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In this July 1, 2021, file photo, men cycle along the wall installed to close off a park being prepared for the Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few fans — if any — being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan's Asahi newspaper, citing multiple unidentified government sources, says the opening ceremony will be limited only to VIP guests. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)

Tokyo Olympics shaping up as TV-only event with few fans

Surging virus numbers in Tokyo are forcing a rollback in fans in the stands

In this July 1, 2021, file photo, men cycle along the wall installed to close off a park being prepared for the Olympics and Paralympics Games in Tokyo. The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics are shaping up as a TV-only event with few fans — if any — being allowed when they open in just over two weeks. Japan's Asahi newspaper, citing multiple unidentified government sources, says the opening ceremony will be limited only to VIP guests. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)
Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) celebrates with right wing Cole Caufield (22) after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime period Game 4 Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal, Monday, July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson (17) celebrates with right wing Cole Caufield (22) after scoring the game-winning goal during overtime period Game 4 Stanley Cup finals hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Montreal, Monday, July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
FILE - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) is shown during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, in this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, file photo. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday, July 5, 2021, that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died. The team said in a statement Kivlenieks died from an apparent head injury in a fall after medical personnel arrived. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall or where he was at the time of the incident, and multiple messages were left with team and national federation personnel that were not immediately returned.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NHL goalie dead from chest trauma in July 4 fireworks blast

Autopsy finds Columbus player Matiss Kivlenieks died after firework tilted and fired toward people

FILE - Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks (80) is shown during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York, in this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, file photo. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Latvian Hockey Federation said Monday, July 5, 2021, that 24-year-old goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks has died. The team said in a statement Kivlenieks died from an apparent head injury in a fall after medical personnel arrived. It was not immediately clear what caused the fall or where he was at the time of the incident, and multiple messages were left with team and national federation personnel that were not immediately returned.(AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
Police officers keep an eye on Montreal Canadiens fans following game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning outside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal police ready as Canadiens, Lightning square off ahead of do-or-die Game 4

Police made 15 arrests after the Canadiens’ series-clinching victory against Vegas in late June

Police officers keep an eye on Montreal Canadiens fans following game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup final between the Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning outside the Bell Centre in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
André De Grasse, of Canada, wins the men’s 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, July 1, 2021. De Grasse had to train on a soccer field for weeks after his track in Florida closed for COVID-19 protocols. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NTB, Annika Byrd

‘Resilience’ is catchphrase for Canada’s Tokyo Olympic track and field team

Canada is coming off a solid showing at the 2019 world championships in Doha

André De Grasse, of Canada, wins the men’s 200m at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo, Norway, Thursday, July 1, 2021. De Grasse had to train on a soccer field for weeks after his track in Florida closed for COVID-19 protocols. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-NTB, Annika Byrd
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save off Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov during second period Game 3 Stanley Cup finals action in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price makes a save off Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov during second period Game 3 Stanley Cup finals action in Montreal, Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Socially distanced fans on the field and in the stands listen as coach Urban Meyer speaks during an NFL football draft party Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

NFL can’t confirm Chung’s allegations of discrimination

Chung, who is Korean American, said he was told he was ‘not the right minority’ by an NFL team

Socially distanced fans on the field and in the stands listen as coach Urban Meyer speaks during an NFL football draft party Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Jacksonville, Fla. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) blocks a shot by Montreal Canadiens center Nick Suzuki (14) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden smile following a virtual joint statement in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Trudeau is challenging the U.S. president to a bet as the Montreal Canadiens square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final — a gamble Biden readily accepted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

‘You’re on pal’: Biden accepts Trudeau’s bet on Habs as Stanley Cup final kicks off

Last hockey bet, Barack Obama wound up owing former prime minister Stephen Harper two cases of beer

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United States President Joe Biden smile following a virtual joint statement in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. Trudeau is challenging the U.S. president to a bet as the Montreal Canadiens square off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final — a gamble Biden readily accepted. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki, centre, is helped to turn his body by Eric Daigle, left, and Jill Mack while he attends a physiotherapy session in Calgary on Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki, centre, is helped to turn his body by Eric Daigle, left, and Jill Mack while he attends a physiotherapy session in Calgary on Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A referee breaks up Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
A referee breaks up Montreal Canadiens right wing Josh Anderson, left, and Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Pat Maroon (14) during the third period in Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup finals, Monday, June 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)
The Stanley Cup is carried down to the ice at Amalie Arena as fans look on in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd

Denied by COVID-19 in 2020, Tampa gets second chance to pull out Stanley Cup stops

Game one of the Stanley Cup Final gets underway with defending champ Tampa hosting hungry Montreal

The Stanley Cup is carried down to the ice at Amalie Arena as fans look on in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd
Montreal Canadiens fans celebrate on Rue St Catherine after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action in Montreal, Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe

COVID-19 restrictions could still limit celebrations as Habs try to win Stanley Cup

Unlike past playoff runs, many fans will be celebrating from their homes instead of in bars and restaurants

Montreal Canadiens fans celebrate on Rue St Catherine after the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action in Montreal, Thursday, June 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe
Team Canada huddle up during action against Brazil at the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Team Canada won 33-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

11 B.C. athletes named to Canada’s rugby sevens for Tokyo Olympics

Both teams are home at the Al Charron National Training Center in Langford preparing for the Games

Team Canada huddle up during action against Brazil at the HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Team Canada won 33-5. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Montreal Canadiens fans run from tear gas fired by the police to break up the huge crowds as Canadiens fans celebrate on Rue Rene Levesque after the Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action in Montreal, Thursday, June 24, 2021. The Canadiens will advance to the Stanley Cup final. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe

Tear gas used as police contain rowdy Canadiens fans after win over Vegas to advance

Fans were temporarily forced to stay inside the arena due to safety concerns

Montreal Canadiens fans run from tear gas fired by the police to break up the huge crowds as Canadiens fans celebrate on Rue Rene Levesque after the Canadiens defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in overtime game 6 NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action in Montreal, Thursday, June 24, 2021. The Canadiens will advance to the Stanley Cup final. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter McCabe
Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield (22) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with teammates Nick Suzuki (14) and Paul Byron (41) during second period NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield (22) celebrates his goal against the Vegas Golden Knights with teammates Nick Suzuki (14) and Paul Byron (41) during second period NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey semifinal action Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
during the second half of a women’s exhibition basketball game, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP/Jessica Hill)

Canadian basketball player may be forced to choose between infant daughter, 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Kim Gaucher says COVID-19 rules prevent her from bringing her daughter, Sophie, to the Tokyo Olympics next month

during the second half of a women’s exhibition basketball game, Friday, July 29, 2016, in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP/Jessica Hill)
Montreal Canadiens celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Montreal Canadiens could advance to Stanley Cup final on Quebec’s Fête nationale

North America’s most successful hockey team one win away from first final appearance since 1993

Montreal Canadiens celebrate after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Former Vancouver Canucks’ Daniel Sedin, left, and his twin brother Henrik Sedin, both of Sweden, take a selfie together after a media availability ahead of a Wednesday ceremony where the NHL hockey team is scheduled to retire their numbers, in Vancouver, on Monday February 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Moving into management next step in Sedin twins’ hockey development

Sedins to be involved in all areas of hockey operations, including player evaluation and development

Former Vancouver Canucks’ Daniel Sedin, left, and his twin brother Henrik Sedin, both of Sweden, take a selfie together after a media availability ahead of a Wednesday ceremony where the NHL hockey team is scheduled to retire their numbers, in Vancouver, on Monday February 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Single-game sports betting about to become legal in Canada

Senate passes bill to take sports gambling away from overseas agencies

Conservative MP Kevin Waugh rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld