This Toronto Sports Bar Provides a Place for Everyone to Enjoy a Game
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by Chelsea Leite
2d ago
Toronto Life Peaches in Toronto’s West End is changing the game for the city’s women's sports community. It’s a past time that has been enjoyed for decades, if not more — going to the sports bar with buddies to eat some appetizers, have a few beers, and watch the game. Yet, it’s rare to find a watering hole that caters to fans of women’s sports. With the boom of the WNBA, PWHL, and other women’s sports over the past few years, women’s sports bars are popping up all over. Toronto is no exception, and it doesn’t take long to see the charm at Peaches Sports Bar in Parkdale. View this post on I ..read more
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What Should the Toronto WNBA Franchise be Named?
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by Chelsea Leite
5d ago
Photo by Mert Alper Dervis/Anadolu via Getty Images With the announcement of the Golden State Valkyries on Tuesday, Toronto sports fans have one thing on their mind — what moniker will the new Toronto team adopt? What’s in a name? A lot apparently. Especially when it comes to sports. On Tuesday morning, the new WNBA expansion franchise coming out of Golden State announced they would be called the Golden State Valkyries (Val-kreez). Valkyries are known in mythology as female warriors who escorted souls of the dead to Valhalla. We are the Golden State Valkyries Narrated by Kehlani pic.twitter ..read more
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The Former Raptor Report: How past Toronto players are doing in the NBA Playoffs
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by Alex Higgins
5d ago
Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images Mid-way through the second round of the NBA playoffs, lets take a look at how some former Raptors are performing. With the second round of the NBA playoffs well underway (and a disappointing Draft Lottery happening yesterday), Toronto Raptors fans need something to cheer about. Luckily for them, the 2024 NBA playoffs have been littered with former Raptors. That’s understandable, given how many players the franchise has moved off of in recent years as they finally committed to rebuilding. So while we look to the future for team success, we can look to the prese ..read more
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NBA Draft Lottery: How to Watch, Stakes for Toronto and More
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by Chelsea Leite
5d ago
David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Toronto will either be very happy for very disappointed heading into today’s NBA Draft Lottery. Whoever scheduled the NBA Draft Lottery clearly isn’t celebrating Mother’s Day, but we ride. Today, the league will do its annual draw to determine the order of the NBA Draft in late June. Based on team’s performances in the regular season, franchises up for lottery picks in the draft will be included in today’s draw. Teams are given a certain amount of entries depending on their odds to get the number one overall pick. Before the broadcast, the draw will be done in a se ..read more
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Raptors Draft Watch: Pre-lottery Mock Draft Updates
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by JD Quirante
1w ago
Photo by Jeff Bottari/NBAE via Getty Images One last look before the Raptors lose the lottery pick to the Spurs. Before we learn about the Toronto Raptors’ lottery pick fate, we’ve looked around the interwebs to see what draft analysts are saying (and picking) about the Raptors’ pick. The popular name for this selection is Matas Buzelis. Still, some names like Nikola Topic and Zaccharie Risacher might be available based on how the draft shakes up. Also, some intriguing names are proposed here, like Cody Williams, Stephon Castle, and Ron Holland. Let’s have a look at what everyone has to say. S ..read more
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How to Pick a WNBA Team When Your City Doesn’t Have a WNBA Team: A Guide
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by Chelsea Leite
1w ago
Photos by Cooper Neill/NBAE via Getty Images Are you a new fan of the WNBA? Do you not happen to reside in one of the 12 WNBA cities? This guide is for you. As Canadians, we have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to not have a sports team in our city. Unless you live in a huge metropolitan centre, or hockey is your sport of choice, our options for teams to support is limited. When it comes to the WNBA, the selection is even smaller. Not only do we not have a Canadian team (yet) to support, but there are only 12 teams total to choose from. If you’re a newer fan heading into your first WNBA s ..read more
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Canadians in the WNBA: Representing the North in Women’s Hoops
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by Chelsea Leite
1w ago
Photo by Jordan Jones/NBAE via Getty Images Here are the Canadian athletes playing in the WNBA season and where you can find their games. With the second WNBA Canada Game in the books — a sold out match in Edmonton where the LA Sparks won over the Seattle Storm — the appetite for hoops in Canada is apparent. While we wait for a team of our own here in Canada, many fans opt to support teams that have Canadian talent showcased. Obviously the WNBA is growing at a fast pace, and the same can be said about basketball culture in Canada. It’s always been there in a way — but with the increased access ..read more
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Battle of the Beloveds: Anunoby and Siakam go head-to-head in the NBA Playoffs
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by Mitch Orsatti
1w ago
Oh how things used to be. | Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images Squaring off for the first time as opponents, which former Raptors player will emerge victorious? Four months ago, the Toronto Raptors employed Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby on their basketball team. Two players who lived near and dear in the hearts of Raptors’ fans while also inhabiting a space of uncertainty in the same cavity. Was the team good enough with Pascal as the star? Could O.G. stay healthy enough to be impactful in a playoff run should the Raptors ever get back to one? Should either or both of them be traded? Should ..read more
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Raptors Draft Watch: Early Consensus Top 6 picks
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by JD Quirante
2w ago
Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images With the NBA draft lottery fast approaching, we rounded up 12 draft boards to peek at the consensus top six picks, prospects that the Raptors may be in a position to select. Or not. What if the Toronto Raptors manage to keep their lottery pick? Whether it’s ideal or not, the Raptors have no say on this matter. It all comes down to the ping pong balls in a couple of weeks. While it may be a little premature to do a deep dive into the potential lottery prospects from the Raptors’ perspective, it doesn’t hurt to take a peek and get the lay of the l ..read more
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Raptors HQ Fantasy Toronto WNBA Roster 3.0
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by Chelsea Leite
2w ago
With the idea of a WNBA team in Toronto becoming more plausible every day, we break down the players we’d love to represent the 6ix. Back when I (Chelsea, Raptors HQ Editor-in-Chief) started writing on our beloved blog, one of my first story ideas was to create my Fantasy Toronto WNBA roster. Basically, if a WNBA expansion team came to Toronto that second, who would I want on the team. Back then, it was basically a list of my favourite W players. As the idea of a WNBA team in Toronto became less of a far-off dream and more of an actual possibility, I came up with the second version of the Fan ..read more
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