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Leafs star Auston Matthews confirms he tested positive for COVID-19

TORONTO - Auston Matthews felt safe in Arizona - until he wasn't.

The star centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs confirmed Monday that he tested positive for COVID-19 last month in his home state.

Matthews shared the news as the team opened training camp ahead of the NHL's restart after the league was shut down by the novel coronavirus back in March.

As postponed NHL season resumes, some fans say the lure of parties will be strong

EDMONTON - As hockey fans gear up for a truncated season to begin next month, some in Canada's two “hub cities” say the temptation to celebrate - and flout physical distancing guidelines - may prove too great.

“I can't say no to a good time,” said Edmonton Oilers fan Jeet Jermana. “I'd be hard-pressed not to jump into a big party.”

Toronto Blue Jays claim Valera, add three to player pool

The Toronto Blue Jays claimed infielder Breyvic Valera off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Thursday while making three more additions to their player pool for the upcoming MLB season.

Right-handed pitcher Bryan Baker, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Josh Palacios were added to the pool of players who will be at the team’s summer camp.

Mercedes to race in all-black cars for Formula One season

BRACKLEY, England — Mercedes announced Monday that it will race in all-black cars for the 2020 Formula One season as it pledges to fight racism and improve team diversity.

Six-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas will also race in black overalls for the season, which starts Sunday in Austria after a long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.