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    be a fan Posted Monday November 7 2011 06 20 PM CBC Sports Quebec s passion for sport stands out If you ever start to wonder about the lack of attention Canadian high performance sport receives in between Olympics do yourself a favour connect with Quebec On the way to a press conference where cross country skier Alex Harvey was to be introduced as the spokesman for Operation Red Nose the anti drunk driving campaign I saw plenty of billboards for winter sport stars like Alexandre Bilodeau and Joannie Rochette The Olympics in Vancouver are long gone but in Quebec the local heroes still resonate in a huge way Posted Friday November 4 2011 09 11 AM CBC Sports Can Toronto be a worthy Pan Am host For the 2011 Pan American sports extravaganza in Guadalajara Mexico it s almost game over That means it s game on for the 17th Pan American Games to be held in several southern Ontario communities including Toronto in the summer of 2015 It s a big job given the nature of the city and its relationship with sport Posted Friday October 28 2011 08 48 AM CBC Sports Multi sport Moyse an athletic throwback There was a time when athletes weren t governed by one specific job description You know the way penalty killers tough guys place kickers or even designated hitters are Sport has become so specialized these days The end result is that in most pursuits you have finely trained specimens who perform a single function with incredible precision and technical success Then there s Heather Moyse of Summerside P E I Posted Friday October 21 2011 06 54 PM CBC Sports Five people you meet on our field of play What variety there is in sport And if you travel to see the athletes in their natural habitat there s a boatload of wisdom to be found in their collective experience Posted Friday October 14 2011 10 57 AM CBC Sports CBC Sports Weekend is our field of play CBC Sports Weekend is a Canadian original And it s very much alive and kicking In one form or another this show has been telling the story of Canada s high performance amateur athletes for 50 years The struggles the victories the defeats the joys and sorrows that occur whenever Canadians haul on the Maple Leaf and represent their country on fields of play at home and abroad Posted Friday October 7 2011 12 17 PM CBC Sports The struggle for sport This week s symposium put on by the University of Toronto s Faculty of Physical Education and Health called Game Misconduct Violence Abuse and Young Athletes raises a lot of questions about sport and where it s heading these days Posted Thursday May 26 2011 11 02 AM CBC Sports Germany s Prinz of players At the training camp for Germany s national women s team in picturesque Bitburg not far from the Luxembourg border there is a photographer trying to get a shot of the queen of European soccer Birgit Prinz isn t playing along Posted Thursday May 19 2011 07 58 AM CBC Sports Tracing Canada s World Cup route It s enlightening to be in Germany and to understand that the Canadian women s soccer team will be playing in the World Cup against a diverse and challenging backdrop in less than six weeks time Posted Thursday May 12 2011 09 23 AM CBC Sports Outgoing sports minister Lunn will be missed The election of Elizabeth May in the riding of Saanich Gulf Islands on Monday night was a victory for the Green Party but it was also a loss for amateur sport While May will bring a strong voice to the House of Commons on issues surrounding the environment the man she defeated Gary Lunn Canada s Minister of State Sport will be greatly missed by those who envision a fitter more physically aware Canada Posted Wednesday May 4 2011 03 07 PM CBC Sports Moscow s skating mystique Before he went out and nailed his short program Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan made an observation about his presence in Moscow Posted Thursday April 28 2011 10 10 AM CBC Sports Women approach watershed World Cup In the heat of a West Palm Beach afternoon American soccer goalkeeper Hope Solo dives across her crease and takes a rocket off her throat But Solo bounces up in time to punch the next drive off her hulking male coach s boot high into the blue Florida sky Posted Thursday April 21 2011 09 28 AM CBC Sports Post season puck power Power and politics It pales to the popular Canadian consensus of the hockey puck Witness the leaders debate on the eve of the annual Stanley Cup pilgrimage The party kingpins were shown getting off buses out of limousines jauntily waving to the crowd on the arena threshold in the winter nation s capital It looked a lot like the Canucks or the Hawks on their way into the rink moments before a much anticipated playoff rivalry They had a photo op shook hands just like the hockey gods do before a big international match Posted Wednesday April 13 2011 10 53 PM CBC Sports Ski jumping inclusion a giant leap for equality Make no mistake the inclusion of women s ski jumping beginning with the 2014 Olympics in Sochi is a major victory for all females who love sport The decision takes the Olympics long an archaic old boys institution that much closer to equality of the sexes a battle that s been going on for a very long time and still isn t over Posted Thursday April 7 2011 09 25 AM CBC Sports Hayden thrives in swimming s post suit era Compared to most elite swimmers Brent Hayden is a late bloomer That said the former world champion and current No 1 ranked man in the 100 metre freestyle has blossomed into an aquatic predator as London 2012 approaches Posted Thursday March 31 2011 10 36 AM CBC Sports Springtime s sweet season In parts of the East and West Canadians have been hammered by snow Old man winter is refusing to loosen his grip But with the calendar having flipped into spring the sweet season for Canadian sport is in full swing curling figure skating and hockey Posted Thursday March 24 2011 10 57 AM CBC Sports Japan figure skating worlds should be moved The time has come for the International Skating Union to make a courageous decision and do it for all the right reasons With Japan struggling in the wake of last week s natural disaster the ISU should move the world figure skating championships to another country and do it as soon as possible Canceling or postponing the event until October when Tokyo may or may not be ready to host it the city is unable to do so now should not be viable options Posted Wednesday March 16 2011 10 03 PM CBC Sports Synchronized swimming An unsinkable Canadian tradition Over the years they ve produced more than their fair share of international results But somehow Canada s synchronized swimmers have only rarely surfaced to grab the headlines Posted Tuesday March 15 2011 10 34 AM CBC Sports Canada is 1st nation of speed skating It s a sport taken for granted Of all the icy disciplines it s the most traditional and also guaranteed to deliver medal success when the Olympics roll around Speed skating is bred in the bone in Canada Posted Thursday March 10 2011 11 23 AM CBC Sports Canada s Wide World of Sport For Canada these are halcyon days Gone is the stereotypical notion that we are a country of hockey players and curlers End of story Posted Thursday March 3 2011 08 43 AM CBC Sports Sport needs to draw the line as casualties mount The casualties are mounting and sport is facing its greatest crisis How much risk is too much and at what price is Higher Faster Stronger too dear Think of it In the space of a year Nodar Kumaritashvili the Georgian luger lost his life at the Olympics Then Austrian skier Hans Grugger lost control at the famed downhill ski course in Kitzbuhel and spent weeks in a coma Posted Wednesday February 16 2011 11 42 PM CBC Sports Erik the great Erik the gracious There is now proof positive that sometimes nice guys actually finish first Hats off to Erik Guay the leader of the Canadian alpine ski team who has claimed the world championship in Garmisch Germany by winning the men s downhill in convincing fashion Posted Saturday February 12 2011 08 49 PM CBC Sports Vancouver s legacy No more 5th business The Canadian home Olympics are a year gone But a change in attitude lingers While we rejoice in 14 gold medals and 26 podium results the near misses are more indicative of a seismic shift in expectations on the part of Canadian competitors Almost winning doesn t count anymore a good thing for a country that fancies itself a sporting nation Posted Wednesday February 9 2011 11 14 PM CBC Sports Golden dance revival The impressive thing about champions is they don t know the meaning of the word quit Self satisfied accomplishment runs counter to the nature of a champion It was heartening this week to hear straight from the horse s mouth that Olympic gold medallists and world champions in the ice dance Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are returning to the field of play Posted Thursday February 3 2011 12 49 PM CBC Sports From child star to hockey elder in the blink of an eye The Great One has been the first truly remarkable hockey player to mature in such a public fashion More than one generation of Canadians clearly recall him as the Chosen One He was the magician who transported Edmonton to the centre of hockey s universe He had the Midas Touch Posted Thursday January 27 2011 12 17 AM CBC Sports The great Canadian event In a country that communes with winter like few others a national championship involving ice really means something So it is that the Brier which pits province against province becomes paramount in the sport of curling For Canadian women the Tournament of Hearts is equally as treasured There are many Canadian Cups to be won lacrosse has the Mann and the Minto while junior hockey has the Memorial They are all national gatherings that crown the best from various regions of a diverse land It s hard to beat the tradition and scope of the Canadian figure skating championships Posted Friday January 21 2011 09 29 AM CBC Sports Wake up Canada it s championship season The Winter Olympics come around only once every four years but in between high performance athletes are toiling on ice and snow in the name of Canada at huge events like World Cups and world championships every year It s not as if they suddenly appear to win or lose a gold medal once a quadrennium at the Games It s championship season right now around the world in winter sport So it s time to end our Olympic hibernation and feast on the bevy of high performance sport that s out there Posted Thursday January 13 2011 09 30 AM CBC Sports Canada s Nordic knight Cross country skier Devon Kershaw of Sudbury Ont is used to racing in the shadows As the Canadian juniors were settling for silver in Buffalo Kershaw was winning his first World Cup gold medal in Italy his third podium result at the Tour de Ski It s a gruelling event featuring the best Nordic skiers in the world from 17 countries who compete in sprints and marathons over the course of 10 days in Germany and Italy Posted Thursday January 6 2011 04 06 PM CBC Sports Finding a sporting balance On the surface it s the same old song Live Right Now the latest CBC initiative to connect with communities across the country is hoping to get Canadians moving and in the process become more physically literate Posted Wednesday January 5 2011 12 17 PM CBC Sports New Year s resolutions from Canada s field of play What to resolve for 2011 How about that the Canadian hockey juniors reclaim the world championship That s a given Or that a Canadian based NHL team should for the first time since the Montreal Canadiens of 1993 win the Stanley Cup Now that would be sweet But beyond the ice there are other pursuits that might warrant concerted effort and attention as the calendar flips to a brand new year and the onset of sporting seasons yet to be admired Posted Thursday December 30 2010 11 07 AM CBC Sports Crosby at Christmas The Gift of Sid Few greater treasures exist for a hockey loving nation than a player who has come to symbolize the sport most of us obsess over Posted Thursday December 23 2010 12 26 PM CBC Sports Don t forget the true Olympians of 2010 The Canadian men s hockey team won a most coveted Olympic prize But in recognizing the best of the year it would be folly to undervalue the other men and women who gave the country so much to cheer about in Vancouver Whistler Posted Friday December 17 2010 12 30 PM CBC Sports Racing rivals alpine allies Lindsey Vonn s major rival Maria Riesch of Germany screams down the Lake Louise downhill course to beat her by ten hundredths of a second Had Vonn not slipped during her run she would have won handily I hate to lose Vonn says But if I have to lose then it might as well be to my best friend Posted Wednesday December 8 2010 11 06 AM CBC Sports A different kind of champion Rick Gill wouldn t approve of me writing this He may never know Posted Thursday December 2 2010 09 42 AM CBC Sports The Lou Marsh Debate The debate over Canada s Athlete of the Year is about to heat up In a season where the Olympics were held on home turf passionate arguments will be made for a legion of remarkable competitors who stake a claim to Lou Marsh Award consideration Time to stoke the fires and stir the pot Posted Wednesday November 24 2010 08 22 PM CBC Sports Patrick Chan s Big Chance Canada s boy wonder of figure skating will soon get the opportunity to prove he s ready to be the main man Posted Thursday November 18 2010 10 00 AM CBC Sports Sports Hall of Fame inductees stellar It is still an intangible thing but to be in a room of a thousand people to see the gods and goddesses of sport get their due and enter Canada s Sports Hall of Fame is awe inspiring Posted Thursday November 11 2010 01 12 PM CBC Sports Angela James Hockey s Hall of Fame Pioneer Each year the Hockey Hall of Fame inducts two kinds of people players and builders On Monday as two women are welcomed the old boys club will recognize pioneers of the game Angela James of Canada and American Cammi Granato Posted Thursday November 4 2010 10 51 AM CBC Sports Erik Guay Skiing s constant Canuck He carries his sport s greatest treasure in a silver case the size of a hatbox Yet Canadian ski racing star Erik Guay is anonymous as he strolls down Toronto s busy Yonge Street Posted Thursday October 28 2010 03 10 PM CBC Sports Jet lag and sports culture shock The bizarre odyssey to India and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi are over by a week everyone is safely home or onto the next gig Herein lies the culture shock that sport has come to embody Posted Thursday October 21 2010 10 49 AM CBC Sports Why the Games came to India The XIX Commonwealth Games in New Delhi were in a hot crowded place and they got off to an extremely slow start The athlete s village which was supposed to be the jewel wasn t ready and its unsanitary conditions threatened to keep many of the 6 000 athletes from 71 countries and territories home in the safety of Europe Australia or Canada Posted Thursday October 14 2010 10 48 AM CBC Sports Diamonds in the rough It s a rare jewel to discover something completely out of the ordinary in sport Few are the spectacles that cause one to sit up and take notice Brent Hayden s marvellous swim in the 100 metre freestyle the fastest of the season was certainly one So was an evening in which Canadians won three gold medals as female grapplers made their debut at the Commonwealth Games Posted Thursday October 7 2010 02 27 PM CBC Sports Not your average sports community New Delhi is not your average sports community It s not even close The capital of the second most populous nation on the face of the earth has endured a bum rap in the last week or so Critics have targeted the warts while failing to plug into the vibe of the Commonwealth Games host city Posted Thursday September 30 2010 03 19 PM CBC Sports Competitors and the Commonwealth commotion Once again in the arena of international sport the athletes are the men and women caught in the middle It s becoming a familiar theme Posted Thursday September 23 2010 11 04 AM CBC Sports Canadian sport finally gets its Day This Saturday marks the first official celebration of Sports Day in Canada Unlike other days which build boundaries around passions that citizens enjoy for particular athletic endeavours Sports Day in Canada is without limits It s not meant to admire elite high performance sport but instead to reflect the appeal of healthy active living Posted Wednesday September 15 2010 07 46 PM CBC Sports Back to school back to sport Now that summer is unofficially over it s time to get back to school For kids and grownups alike the return to the serious season of academics and work delivers butterflies to the stomach a nervousness that just can t be escaped as the carefree days of vacation evaporate But the field of play is there to ease the pain Posted Thursday September 9 2010 09 18 AM CBC Sports The foundation sport Why is the building of a track and field facility for the 2015 Pan American Games in the Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario causing so much consternation Posted Thursday July 29 2010 10 34 AM CBC Sports A Maritime Field of Dreams If you build it they will come New Brunswick s shining new state of the art track and field facility is a revelation to a city a region and for that matter all of Canadian sport The Moncton 2010 Stadium is hosting the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships and proving that the future belongs to those who believe in themselves Posted Thursday July 22 2010 11 46 AM CBC Sports Sport never sleeps Now that the FIFA World Cup is over you d figure that all the devotees of big time international sport would finally get a rest Maybe they d seize the chance to kick back and read a book or go for a swim in the lake or at the very least take a walk in the park No such luck The field of human athletic endeavour is vast and without limits Posted Thursday July 15 2010 11 54 AM FIFA World Cup Blog World Cup creates sense of belonging While the pitch is the stage and the players are the actors it s the supporters who invariably win rave reviews at any World Cup Posted Thursday July 8 2010 11 40 AM FIFA World Cup Blog In The Beautiful Game time stops for nothing Finally there is a break in the action at the FIFA World Cup After 19 consecutive days of high stakes soccer the clock has ceased to tick and the eight teams that remain reload for the quarterfinals It seems so strange Posted Wednesday June 30 2010 10 12 AM FIFA World Cup Blog The Star Spangled boys of soccer For Canadians it s difficult to side with Americans when it comes to fun and games It s an even more problematic alliance at global sporting summits In the beloved passion of hockey at the most critical moments the men and women clad in uniforms bearing Old Glory present the greatest threat to those who don the Maple Leaf Posted Thursday June 24 2010 09 07 AM FIFA World Cup Blog As the World Cup turns Only one week into its run the World Cup in South Africa has already delivered more drama than a full season of the most popular soap opera And here s the difference this is reality TV Posted Thursday June 17 2010 11 50 AM FIFA World Cup Blog The Greatest Show on Earth The World Cup The World Cup stands alone There is no need to qualify the title of this tournament with FIFA the governing body of international soccer or to identify what sport we re talking about in the first place We all get it Posted Wednesday June 9 2010 11 01 AM FIFA World Cup Blog Eusebio An aura of greatness When afforded the opportunity to meet a bona fide World Cup legend nervousness ensues It s like encountering Bobby Orr or perhaps Jack Nicklaus Eusebio da Silva Ferreira is after all just a man But he happens to be the most revered player in Portuguese football history So famous that he is referred to throughout the world by a single moniker Everyone in this game knows Eusebio Posted Friday June 4 2010 10 47 AM CBC Sports The hockey sweater Canadian Tire Corporation is trying to repatriate one of the most significant artifacts in the history of Canada It s a hockey sweater Posted Thursday June 3 2010 11 02 AM CBC Sports There s something about Steve Professional winter sport is driving towards a climax on two fronts And in the land of ice and snow where hockey is king a South African born Victoria raised basketball player is stealing the show Posted Thursday May 27 2010 11 06 AM CBC Sports Happy ending to a broken heart Zac Herold a 17 year old professional soccer prospect forced to end his dream because he has a heart condition that threatens his life if he continues to compete Posted Thursday May 20 2010 08 51 AM CBC Sports Having Faith in Old Faithful In an age where the players change stripes so frequently and where cities become franchises in the marketplace of sport the Montreal Canadiens steadfastly remain a team that inspires passion loyalty sometimes hatred and most importantly attention Posted Thursday May 13 2010 09 20 AM FIFA World Cup Blog Desperately seeking World Cup magic Just about a month to go until the wildly anticipated FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa For so many fans it promises deliverance from the ordinary even gossipy progression of professional soccer or football or whatever it is you want to call it Posted Thursday May 6 2010 09 02 AM CBC Sports Branding Olympic heroes On the heels of the most successful performance ever at the Vancouver 2010 Games there is a new leadership group at the Canadian Olympic Committee and clearly an intense focus on branding our Olympic heroes Posted Tuesday April 20 2010 02 56 PM CBC Sports Sport and the global journey The Queen s Baton passed through Canada this week on its way to the 19th Commonwealth Games in Delhi India Posted Thursday April 15 2010 11 12 AM CBC Sports A Canadian Olympic Visionary News that Chris Rudge is leaving his post as head of Canada s Olympic movement is cause for reflection Posted Thursday April 8 2010 02 17 AM FIFA World Cup Blog Soccer and the prisoners of apartheid Robben Island South Africa There is a small flat island in the ocean 12 kilometres off the coast of Cape Town with an incredible soccer history Here the prisoners of South Africa s Apartheid regime including Nelson Mandela broke rocks in a quarry as punishment for opposing racial segregation Posted Tuesday April 6 2010 02 22 PM CBC Sports The plain truth from Patrick Chan Refreshing That s the way Patrick Chan is refreshingly honest And he discusses matters in such a way that he separates himself from most other elite athletes out there Posted Thursday March 25 2010 09 45 AM CBC Sports Soccer and the prisoners of apartheid Robben Island South Africa There is a small flat island in the ocean 12 kilometres off the coast of Cape Town with an incredible soccer history Here the prisoners of South Africa s Apartheid regime including Nelson Mandela broke rocks in a quarry as punishment for opposing racial segregation Posted Wednesday March 17 2010 08 18 AM CBC Sports Soccer 4 Hope The miracle of Khayelitsha They call South Africa the Rainbow Nation and it s not hard to understand why So many vivid colours are evident in the people the landscape the music and the art But it is also a country full of stark contrasts and a great divide between those who have so much and those who have next to nothing Posted Monday March 15 2010 11 34 AM CBC Sports A trip to Soweto The world s soccer city When first considering a voyage to South Africa the host country of the 2010 FIFA World Cup it was not without trepidation Posted Thursday March 11 2010 10 44 AM CBC Sports The Price of Pride and Performance The news that the Canadian government will extend its commitment to high performance sport is welcome indeed National pride requires an investment While we all reveled in the performances by this country s athletes at the home Olympics it s safe to say there will be more moments to enjoy in the future Posted Thursday March 4 2010 05 12 PM CBC Sports Canada has chance at perfect 2010 It s such an easy year to make New Year s resolutions if you re a fan of Canadian sport After all it s the Olympic year on home ice and friendly snow and symbolically at least 2010 is such a nice round number that s bound to find a lasting place in the collective memory of a generation of Canucks What should we wish for then in order to fulfill the promise and glean the maximum 10 out of 10 in 2010 Posted Friday January 1 2010 01 25 PM CBC Sports A holiday break from broken dreams Canada s Olympians have arrived at the short holiday break battered and bruised but with hope in their hearts In spite of a rash of injuries that threatens to become epidemic international performances have been encouraging and the aim to Own the Podium in Vancouver Whistler in less than 50 days is still in tact But the dream of maple leaf men and women winning 30 medals at the home Games appears to have been shaken given the number of broken bones and torn ligaments sustained by alpine skiers in recent days Five skiers including legitimate medal threats Kelly Vanderbeek John Kucera and Francois Bourque have now lost their seasons and must wait for another Olympics somewhere down the road Posted Wednesday December 23 2009 10 52 AM CBC Sports Canada s hidden treasures of sport Every time the Lou Marsh Award pops up all Canadian sports fans get an eye opener There s a ton of talent out there Posted Thursday December 17 2009 11 03 AM CBC Sports Past glory means nothing in making the Olympic cut With exactly 10 weeks to go until the home Olympics many of Canada s athletes haven t booked their tickets to Vancouver Whistler To be considered medal contenders they have to make the team Posted Thursday December 3 2009 12 34 PM CBC Sports The magic of the Grey Cup Many among the millions who will tune in to watch the 97th Grey Cup game on TV won t know a single player s name on either team prior to the kickoff But that s not the point Posted Thursday November 26 2009 02 48 PM CBC Sports Finding our way back to skating go figure The greatest outcome of the TV hit Battle of the Blades is that we Canadians have fallen in love with figure skating again Sure there was the original fascination with hockey gods in sparkling outfits dancing daintily without pads Maybe we shared a secret hope for an untimely pratfall At the outset we were a bit like voyeurs waiting for the proverbial train wreck to happen It never did Posted Tuesday November 17 2009 11 38 AM CBC Sports Dark horses and Canadian cowboys The time is at hand In the Canadian West they are praying for snow and alpine glory The Olympics on the home hill are just around the corner Posted Thursday November 12 2009 11 50 AM CBC Sports Toronto s Pan Am potential Toronto is set to make its pitch to host the 2015 Pan American Games If it finds the strike zone high performance athletics in Canada could hit one out of the park This city needs to be inspired says Olympic gymnast Alexandra Orlando who brings an athlete s voice to the final presentation in Guadalajara Mexico Toronto steps to the plate last after Lima Peru and Bogota Colombia If we re successful we could change the face of sport in our country Posted Thursday November 5 2009 12 21 PM CBC Sports This week s work Leafs at Canadiens Read up on the latest tidbits and trends as Hockey Night in Canada s play by play voice Jim Hughson takes you behind the scenes and into the game This week s work Toronto Maple Leafs Montreal Canadiens Saturday Oct 31 7 pm ET 4 pm ET CBC CBCSports ca Posted Friday October 30 2009 12 04 PM CBC Sports It s time to embrace the flame The Olympic flame is coming to Canada The longest torch relay in history will traverse a complex country and be exposed to the most diverse and multi ethnic society on the face of the earth It s time for the dissent to stop and for us to be gracious hosts Posted Thursday October 29 2009 11 27 AM CBC Sports Curling and the golden promise At the home Olympics Canada will battle an inferiority complex It is the only country to have hosted the Games Montreal 1976 and Calgary 1988 and not win a gold medal inside its borders It s a glaring blemish on an otherwise illustrious Olympic history Posted Thursday October 22 2009 05 52 PM CBC Sports Legend of The Herminator To see him cry at his retirement was startling Hermann Maier the indestructible force of downhill skiing human after all Here was a man who had come to define his sport As a teenager he was told he was too scrawny to make the powerful Austrian team so he retreated to his hometown of Flachau to work as a bricklayer in the summer and a ski instructor in the winter Posted Thursday October 15 2009 11 48 AM CBC Sports In Blades Battle Underhill s already a winner CBC s Battle of the Blades has confirmed two things First and foremost hockey players even retired ones attract huge audiences Secondly figure skaters are underrated when it comes appreciating this country s sporting heroes Posted Thursday October 8 2009 12 15 PM CBC Sports Reasons why Rio is the right Olympic choice This time when it comes to picking an Olympic host city for the 2016 Games the voters have a truly difficult decision to make But when all things are considered in Copenhagen the IOC selection committee can always fall back on doing what s good for sport and the Olympic ideal They can choose Rio de Janeiro Posted Thursday October 1 2009 10 01 AM CBC Sports Canada s Olympians at home and on the hot seat For Canada s Olympic hopefuls things are starting to get more than a little tense This week s accusations by Americans in the The New York Times that their northern rivals are unfairly using home field advantage ruffled a few feathers So be it Posted Wednesday September 23 2009 01 47 PM CBC Sports The importance of Theoren Fleury s chance Here s hoping Theoren Fleury makes it back to the NHL We could all use an inspirational story right about now There are no expectations from you or me That s what Fleury told the media in Calgary recently Posted Thursday September 17 2009 10 50 AM CBC Sports Canada s stadium masterpiece Of all the outdoor venues for sport in Canada the International Ring at Spruce Meadows on the outskirts of Calgary stands out as a diamond in the rough To many it is a revelation Posted Friday September 11 2009 11 05 AM CBC Sports Danny Dichio The first and brightest star so far Danny Dichio had a word for his most loyal fans as he bid adieu to his on field career with Toronto FC They still think I m the best player in the world Dichio chuckled In our own backyard that is Posted Wednesday September 9 2009 04 01 PM CBC Sports Storm clouds brewing for hockey Just when you figure hockey is above it all it s time to reconsider The recent firing of NHLPA boss Paul Kelly is the latest in a series of signs that suggest what is arguably the greatest professional team sport in the world is headed for hard times once more Just think about it Posted Thursday September 3 2009 11 11 AM CBC Sports Is Toronto a world class sports city The time is at hand for Toronto This weekend the Pan American Sports Organization PASO and its evaluation committee will pay a visit to see if Metro and the Greater Golden Horseshoe have what it takes to host the 2015 Pan Am Games What will they see Posted Thursday August 27 2009 11 20 AM CBC Sports Golf and the Olympics Strange bedfellows I saw Alex Baumann one of Canada s greatest Olympians the other day in Dartmouth N S at the World Sprint Canoe Championships The legendary swimmer and I witnessed another Canadian Olympic icon Adam van Koeverden as he won a bronze medal in his kayak despite nursing a badly broken ankle Can you believe golf s back in the Olympics I asked Baumann Posted Thursday August 20 2009 12 01 PM CBC Sports Reform the rules rewrite the records restore some faith It s time for sport to turn the page on the dark times The moment is at hand for a renaissance and a return to basics Posted Wednesday August 12 2009 12 38 PM CBC Sports Gene Sutton Our Olympic soul Dr Gene Sutton didn t look much like an Olympian She resembled a kindly aunt or maybe your biggest fan You know the sort of person that was always there to support you when you played that crucial game or doubted yourself the most She was there when you competed on your own You looked up and there was Gene cheering you on cheering all of Canada on Posted Thursday August 6 2009 11 05 AM CBC Sports Big day for Annamay Just the other day Annamay Pierse had few words to describe how she felt after finishing fifth in the

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  • Football | CBC Sports
    PM CFL B C came in like a lamb out like Lions It s not how you start but rather how you finish That motto rang true in the 99th Grey Cup with a 34 23 B C Lions victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers capping off an amazing turnaround that saw the team starting at 0 5 Posted Monday November 28 2011 01 56 AM CFL QBs Pierce Lulay must be patient Patience will be the key to the 99th Grey Cup Game Quarterbacks Buck Pierce and Travis Lulay can not afford to get frustrated in this game because both defences have players that are able to pounce on forced throws Posted Saturday November 26 2011 01 59 PM CFL CFL missed opportunity to celebrate greatness I really don t intent to take anything away from Travis Lulay who was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the CFL Thursday night but I believe that the league missed an opportunity to celebrate greatness by not giving the award to Anthony Calvillo Posted Friday November 25 2011 01 33 PM CFL Avoiding distractions key for Lions Bombers The Grey Cup is a Canadian celebration that people from across the country embrace with a level of passion you can t help but appreciate when you get to be a part of it Posted Thursday November 24 2011 03 03 PM CFL Riders should consider Bombers Burke as next coach Now that Rider CEO Jim Hopson has announced that Brendan Taman will be taking over as general manager the next priority on his list of things to do is to secure a head coach Some of the names that have been circulating around are Hamilton defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin and Argos special teams coordinator Mike O Shea Posted Wednesday November 23 2011 03 38 PM CFL Bombers Lions defences rule day in CFL division finals The battle is always won in the trenches Every football game will come down to which team is able to control the line of scrimmage The big boys up front don t often dominate the headlines but you can t ignore the impact they had on the outcome in the CFL s East and West finals on Sunday Posted Monday November 21 2011 03 43 PM CFL Division finals preview CFL analyst Greg Frers breaks down both matchups for this week s division finals and makes his predictions for which teams will play for the Grey Cup Posted Friday November 18 2011 10 21 PM CFL Ticats Eskimos earn well deserved praise Congratulations to the Hamilton Tiger Cats who knocked off the defending Grey Cup champs in an amazing East Division semifinal game Like a great heavyweight fight the two teams went toe to toe throwing punch after punch with the 52 44 overtime thriller ending in the highest scoring playoff game in CFL history Posted Monday November 14 2011 05 10 PM CFL Calvillo Ray to lead the way To be a champion you need to learn how to finish well This weekend begins the final stretch on the journey for eight teams to stake their claim in CFL history by becoming the 2011 Grey Cup champions Posted Friday November 11 2011 11 22 AM CFL Don t sleep on the Tabbies What a way to end the 2011 regular season For the first time in the history of the CFL the last game of the regular season determined first place in both the Eastern and Western conferences Both Calgary and B C played crisp games while Montreal and Winnipeg looked beaten up and sluggish Posted Monday November 7 2011 12 11 PM CFL Missed opportunities set up wide open final week It s often said that there are five crucial plays during the course of a football game that will determine the outcome Make the play and you will win Miss and you will lose Pretty simple This week both Winnipeg and Edmonton had opportunities to secure first place and the first week bye in the playoffs But both teams failed to take advantage of the opportunity and so we are left waiting to see which team will finally step up to the plate and stake its claim to be champions Posted Monday October 31 2011 09 59 AM CFL Burris Jimenez bound for Argos The top six playoff spots in the CFL were secure heading this weekend s games but the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger Cats both made aggressive moves with their rosters On the surface these moves represented a deliberate shakeup as the teams prepare for a playoff run this year but I believe they actually had more to do with the Toronto Argonauts setting up some aggressive deals to solidify their team for a competitive push in 2012 when they host the Grey Cup Posted Monday October 24 2011 12 34 PM CFL Boyd needs to reassess role with Argos In 2010 the young overachieving Toronto Argonauts were anchored by running back Cory Boyd Boyd led the CFL in that year with 1 722 yards from scrimmage and was second only to Winnipeg s Fred Reid in rushing yards with 1 359 despite missing three games Posted Monday October 17 2011 12 23 PM CFL CFL teams fighting for an edge With only four weeks left in the season five of six playoff spots have been locked up During this stretch the teams that are in will be fighting to secure first place in their respective divisions to ensure they ll only need one win to get to the Grey Cup in Vancouver Posted Tuesday October 11 2011 03 16 PM CFL New era begins in B C BC Place opened in 1983 just prior to Expo 86 and at the time it was state of the art in North American stadium design Twenty eight years later I was one of the 50 000 plus fans that packed the renovated stadium on Friday eager to get a glimpse of the 563

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  • Baseball | CBC Sports
    draft strategy Baseball s new collective bargaining agreement restricts team spending on draft picks so the Blue Jays strategy of picking top talent now and worrying about cost later requires modification Posted Wednesday May 30 2012 12 29 PM MLB Kelly Johnson not Encarnacion is Jays early season MVP While Edwin Encarnacion has been widely lauded for his efforts during the opening quarter of the baseball season it s second baseman Kelly Johnson that has quietly been the Toronto Blue Jays best all around player writes CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday May 23 2012 09 39 AM MLB Fiercely intense Brett Lawrie hurts Jays with temper Brett Lawrie is a leader and arguably the face of the Toronto Blue Jays With this type of role comes a responsibility not to hurt his team with his temper But by tossing his helmet in the direction of umpire Bill Miller on Tuesday night and subsequently handed a four game suspension by Major League Baseball Lawrie has done just that Posted Wednesday May 16 2012 12 26 PM MLB Janssen not the answer to Jays closing woes The Blue Jays must address their ninth inning woes with opposing batters posting an AL high 432 slugging percentage against Toronto relievers through May 8 Recalling Ryota Igarashi whose 97 mile per hour fastball has overpowered AAA hitters this season is an option Posted Wednesday May 9 2012 08 14 PM MLB Jays John Farrell to be commended for lineup tinkering Through the Toronto Blue Jays first 24 games this season manager John Farrell used 13 different batting orders What s next Swapping leadoff man Yunel Escobar with Brett Lawrie Such a switch isn t beyond the forward thinking Farrell who has coaxed plenty out of the team s slow starting offence writes CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday May 2 2012 02 11 PM MLB Brett Lawrie quiets doubters with sparkling defence Entering the 2011 baseball season the book on Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie was that his bat was ready for the big leagues but his glove wasn t But his adeptness in the field has proven many pundits wrong and Lawrie could very well earn a Gold Glove in the near future writes CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday April 25 2012 01 31 PM MLB 2012 Blue Jays boast athletic versatile bench Rajai Davis s speed provides the Toronto Blue Jays with a momentum changing weapon off their bench And unlike last season manager John Farrell has more at his disposal as the rest of his 2012 non starters are also athletic and versatile Posted Wednesday April 18 2012 01 47 PM MLB Santos s shakiness biggest early concern for Jays fans Sergio Santos s redemptive performance Wednesday should temporarily quiet his naysayers but the ineptitude of Toronto Blue Jays closers over the years outside of Tom Henke and Duane Ward has made the ninth inning a sore spot amongst Rogers Centre faithful writes CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Thursday April 12 2012 09 41 AM MLB Season preview Jays will best Red Sox miss playoffs Slugger Jose Bautista continues to be the centrepiece of a Toronto Blue Jays offence that recorded the sixth most runs in the majors in 2011 Full seasons from Brett Lawrie Kelly Johnson and Colby Rasmus should help in 2012 and the Jays could boast three 20 home run hitters at the bottom of the batting order writes CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday April 4 2012 11 09 AM MLB Gose most electrifying of Jays non pitching prospects Colby Rasmus is looking forward to a fresh start in 2012 but the Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder better not get too complacent Two of the organization s top prospects Anthony Gose and Jake Marisnick are centre fielders and could challenge Rasmus for playing time as early as 2013 Posted Wednesday March 28 2012 02 40 PM MLB Blue Jays pitching prospects knocking on door As weak as the back end of the Toronto Blue Jays starting rotation appears to be their system is loaded with promising pitching prospects So much so that 24 year old Kyle Drabek has almost become a forgotten man this spring Posted Wednesday March 21 2012 02 21 PM MLB Kyle Drabek focused on managing mental challenges Too often last season Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell could see anger and frustration on the face of young right hander Kyle Drabek one of three prized prospects obtained in the Roy Halladay trade in December 2009 The question is are Drabek s problems mental or physical Posted Wednesday March 14 2012 03 59 PM MLB Jays find next Terminator in heavily tattooed Santos New Toronto Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos has wowed his teammates this spring and we re not talking about his tattooes and the club should feel optimistic that it has finally found their next Tom Henke in the hard throwing right hander Posted Wednesday March 7 2012 11 46 AM MLB Blue Jays should pencil Johnson in leadoff spot If Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell pencilled Kelly Johnson into the leadoff spot and third baseman Brett Lawrie into the cleanup position to start the season an already formidable offence could become even more potent writes CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday February 29 2012 11 31 AM MLB Morrow is key to Jays overall success in 2012 A lot of questions surround the Toronto Blue Jays starting pitchers this season but Brandon Morrow finally harnessing his potential would compensate for mediocrity in the bottom of the rotation and could be the key to a wild card run Posted Thursday February 23 2012 12 36 AM MLB Gary Carter beloved in Montreal former Expos bat boy Daniel Plamondon s memories of former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter are still fresh The one time bat boy recalls their brotherly bond and remembers The Kid learning to become a catcher his love for the Montreal people and following through on a guarantee to a dying young fan Posted Monday February 6 2012 02 44 PM MLB Blue Jays should continue bargain hunting With the baseball season fast approaching Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos should continue his bargain hunting and there are still free agents available that would settle for short term cut rate contracts that could enhance the club s rotation and their bench Starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is one name according to CBCSports ca baseball contributor Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday January 25 2012 12 51 PM MLB McGriff Raines worthy of Cooperstown They won t be elected this year but one ex Toronto Blue Jay and two former Montreal Expos are worthy of a plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame Onetime Jay Fred McGriff and longtime Expos Tim Raines and Larry Walker boast Cooperstown worthy resumes Posted Wednesday January 4 2012 10 59 AM MLB Twitter Darvish and disappointed Blue Jays fans Kevin Glew weighs in on the Yu Darvish media frenzy that took Twitter by storm on Monday and the disappoint felt by Blue Jays fans after they realized the reports that Darvish was Toronto bound were false Posted Tuesday December 20 2011 10 05 PM MLB Solid work by Anthopoulos at winter meetings Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos registered another strong performance at this year s winter meetings securing a closer in Sergios Santos and acquiring backup catcher Jeff Mathis before the week began And there may be more deals to come writes CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew Posted Friday December 9 2011 02 26 PM MLB Blue Jays winter meetings preview With the New York Yankees aging Boston Red Sox in disarray and the potential addition of a wild card spot in 2012 this is the first off season Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has a legitimate shot at assembling a playoff contender writes CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew Posted Thursday December 1 2011 12 44 PM MLB New CBA a mix of good bad for Blue Jays fans Baseball s new collective bargaining agreement combined with the Toronto Blue Jays arbitration decisions will significantly alter the club s roster draft philosophy and playoff chances in the future says CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew Posted Thursday November 24 2011 12 41 PM MLB Votto favoured to win 2nd straight Tip O Neill award The voting promises to be close for the Tip O Neill award presented annually to the top Canadian baseball player with closer John Axford 46 saves and Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto 309 batting average 29 homers going head to head Votto gets the nod writes CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew for being the centrepiece of the Reds offence over 161 games and his defence improved dramatically in 2011 Posted Wednesday November 16 2011 12 44 PM MLB Blue Jays best worst free agent signings While it seems unlikely the Blue Jays will pursue a big name free agent this off season they have been aggressive in winters past Who could forget Roger Cy Clemens or the bust that was Erik Hanson writes CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew Posted Thursday November 10 2011 01 46 AM MLB Time for Jays to ink Canadian arms deal for Beckham To capitalize on their AL East rivals vulnerability the Toronto Blue Jays need to acquire some solid if not headline grabbing talent this off season They should sign Canadian arms Rich Harden and Erik Bedard to incentive laden deals and convert the former to a relief pitcher Posted Wednesday November 2 2011 01 19 PM MLB The Tony La Russa legacy Tony La Russa who announced his retirement earlier today is polarizing to say the least A complex intense baseball revolutionary La Russa has been the most innovative manager in his sport over the past 32 years Posted Monday October 31 2011 05 39 PM MLB Ron Washington s in game moves baffling If the Texas Rangers capture the World Series you can credit the clutch hitting of Mike Napoli and manager Ron Washington s motivational skills They won t win because of his game strategy which five games into the Fall Classic continues to baffle For example Washington s decision to start Matt Harrison over Derek Holland in a potential Game 7 would be consistent with a laundry list of questionable decisions that he has made this series Posted Tuesday October 25 2011 05 08 PM MLB Superior lineup deeper rotation gives Rangers edge Starting pitching and offence will likely decide which club hoists the World Series trophy Armed with a deeper rotation a more potent offence and the lingering bitterness of their 2010 World Series loss the Texas Rangers should be able to beat St Louis writes CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew Posted Tuesday October 18 2011 12 51 PM MLB Surly Carpenter a sure thing in playoffs Feisty right handed pitcher Chris Carpenter of the St Louis Cardinals is simply a guardian of baseball s old school who demands that players respect the game To me that s admirable Even more admirable however is that since being low balled out of Toronto the former Blue Jay has evolved into one of the best post season pitchers in modern history Posted Wednesday October 12 2011 12 40 PM MLB NL Championship Series preview The National League Championship Series will be a rematch of the 1982 World Series a showdown that the St Louis Cardinals won in seven games Led by Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun who combined to hit 389 in the NL Division Series against Arizona the Brewers should be able to score enough runs against the Cardinals but it s their pitching depth that gives them a slight edge Posted Saturday October 8 2011 11 55 PM AL Championship Series preview The celebration in Detroit may be short lived As good as Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander has been it will be interesting to see how the fireballer fares at the hitter friendly Rangers Ballpark in Arlington against a Texas squad that boasts five players that belted 25 or more home runs this season Posted Friday October 7 2011 06 52 PM Brewers are Canada s Crew eh On top of boasting an unparalleled Canadian flavour the free spirited and unconventional Milwaukee Brewers are more fun to watch than the reserved New York Yankees Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers And they could be poised for a deep post season run Posted Wednesday October 5 2011 08 11 PM Romero s emergence Bautista s power highlight Jays 2011 Rookie manager John Farrell deserves credit for leading the Blue Jays to a respectable record in baseball s toughest division The bottom line is he has the team where it should be and the future looks promising Posted Wednesday September 28 2011 03 21 PM Impending free agent Encarnacion worth investment In a matter of months Blue Jays DH Edwin Encarnacion has gone from being run out of town by fans to his former detractors saying Toronto should exercise its 3 5 million US option on the soon to be free agent Even with his flaws Encarnacion is worth the modest investment in 2012 Posted Wednesday September 21 2011 03 57 PM Adam Loewen Great story unclear future Adam Loewen s arduous road back to the big leagues is the most remarkable story of the Toronto Blue Jays season It s a tale of determination and resilience in the face of adversity and best of all it has a happy ending Posted Wednesday September 14 2011 10 26 AM Quantity over quality pen plan fails With 19 games left in the regular season schedule and still some uncertainty as to who s the Toronto Blue Jays top ninth inning option this quantity over quality strategy appears to have failed Rather than pluck relievers off the scrap heap general manager Alex Anthopoulos needs to sign a bona fide closer this off season Posted Thursday September 8 2011 09 34 AM AL MVP award Bautista s to lose Despite a second half swoon Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista still leads the AL in five key offensive categories home runs on base percentage slugging percentage on base percentage plus slugging percentage 1 089 and walks 108 He also ranks third in runs 95 Bautista is unquestionably the most valuable player to his team but the majority of baseball writers aren t likely to agree I suspect Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees will win this award Posted Thursday September 1 2011 08 37 PM Take a bow Alex Anthopoulos Even when one of his strategies backfires Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has a backup plan to compensate The Jays may not have signed pitcher Tyler Beede the 21st overall selection at the amateur draft in June but they did land a lot of exciting young talent that should help them in the future Posted Wednesday August 24 2011 03 47 PM September storylines Hill done with Jays McGowan back The exciting major league debuts of third baseman Brett Lawrie and outfielder Eric Thames plus the emergence of starting pitcher Ricky Romero as a bona fide ace have created a buzz around the Toronto Blue Jays These players are reason enough to continue watching the team but there are several other storylines that are also worth following in the season s final month Posted Wednesday August 17 2011 12 36 PM Memo to Jays Don t coddle Lawrie While Blue Jays fans are thankful that young third baseman Brett Lawrie is finally in Toronto they shouldn t have to watch him languishing in the ninth spot in the batting order Having him hit behind the likes of Jose Molina and Aaron Hill seems counterproductive Posted Wednesday August 10 2011 01 35 PM Exercise patience with young Rasmus Devon White Jose Bautista and Yunel Escobar all came to the Toronto Blue Jays with less than stellar reputations and all blossomed into impact big leaguers There s no reason centre fielder Colby Rasmus can t do the same Keep in mind he s a 24 year old left handed hitter in a new league with a new team in a new country that has faced three of the American League s toughest left handed pitchers Posted Wednesday August 3 2011 12 01 PM Big deals commonplace for Anthopoulos Acquiring talented centre fielder Colby Rasmus a 2005 first round pick with superstar potential from the St Louis Cardinals without parting with one of the club s top prospects or core players is another triumph for Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos says CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew Posted Wednesday July 27 2011 09 04 PM Gregarious Beeston deserving of nod from Hall Paul Beeston the hard working Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO might be the most respected man in baseball And as deserving as former Blue Jays general manager Pat Gillick is of his Hall of Fame plaque in Cooperstown N Y Beeston is equally worthy of being honoured Posted Wednesday July 20 2011 11 55 AM Jays should give closer s job to Villanueva How can the Toronto Blue Jays solve their closer woes and find the next Tom Henke Some suggest Jason Frasor but CBCSports ca blogger Kevin Glew says the best option is to move reliever turned starter Carlos Villanueva into the role Posted Wednesday July 13 2011 02 26 PM Blue Jays need 2nd half shakeup Yogi Berra once said It s tough to make predictions especially about the future And the quirky Yankees legend is right During the pre season I predicted that the Toronto Blue Jays would struggle to finish above 500 in 2011 and their 40 44 record validates my opinion What I didn t envision however was how they would stumble to their current state of mediocrity Posted Sunday July 3 2011 06 32 PM Hill s future with Blue Jays in flux Considered

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    losing has become second nature to the Raptors and expected by their fans With a record of 3 11 the organization is looking down the barrel of another lost season The current roster is lacking talent plain and simple When you don t have the players to win the fault lies with the general manager Posted Monday November 26 2012 02 11 PM NBA Toronto Raptors 2012 13 season preview The 2012 13 Toronto Raptors season looks to be as unpredictable as any in the franchise s history With a great defensive coach in Dwane Casey and a healthy amount of talent the Raptors could easily be considered a sleeper team Kyle Lowry and Andrea Bargnani should be an impressive 1 2 punch on offence while rookie Lithuanian centre Jonas Valanciunas looks to build upon an impressive pre season and become a sorely needed defensive anchor Posted Monday October 29 2012 09 20 AM NBA Get to know your Toronto Raptors Once again the Raptors have played the game called the roster revolving door Obviously there can be big benefits to playing the game but on a basic level it s hard to keep track of all the new faces The goal here is to give you a quick breakdown of the new players and what to expect from them on the court Posted Friday October 12 2012 02 59 PM NBA Who to watch NBA rookies Superstar players don t always go in the top three picks of the NBA draft Names like Kobe Nash and Wade are prime examples of unexpected potential Every year there is a batch of rookies who shock the NBA world and lay their path to stardom Here s a list of players who could surprise in their rookie season Posted Friday October 5 2012 03 13 PM Rod Perry Main Index Archives About the Author Andy Phillips The majority of Andy Phillips time is spent watching basketball consuming NBA news and reading NCAA scouting reports He joined CBC Sports in 2011 as a Web Producer and still longs for days when handchecking was allowed and Detlef Schrempf donned a Sonics uniform Follow him on Twitter dandyphillips CBCSports ca Contributors Hockey Elliotte Friedman Tim Wharnsby Gord Stellick Glenn Healy Kelly Hrudey Garry Galley Cassie Campbell Pascall Kevin Weekes Olympics Scott Russell Football Malcolm Kelly Greg Frers 3rd Long Figure Skating PJ Kwong Soccer Ben Rycroft Nigel Reed Baseball Kevin Glew Basketball John Chick Andy Phillips Golf Peter Robinson Skiing Kelly Vanderbeek Latest NBA Stories Raptors fire executive VP of basketball operations Ed Stefanski Ed Stefanski the Toronto Raptors executive vice president in charge of basketball operations was fired on Sunday The longtime NBA executive confirmed that he had been relieved of his duties more Roy Hibbert fined 75 000 US for using gay slur vulgar language Indiana Pacers centre Roy Hibbert was fined 75 000 US Sunday for using inappropriate and vulgar language during post game interviews after the team s 91 77 victory

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    4 2012 02 05 PM Golf Augusta National may avoid further scrutiny with female members The old guard at Augusta National Golf Club must be patting itself on the back now that Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore have the right to don the green jacket as its first female members Posted Tuesday August 21 2012 08 44 AM Golf PGA Championship win is no guarantee of success Lost in all of the talk of poor weather for the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island S C is the popular narrative that winning golf s fourth major is no guarantee of future success Posted Thursday August 9 2012 09 07 AM Golf Brian McCann 1 of Canada s best unknown golfers To those that follow professional golf in Canada closely Brian McCann is a familiar name To the casual fan he s likely to be confused with the Atlanta Braves catcher of the same name He s actually a 37 year old golfer from Mississauga Ont who has spent 10 years knocking on golf s door He s regarded as one of Canada s best players who doesn t regularly play on any of golf s main circuits Posted Wednesday July 25 2012 08 46 PM Golf Hamilton Golf and Country the real thing The golf course will likely be the star of the show when the RBC Canadian Open tees off on Thursday at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster Ont Posted Monday July 23 2012 01 52 PM Golf Oh baby Webb Simpson intends to deliver at Canadian Open One of the biggest reasons for the RBC Canadian Open s improved standing on the PGA Tour in recent years is because event organizers charter a plane to take players from the British Open directly to the site of the Canadian event Posted Monday July 9 2012 12 57 PM Golf Jennifer Kirby stacks up with LPGA pros Lorie Kane Alena Sharp and 21 year old Jennifer Kirby sat at the podium in the media centre Tuesday at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo Ont each representing different phases of the Canadian women s golf scene Posted Wednesday June 20 2012 11 50 AM Golf Are injuries hindering Tiger Woods Television images during a practice round on Tuesday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco showed Tiger Woods flinch as he stopped on his downswing when a camera clicked away before he had struck his ball Could numerous injuries be taking a toll Posted Wednesday June 13 2012 03 43 PM Golf Golf in Canada not a cheap pursuit No matter how you slice it pun fully intended golf in Canada is not a cheap pursuit whether you play at local municipal layouts or as a member at an upscale private club Posted Thursday May 24 2012 10 28 AM Golf Herb Page stocks Kent State golf program with Canadians Now in his 34th season at Kent State Herb Page of Markham Ont has recruited and coached several top

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  • Skiing | CBC Sports
    strengthened their momentum that began two weeks ago Posted Saturday February 11 2012 05 51 PM Skiing Back in the start gate People may be wondering why I came back to the World Cup ski circuit so quickly without any warm up races or much training I m motivated to be prepared to ski a new downhill track in three weeks in Sochi Russia the Olympic venue for 2014 and I want to be there Posted Sunday January 29 2012 12 07 PM Skiing Training for my return a glorious whirlwind In the last three and a half days I have spent approximately 23 hours in the air 10 hours in five different international airports 6 hours driving to and from airports and I ve landed in four different time zones three Canadian provinces and three different coutries Posted Tuesday January 24 2012 04 08 PM Skiing When plans fall apart the real magic happens Over the two years since my knee injury my time was filled with extremely hard work to rehab and rebuild an injured body and spirit This taught me that sometimes the best laid plans and resolutions are those that leave room for life Between my training physio surgeries I had to fill my time with things that kept my spirits high and my mind engaged In doing so I began to refine many old skills and learn new ones All of these positive things happened because my plans didn t go as I d hoped or expected Posted Tuesday January 17 2012 02 47 PM Christmas shopping tips for athletes Bouncing from remote mountain village to village from September through December athletes are faced with inflated prices isolation and little selection when it comes time for Christmas shopping For some the stress of trying to maintain regular Christmas traditions can be rather overwhelming And so this is my guidebook to help them along and give you some insight into a little unknown part of our world Posted Monday December 12 2011 05 44 PM Veteran skiers worth betting on In every sport there are some safe bets reliable athletes that more often than not deliver top results However sports such as golf whitewater kayaking and alpine skiing are more difficult to predict than others It s these idiosyncrasies within the sport of alpine that makes team selection difficult especially at a time when budgets are tight Organizations like Alpine Canada have to place their bets on which athletes will continue to perform and draw in revenue dollars With only so much money to go around there simply isn t enough to support everyone So the athletes who are performing well now get supported This makes sense but it s still hard to swallow for many strong athletes Posted Thursday December 1 2011 11 28 AM Kucera s return highlights downhill opener The alpine skiing season begins in earnest this weekend with the opening men s speed events at Lake Louise Alta highlighted by Canadian John Kucera who s returning to racing after injury and teammate Eric Guay who s the reigning world downhill champion Posted Wednesday November 23 2011 02 50 PM Fundraising Fiesta Tis the season to attend fundraisers The tour of gala media and dinner functions across Canada have neared completion as Canada s Alpine Ski team has gotten to meet greet and share a few drinks with some incredible people The events have spanned from Montreal to Vancouver and will wrap up on the Nov 21st in Calgary Posted Tuesday November 15 2011 03 54 PM Let the season begin Most Canadians cringe when temperatures start to drop but there s a select group for whom excitement is building It s as if skiers have this wonderful little secret that falling temperatures mean the playground that is winter is nearing My excitement is now at a particular high as this weekend marks the beginning of the 2011 12 alpine World Cup season As the world watches athletes will be putting new equipment and skills to the test on the Rettenbach glacier near Soelden Austria Posted Friday October 21 2011 02 49 PM On the comeback trail in Chile Everyone loves a good comeback story But how long is our attention span and what defines a comeback Does it only take shape once old glory is found again or can it take different forms I have many questions in this realm as I face my own comeback from knee surgery head on I m starting to realize that true comebacks are made up of a million small victories unseen and unsung It s those small victories that give you the power to continue to take that next step Posted Friday September 30 2011 09 32 AM More from the alpine injury summit Since Alpine Canada held its injury summit last week in Calgary many experts some self proclaimed have gotten very vocal and involved in this movement I think this is great let s keep this discussion going Here are a few more facts I learned in case you re interested and if you missed Part 1 on the injury summit click here Posted Monday May 9 2011 01 32 PM Inside the alpine injury summit Coming into Alpine Canada s injury summit held in Calgary this week I was hopeful we would find the magic bullet to solve the injury woes in our sport After the research studies were presented and discussions were held we all realized there was no single cause for the rash of injuries we ve been seeing But there are still plenty of reasons for optimism Posted Thursday May 5 2011 09 59 AM Taking stock looking forward For many people the time for reflection goal setting and taking stock usually happens when they re ringing in the New Year But for ski racers that time is now When the snow starts to melt the national championships have wrapped up and thoughts of mountain biking return we take a moment to reflect Where are we now What have we accomplished Where are we heading and how do we get there Posted Thursday March 31 2011 01 17 PM Happy surgeon happy Kelly I met with my surgeon Dr Heard Sunday and he was all smiles My knee has come a long way in the last nine weeks and I ve been given the all clear to start adding more elements to my fitness program Posted Monday March 21 2011 11 21 AM Trading snow for sunshine My time in Australia has been wonderful on so many levels It was the perfect environment to heal and strengthen after my surgery Being with David working with an incredible physiotherapist a gym down the street and a wonderful family around us I couldn t have asked for more Posted Sunday March 6 2011 07 42 PM The business of sport As proven by some Olympic gold medallists who are now without sponsors a medal doesn t equal earning power No matter the athlete or sport there is a need to be more than just Faster Higher Stronger as the IOC s motto suggests Posted Sunday February 27 2011 06 44 PM Vancouver Games belonged to all of Canada The Vancouver Olympics feel as though they were only yesterday yet simultaneously it feels like a lifetime ago Even writing this blog is a challenge as it requires clarity of thought regarding an event filled with emotion Hopefully I can find a way to convey my mixed emotions of joy pride gratitude and sadness for an event that consumed my life for over eight years Posted Sunday February 13 2011 09 26 PM Vonn case shows concussion culture must change At what point do we say enough is enough I understand that the culture of sport is to tough it out and nowhere is this more the case than in alpine skiing where minor surgeries are barely a by line on injury lists But the brain is different and that s why I m a bit angry in the wake of Lindsey Vonn s decision to ski in the world championships despite her experiencing concussion symptoms Posted Thursday February 10 2011 05 40 PM Healthy is normal Right Calgary is where our team s centre for recovery is located Headed up by Dr Chris Irving and physiotherapist Kent Kobelka there is a constant flurry of calls e mails and people filing through with injury after injury Some major some minor but all injured I m beginning to feel as though this is the norm that injury is inevitable in sport However that isn t the case and I have to remind myself regularly in order to keep my racing spirit alive and well Posted Thursday January 27 2011 10 33 PM More surgery Just what I needed really I ve written a lot about dealing with life s curveballs bumps in the road detours or whatever you want to call them over the last year Whatever metaphor I ve chosen to use the reality is still the same life doesn t always go as planned However that isn t always a bad thing Posted Monday January 17 2011 10 51 AM Post 2010 What s next All that talk about 2010 for so many years and now it s all history In many ways it s a bizarre feeling looking back at 2010 but I prefer to look forward and I m excited to see what 2011 has in store for us all Thinking back to last year makes me see how far I ve come From a dislocated knee with extensive damage to skiing lifting biking etc Still there is more improvement needed for me to be race ready Posted Thursday January 6 2011 08 27 PM Cure for the Olympic hangover Vancouver 2010 was the greatest red and white party Canada has ever experienced yet the athletes are quickly being forgotten Corporations who cashed in during the Olympics are pulling out and the public is moving on Please don t let this happen Posted Tuesday December 14 2010 11 57 AM Don t count out Canadian alpine team You know it s been a bizarre year when Tiger Woods doesn t win a golf tournament and only one Canadian woman places in the top 30 at the Lake Louise World Cup stop I realize these two things may not have received equal media coverage but in my world the parallel is glaringly obvious Ah how times have changed Posted Wednesday December 8 2010 01 10 AM Emotional return to the slopes I jumped out of bed with excitement as my alarm sounded hours before the sun would rise Posted Monday November 29 2010 08 41 PM Who will shine at Lake Louise The big names in men s skiing are all game for this weekend s opening downhill and super G races at Lake Louise with Canada s Erik Guay Norway s Aksel Lund Svindal Switzerland s Didier Cuche and American Bode Miller all showing up with solid training runs My dark horse from the Canadian team is Robbie Dixon He s hungry after last year s disappointments and is an incredibly talented skier Posted Thursday November 25 2010 02 43 PM Winter means it s time to play The snow is covering the streets of Chilliwack B C today and the cold winter air has officially arrived Believe it or not this makes me smile because winter means it s my time to play Posted Thursday November 18 2010 09 02 PM Exercising body and mind I can t believe we ve already passed the middle of March I have really enjoyed my time at home with David the last few weeks It s been almost surreal planning for weekends in advance and feeling a sense of living here at home which is usually just a place where I rest my head in transition Posted Wednesday March 17 2010 09 21 AM My Olympic dream is over First off thank you for all the notes of support and sympathy As many of you have heard by now I suffered a season ending injury to my left knee during a downhill training run Thursday at Val D Isere France This followed the loss of my teammate Larisa Yurkiw to virtually the same injury the day before Posted Friday December 18 2009 10 49 PM Competing with a heavy heart I can t really talk about Lake Louise and last weekend s opening World Cup speed races without talking about the passing of my mother in law MegAnne Ford Although I hadn t intended on letting everyone know about her passing I simply broke down in the finish area after the final downhill training run last Thursday unable to finish the interview I d started I had to explain what was happening Posted Friday December 11 2009 01 12 AM Training hard and movie stars The time is coming The nets are up the snow is falling and the days are passing quickly Yes race season will start before we know it As the season gets closer I m feeling more excited confident and passionate But before I get ahead of myself I ll give you a quick update on what I ve been up to Posted Monday November 16 2009 01 35 PM To say I m excited would be a huge understatement Ever since the Olympic flame arrived in Victoria last Friday I have felt this sense of here we go We are now finally moving away from the talking and speculating and moving towards the doing Posted Wednesday November 4 2009 10 26 AM Why I keep throwing my body down a mountain I hope the swings in temperature of the fall season aren t causing too much havoc in your lives because I can certainly relate to the challenges this time of year presents I just returned from a two week training camp in Soelden and Pitztal Austria where we ran into many such challenges We were able to ski on only three of our first seven days and that was in ruts that were shockingly large Still we were able to get something out of the training which was more than one might imagine Posted Sunday October 25 2009 09 07 PM Skiing with ego on the other side of the world Training camp in New Zealand was a time full of rain wind a few minor injuries and a whole lot of hard work Besides showcasing some impressive work by the entire group of Canadian athletes and the coaching staff the camp ended with no fist fights quite civilized considering we endured five tiring weeks living in close quarters Seriously though it was a great camp and I really enjoyed the way our team came together under the stress Posted Wednesday September 16 2009 01 13 PM Greetings from snowy New Zealand I hope everyone is enjoying some golf sunshine beachside views and all the joys that summer has to offer Although I no longer have time to work on my tan OK let s get serious I only ever get as far as looking less pale I m enjoying the feeling of being back on my skis I m now in New Zealand and hard at work I enjoy the training throughout the summer but skiing is what I love and this is the kind of work that will get me on the podium The last month has certainly been busy though A few updates on what s been happening Posted Sunday August 16 2009 09 58 PM Two training camps and a wedding As we start to enjoy the spring and some warmer weather the last two months have been pretty exciting for me with a wedding and final preparations beginning for the lead up to the 2010 Olympics Posted Saturday May 16 2009 11 09 PM This was the first season I didn t get better I am sitting here in front of my computer trying to summarize another season to find insights into the highs and lows and a way to fully express my motivation heading into next year However at this moment I m finding that my body and mind need some time to catch their breath It s an odd feeling when the race season concludes the racing has gone by too quickly yet the season feels like it has lasted far too long The travel and stress that comes with the competitive season certainly takes its toll in different ways Posted Sunday March 15 2009 05 02 PM Headaches come in many forms Now that was a tough weekend of travel and racing in Bulgaria I never thought I d hear everyone in the finish area say they d rather be on the track in Val d Isere Well that could be slightly unfair to the town of Bansko since the hill was fun and offered amazing potential But our downhill was set up with the intent of keeping our speeds as slow as possible The course which started and finished in the same place as last year s men s Europa Cup event was a whopping 23 seconds slower than it was for that race The track was also reminiscent of Quebec and Ontario snow with a light sugar layer on top and sheer ice underneath By Day 2 it was a skating rink with bumps the whole way down Posted Tuesday March 3 2009 06 53 PM The passion returns Well it s nice to sit down to right a blog feeling much more like myself I m healthier stronger and enjoying being on my skis again When I arrived in Italy for last week s World Cup races I wasn t feeling quite so stellar after picking up a stomach bug After a rough flight fighting sickness the whole way I threw up only steps after

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  • Los Angeles vs Chicago - Recap - NHL - Sports - CBC.ca
    For the first period and much of the second of the conference finals opener Chicago looked hopeless against Quick and Los Angeles talented defensemen Drew Doughty Robyn Regehr and Co kept the Blackhawks fleet forwards in check and Quick made it look as if there was a white wall moving from side to side in net As they did against Detroit the Blackhawks began to create more quality chances when they put more traffic in front With 7 1 2 minutes left in the second Sharp skated into the zone left the puck for Johnny Oduya and kept moving forward When Quick kicked away Oduya s slap shot the puck went right to Sharp who scored into the lower right corner to tie it 1 1 with his eighth playoff goal That first shot against him is tough Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said You need traffic You need a deflection He finds a way to find pucks I think the volume and traffic of shots is the only way to get to this guy Sharp created another strong opportunity a few minutes later but Brandon Saad shot wide right on a potential tip in The Blackhawks kept up the pressure and went ahead when Hossa redirected Keith s long slap shot out of the air at 16 22 of the second The puck landed in the lower right corner again before Quick could find it in the maze of bodies near the net It was the sixth goal of this postseason for Hossa and the 42nd of his playoff career The 34 year old forward has at least one point in four straight games If Quick s going to see it he s going to stop it If we can get a slight tip on it I think it changes his view said Bryan Bickell who earned an assist on the goal It was a nice tip by Hoss Quick wasn t made available to the media while the locker room was open after the game Los Angeles turned up the pressure at the beginning of the third but Chicago killed off a power play Crawford was solid after an early gaffe played a role in the Kings goal He stopped Dustin Penner s tip attempt with a little more than five minutes left preserving Chicago s lead Crawford has allowed just one goal in four of five games playing a huge role as Chicago rallied to eliminate Detroit We ve got to forget about this one right now for sure Kings center Anze Kopitar said There s some stuff that s going to be addressed what we have to do better in preparation Chicago controlled most of the first period using its speed and skill to keep the puck away from Los Angeles The Blackhawks had nine shots on goal before Crawford was tested for the first time grabbing Penner s attempt with 8 11 remaining Quick turned away every charge at the other side and Los Angeles made

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  • Stanley Cup Stories: Bruins frustrate Penguins
    Rask earned his first career playoff shutout and David Krejci netted a pair in Boston s 3 0 win but Pittsburgh wasn t completely silenced in Game 1 Penguins captain Sidney Crosby had some words for his Bruins counterpart Zdeno Chara late in the second period In the same centre ice showdown sticks and gloves littered the Penguins logo as Pittsburgh s Evgeni Malkin and Boston s Patrice Bergeron engaged in a rare rumble But it was notorious Penguins forward Matt Cooke who created a commotion in the middle frame CBCSports ca s Tim Wharnsby writes that the repeat offender relapsed with his hit from behind on Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid Fans weighed in on the hit and on the series opener Game 2 goes Monday night CBC CBCSports ca 8 p m ET 2 In the West the Chicago Blackhawks struck first in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings Marian Hossa tipped in the eventual game winner in the second period as the Blackhawks won 2 1 Justin Williams provided the lone goal for L A which has won just one of seven road games in the playoffs The Kings will get another crack at restoring their road magic from last year s Stanley Cup winning season in Game 2 at the United Center on Sunday 8 p m ET 3 Less than a week after their second round exit some members of the New York Rangers have begun doing some maintenance Captain Ryan Callahan and forward Carl Hagelin underwent shoulder surgery on Friday while their Rangers are shopping for a new head coach as discussed by the Hockey Night team on Hotstove Tonight Share Tools Report Typo Send Feedback Latest nhl Stories Stanley Cup Stories Chicago humbles Jonathan Quick Goalie Jonathan Quick made a rare mid game skate to the Los Angeles bench as the Chicago Blackhawks took Game 2 of the West final in the top NHL stories from Sunday more Blackhawks chase Jonathan Quick take 2 0 series lead Bryan Bickell and Michal Handzus scored on consecutive shots in the second period and the Chicago Blackhawks chased goalie Jonathan Quick on their way to a 4 2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals more No suspension for Penguins LW Matt Cooke The NHL will not suspend Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Matt Cooke after he was ejected from Saturday s game against the Boston Bruins Cooke was thrown out in the second period after checking Boston defenceman Adam McQuaid from behind into the boards more Fans react to Matt Cooke ruling Pittsburgh Penguins winger Matt Cooke avoided a suspension for his hit from behind on Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final The ruling drew the ire of several on Twitter more Kings Mike Richards out for Game 2 with injury Los Angeles Kings centre Mike Richards is out of Game 2 of the Western Conference final due to

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