March 31st, 2020

National Sports

Pro darts players group offers support for cash-strapped members during pandemic

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

The Professional Darts Players Association is offering financial support for players affected by suspension of play due to COVID-19. The help includes up to 1,000 pounds ($1,770) for any of the 128 Professional Darts Corporation Tour card-holders “in real need of immediate financial assistance.” The money does not have to repaid. Players who need more ... Read More »

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Former Stampeders running back Tim Petros rose through Calgary football ranks

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

CALGARY – Former Calgary Stampeders running back Tim Petros has died. He was 58. Born and raised in Calgary, Petros played at the University of Calgary before joining his hometown CFL team in 1984. In 100 games from 1984 to 1990, Petros had 2,228 career rushing yards and 18 touchdowns while adding 141 catches for ... Read More »

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Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames announce temporary layoffs

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

The Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have announced temporary staff reductions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The moves on Monday come with nearly all major sports leagues and events suspended because of the novel coronavirus. The Calgary Sports and Entertainment (CSEC), which owns the Flames, the Western Hockey League’s Hitmen, the National Lacrosse League’s Roughnecks ... Read More »

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Former Canucks goalie Lack retires after taking time off with hip injury

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

Former Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack is retiring from the NHL. Lack, who had been sidelined this season with a hip injury, made the announcement Monday on his Twitter account in a four-part farewell video. The 32-year-old from Norrtalje, Sweden, played five seasons in the NHL with Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary and New Jersey. He posted ... Read More »

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Long road, but less limbo for Canadian athletes bound for Tokyo Games

By Donna Spencer and Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

On the coldest, wettest, hardest days on Elk Lake, rower Hillary Janssens told herself and her numb hands “this is the last winter we have to do this before Tokyo.” It wasn’t. The International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo organizing committee announced dates for the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games on Monday, and that had ... Read More »

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USA Rugby votes to file for bankruptcy in bid to reorganize and stay alive

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

USA Rugby, the sport’s governing body south of the border, has voted to officially file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy “as a result of compounded and insurmountable financial constraints.” In a statement on its website, USA Rugby said the suspension of sanctioned rugby activities due to COVID-19 “has accelerated the existing financial challenges facing the Union, ... Read More »

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Vancouver Whitecaps unveil nine new Twitter language feeds, with more planned

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

Looking to embrace their multicultural home and welcome potential fans father afield, the Vancouver Whitecaps unveiled official club Twitter feeds in nine new languages Monday. The new feeds come in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog (spoken in the Philippines). The Major League Soccer team is also looking to introduce Farsi, ... Read More »

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Soccer may be on hold but Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio still making his mark

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

TORONTO – While unable to perform on the field, Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio is still managing to leave his mark during the COVID-19 outbreak. The 27-year-old from nearby Brampton did a recent virtual visit with Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, better known as SickKids. And he showcased a friend – a pint-sized half Shih ... Read More »

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Sens’ Tkachuk says teammates who tested positive for COVID-19 are ‘doing well’

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

Ottawa Senators winger Brady Tkachuk says two teammates who tested positive for COVID-19 are “doing well.” Speaking on one of the NHL’s video conference calls Monday, the 20-year-old adds the group has been in constant contact. Two of the league’s four players to test positive since the season was suspended March 12 amid the novel ... Read More »

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RBC Canadian Open regional qualifiers postponed due to COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

TORONTO – Golf Canada has postponed three regional qualifying tournaments for the 2020 RBC Canadian Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic The tournaments were slated to start May 14 at TPC Toronto at Osprey Valley in Caledon, Ont., May 19 at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, B.C., and May 21 at Club de ... Read More »

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Alberta heavyweight Tanner Boser waits for UFC to call again after COVID-19

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

His latest fight postponed because of the UFC’s inability to find a place to stage it due to COVID-19, Alberta heavyweight Tanner (The Bulldozer) Boser is chilling in his condo with a couple of 40-pound dumbbells, a medicine ball and skipping rope. “I make do,” says Boser, who normally trains twice a day at the ... Read More »

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