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Quebec native Antony Auclair could taste Super Bowl glory tonight

There are about 1,700 people in Notre-Dame-des-Pins, a small municipality in Quebec’s Beauce region, and chances are on Sunday night they will all be watching the Super Bowl.

The community’s claim to fame, aside from a picturesque covered bridge crossing the Chaudière River, is Antony Auclair, a six-foot-six, 256-pound tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Auclair’s success is a major point of pride for the town of Notre-Dame-des-Pins. Strung up along the side of Highway 173 is a banner that cheers on Auclair’s team.

The town’s mayor, Lyne Bourque, wears a signed Buccaneers mask as a show of support.

The town of Notre-Dame-des-Pins is showing its support for homegrown football star Antony Auclair. (Radio-Canada)

Now in his fourth season with Tampa Bay, Auclair signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2017 after playing at Laval University in Quebec City.

If Laurent Duvernay-Tardif hadn’t opted out of the NFL season to work on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis in Quebec, two of the province’s homegrown football pros would be facing off as the Buccaneers go up against last year’s champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.

Following in the footsteps of Duvernay-Tardif, Auclair will become the 17th Canadian to appear in a Super Bowl, though there’s a good chance he won’t get playing time because he’s not on the starting line.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Auclair’s younger brother Adam, a defensive back for the Ottawa Redblacks, is in Tampa Bay to cheer on his brother’s team in person.

“It’s kind of crazy to live this with my brother,” he told CBC’s All in a Weekend“I’m pretty excited about the game. I’m excited to feel the vibe of the Super Bowl even if there are less fans in the building.”

Adam said he wasn’t sure about travelling to the U.S. because of the pandemic restrictions, but he ultimately decided that this was a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” he couldn’t pass up.

Beyond that, he said everyone who will be in attendance at the game has to present a COVID-19 negative test.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Antony Auclair pictured with his parents, Julien Auclair and Marie-Andrée Quirion, who are both from Notre-Dame-des-Pins. (Pascal Ratthé/Radio-Canada)

Auclair’s parents will be watching from their home in Notre-Dame-des-Pins, and according to Adam, “they are going to be really, really close to the TV.”

Hard work pays off

Auclair is one of a handful of people who have graduated from playing football at a Canadian university to securing a spot in the NFL.

Adam attributes his brother’s success to his work ethic, saying he is one of the hardest working members of the team.

“When I was playing with him at Laval, he was always, after every practice, going to the gym. Or studying plays before he went to bed. He was always giving more than anyone else on the team. And he’s also a great leader, he’s a leader who will show by example and I think that’s what the coaches over there liked about him.”

Antony Auclair played for the Rouge et Or in Quebec City before going pro. (Laval University Rouge et Or)

This sentiment is echoed by Auclair’s former coaches.

“He always wanted to know more. He always wanted to work harder than everyone else. He was often the first in the field,” said Mathieu Bertrand, special teams co-ordinator for the Laval Rouge et Or. “Going to the NFL is one thing, but staying there for four years is another.”

“My biggest dream now is that he can bring the Super Bowl trophy back to PEPS (Pavillon de l’éducation physique et des sports de l’Université Laval) sometime in the spring,” said head coach Glen Constantin.

In this 2017 file photo, Adam Auclair of Laval University accepts the Presidents’ Trophy for outstanding defensive player during the U Sports All-Canadian Football Awards Gala. (Aaron Lynett/The Canadian Press)

True to form, Adam says Auclair is extremely focused ahead of the game.

“Even if he is probably not going to play this weekend, he is ready to play if his name gets called,” said Adam.

“I told him to enjoy every moment and I think that is really what he’s going to do. Even if he’s not playing, it’s a really big accomplishment that he’s going to be there.”

All in a Weekend11:15Adam Auclair on his brother Antony’s journey from the Beauce to the Super Bowl

Today Quebecer Antony Auclair will become only the 17th Canadian to appear in a Super Bowl. But long before he was suiting up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was squaring off against his brother Adam, outside their home in Notre-Dame-Des-Pins, in the Beauce. Adam Auclair, himself a player with the CFL’s Ottawa Redblacks, tells us what brought his brother to the biggest game of his career. 11:15

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Look Up: You Can See All the Planets in Our Solar System Tonight

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Despite the ongoing hunt for Planet Nine and the general dissatisfaction with Pluto’s demotion more than a decade ago, there are still just eight planets in our solar system. You’ve probably seen diagrams of the solar system that place the planets in nice, orderly lines, but the truth is they’re often on the other side of the sun from Earth. We happen to be going through a period during which all the planets are visible, many without a telescope. You just have to know where and when to look.

Mercury: The closest planet to the sun appears like a bright, yellowish star in the sky. Currently, you can spot Mercury unaided by a telescope for the remainder of this year in the early morning right before dawn in the eastern sky. It will be at its brightest for the next week or so.

Venus: Earth’s sister planet has been visible for about half of the year so far, and will continue to twinkle in the sky through the end of the year. Its proximity and size usually make it the brightest planet when viewed from Earth. While there have been times in 2020 when you could see it more clearly, you can still spot Venus if you’re up in the early morning. Just look to the west before dawn, and it should be the brightest object up there.

Earth: Look down.

Mars: You might have spotted Mars in the sky recently and not realized what it was. The planet has been passing very close to Earth lately, which is why NASA launched the Perseverance mission over the summer. Mars appears as an orange-yellow point of light in the eastern sky (see above) starting in the early evening and continuing until near dawn. It’s getting dimmer now (and approaching the constellation Pisces), but should still be visible to the naked eye through the end of the year.

Jupiter high-resolution

Jupiter and Saturn: The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter, is too far away to outshine the inner planets, but it’s still glowing like a silver star in the sky right now. We’re actually coming up on an event known as a great conjunction when Jupiter and Saturn are very near each other, something that happens every 20 years or so. Saturn is harder to see (it’s a yellow-ish point), but both planets will appear high in the southwestern sky at dusk, but they’ll fall below the horizon just a few hours later. The conjunction reaches its peak next month, so keep an eye out for that.

Uranus: We’re getting pretty far out in the solar system now, and many people won’t be able to see Uranus without a telescope. It’s there, though. It will appear in the evening sky between Mars (see above) and the dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster.

Neptune: This is another tough-to-see planet, but it will be up there in the evening sky for the rest of the year and into early 2021. To find Neptune, look toward the south for the constellation Aquarius an hour or two after sunset. With binoculars or a telescope, Neptune should be visible as a faint, bluish dot inside the group of stars.

And that completes our tour of the solar system. While many consider Pluto to be an honorary planet, it and all other Kuiper Belt objects are too tiny and far away to be visible without powerful telescopes.

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Trump, Biden square off in final election debate tonight

U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden hurtled toward Thursday night’s final debate, which may be the trailing incumbent’s best chance to change the race’s trajectory with just 12 days left until the election.

The two men headed for Nashville, Tenn., before the debate, which offers their final national stage to outline starkly different visions for a country in the grips of a surging pandemic that has killed more than 225,000 Americans and cost millions of jobs. Despite historic tumult, the race has remained largely unchanged with Biden holding advantages in many battleground states while Trump faces a shortage of campaign cash and, crucially, time.

Worried that Trump could lose the White House and cost Republicans the Senate, some advisers urged him to trade his aggressive demeanour from the first debate for a lower-key style and put the spotlight on Biden, whom he derides as “Sleepy Joe.” But Trump made no such promise.

Biden, who has stepped off the campaign trail for several days in favour of debate prep, expects Trump to get intensely personal. The former vice-president and his inner circle see the president’s approach chiefly as an effort to distract from the coronavirus, its economic fallout and other crises of Trump’s term.

“Hopefully he’ll play by the rules,” Biden said as he boarded his plane for Tennessee. “I’m looking forward to this.”

WATCH | Biden speaks before final election debate:

Former U.S. vice-president Joe Biden says he hopes President Donald Trump behaves in their final debate before the Nov. 3 election. 1:08

Final debates often play an outsized role in electoral outcomes. But Thursday night’s showdown will be different from those past.

More than 42 million people have already cast their ballots as part of a pandemic-era rise in early voting. In an election dominated by a polarizing president, far fewer undecided voters remain than at this point in 2016. And, in a visual reminder of the pandemic that has rewritten the norms of American society and fundamentally changed the campaign, sheets of plexiglass have been installed onstage between the two men.

Opponents will be muted 

The debate, moderated by NBC’s Kristen Welker, is a final chance for each man to make his case to a television audience of tens of millions of voters. And questions swirled as to how Trump, whose hectoring performance at the first debate was viewed by aides as a mistake that turned off viewers, would perform amid a stretch of the campaign in which he has taken angry aim at the news media and unleashed deeply personal attacks on Biden and his adult son.

In an effort to curtail interruptions this time, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Trump and Biden will each have his microphone cut off while his rival delivers an opening answer to each of six debate topics.

A representative of the commission — not the moderator — will ensure each candidate has two full minutes uninterrupted to deliver opening answers to six major topics, according to debate commission chair Frank Fahrenkopf. A member of the Trump and Biden campaigns is expected to monitor the person who controls the mute button backstage, he said, noting that the button would not be used beyond the first four minutes of each topic.

When he feels cornered, Trump has often lashed out, going as negative as possible. In one stunning moment during the 2016 campaign, in an effort to deflect from the release of the Access Hollywood tape in which he is heard boasting about groping women, Trump held a press conference just before a debate with Hillary Clinton during which he appeared with women who had accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. He then invited them to watch as audience members.

Trying to stage another comeback in a campaign’s closing days, Trump this time is using the power of the presidency to attack his rival.

Both test negative

On Tuesday, he called on Attorney General William Barr to immediately launch an investigation into unverified claims about Biden and his son Hunter, effectively demanding that the Justice Department muddy his political opponent and abandon its historic resistance to getting involved in elections.

Biden could also expect questions about his comments in a CBS interview, released Thursday, in which he wouldn’t rule out trying to add justices to the Supreme Court. The issue has followed him since the Sept. 18 death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Republican-controlled Senate’s rush to confirm Trump’s nominee to succeed her, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

As for Biden’s family, Trump has been promoting an unconfirmed New York Post report from last week that cites an email in which an official from the Ukrainian gas company Burisma apparently thanks Hunter Biden, who served on the company’s board, for arranging for him to meet Joe Biden during a 2015 visit to Washington.

WATCH | Final presidential debate live starts at 9 p.m. ET

With time running out in the election campaign, Donald Trump and Joe Biden making their closing pitches to the American people. 0:00

The Biden campaign has rejected Trump’s assertion of wrongdoing and notes that Biden’s schedule did not show a meeting with the Burisma official.

Biden and Trump were both tested for COVID-19 on Thursday and the results came back negative.

Trump announced just two days after the first debate that he tested positive for the virus. He later spent three nights in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before returning to the White House.

The one-two punch of the first presidential debate and Trump’s three-day hospital stint with COVID-19 rattled his base of support and triggered alarm among Republicans who fear the White House and Senate could be slipping away.

The debate commission says that only around 200 people will be inside the arena, a mix of invited guests of the campaigns and the debate commission, students, the commission’s production team, security and health and safety personnel. Audience members will be seated in accordance with physical distancing recommendations; several empty seats separated each person or small group.

All audience members and support staff were required to undergo coronavirus testing onsite within three days of the event. They wore coloured wrist bands as evidence of their negative tests

After Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the debate commission ruled that the second debate, which was to have been held last week, be virtual. Trump balked, and the two men holding duelling town halls instead, speaking at the same time more than 1,600 kilometres apart.

As Trump continued to complain he was being treated unfairly by the news media, he posted on Facebook unedited footage of his own 60 Minutes interview, where he repeatedly told CBS interviewer Lesley Stahl she would not have challenged Biden.

“You wouldn’t say to Biden what you just said to me,” Trump told Stahl when she questioned his characterization of the economy prior to the pandemic. “If he had it, you would never say that to Biden.”

After posting the video, Trump tweeted: “Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA.”

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Biden and Trump speak at competing town halls tonight

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden attacked President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Thursday, as the two candidates held duelling televised town halls after their second planned debate was cancelled.

“He said he didn’t tell anybody because he was afraid Americans would panic,” Biden said in Philadelphia on ABC. “Americans don’t panic. He panicked.”

Trump defended staging a Rose Garden event to announce his Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, where many attendees did not wear masks and later tested positive.

“Hey, I’m president — I have to see people, I can’t be in a basement,” Trump said on NBC in front of an outdoor audience of voters in Miami, implicitly criticizing Biden for spending months off the campaign trail as the pandemic raged.

He said he “heard different stories” about the efficacy of masks, even though his own administration’s public health experts have said wearing them is key to stopping the spread of the virus.

The president also declined to denounce QAnon, the false conspiracy theory that Democrats are part of a satanic global child sex trafficking ring, first praising its adherents for opposing pedophilia before saying he knew nothing about the movement.

WATCH | Another chance for Trump to denounce white supremacy:

NBC Town Hall moderator Savannah Guthrie asks Donald Trump if he will denounce white supremacy, suggesting he is often hesitant to do so. 2:59

With less than three weeks to go until the Nov. 3 U.S. election, the Republican president is trying to change the dynamics of a race in which Biden has a double-digit advantage in some national polls.

North Carolina, a highly competitive state, began more than two weeks of in-person early voting on Thursday, following huge turnout in Georgia and Texas earlier in the week.

Video from local media showed large numbers of people waiting for the polls to open in Greensboro and Winston-Salem and gathering in the pre-dawn hours to vote at two arenas in the state’s largest city, Charlotte.

WATCH | Biden defends plan to raise taxes for the rich, despite pandemic:

Former vice-president cites Wall Street firm to defend raising taxes on the wealthy. 1:18

Gerry Cohen, a member of the election board in the county that includes most of the city of Raleigh, N.C., saw more than 400 people in line at a community centre before polls opened.

“I’ve never seen this many in line here,” he said on Twitter.

Early voting records

Nearly 18 million Americans have cast ballots either in person or by mail so far, representing 12.9 per cent of the total votes counted in the 2016 general election, according to the U.S. Elections Project at the University of Florida.

Voters are seeking to avoid in-person lines on Election Day to stay safe as coronavirus infections and hospitalizations continue to rise but also to make sure their ballots will count. Many are concerned that Trump will challenge widely used mail-in ballots, after he claimed without evidence that they were fraudulent.

WATCH | What cancelling a presidential debate means for the race and voters:

With less than three weeks to go until election day, The National’s U.S. political panel looks at what cancelling the second presidential debate means for the race, whether President Donald Trump getting COVID-19 changed anything and what voter groups both candidates are trying to reach. 7:52

Trump’s campaign is counting on a surge of last-minute votes. But Reuters/Ipsos polling conducted from Friday to Tuesday suggests there are far fewer undecided likely voters this year — around eight per cent — and they are just as likely to pick Biden as they are Trump.

Four years ago at this stage of the campaign, more than twice as many people were similarly wavering between Trump and his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The Reuters/Ipsos polling shows Biden holding a 10-percentage-point lead nationally, with a tighter margin in the battleground states that will help decide the election.


Democratic fundraising organization ActBlue said on Thursday it collected $ 1.5 billion US online from July to September, the most it had ever raised in one quarter. By comparison, major Republican fundraising platform WinRed said on Monday that it collected $ 623.5 million US in the same period.

“We’ve raised more money than I ever thought we could,” Biden told donors at an event.

Both candidates have been visiting battleground states this week, with Trump holding rallies in Florida, Pennsylvania and Iowa and Biden traveling to Ohio and Florida.

WATCH | Early voters met with long lines, technical issues across U.S.:

There is growing concern about voter suppression three weeks before the U.S. election, with technical glitches at voting machines, lineups that are up to 11 hours long and controversial court rulings limiting the number of absentee ballot drop-off sites. 1:40

Speaking to a rally in Greenville, N.C., on Thursday, Trump promised an economic recovery if he was re-elected. “We’re going to have a red wave,” he said.

The U.S. economy tanked in the second quarter due to the coronavirus pandemic, and at least 25 million remained on jobless benefits at the end of September, Labour Department figures showed on Thursday.

Trump pulled out of Thursday’s scheduled debate when the commission in charge of organizing the event said it would be held virtually after he contracted the coronavirus. A final debate is still scheduled for Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

The town halls, in which each candidate will field questions from voters, will take place at 8 p.m. ET, with Trump on NBC from Miami and Biden on ABC from Philadelphia.

WATCH | Trump returns to 2016 playbook in campaign’s final weeks:

Down in the polls with the election fast approaching, U.S. President Donald Trump has returned to his 2016 playbook and doubled down on harsh messaging aimed squarely at his base. 2:01

A group of 100 Hollywood actors and producers wrote a letter of protest to NBC, saying that airing Trump’s town hall was “enabling the president’s bad behaviour while undercutting the Presidential Debate Commission and doing a disservice to the American public.”

The Biden campaign said on Thursday that two people involved in the campaign had tested positive for COVID-19, including one on the staff of Sen. Kamala Harris, Biden’s running mate.

Biden had also been on a plane with an aviation company employee who tested positive but was not in close contact, his campaign said in a statement. He tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday as well as Wednesday, his campaign said.

“This shows how seriously we take COVID, how we have since March done everything in our power as a campaign to ensure the safety of our staff and volunteers and voters,” Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, told reporters on a call.

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Kawhi Leonard won’t be surprised to hear some boos tonight in return to Toronto

Kawhi Leonard drew a crowd in his return to Toronto on Wednesday.

While downtown billboards heralded his return for the first time as a Los Angeles Clipper, the 28-year-old faced a media throng at the morning shootaround.

Leonard’s five-minute scrum attracted 60-plus media members and a dozen cameras. An unfazed Leonard, who led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA title in his one season north of the border, said simply he was happy to be back.

Leonard, who will collect his championship ring prior to tipoff against the Raptors on Wednesday night, said he expected a mixed reaction from the fans despite the country’s past love affair with the close-mouthed NBA star.

“There’ll be some cheers but definitely, I think, more boos because they want to win the game,” he said, engulfed by media courtside at Scotiabank Arena. “They’re not going to be cheering for a player that’s on the opposing team. They’re still rooting for the Raptors.”

But Clippers coach Doc Rivers dismissed any thoughts of a negative reception from Raptors fans.

“He’ll get a great one … I don’t know if he promised a championship, but he fulfilled it anyway. I think it will be an amazing reception.”

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment laid out the welcome mat with tributes on giant video screens at Scotiabank Arena and BMO Field.

“Fun guy in town,” read the caption at the outdoor screen at Scotiabank Arena next to a photo of Leonard celebrating the NBA championship.

“Board man gets his ring,” read the caption on the BMO Field screen beside a picture of Leonard holding up the trophy.

The references were to T-shirts Leonard famously wore.

At the downtown intersection of Yonge and Dundas streets, New Balance — a Leonard sponsor — and Leonard thanked the fans of Toronto on a giant billboard.

Leonard said he got “flashbacks” from the Raptors’ victory parade as the Clippers came to the arena Wednesday morning.

“Obviously it was different playing here for a whole country. They’re all going for this one team,” he said. “The ride [with the Raptors] was fun. I had a great time last year with the coaching staff, the front office and the players. It was a great experience.”

Leonard signed as a free agent with the Clippers in early July, less than a month after leading the Raptors to their first NBA title.

He said he took his time making his decision, and thought long and hard about staying in Toronto.

“I gave it big consideration … I talked to the front office in deep detail,” he said. “It was a hard choice to make.”

He returned to his native California after the Clippers swung a deal to get Paul George from Oklahoma City in exchange for Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari, plus five first-round draft picks.

“I’m happy to be there. Having a great time,” Leonard said of life in L.A.

Leonard signed a three-year max deal with the Clippers that could be worth nearly $ 110 million US, although the third season is at his option.

Asked what he had done with the championship ring he won with the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard offered one of his trademark no-nonsense replies.

Leonard has said part of the reason for leaving the Raptors for the Clippers was the opportunity to play with pal Paul George. (Getty Images)

“I wore it a few times and then kept it in a safe place.”

Leonard came into Wednesday’s game averaging 25.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 18 games with the Clippers.

He averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.8 steals over 60 regular-season games with the Raptors in 2018-19, turning it up a notch in the playoffs. Leonard averaged 30.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 24 post-season games to earn his second Finals MVP award.

A man of few words, Leonard became part of Toronto sports lore with an Eastern Conference semifinal series-winning shot in Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers that bounced on the rim four times before falling in.

Leonard had an uneven game Nov. 11 when the two teams met in Los Angeles. Struggling on 2-for-11 shooting in the face of double coverage, he finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and nine turnovers in a 98-88 Clippers win.

Toronto played without the injured Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka that night.

The Clippers have gone 11-3 and the Raptors 9-4 since that November meeting.

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