Players take a knee during the Canadian national anthem before an NBA basketball game between the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mike Ehrmann, Pool Photo

Some sports ready to return, but other schedules remain murky in week of protests

No games Friday for NHL

The professional sports schedule is expected to start getting busier on Friday after a string of postponements the past two days, but it won’t be back to normal just yet.

While the NBA has said it hopes to resume its playoffs on Friday or Saturday in the aftermath of two gameless days at the league’s bubble in Florida, no firm schedule is on the table. The Eastern Conference semifinal opener between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics needs to be rescheduled after being called off Thursday.

The Milwaukee Bucks triggered two days of cancellations by refusing to take the court Wednesday to protest social and racial injustice in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Wisconsin last weekend.

The NHL, meanwhile, will have a second straight day of no games on Friday before it plans to resume its post-season Saturday in Toronto and Edmonton.

Major League Baseball returns for Jackie Robinson Day on Friday, honouring the man who broke the colour barrier in the sport after 10 postponements the past two days.

A Major League Soccer game in Montreal between the Impact and Toronto FC is scheduled for Friday, along with a semifinal involving Canadian Milos Raonic at the Western & Southern Open in New York after the tennis tournament postponed play Thursday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 28, 2020.

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