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Sweeping Changes: Curling Canada unveils return-to-play guidelines

OTTAWA — Curling Canada’s return-to-play guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic include changes to sweeping rules, on-ice player positioning and pre-game handshakes for players planning to participate in the 2020-21 season.

The 29-page document, which appears on the federation’s website, covers topics including game play, building cleanliness, food and beverage plans, customer awareness, financial planning, insurance and national championships.

The most notable changes involving gameplay include the use of one sweeper during games, no sweeping the opposition’s stone behind the tee-line and new markings on ice for non-throwing team members to be stationed.

“Curling will look a bit different this upcoming season, but we’re pleased to announce there’s still a way to play while also ensuring that the safety of curlers remains a top priority,” said Danny Lamoureux, Curling Canada’s director of curling club development and championship services.

Instead of traditional handshakes, a friendly wave or broom tap is suggested.

Coin flips to decide last-stone advantage and the use of traditional manual scoreboards are also discouraged. The federation recommends using online tools on mobile phones instead.

The guidelines, designed by Curling Canada, were made in consultation with member associations, curling centre managers and medical professionals. Guidelines can be customized to adhere to governmental and health regulations that may be in place in a facility’s jurisdiction, the federation said.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 7, 2020.

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Tottenham captain Lloris confronts Son at halftime of the game

LONDON — Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris rushed to confront teammate Son Heung-min at halftime of the English Premier League match against Everton on Monday.

As the shouting goalkeeper Lloris pushed Son, Giovani Lo Celso and Harry Winks intervened to separate the clashing teammates on the field before they headed into the dressing room.

Just before the break, Son lost the ball which led to Richarlison having a chance to equalize but striking wide.

The spat seemed to have faded by the time the players returned from the halftime break, with Lloris seen embracing Son as they came out of the tunnel.

Tottenham was leading 1-0 after Lo Celso’s first-half shot was deflected in by Everton defender Michael Keane.

The game is being played in an empty stadium in north London due to coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

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Warriors Won NBA Finals Game 5 Against Raptors

Warriors Won NBA Finals Game 5 Against Raptors

Golden State Warriors defeated Toronto Raptors in NBA Finals Game 5 by 106-105 scores at Scotiabank Arena in downtown Toronto.

Remarkably, Stephen Curry led the game with 31. On the other hand, Klay Thompson followed him with 26 points.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, “Steph and Klay hit back to back threes I believe. We got stops. Our defence was bending down the stretch, but we didn’t break.”

Thompson appreciated composure of the team. He said, “I’m very proud of the way everyone fought tonight – even going down six with three minutes left, their ball. We didn’t panic. We just do what we do.”

Warriors led the NBA finals Game 5 in the third quarter. Nevertheless, their win is all due to the three-pointers.

Kawhi suggested that Raptors could have played better defence. He said, “We started to play a little better basketball. We’re going against a great team. We know they weren’t going to quit.”

Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse said, “They played their guts out. Kept on fighting and put themselves in a position to win it.”

Further, he said, “Our team has reacted all year long great to bad losses. I would say it takes a lot to beat this team and it took a hell of a lot of blows and a heck of a lot of balls bouncing the wrong way in the last couple of minutes for us to come out on the wrong side of it tonight.”

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Warriors forward i.e. Kevin Durant turned all eyes at him. He joined NBA finals Game 5 on Monday night. He was on rest due to this injury for more than one month.

But during the second quarter of the game, he again injured his calf. He scored 11 points in Game 5.

General Manager of Warriors, Bob Meyer said, “We felt good about the process. He was cleared to play tonight – that was a collaborative decision … I don’t believe there’s anybody to blame, but I understand this world. And if you have to, you can blame me. I run our basketball operations department.”

Furthermore, he said, “Kevin Durant loves to play basketball and the people who questioned whether he wanted to get back to this team were wrong.”

Moreover, Thompson said, “To be honest, it’s very deflating. It’s hard to even celebrate this win.”

Warrior coach Kerr said he genuinely appreciated the Raptors gesture as they tried to quite the crowd which was cheering after Durant injury.

In addition, Kerr said, “I think (Raptors) understood how serious it was … there was just a couple of minutes there where it all seemed so eerie and strange. I took a little bit for both teams to collect themselves.”

Notably, NBA Finals Game 6 will take place in Oakland on Thursday at 9 PM.

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Toronto Raptors Won NBA Finals Game 3 By Huge Leap

Toronto Raptors Won NBA Finals Game 3 By Huge Leap

The Toronto Raptors won the Game 3 of NBA with a huge leap by 123-109 against Golden State Warriors. At a point, Raptors took lead of17 points over Warriors. Here we will discuss NBA finals Game 3 and win of Toronto Raptors.

Remarkably, Raptors dominated the opponent team throughout the game yesterday. Both the teams will also face each other again in NBA finals Game 4 in Oakland.

Danny Green showed effective performance with six three-pointers with 18 points. Also, Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry led the game with scoring 30 points and 23 points respectively.

Noticeably, Pascal Siakam scored 18 points and Marc Gosal had 17 points.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said, “When he kept it going, I think it was a huge confidence booster all around.”

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Coach also compared the NBA Finals Game 3 with Sunday loss. He said, “Our offence wasn’t very good in Game 2 and we knew that was hurting our defence as well.”

Further, he said, “We tried to play with more pace up the court and we tried to play with more pace in the half court. I thought you saw a lot more cutting and passing — obviously 30 assists — you saw a lot more shots go in, that helps.”

“We tried to play with more pace up the court and we tried to play with more pace in the half court. I thought you saw a lot more cutting and passing obviously 30 assists you saw a lot more shots go in, that helps.

Coming to Warriors, Stephen Curry really did well. He scored 47 points and led the game. Further, Draymond Green scored 17 points. Unfortunately, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney sat out in NBA finals Game 3 due to injury.

Earlier, Raptors HQ editor-in-chief Daniel Reynolds said, “It starts with Kyle Lowry. He’s the heart of the team … Lowry has to sort of respond to the call here and come out with a strong, sound game,” he said, adding Siakam had to get back to scoring more effectively.”

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