December 12th, 2018

National Sports

Ottawa Fury FC says CONCACAF is seeking to bar it from playing in USL

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

Ottawa Fury FC says CONCACAF is seeking to bar it from playing in the United Soccer League in 2019. Mark Goudie, president and CEO of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group which is the Fury’s parent company, calls the move unprecedented and “simply wrong.” The move by CONCACAF appears to be a bid to ensure ... Read More »

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Real Madrid, Man U pay price for fielding weakened teams

By Steve Douglas, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2018

Two of European soccer’s grandest clubs paid the price for fielding weakened teams on the final night of Champions League group play, with Real Madrid slumping to a record home loss and Manchester United squandering a surprise opportunity to top its group. On an evening when Lyon celebrated becoming the 16th and last team to ... Read More »

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Lyon advances, Real Madrid humiliated in Champions League

By Steve Douglas, The Associated Press on December 12th, 2018

Lyon clinched the final qualifying spot for the Champions League’s knockout stage on Wednesday as Juventus, Manchester City and Bayern Munich secured top spot in their groups and likely an easier draw in the round of 16. It was a night to forget for defending champion Real Madrid, which rested most of its regulars and ... Read More »

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Few veterans at Canada’s junior hockey camp, but newcomers bring confidence

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

COLWOOD, B.C. – Brett Leason says his breakout year as the Western Hockey League’s top scorer is getting even better as he battles for a spot on Canada’s junior hockey team. The undrafted Prince Albert Raiders sniper says being told by coaches to play his game let loose his scoring touch and has him brimming ... Read More »

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Ken Hitchcock has Oilers rolling, but other coaching changes falling flat

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

When the struggling Edmonton Oilers dropped the axe on head coach Todd McLellan and replaced him with the briefly-retired Ken Hitchcock last month, part of Peter Chiarelli’s reasoning for the move came from a belief his team’s roster was good enough to make the playoffs. It’s only been 11 games, but it appears the embattled ... Read More »

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Arendz wins gold, fellow Canadian McKeever takes silver at IPC Nordic WCup stop

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

VUOKATTI, Finland – Mark Arendz won a gold medal in the men’s standing division while fellow Canadian Brian McKeever took silver in the men’s visually impaired category Wednesday at the opening event of the IPC Nordic World Cup circuit. Arendz, from Springton, P.E.I., won his first ever IPC World Cup cross-country race, completing the 10-kilometre ... Read More »

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Victims of former ski coach Charest say they were ‘sacrificed’ by Alpine Canada

By Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

MONTREAL – A lawsuit filed Wednesday against Alpine Canada by three victims of former national ski coach Bertrand Charest alleges the sports federation covered up the sexual abuse in the interest of results on the slopes and sponsorship money. “The plaintiffs were sacrificed by Alpine (Canada) on the altar of performance and sponsors,” the statement ... Read More »

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Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

TORONTO – Teenage midfielder Alphonso Davies has become the youngest winner of the Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award. Davies was chosen in voting by Canadian coaches and media. The former Vancouver Whitecap, who turned 18 in November, is now with Bayern Munich thanks to a record-breaking US$22-million transfer deal that will see ... Read More »

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Toronto FC to visit Las Vegas in February for pre-season friendly with USL team

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

Toronto FC will play Las Vegas Lights FC in a pre-season friendly Feb. 2 in Las Vegas. The game with the USL club is the first announced for TFC during its training camp. Players are scheduled to report Jan. 14 in Toronto with the team likely leaving Jan. 18 for camp in Los Angeles. The ... Read More »

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No reason given as UFC opts to postpone 233 pay-per-view event in Anaheim

By The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

TORONTO – The UFC has postponed its UFC 233 pay-per-view card scheduled for Jan. 26 in Anaheim, Calif. The UFC did not provide a reason why. But the show did not have a main event and was scheduled on the same night as a Bellator card featuring the Heavyweight Grand Prix final between Fedor Emelianenko ... Read More »

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Canada’s Ashley Lawrence signs new PSG deal, prepares second charity event

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on December 12th, 2018

Just 23, Canadian soccer international Ashley Lawrence is looking after her future while doing her best to help the welfare of others. Lawrence signed a new multi-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain on Monday. She is currently in her second season with the prestigious French club, which sits second in the standings at 11-0-2 – two ... Read More »

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