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Hammon’s head coaching night caps memorable year for women in sport

There was no celebration when Becky Hammon took over as San Antonio Spurs head coach on Wednesday night.

When Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter, he simply pointed at Hammon and said “You got ’em.”

Social media, however, erupted.

Golden State guard Steph Curry tweeted: “Big Time.”

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies wrote: “Salute Becky Hammon.”

Tennis superstar and breaker of glass ceilings Billie Jean King posted: “See it. Be it.”

Hammon became not only the first female head coach in an NBA game, but also the first female head coach in the history of four biggest North American pro leagues (NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB).

The 43-year-old’s night capped a year unlike few others for women’s sports, with some breathtaking highs. There’ve been some notable hirings, including Kim Ng as GM of the Miami Marlins and Bev Priestman, head coach of Canada’s women’s soccer team.

Viewership for the National Women’s Soccer League, which was the first North American pro league to return after the pandemic began, grew by a whopping 498 per cent, while the WNBA saw a 68 per-cent increase while battling the other major sports, including the NBA.

WATCH | What were the biggest women’s sport stories of 2020?:

CBC Sports teamed up with The GIST to review what was a huge year for women’s sports. Here’s the stories and headlines that made our list, from the NWSL leading the way and setting the bubble standard to the WNBA leading the way in the fight against racial injustice. 11:15

Hammon said she would have preferred a win Tuesday night — the Spurs lost to the Los Angeles Lakers. But what she called “a substantial moment” wasn’t lost on the six-time WNBA all-star, who’s been a Spurs assistant since 2014.

“I try not to think of the huge picture and huge aspect of it because it can be overwhelming,” she told reporters after the game.

Lakes star LeBron James was among the players who applauded the historic moment.

“It’s a beautiful thing just to hear her barking out calls, barking out sets. She’s very passionate about the game. Congrats to her and congrats for our league,” James said.

Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said Hammon was “setting an example for every woman out there.”

COVID-19 ‘was potentially devastating for women’s sports’

But the year saw minuses as well. Already facing an uphill battle for equal opportunities in sport, COVID-19 halted major momentum, including women preparing for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, a stage on which Canadian women traditionally shine.

“The disruption of COVID was potentially devastating for women’s sports, because they went into the pandemic at such a big disadvantage, less visibility, less investment, less power at decision-making tables, and ultimately just facing so many hurdles to be seen and to be valued and respected,” said Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, the CEO of Canadian Women & Sport. “And so COVID has had and still has the potential to really set women’s sport back.”

Sport participation numbers for girls, Sandmeyer-Graves pointed out, are bleak, and she fears the pandemic has only widened the gap.

The Rally Report, released in June, found that participation levels for Canadian girls are much lower than boys, with a dramatic dropout rate of one in three girls leaving sport late in adolescence — a number that has barely budged since a similar report in 2016.

By comparison, the number for boys in the same age group is only one in 10.

Despite the high-profile hirings, women-in-coaching numbers also remain grim.

Amy Stuart is one of four female head coaches — out of 600 teams — in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, the world’s largest youth competitive hockey league.

WNBA played major role in 2020

“I encountered one (other woman) in a training session. And another one found me over email,” said Stuart, a mom of three boys — she coaches her 11-year-old son Joey. “But I’ve never encountered one like out in the wild. I’ve never coached against, or seen another woman on the bench.

“It is kind of shocking, we’re 50 per cent of the population, and many of whom are athletes or hockey players, coaches with lots of great experience.”

She estimated that at least 80 per cent of games, unless the officials know her, they’ll speak to her male assistant before games, thinking he’s the head coach.

One positive is that Stuart has noticed significantly more conversation around getting women involved in the GTHL, and credited executive director Scott Oakman for reaching out to her several times.

On the business side, the WNBA’s orange hoodie was a beacon of hope, named the Sports Business Journal’s fashion statement of the year.

The WNBA also impacted the U.S. election. After Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler criticized players for their support of Black Lives Matter, they threw their support behind Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat running against Loeffler for a U.S. Senate seat

“We’ve had so many great on and off the field of play accomplishments in sport,” said Cheri Bradish, founder of the Ryerson University’s Future of Sport Lab, and director of sport business initiatives for the Ted Rogers School of Management.

“I still believe . . . there is still very much work to be done in building the business and economic case for women.”

Among some “really great” business moves, the Professional Women’s Hockey Players’ Association (PWHPA) received a sponsorship of $ 1 million recently by the deodorant company Secret, and Canadian basketball star Kia Nurse signed with Jordan Brand late in 2019.

“I tend to err on all of this is great if we see the money starts to follow,” Bradish said.

2021 holds plenty of promise, including the Olympic and Paralympics in Tokyo, plus the much-awaited return of Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu, among others.

Sandmeyer-Graves hopes the momentum of 2020 will continue to build.

“There’s some great storytelling ahead of us in the Olympics and Paralympics,” Sandmeyer-Graves said. “And I think that’s what we need more of, frankly.

“I do have some optimism in the sense that all the major pro leagues were up and running at the same time, and women were getting record ratings. I would really love to believe, and I do believe, that there is some capacity being built there. There’s an audience that was built over this year that I think we will still see into next year as well.”

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A Lim Kim caps huge comeback with 3 straight birdies to win U.S. Women’s Open debut

The Bermuda grass of south Texas was unlike anything A Lim Kim had ever seen. The U.S. Women’s Open, with its reputation as the toughest test, was a major she had never played.

What didn’t change in a frigid final round at Champions Golf Club was how to keep score. And when the 25-year-old from South Korea saw she was trailing and running out of holes, she started attacking flags.

Kim birdied her final three holes and tied the record for the largest comeback in a U.S. Women’s Open, rallying from five shots behind with the a 4-under 67 to win the biggest event in women’s golf.

“Still can’t really soak in that I’m the champion,” she said, minutes after being soaked in champagne on a day with temperatures in the 40s.

WATCH | Kim crowned U.S. Open champion:

South Korea’s A Lim Kim closed with three straight birdies to win the U.S. Women’s Open by one stroke. 1:48

She won by one shot over Jin Young Ko, the top-ranked player in women’s golf, and Amy Olson, who played her heart out while coping with the grief of her father-in-law’s unexpected death Saturday night in South Dakota.

“I felt very weak and helpless the last couple days, and probably today on the golf course,” Olson said, fighting back tears after a 72. “I really believe the Lord just carried me through. It just makes you realize how much bigger life is than golf. But pleased with my finish overall and my performance.”

Kim’s spectacular finish made it tough for anyone to catch her. Two shots behind Olson, she hit 5-iron to 4 feet on the par-3 16th hole to get to 1-under. Then she hit 8-iron that rolled out to just inside 2 feet on the 17th for a tap-in birdie and a share of the lead. She capped it off with a pitching wedge to just inside 10 feet.

Behind her mask — fitting that the final major champion of this pandemic-disrupted year in golf was wearing one — the thrill was evident. So was the fist pump, a rare show of emotion for Kim.

“I’ve been eyeing the leaderboard throughout the round and I knew how many shots I was back,” she said through a translator. “That’s probably the reason why I tried to hit more aggressive, tried to attack the pins.”

Kim started the final round, delayed to Monday because of rain, in a tie for ninth. No one had ever started in a position that far back and won the U.S. Women’s Open. She became the seventh player to rally from five shots behind in the final round, and the first since Annika Sorenstam at The Broadmoor in 1995.

Olson held her own amid her heavy heart. Winless in seven years on the LPGA Tour, she had a two-shot lead on the back nine after 54-hole leader Hinako Shibuno faltered. But she couldn’t do anything about Kim’s late charge, and Olson fell back when her hybrid on the par-3 16th bounded over the green and into thick, brown rough, leading to bogey.

She birdied the final hole for a 72 after Kim had already secured the title.

WATCH | Amy Olson gets an ace in 1st round:

American Amy Olson had a hole in one during her opening round of the U.S. Women’s Open in Houston Thursday, on the 16th hole at the Cypress Course. 0:58

Olson was singing Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” to keep her in the right frame of mind. She couldn’t think of many shots she wanted back after three early bogeys. The cold weather, the mud-splotched golf balls and the U.S. Women’s Open test helped keep her mind from wandering.

“I knew I had to stay very mentally disciplined just to get through the day,” Olson said. “I allowed myself to think about what I’m grateful for, and I’ve got a long list.”

Ko, the No. 1 player who only recently returned from South Korea where she rode out the COVID-19 pandemic, also birdied the 18th when it was too late to catch Kim.

Ko closed with a 68, one of only six players to break par in the final round.

South Korean dominance

Kim finished at 3-under 281 and won $ 1 million. She added to South Korean dominance of this major, the ninth winner in the last 13 years.

Shibuno was trying to win in her first try at a second major, having won the Women’s British Open last year in her first tournament outside Japan. Her short game only carried her for so long, however, and she fell out of the lead by starting the back nine with consecutive bogeys.

Shibuno birdied the 18th hole for a 74 and finished two behind. Only four players finished under par.

Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., shot a fourth round of 72 to finish tied for 44th at 10 over.

A two-time winner on the Korean LPGA, Kim got into the U.S. Women’s Open off the world ranking when the pandemic kept the USGA from conducting open qualifying. She had slipped to No. 94, the lowest-ranked player to win the Open since the women’s world ranking began in 2006.

She is the second non-LPGA member to win a major this year, joining Sophia Popov at the Women’s British Open. She also is the third South Korean to win a major. Second-ranked Sei Young Kim won the Women’s PGA and Mirim Lee won the ANA Inspiration — also at No. 94 in the world.

Texas senior Kaitlyn Papp birdied the 18th for a 74 to finish at 3-over 287, six shots behind in a tie for ninth, to be the low amateur.

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U.S. caps refugees at 15,000 for 2021, a record low since modern resettlement program began in 1980

U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has announced plans to allow only 15,000 refugees to resettle in the country in the 2021 fiscal year that began on Thursday, setting another record low in the history of the modern refugee program.

The U.S. State Department said late on Wednesday that the ceiling reflects the Trump administration’s prioritizing of the “safety and well-being of Americans, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”

Trump, seeking re-election on Nov. 3, has taken a hard line toward legal and illegal immigration during his presidency, including slashing refugee admissions every year since taking office in January 2017.

The Trump administration has said that refugees from war-torn regions should be resettled closer to their home 
countries and that the United States extends asylum to thousands of people through a separate process.

Critics have said that the U.S. under Trump has abandoned its long-standing role as a safe haven for persecuted people and that cutting refugee admissions undermines other foreign policy goals.
The refugee cap was cut to 18,000 in the 2020 fiscal year that ended on Wednesday, but only 11,814 refugees were resettled, according to the latest government figures, as increased vetting and the coronavirus pandemic slowed arrivals.

A complete abdication of our moral duty and all that we stand for as a nation.–  Krish Vignarajah , president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service

The 2021 plan lays out specific allocations, including 5,000 slots for refugees who suffered or fear persecution on the basis of religion; 4,000 for refugees from Iraq who helped the U.S.; and 1,000 for refugees from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. That leaves 5,000 for all others.
Even though 4,000 spots were allocated for Iraqis affiliated with the U.S. during the 2020 fiscal year, only 123 had been resettled as of Sept. 25, according to government figures.
A law called the Refugee Act of 1980 created the modern U.S. refugee resettlement program. The cap set for refugees in the subsequent four decades has never been as low as the one planned for 2021. Before president Barack Obama left office, he set the cap for fiscal year 2017 at 110,000 refugees, but Trump slashed that in half soon after becoming president.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has pledged to raise refugee admissions to 125,000 a year if he defeats Trump in next month’s election. Advocates have said the refugee program could take years to recover after Trump-era reductions.

Tens of thousands of refugees are in the pipeline awaiting arrival to the U.S., many with applications far along in the approval and vetting process.

Krish Vignarajah, president and CEO of the Baltimore-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, which helps resettle recently arrived refugees, wrote on Twitter that the administration’s cuts represent “a complete abdication of our moral duty and all that we stand for as a nation.”

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Access to chemo ‘cold caps’ varies, patients find

A “cold cap” treatment that aims to limit hair loss during chemotherapy is available in Gatineau, Que., but not in Ottawa, in part because the medical community remains unsure about the treatment’s effectiveness.

A cold cap is worn on a patient’s head immediately before, during and after a chemotherapy session, reducing the temperature of the scalp and restricting blood flow to hair follicles.

While doctors caution results of the treatment may vary, it is currently available for free at the Gatineau Hospital for patients whose doctors recommend it, thanks to funding from the hospital’s foundation.

But across the Ottawa River in Ontario, it’s up to patients to arrange for access to cold-capping machines, and to pay for it out of their own pockets. Currently, the treatment isn’t available anywhere in Ottawa.

Hair loss ‘not an easy thing to deal with’

Ottawa mother Kelly Richer, 32, said she wishes she had easier access to the treatment while undergoing chemotherapy for a rare liver cancer.

“I just feel like having that option would be phenomenal for quite a number of people,” said Richer, who has lost all of her long blond hair from her chemotherapy treatments.

“I’d be in the shower, I’d notice chunks of my hair coming out in the back and you know, kind of just watching it go down the drain. It’s not an easy thing to deal with.”

Kelly Richer, who was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer in 2017, says losing her hair was a visible and often uncomfortable sign of her illness. 2:39

Richer said it’s “aggravating” to know there is different care available for free “across the bridge.”

Gatineau success story

Nadia Drouin, 42, received the treatment free of charge at the Gatineau Hospital thanks to the Fondation Santé Gatineau. She said the scalp-cooling treatment allowed her to keep most of her hair during her chemotherapy treatment.

“Having hair, I feel more healthy, because when I don’t have hair I’m kind of skinny, so I look sick. But when I have hair, it’s like if I have confidence that I will survive from cancer. So I’m really happy about that,” Drouin said.

Gatineau, Que., resident Nadia Drouin, 42, says keeping her hair during chemotherapy gave her ‘confidence’ that she would survive cancer. (Jean Delisle/CBC)

“When my doctor told me about the cold cap, I said, ‘I will do some research on the Internet,’ and I saw that in some countries it’s pretty popular and people are doing it very frequently,” said Drouin, who began undergoing the treatment in 2018.

She said her doctor warned her the treatment isn’t always effective. Drouin said it was uncomfortable at first, likening the sensation to sticking your head in a snowbank. But it worked.

“Even the nurse was kind of surprised, because I was one of the first one trying it in Gatineau. So it was fun to see [the hair] growing every time I was going for a treatment, and they were seeing me having more hair, more hair. So it was really nice to see, and I was really happy, too,” Drouin said.

Not for every patient

Chemotherapy drugs target all rapidly dividing cells in the human body, including hair cells. That’s why some types of chemotherapy cause hair loss, according to Julie Lemieux, an oncologist at the Centre hospitalier de Québec-Laval University in Quebec City.

Dr. Julie Lemieux, an oncologist in Quebec City, said cold-capping is only an option for certain patients. (Hans Campbell/Radio-Canada)

Lemieux confirmed cold-capping results vary, and it’s only an option for patients receiving certain types of chemotherapy.

“For some cancer, you would not want to use cold cap. For example, for a patient with leukemia, because there’s cancer in the blood cells and blood goes through your scalp, you don’t want to have cold cap because you don’t want to decrease the chemo that will get everywhere.”

Lemieux, who mainly treats women with breast cancer, said she has been offering scalp-cooling to her patients since 2006. She doesn’t have access to the same machine that Nadia Drouin used in Gatineau, which keeps the cap cold. Instead, the caps Lemieux’s patients wear must be frequently switched out with fresh ones stored in a freezer.

Treatment requires resources

Lemieux said the cap is placed on the patient’s head about 20 minutes before treatment starts, and kept on for up to 90 minutes after, so providing the treatment requires resources.

“If there’s the resources, [cold-capping] will be a good idea for patients. But we need also to have the resources, because it takes more time for each patient,” she said. “It’s difficult to find the time.”

Nadia Drouin wore the cap before, during and after chemotherapy sessions at the Gatineau Hospital. (Fondation Santé Gatineau)

Neither Ontario’s Ministry of Health nor Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services provide direct funding for cold-capping, and said availability in each province depends on individual hospitals.

In Toronto, for example, there are currently scalp cooling machines at Princess Margaret Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Mount Sinai Hospital, but none of those machines was purchased by the province. No hospital in Ottawa currently offers cold-capping, and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation said it doesn’t provide funding for the treatment.

A patient receives a cold-capping treatment at Hôpital du Saint-Sacrement in Quebec City. (Hans Campbell/Radio-Canada)

The Ontario Medical Association said it can’t comment on the treatment’s effectiveness, but the ministry said in a statement it will request Cancer Care Ontario, the government’s cancer adviser, to provide an opinion on the treatment’s effectiveness and “possible use for Ontario patients, at all facilities.”

Health Canada’s website shows it has issued a licence for the same scalp cooling device Nadia Drouin used at the Gatineau Hospital. Asked by CBC if it’s currently conducting any studies into scalp cooling machines, Health Canada said it’s “not reviewing the effectiveness of these devices.”

A “cold cap” treatment that aims to limit hair loss during chemotherapy is available in Gatineau, Quebec, but not in Ottawa, in part because the medical community remains unsure about the treatment’s effectiveness. 8:05

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Forge FC’s Tristan Borges caps off memorable season with CPL Player of the Year award

Forge FC midfielder Tristan Borges capped a memorable season Tuesday by becoming the first winner of the Canadian Premier League Player of the Year Award.

The Toronto native, who turned 21 in late August, also collected the Best Canadian Under-21 Player award and the Golden Boot as top scorer in the league’s inaugural season.

Now the question is can the CPL keep him?

“We’ll see, we’ll see,” Borges said with a smile when asked if he would be back next season.

While under contract for another year, Borges has drawn interest from other leagues. Hamilton’s Forge FC does not have to sell him but the CPL is designed to promote Canadian talent not hold it back.

And with head coach Bobby Smyrniotis’s access to the Sigma FC talent pipeline, Forge FC will likely have a next man up.

Borges, who has represented Canada at the under-17 and under-20 level, played for SC Heerenveen’s under-21 side in the Netherlands from 2016 to ’18. The CPL proved to be a perfect platform to showcase his skills.

The seven-team league averaged 4,500 in attendance in Year 1. Commissioner David Clanachan said there is a chance the league may add a team in 2020 — Langley, B.C., is said to be a front-runner — but may wait another year before opening its doors to several new franchises.

WATCH | Forge FC claim inaugural CPL title: 

The Hammers lifted the inaugural North Star Shield after a road goal gave them a 2-0 championship win on aggregate. 2:09  

Cavalry FC’s Tommy Wheeldon Jr., who won coach of the year honours after his Calgary team finished runner-up to Forge FC, is proud of the league’s first-year performance.

“I think it’s a 10 out of 10 for effort,” said Wheeldon. “Nobody thought we could make it possible. All the skeptics out there that were saying ‘It would never work, the country’s too big.’ And there was a lot of ‘We can’t.’

“I think what the Canadian Premier League has done and all the ownership groups from coast to coach, the supporters’ groups, have said ‘Actually we can. And we will.’ What we’ve done now by doing that is we’re burning the ships and there’s no going back. We’re only going to go forward.”

Borges said the CPL had surpassed expectations in its first year.

“It’s a bright future for the CPL. It’s a bright future for players like me,” he said.

The five-foot-seven midfielder beat out Forge FC teammate Kyle Bekker and Cavalry FC striker Dominique Malonga for MVP honours as the CPL handed out its first individual hardware. Borges led the league with 13 goals, an output that included bending in a corner against HFX Wanderers FC for goal No. 7 on the season.

He also scored in Forge FC’s 2-0 aggregate win over Cavalry FC in the two-legged championship game. Borges scored the lone goal in the opening leg in Hamilton before being ejected. But his red card was subsequently rescinded by Canada Soccer’s disciplinary committee, allowing him to play in the Nov. 2 rematch.

Wheeldon coached Borges in the Canadian under-17 setup.

“He was exceptional this year,” said Wheeldon. “Big players make big impacts and he made a big impact in the (CPL) finals.”

Forge FC midfielder Tristan Borges receives his CPL Player of the Year Award from commissioner David Clanachan, in Toronto. (Neil Davidson/Canadian Press )

Borges, who tied for the league lead with five assists, beat out Pacific FC forward Terran Campbell and York 9 fullback Diyaeddine Abzi for the best Canadian U-21 honours.

The Golden Glove, honouring the top goalkeeper, went to Cavalry’s Marco Carducci over York 9’s Nathan Ingham and FC Edmonton’s Connor James.

Carducci finished tied with Forge’s Tristan Henry with nine shutouts this season.

The 23-year-old Calgary native also won a Volkswagen Jetta GLI as the Volkswagen Premier Performer, an award based on season-long statistical performance.

The other coach award finalists were Forge FC’s Smyrniotis and York 9’s Jim Brennan.

Cavalry FC won its first seven games and topped the CPL table in both the spring and fall campaigns for an overall record of 19-4-5. Forge’s record was 17-6-5.

Cavalry FC had the league’s stingiest defence, conceding just 19 goals in 28 games. It also defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round of the Canadian Championship.

The awards, which took in both the spring and fall seasons as well as the playoffs, were decided on by a media panel from across Canada.

Winners received Inuit art soap stone carving created by artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset), Nunavut.

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Google Stadia Will Eat 1TB Bandwidth Caps for Breakfast

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Google revealed more information about its Stadia service this week, including the expected bandwidth required for the service to work properly. If you want to stream games in 4K, you’d better either have a no-cap ISP or do relatively little gaming on a household basis.

According to Google, Stadia will require a 35Mbps connection to maintain a steady 4K service. That’s 1.4x more bandwidth than Netflix, which requires a 25Mbps connection for 4K. In per-MB terms, a 35Mbps connection will eat 15.75GB per hour. If you have a 1TB connection, that’s about 65 hours of gaming per month — if gaming is all you do. Of course, gaming isn’t all most people do, which is where the actual problem lies.


Issues like this are fundamental barriers to projects like Stadia. If you’re a single adult living alone, a 1TB bandwidth cap is probably fine. If you have multiple high-bandwidth users in a household, you can easily start hitting limits with applications like this. If four people watch an average of one hour of 4K Netflix per day (an average of 15 minutes of TV per person), that’s 337.5GB of data consumed per month. The amount of bandwidth available for Stadia shrinks to the equivalent of 1.4 hours of gaming per day across four people, or about 21 minutes per person. Granted, there are plenty of families where not everyone games — but the math illustrates how quickly modern bandwidth slips away if you want to stream at high resolution.

If you work in 1080p, of course, you have a little extra breathing room. 1080p60 eats just 20Mbps, while 720p60 uses just 10Mbps. For many users, these sorts of transfer rates will be an acceptable compromise. But it’s always worth noting that the bandwidth caps these companies impose bear little to no resemblance to the actual cost of delivering service. While it’s difficult to get pricing data on actual per-GB costs (because companies fight tooth and nail to keep such information secret), estimates from 2010 suggested the high-end all-in cost for Canadian ISPs to construct an entirely new network, came in around 8 cents per GB:

When combined with the Internet costs of roughly one cent per GB for larger ISPs, a high end estimate of the per gigabyte costs for large Canadian ISPs is approximately 8 cents per GB. This assumes the creation of a new network and accounts for all aspects of the data transfer [for] the last mile, internal ISP network, public Internet transfers, and other associated expenditures. While this is higher than the 3 cents per GB that has been invoked in some discussions, it is far lower than overage costs imposed by some ISPs, which run as high as $ 10 per GB in Canada.


Credit: DrPeering.net

This data is from 2010-2011. Costs can be assumed to have declined even further since then. The data caps consumers often live under have risen in recent years, but not by an amount nearly equivalent to the long-term decline in price.

As a result, there’s a significant disconnect between the actual price for service, the level of quality technically available on modern streaming services, and the ability of some US customers to actually use the services they pay for without paying additional broadband overage fees. If your ISP imposes a broadband cap, we recommend taking a careful look at your own monthly usage before and after subscribing to Stadia, particularly before you use the highest-end 4K streaming option. Most ISPs with data caps charge $ 10 for an additional 50GB of data. Using Stadia at 4K, you can burn through 50GB of data in a little over three hours. A few marathon gaming sessions in a beloved title could quickly turn into an expensive proposition for any household.

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Omar Browne caps Impact debut with winning goal against Fire

Panamanian striker Omar Browne had a dream debut for the Montreal Impact as he came off the bench and scored the winner in his first Major League Soccer appearance.

Browne scored in the 83rd minute to lead the Impact (5-3-2) to a 1-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Fire (2-4-3) Sunday afternoon.

Montreal is tied for first in the Eastern Conference with 17 points after 10 games.

“With a full stadium like that, I was a little bit nervous but the crowd helped me get motivated,” said Browne in Spanish, through a translator. “Once I was on the field, I felt comfortable. It’s been obviously hard to adapt to everything here but I’m ready to keep working and get better.”

Browne, who signed with Montreal on loan three weeks ago, came into the game as a substitute in the 40th minute for the injured Clement Bayiha (thigh). His speed down the wing and fancy footwork gave Montreal a spark on offence in the second half.

WATCH | Omar Browne’s goal gives Impact the win:

Omar Browne scores in his MLS debut as Montreal beats Chicago 1-nil. 1:37

In the 59th minute, Browne created a scoring chance as he cut across the field and flipped the ball to Saphir Taider in the box, but Taider was just offside.

“Every time he got the ball, something special was happening,” said midfielder Samuel Piette. “He was beating players, cutting inside, shooting. He’s a guy, when the ball’s at his feet, he wants to make something happen. It’s very good to have him.”

With seven minutes left in a scoreless game, Browne evaded a tackled on the edge of the box along the endline, kept the ball in bounds, fended off a Fire defender and poked the ball towards goal from a tight angle.

Browne salutes the crowd

The 24-year-old’s shot went off Chicago veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger and he fired his own rebound past goalkeeper David Ousted.

Browne, the nephew of former Impact player Roberto Brown, saluted the 15,758 in attendance at Saputo Stadium after his goal.

“He’s a very fast player,” said Impact coach Remi Garde. “His acceleration is phenomenal. For a first game, that was good. I was hesitant to play him because we don’t speak the same language and it can get complicated. But what a good start.

“I think he’s going to help us a lot going forward.”

Evan Bush made two saves for his league-leading fifth clean sheet of the season (tied with D.C. United’s Bill Hamid). The Impact have recorded four straight clean sheets at home dating back to last season.

It was just the second home game of the season for the Impact as they continue their surprising start to the 2019 campaign. Montreal is unbeaten at Saputo Stadium in its past eight MLS matches and is 11-1-2 at home in the last 14.

The Impact have won two games in a row for the first time this season following a 3-0 victory against the New England Revolution on Wednesday.

“This victory does us a lot of good,” said defender Zakaria Diallo. “Third game of the week and we cap it off with a home win. [The clean sheets] give us motivation going forward. It means the defence is clicking right now. We need to keep it up.”

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Laurie Blouin caps World Cup season with silver in snowboard big air

Laurie Blouin of Stoneham, Que., soared to silver in the snowboard big air event at the World Cup season finale in Quebec City on Saturday.

The X Games champion finished behind American Julia Marino. Slovakia's Klaudia Medlova was third.

WATCH | Blouin flies to big air silver:

The Stoneham, Quebec native finished just 4.25 points behind Julia Marino to earn silver at the FIS Snowboarding World Cup Big Air event in Quebec City. 1:16

Toronto's William Buffey was the top Canadian in the men's big air event, placing sixth.

Seppe Smits of Belgium, Kalle Jarvilehto of Finland and Jonas Boesiger of Switzerland finished first through third.

WATCH | Marino reaches top of big air podium:

The American finished with a combined score of 162.25, including 87.50 on her switch Cab Underflip 900° to earn gold at the FIS Snowboarding World Cup Big Air event in Quebec City. 1:38

WATCH | Smits takes gold in men's event: 

The Belgian's combined score of 175.75 vaulted him to the top of the podium at the FIS Snowboarding World Cup Big Air event in Quebec City. 1:28

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Pole vaulter Barber caps Diamond League season with bronze in Brussels

Shawn Barber continued a recent stretch of strong performances on Friday, clearing 5.83 metres to finish third in men's pole vault at the Diamond League track and field final in Brussels.

It appeared the Canadian-born athlete might bow out after missing his first two attempts at 5.40, but Barber overcame the slow start at King Baudouin Stadium to wage an exciting battle with Russia's Timur Morgunov (5.93) and American Sam Kendricks (5.88), who finished 1-2.

After jumping 5.40 at the recent NACAC championships in Toronto, the 24-year-old Barber travelled to Poland and delivered a 5.85 on Aug. 17 – his second highest outdoors of 2018 and best since a 5.92 on March 31.

The 2015 world champion then set an indoor season best of 5.86 at an exhibition in Switzerland, defeating longtime rival Renaud Lavillenie, Olympic-record holder Thiago Braz, Poland's Pawel Wojciechowski and Piotr Lisek — all of whom were in Friday's field — and Kendricks.

On Friday, Barber took two attempts to clear 5.53, 5.63 and 5.68 before making good on his first try at 5.73 to sit third after clipping the bar. The 2018 Canadian champion would miss at 5.78 and chose to re-enter at 5.83 and cleared to move into first place.

Barber missed all three attempts at 5.88 while Morgunov and Kendricks each converted on their final try. The Russian vaulted 5.93 and Kendricks bypassed the height and re-entered at 5.98, missing three times.

Ahmed sets season best in 5,000m

Mo Ahmed's ninth-place finish and season-best time of 13 minutes 3.08 seconds was overlooked following an extremely fast men's 5,000 metres that saw Ethiopia's Selemon Barega shatter the Diamond League mark in a world-leading and meet record 12:43.02 — the fourth-fastest in history.

Of the 13 finishers, nine established person bests, including Hagos Gebrhiwet (12:45.82) and Yomit Kejelcha (12:46.79), as Ethiopia filled the podium.

It marked just the fifth 5,000 of the season for the Somalian-born, St. Catharines, Ont.-raised Ahmed, who has never won gold or silver in a Diamond League race. He finished fifth at last year's Diamond League final in Zürich.

The 27-year-old, however, did prevail earlier in the season at the Canadian championships and won silver in the 5,000 and 10,000 at the Commonwealth Games.

Ahmed, who runs 80 to 100 miles weekly with his teammates at the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, will be part of the Canadian contingent at the Continental Cup Sept. 8-9 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, along with Matt Hughes (3,000m steeplechase), Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (1,500), Barber and Nettey.

Mason 7th in high jump

High jumper Mike Mason, trying to make the most of his opportunity to compete at a Diamond League final, placed seventh with a best clearance of 2.26 metres.

The Nanoose Bay, B.C. native finished in seventh place with a jump of 2.26-metres in the men's high jump at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, Belgium. 0:40

The 31-year-old from Nanoose Bay, B.C., had qualified 10th of 12 competitors for Friday's competition with a second-place finish (2.30) two weeks ago at the Müller Grand Prix in Birmingham, England.

On Friday, Mason missed his first try at 2.15 but made good on his second attempt. The three-time Olympian went on to clear 2.23 and 2.26 on his first try before missing three times at 2.29.

Mason was in top form for much of the season. He jumped 2.32 in May at Victoria — just shy of his 2.33 personal best, set three years ago in Edmonton. Earlier this month, Mason went 2.28 for a silver medal at the NACAC championships in Toronto.

Long jumper Nettey reaches 6.52m

Christbel Nettey finished seventh in a field of nine long jumpers, topping out at 6.52 metres on the second of her six attempts.

Surrey, B.C.'s Christabel Nettey's best jump, at 6.52 metres, landed her in seventh place in the women's long jump, at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, Belgium. 1:08

The Surrey, B.C., native dipped to 6.47, 6.39 and 6.35 before rebounding to jump 6.50 on her final try.

Nettey, 27, excelled to open the outdoor season coming off a solid showing during her first indoor campaign in three years. She won her first three competitions, including a season-high 6.92 jump in Brisbane, Australia, and a gold medal two weeks later on the Gold Coast at the Commonwealth Games.

But she extended herself during a mid-season trip to Europe for four competitions in two weeks and struggled to regain top form upon her return, jumping 6.54 in Birmingham, England, after taking nearly a month off.

Still, Nettey won seven of 11 outdoor events this year.

Colombia's Caterine Ibarguen jumped 6.80 to take Friday's competition over Shara Proctor (6.70) of Great Britain and American Sha'Keela Saunders (6.88).

Coleman runs world-leading 9.79 seconds

Christian Coleman became the fastest sprinter of the season when he won the 100 metres in 9.79 seconds and beat favoured U.S. compatriot Ronnie Baker.

American Christian Coleman ran a world leading time of 9.79 seconds, to win the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, Belgium. 3:05

Coleman set a personal record despite a slight headwind and easily won because Baker totally missed his start and had to recover to finish in 9.93 seconds. Former world champion Yohan Blake finished third.

Coleman is 22 and with his win at the end of a strong season, he establishes himself as a new star who could shine at next year's world championships in Doha, Qatar.

Perez ends Perkovic's 6-year reign in discus

Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic lost her hold on the Diamond League trophy after six years when she was defeated by Yaime Perez on the Cuban's final throw of the year-long competition.

Cuba's Yaime Perez defeated six-time defending Diamond League discus champion Sandra Perkovic, with a throw of 65.00 metres, at the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels, Belgium. 0:25

The reigning Olympic, world, and European champion seemed ready to coast to her seventh title after she took the early lead at the Van Damme with 64.31 metres on her first throw, but Perez hit back on her sixth throw with 65.

Also on her final throw, Andressa de Morais of Brazil took second place with 64.65.

Perkovic said she had been suffering from the flu for several days, and complained the IAAF should not award the trophy based on one day's performance.

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Belgium caps comeback with last-second goal to move into quarter-final

Jan Vertonghen started Belgium's comeback with a crazy, looping header and Nacer Chaldi capped it by finishing off a 10-second, end-to-end attack in the final moments.

It added up to a 3-2 victory over Japan on Monday that gave the Belgians a spot in the World Cup quarter-finals for the second straight tournament.

Trailing 2-0, Vertonghen scored with a header in the 69th minute that appeared to be a cross but somehow dropped in under the bar. Substitute Marouane Fellaini headed in another from Eden Hazard's cross in the 74th.

Chaldi, who came on as a substitute in the 65th, decided it with virtually the last kick of the game in the fourth minute of injury time.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibault Courtois grabbed a corner kick and rolled the ball to Kevin De Bruyne, who dribbled to the top of the centre circle and passed to Thomas Meunier on the right. Meunier one-timed the ball across the area and Romelu Lukaku let it roll by for Chaldi to tap in with his left foot from seven yards.

Belgium is the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit in a World Cup knockout match since West Germany beat England in extra time at the 1970 tournament. The last team do it in regulation was when Portugal beat North Korea in the 1966 quarter-finals.

"It's a test of character. It's a test of the team," Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said. "You have to see how the substitutes react, how the whole team reacts."

Belgium will next face five-time champion Brazil in the quarter-finals on Friday in Kazan.

Japan led through early second-half goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui, but they couldn't hold on.

Classic match

"When we were up 2-0, I really wanted to score another goal and we did have opportunities," Japan coach Akira Nishino said. "We were to some extent controlling the game, but Belgium upped their game when they had to."

What was expected to be a mismatch ended up being a classic, partly because of Martinez's decisions to send on Fellaini and Chadli as substitutes in the 65th minute.

"In football, sometimes you want to be perfect," Martinez said. "In the World Cup and especially in the knockout stage, it's about getting through."

Belgium, which narrowly avoided joining Germany, Argentina, Spain and Portugal as big-name eliminations, won all three of its group matches and scored a tournament-leading nine goals at that stage.

Japan narrowly scraped through, advancing ahead of Senegal because it had fewer yellow cards.

The Japanese have now lost in the round of 16 three times without ever reaching the quarter-finals.

Four Japanese players fell on their knees in despair after the final whistle. Hiroki Sakai and Gen Shoji were in tears.

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