January 18th, 2021

National Sports

Bottcher and Walker to skip Alberta teams at nationals, Koe gets wild-card spot

By Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

The long wait to learn who will represent Alberta at the national curling championships is over. The decision provided some clarity on the wild-card front too. Reigning Alberta champions Laura Walker and Brendan Bottcher will wear provincial colours once again, Curling Alberta announced Monday, 10 days after cancelling its playdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read More »

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CF Montreal adds experience, trading for Slovenian centre back Kiki Struna.

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

MONTREAL – CF Montreal sacrificed offence for defence Monday, trading Argentine forward Maxi Urruti to the Houston Dynamo for centre back Kiki Struna. Montreal also got an international roster spot for the 2021 season in the deal while Houston received a second-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. The 30-year-old Struna played 46 MLS games, ... Read More »

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Former Buffalo and Montreal coach Marv Levy behind Buffalo Bills during playoff march

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

He’s coached in both Kansas City and Buffalo, but former Montreal Alouettes coach Marv Levy will be firmly behind the Bills this weekend. Buffalo visits Kansas City in the AFC championship game Sunday following a 17-3 home playoff win over Baltimore on Saturday. The defending Super Bowl-champion Chiefs dispatched Cleveland 22-17 the following day. Buffalo ... Read More »

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Bottcher and Walker to serve as Alberta skips at nationals, Koe gets wild-card spot

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

Teams skipped by Brendan Bottcher and Laura Walker – both reigning Alberta champions – will represent the province again at the upcoming national curling championships. Curling Alberta plans to send out an official release later Monday but athletes familiar with the decision confirmed the news to The Canadian Press. The athletes spoke on condition of ... Read More »

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Toronto-based Samuel Vargas to face unbeaten Conor (The Destroyer) Benn in April

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

Toronto-based welterweight Samuel Vargas will face unbeaten Conor (The Destroyer) Benn on April 10 in the United Kingdom. Benn, the son of former world champion Nigel Benn, ran his record to 17-0-0 in November with a decision over Germany’s Sebastian Formella. The 24-year-old Benn is currently ranked 11th by the WBA. Vargas (31-6-2) last fought ... Read More »

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Canadian women’s hockey team holds Calgary “bubble” camp

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

CALGARY – The Canadian women’s hockey team has opened a 35-player camp in a Calgary “bubble.” The 14-day camp is the first physical gathering of national-team players in months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hockey Canada invited 47 players to Calgary, but 12 won’t participate because of school commitments “and other reasons,” the organization said ... Read More »

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Canadian rider Michael Woods hopes to race in Tour de France ahead of Tokyo Olympics

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

Canadian Michael Woods says he hopes to ride in the Tour de France ahead of the Tokyo Olympics this summer. “Certainly I think the big question (that) revolves around the Olympics is the quarantine,” Woods told reporters during the Israel Start-Up Nation’ teams virtual news conference Monday in Girona, Spain. “If there is a quarantine, ... Read More »

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Winnipeg Jets star forward Patrik Laine day-to-day with upper-body injury

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

TORONTO – Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice says star forward Patrik Laine is day-to-day with an upper body injury. Maurice updated Laine’s status before Winnipeg’s game in Toronto on Monday. Laine had left the last two Jets practices early. The Finnish sniper had two goals and an assist in Winnipeg’s season-opening 4-3 overtime win over ... Read More »

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Maple Leafs lose goalie Dell to waivers; forward Robertson out around four weeks

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

TORONTO – The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost goaltender Aaron Dell to the waiver wire. The New Jersey Devils claimed Dell a day after the Maple Leafs put the goaltender on waivers, along with veteran forward Jason Spezza. The 31-year-old Dell signed a one-year, US$800,000 contract with Toronto in October. He played in 33 games ... Read More »

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Ottawa Redblacks re-sign LB Fernandez, WR Saunders and RB Flanders

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Redblacks have re-signed linebacker Jerod Fernandez, wide receiver Jalen Saunders and running back Timothy Flanders. Fernandez joined the Redblacks during the 2019 season after spending time with Washington in the NFL. He had 53 tackles and a pair of forced fumbles in 11 games and was named the Redblacks’ most outstanding ... Read More »

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IIHF pulls hockey worlds from Belarus, seeks new host

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2021

ZURICH – The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors. The International Ice Hockey Federation cited safety concerns and said it will seek a new country to co-host the tournament with Latvia. Criticism of Belarus’ role as co-host grew after authoritarian president ... Read More »

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