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  • CBC Sports - Sochi 2014
    Kremlin critic Russian officials and businessmen have stolen billions of dollars during the years of preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi a prominent Russian opposition figure claimed Thursday 3 23 PM ET Russian official turfed from Sochi Olympic effort facing criminal charges new Russians intent on safe and quiet Sochi Olympics 8 25 AM ET Sochi Olympics medals have patchwork quilt design 7 49 AM ET Road to Sochi Games Olympics Women s hockey team preparing for Olympic boot camp The 27 Canadians chosen to try out for the 2014 Olympic women s hockey team departed Monday for Penticton B C where they will be pushed hard at a three week camp 11 12 PM ET U S edges Canada to reclaim women s world hockey gold Women s hockey aiming to become lifelong sport Women s hockey taking baby steps to parity Road to 2014 Sochi Olympics Olympics Former pole vault great Sergei Bubka running for IOC president Pole vault great Sergei Bubka of Ukraine is joining the crowded race to become the next president of the International Olympic Committee 11 40 AM ET Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald running for IOC president 5 19 PM ET Singapore s Ng Ser Miang enters race for IOC presidency Germany s Thomas Bach wants to succeed Rogge as IOC president Olympics Olympic meetings this week in Russia to have wide ranging impact The race for the IOC presidency the bidding for the 2020 Summer Games and the fate of wrestling will be on full display at the SportAccord conference and executive board meetings of the International Olympic Committee 12 31 PM ET Swiss lawyer Denis Oswald running for IOC president 5 19 PM ET IOC says still more work needed on targeted drug testing 10 40 AM ET Wrestling rule

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/ (2013-06-03)
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  • Groves: Don't train harder, train smarter
    up from training as hard as possible all of the time Of course I was always happy to answer questions from kind folks who were truly interested in what my life as an athlete was like Still it was difficult to convey to people that for me sport was a full time pursuit that extracted every ounce of energy focus and determination that I could muster on a daily basis There seems to be a prevailing assumption out there that because it s an Olympic season it must be time to train hard or harder Initially I was so sincerely stumped by the question because I simply could not imagine training any harder than I already was In sport the key to successful training is to intelligently tread that fine line between pushing to the extreme and knowing when to back off It was a game we played with as much precision as possible In theory the idea is that you reach and even slightly exceed your limits then allow the body to rest and in doing so make big gains in strength and aerobic capacity In practice this essentially meant that I was exhausted all of the time Training scared In an Olympic season the best strategy for me anyways was simply to stay the course Once I had reached the highest level in my sport further improvements came almost entirely from better technique and mental fortitude under pressure not training harder I trained hard so hard in the three years leading up to an Olympic season Ask any sport physiologist and they will tell you that this is when the hard work is done Olympic season training is still just as hard but in some respects it is more about fine tuning tweaking and maximizing the body s potential to peak at the right moment My coach used to call it sharpening the pencil It is tempting however in an Olympic year to think that pushing harder will yield greater results I was often tempted by this myself but was thankfully reigned in gently by my coach who was much smarter than me I ve seen other athletes do it all too often all of a sudden tacking on extra minutes or hours on the bike going too hard when it s meant to be easy or failing to take the necessary rest to recover More is better But I could see fear in their eyes The notion that more training will lead to improved performance when one is already pushing the limits is a dangerous attitude that can have catastrophic consequences that lead to overtraining and ultimately squandered Olympic dreams I witnessed it often enough that eventually the urge to constantly do more was tempered by experience and confidence that I was truly doing everything right There are exceptions to every rule of course For those young developing athletes who are still on the steep upswing whose bodies are still adapting and improving under heavy loads of

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/story/2013/05/24/sp-olympics-kristina-groves-overtraining.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Field of Play: Defining Canada's Olympic prospects | Sports | CBC Sports
    home soil when he took the freestyle moguls title in Vancouver In Sochi he ll be back to try and repeat and he knows all about bearing the burden of enormous expectations You have to be strong and selfish to carry Canada on your shoulders he concluded When you grow up in sport you grow up wanting to be an Olympian said Andrew Poje an ice dancer who just missed the opportunity to compete in Vancouver along with his partner Kaitlyn Weaver Recently Weaver returned from a broken leg to combine with Poje and narrowly miss the podium at the world championships It was an astounding performance against all odds If we are happy I truly believe we can conquer the world Weaver said Woven into her words was the inner belief and fortitude that all Olympians seem to exemplify Everything I feel or eat is about living this dream It s about being a better athlete and person said snowboarder Dominique Maltais She s been a firefighter in her native Quebec but returns to the Games to improve upon the bronze medal finish she recorded in Torino in 2006 For me it s all about the Olympics right now Maltais figured Download Flash Player to view this content Patient Olympians The Olympians are patient and introspective when they speak If asked the right questions they are unguarded and honest while refusing to rely upon clichés to express what drives them They have doubts and insecurities but few of them it turns out would trade the opportunity they ve been given to represent their country and themselves on the greatest of all stages I am a lion enthused freestyle skier Justine Dufour Lapointe I just have this huge passion for my sport Mike Janyk a slalom skier didn t hesitate when estimating his chances in one of the most competitive disciplines at the Games The Olympics aren t scary they re empowering he said Fellow alpine skier Marie Michele Gagnon chimed in with the most thought provoking statement of all The greatest gift my family ever gave me is optimism she said All of which inspires an allegiance for their collective effort These Olympians are an impressive bunch to say the least And for two days they posed and smiled and answered all of our queries But for the most part the talking is done Now they go back to their singular focus which is hard work to get ready for Sochi They re not superheroes in spite of our best efforts to cast them in that light They re ordinary men and women capable of extraordinary things and as such have enormous prospects when they find their comfort zone on the field of play in Sochi next February End of Story Content Back to accessibility links Story Social Media Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback End of Story Social Media Prev Field of Play The next Queen of Scotland Field of Play Heaven is a tinny Next About the

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/opinion/2013/05/field-of-play-defining-canadas-olympic-prospects.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Russians intent on 'safe and quiet' Sochi Olympics
    visited Dagestan where authorities are investigating if he had contact with Islamic militants This season our security tested all necessary projects to reach the goal Sochi organizing committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a briefing The state is providing outstanding efforts to guarantee that the Olympics will be safe and quiet Chernyshenko speaking on the sidelines of the SportAccord industry convention also addressed concerns about weather and transportation for the games This season s test events at the snow sports venues saw spells of rain and warm weather but Chernyshenko said an elaborate program for storing snow in the mountains will counteract any problems The snow is being stored in huge piles under thermal blankets in the mountains The lesson we learned from Vancouver is that the weather can be abnormal It s why we realized also that delivering snow by helicopter might not be the most efficient way he said The snow storage means that in any weather the fields of play are guaranteed to be covered by snow for the period of at least 50 days Chernyshenko said Up to 40 world leaders expectedd Sochi includes one of Russian President Vladimir Putin s residences and the airport is routinely closed for an hour or two when he arrives or departs But Chernyshenko said efforts are under way to ensure that similar closures don t affect the Olympics There is a special commission a special working group linked to the Kremlin administration to guarantee that the visits of an expected up to 40 world leaders will not harm the regular flights or create any inconvenience for Sochi guests he said Sochi traditionally receives relatively few visitors from outside the former Soviet Union and international flights have been minimal But Chernyshenko said negotiations are under way with airlines for direct

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/story/2013/05/29/sp-ioc-olympics-sochi-olympic-winter-games-security.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Stampeders' Drew Tate vows to finish every game
    optimism Glenn who turns 34 this month believes he can still be a starting quarterback in the CFL He says he did not ask to be traded in the off season nor did the Stampeders indicate to him they wanted to deal him That s a sensitive situation to ask for a trade and then they don t do it How does that affect the relationship when they don t trade you and you come back Glenn pointed out I thought the best situation for me was coming back I was under contract You never take it personally on what happens You go through the situation as is and hopefully it plays out the way you want it to Glenn led the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to the Grey Cup game in 2007 but wasn t able to play in it because of a broken arm he suffered in the division final He may not have Tate s quickness and agility but the veteran showed during Tate s absences last season he can still get the wins Glenn compiled 4 220 yards in passing for 25 touchdowns and a completion rate of 66 7 per cent Hufnagel acquired Glenn prior to last season in the trade that sent quarterback Henry Burris to the Hamilton Tiger Cats Tate was an unproven CFL starter then and the acquisition of Glenn turned out to be a brilliant insurance policy Helping Calgary to a 12 6 record and getting to the Grey Cup also revitalized Glenn s career We had some ups and downs and weathered the storm and came through Glenn said It was kind of a defining moment as far as my career was concerned Hufnagel believes he has two quarterbacks who can win big games which is a competitive advantage over CFL clubs with less depth at that position Glenn believes he can contribute a lot to Calgary s success If I m not named the starter that doesn t mean I don t feel as though I m a leader on this team Glenn said I take a lot of responsibility just being a vet on the team being a guy who has been in a Grey Cup has been in the playoffs has started for different teams and played with different guys and has a lot of experience I think Coach Hufnagel sees that too That s one of the reasons why they felt they didn t want to trade me away Reports out of Bombers training camp is oft injured quarterback Buck Pierce arrived 20 pounds lighter in hopes he ll be quicker and able to dodge hits Tate says the MMA training hasn t moved the needle on his scale He s at his usual 195 pounds I can t hold weight very much Tate said My mom is a tiny petite lady so I got those genes I think I ve always played at about 195 That s what I ve been since college I ve never

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/story/2013/06/02/sp-cfl-calgary-stampeders-training-camp-drew-tate-kevin-glenn.html (2013-06-03)
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  • Alouette adventure begins for Dan Hawkins
    responsibilities for the departed Andy Bischoff Thorpe was hired even before Hawkins and Popp hopes he sticks around The team had changed defensive co ordinators in each of the previous four years Popp said each had his own style and wanted player changes to fit their game plan causing confusion and a lot of turnover in personnel Defensive players were prominent on the team s off season shopping list including linebacker Ejiro Kuale and cornerbacks Geoff Tisdale and Byron Parker On offence they picked up Canadian running back Jerome Messam veteran slotback Arland Bruce and quarterback Quinton Porter giving 40 year old Anthony Calvillo an experienced backup Former NFL talent in camp The camp at Bishop s University in Sherbrooke Que will also be spiced up by the presence of some former NFL talent including long time Indianapolis Colts running back Domenic Rhodes as well as receivers David Clowny and Wallace Wright The Alouettes already have an impressive receiving corps with Jamel Richardson S J Green and Brandon London Popp said he s anxious to see how his two first round draft picks work out linebacker Mike Edem and running back Steven Lumbala selected third and fifth overall respectively from the Calgary Dinos Edem s really made an impression he said He also has high hopes that Kuale will fit well into Thorpe s defence I like aggressive physical players and he brings that to the table said Popp The Alouettes had nightmares at running back in 2012 after starter Brandon Whitaker s season ended in midseason with a knee injury Vic Anderson filled in nicely until he got hurt then Chris Jennings took over Whitaker re signed with the Alouettes on Thursday Another running back is Noel Devine a prime candidate to take over kick returning duties from the released Trent Guy Everything hinges on Calvillo Can he have a breakout year Popp asked about the speedy Devine He s also anxious to see how veteran defensive end John Bowman does with Thorpe going back to a four man line after the teamed used a 3 4 setup last season We ll have a guy like Bowman in a system that benefits him more said Popp We ll see if he has his best year Of course the Alouettes fortunes sit mainly on Calvillo s shoulders The CFL s all time passing leader will turn 41 on Aug 23 He is coming off surgery on a torn labrum in his left non throwing shoulder and won t take as many snaps as usual in camp That s why it was important to sign Porter from Hamilton Last year s back up Adrian McPherson is gone while third stringer Josh Neiswander is back One area that never seems to change in Montreal is a solid experienced offensive line of centre Luc Brodeur Jourdain between guards Scott Flory and Andrew Woodruff and tackles Josh Bourke and Jeff Perrett The Alouettes did not make it to the Grey Cup game the past

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/story/2013/06/02/sp-football-cfl-montreal-alouettes-training-camp-opens.html (2013-06-03)
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  • CBC Sports - Football - CFL - More CFL Headlines
    in 12 man football John Chick returns to Roughriders After four years in the NFL John Chick is coming back to the CFL to suit up once again for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Argos reward star QB Ricky Ray with contract extension The Toronto Argonauts on Friday announced a contract extension for three time Grey Cup winner Ricky Ray a deal that will run through the 2015 season Argos will have several new faces despite being defending champs Scott Milanovich wants the Toronto Argonauts to have selective amnesia as they begin to prepare to defend their Grey Cup title Brett Cameron has big boots to fill with Blue Bombers Brett Cameron son of CFL Hall of Famer Bob Cameron is one of three rookie punters trying to earn a spot on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ottawa CFL team name reportedly will be RedBlacks Ottawa s new CFL team will unveil its logo and nickname on June 8 at an event for season ticket holders The club released a statement Thursday saying it would confirm its nickname after images of the name and logo leaked on a website called sportslogos net interactive CFL players to watch in 2013 CFL veterans report to their teams this weekend for the start of training camps Get up to speed with this interactive gallery of 10 players to watch from The Canadian Press Alouettes re sign RB Brandon Whitaker to 3 year deal Brandon Whitaker who s coming back from a knee injury that ended his season early last year has signed a new three year contract with the Montreal Alouettes QB Kyle Quinlan snubs Alouettes will coach at Mac instead Kyle Quinlan has decided to forego a chance to play in the CFL and will instead be a coach at McMaster University Roughriders sign all 7 draft picks The Saskatchewan Roughriders have their entire 2013 draft class under contract Ottawa s new CFL team names Brock Sunderland assistant GM Brock Sunderland who most recently spent time with the New York Jets was named assistant general manager of Ottawa s new CFL franchise Wednesday Ticats coach Kent Austin not optimistic Chris Williams will return Coach and general manager Kent Austin says he doesn t like the world rebuilding but a lot of building is going on for the Hamilton Tiger Cats this season Alouettes coach Dan Hawkins has big shoes to fill Dan Hawkins likes the look of his new team as the Montreal Alouettes get set for training camp and he ll be under pressure to do as well as the team s other new coaches have previously done Ex Stampeder Joffrey Reynolds faces jail deportation video A former Canadian Football League all star will be deported to the U S after he serves 90 days in jail for assaulting his one time girlfriend B C Lions sign quarterback Joey Elliott The B C Lions on Friday announced the signing of free agent quarterback Joey Elliott who spent the past three seasons with the Winnipeg

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/headlines/ (2013-06-03)
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  • Penn State group, Paterno family suing NCAA over sanctions
    scholarship cuts and a 60 million US fine The Associated Press left messages Thursday for a spokesman for former FBI director Louis Freeh His scathing report for the university on the scandal concluded that Paterno and three school officials conspired to conceal allegations Sandusky a retired defensive co ordinator Those conclusions have been strongly denied by Paterno s family and the officials The lawsuit blasts Freeh s report as an unreliable rush to injustice and that the NCAA improperly relied on the findings instead of conducting its own investigation Acting with uncharacteristic speed the NCAA delivered its punishment less than two weeks after Freeh s findings were issued The road may be long and the fight will be tough but in the end we will do right for Penn State the trustees faculty members and ex coaches and players in the case wrote in a letter Thursday to other former players explaining the action Just outcome Everyone involved deserves fairness due process truth and a just outcome and this is our cause they wrote Besides the Paterno family Paterno s son Jay Paterno is listed separately as a plaintiff as one of two former assistant coaches along with Bill Kenney The other 18 plaintiffs are Trustees Ryan McCombie Anthony Lubrano Adam Taliaferro Peter Khoury and Al Clemens McCombie Lubrano and Taliaferro weren t on the board in November 2011 when the board fired Paterno a decision that still irks many alumni and former players Taliaferro is also a former player who gained notoriety for his recovery from a severe spinal cord injury during a game in 2000 McCombie in a letter Wednesday to trustees chair Keith Masser explaining his position said the Penn State case was an example of how the NCAA was an out of control monopoly that uses its power to threaten and bully members Khoury is a graduate student and a gubernatorial appointee to the board in October 2011 a month before the scandal hit Clemens was on the board in 1998 and 2001 during which Freeh said Paterno and the school officials covered up allegations against Sandusky Faculty members Peter Bordi Terry Engelder Spencer Niles and John O Donnell The faculty has suffered collateral damage from the sanctions Kelly said due to the trickle down impact of the scandal He included attracting and recruiting faculty and top flight students and pay raises as areas that might be affected Former players Anthony Adams Gerald Cadogan Shamar Finney Justin Kurpeikis Rich Gardner Josh Gaines Patrick Mauti Anwar Phillips and Michael Robinson Each played between 1998 and 2011 the years during which the NCAA vacated 111 wins under Paterno as part of the sanctions That resulted in Paterno no longer holding the record for major college victories Of the group Robinson might be the most notable as an NFL fullback with the Seattle Seahawks Besides the NCAA and Emmert the lawsuit names Oregon State president Edward Ray the former chair off the NCAA s executive committee as a defendant

    Original URL path: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/nfl/story/2013/05/30/sp-ncaa-penn-state-lawsuit-.html (2013-06-03)
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