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NBA’s 1st all-female broadcast at helm as Raptors finally win amid trade rumours

Midway through Kyle Lowry’s marathon 23-minute post-game Zoom session with the media, he took a FaceTime call from Drake.

If Wednesday was indeed Lowry’s last appearance as a Toronto Raptor, it’ll go down as a game with a little bit of everything.

Toronto’s six-time all-star had nine assists, eight points and five rebounds, and was a career-high plus-42 on the night, and the Raptors finally snapped their ugly nine-game losing skid with an emphatic 135-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets.

“It was kinda weird tonight not knowing what the next step would be, just with understanding there are things that could possibly be done [Thursday] … but it was great to get a win,” said Lowry.

WATCH | Raptors rout Nuggets to snap skid:

Toronto ends their 9-game losing streak with a 135-111 win over Denver, sets franchise record with 24 3-pointers. 1:18

On the eve of the NBA trade deadline, the six-time all-star plus Norman Powell have been front and centre of numerous trade rumours. In Lowry, the Raptors would lose the player coach Nick Nurse said “plays harder than anybody I’ve seen. He’ll go down as the greatest Raptor ever, to date.”

Asked why he’s made hard work the trademark of his game, Lowry said: “You never know when the opportunity is gonna be your last time to play, right? You go on that floor, you never know when’s the last time you’ll play the game that you love and you’ve given your all to, right?

“I’m not the tallest, I’m not the most athletic and I’m not the fanciest but I play hard and it’s got me a long way, by playing hard,” said Lowry, wearing a white T-shirt with a red heart.

Pascal Siakam led all scorers with 27 points, while OG Anunoby had 23, Powell added 22, and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 19 for Toronto (18-26).

Jamal Murray of Kitchener, Ont., and Nikola Jokic had 20 points apiece for the Nuggets (26-18).

The Raptors built a 24-point first-half lead on sizzling shooting and better defensive hustle than they’d shown in awhile. They led 98-81 with one quarter to play.

A Lowry deep three-pointer, and three baskets from distance from Paul Watson, highlighted a 21-6 Raptors run in the fourth that had Toronto up by 29 points. Denver coach Michael Malone went deep into his bench soon after.

Lowry headed to the bench with 5:43 to play, and was greeted with hugs from teammates.

“We have been through a lot of things together and you want to keep that, you want to have that,” Siakam said. “But I think that goes beyond basketball. Again, a lot of memories.”

His plus-42 was second in franchise history to Mark Jackson’s plus-46 in 2000.

One thing missing was a Toronto crowd, since the Raptors are playing home games this season at Tampa’s Amalie Arena.

“It’d be nice but he wouldn’t know anyway, right, it’s not like they can give a final standing ovation to anybody because nobody knows what’s going on [at the trade deadline],” Nurse said. “One thing is pretty much sure, these guys have a place in Raptors fans’ hearts or whatever.

“So if they do move and they come back some time there’ll be a time to give him that round of applause, hopefully. Jeez, I hope so. I want to get back home and play a home game in a full sold-out arena in Toronto, sounds pretty good right now.”

Lowry opened his post-game media session by heaping praise on the all-female broadcast. All five broadcast positions were filled by women for the first time in NBA history.

“I heard it was unbelievable,” Lowry said. “Kayla, Kate, Amy, Meghan and Kia, I heard you did a great job. So shoutout to those beautiful ladies. It’s a huge step in our league and in our organization”

WATCH | NBA’s 1st all-women broadcast team on call for Raptors vs. Nuggets:

Play-by-play announcer Meghan McPeak and WNBA player Kia Nurse working as a colour analyst make the call as Jamal Murray of Kitchener, Ont., scores an impressive basket for Denver in a game against Toronto. 0:31

Meghan McPeak did the play-by-play, while Kia Nurse of the Canada’s national team and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, provided analysis. Kayla Grey was the sideline reporter while Kate Beirness and Raptors 905 analyst Amy Audibert were the in-studio hosts.

The Raptors began the night mired in their longest losing streak in a decade and dogged by mishaps, including a COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined Siakam, Anunoby and VanVleet for nearly three weeks.

‘Losing ain’t fun’

Siakam’s frustration boiled over after Nurse sat him for the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to Cleveland. The Raptors disputed a report Siakam was fined $ 50,000 US for his angry outburst, but Nurse said the Raptors’ front office is dealing with his discipline.

“I just felt like losing ain’t fun,” Siakam said. “You lose nine games in a row I guarantee you that, if you are a team that is serious about winning, it’s not going to be fun, there’s not going to be a lot of joking around. It’s going to be tough. … That’s what I have say. We want to win and losing ain’t fun.”

They looked intent on ending that streak from the opening whistle Wednesday, connecting on their first five three-pointers of the game. They had seven in the opening quarter to lead 38-30 heading into the second.

Anunoby led the way with 13 points in the second as the Raptors built a 24-point lead. Toronto took a 72-54 lead into the halftime break.

The night also provided Nurse a close-up look at Nuggets guard Murray, who he hopes to coach as part of the Canadian team this summer. Canada must win a last-chance qualifying tournament to earn an Olympic berth.

“[Murray] has been really positive and proactive even about saying how badly he wants to play for Canada,” Nurse said. “He’s really smart. He’s found a couple things he’s doing when teams are doing some certain things to him that he’ll shift into another gear. Again, he’s smart, he’s intelligent. I’ve been impressed with the kind of quick learning-curve growth that he’s made to keep giving himself opportunities.”

The game was the first of a three-game homestand. The Raptors, who’ve played more road games than any other team in the league, play just five games on the road in their next 18.

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Kia Nurse hopes Raptors’ all-women broadcast could mirror WNBA, inspire next generation

If they see it, they can be it.

That’s the notion Canadian WNBA player and TSN commentator Kia Nurse hopes will inspire young women as the NBA’s first all-women broadcast team prepares to call the Raptors’ game against the Denver Nuggets Wednesday. 

Nurse hopes the influence of the first-of-its kind broadcast is similar to what she’s experienced recently as a player for the Women’s National Basketball Association, a league that’s had a huge impact with its social activism.

Some examples include their efforts to help the Democrats win a Senate seat in Georgia and the league’s #SayHerName campaign that created awareness about the police shooting of Breonna Taylor. Maya Moore, one the WNBA’s most famous players, took a sabbatical from her basketball career to help free a wrongfully convicted man who is now her husband.

“I think people are starting to see how much of an impact we’re having. I mean, we helped flip the Senate,” Nurse told CBC Sports, referring to the work players did to encourage Georgians to vote specifically for Democrat Raphael Warnock and against Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, the former owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream who spoke out against Black Lives Matter.

The all-women’s broadcast could have the same kind of impact, said Nurse, the 25-year-old from Hamilton, Ont., who played last season with the WNBA’s New York Liberty and was recently traded to the Phoenix Mercury. 

“You have women who are doing an incredible job across different industries and different nations … coming together to show you guys what we’ve been working on, even though it hasn’t been in the spotlight.”

Nurse will work as a colour analyst for the game alongside play-by-play woman Meghan McPeak, who works for CBC Sports as well as in the booth for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics and the G League’s Capital City Go-Go.

TSN’s Kayla Grey will handle sideline reporting duties, while SportsCentre host Kate Beirness and Amy Audibert, an analyst for Raptors 905, will pair up for the in-game studio show.

Paving the way for the next generation

Nurse, who works as a TSN analyst during the WNBA off-season, says the broadcast will provide a template for young women to see what’s possible in a male-dominated sport and media industry.

“It wasn’t until I went to the U.S. one day and saw Maya Moore on television, I thought, ‘Oh, this would be cool to play in like a national championship and to play at UConn and whatnot,’ ” Nurse said.

CBC Sports contributor Meghan McPeak will call the March 24 Raptors game against the Nuggets as part of TSN’s all-female broadcast crew. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

McPeak echoed the sentiment on a recent episode of North Courts, a CBC Sports basketball show.

“That’s something that I never had growing up, so the fact that myself, Kia and Kayla can give that to little Black girls that look like us, that’s a fantastic feeling,” McPeak said. 

“Representation matters and little girls will be able to see us doing what we do and might think that they can do it as well.”

As the women call an important Raptors game against a top-tier team the night before the NBA trade deadline, Nurse hopes it will provide a platform to continue speaking out in the name of change — just as she did last summer in the WNBA.

WATCH | McPeak discusses historic broadcast on North Courts:

It’s March Madness time and with a record number of Canadians in the NCAA tournament, we’re dedicating this episode to the stars from north of the border, including Jevohn catching up with Gonzaga’s own sixth man of the year Andrew Nembhard. 17:17

“We took to the court with the understanding that no matter what anybody was going to say about us … some people were going to like what we had to say and some people weren’t,” Nurse said. 

“There’s a fine line between right and wrong. And we knew what was right.”

Providing inspiration for NCAA women’s athletes

To that end, after players in the NCAA women’s March Madness tournament used social media to expose how inferior their weight room setup was compared to the men’s teams, NCAA staff revamped the underwhelming setup with more equipment and machines.  

Other inequities, such as unequal COVID-19 testing and a lack of camera exposure, are also coming to light.

Nurse was part of four Final Four teams with the University of Connecticut, and though she says she never had an issue with weight rooms specifically, she also never played the tournament in a bubble due to a pandemic. She said she’s confused as to how the unequal set-up happened, but isn’t surprised that it did.

“I’m proud of the young women who are at the tournament who took to social media and stood up for themselves,” Nurse said.

“I’m proud of everybody who rallied around them and continued to make it loud enough that the NCAA listened right away. But it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.”

Nurse hopes that she and her fellow WNBA players can provide inspiration for today’s college athletes to continue to find their own voices and feel empowered to speak out. 

“Because they know that if they’re working toward a league like the WNBA, then they’ll still have a voice when they get there.”

Meanwhile, Canadian national team head coach Lisa Thomaidis said television broadcasts like Wednesday’s should become the norm.

“All these steps along the way, they’re massive, right? They shouldn’t be, but they are,” she said. “The fact that we’re going to have an all-female broadcast crew just speaks to how far we’ve come.” 

A role model on the court and in the booth

Nurse spoke to CBC Sports as part of her partnership with Tangerine Bank, which committed $ 15,000 to support Kia Nurse Elite, her Nike-backed youth basketball program.

When she was younger, Nurse said scheduling didn’t allow her to play provincially, nationally, and with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in the U.S. all at once. With the Elite program, she’s aiming to change that while providing young Canadian female basketball players the support they need.

“Every door that I’ve had opened up in my life has been a direct result of being able to play basketball and to playing at a high level in the community that I was a part of growing up.” 

As a player, Nurse is used to serving as a role model for young Canadian basketball fans. On Wednesday, she’ll continue to influence the next generation — but this time, from the booth.

“Hopefully, if there are young women who are watching the game with their families, which I’m sure they are, seeing more people that look like them, maybe one of us resonates with them. And that’s all that matters in this case.”

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Supreme Court overturns decision that allowed U.S. Super Bowl ads in Canadian broadcast

The Supreme Court has overturned a decision that allowed viewers to see keenly anticipated American commercials during the Super Bowl broadcast.

Bell Canada’s media division secured an exclusive licence from the NFL in 2013 to broadcast the Super Bowl in Canada and sold ad time to Canadian businesses to be inserted into the program on both Canadian and American stations.

The practice denied Canadian viewers a chance to see entertaining U.S. commercials that often generated as big a buzz as the football game.

In 2016, the federal broadcast regulator decided that in the case of the Super Bowl, the usual practice of substituting Canadian ads for U.S. ones on American channels available in Canada was not in the public interest.

Bell said the regulator’s decision cost it viewers and millions of dollars in revenue, prompting an appeal from the broadcaster and the NFL.

The Federal Court of Appeal rejected the challenge, saying Parliament intended the regulator to decide how best to balance competing policy objectives related to broadcasting in Canada.

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Hear Queen Elizabeth’s First-Ever Radio Broadcast in ‘Private Lives of the Windsors’ Series (Exclusive)

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Nvidia’s New RTX Broadcast Engine Features AI-Powered Green Screen Mode

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Nvidia’s latest RTX-series GPUs are the first to feature real-time ray tracing, which can make games look prettier than ever. However, they’re also powerful computing platforms for AI development. Nvidia has demoed a new AI application powered by the Tensor Cores in RTX cards called RTX Broadcast Engine. Among other things, the new Broadcast Engine can clip the background out of a video feed to create an artificial “green screen.”

The RTX Broadcast Engine is aimed at game streamers, and it includes several functions. The RTX Greenscreen is undeniably the most impressive of them, though. Using the computing power of RTX cards,SEEAMAZON_ET_135 See Amazon ET commerce the Broadcast Engine can process a video in real-time and understand which parts are the streamer and which parts are the background. Thus, you can replace the background with different scenes or make it fully transparent in the stream. 

RTX Greenscreen is similar to features integrated with select webcams from Logitech C922x and Razer Stargazer, but Nvidia’s solution should work with any video feed. Those webcams with custom background removal tend not to work very well anyway. If Nvidia’s solution works well, it could make those devices much less attractive.

The RTX Broadcast Engine also features a face-tracking augmented reality (AR) feature called RTX AR. It recognizes faces with enough detail to map your features and render them on a 3D model. Again, this feature is similar to what you can get with specific pieces of hardware like the iPhone. That device uses IR dots and special cameras to map your face and produce “Animoji” versions of your face. Nvidia doesn’t need real depth data — the GPU just figures it out with AI. 

Finally, there are RTX Style Filters, which use AI to apply filters to a full video. The idea here is you can use the Broadcast Engine to match the style of a game or artwork. In the demo video, Nvidia applies a “Starry Night” filter to a video in real-time. We don’t know how well this will be able to match the look of a game, but it could make for some cool streaming effects. 

Developers can apply for early access to the RTX Broadcast Engine right now on Nvidia’s site. It will roll out to everyone “in the coming months.” Nvidia is also working with the makers of popular streaming software OBS to integrate the RTX Greenscreen feature.

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2019 Stanley Cup playoffs broadcast schedule announced

The NHL’s Stanley Cup playoffs begin on Wednesday and you can watch the action live on CBC TV or live streamed through CBCSports.ca and the CBC Sports app.

CBC will be the home for every first-round game of two Canadian teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Calgary Flames. Both of those first-round series begin on Thursday night.

CBC’s coverage begins on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET with Game 1 of the series between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Game 3 between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues will also be broadcast by CBC. Games 1, 2, and 4 of that series will be shown on Sportsnet.

The full broadcast schedule for the first round of the NHL playoffs, and where you can watch each game, is below:

Eastern Conference quarter-finals

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Game 1:
Toronto at Boston – Thursday, 7 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 2: Toronto at Boston – Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 3: Boston at Toronto – Monday, April 15, 7 p.m. ET. (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 4: Boston at Toronto – Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. ET. (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 5: Toronto at Boston – Friday, April 19, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Boston at Toronto – Sunday, April 21, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Toronto at Boston – Tuesday, April 23, TBD (if necessary)

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Game 1: Pittsburgh at New York – Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 2: Pittsburgh at New York – Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 3: New York at Pittsburgh – Sunday, April 14, 12 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 4: New York at Pittsburgh – Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 5: Pittsburgh at New York – Thursday, April 18, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: New York at Pittsburgh –  Saturday, April 20, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Pittsburgh at New York – Monday, April 22, TBD (if necessary)

Washington Capitals vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Game 1: Carolina at Washington – Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 2: Carolina at Washington – Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 3: Washington at Carolina – Monday, April 15, 7 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 4: Washington at Carolina – Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 5: Carolina at Washington – Saturday, April 20, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Washington at Carolina – Monday, April 22, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Carolina at Washington – Wednesday, April 24, TBD (if necessary)

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
Game 1: Columbus at Tampa Bay – Wednesday, 7 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 2: Columbus at Tampa Bay – Friday, 7 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 3: Tampa Bay at Columbus – Sunday, April 14, 7 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 4: Tampa Bay at Columbus – Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 5: Columbus at Tampa Bay – Friday, April 19, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Tampa Bay at Columbus – Sunday, April 21, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Columbus at Tampa Bay – Tuesday, April 23, TBD (if necessary)

Western Conference quarter-finals

Calgary Flames vs. Colorado Avalanche
Game 1: Colorado at Calgary – Thursday, 10 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 2: Colorado at Calgary – Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 3: Calgary at Colorado – Monday, April 15, 10 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 4: Calgary at Colorado – Wednesday, April 17, 10 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca)
Game 5: Colorado at Calgary – Friday, April 19, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Calgary at Colorado – Sunday, April 21, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Colorado at Calgary – Tuesday, April 23, TBD (if necessary)

Winnipeg Jets vs. St. Louis Blues
Game 1: St. Louis at Winnipeg – Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 2: St. Louis at Winnipeg – Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 3: Winnipeg at St. Louis – Sunday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. ET (CBC, CBCSports.ca, SN)
Game 4: Winnipeg at St. Louis – Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 5: St. Louis at Winnipeg – Thursday, April 18, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Winnipeg at St. Louis – Saturday, April 20, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: St. Louis at Winnipeg – Monday, April 22, TBD (if necessary)

Nashville Predators vs. Dallas Stars
Game 1: Dallas at Nashville – Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. ET  (SN1)
Game 2: Dallas at Nashville – Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 3: Nashville at Dallas – Monday, April 15, 9:30 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 4: Nashville at Dallas – Wednesday, April 17, 8 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 5: Dallas at Nashville – Saturday, April 20, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: Nashville at Dallas – Monday, April 22,  TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Dallas at Nashville – Wednesday, April 24, TBD (if necessary)

San Jose Sharks vs. Vegas Golden Knights
Game 1:
Vegas at San Jose – Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET (SN)
Game 2: Vegas at San Jose – Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 3: San Jose at Vegas – Sunday, April 14, 10 p.m. ET (SN, SN360)
Game 4: San Jose at Vegas – Tuesday, April 16, 10:30 p.m. ET (SN360)
Game 5: Vegas at San Jose – Thursday, April 18, TBD (if necessary)
Game 6: San Jose at Vegas – Sunday, April 21, TBD (if necessary)
Game 7: Vegas at San Jose – Tuesday, April 23, TBD (if necessary)

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Queen Elizabeth Gives Sweet Shout-Out to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Upcoming Baby in Christmas Broadcast

The royal family has had a lot to celebrate in 2018, and next year will be no different. 

Queen Elizabeth II opened up about her family’s many milestones in her annual Christmas broadcast on Tuesday, before giving a sweet shout-out to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s baby, due next spring. 

“It’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies, and another child expected soon. It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied,” the queen said. 

The two weddings, of course, include Harry and Meghan’s May nuptials, as well as Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October. The queen also welcomed two great-grandchildren this year. Kate Middleton gave birth to her third child with Prince William, Prince Louis, in April, and Zara and Mike Tindall welcomed their second daughter, Lena, in June. 

In her speech, the 92-year-old monarch also referenced her son, Prince Charles’, recent milestone birthday last month. “We have had other celebrations too, including the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales,” she said.

“Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance,” she continued. “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”

The queen’s speech comes as the royal family got together for services at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene at Sandringham on Tuesday morning. The Fab Four — Meghan, Harry, Kate and William — couldn’t have looked happier, and according to royal expert Katie Nicholl, the holiday was all about putting aside their differences. A source recently told ET that there was some tension between Harry and William after the latter expressed concern over Harry’s relationship with Meghan when they started dating. 

“For Christmas Day at least, William and Harry are going to have to bury the hatchet, put a few wobbles behind them. It’s not like they’re not talking — they’re still incredibly close as brothers — [but] there have been fallouts, there has been tension,” Nicholl told ET. “Christmas is a good time for goodwill and forgiveness, so let’s hope we see the princes do just that.” 

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