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Raptors big man Serge Ibaka says his team is “locked in” and ready to defend its NBA title following the coronavirus-enforced season break.

The 2019-20 NBA season is set to resume July 30 at Walt Disney World in Central Florida after being suspended March 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Raptors will restart their season Aug.

1 against the Lakers. Toronto (46-18) will begin the 22-team restart in second place in the Eastern Conference, 6 1/2 games behind the Bucks (53-12).

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“I saw just how everyone is in great shape,” Ibaka told reporters on a conference call Saturday. “They came (to Fort Myers, Fla., for training) in great shape and as soon as we got here everyone was starting to put in work.

“I’ve been in the league for 11 years. You can see when people (are) locked in and they are ready mentally, and when they are not.

“So I can tell you right now, mentally, everybody is ready. Everybody is ready.”

Ibaka, who helped the Raptors win their first championship last season, added: “It’s been a little bit weird [this season] with everything that’s going on. But one thing we know is that it’s over. Whatever happened last season is over, and we’ve got to try to put our mindset so that it’s ready to go for this one.

“We know it’s going to be hard, it’s going to be a challenge, and everyone is going to come for us because we are the champs, so we have to be ready.”

The 30-year-old center admitted he is worried about the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida.

“Honestly it’s really concerning,” he said. “Hopefully everybody has to follow the rules, every player, when we get in the bubble in Orlando, we can respect all the notes that they’re going to give us.

“But I have my daughter who lives here in Orlando, and it’s kind of scary a little bit. It’s something where you have to make sure you look at it.”

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MEGHAN Markle has had her HRH title stripped from her biography on the Royal website.

Huge chunks of text on the page have been heavily edited and now only mentions the Duchess' move to the US with the Duke of Sussex.

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7Before: The page formerly referred to Meghan as 'Her Royal Highness' 7After: The biography's 'Career' section now refers to Meghan as "she" or the "Duchess"

The biography's 'Career' section now refers to Meghan as "she" or the "Duchess" rather than "Her Royal Highness".

The rest of the royal family, the Duke of Sussex included, still have a biography in place.

In 2018, after her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan was granted multiple paragraphs on the official site detailing her time in North America and Canada prior to joining the Firm.

They described her as being a 'proud feminist' and included Meghan's famous quote from a United Nations conference in New York in 2015 when she said: "I am proud to be a woman and a feminist".

And it made reference to her "keen awareness of social issues" and how she has "actively participated in charitable work" from a young age.

It told how, aged just 11, she successfully campaigned for the wording on a TV advert to be altered after it used sexist language to sell washing-up liquid.

And it added: “Her Royal Highness also volunteered at a soup kitchen in Skid Row, Los Angeles from the age of 13-17.

“She continued to volunteer at the soup kitchen when she would return home to Los Angeles until the age of 22.”

Meghan's biography was packed with details before Meghan has no biography on the current site Meghan has had her biography wiped from the official Royal Family website

It also told how the former actress volunteered in a Los Angeles soup kitchen aged 13 and helped at another in Toronto while filming Suits there.

Previously she told how she helped in the soup kitchen in LA, saying: “I started working at a soup kitchen in Skid Row of Los Angeles when I was 13 years old, and the first day I felt really scared.

“I was young, and it was rough and raw down there and, though I was with a great volunteer group, I just felt overwhelmed.

“I remember one of my mentors told me that ‘life is about putting others’ needs above your own fears’.

An announcement made about her no longer being a working Royal The couple married in 2018, when Meghan was featured on the site

"That has always stayed with me.”

But now the site omits all mention of this, although it does still reference her career in legal drama, Suits, and how she attended university in Illinois and ran lifestyle blog The Tig.

And it does explain she is no longer a working Royal.

It says: "As announced in January, The Duke and Duchess have stepped back as senior members of The Royal Family.

"They are balancing their time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour their duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and their patronages. Frogmore Cottage in the UK remains their family home. "

You will appreciate that the website is updated on a regular basis to reflect the work and focus of members of the Royal family.

Palace spokeswoman

Kate and Harry still have full biographies.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told Fabulous: "The Duchess of Sussex’s current biography is on the Royal website alongside other members of the Royal family. 

"You will appreciate that the website is updated on a regular basis to reflect the work and focus of members of the Royal family. 

"Any updates are agreed with private offices before they are made to the site."

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