Thompson Sports News Archives for 2021-07

Winnipeg Blue Bombers sign veteran Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna to CFL deal

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Canadian kicker Tyler Crapigna on Tuesday.

Crapigna, of Ottawa, was recently released by the Montreal Alouettes.

The former McMaster Marauder has made 98-of-115 career field-goal attempts in the CFL (85.2 per cent).

Crapigna, 28, was originally drafted by the Calgary Stampeders in 2014. He was with Saskatchewan from 2015 to 2018 before spending the 2019 campaign with Toronto.

The Argos dealt Crapigna to Montreal in 2020, as part of a deal that sent Boris Bede to Toronto.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 20, 2021.

Basketball's Ayim, rugby sevens' Hirayama named opening ceremony flag-bearers

TOKYO - Women's basketball player Miranda Ayim and men's rugby sevens player Nathan Hirayama have been named Canada's flag-bearers for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.

The reveal of who would lead Canada into the Games was made this morning by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Tokyo will be the third and final Games for Ayim, who made her Olympic debut at London 2012 and announced she would be retiring after Tokyo.

Ayim and the fourth-ranked women's basketball team start their quest for Canada's first ever medal in the sport next Monday.

Hirayama is the captain of Canada's men's rugby sevens team and helped the squad capture two gold medals and a silver at the last three Pan American Games.

Canada's men's sevens team is making its Olympic debut in Tokyo and starts play Sunday.

Trampoline champion Rosie MacLennan carried the Canadian flag at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Moses Dyer leads Valour FC over Atletico Ottawa with late goal

WINNIPEG - Moses Dyer scored on a penalty kick in the 85th minute, and Valour FC went on to beat Atletico Ottawa 1-0 on Thursday in Canadian Premier League play.

League-leading Valour (5-1-0) was awarded the penalty after an Atletico defender was called for a hand ball in the box.

Valour goalkeeper Jonathan Sirois made three saves for his league-high fifth clean sheet of the season. The Winnipeg-based club has allowed only two goals against in six matches.

Atletico (2-4-0) 'keeper Dylon Powley stopped five shots.

The eight CPL teams are playing at Winnipeg's IG Field for the first part of the season.

Cyle Larin on target as Canada defeats depleted Haiti 4-1 at Gold Cup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Cyle Larin scored twice as Canada defeated a depleted but determined Haiti side 4-1 Thursday at the Gold Cup.

The Besiktas striker gave Canada some breathing room and a 3-1 lead from the penalty spot in the 74nd minute after video review confirmed Richie Laryea had been taken down. It was Larin's 18th goal for Canada, his fifth in his last four games. He now has 10 goals in eight matches for Canada this year.

The victory all but guaranteed the Canadian men a berth in the quarterfinals. The U.S. played Martinique in the late match Thursday with an American win ensuring both North American teams advance to the knockout round ahead of their match Sunday to decide the winner of Group B.

Dealing with COVID-19, Haiti dressed just 14 players including three substitutes, one of whom was the reserve goalkeeper. The Haitians had dressed 17 Sunday in its 1-0 loss to the U.S. after five players and one assistant coach returned positive test results.

Coach Jean-Jacques Pierre said Wednesday that two more players were unavailable. But it turned out to be three.

Still as Canadian coach John Herdman had predicted, the Haitians proved to be a handful. They came on late in the first half after going down a goal and scored themselves after falling 2-0 behind early in the second half.

CFL announces that 10 individuals have returned a positive test for COVID-19

TORONTO - The CFL has announced that 10 individuals have returned a positive test for COVID-19.

The league says in a statement that it has administered approximately 6,000 tests to “Tier 1 personnel,” which includes players, coaches and support staff.

CFL teams open training camp Saturday and the league is scheduled to kick off a 14-game regular season Aug. 5. The league's 2020 season was cancelled due to the global pandemic.

The CFL says five of the positive tests occurred before the individuals travelled to their respective CFL markets. The league adds that all five individuals won't be allowed to travel.

The league says anyone testing positive can't join a team or will be removed from team activities. Upon the positive result, the individual is isolated or quarantined in accordance with the CFL return-to-play protocol, as well as those established by the Public Health Agency of Canada and local authorities.

The league says it will continue to provide updates on tests administered to first-tier personnel, but it won't identify either affected individuals or clubs as a matter of policy.

Blue Jays' return to Canada 'trending in a very good direction': Njoo

OTTAWA - Canada's deputy chief public health officer says the Toronto Blue Jays' return to Canadian soil is “trending in a very good direction.”

Dr. Howard Njoo says there has been “a lot of good back-and-forth” between the Blue Jays organization and the government over the team's application for a so-called “National Interest Exemption” to Canada's COVID-19 travel restrictions.

But in a virtual news conference today, Njoo said he couldn't provide a date on when an announcement would be made.

A government official familiar with the talks has told The Associated Press that the Jays won't find out by this weekend whether they will get permission from Ottawa to play at Rogers Centre soon.

A team spokeswoman said the club continues to work with the federal government toward playing games at home starting July 30th.

The Blue Jays played home games dur

Bianca Andreescu withdraws from Canada's Olympic tennis team, citing pandemic

Bianca Andreescu says she has withdrawn from Canada's Olympic tennis team.

 

The 21-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., posted on her Instagram account that she is pulling out of the Games due to pandemic-related challenges.

 

A state of emergency took effect in Tokyo on Monday as the number of new COVID-19 cases is climbing fast and hospital beds are starting to fill just 11 days ahead of the Olympics.

 

The state of emergency will cover the entire duration of the July 23-Aug. 8 Games, and means fans will be banned from attending events.

 

Andreescu, ranked No. 5 on the WTA Tour, says it was a “difficult decision” and that she has dreamt of representing Canada at the Olympics since she was a little girl.

 

She is the second high-profile Canadian tennis player to opt out of Tokyo, following top-ranked Canadian men's player Denis Shapovalov, who made the same decision last month.

Star striker Jozy Altidore returns to full training with Toronto FC

TORONTO - Jozy Altidore is back, after spending more than seven weeks on the outs with Toronto FC.

 

The MLS club confirmed that the star striker returned to full training with the team Monday, TFCs first session at its north Toronto practice facility since returning last week from the U.S. Thanks to loosened travel restrictions for those fully vaccinated, the MLS club flew north after last Wednesday's 3-2 win at New England.

 

An announcement on TFC's return to BMO Field is also expected soon. The club has not played at home since Sept. 1, 2020, finishing last season in East Hartford, Conn., and starting this year in Orlando - playing 31 straight games on the road.

 

Toronto's next outing is a home matchup July 17 against Orlando.

Altidore's future in Toronto has been up in the air since a wake of a confrontation with former coach Chris Armas when the striker was substituted in the 70th minute of a 1-0 loss to Orlando City on May 22 The 31-year-old Altidore has trained on his own, away from the first team, ever since.

 

Armas has since been fired, paying the price for a 1-8-2 start to the season. The club is now under the guidance of assistant coach Javier Perez, who oversaw the win over New England.

Ray takes no-hitter into 7th, Jays end Rays' 6-game streak

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Robbie Ray took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Sunday, ending the Rays' six-game winning streak.

 

The left-hander's bid ended with one out when Yandy Diaz was awarded a double after a fan reached over the left-field fence and tried to catch his drive. If the ball had not been interfered with, it would have struck the wall and not been catchable by left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.

 

Ray (7-4) allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out 11 in seven innings. It was his ninth game this season of nine or more strikeouts, tying New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom for most in the majors.

 

Tim Mayza worked a perfect eighth. Jordan Romano gave up Brandon Lowe's solo homer and a single to Diaz before getting his seventh save in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.

 

Danny Jansen put the Blue Jays up 1-0 during the third with his fourth homer.

 

Santiago Espinal had an RBI single and Cavan Biggio hit a sacrifice fly as the Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead in the fourth.

Milwaukee Brewers select Canadian Tyler Black 33rd overall in 2021 MLB draft

Tyler Black became the first Canadian chosen in the 2021 Major League Baseball draft on Sunday.

 

Black of Stouffville, Ont., was selected 33rd overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the competitive balance round A.

 

The second baseman out of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, is the son of Canadian sports broadcaster Rod Black.

 

“Proud to have been selected by the Brewers in the MLB draft,” Tyler Black wrote on his Instagram page. “Thank you to Wright State Baseball for taking a chance on a kid from Canada. Excited to get started.”

 

Black added the hashtag “brewcrew” to the caption, the nickname for the Brewers team.

 

The 6-foot-2 player hit 13 home runs, had 59 RBI and a batting average of .383 in 48 games with the Wright State Raiders this year. He added 11 stolen bases.

Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold officially punches her ticket to Tokyo

Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold has officially punched her ticket to the Tokyo Olympics.

 

Bujold was named to the Canadian boxing team on Wednesday, a week after she won her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland to compete at the Games.

 

The 11-time national flyweight champion was forced to appeal after her Olympic trials in Buenos Aires were cancelled earlier this year due to rising COVID-19 cases in Argentina.

 

The International Olympic Committee's Boxing Task Force determined athletes would earn berths based on rankings, but Bujold had missed the three events they decided to retroactively use for rankings because of her pregnancy.

 

Bujold lost an appeal to the IOC, leaving the CAS as her last chance for Tokyo.

 

The 33-year-old from Kitchener, Ont., made international headlines in her battle, and earned support from numerous high-profile people including retired tennis star Billie Jean King and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Shapovalov advances to Wimbledon semifinals with five-set victory over Khachanov

Canada's Denis Shapovalov is through to the semifinals at Wimbledon after posting a 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 win over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

 

Shapovalov, seeded 10th at the All England Club, fired 17 aces in the match and won 86 per cent of first serve points.

 

He hit 59 winners to Khachanov's 31 and converted five of his 19 break point chances.

 

Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., faces top seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

 

Later today, Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime looks to join Shapovalov in the final four when he faces Italy's Matteo Berrettini.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS-CANADIENS/LIGHTNING

The Montreal Canadiens have avoided a four-game sweep while preventing the Tampa Bay Lightning from celebrating their second straight Stanley Cup.

 

Josh Anderson's second goal of the night came 3:57 into overtime and gave the Canadiens a 3-2 victory versus the Lightning. The Habs wasted a pair of one-goal leads before Anderson got his second career playoff overtime goal after he forced a turnover at the blue line.

 

Carey Price stopped 32 shots for Montreal, and rookie defenseman Alexander Romanov also scored.

 

The Canadiens were in line for a 2-1 win until Pat Maroon beat Price with 6:12 left in regulation.

 

Barclay Goodrow also scored for the Lightning, who will try again to wrap up their third Stanley Cup title at home on Wednesday.

Zsombor-Murray, Wiens, Toth qualify for Tokyo Olympics at Canadian Diving Trials

Nathan Zsombor-Murray and Rylan Wiens earned their place on the Canadian Olympic Team in the open platform event on Thursday at the 2021 Canadian Diving Trials.

 

On the women's side, Celina Toth won a spot for the Tokyo Games following her performance in the open platform competition at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre.

 

The 2021 Canadian Diving Trials allowed Canadian divers to claim their Olympic spots ahead of the Tokyo Games.

 

There were two Olympic spots up for grabs in the men's open platform event this week in Toronto.

 

Montreal's Zsombor-Murray, 18, is heading to his first Games after putting together a cumulative Olympic qualifying score of 1028.40.

 

Saskatoon's Wiens, 19, is also headed to his first Olympics after putting together a qualifying score of 983.05.

 

Toth, a 29-year-old from St. Thomas, Ont., secured the lone quota spot in the women's open platform competition with a combined Olympic qualifying score of 659.55.

 

On Wednesday, Pamela Ware and Jennifer Abel qualified for the women's three-metre competition, while Cedric Fofana qualified in the men's three-metre event.

 

Meaghan Benfeito previously received a pre-nomination for the women's open platform event in Tokyo.

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