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NBA Toronto Raptor Jose Calderon defends photo of Spanish players

“We felt it was something appropriate, and that it would be interpreted as an affectionate gesture,” Calderon, who plays for NBA’s Toronto Raptors, wrote on his El blog. “Without a doubt, some … press didn’t see it that way.”

It’s not the first time Spanish sports has encountered questions over racist attitudes, and the photo comes at a time when Madrid is vying to host the Olympics. Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was subjected to abuse at a Barcelona circuit in February, while former Spain coach Luis Aragones also used a racist remark about France striker Thierry Henry to motivate one of his players. Monkey chants rained down on England’s black players during an international friendly against Spain in a match played in Madrid in 2004, soon after Aragones’ outburst.

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Cito Gaston Back After Jays! Cito is back…

If the Jays season were a movie, it might be called Back To The Future. Because one look at the bench and those people standing behind the bags and you might think you’ve been transported to the 1990s. Standing in the dugout calling the shots is Cito Gaston, the bench boss who took the team to the heights of hysteria with back-to-back World Series.

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Bills eye game in Toronto – Business First of Buffalo:

The franchise has inquired about the possibility of playing a game in that city, about 100 miles north of its Orchard Park stadium, as soon as next year, according to multiple reports.

“Beginning in 2008, the team plans to increase its focus on the northern sector of its market,” a statement attributed to Bills’ officials said. “The team hopes to capitalize on the increasing interest of fans in the Canadian market by playing a regular season game in Toronto.”

Toronto is often a rumored destination for the Bills beyond the ownership of Ralph Wilson, who celebrated his 89th birthday Wednesday. Wilson has declared the team will be sold once he passes away.

The Bills have tried for several years to build support north of the border and apparently are ready to do so again. The Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area has a population of roughly 1.1 million, while the Toronto metropolitan area has roughly 5.1 million residents.

“The support of the Canadian fan base has led to the Bills recent sellout streak which has enabled the Bills games to be televised locally in the Western New York market,” the statement said. “This extension of the regionalization effort is designed to enhance the viability and competitiveness of the franchise in Western New York.”

The timing of the announcement, coincidentally, comes as the Bills play host Sunday to the Baltimore Ravens. Former Bills’ running back Willis McGahee, traded earlier this year to the Ravens, was roundly criticized for saying in a magazine interview that the Bills should move to Toronto.

The National Football League is embarking on a schedule that calls for regular season games outside the United States on an annual basis. A game in London is scheduled for this month between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins. In addition, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week floated the notion of playing the Super Bowl overseas, potentially in London.

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