Thompson Sports News Archives for 2022-09

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.

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