Thompson Sports News Archives for 2022-08

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.

 

Canada's Fernandez out of National Bank Open after straight-sets loss to Haddad Maia

 

Canada's Leylah Fernandez was eliminated from the National Bank Open following a 7-6 (4), 6-1 loss to Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia on Wednesday.

 

Fernandez, the 13th seed in Toronto, was playing in her first tournament following a two-month layoff to recover from a stress fracture in her right foot she sustained at the French Open.

 

While Fernandez showed plenty of fight in the first set, she eventually seemed to wear against the powerful attack of her increasingly confident opponent.

 

After an encouraging start, Fernandez gave up the first break of the match to go down 3-2 in the opening set.

 

Leading 5-4, Haddad Maia converted her fourth ace of the match to give her set point. But Fernandez saved to bring the score to deuce, then converted her first break point to tie the set.

 

Haddad Maia restored her lead in the next game, finally converting on her fourth break point chance of the game to go up 6-5.

 

Blue Jays sign veteran outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to one-year deal

 

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to a one-year major-league contract.

 

The 32-year-old was released by Boston on Thursday. He has a .210 average with 19 doubles, one triple, three home runs, and 29 runs batted in through 92 games this season.

 

The left-handed hitting outfielder was named an all-star in 2016, when he set career highs with 149 hits, 26 homers, and 87 RBIs.

 

He helped Boston win the 2018 World Series and was named the MVP of the American League Championship Series that year with three RBIs on nine hits in a 4-1 win over Houston.

 

The native of Richmond, Va., is in his 10th major league season and has a career average of .228 with 329 extra-base hits across 1,099 games with Boston and Milwaukee.

 

The Blue Jays also optioned infielder Otto Lopez to Triple-A Buffalo and designated right-handed pitcher Matt Peacock for assignment.

 

Ticket Sales Flop for the World Junior Hockey Championship

 

An Edmonton professor says odd summer timing and an ongoing sexual assault scandal at Hockey Canada could be the reason thousands of tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championship are still available on the eve of the tournament.

 

Dan Mason says it's unusual the games team Canada is playing are not sold out.

 

More than 1,000 tickets are still available for purchase for the first game between Czech Republic and Slovakia tomorrow at Rogers Place in Edmonton.

 

About 1,300 tickets are available for the next day when Canada takes on Latvia.

 

Mason says in the last 30 years or so, he doesn't remember world juniors happening in the summer so that's why many might not be attending.

 

He says Hockey Canada's mishandling of sexual assault allegations might be another reason.

 

The CEO of Explore Edmonton, which promotes tourism in Edmonton, says the marketing organization paused its promotion of the games in response to the allegations.

 

Traci Bednard adds the organization continues to have discussions with Hockey Canada officials.

 

Canada adds five medals at Commonwealth Games split between wrestling and diving

 

Canada has added a handful of medals to its tally at the Commonwealth Games.

 

Diver Mia Vallee of Beaconsfield, Que., won gold in the women's one-metre springboard for Canada's best result on Friday, with four freestyle wrestlers also reaching the podium.

 

Ana Godinez-Gonzalez of Surrey, B.C., and Toronto's Lachlan McNeil both earned silver and Montreal's Alex Moore and Hannah Taylor of Cornwall, P.E.I., each took bronze.

 

Vallee earned 291.85 points to take top prize in her event, besting Australia's Brittany Mae O'Brien (279.60) and England's Amy Elisabeth Rollinson (272.00).

 

Godinez-Gonzalez dropped a 4-4 decision to India's Sakshi Malik in the final of the women's freestyle 62-kilogram final.

 

McNeil lost to India's Bajrang Punia 9-2 in the men's 65-kilogram final.

 

Former Supreme Court judge Thomas Cromwell heads Hockey Canada review

 

Former Supreme Court of Canada judge Thomas Cromwell will lead an independent review of Hockey Canada's governance amid calls for a change of leadership of the governing body for its handling of recent allegations of sexual assault against players.

 

Hockey Canada said in a statement that the review will begin immediately and is expected to provide interim recommendation before its annual general meeting in November.

 

The governance review was announced by Hockey Canada in an open letter last month after news broke in May that members of the 2018 world junior team were accused of a group sexual assault after a Hockey Canada gala event in London, Ont., and that Hockey Canada reached a settlement with the complainant.

 

It was later revealed that Hockey Canada maintained a fund for uninsured payments, including settlements of sexual assault complaints, that was funded by player fees. Hockey Canada has since said it no longer uses the fund to settle sexual assault claims.

 

Another allegation of group sexual assault involving the 2003 world junior team surfaced last month.

 

Hockey Canada president and chief executive officer Scott Smith said in a parliamentary hearing last week that he believes he is the right person to continue leading the organization, but if the governance review determined otherwise he is “prepared to accept that.”

 

Blue Jays place pitcher Stripling on 15-day injured list with hip strain

 

The Toronto Blue Jays have placed right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling on the 15-day injured list with a right hip strain.

 

The move is retroactive to Sunday.

 

Stripling last pitched in Toronto's 5-3 win over Detroit on Saturday.

 

He pitched four scoreless innings before being removed after loading the bases with none out, then giving up a sacrifice fly to Kody Clemens.

 

He did not factor in the decision.

 

A spot starter earlier in the season, Stripling had been a regular in the rotation since June 6 after Hyun Jin Ryu was put on the injury list with an elbow ailment.

 

Ryu has since shut down for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in June.

 

Stripling had a 4-2 record in 10 starts after taking over from Ryu. Overall he has a 5-3 mark with a 3.16 earned-run average, 67 strikeouts and 15 walks in 2022.

 

The Blue Jays recalled right-hander Matt Peacock from Triple-A Buffalo and made him active ahead of their game Wednesday night at Tampa Bay.

 

Edmonton Oilers legend Kevin Lowe retires from team's front office


The Edmonton Oilers have announced that Kevin Lowe is retiring from his position in the team's front office.

 

Lowe has spent more than 40 years with the Oilers, working most recently as the club's vice chair and alternate governor.

 

He will continue to be an ambassador for the team.

 

“Very few have had the impact that Kevin has had, both on and off the ice,” Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson said in a statement.

 

“He exemplifies leadership and has done so much to help connect the organization with our fans, while supporting so many worthwhile causes in our community.

 

“He is a teammate, leader and friend to so many in the organization and we congratulate him on an amazing career and are excited for this next chapter of his career.”

 

Lowe was the Oilers' first ever draft pick in 1979 and won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton.

 

He also helped the New York Rangers to a championship title in 1994.

 

The 63-year-old native of Lachute, Que., retired from playing in 1998 after amassing 431 points (84 goals, 347 assists) and 1,498 penalty minutes across 1,254 regular-season NHL games with the Oilers and Rangers.

 

 

 

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