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It'll be a September to bear in mind

Not to alarm you, but it's the very first day of September. Despite the fact that there are still 3 full weeks of (official) summer left, the flipping of the calendar to this particular page can cause some anxiety. The days are much shorter. The nights are longer. School starts soon. Fall is coming. Particularly this year, it's adequate to send out a chill down your spine.

Fortunately, you're a sports fan. September always has a lot of interesting stuff to distract you from the sad realization that summertime is ending. However you've never ever experienced one like this. Due to the fact that of all the lengthy pauses triggered by the pandemic, a bunch of things have actually been pressed back into this month -- much of them high-stakes, championship-level occasions. Include those to some of the normal September offerings, and we've got a really wild month ahead. Here's what we need to eagerly anticipate:

NHL:Usually, training school open in September. This year, the Stanley Cup might be granted. The NHL initially targeted early October as the most recent the Cup final might go. A lot of series are ending early, and the league seems determined to cover things up as quickly as possible. The conference finals might begin prior to this weekend, making it quite possible that a champ is crowned by the end of the month.

NBA:Their timeline is a number of weeks behind the NHL's, so the majority of the Finals will take place in October. However Game 1 is scheduled for Sept. 30. In the meantime, the third and second rounds of the playoffs will be chock filled with amazing matchups.

WNBA:The shortened 22-game routine season concludes Sept. 13, and the playoffs will begin quickly after that. They take about a month, so the Finals will likely end in October.

NFL:If you don't count exhibit video games, this is the only league whose season stays untouched (at least in the meantime) by the pandemic. The 2020 schedule starts in the popular slot -- the Thursday night after Labour Day -- with the safeguarding Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Houston Texans.

College football:Two of the Power Five conferences (the Big 10 and the Pac 12) pressed their seasons back to the spring. The 3 anchored in the South (SEC, ACC, Big 12) are hoping to get started in the next few weeks.

Major League Baseball:The last day of the routine season is Sept. 27, and the post-season opens 2 days later on. Heaven Jays have a great chance to make it after the field was expanded from 5 groups per league to 8, so they'll be enjoyable to follow over the next four weeks.

Golf:The last tournament of the PGA Tour playoffs starts Friday and ends on Labour Day. Ten days later on comes the third males's major of the season, the U.S. Open, which was pressed back from June. The 2nd females's major, the ANA Inspiration, runs Sept. 10-13.

Tennis:The U.S. Open started the other day and runs through Sept. 13. The males's singles final is that day, and the females's is the day previously.

Soccer:After a quick turnaround, the brand-new English Premier League season begins Sept. 12. Canadian star Alphonso Davies plays in the German Bundesliga opener Sept. 18. Spain's La Liga begins a week prior to that, and France's Ligue 1 is currently underway. Here in North America, the MLS routine season continues and the National Women's Soccer League's fall series begins this Saturday. Learn more about the latter by seeing this explainer video.

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A hectic month lies ahead in sports. (CBC Sports)Quickly ... It's a huge night for Canadian basketball fans. After getting run over in the opener, the Raptors play Game 2 of their second-round series vs. Boston at 5:30 p.m. ET. At 8:30 p.m. ET, Canada's Jamal Murray seeks to keep his unbelievable scoring run entering Game 7 of Denver's first-round series vs. Utah. Murray put in 50, 42 and 50 points in the last three video games. Find out more about his Jordan-esque hot streak here, and about how he's utilizing the spotlight to promote for racial justice here.

Two more NHL series can end tonight.Last night, Tampa Bay ended up being the first string to advance to the conference finals by beating Boston in double OT. The Lightning required only five video games to remove the league's top regular-season group, and they did it without reigning MVP Nikita Kucherov, who was inadvertently high-sticked in the face by Zdeno Chara in the first period. Tampa was likewise missing Steven Stamkos, who has yet to play in the bubble due to an injury. Dallas might have joined them in the last 4 last night, however it offered up 5 consecutive objectives in the very first 14:27 and went on to lose 6-3 to Colorado. Video game 6 is tomorrow night. Tonight, the Islanders can finish off Philly in Game 5 (7 p.m. ET) and Vegas can do the same to Vancouver (9:45 p.m. ET). Get caught up on all the intriguing stuff that occurred in the NHL playoffs last night by viewing Rob Pizzo's two-minute recap.

Courtney Vandersloot broke the WNBA's single-game assists record -- with a hand from her spouse.The Chicago Sky point player dished out 18 cents in last night's 100-77 win over Indiana. The old record was 16, and Vandersloot beat it late in the 4th quarter by discovering teammate Allie Quigley, who also occurs to be her wife, for a corner 3. Vandersloot's 18th assist likewise came on a Quigley trey. Speaking of eye-catching boxscores, Canadian Bridget Carleton scored zero points however racked up a career-high 10 assists in Minnesota's win over L.A., which ended the Sparks' nine-game winning streak. Find out more about last night's WNBA video games here.


Today is the 40th anniversary of the end of Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope. It stays one of the most motivating and unbelievable athletic tasks of perpetuity. Starting on Canada's eastern coastline in St. John's in mid-April, 1980, Fox ran near a marathon a day for 143 days. With a prosthetic right leg. On Sept. 1, after logging 21 unbearable miles to bring his overall for the journey to 3,339, Fox was required to abandon his quest to run throughout the country simply outside Thunder Bay, Ont. The cancer that had cost him his leg had actually returned and infected his lungs. Fox died the following June at the age of 22, however his legacy resides on. According to the Terry Fox Foundation, more than $750 million has been raised around the world for cancer research study through the yearly Terry Fox Run. This year's is taking location on Sept. 20 in virtual form. For more details, visit the structure's website.

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Not to alarm you, however it's the very first day of September. Major League Baseball:The last day of the regular season is Sept. 27, and the post-season opens 2 days later on. Golf:The final tournament of the PGA Tour playoffs begins Friday and ends on Labour Day. Ten days later on comes the 3rd men's major of the season, the U.S. Open, which was pressed back from June. Starting on Canada's eastern coastline in St. John's in mid-April, 1980, Fox ran close to a marathon a day for 143 days.