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Members of the University of Oregon’s basketball team embrace before the final of the Pac-12 women’s tournament. AP Photo/John Locher

Can gambling juice fandom for women’s sports?

When fans place a bet, it motivates them to watch a sport and root for a team they might otherwise have little interest in.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd after passing Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list in 2014. Hannah Foslein/Getty Images

The Kobe legacy: Should the NBA let high school players skip college?

Unlike when Kobe Bryant went straight from high school to the NBA, future superstars must now spend at least one year in college or overseas. A sports scholar explains how that could soon change.
Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard raises his fist following a basket as Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry walks away during Game 6 of the NBA finals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

What the Toronto Raptors have taught us about resilience

Just as Kawhi Leonard did, each of us can apply load management in our lives to help promote our own resilience and success.
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, centre, holds Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors basketball action in Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. Raptors have won their first NBA title in franchise history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Raptors win! Does that mean basketball will replace hockey as Canada’s favourite sport?

The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. The team's success has propelled basketball’s lore to a level never before reached among Canadians. Will it surpass hockey as Canada's favourite game?
Toronto Raptors fans sing the Canadian anthem at what’s dubbed “Jurassic Park” before the first game of the NBA Finals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

We the North: The Toronto Raptors playoff success represents a shift in Canadian identity

Hockey is often considered Canada's national sport, but with the changing demographics of the country and the rising success of the Toronto Raptors, basketball is also seen as a national sport.
Was Kyrie Irving’s leadership style a factor in the Boston Celtics’ struggles this season? AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The pitfalls of the narcissistic NBA player

A group of researchers figured out which NBA teams featured the most egotistical players, and then tracked their performances over the course of a season.
Toronto Raptors’ star Kawhi Leonard, who will likely be a free agent soon, is seen in a recent game. NBA salary caps make it difficult for the Raptors to attract elite players. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

How NBA salary caps hurt the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have the money to attract the NBA's top players. Here's why the league's salary caps makes that so difficult.
A new study compares the press photos of NBA players. Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Emotion-reading tech fails the racial bias test

A new study shows that facial recognition software assumes that black faces are angrier than white faces, even when they're smiling.
Players from all over the world, including Australia’s star forward Thon Maker - originally from South Sudan - play in the National Basketball Association in the United States. Tannen Maury/EPA

How a race scare left South Sudanese star basketballers with nowhere to play

Star basketball players are suffering the fallout from a race scare campaign by politicians from the Liberal party over crimes committed by a small number of young people who came to Australia from South Sudan

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