Matt Devlin appreciating early part of Raptors’ magic playoff run

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Ryan Araña spends birthday sharing food to COVID-19 frontliners

MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine guard Ryan Araña made sure to share his blessings to those in need at the most opportune time.

Araña celebrated his 35th birthday on Monday by preparing food which he personally gave to frontliners and the homeless during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“This is how I celebrated my birthday. Instead of having a party, I planned on making it more meaningful by celebrating with our heroes in the streets. Thank you to our frontliners, security guards, policemen etc. It was a simple act yet seeing their big smiles made it fulfilling,” Araña, a two-time PBA champion, posted on his Instagram.

“I hope we can spread kindness and positivity especially at a time like this. Special thanks to all the people here at home who helped me with all the preparations.”

Just two months ago, Araña signed a contract to return to the Elasto Painters, the team that made him the 12th overall pick in the 2007 PBA Draft.

The veteran guard played his first eight seasons with Rain or Shine before having stints with San Miguel Beer, Kia and NorthPort.


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Canada Basketball’s chance to shine on world stage put on hold

The list of Canadian Olympic athletes that will be affected by what appears certain to be a postponement of the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo is long, their biographies varied.

You have elite athletes struggling to keep their window open for another year and youngsters fighting to push their way through.

In the bigger picture, the 2020 Games were positioned to be a memorable sports moment for Canada, with the Olympic team likely to be the country’s largest contingent of athletes ever thanks in part to a record nine team-sport entries having already qualified, with more on the cusp.

But if we’re going to pour one out for our Olympians who have had dreams delayed with the news the Canadian Olympic Committee wasn’t going to send a team to Japan even if the International Olympic Committee was determined to plow ahead – although it now appears that even the IOC has seen the light and is thought to be working on a plan to postpone already — can we save a little extra for the Canadian basketball contingent?

What was looking like a summer like no other is now inevitably and sensibly being overtaken by far greater concerns as sports bodies and governments grapple with the fallout from COVID-19, the pandemic that has brought the world largely to its knees for the moment.

“We don’t know when it will be safe to be in a community again, physically, and when that happens we’ll get going again,” said Canada Basketball chief executive officer Glen Grunwald. “Things are changing on a daily basis, we just have to be prepared for however the situation unfolds and do what’s right.”

The timing is tough, there is no denying it.

On both the men’s and women’s side there seemed to be the possibility of a

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