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Foot Locker Celebrates ‘Original Basketball’ In Canada With DeMar DeRozan

TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2017 /CNW/ — Celebrating the return of the NBA season, Foot Locker announces its latest year-long partnership with Toronto Raptors star and NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan, designed to drive excitement and build awareness of basketball’s storied history in Canada. To kick-off the partnership, Foot Locker today debuts “Original Basketball” digitally on its YouTube channel. The piece features basketball players from CIA Bounce the top Canadian basketball program with a number of alums in the ranks of the NBA adopting the 13 original rules of the game as created in 1892 by Canadian-American physical educator, James Naismith. After teaching the players the rules, DeRozan officiated the game, keeping the play true to its original Canadian roots. “Basketball is back and I’m partnering with Foot Locker to get fans here in Canada excited,” said DeRozan. “Relearning the game by its original rules and then trying my hand at refereeing…

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His Illini Travel to Play Usf, and He’s Not Exactly Feeling Emotional About It.

The Illinois Fighting Illini will take on the No. 22 USF Bulls from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. This is a homecoming of sorts for Fighting Illini head coach Lovie Smith, who was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2014-15, before he was fired after compiling an 8-24 overall record. Though they showed promise this year with a 6-10 finish — a four-game improvement over 2014. It’s worth noting, though, that they lost their final four games of the season. Despite the Bucs’ poor finish, the move to dump Smith, 57, just two years into his four-year contract is surprising. Smith’s replacement will be the fourth head coach in Tampa Bay since 2008, a fact that linebacker Lavonte David pointed out on Twitter. Smith didn’t win many home games at Raymond James, going just 3-13 in two seasons. That…

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Mitch Haniger Hits a Grand Slam in His Return, Leads Mariners to 7-6 Win over Tampa Bay

The Mariners’ Mitch Haniger, center, celebrates with Kyle Seager, right, and Nelson Cruz left, after Haniger hit a grand slam off Tampa Bay starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi. (Chris O’Meara/AP) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There were no remnants of his once mangled lip. No bruising around his mouth or nose. No signs he was ever hurt. A person unfamiliar with what happened to Mitch Haniger wouldn’t know that he was force-fed a 96 mph from the Mets’ Jacob deGrom in a scary moment that landed him on the disabled list with a severely lacerated upper lip, a small fracture and a concussion. There was no mental scarring either. Haniger swore that the memory of that scary moment never once bothered him after he was cleared to play baseball again. “Zero, to be honest with you,” he said. “It’s a fluke thing. It wasn’t the easiest thing to get over. But as…