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Matthews: 'World must unite, not divide' in fight against racism

Matthews: 'World must unite, not divide' in fight against racism

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896573

Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews is calling for unity in the fight against racism and injustice.

"As a Latino American, it is impossible for me to understand and fathom what others endure," Matthews said Sunday on Twitter. "My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones and who have endured pain and suffering due to hateful, racist attitudes and beliefs.

"The world must unite, not divide. We need to stand together in support of justice, love, and peace for all. We need change."

Protests continue across North America following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died Monday in Minneapolis after now-former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee for over eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed. Chauvin was fired and has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph pleaded for the protests to lead to real positive change in society.

"We need to focus on the solution," Joseph said Sunday.

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane called Friday for higher-profile athletes to speak out and denounce injustice. Both Kane and Joseph are among a small minority of black players in the NHL.

Sharks captain Logan Couture supported his teammate Friday, saying athletes can't continue to turn a blind eye to racism. Since then, Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler and Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar, among others, also shared their pleas in the fight against racial injustice.

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Lightning's Joseph: 'We need to focus on the solution' to end racism

Lightning's Joseph: 'We need to focus on the solution' to end racism

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896527

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph hopes the protests that have followed the death of George Floyd will lead to real positive changes in society.

"Watching the events unfold across America is extremely sad. I wish I could say what happened to George Floyd was an isolated event, but I know it's not," Joseph said Sunday on Twitter. "The problem is that everyone has known that for a long time, and yet very little was done about it. And now people have had enough.

"That said, once it all boils over, what concrete actions will be taken? It is not enough to be non-racist and events unfolding today have proven that. But violent protests are not the answers or a good way to be anti-racist ... we need to focus on the solution. On making a change in the way we educate children."

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died Monday in Minneapolis after now-former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee for over eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

"George Floyd's death was unacceptable, my heart bleeds for him and his family, and I assume he would want us to fight for a better world," Joseph wrote. "Let's lead with love and demand change all together as a human race. The only way out is through."

Several other teams and players around the league have shared similar thoughts to Joseph's regarding racism and injustice.

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who, with Joseph, is among a small minority of black players in the NHL, called on high-profile athletes to speak up during this time. Sharks captain Logan Couture backed his teammate on Friday.

Minnesota native and Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler also released a message expressing his anger and frustration not only in his own city but across the country.

"America is not OK," Wheeler said Saturday.

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Kings, Kopitar condemn racism, injustice

Kings, Kopitar condemn racism, injustice

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896528

The Los Angeles Kings and team captain Anze Kopitar spoke out Sunday against racism and injustice amid protests throughout North America following the death of George Floyd.

"The L.A. Kings are united against racism and acts of hatred toward others," the team said in a statement. "Our voice is here to support the black community and condemn those injustices. Now is the time to raise the volume peacefully.

"Enough Racism. Enough Senseless Violence. ENOUGH."

Kopitar shared a similar sentiment through his own personal Twitter account, denouncing racism and inequality while calling for action toward a better future.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died Monday in Minneapolis after now-former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee for over eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed.

Minnesota native and Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler took to social media on Saturday to share his feelings.

"America is not OK ... I'm heartbroken that we still treat people this way," he wrote. "We need to stand with the black community and fundamentally change how the leadership in this country has dealt with racism."

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, who's among the small minority of black players in the NHL, also called for more globally recognized athletes to use their platform to speak out against racism. Sharks captain Logan Couture supported his teammate Friday, saying athletes can't continue to turn a blind eye to racism.

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Kings, Kopitar condemn racism, injustice

Kings, Kopitar condemn racism, injustice

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896462

The Los Angeles Kings and team captain Anze Kopitar spoke out Sunday against racism and injustice amid protests throughout North America following the death of George Floyd.

"The L.A. Kings are united against racism and acts of hatred toward others," the team said in a statement. "Our voice is here to support the black community and condemn those injustices. Now is the time to raise the volume peacefully.

"Enough Racism. Enough Senseless Violence. ENOUGH."

Kopitar shared a similar sentiment through his own personal Twitter account, denouncing racism and inequality while calling for action toward a better future.

Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died Monday in Minneapolis after now-former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee for over eight minutes while Floyd was handcuffed.

Minnesota native and Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler took to social media on Saturday to share his feelings.

"America is not OK ... I'm heartbroken that we still treat people this way," he wrote. "We need to stand with the black community and fundamentally change how the leadership in this country has dealt with racism."

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane, one of only a few black players in the NHL, also called for more globally recognized athletes to use their platform to speak out against racism. Sharks captain Logan Couture supported his teammate Friday, saying athletes can't continue to turn a blind eye to racism.

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Rangers' Sean Day clears waivers

Rangers' Sean Day clears waivers

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896355

Former New York Rangers defenseman Sean Day cleared unconditional waivers Sunday, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Day, who was granted "exceptional status" into the OHL as a 15-year-old, was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2016 draft. He's just one of seven players - including John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, and Connor McDavid - in CHL history to earn the honor.

The 22-year-old failed to crack the Rangers' NHL roster. He's spent the last two seasons in both the AHL and ECHL, amassing 18 points in 62 AHL games during his career.

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Penguins president saves cameraman during protests

Penguins president saves cameraman during protests

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896252

Pittsburgh Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse rescued Ian Smith, a cameraman for local station KDKA, after the journalist was attacked during police brutality protests in the city, the club confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Jason Mackey on Saturday night.

Morehouse departed PPG Paints Arena, found Smith, and helped him inside before the cameraman was taken to the hospital, according to Mackey.

Smith detailed his ordeal while sitting in the ambulance.

After seeing Smith's tweet, KDKA anchor and reporter Larry Richert called him and inquired about the incident. Smith told him he didn't know who saved him, so Richert contacted Paul Martino, a reporter for the network who'd been with Smith reporting on the protests. Martino confirmed it was Morehouse who saved Smith, and the Penguins later confirmed it to Mackey.

Protests began across the United States this week and continued through Saturday following the death of George Floyd on Monday. Floyd, a black Minneapolis man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while holding him in handcuffs.

The statue of Mario Lemieux outside PPG Paints Arena was spray-painted during the protests in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Morehouse joined the Penguins as a consultant on the then-arena project in 2004. He was named team president in 2007 and was given CEO responsibilities in 2010.

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Quarantine Power Rankings: TikTok challenges and wacky workouts

Quarantine Power Rankings: TikTok challenges and wacky workouts

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896253

Athletes everywhere continue to get creative as they deal with their respective leagues being on hiatus. Some are better at it than others. Every Sunday throughout May, we'll look back on the week that was before crowning a quarantine king or queen. Here are the top isolation moments from the sports world over the last seven days.

10. 'What up, 'Bron!'

There's just something pure - and surprisingly soothing - about watching LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and JR Smith casually enjoy a bike ride in the Los Angeles sunshine. The excitement of this Lakers fan when he catches a glimpse of James only adds to the feel-good nature of it all.

9. Tom, Gisele take the 'Couples Challenge'

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen took part in TikTok's "Couples Challenge," which asks couples to close their eyes and answer a series of rapid-fire questions about their relationship, often with wildly entertaining results. All the family secrets, like which of the two is "more annoying when hungry," are revealed.

8. No pooping in the squat rack

Let's start off by saying that New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban is in ridiculous shape. Based on the wildly challenging workout below, he'll be ready if the NHL does make its return this season. Far more importantly, though, are we just supposed to ignore the toilet in the squat rack? When you gotta go ...

7. Special delivery from FedEx

Any NBA teams out there looking for a spot-up 3-point shooter in anticipation of the league's return this summer? Call this FedEx employee. He delivers from downtown.

6. Cutch is getting good at this

From imaginative home videos to sleepy workout regimes, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has become something of a social media star over these past couple months. So has his alter ego, Uncle Larry.

5. A whole new fan experience

With fans unable to attend matches amid the pandemic, Danish soccer club AGF Aarhus came up with a unique solution, inviting 10,000 supporters to a Zoom party and placing giant screens in the stands so they could watch their season opener "in person." Better yet, they got to see a last-minute equalizer.

4. Take your workout to the next level

Staying in peak physical condition has required professional athletes everywhere to devise creative workouts, but Marlon Humphrey's latest effort takes the cake. Just watching the Baltimore Ravens cornerback and his brother sprint up this gravel hill is enough to make your quads burn.

We're with Humphrey's former teammate Eric Weddle on this one:

3. One small step for Gritty

Gritty commemorated this weekend's successful SpaceX rocket launch by taking one giant leap of his own on social media. Never change, Gritty.

2. Egg on your face

With the French soccer season canceled, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is keeping himself busy and entertained by pranking his 8-year-old son, Davi Lucca. Take a miniature header challenge, start with some ping pong balls, then throw an egg into the mix and see what happens. Parenting 101.

1. Bolts Fly Together

In an ode to a classic scene from "The Mighty Ducks" film franchise, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn rounded up his teammates - rescuing them from their respective oddball tasks - to create this spectacular video, which culminates in a Sea-Doo "Flying V" formation.

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					NHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resume

NHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resume

01/06/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896213
The NHL has a coronavirus testing plan for players and staff if it returns to play

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Lemieux statue vandalized in Pittsburgh

Lemieux statue vandalized in Pittsburgh

31/05/2020, USA, Hockey-Ice, NHL (ice-hockey), Article # 29896077

The statue of Mario Lemieux outside Pittsburgh's PPG Paints Arena was spray-painted Saturday.

Protests across the United States began this week and continued into the weekend in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died Monday after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes while holding him in handcuffs.

Floyd's death was the latest example of police action leading to the death of an unarmed black person.

The Lemieux statue was erected in 2012 to honor the career and achievements of the legendary former Penguins forward.

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