Thompson Sports News Archives for 2023-01

Canada's Brooke Henderson moves up to No. 1 on LPGA Tour standings

Canada's Brooke Henderson is No. 1 on the LPGA Tour standings.

She was elevated to the top spot on the Race to CME Globe rankings on Monday after winning the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions.

Henderson won the season-opening elite 29-player tournament by four strokes.

The native of Smiths Falls, Ont., now has 13 professional wins, the most in Canadian golf history.

Henderson finished 2022 third in the Race to CME Globe rankings and seventh in the Rolex Rankings.

The 25-year-old remains in seventh in the Rolex Rankings, which evaluate a player's performance over a rolling two-year period weighted in favour of the current year.


Is there a Netlix `curse' on Australian Open tennis players?

Tennis is abuzz with tongue-in-cheek talk about a “Netflix curse” during the Australian Open.


There are folks drawing a line from the streaming service's new docuseries about the sport to the recent rough times for Season 1 protagonists.


Only one of the 10 players featured prominently across the five episodes released last week remains in the singles competition at Melbourne Park heading into Saturday.


That is Felix Auger-Aliassime. He is a 22-year-old from Canada who said he hadn't heard of the supposed “curse” until his girlfriend mentioned it to him Friday.

Canadian QB Rourke looking to carve out NFL career with Jacksonville Jaguars

Former B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke says he's looking to create a job for himself as he heads to the NFL.


The 24-year-old from Victoria inked a standard rookie contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday after working out for a dozen NFL teams.


Rourke says he picked a squad where he could go in and compete for the backup quarterback position and be “one play away from playing.”


The six-foot-two, 209-pound Rourke is coming off a stellar CFL season where he threw for 3,349 yards with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 10 regular-season appearances. He added 304 yards on the ground with seven rushing TDs.


A foot injury that required surgery halted his campaign in August, but Rourke returned in the Lions' regular-season finale, then led the team to a 30-16 victory over the Calgary Stampeders in the West Division semifinal. B.C. ultimately fell 28-20 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West final.


Rourke says his time in the CFL taught him how to be a professional and prepare each and every week, and that he'll continue to cheer the Lions on as a fan.

Canadian Championship to kick off in April with 14 teams chasing the Voyageurs Cup


The 2023 Canadian Championship will kick off April 18 with 14 clubs including the defending champion Vancouver Whitecaps and three first-time participants.

Canada Soccer says the four-round tournament features teams from Major League Soccer, Canadian Premier League, League1 BC, League1 Ontario and Quebec's Premier League (Premiere ligue de soccer du Quebec or PLSQ).

New to the tournament are the CPL's Vancouver FC, League1 BC's TSS Rovers FC from Richmond, and Quebec's FC Laval.

Returning clubs are: Vancouver, Toronto FC and CF Montreal from MLS; Pacific FC, Cavalry FC, Valour FC, Forge FC, York United FC, Atletico Ottawa and HFX Wanderers FC from the Canadian Premier League; and Vaughan SC Azzurri from League1 Ontario.

The official draw is scheduled for January 31.

Vancouver and Toronto, as the 2022 champion and runner-up, will receive first-round byes.


Canada's Galarneau and Sebov post first-round qualifying wins at Australian Open

Canada's Alexis Galarneau and Katherine Sebov earned first-round qualifying wins Tuesday at the Australian Open.


Galarneau, from Laval, Que., defeated Britain's Ryan Peniston 7-6 (5), 6-2. Sebov, from Toronto, upset Linda Noskova of Czechia - the No. 2 seed in the women's qualifying draw - 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

Qualifying play continues through the week ahead of the main draw opener on Monday.

Six Canadian players are on the main draw singles entry list for the first Grand Slam of the season.

Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Vasek Pospisil, a native of Vernon, B.C., are entered in the men's draw. The women's draw includes Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., and Vancouver's Rebecca Marino.

Carol Zhao of Richmond Hill, Ont., was scheduled to play her second-round qualifying match on Wednesday against 17th-seeded Clara Burel of France.

Bills safety Hamlin back in Buffalo to continue recovery

Doctors who treated Damar Hamlin say the Bills safety was moved to a hospital in Buffalo to continue his recovery.


It's an uplifting sign of the remarkable progress Hamlin has made a week after going into cardiac arrest and having to be resuscitated on the field during a game in Cincinnati.


Hamlin was discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center in the morning and flown to Buffalo, where Dr. William Knight said he was “doing well.”


Hamlin's return comes a day after he cheered on the Bills from his hospital bed during their 35-23 win over the New England Patriots. The game proved to be a cathartic outpouring of support for the Bills and Hamlin.

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Canada meets the United States in the semifinal at the world junior hockey championship in Halifax. The two rivals advanced to the semifinals after polar-opposite quarterfinals on Monday, with Canada beating Slovakia 4-3 in overtime and the U-S routing Germany 11-1. Czechia faces Sweden in today's other semifinal.


There are three games on the N-H-L schedule tonight, with no Canadian teams in action. The Tampa Bay Lightning look to extend their four-game win streak when they face the Wild in Minnesota. The New Jersey Devils visit the Detroit Red Wings, and the Anaheim Ducks host the Dallas Stars.


Milwaukee visits the Toronto Raptors, a day after Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped 55 points in the Bucks' 123-113 win against the Washington Wizards. The Raptors have lost seven of their last 10 games and sit 12th in the Eastern Conference standings.


The New Orleans Pelicans are bracing for another extended stint without star forward Zion Williamson. Williamson has a strained right hamstring and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. If that timetable holds, Williamson will miss at least 10 games. Williamson missed all of last season and was limited to 85 games in his first two seasons because of injuries.


The mastermind of the U-S college admissions bribery scandal is set to be sentenced in Federal Court in Boston. Prosecutors are seeking six years in prison for Rick Singer, who helped authorities secure the convictions of a slew of wealthy parents involved in his scheme to rig the selection process at top-tier schools.


Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu has been bounced from the Adelaide Open. Andreescu lost her Round of 16 match in straight sets 6-4, 6-0 to Russia's Veronika Kudermetova. On the men's side, Denis Shapovalov will meet Russian Roman Safiullin  later today.  Fellow Canadians Leylah Fernadez and Rebecca Marino are also in action at the A-S-B Classic in New Zealand.



The Nor-Man Wolves U-15 AAA hockey team to host a few home games in Thompson this month

The U-15 hockey team that represents northern Manitoba in the Winnipeg Triple-A League will be hosting its home games in Thompson this month.


The Norman Wolves, who typically play their home games in The Pas, will be playing at the CA Nesbitt Arena this weekend against the Winnipeg Wild Green.


The game on Saturday will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the puck drop on Sunday is at noon.


There will also be a pair of home games versus the Brandon Wheat Kings on January 21st and the 22nd at the same venue.


The games are free to attend, and Wolves players Simon Richcoon and Joey Hall invite residents to come support the team as many of the players are from Thompson.


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