Thompson Sports News Archives for 2022-11

World Cup ticketing app problem delays fans at England-Iran

Problems with FIFA's mobile application for World Cup match tickets caused hundreds of fans to miss the start of England's match against Iran.


Fans said their tickets had disappeared from their phone apps and lines began to form outside the Khalifa International Stadium about an hour before the 4 p.m. kickoff in Doha. The lines cleared at a ticketing help desk about 30 minutes into the game.


It was unclear if each ticket holder's problem was resolved or if fans had simply been sent in to see the game.


FIFA acknowledged “some spectators are currently experiencing an issue with accessing their tickets.”

Ouellette's five-yard TD run leads Argos past Blue Bombers 24-23 to win Grey Cup

A.J. Ouellette's five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter rallied the Toronto Argonauts to a stirring 24-23 upset of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 109th Grey Cup on Sunday night.


Ouellette's TD - his second of the game - came at 11:36 with Boris Bede's convert giving Toronto its slender advantage.


And it was backup Chad Kelly, the nephew of former NFL star Jim Kelly, who engineered the five-play, 36-yard drive with veteran McLeod Bethel-Thompson sidelined with an unspecified injury. Ouellette's touchdown was set up by Javon Leake's 44-yard punt return that put Toronto at the Winnipeg 31-yard line with 6:07 remaining.


On Winnipeg's next possession, linebacker Henoc Muamba intercepted Zach Collaros to put the Argos at the Winnipeg 43-yard line with 3:20 to play. But the Bombers stayed alive with Nick Hallett's block of Bede's 37-yard field goal that put the West Division team at its 29-yard line with two minutes to go.


Following Robbie Smith's second-down sack, Smith got to Collaros again on third down but was flagged for a facemask penalty, putting Winnipeg at its 41. The Bombers drove to the Toronto 40-yard line but Smith blocked Liegghio's 47-yard attempt, putting Toronto at its 14-yard line with 43 seconds remaining.


Toronto was then able to run the clock out.

Blue Bombers win West final by beating Lions 28-20

Blue Bombers' running back Brady Oliveira rushed for 130 yards on 20 carries to lead Winnipeg to a 28-20 victory over the B.C. Lions in the West Division final on Sunday afternoon.

Oliveira also caught four passes for 37 yards before 30,319 fans at IG Field.

The Bombers are now one win away from winning three consecutive CFL championships for the first time in franchise history. And they could win three consecutive Grey Cup titles for the first time since 1982 (Edmonton) when they take on the Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup game in Regina next Sunday. The Argos defeated the Montreal Alouettes 34-27 in the East Division final.

Winnipeg quarterback Zach Collaros completed 14 of 20 passes for 178 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dalton Schoen, with one interception.

Bombers' punt returner Janarion Grant also returned a kicked 92 yards for a touchdown and backup quarterback Dakota Prukop scored on a two-yard TD run.

Winnipeg placekicker Marc Liegghio kicked field goals of 44, 24 and 16 yards and connected on only one of three convert attempts.

NHL and NHLPA say World Cup of Hockey tournament will not return in 2014

The World Cup of Hockey will not be returning in 2024.

The NHL and NHL Players' Association said in a joint statement Friday “the current environment it is not feasible” to hold the World Cup, but did not elaborate further.

The organizations were working on a plan to hold the tournament in February 2024.

The release said the two sides will continue to plan for the tournament's return, hopefully in February 2025.

The World Cup of Hockey was last held in 2016 in Toronto, with Canada defeating Team Europe 2-0 in a best-of-three final.

It was the last best-on-best international hockey tournament to be held, as the NHL has not allowed its players to participate at the last two Winter Olympics in 2018 and 2022.

Sports Break

Kirby Dach scored twice and the Montreal Canadiens earned a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. Nick Suzuki, Arber Xhekaj and Dach gave Montreal a three-goal lead in the first period. Mike Hoffman also scored, for his third goal in two nights. Luke Schenn and Nils Hoglander replied for Vancouver.


Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane will miss three to four months after being cut on the left wrist by a skate blade. The injury occurred during Edmonton's 3-2 win at Tampa Bay yesterday. Kane got tangled with Lightning defenceman Philippe Myers just inside Edmonton's defensive zone and was cut by the skate of Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon.


Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky has been suspended two games by the N-H-L boarding Matt Luff of the Detroit Red Wings. The incident happened in Montreal's 3-2 shootout win at Detroit yesterday. The 18-year-old Slafkovsky, the first overall pick in the 2022 draft, was assessed a major and game misconduct for driving Luff headfirst into the boards with a check from behind.


Fred VanVleet and O-G Anunoby combined for 59 points to drag the lethargic Toronto Raptors to a 116-109 victory over the lowly Houston Rockets. VanVleet had seven three-pointers en route to 32 points. Anunoby scored 27 and grabbed nine rebounds in Toronto's third game without injured all-star forward Pascal Siakam.


Houston Astros general manager James Click hasn't yet agreed to a new contract with the World Series champions. He helped oversee this year's title team, but there is no guarantee a deal will be reached. His fellow general managers didn't comment directly on the Astros' situation, but praised Click's work there. The G-Ms met for the second day at a Las Vegas resort.


President Joe Biden says he hopes Russian President Vladimir Putin will be more willing to negotiate the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner now that the U.S. midterm elections are over. Griner's lawyers revealed today that she had been sent to a penal colony to serve her sentence for drug possession.


Williams named Canada's coach for upcoming world junior hockey championship

Dennis Williams, who helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2022 world junior hockey championship as an assistant coach, will lead the staff for the upcoming 2023 tournament.

Hockey Canada announced its coaching staff for the tournament in Halifax and Moncton, N.B., on Wednesday. Joining Williams on Canada's bench will assistants coaches Stephane Julien, Brent Kisio and Alan Letang.

Goaltending consultant Kelly Guard and video coach James Emery are also on Williams's staff.

Williams, the head coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips, was part of Dave Cameron's staff for Canada's team that won a rare summer tournament in Edmonton with a 3-2 win over Finland in the Aug. 20 gold-medal game.

He won a silver medal as an assistant with Canada's summer under-18 team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup and served as head coach of Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The 2022 championship was postponed from its normal time due to an outbreak of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus.


Auger-Aliassime increases winning streak to 14 matches with close win over Ymer

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime kept his winning streak alive with a razor-thin 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Sweden's Mikael Ymer in second-round action Wednesday at the Paris Masters tennis tournament.

Auger-Aliassime won on his second match point opportunity to end a marathon match that took three and a half hours to complete. With the eight-seeded Canadian serving for the match, Ymer hit a forehand long as Auger-Aliassime continued his march toward the season-ending ATP Finals with his 14th straight win.

Auger-Aliassime had a chance to put the match away earlier in the third-set tiebreak. Ymer, serving down 6-5, stayed alive when he tucked a shot over Auger-Aliassime's racket to end a lengthy rally.

Auger-Aliassime set up his second match point when Ymer hit a shot into the net on the following point.

Ymer, who advanced to the main draw through qualifying, did not make it easy for the in-form Auger-Aliassime.

The Montreal native, who entered Paris after holding serve throughout his tournament win last week at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, faced 17 break points on Wednesday and saved 14 of them.


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