#Winnipeg; #Manitoba; WinnipegBlueBombers; $GreyCup; #Hamilton's Ticats;
Winnipeg (MB), Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Andrew Harris, 32, of Winnipeg Bombers, is the first Canadian to win Sunday night, some long-awaited Grey Cup by Winnipeg ending its 29-year championship drought, media reports said.
Andrew Harris. Image credit: Twitter handle
Harris earned his first Grey Cup in 2011 with B.C.
"That sounds good but the only trophy I want is the big silver one," said Harris, who upon signing with Winnipeg in 2016 made ending the city's Grey Cup drought his top priority. "It's surreal, it's amazing, it's a dream come true.
Winnipeg's Bombers, in blue uniforms, earned $16,000 apiece for the victory while Hamilton's Ticats players in black uniforms received $8,000 each.
Ticats suffered its 16th straight loss at McMahon Stadium, the previous 15 coming against the hometown Calgary Stampeders.
“Hats off to Winnipeg,” said linebacker Simoni Lawrence. “Winnipeg deserves the credit. They deserve to be champions right now. They played great football. Andrew Harris did a great job. Their O-line did a great job. They owned all three phases. That’s how you win the Grey Cup.”
“We just didn’t play like ourselves,” he continued. “They came out here and they executed better than us. And they played harder. That’s what happens.”
#Tennis; #DavisCupFinals; #CanadaHopesToReachQuqrterFinals; #UnitedStates, #Italy
Madrid, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): Vasek Pospisil, late replacement for Felix Auger-Aliassime (ankle injury) against Italy, has given Canada a 1-0 lead in its best-of-three tie against the United States at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals, media reports said.
Vasek Pospisil. Image credit: Facebook page
With 150th in the world rankings, Pospisil. beat world No. 36 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7) on Tuesday.
On Monday the 29-year-old Pospisil, from Vancouver, beat world No. 12 Fabio Fognini en route to Canada's 2-1 win over Italy.
Winning the tie over the Americans would guarantee Canada a spot in the quarterfinals.
Pospisil had reached a career-high No. 25 in the rankings in 2014 but following back surgery, he had to miss the first half of 2019 and his ranking dropped.
Pospisil is now 19-18 in Davis Cup play.
Canada's Denis Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., and Pospisil are scheduled to face Sam Querrey and Jack Sock in doubles.
Yesterday Shapovalov and Pospisil lost a three-set doubles match to Italy.
The winners of each of the six groups and the next two best teams are expected to advance to the quarterfinals
#CalgaryFlames; #CollapseOnIce; #MedicalEvaluation; #NationalHockeyLeague
Calgary (Alberta), Nov 14 (Canadian-Media): The Calgary Flames' TJ Brodie the defenceman had been taken to hospital for evaluation after collapsing on the ice during a practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, media reports said.
T J Brodie/Facebook
The Calgary Flames, a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
Brodie unexpectedly fell on the ice and began convulsing and was stabilized by the athletic therapists who immediately came to check on him and transported him to a local hospital for evaluation.
Brodie, 29, who hails from Chatham, Ontario is in his ninth season with the Flames and has eight assists in 21 games this season.
#NHL; #DonCherry; #ImmigrantsNotWearingPoppies
Ottawa, Nov 13 (Canadian-Media): Don Cherry, the veteran sportscaster, regretted Tuesday his remarks on Monday about immigrants not wearing poppies that cost him his job, media reports said.
"You people ... you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that.
"These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada, these guys paid the biggest price," Cherry was reported to say of immigrants during the Coach's Corner segment on Saturday.
Players across the National Hockey League (NHL) reacted to Cherry's remarks on Tuesday.
Cherry added that his many good deeds of the past have been overshadowed by his word choice.
Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion in defence of Don Cherry, said, he’s not a racist” and that he “could have used some better words...He should have said all Canadians are not paying attention to Armistice Day or wearing the poppy. That’s what he should have said,” McCallion told Global News Radio AM640.
#OlympicPre-qualifyingTournament, #Edmonton; #FIBA
Ottawa, Nov 8 (Canadian-Media): Ahead of their Olympic pre-qualifying tournament in Edmonton (Alberta) next week, the Canadian women's national basketball team reached a program-best fourth place in the world rankings, media reports said.
Top ranking was maintained by the U.S. while Australia and Spain round out the top three.
A new women's ranking system was launched by International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Friday to accompany a new competition system that kicks off this month.
Recognized as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIBA is an independent association formed by 213 National Basketball Federations throughout the world and is the world governing body for basketball.
The newly announced rankings are based on a variety of game results, including regional pre-qualifiers, the World Cup final and Continental Cups and reflects a move from a competition-based system to a game-based one, meaning rankings are based on the results of games rather than tournament standings.
Canada is getting ready to compete in the Olympic pre-qualifying Americas tournament next week in Edmonton, with hopes of advancing to the final qualifying tournament in February.
#OliviaSmith, #YoungestCanadianSoccerPlayer; #Brazil
Ottawa, Nov 7 (Canadian-Media): Midfielder Olivia Smith, aged 15 and 94 days, became the youngest Canadian soccer player came on as a substitute for Jordyn Huitema to debut with the national team in the 86th minute of a 4-0 loss to Brazil in the tournament opener, media reports said.
Smith started playing soccer in Whitby, Ont. when she was five. She was 12 when she made her entry in the Canadian youth program in 2017. She represented Canada at the 2018 CONCACAF girls' under-15 championship and has also attended four under-17 camps.
Canada featured 17 different players in the loss ahead of the Olympic qualifiers, which run Jan. 28 to Feb. 9 in the U.S, with the two finalists qualifying for Tokyo.
Toronto, Nov 6 (Canadian-Media): Olympic champion Eric Lamaze made a victorious return to Toronto by winning the first international show jumping competition of this year's Royal Horse Show on Wednesday, media reports said.
Lamaze and his 2016 Rio Olympic individual bronze medal partner, Fine Lady 5, made quick work of the course to win the $37,000 McKee Family International Challenge, rocketing to the top of the leaderboard in 47.90 seconds.
"I said if I ever go back to the Royal, it's going to be to win," said Lamaze. "If I'm going to be on my home ground, I wanted to bring the best."
#SaudiArabia; #WrestlingMatch; #WorldHistoryinSaudiArabia
Calgary, Nov 5 (Canadian-Media): Natalie Neidhart (Natalya) was overwhelmed with emotion as she made the world history in Saudi Arabia by winning the wrestling match, media reports said.
Both Natalya and Evans were the first female wrestlers to perform in Saudi Arabia, known popularly as a conservative kingdom female lives are tightly controlled within its society.
"I was just overwhelmed with emotion because I knew that we were doing something that was part of a real change in the world. And It was incredible." said Natalie Neidhart.
Natalya said that the whole event was transcending when she saw the crowd crowd filled with families and young girls in the front row cheering.
Her rival was Macey Estrella-Kadlec (Lacey Evans) but at the end of the match both Natalya and Evans embraced each other tearfully as both women were given a standing ovation in a packed stadium.
Natalya, left, and Lacey Evans share an emotional embrace as the crowd in Saudi Arabia cheers. (Supplied/WWE)/Credit CBC News
Natalya's focus of the fight was not about winning the match or her rivalry with Evans. She had a bigger picture of change and respect in her mind.
"I couldn't stop crying the entire time," Neidhart said. "I was just overwhelmed with emotion because I knew that we were doing something that was part of a real change in the world. And It was incredible."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Women's500MetreEvent; #WorldCup; #Quebec; #Canada
Quebec, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): 24-year-old Kim Boutin, from Canada, broke 500 meter world record and won gold medal in the women's 500-metre event on Sunday at the World Cup, media reports said.
She went on to win the final in 42.336, finishing ahead of China's Qu Chunyu (42.452) and Lara van Ruijven of the Netherlands (42.858) for gold.
The previous record of 42.335 was set by Elise Christie of Great Britain in 2016.
“I'm the first women to skate the 500 in under 42 seconds and that makes me incredibly happy,” said Boutin.
“After my start, I told myself things were going well, and then I heard the crowd cheering after the first lap and I said 'this is happening, let's go.”'
#2022WinterParalympics; #RBCOlympiansprogram; #LiamHickey; #Nfld&Labrador;
St. John's (Newfoundland & Labrador), Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): After competing in the summer and winter Paralympics, Liam Hickey, 21-year-old Paralympian was invited to join a partnership with the RBC Olympians program for to prepare for the 2022 Winter Paralympics, media reports said.
Hickey is the only athlete from St. John's and among 55 of the top athletes in the country to be invited by the RBC Olympians program, which provides both financial support as well as career assistance to athletes preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics.
After competing internationally for Canada in wheelchair basketball, Hickey's main focus right now is on hockey.
He is preparing for one of the biggest tournaments of his life coming up in December with the Canadian Tire Para Hockey Cup in Paradise.
"I have not been able to play in front of many family and friends at all really, so it's extremely exciting. I try not to think a lot about it because it makes it so nervous and excited but it's going to be incredible. It's going to be one of the best moments of my life," said Hickey.