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Future of Casey is Raptors' biggest question

Future of coach Casey one of Raptors' biggest questions after horrible ending
Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Dwane Casey was wearing the golf-ball sized NBA championship ring Monday morning that he won with the Dallas Mavericks — perhaps as a reminder of happier times.

The Toronto Raptors were swept by the Washington Wizards in the opening round of the playoffs, and the day after their embarrassing 125-94 rout in Game 4, questions swirled around the team in the wake of one of the biggest blunders in franchise history.

Of the most pressing questions: the future of coach Casey. Will he back next season?

Vegas sets up 'concentric' security for upcoming megafight

Las Vegas creating 'concentric circles' of security for upcoming Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight
Ken Ritter, The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather hadn't even decided how much it would cost home viewers to watch their fight when the head of the Nevada Athletic Commission started planning security for their big bout.

ESPN suing Verizon over unbundling of its sports channel

ESPN sues Verizon to raise stakes in showdown over unbundling of pay-TV channels
Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press

ESPN is suing Verizon in an escalating clash over how the popular sports channel is being sold in a discounted pay-TV package.

The complaint filed Monday in New York's state Supreme Court alleges Verizon is breaking its contract with ESPN, owned by Walt Disney Co., by unbundling the sports channel from the main programming line-up of Verizon's FiOS TV.

'Never-die attitude' propels Ducks comebacks

Ducks and 'never-die attitude' are third-period mirror image of Flames
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

The comeback kids from Calgary will see their third-period dopplegangers in the "never-die" Anaheim Ducks in the second round of the NHL playoffs.

Like the Flames, the Ducks picked up 24 points when trailing after two periods during the regular season. And in a four-game sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, Anaheim became the first team in history to win three straight playoff games when trailing at any point in the third period.

Impact goalie Bush won't play on Wednesday

Impact goalie Evan Bush won't play second leg of CONCACAF Champions League final
Kelsey Patterson, The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact will try to win the biggest game in franchise history without the help of their starting goalkeeper.

Due to an accumulation of yellow cards, Montreal's Evan Bush will not play in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final against Mexico's Club America on Wednesday. The Impact appealed the suspension after the team's first leg in Mexico City last week — a 1-1 draw — but CONCACAF rejected it Monday.

Connor McDavid has already helped Oilers

With Nicholson and Chiarelli in charge, McDavid has already helped Oilers
Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

Connor McDavid hasn't donned an Edmonton Oilers' jersey yet, but already he has changed the franchise's path.

McDavid hadn't even been the Oilers' prospective first overall pick in June's NHL draft for 48 hours when former Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson was put in charge of Edmonton's business and hockey operations.

"When you look at McDavid day, it was so exciting for all of us," Nicholson said.

France probes migrant abuse claims linked to 2022 World Cup

France opens probe into migrant worker abuse in Qatar as it prepares to host 2022 World Cup
The Associated Press

PARIS - A French prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations that construction company Vinci gravely mistreated migrant workers in Qatar as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

Vinci has vigorously denied the charges. Vinci's Qatar subsidiary QDVC has contracts worth 2.2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in Qatar.

Bach: India not ready to bid for 2024 Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach says India not ready to bid for 2024 Olympics
C.Rajshekhar Rao, The Associated Press

NEW DELHI - India is not ready to bid for the 2024 Olympics but could be a candidate to host the games in the future, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.

"Frankly, we were a little bit surprised about this speculation (of a potential Indian bid)," Bach said at a news conference after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Because of different reasons we think it will be a little too quick for India to have successful Olympics in 2024."

WADA seeks whistleblowers' input on Russian doping

WADA sets up online form for whistleblowers to report information on Russia doping allegations
The Associated Press

MONTREAL - The World Anti-Doping Agency has set up an online site for whistleblowers to report information about doping in Russia.

WADA set up a three-person independent commission in December to investigate allegations made in a German television documentary of widespread doping and coverups in Russia, particularly in track and field.

WADA says on its website that is "encouraging you to contact us, in confidence, to share information related to the allegations or any other doping suspicions or concerns."

Leave your selfie sticks at home, say Wimbledon organizers

Wimbledon bans selfie sticks at the tournament because of contraption's 'nuisance value'
The Associated Press

LONDON - Tennis fans going to Wimbledon this year can leave their selfie sticks at home.

The Grand Slam tennis tournament has become the latest sports event to ban the use of the devices, with organizers calling them a "nuisance."

The All England Club says the decision was made so that selfie sticks don't "interfere with spectators' enjoyment" during the June 29-July 12 championships.

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