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Ottawa, Jan 30 (Canadian-Media): B.C. based Christine Sinclair, Canadian captain in soccer topped Abby Wambach's international goal record against St. Kitts and Nevis Wednesday during an Olympic qualifier at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship at H-E-B Park in south Texas, media reports said.
..Christine Sinclair. Image credit: Twitter handle of Team Canada
36 year old Christine Sinclair, from Burnaby, B.C. says she lives her life "trying to be the best Canadian that I can, in my own way...I just try to be a good Canadian day after day."
Sinclair scored the milestone 185th goal in the 26th minute in an 11-0 romp over outmatched St. Kitts and Nevis
"We are just so honoured to play with her," said midfielder Desiree Scott.
St. Kitts becomes the 41st country Sinclair has scored on. Her A to Z of goal victims ranges from Argentina to Zimbabwe.
Sinclair was playing in her 290th career game for Canada. Wambach, who retired in 2015, said
"Christine: History is made. Your victory is our victory. We celebrate with you. And to every girl coming up in the Pack with a dream to achieve that which doesn't yet even exist: We believe in you. Your Pack is with you. And history awaits you."
"Christine's achievements have made her an icon in Canada. She transcends the sport and is a wonderful role model for people across the country," Canada Soccer president Steven Reed said.
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Vancouver (B.C.), Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): An online petition was signed by nearly two million people to use Kobe Bryant's image as the new logo for the National Basketball Association (NBA) following the death of the Bryant, one of the NBA's all-time greatest players, due to a helicopter crash Sunday, media reports said.
Kobe Bryant. Image credit: Facebook Page
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter were among nine people who died on Sunday when the helicopter they were in crashed into a hillside outside the town of Calabasas, Calif.
Change.org said the petition is the first petition of 2020 to top one million signatures anywhere in the globe.
The fastest-growing petition on its website had been signed by celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber and Usher.
"With the untimely and unexpected passing of the great Kobe Bryant please sign this petition in an attempt to immortalize him forever as the new NBA Logo," reads the petition, which was created by 16-year-old Bryant fan Nick Moghtader of Vancouver.
Introduced in 1969, the current NBA logo features the silhouette of Lakers great and Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry West dribbling a ball with his left hand.
When asked to comment on the petition with 1.9 million signatures as of 12:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, NBA did not immediately respond.
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Toronto, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): The death of Kobe Bryant, an 18-time NBA all-star in a helicopter crash is being mourned by Canada's basketball players, media reports said.
An 18-time NBA all-star, Bryant had was the proud winner of five championships during a 20-year career with the Lakers and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation.
Kobe Bryant. Image credit: Facebook page
Bryant's death on Sunday was mourned by the worlds of sports and entertainment with observation of a moment of silence at a pre-broadcast portion of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
A photo of a custom-made leather jacket Bryant had worn to the 2016 NBA all-star game in Toronto was posted by Canadian rapper Drake to honour Bryant. with the caption on Drake's Instagram post reading “It can't be.”
“You can tell there's an emptiness now here in this building, it's surreal,” Raptors broadcaster Matt Devlin said on the pre-game broadcast.
“It's obviously very difficult (to play),” said Canadian TV commentator Leo Rautins. “If anything you embody yourself in a Kobe Bryant spirit...A lot of players are devastated, he's had a tremendous impact on a lot of the young generation of the NBA, you talk about his peers, he's got so much respect from everybody.”
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Ottawa, Jan 19 (Canadian-Media): Oath of citizenship was taken by 20 families from 20 countries Saturday Jan 18 in a special citizenship ceremony -- an important step in the immigration and settlement process for newcomers to Canada -- organized by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, ahead of the hockey game between the Senators and the visiting Calgary Flames, media reports said.
Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Image credit: Twitter handle
Being delighted to once again partner with the Ottawa Senators for this special citizenship ceremony, Marco E.L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship said Hockey is an integral part of Canadian culture, in bringing people together and creating a sense of community and added,
"I encourage all Canadians to demonstrate active citizenship by seeking out opportunities to support and enrich their community.”
Following this special ceremony, the game was opened by the new citizens with the singing of the national anthem, accompanied by the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Ismail Ayyoub, who became a Canadian citizen a year ago at a similar special ceremony with the Ottawa Senators attended the ceremony as a special guest.
In the past year, Ismail has excelled in the sport of wrestling, and had brought home the gold medal for Canada at the Pan American Games in Mexico.
As a true personification of an active citizen of Canada, Ismail mentors younger wrestlers and encourages others to get involved in their communities.
“I really enjoy coaching and mentoring younger wrestlers...I’m fortunate to be able to travel around the world and be exposed to new styles of wrestling...to bring back to my fellow teammates, so we can grow together. To know that I’m helping others the way people have helped me is an amazing feeling,” said Ismail Ayyoub, new Canadian and Pan American Games champion.
#2020WorldJuniorHockeyChampionships; #CanadaWinsGold; #CanadaDefeatsRussia
Czech Republic (Russia), Jan 5 (Canadian-Media): In one of the tightest gold medal games in recent history, Canada captured the gold medal in the 2020 World Junior Hockey Championships on Sunday with a 4-3 comeback victory over Russia at Ostravar Arena in the Czech Republic, media reports said.
Canada beats Russia in world juniors hockey tournament. Image credit: sportsnet.ca
Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas scored the game-winning goal and it's the country's record 18th title overall.
Sweden's Samuel Fagemo (Kings) finished with the event's leading score with 13 points (eight goals and five assists).
The 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships is scheduled to take place in Alberta, Canada, with the cities of Edmonton and Red Deer serving as the host locations. Play begins Dec. 26, 2020.