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Self-care is a radical act

Speaking from a more personal place this week, The Shift's Kayla Grey shares the challenges of navigating tragedy and white supremacy in our news cycles, as well as social media's loop of thoughts and prayers. She wrestles with the question: How do we really feel, and how can we meaningfully affect change?

75th Anniversary: Jackie Robinson breaking the colour barrier

Former Jays manager Gaston on impact Jackie Robinson has had on his life, career

Friday marks 75 years since Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers. To commemorate this historic day, TSN’s Rod Smith spoke to former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston about Jackie Robinson’s legacy and how it inspired his own career as a player and two-time World Series-winning manager.

Former Jays manager Gaston on impact Jackie Robinson has had on his life, career

Why Jackie Robinson was an even better baseball player than you realize

On the 75th anniversary of Robinson's debut with the Dodgers, Robinson's skill as a player is sometimes overlooked -- rightfully -- when honoring his cultural and historical impact. All these years later, we learn and remember what Robinson went through, the abuses he suffered, the pressures he endured.

Why Jackie Robinson was an even better baseball player than you realize

Dusty Baker, Chuck D, Billie Jean King among those reflecting on Jackie Robinson's impact

"He helped us to ascend, from misery to hope, on the muscles of his arms and the meaning of his life." -- Rev. Jesse Jackson, from his eulogy for Jackie Robinson, Oct. 27, 1972 He steps gingerly and requires assistance. His speech, at times, is halting.

Dusty Baker, Chuck D, Billie Jean King among those reflecting on Jackie Robinson's impact

Tributes from around MLB on 75th anniversary of Robinson's debut

This year, the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's first Opening Day, is a special one. We'll be highlighting tributes from across the league on one of baseball's most important days. Before we get to that, however, make sure to check out some of our best Jackie Robinson stories of the year.

Tributes from around MLB on 75th anniversary of Robinson's debut

Two-time Canadian Olympic sprinter Desai Williams passes away

Former Canadian sprinter Desai Williams died suddenly over the weekend at the age of 62. Williams ran on Canada's 4x100-metre relay that won bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, although he was better known for his sixth-place finish in the 100 metres at the 1988 Seoul Olympics that saw teammate Ben Johnson stripped of his gold medal after a positive doping test.

Two-time Canadian Olympic sprinter Desai Williams passes away

Staley the first Black coach to win multiple national titles in college basketball

Dawn Staley paraded South Carolina’s Championship trophy around the Target Center, making sure every fan felt a part of the program's second national title. The Gamecocks handed UConn their first national final loss, and Staley made history as the first Black coach in men's or women's college basketball history to win multiple national championship titles. TSN's Claire Hanna has more.

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Staley the first Black coach to win multiple national titles in college basketball

TSN Original: Why Not Me?

On January 22, 2022 in an ECHL game, defenceman Jacob Panetta was accused of making a monkey gesture toward Jordan Subban. Remarkable to many in this day and age but sadly not an isolated incident. Former St. Mike Major Daryl Devonish knows this all to well. His negative experience during his own hockey career has driven him to make hockey a safer place for BIPOC youth. A space where Black kids can ask the question “Why Not Me?”

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Val James discusses his historical impact

Val James was the first Black player to ever play for the Maple Leafs back in 1986, and was the first African American to ever play in the NHL. James dropped the puck Thursday for the ceremonial faceoff, celebrating Black Excellence. Before the game, he spoke to James Duthie about the significance of his historical feat.

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TSN Original: Rhythm & Flow

In the world of elite swimming, athletes of colour are still under-represented but Canadian Joshua Liendo is changing the narrative. From a young age, Liendo has not only shown he belongs in the water, he's one with it. Jermain Franklin has more in our TSN Original: Rhythm & Flow.

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Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame - #WeWillDoBetter

#WeWillDoBetter Profile – Pinball Clemons

As part of its campaign to increase awareness of systemic racism, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame highlights the achievements and accomplishments of its Black Hall of Famers as well as their stories of adversity. A look at CFL legend Mike ‘Pinball’ Clemons.

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#WeWillDoBetter Profile – Damon Allen

As part of its campaign to increase awareness of systemic racism, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame highlights the achievements and accomplishments of its Black Hall of Famers as well as their stories of adversity. A look at CFL legend Damon Allen.

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#WeWillDoBetter Profile – Willie O’Ree

As part of its campaign to increase awareness of systemic racism, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame highlights the achievements and accomplishments of its Black Hall of Famers as well as their stories of adversity. A look at hockey great Willie O’Ree.

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Rangers name Grier hockey ops advisor

Chris Drury and Mike Grier are reuniting. The former Buffalo Sabres teammates will work together in the New York Rangers front office with Grier joining general manager Drury as a hockey operations advisor.

Rangers name Grier hockey ops advisor

Lightning start all-Black forward line

Daniel Walcott was already excited to be in his first NHL game. He got even more excited when he got to see how his debut would happen. The Tampa Bay Lightning started three Black forwards in their regular-season finale against the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Lightning start all-Black forward line