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Canada blanks Kazakhstan to score first win at women's volleyball world championship

Canada knocked off Kazakhstan to pick up its first win at the women's world volleyball championship on Thursday.

After dropping its two opening matches to the top-ranked U.S. and defending champions Serbia, the Canadians bounced back to blank Kazakhstan in three straight games (25-14, 25-16, 25-11), with Kiera Van Ryk, of Surrey, B.C., leading all scorers with 18 points.

“I think we were all really ready to get a win,” said Van Ryk. “Each game before this, Serbia and the U.S., was a step forward. I'm glad we could come here today, respect the other team and show that we can take care of business.

“I'm really proud of us today - it was a full team effort.”

Canada led in attack points (45-21), blocks (11-2) and serving (5-0 aces) but made more errors (14-18) than its opponent.

“We were hungry to finish out on top in this third game of the tournament. I think the win gives us a little more confidence going into the next game,” said head coach Shannon Winzer.

CFL, Roughriders jointly announce 2022 Grey Cup game officially sold out

The 109th Grey Cup is officially a sellout.

 

Both the CFL and Saskatchewan Roughriders made the announcement Wednesday.

The 2022 Grey Cup game will be played November 20th at Mosaic Stadium with over 33,000 spectators on hand.

The Grey Cup game will be the first at Mosaic Stadium, which in 2016 replaced Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.

Regina last hosted the CFL championship contest in 2013 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 for their last league title.

Canada blanked 2-0 by Uruguay in World Cup tune-up match

Nicolas De La Cruz and Darwin Nunez set the tone in the first half with a goal apiece as 13th-ranked Uruguay topped Canada 2-0 in a men's soccer friendly on Tuesday.

De La Cruz scored on a free kick from the left side just outside of the box in the sixth minute, and scored by the near-side post as goalkeeper Milan Borjan could not get enough on the ball to stop it.

Following a close miss on a volley shot from a Luis Suarez cross five minutes earlier, Nunez made up for it with a header goal in the 33rd minute off a cross from Suarez to put his side up 2-0.

It's one of the last World Cup tune-up matches for the 43rd-ranked Canadians before they take the field in Qatar in November. The national team takes on No. 24 Japan on Nov. 17 before taking the pitch Nov. 23 against Belgium in World Cup action.

Canada was coming off a 2-0 win over Qatar last week.

Despite conceding the two goals, Canada dominated possession in the first half (59 per cent to 41 for Uruguay) and was not short on scoring opportunities.

Canadian Sports Update

Host Australia handed Canada's women's basketball team its first lost at the FIBA (fee-bah) World Cup this morning. Ezi Magbegor scored 16 points as the Aussies topped Canada 75-72. Nirra Fields scored a game-high 17 points for Canada. With a 3-and-1 record, Canada sits tied with Australia and France for top spot in the Group B standings. Canada closes the preliminary round tomorrow against winless Mali.

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Baseball fans could see history made tonight as Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees open a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. With 60 home runs, Judge is just one homer shy of Roger Maris's American League single-season record. New York can clinch the A-L East title with a win tonight. Toronto holds the top spot in the American League wild-card race.

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Two Canadian teams in are in action tonight in the N-H-L pre-season. The Montreal Canadiens open their exhibition schedule at home against the New Jersey Devils, while the Edmonton Oilers host the Calgary Flames. Edmonton shut out Winnipeg 4-0 in its pre-season opener, while the Flames beat the Vancouver Canucks in a pair of split-squad games last night in Vancouver and Calgary.

Canadian Sports Update

The Toronto Blue Jays will be heading to Tampa to take on the Rays in a four-game series beginning tonight. Toronto lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings in the finale of a two-game series last night. Jose Berrios will take the mound for the Blue Jays which currently sit two games ahead of the Rays in the American League wild-card race.

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Canada's women's basketball team earned a solid 67-60 win over the 10th-ranked Serbians to open their F-I-B-A World Cup basketball tournament. The fourth-ranked Canadians welcomed back Kia Nurse who had missed almost a year due to a torn A-C-L in her knee. Nurse recorded nine points in 19 minutes. Canada next plays France tomorrow.

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The House of Commons heritage committee ordered another round of hearings into Hockey Canada's handling of sexual assault allegations yesterday. Interim board of directors chair Andrea Skinner has been ordered to testify at the October 4th hearing, as well as former chair Michael Brind'Amour and former president and C-E-O Bob Nicholson. It will be the first time each of the three will testify.

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Canada Soccer's general secretary Earl Cochrane said the organization made a new offer to its players on Tuesday in a bid to resolve their ongoing contract standoff. The previous offer from Canada Soccer had been made in late June. The men's team is headed to Qatar for the World Cup which kicks off November 20th.

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Top-seeded Brad Gushue will compete in the first round of the men's draw at the PointsBet Invitational curling event today in Frederiction, New Brunswick. Yesterday, Jennifer Jones and her new-look team picked up a 9-5 win over Andrea Kelly, while top seed Kerry Einarson beat Tracey Larocque 12-3. Brendan Bottcher also won with his new team in the men's draw.

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Canada's Corey Conners and Taylor Pendrith will be competing in the Presidents Cup golf tournament as a part of the international team today in Charlotte, North Carolina. Conners will partner with South Korea's Sungjae (sung-JAY') Im against Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in the second match of the first round. Pendrith will team up with Chile's Mito Pereira against Tony Finau and Max Homa in the fifth match of the day.

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Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio to miss Canada's friendlies in Europe

Canada will be without veteran midfielder Jonathan Osorio for upcoming friendlies in Europe.

 

While called up by Canada coach John Herdman, a Toronto FC spokeswoman says Osorio remained in Toronto “to continue his recovery process.”

 

Osorio has been dealing with what he called a “neurological dysfunction” resulting from an elbow in the head in July in an MLS game against Chicago.

 

The 43rd-ranked Canadian men play No. 48 Qatar in Vienna on Friday before taking on No. 11 Uruguay next Tuesday in Bratislava, Slovakia. Herdman is also without captain Atiba Hutchinson, who is dealing with a bone bruise sustained in pre-season with Turkey's Besiktas.

 

Midfielder David Wotherspoon and defender Doneil Henry are also missing due to injury.

 

Club Brugge winger Tajon Buchanan, recovering from injury, was invited to the Canada camp but will only see limited action, according to Herdman.

P.K. Subban announces retirement after 13 NHL seasons

P.K. Subban has announced his retirement.

 

The former Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's top defenceman shared the news on his social media channels Tuesday morning.

 

The 33-year-old Toronto native played 13 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils.

 

Subban registered 115 goals and 467 points in 824 regular-season games. The 43rd pick at the 2007 NHL draft added 62 points (18 goals, 44 assists) in 96 post-season contests.

 

The flashy blue-liner won the Norris in 2013 with the Canadiens. And after signing an eight-year, US$72-million contract with the club, he donated $10 million to Montreal Children's Hospital in 2016.

 

Subban, who was an unrestricted free agent this summer, has done television in the past and hinted at new opportunities in his retirement post.

Jets remove 'C' from Wheeler, will play next season without a captain

The Winnipeg Jets have removed the “C” from Blake Wheeler's jersey and will play the next NHL season without a captain.

 

Jets head coach Rick Bowness, who took over behind the bench in the off-season, said in a statement that Winnipeg will start the campaign “with a group of assistants still to be determined.”

 

Bowness said the Jets want to expand their leadership base.

Wheeler took over as Jets captain before the 2016-17 season. He replaced Andrew Ladd, who was dealt to Chicago at the 2016 trade deadline.

 

The Jets qualified for the playoffs three times with Wheeler as captain and advanced to the Western Conference final in the 2017-18 season. They also appeared in the qualifying round of the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, but lost to Calgary in four games.

 

The Jets finished sixth in the Central Division last season and missed the playoffs. Their season was marked by the departure of head coach Paul Maurice and some players, including star Mark Scheifele, questioned the direction of the team after the campaign.

Roger Federer says he is retiring from pro tennis at age 41

Roger Federer has announced that he is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 41 after winning 20 Grand Slam titles.

 

Federer has not competed since Wimbledon in July 2021. He has had a series of knee operations. Federer posted his news on Twitter.

 

He says his farewell event will be the Laver Cup in London next week. That is a team event run by his management company.

 

This announcement news comes just days after the end of the U.S. Open. That tournament was expected to be the last of 23-time major champion Serena Williams' career.

Bouchard, Dabroswki into Chennai doubles semis; Zhao loses to Gracheva

Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Gabriela Dabrowski and their partners are through to the doubles semifinals of the Chennai Open tennis tournament.

Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., teamed with Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer for a 5-7, 6-3, 12-10 win over the Russian tandem of Anastasia Gasanova and Oksana Selekhmeteva.

In a match in which both teams split the available points at 74 each, Bouchard and Wickmayer moved on by preventing their opponents from cashing in on break opportunities.

Wickmayer and Bouchard faced break point 13 times, but successfully defended nine of them. They converted four of the seven break chances they had.

Bouchard, who returned to action last month after a months-long recovery from shoulder surgery, is set to have a busy day in Chennai on Friday. She will team with Wickmayer to face Russia's Anna Blinkova and Natela Dzalamidze of Georgia in a doubles semifinal match, and will meet Nadia Podoroska in a singles quarterfinal.

Earlier, the top-seeded team of Ottawa's Dabrowski and Brazil's Luisa Stefani downed the Indian duo of Rutuja Bhosale and Karman Thandi 6-0, 6-3.

Star swimmer Penny Oleksiak has surgery to repair cartilage tear in knee

Decorated swimmer Penny Oleksiak says she has a long recovery process ahead of her after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage in her knee.

 

The seven-time Olympic medallist form Toronto says in a post to her Instagram account that she recently sustained a meniscus tear. The meniscus is a rubbery piece of cartilage in the knee between the thigh bone and shin bone.

 

She says she underwent successful surgery at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and is optimistic about her recovery.

 

Oleksiak won two silver and two bronze at the world swimming championships earlier this year in Hungary, giving her nine career world championship medals overall (two silver, seven bronze).

 

She became the most decorated Canadian Olympian of all time at the Tokyo Games last year when she won three medals, increasing her career total to seven (one gold, two silver four bronze).

 

Oleksiak had planned to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania next month to raise money to combat world hunger before sustaining the injury.

Hockey Canada board throws support behind Smith amid calls for change

Hockey Canada's board of directors says it is supporting president and chief executive officer Scott Smith and his executive team amid calls for leadership change at the organization.

 

Hockey Canada interim board chair Andrea Skinner announced the backing of the organization's executive in a statement posted Monday on its website.

 

Canada's governing body of hockey is under intense scrutiny for its handling of sexual assault allegations against members of previous men's junior teams.

 

The federal government froze Hockey Canada's funding after it was revealed the organization had quietly settled a lawsuit with a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by members of the 2018 men's junior team at Hockey Canada gala in London, Ont., that year.

 

Since then, Hockey Canada has said members of the 2003 junior team are under investigation for alleged sexual assault in Nova Scotia.

 

Board chair Michael Brind'Amour stepped down Aug. 6. His term was set to end in November.

Serena Williams center of attention at US Open as end nears for her tennis career

Fans have come to the U.S. Open from far and wide for Serena Williams.

 

They are eager to see her play or if they are not lucky enough to hold the right ticket, are hoping for an autograph, a glance at her practicing or merely the chance to breathe the same Flushing Meadows air as her.

 

As thousands waited in lines to enter the tournament grounds hours before her match Monday night, no one present could know for sure how many more opportunities there will be for any of it. Williams is a 23-time Grand Slam champion who turns 41 next month and has said she is ready to move on from her playing days.

Poulin, Bach lead Canada's scoring burst in 9-0 win over Japan in women's hockey

Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice and had an assist for Canada in a 9-0 win over Japan at the women's world hockey championship Sunday.

Victoria Bach also had a three-point game for the defending champions with a goal and two assists.

Emma Maltais, Ella Shelton, Blayre Turnbull, Jamie Lee Rattray, Sarah Fillier and Sarah Potomak each contributed a goal to Canada's third straight win to start the tournament.

In her first start, Emerance Maschmeyer didn't handle a shot until the final minute of the second period and repelled the five she did face.

Japan starter Akane Konishi stopped 28 of 32 shots before she was relieved by Riko Kawaguchi midway through the second period of the first game between the two countries in 22 years. Kawaguchi made 22 saves.

Canada caps the preliminary round Tuesday against the U.S., which is unbeaten after two games and meets the Swiss on Monday. The top four teams in each pool advance to Thursday's quarterfinals.

Path is set as Fernandez, Andreescu look for another deep U.S. Open run

 

Leylah Fernandez and Bianca Andreescu learned their first-round opponents at the 2022 U.S. Open Thursday as the Canadians look to make another deep run at the final tennis major of the season.

 

Fernandez, the highest seeded Canadian woman at No. 14, opens against France's Oceane Dodin.

 

The 19-year-old of Laval, Que., advanced to the final of last year's U.S. Open before losing to fellow teen Emma Raducanu of Britain in straight sets.

 

Fernandez's run to the 2021 final included wins over defending champion Naomi Osaka, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and second seed Aryna Sabalenka.

 

The Canadian's quarter of the bracket includes second seed Anett Kontaveit and 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams, who will be making her final appearance at the tournament.

 

Andreescu, who beat Williams in the 2019 final, opens against France's Harmony Tan.

 

Federal government invests $4.4 million in Golf Canada's professional tournaments

 

Canada's federal government has announced new funding for Golf Canada's two professional tournaments.

 

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario says it's giving the national sport organization $4.4 million.

 

The non-repayable investment is earmarked for the CP Women's Open and the RBC Canadian Open, the national women's and men's professional championships respectively.

 

Both tournaments were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Mona Fortier, the president of the Treasury Board and member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier, says the investment will help the tournaments come back “even stronger” and will create “important economic benefits.”

 

The Canadian Open was held in Toronto in early June and the Women's Open is in Ottawa this week.

 

The men's championship is typically held in the Greater Toronto Area while the women's event travels across Canada, with next year's tournament scheduled for Vancouver's Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club.

 

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has court case adjourned to October

 

Tennis star Nick Kyrgios did not appear in an Australian court on Tuesday and had his case of common assault adjourned until Oct. 4.

 

The 27-year-old Kyrgios was represented by his lawyer Michael Kukulies-Smith in the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court.

 

He was not required to enter a plea or apply for bail.

 

Kyrgios remains in the United States preparing for the U.S. Open which begins next week.

 

The charge relates to an incident in January 2021 that was reported to Australian Capital Territory Police in December.

 

Australian media has reported it involves Kyrgios' former girlfriend.

 

 

Ukraine soccer league defies Russian war to begin season

 

A new Ukrainian soccer league season starts Tuesday under threat of more Russian attacks in a war that stopped all games being played since February.

 

The elegant Olympic Stadium staged the biggest European soccer games in the past decade though none as poignant as when Shakhtar Donetsk plays Metalist 1925 from Kharkiv.

 

Both are teams from eastern cities that are fighting for their very existence.

 

No fans will be allowed in the 65,000-capacity stadium downtown and the players must be rushed to bomb shelters if air raid sirens sound.

 

The league restart has the blessing of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

 

Ex-Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone denies fraud charge

 

Former Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has denied a charge of fraud over his alleged failure to declare overseas assets worth more than 400 million pounds ($473 million.)

 

Ecclestone, 91, entered a not guilty plea as he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London for a brief hearing Monday.

 

Prosecutors authorized a charge of fraud by false representation between July 2013 and October 2016 after British tax officials carried out a worldwide investigation into Ecclestone's finances.

 

The business magnate was granted unconditional bail ahead of his next appearance at Southwark Crown Court on Sept. 19.

 

Ecclestone headed Formula One racing and controlled the sport for for four decades from the 1970s to 2017.

 

 

Kobe Bryant's widow says crash photos turned grief to horror

 

Kobe Bryant's widow Vanessa testified she was only beginning to grieve the loss of her husband and their 13-year-old daughter in a helicopter crash when she was faced with the fresh horror of learning that deputies and firefighters had shared photos of their remains.

 

Bryant cried frequently during the three hours she spent on the witness stand in Los Angeles federal court Friday.

 

She's suing LA County for invasion-of-privacy over the photos.

 

She testified that they have left her living in fear that they may surface publicly and her daughters may see them on social media.

 

 

Reports: Flames closing in on signing UFA forward Nazem Kadri

 

The Calgary Flames are closing in on a deal to sign unrestricted free agent Nazem Kadri, according to multiple media reports.

 

Sportsnet reported the deal is for seven years at US$7 million per season.

 

The Flames, according to Sportsnet and TSN, are moving forward Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens to create salary cap space for Kadri's contract. Details of that trade have not been released.

 

The 32-year-old Kadri was one of the biggest names available in free agency after an All-Star season with Colorado that ended with the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup.

 

Kadri had 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 71 games for the Avalanche in 2021-22.

 

He added 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 playoff games, including the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against Tampa Bay.

 

That was his return to action after being injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference final after being hit from behind by Edmonton forward Evander Kane.

 

 

Toronto Raptors host Cleveland Cavaliers to tip off new NBA season on Oct. 19

 

The Toronto Raptors will play nine games this season that will be nationally televised in the United States.

 

The Raptors announced their 2022-23 season schedule on Thursday, and among the highlights are two games each on ESPN and TNT and five others on NBATV.

 

The Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 19 to tip off their 28th NBA season, opening at home for the 11th straight year, and 22nd time in team history. Their first road game is Oct. 21 at Brooklyn.

 

Other season highlights include a Dec. 7 home date against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Raptors will host the NBA champion Golden States Warriors on Dec. 18, and last year's MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets on March 14.

 

Former Raptors star Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat will visit Toronto's Scotiabank Arena twice, on Nov. 16 and March 28.

 

The eighth annual Giants of Africa Game, celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, is Dec. 5 versus Boston.

 

Restricted free agent Jalen Harris reinstated by NBA after drug suspension

 

Jalen Harris has been reinstated by the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association after serving a one-year suspension for a positive drug test.

 

The Toronto Raptors hold the guard's rights as a restricted free agent, but the team is at the maximum 20 players allowed heading into training camp.

 

Harris reacted to Tuesday's news by tweeting a praying hands emoji.

 

Harris was given a one-year suspension on July 1, 2021, after testing positive for a prohibited substance under the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program.

 

The 24-year-old Dallas native spent the past few months playing for the expansion Scarborough Shooting Stars of the Canadian Elite Basketball League, averaging 19.9 points a game on 41-per-cent shooting.

 

 

 

Blue Jays outfielder Springer reinstated from 10-day IL, set to play Orioles

 

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder George Springer has been reinstated from the injured list and will be active for the team's series-opening game against the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced Monday.

 

The 32-year-old star had been on the 10-day IL due to inflammation in his right elbow.

 

Springer is third on the team with 18 home runs and fifth with 49 RBI on the season. He also carries a batting average of .251.

 

The four-time all-star, who hasn't played since Aug. 4, has competed in 89 of the team's 113 games this year.

 

Springer missed two games earlier in the year with a non-COVID illness and sat out another three due to elbow discomfort in late June.

 

The Blue Jays have lost four of their last five games, including two losses to the Orioles last week.

 

 

Two-time champion Simona Halep advances past Coco Gauff at National Bank Open

 

Two-time champion Simona Halep has moved on to the semifinals of the National Bank Open.

 

The Romanian player dispatched Coco Gauff of the United States 6-4, 7-6 on Friday.

 

The 30-year-old Halep won the title in 2016 and 2018 when it was still called the Rogers Cup.

 

She'll face the winner of the quarterfinal between American Jessica Pegula and Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva.

 

Halep is now 4-0 in singles matches against Gauff on the WTA Tour.

 

The quarterfinal between Halep on Gauff on Friday was the only one at the National Bank Open with two seeded players. Gauff is the tournament's 10th seed and Halep is 15th.

 

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