics. After all the medals were handed out, the city was left with an abundance of world-class facilities. Many had been built wildly over-budget. The inquiry into Olympic cost over-runs found one facility to be a “real white elephant” and another of “an extravagance without any relation to the Olympic requirements or the city’s needs after ...

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Amateur Jared Du Toit Comes up Short at Canadian Open, But Wins Hundreds of Fans

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OAKVILLE, Ont. – It was only fitting that Jared du Toit took the final shot of the RBC Canadian Open. Although the amateur from Kimberley, B.C., fell out of contention in the final round of the PGA Tour event, he still got the biggest ovation of the day at the awards ceremony on the 18th green at Glen Abbey Golf ...

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Rogers Cup: Serena Williams’s Injury is Hard Hit for Tournament

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The Rogers Cup women’s tennis championships suffered a major blow Sunday when Wimbledon champion Serena Williams withdrew with an inflammation of the right shoulder. While the tournament still boasts eight of the Top 10 women in the WTA Tour rankings, Williams is not only the No. 1 player on the tour, but also the biggest draw in women’s tennis. With ...

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Argonauts’ Josh Bourke Prepares for ‘Emotional Game’ Against Alouettes

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TORONTO — The Argonauts threw plenty of money at Josh Bourke last February when he was a free agent. He would have been foolish not to take the bait. But as the veteran offensive-tackle prepares to play his first game against his former team Monday night, Bourke, who spent nine seasons with the Alouettes, admits there’s some anxiety and mixed ...

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IOC Poised to Rule on Russia’s Status for Rio Olympics

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LONDON – As the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, international Olympic leaders are facing a seminal moment. With the credibility of the fight against doping on the line and the image of the Olympic movement at stake, the IOC will hold a crucial meeting Sunday to consider whether to ban Russia entirely from the Rio Games ...

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Russian Doping Scandal: IOC Had Chance to Make Bold Statement and Blew It

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For all its championing of “higher, faster stronger”, the one comparative that few have had occasion to attach to the International Olympic Committee is “braver.” Rooted as it is in old world blue bloods and augmented by former sportsmen and women co-opted to further the mythology, the membership of the IOC has whistled past many a graveyard over the years ...

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White Sox Suspend Chris Sale for Destroying Jerseys

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox suspended ace Chris Sale five days without pay for destroying collared throwback uniforms the team was scheduled to wear. The White Sox announced the punishment on Sunday after Sale was scratched from his scheduled start and sent home the previous night. The suspension comes to $250,000 of his $9.15 million salary. He was also ...

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Table Set for Likely Raonic-Djokovic Faceoff at Rogers Cup

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TORONTO — Novak Djokovic didn’t watch it. Milos Raonic has it on instant replay, both figuratively and literally. The tennis foes, on a collision course to meet later this week at the Rogers Cup, were talking about their recent Wimbledon tournaments, and the aftermath of their sport’s most prestigious event. Djokovic, of course, had his dreams of a calendar-year Grand ...

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Aussies Won’t Move to Rio Village Yet; Power, Plumbing Fears

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Australia’s Olympic team leader is keeping the delegation’s 700 athletes or staff out of the Athletes Village for at least two days, citing electrical and plumbing problems in the sprawling complex less than two weeks before the start of the games in Rio de Janeiro. “Electricity and water is not a good combination,” Kitty Chiller told ...

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