Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, the unstoppable running back who retired at the peak of his brilliant career to become an actor as well as a prominent civil rights advocate during the 1960s, has died at the age of 87. A spokeswoman for Brown’s family said he passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home on Thursday night with his wife, Monique, by his side.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks on his relationship with Browns Hall of Famer and civil rights advocate, Jim Brown.
Take a look back at the life of Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown who died at the age of 87 on Friday.
Jim Brown was both extraordinary and extraordinarily complicated. One man. Many versions.
Jim Brown's legs, ever-churning and sturdy as tree trunks, helped propel him to fame on the football field. His voice once he left the gridiron — every bit as powerful.
Former major league pitcher Vida Blue has died. He was 73 years old. The 1971 winner of both the AL MVP and Cy Young awards, Blue's career spanned three decades spent playing for the Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and two stints with the San Francisco Giants.
111 consecutive wins, 11 national titles and six undefeated seasons. At UConn, it's always national championship or bust. When she was growing up, Canadian Aaliyah Edwards would have never imagined herself playing basketball at such a powerhouse school, but now she's thriving and is an integral part of the team.
One way to honour Black History Month is by becoming a better ally and educating yourself. It is something national hockey team players Sarah Nurse and Erin Ambrose have put into practice for years. Sarah is biracial and Erin is a part of the LGBTQ+ community and as such, they have shared some unique experiences both in and out of hockey. As we close out the month of February, listen in to this conversation between the teammates.
Mark Fraser is currently the Maple Leafs manager for culture and inclusion, he played in the NHL for seven seasons with the Devils, Leafs and Oilers. He sits down with James Duthie to discuss the racism he encountered during his playing days, how that affected him and how he's using his current platform to push for diversity and inclusion within today's game.
The Shift’s Kayla Grey went to South Carolina to sit down with Gamecocks head coach herself, Dawn Staley. With a storied history full of successes in the sport, coach discussed how communication shapes the relationship she has with her players, the challenges to winning, how she feels about being deemed a “players coach” and what she ultimately hopes for the girls coming through her program.
Ferguson 'Fergie' Jenkins is one of the all-time great pitchers in major league baseball history. In 1971, Jenkins won the Cy Young Award, becoming the first Cubs pitcher and first Canadian to do so. Jermain Franklin has more on Jenkins' brilliance on the mount, which led to him becoming the first Canadian to be inducted into Cooperstown.
Jamaican-born Canadian Charmaine Crooks is Canada's first female five-time Olympian in athletics. She's a four-time medalist at the Commonwealth Games, a three-time medalist at the Pan American Games, and an 11-time national champion. Jermain Franklin has more as TSN celebrates Black History Month.
Grant Fuhr was the first Black goalie to play in the NHL and one of the greatest netminders to ever play the game, collecting five Stanley Cups and a Vezina Trophy throughout his Hall of Fame career. Jermain Franklin has more on Fuhr's storied career.
Hamilton's Sarah Nurse set the all-time points record in a single Olympic tournament on route to becoming the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal for hockey. Jermain Franklin profiles Nurse's rising star as TSN continues to celebrate Black History Month.
There are plenty of families with more than one member involved in professional sports. The Manning brothers, the Williams sisters, the Tkachuks, the Sutters, the Watts and a remarkable faceoff next weekend between Jason and Travis Kelce for football’s ultimate prize. In TSN’s continuing celebration of Black History Month, this next feature tells the story of the Reaves family – two generations, two sports born out of competition among them right from the start.
Oshawa, Ontario native Saroya Tinker plays hockey patrolling the blue line for the Toronto Six of the PHF. Before her pro career, she was the first Black player male or female to play at Yale Hockey. It wasn't an easy transition for the defenceman as she struggled with depression, but she turned her struggles into inspiration. Jermain Franklin has more as TSN celebrates Black History Month.
Against all odds, Willie O'Ree became the first Black hockey player to play in the NHL. But it wasn't just the colour of his skin that served as a barrier, O'Ree made the NHL despite being blind in one eye. Jermain Franklin has more as TSN celebrates Black History Month.
Retired NHL player and Scarborough native Devante Smith-Pelly scored the game-tying goal for the Washington Capitals when they won the Stanley Cup, and is one of only a handful of Black players to get his name on hockey's biggest prize. He sat down with TSN's Raegan Subban to discuss his time in the NHL, how he handled racism throughout his career, and what's next for him as TSN continues to celebrate Black History Month.
The entire season has been a tribute to Bill Russell, with all teams putting his No. 6 at midcourt and all players wearing it on their jerseys. And at Sunday’s Legends Brunch — one of the best events of All-Star weekend, not to mention one of the toughest tickets to secure — Russell was honored with remarks from Boston All-Star Jaylen Brown, former on-court rivals Julius Erving and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Hall of Famer Grant Hill.
Warren Moon was a key figure in a CFL dynasty, the likes of which may never be seen again in this lifetime. After a successful collegiate career, Moon feared of limited opportunity as a Black QB in the NFL, so instead, he signed with the Edmonton Eskimos, now named the Elks. Jermain Franklin has more on Moon's football journey as TSN celebrates Black History Month.
When the lights shine the brightest, Andre De Grasse is at his best. The Canadian sprinter has reached the podium at every Olympic event he has competed in and the sky is the limit for this rising star. TSN's Jermain Franklin has more.
LeBron James broke Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's NBA career scoring record Tuesday night in an arena filled with stars and rocked by eager fans anticipating a crowning moment in his 20-year career.
Here are some notable happenings at each milestone in James' scoring journey.
LeBron James co-founded a successful media and entertainment company, bought stakes in storied professional baseball and soccer franchises and, with a big assist from product endorsements, his net worth is estimated to have grown above $1 billion. The off-court achievement that James is most proud of, he says, is working to uplift the lives of people like Smiley in his hometown of Akron.
Timeline of the National Basketball Association’s scoring record progression, focusing on LeBron James and his pursuit of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the No. 1 spot on the list:
There are many storylines for this Super Bowl, but the duel between Philadelphia's Jalen Hurts and Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes is right at the top of the list.
When Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes square off in Super Bowl LVII, it will mark the first time two black quarterbacks have faced off on football's biggest stage. Hurts joined ESPN to discuss the significance of that fact, and why he feels people may underrate him as a pocket passer.
Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts will make history on one of the biggest sporting stages in the world as they will comprise the first Black quarterback matchup in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs' QB spoke about what that means, especially during Black History Month.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (27) and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Jalen Hurts (24) will be a combined 51 years and 337 days old come Super Bowl LVII, surpassing Dan Marino and Joe Montana’s meeting in 1984 as the youngest Super Bowl QB matchup ever.
Long before there was Patrick Mahomes, Jalen Hurts, Doug Williams or even Warren Moon, there was Chuck Ealey. Some 51 years after he came north to play quarterback in pro football, Ealey sees Sunday's matchup as one featuring two quality quarterbacks who happen to be African-American.
He started this work as a very young man and has continued for more than 60 years. He has set a record as the longest-standing social justice athlete-activist in history that I don't think we'll ever see broken.
During Black History month last year, we told the story of Daniel and Gem Winter and their experience with the game of hockey. They were receiving guidance from Darryl Devonish, a former player at St. Mike’s who was impacted by racism in the sport and on a mission to give marginalized youth a better experience. Here’s a recap of that story along with an inspiring update.
Buffalo Bandits forward Dhane Smith sat down with The Shift's Alex Cairns to discuss winning NLL MVP twice, what bringing a championship to Buffalo would mean to him, how he feels about using his platform to talk about representation in lacrosse and his relationship with coach John Tavares.
Starting with Randall Cunningham, Black quarterbacks have enjoyed more success in Philadelphia than with any other NFL team. Robert Griffin III hosts Jalen Hurts, Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb for a discussion about race and football at the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This incisive, urgent documentary examines the role of Black players in Canadian hockey, from pre-NHL contributions to the game to the struggles against racism that continue to this day. Directed by Oscar nominee Hubert Davis and executive produced by LeBron James, Drake, and Maverick Carter, Black Ice is a sobering survey of systemic marginalization within one of the world’s most beloved team sports.
With The Carnegie Initiative Summit currently being held in Toronto, Bernice Carnegie, daughter of the late Herb Carnegie and co-founder of the initiative explains what inspires her, while co-founder Bryant McBride and Brian Burke, member of the Canadian board of directors, talk about what it's like working with Bernice.
During Martin Luther King Jr. Day and beyond, the NBA will honour Dr. King’s pursuit of racial, social, and economic justice. Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. discusses his profound impact and never-ending gratitude for everything Martin Luther King Jr. stood for.
Steph Curry reflects on the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how he helped him in terms of using his voice and platform.
Aliyah Boston reflects on the impact that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has had on her in terms of finding her voice.
Jalen Hurts reflects on what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood for and the impact of his legacy.
On Dec. 17, retired Ontario judge Hugh Fraser was elected chair of Hockey Canada's interim nine-person board. He spoke with TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead on Friday about the board’s plans for the coming months.
Herb Carnegie is regularly considered the best Black hockey player to never play in the NHL. He passed away on March 9, 2012 at the age of 92. He was posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder Category.
Herb Carnegie is regularly considered the best Black hockey player to never play in the NHL and following his retirement from playing, Carnegie enjoyed success when he founded Future Aces, one of Canada's first hockey schools in 1955. Well deserving of a call to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Herb Carnegie's daughter Bernice, and grandson Rane explained what it means to their family to finally see Herb be recognized for his invaluable contributions to hockey.
The daughter of Herb Carnegie, Bernice, accepted his Hockey Hall of Fame ring on his behalf and spoke to TSN's Glenn Schiiler about the humbleness of her father and how he managed to persevere through life to help others.
Herb Carnegie’s hockey career and legacy has been deservedly honoured with membership in over 14 Halls of Fame, including a posthumous induction this year into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder Category. James Duthie is joined by Kevin Weekes to discuss what inspired him most about the Carnegie family and how Herb devoted his career to helping his community.
Canada's Tajon Buchanan is the strong silent type but his play speaks volumes. Life on the pitch used to be quiet for the Brampton, Ontario native but early hardships and the support of his family have fueled his fierce determination to succeed. Now, Buchanan is at the World Cup and life is anything but quiet. Matthew Scianitti shares his story in TSN Original: Beyond the Quiet.
Canadian basketball player Laeticia Amihere joins The Shift to talk about the growth of women’s basketball in Canada, what makes the national team special as well as playing for Dawn Staley in South Carolina.
Kim Davis is proud of the work done to this point. She also knows there's still a long road ahead. The NHL's executive vice-president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs presented the league's first-ever comprehensive diversity and inclusion report to the board of governors Tuesday in New York.
Jamal Murray was incredible for the Denver Nuggets in the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The Canadian had multiple 50-point games, show-stopping layups and was playing on a different level. The following season Murray looked to carry that momentum forward but an ACL injury brought everything to a grinding halt. We take a look at Murray's journey back to the NBA court in the TSN Original: Broken Arrow.
Premiering on Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, Black Ice - directed by Oscar nominee Hubert Davis and executive produced by LeBron James, Drake, and Maverick Carter - examines the role of Black players in Canadian hockey, from pre-NHL contributions to the game to the struggles against racism that continue to this day.
'Black Ice' is a documentary exploring the history of anti-Black racism from segregated leagues in the late 18oo's to present day pro leagues. Maple Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds joins That's Hockey to discuss what it means to have his story featured in the doc.
Mikyla Grant-Mentis was named the MVP of the Premier Hockey Federation last year, and in May she became the highest-paid player in women’s hockey by signing an $80,000 contract with the Buffalo Beauts. Now the 24-year-old has reached another milestone, taking part in her first Hockey Canada camp. Mark Masters has more.
Mike Grier was officially named general manager of the Sharks, making him the first Black GM in the NHL's 105-year history. ESPN NHL analyst Kevin Weekes joins Jermain Franklin to discuss the significance of the news, the pressure Grier will face in his leadership role, what makes him the best candidate for the position and more.