LOS ANGELES - Former Olympic boxing gold medallist and four-weight world champion Pernell Whitaker has died after a traffic accident in Virginia, police confirmed on Monday. The 55-year-old was killed after being struck by a vehicle at an intersection in Virginia Beach on Sunday, police said in a statement. "When officers arrived on scene they located an adult male victim who had been hit by a vehicle," the statement said. "The victim succumbed to his injuries on the scene." Police said the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident remained on the scene and was helping with inquiries. Whitaker was regarded as one of the most gifted fighters of his generation, a skillful technician who enjoyed a successful professional career after winning gold as a lightweight at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. He fought 46 times as a professional, winning 40 with 17 knockouts. He suffered four defeats, one draw, and a no-contest before his retirement in 2001. He won world titles at … [Read more...] about Boxing legend ‘Sweet Pea’ Whitaker dead at 55
By Kristine Owram Bloomberg Mon., April 29, 2019 Toyota Motor Corp. plans to overhaul its Canadian plant to begin manufacturing an additional Lexus SUV model, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said. The automaker will produce the Lexus NX crossover, in gasoline and hybrid versions, beginning in 2022 at the plant in Cambridge, Ont., Fred Volf, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc., said Monday. “Toyota’s operations in Canada are here to stay,” said Volf, flanked by Trudeau at the plant located about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto. Toyota already builds the Lexus RX SUV in Canada, as well as the bestselling RAV4 crossover and the Corolla sedan. Toyota has said previously it plans to move production of the Corolla from Cambridge to a new plant under construction in Alabama, which it will run jointly with Mazda Motor Corp. The two companies plan to start output at that new factory in 2021. Toyota said a year ago that it would invest … [Read more...] about Toyota adds new Lexus crossover production at Canadian plant
By Judith Timson Life Columnist Mon., April 29, 2019 I have a close friend in her late 60’s, who delivers a deadpan line at social gatherings that never fails to elicit rueful laughs: “My husband and I have decided not to have grandchildren.” If you don’t know why that’s funny –as well as poignant—then you’re not an aging baby boomer yearning for grandchildren to arrive. And deeply fearing they may never show up. And you’re certainly not their millennial offspring – like my friend’s two 30-something sons—feeling no rush to produce adorable grandchildren no matter how much their parents want them. Millennials not having kids. It might be a thing. It might not. For a variety of reasons—economic and personal-- they are waiting longer to settle down and when they do, they are not reproducing at the same rate as previous generations. But as Nora Spinks, Chief Executive Officer of the … [Read more...] about Baby boomers angst over childless millennials, but whose biological clock is really ticking?
By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Sun., April 28, 2019 Maybe Kawhi Leonard can be better, even after laying waste to a city for a day. (Best player in the world suddenly seems closer than it used to, right?) And maybe Pascal Siakam can be better, even as he creates seemingly new shots out of the air. (They are not all new shots.) It’s possible, though tricky to count on. But after the Toronto Raptors crushed the Philadelphia 76ers 108-95 in Game 1 of their much-anticipated second-round series, you got the sense that the Raptors can still improve. They haven’t all spent the season working together, so they are improvising as they go, under escalating pressure, with championship hopes. But it’s probably easier to try that tightrope act with basketball geniuses around. “I think we’re really smart,” said Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry Sunday. “Our starting five, our group overall IQ, is really high. I think our starting five … [Read more...] about High-IQ Raptors are hacking the NBA playoff system
By Doug Smith Sports Reporter Sun., April 28, 2019 Pascal Siakam plays a basketball game with an unbridled joy. He runs like a deer, smiles and looks like he’s always having fun, and that the game — for some reason — comes easy to him. He’s a bit of a contortionist around the rim, and that creativity is borne of his spirit and his attitude. Everything he does exudes happiness and freedom of mind and body. He flows with the play and the tempo of the game. It’s fun to watch, to which Raptors fans can attest, and it’s frustrating to play against, as opponents have learned repeatedly over one of the great single-season breakout performances of this NBA era. But it also belies that truth. The truth that everything Siakam gets, he gets because he works at it — diligently, when no one is looking and the lights are turned down. That is the measure of the man. Article Continued Below “I’m not trying to take … [Read more...] about Raptors’ Siakam cleared for takeoff, and the sky’s the limit