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Canadian women get peek at their possible road at Olympic soccer tournament

Eighth-ranked Canada got a peek Friday at its possible road at the Olympic women's soccer tournament this summer.

 

Using the April rankings, FIFA released the makeup of the pots to be used in next Wednesday's draw to determine the three groups of four for the women's field in Tokyo.

 

Pot 1 contains host Japan (ranked No. 11), the U.S. (No. 1), and the Netherlands (No. 3) while Pot 2 is made up of Sweden (No. 5), Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are ranked separately by FIFA) and Brazil (No. 7).

 

Canada is in Pot 3 along with Australia (No. 9) and China (No. 14). Pot 4 consists of New Zealand (No. 22), Chile (No. 37) and Zambia (No. 104).

 

Britain qualified via England's performance at the 2019 Women's World Cup - the three best-placed European teams earned Olympic berths - so was allocated to a pot based on England's position (No. 6) in the rankings.

 

FIFA says the “general principle” for the tournament draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation, so Canada should avoid the Americans to start.

Leylah Annie Fernandez wins opener for Canada against Serbia at Billie Jean King Cup

 

 

Canada's Leylah Annie Fernandez beat Serbia's Olga Danilovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the opener of their Billie Jean King Cup playoff tie on Friday.

 

Fernandez, the top-ranked singles player in the indoor hard-court-tie at No. 72, needed two hours 34 minutes to finish off the 162nd-ranked Danilovic.

The Canadian broke Danilovic in the final game of the match to win.

 

The 18-year-old Fernandez, from Laval, Que., won six of seven break-point chances. Danilovic was good on just five of 14.

 

The 230th-ranked Rebecca Marino, from Vancouver, will meet world No. 87 Nina Stojanovic in the second match on Friday.

 

Reverse singles matches go on Saturday before Canada's Carol Zhao and Sharon Fichman face Danilovic and Aleksandra Krunic in a doubles match.

Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime drops first-round match in Rotterdam

Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime lost 7-6 (4), 6-1 to Japan's Kei Nishikori in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament on Monday.

 

The seventh-seeded Auger-Aliassime, from Montreal, got just 54 per cent of his first serves in, well below Nishikori's 74 per-cent clip.

 

Nishikori, ranked 45th in the world, hasn't dropped a set in two career matches against Auger-Aliassime.

 

The 20-year-old Canadian was playing for the first time since blowing a two-set lead in a fourth-round loss to Aslan Karatsev at the Australian Open.

 

Nishikori will play the winner of a match between Australians John Millman and Alex de Minaur in the second round of the ATP Tour 500 event.

 

Kerri Einarson wins second straight Canadian women's curling championship.

Kerri Einarson won a second straight Canadian women's curling championship with a 9-7 win over Ontario's Rachel Homan on Sunday.

 

Einarson, third Val Sweeting, second Shannon Birchard and lead Briane Meilleur from Manitoba's Gimli Curling Club defeated Homan in the Scotties Tournament of Hearts final for the second time in as many years.

 

Einarson's team was the first to repeat since Homan in 2013 and 2014.

Einarson had to make a draw with her final shot in an extra end to claim her first championship in Moose Jaw.

 

The skip didn't have to throw her final stone Sunday in Calgary.

 

Einarson lay two counters in the rings when Homan was too deep on an attempted freeze.

Jennifer Jones reaches record in career Tournament of Hearts wins

CALGARY - Jennifer Jones reached a Canadian women's curling championship record for career wins Tuesday with her 153rd victory.

 

Manitoba's Jones defeated Sarah Hill of Newfoundland and Labrador 6-5 in the morning draw.

 

Jones, a six-time national champion, was two back of Colleen Jones in career victories heading into the 2021 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

 

Manitoba was tied with Wild Card One's Chelsea Carey at 3-2 in Pool B behind Quebec's Laurie St-Georges at 4-1. Prince Edward Island's Suzanne Birt was 3-1.

 

St-Georges downed Nunavut's Lori Eddy 7-5. Carey's Wild Card One lost a second straight game, falling 7-5 to B.C.'s Corryn Brown.

 

B.C., Newfoundland and Saskatchewan were even at 2-2. Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson fell 7-6 to New Brunswick's Melissa Adams, who won her first game. Nunavut was winless in five games.

Defending champ Einarson remains perfect at Scotties with win over Galusha

Defending champion Kerri Einarson remained undefeated at the Canadian women's curling championship after an 8-4 win over Kerry Galusha on the Northwest Territories on Monday.

 

With the win, Einarson's rink from Gimli, improved to 4-0 and moved into the Group A lead ahead of Ontario's Rachel Homan (3-0), who was scheduled to play in Monday's late draw.

 

Galusha fell into a fifth-place tie with Northern Ontario's Krysta Burns and Wild Card 2's Mackenzie Zacharias at 1-2.

 

Leading 4-3 after six ends, Einarson took control of the match by scoring two in the seventh. Galusha got one back in the eighth, but Einarson put the game away with another deuce in the ninth.

 

The only match of Monday's morning session was a makeup of a Draw 3 contest originally scheduled for Saturday that was postponed when a member of the N.W.T. team fell ill with what was believed to be food poisoning.

Canadians Howden, Hoffos reach podium at World Cup ski cross event

SCHLADMING, Austria - Canada's Reece Howden captured a silver medal, while Courtney Hoffos won bronze at a World Cup ski cross event on Friday.

 

Howden, from Cutlus Lake, B.C., crossed the finish line just behind winner Johannes Rohrweck of Austria in the men's race to earn his fifth medal of the season.

 

Howden is the overall leader on the men's World Cup circuit.

 

Hoffos, from Windermere, B.C., finished behind Sandra Naeslund of Sweden and Fanny Smith of Switzerland.     It was Hoffos' first podium since December 2019.

 

The skiers were racing at Reiteralm, a first-time World Cup course.

Canadians advance in Australian Open

Two Canadians have advanced into the fourth round at the Australian Open.

 

Milos Raonic advanced to his eighth career Aussie Open round of 16 with a win over Hungary's Marton Fucsovics.

 

Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced with a win over fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil world champion in men's 500 metres

Canadian speedskater Laurent Dubreuil won a world championship in the men's 500 metres Friday.

 

The 28-year-old from Levis, Quebec, was the Canadian first to take that sprint title since Jeremy Wotherspoon in 2008.  Dubreuil posted a winning time of

34.398

 

Russia's Pavel Kulizhnikov was second in 34.540 and Dai Dai N'tab of the Netherlands third in 34.628.

 

Canada also picked up a pair of silver medals in team pursuit.   Ottawa's Ivanie Blondin and Isabelle Wiedemann and Valerie Maltais of La Baie, Quebec, were second in women's team pursuit.

 

Raptors to call Tampa home for rest of season

The Toronto Raptors aren't going back to Toronto this season.

 

The team said Thursday it will stay in its adopted home of Tampa, Florida, because of ongoing challenges related to the coronavirus pandemic and how that affects the process of crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

 

The Raptors are 6-5 in their “home” building this season, Amalie Arena, which they're sharing with the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

 

Toronto made the move south last fall, knowing Thursday's decision was a real possibility. The land border with Canada remains closed to nonessential travellers who are not Canadian citizens. And Canada requires those entering the country to isolate for 14 days, which wouldn't be feasible for NBA teams. The Canadian government has also strongly discouraged nonessential travel for any reason.

 

Tampa also has the reigning Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, and the Tampa Bay Rays played in the World Series last season.

 

Canadian Seger finishes just off podium in super-G at world championships

 Canada's Brodie Seger finished a career-best fourth in the men's super-G at the alpine skiing world championships on Thursday.

 

The top three faced some anxious moments when the unheralded Canadian came down as a late starter.

 

Wearing bib No. 28, the native of North Vancouver, B.C., was only a few tenths off the lead throughout his run and finished 0.42 behind winner Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria.

 

Seger trailed bronze medallist Alexis Pinturault of France by just four-hundredths.

 

Seger's run also bumped defending champion Dominik Paris into fifth place.

Seger returned to the World Cup circuit just last week after being sidelined for a month with a shoulder injury.

Jets beat Flames 4-3 to start the season

Patrik Laine scored his second goal of the game in overtime, and the Winnipeg Jets started their season with a 4-3 win at home over the Calgary Flames.

 

The Finnish winger put away the winner 1:18 into extra time, using his speed to create space before beating Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom in tight.

 

Markstrom made 30 saves in his Flames debut.

Homegrown star Andrew Harris signs one-year extension with Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed star running back Andrew Harris to a one-year contract extension.

 

The Winnipeg native returns to the Blue Bombers for a fifth season.

 

The 33-year-old Harris has led the CFL in rushing the past three years. He was named the game MVP and most valuable Canadian in Winnipeg's Grey Cup win over Hamilton in 2019.

 

During the 2019 season, Harris passed Ben Cahoon to become the CFL's career leader in yards from scrimmage by a Canadian. He also moved past Normie Kwong as the Canadian career rushing leader.

 

A five-time CFL all-star, Harris also was named the league's most outstanding Canadian in 2017.

Norman Northstars home opener this weekend

The NorMan Northstars Home Opener will be this weekend

 

Vice President of the Northstars Mike Krentz explains that while spectators will still be allowed to watch in the stands, they will be required to wear masks in the arena and will be asked to stay in their seats once they’re seated, even between periods.

 

Additionally, people who are feeling unwell and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are asked to stay home.

 

Krentz says those who wish to view the games in their homes can do so through a Hockey TV subscription. 

 

As Thompson is seeing an uptick in cases, Krentz says the league would cancel a week of games or postpone them to the end of the season if there was a documented case of COVID-19 within the team, and there are safety measures in place.

 

The Northstars will be facing off against the Parkland Rangers Saturday night at 7:30 and Sunday afternoon at 1:30.

 

For updates on the NorMan Northstars season, visit normannorthstars.com.

Northstars release roster, looking for billet homes for out-of-town players

The roster for the 2020-2021 Norman Northstars has been released.

 

The team includes players from Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas, and Creighton, as well as Norway House, OCN, Cross Lake, York Landing, and Split Lake.

 

The Northstars board says that some out-of-town players are looking for billet homes to reside in for the season.

 

Anyone interested in housing a Northstar or have any questions about billet homes can call Mike Krentz at 679-2746, or email Krentz at mwkrentz@gmail.com.

Marte's homer gives Marlins 3-2 win over Blue Jays

MIAMI - Starling Marte celebrated his Miami debut with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, helping the Marlins top the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Tuesday night.

 

Marte, who was acquired in a trade with Arizona on Monday, drove a 1-0 pitch from Shun Yamaguchi (1-3) deep to left-centre for his third homer. He also reached on an error in the sixth and scored from first on Garrett Cooper's double.

 

James Hoyt (1-0) got the final two outs in the eighth for the win, and Brandon Kintzler pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

 

Jon Berti homered for Miami, which moved back above .500 with the win. It had dropped its last eight home games.

 

Robbie Ray made his debut for Toronto, pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief of Julian Merryweather. Ray, who came over in a trade with the Diamondbacks on Monday, allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits.

 

Jonathan Villar, who was traded from the Marlins to the Blue Jays at the deadline, drove in the first run of the game with a grounder in the first. But he also committed the error that put Marte on in the sixth.

Raptors beat Bucks 114-106; key players for both teams sit

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Toronto Raptors defeat the Milwaukee Bucks 114-106 on Monday.

 

Though the meeting featured the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings, both teams were missing key players.

 

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, the reigning MVP, missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. Bucks coach Mike Budehnolzer said Monday it was uncertain whether Antetokounmpo would play in the team's final two seeding games Tuesday against the Washington Wizards and Thursday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

 

For Toronto, Kyle Lowry sat out with a sore lower back, Serge Ibaka missed the game with a bruised right knee and Fred Van Vleet was out with a hyperextended right knee.

 

The Bucks already had clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season, and defending NBA champion Toronto was locked into the No. 2 spot, so there was little to gain for either team.

 

Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for the Raptors.

NHL reports no positive COVID-19 tests in second week in Toronto, Edmonton

NEW YORK - The NHL says it has had no positive COVID-19 test results in its first two weeks in secure zones in Edmonton and Toronto.

 

The league says it administered 7,245 tests in its second week, from Aug. 2-8, with no positive results.

 

In the first week, from July 27 to Aug. 1, the league says it had no positive results in 7,013 tests.

 

Testing is done daily on all 52 members of each team's travelling party.

Eight of 24 teams have now been eliminated and have exited the secure zones.

 

Players and staff in the secure zones are separated from the general public and no fans are in attendance at games.

2020 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed due to COVID-19

TORONTO - The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place Nov. 16 in Toronto.

The 2020 class of forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa, defencemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women's goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland was announced by the Hockey Hall of Fame in June.

 

In a release Monday, the hall said rescheduling plans for the induction celebration will be addressed at its board of directors meeting on Oct. 29.

 

Hockey Hall of Fame chairman Lanny McDonald said the most likely scenario is to postpone the ceremony to November 2021, either by waiving the 2021 election or combining the 2020 and 2021 classes.

 

McDonald said the hall has ruled out a virtual induction ceremony.

Flames defeat Jets 4-0 to win NHL qualifying series three games to one

EDMONTON - The Calgary Flames overwhelmed the injury-addled Winnipeg Jets, beating them 4-0 Thursday to knock them out of the NHL's post-season.

 

Dillon Dube, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Rasmus Andersson scored for the Flames while Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout at Rogers Place.

 

Calgary won the best-of-five qualifying series 3-1.

 

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 30-of-32 shots in net for Winnipeg.

 

It was a series the Jets were chasing from the get-go, when they lost elite scorers Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele to injury in Game 1, and two other top point-getters Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor failed to step up to fill the void.

 

Wheeler and Connor (the regular season team leader with 38 goals and 73 points) combined for just two assists in four games.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveil Grey Cup championship rings celebrating 2019 win

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers unveiled their 2019 Grey Cup championship rings on Thursday night.

 

Made by Canadian jeweller Baron Championship Rings, the diamond-studded two-toned ring celebrates Winnipeg's 33-12 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last November.

 

The distinctive Blue Bombers “W” made of diamonds and custom blue enamel sits atop the ring.

 

The outer edge of the face is lined with 11 sapphire stones representing the organization's total championship wins and is complemented by the title of “Grey Cup Champions.”

 

One shoulder displays the player's name and number in diamonds over the IG Field background.

 

The opposite side features the Winnipeg skyline behind the Grey Cup and the Golden Boy, framed by the team name and year.

Winnipeg Jets douse Calgary Flames 3-2 to even up qualifying series

EDMONTON - The Winnipeg Jets recovered from a gaffe and bad luck to edge the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Monday and draw even in their qualifying-round series.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers broke a 2-2 tie with a goal at 10:24 of the third period, and the Jets held on to even the best-of-five series at 1-1.

 

Adam Lowry led the Jets with a goal and an assist.

 

Nikolaj Ehlers scored the eventual winner in the third period, rookie Jansen Harkins also scored for Winnipeg and Jack Roslovic contributed a pair of assists.

 

Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for the win.

Elias Lindholm and Sam Bennett scored for the Flames. Calgary starter Cam Talbot stopped 23 shots in the loss.

VanVleet has 36 points, Raptors stretch win streak to six with win over Miami

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 36 points and had a big deflection in the dying seconds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 107-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Monday.

 

Pascal Siakam had 22 points, while Serge Ibaka had 15 and Kyle Lowry chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds as the Raptors (48-18) stretched their win streak to six games, and improved to 2-0 in the NBA's restart after the COVID-19 hiatus.

 

Goran Dragic had 25 points to top the Heat (42-25). Kelly Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., had 17 points, two nights after a big game against Denver that saw him score 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 125-105 win. Jimmy Butler, who'd missed Sunday's practice sparking speculation he was in quarantine, had 16.

 

The Raptors, who were slotted into Monday's matinee spot because of the holiday in most of Canada, led for most of the afternoon and broke the game open with a 20-7 third-quarter run that put them up by 17 points. But Miami sliced the difference to 84-79 with one quarter to play.

 

Olynyk's three-pointer midway through the fourth put Miami up by three, but Siakam's three-pointer sparked a mini Raptors run and when Lowry dished off a short pass to Ibaka for a dunk, Toronto was back up by six with 6:11 to play.

 

Tyler Herro's driving layup got Miami back within two. Free throws from Lowry and VanVleet had Toronto up by six, but a big Jae Crowder three-pointer and Dragic layup made it a one-point game with 41 seconds to play.

Thompson's Jennifer Saunders to be inducted in Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

Eight athletes will be inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, including a racquetball player who grew up here in Thompson.

 

Jennifer Saunders has won eleven Canadian Women’s Singles Championships, and 13 Canadian Women’s Doubles Championships, which combined are a record number of 24 titles.

 

Internationally, Saunders won 11 medals in Singles, Doubles, and Team competitions in World Championships, and has competed for Canada 29 times in various competitions.

Taylor, Suzuki lift Nats past Jays 6-4 before 4-day break

WASHINGTON - Michael A. Taylor's second homer of the season helped the “visiting” Nationals knock around struggling Hyun-Jin Ryu and beat the home-away-from-home Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Thursday before both teams head into a coronavirus-caused “mini All-Star break,” as Washington manager Dave Martinez called it.

 

Kurt Suzuki delivered a two-run double and Asdrubal Cabrera added an RBI double off Ryu (0-1), who gave up Taylor's two-run shot to straightaway centre that he celebrated with a socially distanced dugout dance in the fourth. Taylor is now 2 for 14 this season, a .143 average, but both hits cleared the fences.

 

Ryu's ERA is 8.00 after he allowed five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, his second start under an $80 million, four-year deal Toronto gave him after he was second in NL Cy Young Award voting for the Dodgers in 2019.

 

Erick Fedde, making his second start in place of a sidelined Stephen Strasburg, gave up two runs in 3 1/3 innings. Ryne Harper (1-0) followed and got five outs for the win. Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the year.

 

Nationals rookie third baseman Carter Kieboom reached base four times - two singles, two walks - and scored twice.

 

Teoscar Hernandez homered twice, giving him four during this four-game series at Washington, and Cavan Biggio hit a solo shot for Toronto.

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