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July 3, 2018 5:16 PM Spending more than $1,000 on children’s activities? Think again

The financial trouble typically starts when the children reach school-age. This is when parents start registering their children in activities and have to start paying school fees for school trips, year books and craft fairs. It’s also when some parents start getting competitive and use their children as trophies to show off their financial success 10

July 2, 2018 7:04 PM Wild brawl mars World Cup basketball qualifier in Philippines

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—Basketball’s governing body will investigate after a wild brawl between Australia and the Philippines, including Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker, broke out in World Cup qualifying on Monday. The fight spilled into the area behind the baseline, and video showed a chair being thrown at the back of an Australia player either by a fan or member 8

June 27, 2018 9:31 PM Pro sports making slow progress on homophobia, but it’s happening

If you’re looking for signs the mainstream sports world had made progress on LGBT inclusion, the You Can Play contingent at last Sunday’s Pride parade displayed it. The sport advocacy group brought together reps from the CFL, MLSE and 170 members of the Canadian Olympic committee, which fielded roughly 30 marchers in its first Pride Parade in 2014. On the field 12

June 26, 2018 1:55 AM Dwane Casey wins NBA’s coach of the year award

SANTA MONICA, CALIF.—Dwane Casey won the NBA Coach of the Year award on Monday night despite getting fired by the Toronto Raptors earlier in the off-season. Casey beat out Quin Snyder of the Utah Jazz and Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens for the honour. The 61-year-old Casey was the most successful coach in Raptors history, but was fired on May 11, five days after 11

June 25, 2018 4:54 PM Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams named NBA Eastern Conference player of week

TORONTO — Lou Williams said there were times he doubted he’d ever be back to playing at his best. The Raptors guard was named NBA Eastern Conference player of the week Monday after helping Toronto to a 3-0 record last week. The 28-year-old was coming off his worst season of his nine-year NBA career, struggling in his comeback after tearing his ACL in January 35

June 22, 2018 8:50 PM Rating NBA draft winners (nice work, Mavs) and losers (those cruel Sixers)

They got the player many consider the most NBA-ready of them in all in Slovenian wunderkind Luka Doncic and at little cost. They swapped No. 5 with Atlanta for No. 3 and only had to give up a protected first-round pick in the deal. The teenager won the European championship with Slovenia and then was the EuroLeague MVP with Real Madrid — a heady double 12

June 22, 2018 12:04 AM Suns take DeAndre Ayton at No. 1 in NBA draft

NEW YORK—Eight years after playing basketball for the first time, Deandre Ayton is the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. The Phoenix Suns made the long-expected move official on Thursday night, taking the Arizona centre with the top overall pick. He’s the first Arizona player to go No. 1 in the draft; Mike Bibby was No. 2 in 1998 and Derrick Williams was No. 2 in 2011. Ayton 12

June 20, 2018 9:25 PM Raptors may try to trade their way into NBA draft

Toronto has no pick in Thursday’s draft at Barclays Center in New York, and while GM Bobby Webster remained mum on the Raptors plans on the eve of the big night, he did say trading into the draft isn’t so simple. “It’s always tough,” Webster said Wednesday. “We always say you fall in love with your picks at this time of year so it’s hard to get rid of them. We’ve 8

June 19, 2018 9:05 PM Jama Mahlalela named Raptors 905 head coach

The Toronto Raptors have named Jama Mahlalela as head coach of their NBA G League affiliate, Raptors 905. Mahlalela becomes the third head coach in team history and joins the club following five seasons as an assistant coach at the NBA level. A native of Mbabane, Swaziland, Mahlalela grew up in the Toronto area and played college basketball for five years 8

June 19, 2018 6:15 PM 12-year-old Montrealer, who’s 6-foot-10, catches the eyes of NBA players

Jean-Francois is 6-8, while Rioux’s mom Anne Gariepy is 6-1. Rioux’s older brother Emile, who is 15 and six foot nine, also plays basketball. Shaquille O’Neal, by comparison, was 5-10 at Rioux’s age, but would grow nearly a foot time he turned 16. In Ohio, 16-year-old Robert Bobroczky stands seven foot seven, which is three inches taller than the NBA’s 9