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Williams patiently waiting for CFL season

Jordan Williams isn’t allowing the COVID-19 pandemic dampen his enthusiasm of starting his pro football career with the B.C. Lions.

The six-foot, 232-pound linebacker was the first player taken in last month’s CFL draft. Under normal circumstances, Williams would currently be in training camp learning the ropes under fist-year Lions head coach Rick Campbell.

Kenny Got Work got second NBA honour

TORONTO — Raptors Uprising GC point guard Kenneth (Kenny Got Work) Hailey has been named player of the week in the NBA 2K League for the second time in three weeks.

The 30-year-old from Memphis won Week 3 honours in the esports league after averaging 34.3 points, 6.5 assists and 3.5 steals in two series wins (four games) as Toronto improved to a league-best 6-0 record.

Isolating away from family a ‘hot topic’ as NHL plots return

Young and single, Thatcher Demko has plenty of time on his hands, with little to do. Quarantining to play hockey wouldn’t be a problem for the Vancouver Canucks goalie.

“I don’t have too many roots,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve been living pretty much out of my car for the most part for the last six, seven years just going from place to place.”

Older players disagree.

NFL studying helmet face guard that works like surgical mask

ATLANTA — With an eye toward getting back on the field during a pandemic, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same sort of protection as a surgical mask.

Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, who heads up the league’s competition committee, said the issue was raised during a conference call about a month ago.

COVID-19 making future of minor hockey uncertain

MONTREAL — There are two black hockey bags sitting in the office of Mike Baumgartner's home, and he wonders if they will be used again.

Minor hockey associations across Canada have had to cut their seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of them are trying to determine when they will resume and how to make the game safe for children.