Thompson Sports News Archives for 2023-05

Canada grouped with Spain, Poland at World Cup of women's tenni

Canada has drawn into a group with Spain and Poland at the upcoming Billie Jean King Cup.

The international women's team tennis tournament held its draw on Wednesday.

Canada, third-seeded Spain, and Poland will compete in a round-robin tournament in Seville, Spain, Nov. 7-12.

The Billie Jean King Cup is the World Cup of women's tennis.

Previously known as the Fed Cup, it's the largest annual international team competition in women's sport, with a record 134 nations entered in 2023.

Switzerland beat Australia 2-0 to win last year's championship.

Canada reached the round-robin stage of the tournament in 2022.

Thompson Merchant Media Slo-Pitch starts tonight

Five games kick off the Merchant Media Slo-Pitch season here in Thompson tonight.

 

There are three games slated for 6:30.     At the Juniper field, The Challengers take on the Brew Jays.  The Bad News Beers take on The Brick at the Red Sangster Diamond.    The Hawks and Willy's Warriors are competing at Rec 2.

 

Then at 8, at the Red Sangster diamond, it's Mitts and Sticks against Wayne's World and at Rec 2, the Dreamcatchers play I'd Hit That.

 

For the latest schedule, go to the Merchant Media Slopitch facebook page.

Organizers of Paris Olympics say 6.8 million tickets sold so far, defend pricing

Organizers of the Paris Olympics say they have sold 6.8 million tickets out of 10 million available with 14 months left before the opening ceremony.

They have also brushed off criticism that prices are too high. Organizing committee president Tony Estanguet says the second ticketing phase that ended last week exceeded expectations despite some fans and athletes complaining about hefty prices.

The most expensive tickets are 2,700 euros ($2,900) for the opening ceremony, and the sports with the highest prices are the athletics, swimming and basketball finals.

The cheapest tickets are 24 euros ($26) and were quickly snapped up, leaving just 200,000 low-cost seats available in a later round to the frustration of many buyers.

Conroy named Calgary Flames general manager, Nonis also joins front office

The Calgary Flames promoted from within and have given former player Craig Conroy his first job as an NHL general manager.

The Flames announced the 51-year-old from Potsdam, N.Y., as the team's next GM in a release Tuesday.

The Flames also announced that former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has joined the team as senior vice-president of hockey operations and assistant GM.

Conroy was an assistant GM of the Flames for nine seasons after playing just over 1,000 NHL games, half of them with Calgary.

Naming a new coach will be Conroy's first order of business to steady a team that's had its share of organizational drama recently.

Darryl Sutter was fired May 1 less than two weeks after the Flames announced former GM Brad Treliving had left.

Canada tops Czechs at men's hockey worlds, will face Finland in quarterfinals

Tyler Myers scored the winning goal just over four minutes into the third period as Canada ended preliminary-round play at the men's world hockey championship Tuesday with a 3-1 win over Czechia.

Peyton Krebs and Lawson Crouse, into an empty net, also scored for Canada. Scott Laughton had two assists, while Samuel Montembeault faced just 17 shots.

Martin Kaut replied for Czechia, which got 41 saves from Karel Vejmelka.

Canada finished second in Group B with 15 points (four regulation wins, one overtime win, one overtime loss, one regulation loss), two more than the third-place Czechs.

Switzerland, which played its final preliminary-round game later against co-host Latvia, had already clinched top spot in the group with 18 points from six regulation victories.

Canada will face defending champion and co-host Finland, which was locked into third in Group A heading into Tuesday's games, in the quarterfinals.

Canadian Olympic sprinter Donovan Bailey joins Neko Sparks bid to buy Senators

 

Former Canadian Olympic sprinter Donovan Bailey is joining the bid led by Los Angeles-based producer Neko Sparks to buy the NHL's Ottawa Senators, the 55-year-old announced on Twitter.

Bailey won gold medals in the men's 100-metre dash and the 4x100-metre relay at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

He joins rapper Snoop Dogg on the list of high-profile names to join Sparks's bid, which is aiming to be the first Black-led ownership group in the NHL.

On Wednesday, Quebec First Nation community Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg confirmed it was endorsing Sparks's bid. The community has a land claim on LeBreton Flats, one of the locations where the Senators are considering building a new arena.

The board of directors of Senators Sports & Entertainment announced in November that a process had been initiated to sell the club. Monday was the deadline to submit bids to purchase the team, of which there are reportedly four.

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk died March 28, 2022, at age 62 after battling an illness. He left the team to his daughters, Anna and Olivia.

Canada's Bouchard retires from Firenze Open quarterfinal against Errani

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard is out of the Firenze Ladies Open after she retired from her quarterfinal match against Italy's Sara Errani.

Bouchard, took three medical timeouts during the match before retiring with Errani leading 6-3, 1-0.

The reason for Bouchard's decision not to continue was not immediately clear, but the 29-year-old from Westmount, Que., has been beset by injuries over the last couple of years.

Bouchard returned from a 17-month layoff recovering from right shoulder surgery at the Odlum Brown VanOpen last August before suffering an undisclosed injury in a doubles match a month later.

Her latest setback comes a week before the French Open.

Bouchard has appeared in five WTA tournaments this year, including coming out of qualifying and winning a first-round match at the WTA 1000 Madrid Open.

 

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The N-H-L playoffs continue tonight with the series opener of the Western Conference final. The Dallas Stars visit the top-seed Vegas Golden Knights. Vegas last played Sunday, having ousted the Edmonton Oilers in six games. Meanwhile, Dallas finished off the Seattle Kraken in seven on Monday.

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Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winning goal with 13 seconds left in quadruple overtime and the Florida Panthers topped the Carolina Panthers 3-2 last night. The Panthers took a 1-0 edge in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series with the win. The game marked the 15th four-overtime game in N-H-L history.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are back in action tonight, hosting another American League East rival in the Baltimore Orioles. Toronto fell 4-2 to A-L East foe New York Yankees last night, going 1-and-3 in their four-game series. Yusei Kikuchi  is scheduled to start for the Blue Jays, while Kyle Gibson will be on the mound for the Orioles.

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Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals is set to go tonight in the N-B-A. The Heat will look to steal another game on the road from the Boston Celtics and take a 2-0 series lead heading back to Miami. The Heat took the opener 123-116 on Wednesday, led by Jimmy Butler's 35-point effort.

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Canada's Jamal Murray scored 23 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Denver Nuggets to a 108-103 comeback win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night. Denver took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference final series. Murray, from Kitchener, Ontario, is averaging 27.2 points through 13 games in the N-B-A playoffs.

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Canada's Corey Conners is near the top of the leaderboard entering today's second round at the P-G-A Championship. The Listowel, Ontario native went three under yesterday to be in a tie for third, two shots back of the lead. Eric Cole was five under through 14 holes before play was suspended.

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Kyle Dubas out as Toronto Maple Leafs general manager following early playoff exit

Kyle Dubas is out as general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team said Friday that it is “parting ways” with the 37-year-old, whose contract was scheduled to expire June 30.

The Leafs won a playoff series for the first time in nearly two decades this spring when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning before bowing out to the underdog Florida Panthers in a disappointing second-round showing.

An emotional Dubas said at his end-of-season press conference he wasn't sure if he would continue on as GM, citing the stress on his young family.

Dubas joined the Leafs in 2014 as an assistant GM at age 28 in 2014 and managed the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies to a Calder Cup title in 2017-18.

He took over as Toronto general manager from Lou Lamoriello in May 2018 as part of a succession plan under the direction of team president Brendan Shanahan.

Saskatchewan Roughriders sign decorated Australian punter Korsak

 The Saskatchewan Roughriders signed Australian punter Adam Korsak on Friday.

The six-foot, 185-pound Korsak was Saskatchewan's first pick, third overall, of the 2023 CFL global draft. The Australian joins the Riders after attending rookie minicamps with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Korsak, 25, captured the Ray Guy award last season at Rutgers as American college football's top punter. His net punting average of 43.4 yards was third in the NCAA ranks but he held opponents to minus-11 returns yards (tops in NCAA) and allowed just one positive return over 75 attempts.

Korsak also had 32 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line, third-best in the NCAA. He finished his tenure at Rutgers as the NCAA career leader in punts (349) and yards (15,318).

Korsak was a team captain for three years and twice named special-teams MVP.

 

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