January 23rd, 2018

National Sports

Austrian cities Graz, Schladming consider 2026 Olympics bid

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2018

SCHALDMING, Austria – Two cities in the Austrian province of Styria are exploring the possibility of hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, three months after a potential bid from Innsbruck was rejected by inhabitants of Tyrol. Graz and Schladming said on Tuesday they are working on a financial plan to be presented in March, followed by ... Read More »

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New women’s soccer coach Heiner-Moller sees seamless transition from Herdman era

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

TORONTO – There is only one John Herdman. But in putting Herdman in charge of the men’s national team and naming assistant coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller his replacement with the women, the Canadian Soccer Association opted for continuity and the hope that the experienced Dane can continue the Canadian women’s rise. “Well I think you cannot ... Read More »

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Adarius Bowman roster bonus deadline is looming for Edmonton Eskimos

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

Edmonton Eskimos GM Brock Sutherland has a big decision to make. Veteran receiver Adarius Bowman is due a $140,000 roster bonus early next month. The six-foot-three, 215-pound slotback is a three-time CFL all-star but is coming off a sub-par 2017 season. Bowman has cracked the 1,000-yard plateau three times over his six CFL campaigns with ... Read More »

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IOC likes Calgary’s legacy, including Saddledome, for 2026 bid: city director

By Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

CALGARY – The International Olympic Committee believes Calgary’s Saddledome can host hockey and figure skating in 2026. Kyle Ripley, the city’s recreation director who is also director of Calgary 2026 bid project team, says IOC personnel who visited the city last week gave thumbs up to facilities still in use from the 1988 Winter Olympics. ... Read More »

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A-Rod again replaces Boone, joins ESPN Sunday Night Baseball

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2018

BRISTOL, Conn. – Alex Rodriguez is taking over for Aaron Boone again, this time moving into the ESPN booth for Sunday Night Baseball. ESPN announced Tuesday that A-Rod was joining its crew as an analyst. The former star slugger will become a rare, two-network announcer – he will continue as a studio analyst for Fox ... Read More »

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Matthew Savoie drawing lofty hockey comparisons even at the age of 14

By Dhiren Mahiban, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

He’s only 14 but already Matthew Savoie is drawing comparisons to the likes of Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon. Trouble is, Savoie isn’t eligible for the WHL bantam draft until May 2019 and even then would be allowed to play just five games during the 2019-20 campaign. That has Savoie’s family considering whether to apply ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan Rush fan dressed as Hulk banned from Calgary lacrosse game

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

WARMAN, Sask. – A man who dresses up as the Incredible Hulk at Saskatchewan Rush lacrosse games says he’s been banned from this weekend’s game in Calgary against the Roughnecks. Known as Rush Hulk, Kelvin Ooms has organized four busloads of fans as part of a road trip from Saskatchewan. He says he’s been told ... Read More »

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Going in Cold: Nunavut skip’s first game with new teammates will come at Scotties

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

The good news for Amie Shackleton is that she is set to realize her dream of playing at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The bad news is she has never played a competitive game with her teammates. Shackleton will serve as skip on Team Nunavut at the Jan. 26-Feb. 4 competition at the South Okanagan ... Read More »

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Canadian welterweight Rory MacDonald returns home with Bellator title

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

Rory MacDonald is back in Canada, on crutches but with the Bellator welterweight championship belt in tow. The former UFC contender won a unanimous five-round decision to dethrone American-based Brazilian Douglas Lima in a war of attrition at Bellator 192 on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The judges scored the fight 49-48, ... Read More »

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Veteran fullback Rob Cote retires after 11 seasons with Calgary Stampeders

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

Calgary Stampeders fullback Rob Cote has retired following 11 seasons with the CFL club. The six-foot-one, 227-pound Cote appeared in 179 regular-season games with Calgary and was part of two Grey Cup-winning teams over his career. He spent six seasons as a team captain and twice was voted by his teammates as the winner of ... Read More »

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Leafs recall forward Kapanen from Marlies, loan Gauthier to AHL club

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2018

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs recalled forward Kasperi Kapanen from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies on Tuesday. The Leafs also loaned forward Frederik Gauthier to the AHL club. Kapanen, 21, has two goals in six games this season with the Leafs. He registered 12 goals and 10 assists in 27 games with the Marlies. Gauthier, ... Read More »

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