Thompson Sports News Archives for 2023-03

Canadian swimmer McIntosh sets women's world record in 400-metre freestyle

Sixteen-year-old Summer McIntosh of Toronto has set a world record in the women's 400-metre freestyle event at the Canadian swimming trials.

McIntosh finished the 400-metre event in three minutes, 56.08 seconds, breaking the record of 3:56.40 that was set last year by Australia's Ariarne Titmus.

McIntosh previously held the Canadian record in the event at 3:59.32.

McIntosh, who earned silver in the 400 freestyle at last year's world championships, won two gold and a bronze at the same world meet.

McIntosh first attracted national attention when she competed at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 as a 14-year-old, ending up fourth in the 400-metre freestyle event.

The Canadian swimming trials, which opened Tuesday, are being held to select athletes for the world championships and Pan American Games later this year.

Canada will face Italy, Sweden and Chile in Davis Cup title defence

Defending champion Canada will face Italy, Sweden and Chile in the group stage of the 2023 Davis Cup men's tennis tournament.

Canada, the No. 1 country in the Davis Cup rankings, was selected as the top seed of Group A, which will play its matches at Unipol Arena in Bologna, Italy, from Sept. 12-17.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages (quarterfinals, semifinals, and final) in Malaga, Spain.

Canada won its first Davis Cup title when a team led by Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil defeated Australia 2-0 in last year's championship tie in Malaga.

Canada advanced to the 2022 final with a 2-1 semifinal victory over Italy.

No. 2 Australia was drawn with host Britain, France and Switzerland into Group B, which will be hosted in Manchester, England.

 

Canada finishes with 7-5 round-robin record, makes playoff cut at women's worlds

Canada's Kerri Einarson closed her round-robin schedule with an 11-5 loss to Denmark's Madeleine Dupont but still managed to secure a playoff berth at the women's world curling championship.

Her Manitoba-based rink of Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris, which defeated Turkey's Dilsat Yildiz 10-4 earlier Friday, made the six-team playoff cut at 7-5.

After conceding to Denmark after eight ends, Canada locked up a spot in a qualification game a short time later when Tabitha Peterson of the United States dropped a 10-6 decision to South Korea's Seungyoun Ha.

Canada will learn its seeding position when the last round-robin draw is completed later Friday at the Goransson Arena.

The top two seeds earn direct berths in the semifinals. The other playoff teams will play qualification games on Saturday morning.

Medal games are scheduled for Sunday.

Canada's Einarson drops 8-3 decision to Germany at women's worlds curling playdowns

Canada's Kerri Einarson dropped an 8-3 decision to Germany's Daniela Jentsch in round-robin play at the women's world curling championship.

Einarson and her Manitoba-based team of Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris conceded after giving up four points in the eighth end.

Canada will play South Korea's Seungyoun Ha later Wednesday at the Goransson Arena.

Einarson shot just 61 per cent against Germany and was 53 per cent on her takeouts. Her teammates all shot at least 80 per cent overall.

The result left both teams with 5-3 records. Switzerland's Silvana Tirinzoni (7-0) leads the 13-team field.

Round-robin play continues through Friday night. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Andreescu defeats Raducanu, moves on to second round of Miami Open

Canada's Bianca Andreescu won a matchup of former U.S. Open champions and moved on to the second round of the Miami Open tennis tournament with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win over Britain's Emma Raducanu on Wednesday,

Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ont., improved to 2-0 against Raducanu. She had seven aces to Raducanu's two and won 67.2 per cent of first serve points.

The Canadian, who won the U.S. Open in 2019, faced 12 break points, but defended all but one. She broke Raducanu three times on 11 chances.

Raducanu, who came into the tournament ranked 72nd in the world, won the U.S. Open in 2021 when she defeated Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., in the final.

Andreescu, ranked No. 31 in the world, improved to 7-6 on the season as she looks to progress past the second round of a tournament for just the second time this year.

She will next face seventh seed Maria Sakkari of Greece. Andreescu beat Sakkari in the semifinals of the 2021 Miami Open before retiring in the final against Ash Barty.

Canada's Marino advances to second round at Miami with win over Putintseva

Vancouver's Rebecca Marino advanced to the second round of the Miami Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan on Tuesday.

Marino didn't face break point and dominated on serve with 10 aces.

She converted two of 10 break point chances and won 62.7 per cent of available points in a dominant second set.

Marino will face sixth-seeded Coco Gauff next. The American beat Marino in the first round of the 2022 French Open in the only other meeting between the players.

Later Tuesday, qualifier Katherine Sebov of Toronto faced Linda Fruhvirtova of Czechia.

Undefeated Switzerland edges Canada 7-6 at world women's curling championship

Three-time defending champion Switzerland remained undefeated at the women's world curling championship with a 7-6 win over Canada in Tuesday's afternoon draw.

Silvana Tirinzoni's squad led 6-4 following a three-point fifth end and a steal of one in the sixth.

After a blank seventh, Canada skip Einarson scored one in the eighth and tied the match 6-6 with a steal in the ninth.

With the hammer in the final end, Tirinzoni scored one to cement the win and improve to 6-0.

Einarson and teammates Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris, fell to 4-2. The team from Gimli, Man., entered Tuesday's late draw tied for second with Italy, South Korea and Norway.

Canada faced winless New Zealand (0-6) in the evening draw.

Gausman pitches five shutout innings as Blue Jays beat Tigers 5-0

Kevin Gausman struck out six over five innings and Devonte Brown hit a three-run homer as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 in spring training baseball action Monday.

Gausman, who has yet to allow a run in 13 2/3 innings pitched over four starts this spring, scattered three hits and didn't allow a walk.

Luke Bard, Adam Cimber, Jay Jackson and Trent Thornton each pitched a shutout inning of relief as Detroit managed just five hits.

Cimber pitched the seventh and picked up the win when Toronto opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the eighth.

Wynton Bernard put the Jays up 1-0 with an RBI double, then stole home when Garrett Spain struck out on a foul tip.

Brown capped the scoring with his three-run shot in the ninth.

CONCACAF Nations League to hold final four at Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium

The CONCACAF Nations League finals will be held at Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium, CONCACAF announced Monday.

The four League A group winners will head to Las Vegas for semifinals on June 15 and a third-place match and final on June 18.

The U.S. won the inaugural edition of the tournament in 2021. Canada did not make the finals, finishing runner-up to the Americans in League A Group A on goal difference.

Canada (1-1-0) stands second in Group C this time around, sandwiched between Honduras (2-1-0) and Curacao (1-2-0).

The 53rd-ranked Canadian men visit No. 86 Curacao on Sunday before hosting No. 81 Honduras on March 28 at Toronto's BMO Field.

The four pool winners will be ranked according to their performance in the group stage with the highest-ranked team facing the lowest-ranked team and No. 2 facing No. 3 in the finals.

Canada Soccer officials defend controversial deal with Canadian Soccer Business

Canada Soccer defended its controversial deal with Canada Soccer Business under questioning on Parliament Hill by the House of Commons heritage committee.

The agreement allows the CSB to oversee marketing and broadcasting rights, with an annual payment to Canada Soccer. The arrangement provided Canada Soccer with a guaranteed income while helping fund the Canadian Premier League.

But Canada Soccer general secretary Earl Cochrane says the governing body is in negotiations to “modernize” the CSB agreement.

Cochrane also said the governing body had erred in cuts this year to the women's team program and was moving to remedy them.

Cochrane was accompanied by Canada Soccer board members Paul-Claude Berube and Stephanie J. Geosits. All three appeared via video conference.

Former Canada Soccer president Nick Bontis was invited to appear but was unable to attend.

Canada's Einarson beats Italy's Constantini 7-2 at women's world curling championship

Canada's Kerri Einarson defeated Italy's Stefania Constantini 7-2 in round-robin play at the world women's curling championship.

Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Harris improved to 3-1 after six draws of play at the Goransson Arena.

Italy faced a triple-raise double-takeout to score in the ninth end but gave up a steal of two to end the game.

Einarson and her Manitoba-based team will play Scotland's Rebecca Morrison later Monday.

The top six teams in the 13-team field will qualify for the playoff round. The final is scheduled for Sunday.

Einarson won bronze at last year's world championship in Prince George, B.C.

2023 Tim Hortons Brier standings

2023 Tim Hortons Brier standings

Results and preliminary-round standings Tuesday from the 2023 Tim Hortons Brier, the Canadian men's curling championship, held Mar. 3-12 at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont. (all times Eastern):

PRELIMINARY ROUND

Pool A

 

Team (Skip) W L
Alberta (K.Koe) 6 0
Manitoba (Dunstone) 5 0
Northern Ontario (T.Horgan) 4 1
Nova Scotia (Manuel) 3 2
Wild Card (2) (Carruthers) 2 3
Saskatchewan (Knapp) 2 3
Nunavut (Higgs) 1 5
Newfoundland & Labrador (Young) 1 5
Northwest Territories (J.Koe) 0 5

 

Pool B

Team (Skip) W L

 

Canada (Gushue) 5 1
Wild Card (1) (Bottcher) 5 1
Ontario (McEwen) 3 2
Quebec (Asselin) 3 2
British Columbia (Gauthier) 2 3
Wild Card (3) (Sturmay) 2 3
Yukon (Scoffin) 2 3
Prince Edward Island (Smith) 2 4
New Brunswick (Jones) 0 5

 

Note: Top three teams per pool advance to the playoffs following preliminary round.

Manitoba's Dunstone tops Nova Scotia's Manuel 8-4 to remain unbeaten at Brier

Manitoba's Matt Dunstone defeated Nova Scotia's Matthew Manuel 8-4 on Tuesday morning at the Tim Hortons Brier.

Dunstone made a hit for three in the sixth end and picked up two late steals to earn his fourth straight round-robin win.

In other early games, Ontario's Mike McEwen beat Yukon's Thomas Scoffin 10-7 and Brendan Bottcher of Wild Card 1 edged New Brunswick's Scott Jones 8-7.

Alberta's Kevin Koe posted a 6-4 victory over Nathan Young of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Two more draws are scheduled for later in the day at Budweiser Gardens.

Round-robin play continues through Thursday and the final is scheduled for Sunday night.

Manitoba Credit Union's Master Men's and Women's Provincial Curling Championship takes place in Thompson this week

Thompson is hosting the Manitoba Credit Union’s Master Men’s and Women’s Provincial Curling Championship this week.

 

This is the first time the Hub of the North is hosting this particular tournament, which features curlers ages 60 and older.

 

Sam Antila, the chair of the tournament’s hosting committee who’s also participating in the competition, shares the details.

 

“For the men’s side, we have 16 teams from all over the province and they are divided into 2 pools of 8 and they play in pool plays starting on Thursday morning, March 9th, and continuing on until Sunday.  The top 2 from each pool will advance to a play-off format and then the semi final and final is on Monday, March 13th.”

 

On the women’s side, they will be playing a round-robin before the playoffs instead.

 

There are 16 men’s teams and five women’s teams competing this year.

 

Learn more about the tourney this afternoon on Thompson Today.

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