January 23rd, 2021

National Sports

Canadian women to take part in next month’s SheBelieves Cup for first time

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

TORONTO – Canada will take part in the SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer tournament next month alongside the host U.S., Brazil and Japan. The Feb. 18-24 event at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium will mark the Canadian women’s team’s first action since March 10, when it wrapped up play at a tournament in France with a 2-2 tie ... Read More »

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NHLers know season played in pandemic’s shadow will present challenges

By Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

Geoff Ward predicted at the start of training camp that, despite all the precautions, the NHL would likely see COVID-19 insidiously find its way into locker rooms as the league attempts to play an un-bubbled season in the teeth of the pandemic’s second wave. Even still, the head coach of the Calgary Flames probably didn’t ... Read More »

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Eriksson, Perry among players placed on waivers before start of NHL season

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

Vancouver winger Loui Eriksson and Montreal forward Corey Perry were among the players placed on waivers by their NHL clubs Monday as teams worked to get their rosters in order before the start of the season. Players who clear waivers can be assigned to a team’s minor-league affiliate or a taxi squad of four-to-six players. ... Read More »

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Ottawa-born offensive lineman Liam Dobson transfers from Maine to Texas State

By Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

Canadian Liam Dobson is on the move. The six-foot-three, 340-pound offensive lineman has decided to transfer to Texas State University following three seasons with the Maine Bears. Dobson, an Ottawa native, plans to begin the roughly 30-hour drive to San Marcos, Texas, later this week and arrive in time to begin classes there next Tuesday. ... Read More »

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Canadians Bouchard, Marino, Polansky win first qualifying matches for Aussie Open

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Canadians Eugenie Bouchard, Rebecca Marino and Peter Polansky have advanced to the second round of the Australian Open qualifying draw. Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat Australia’s Abbie Myers 6-2, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the women’s draw. Marino, from Vancouver, defeated Jaqueline Cristian of Romania 6-4, 6-4. ... Read More »

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Canadians Bouchard, Marino win first qualifying matches for Aussie Open

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Canadians Eugenie Bouchard and Rebecca Marino have advanced to the second round of the Australian Open women’s qualifying draw. Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., beat Australia’s Abbie Myers 6-2, 6-3 on Monday. Marino, from Vancouver, defeated Jaqueline Cristian of Romania 6-4, 6-4. Brayden Schnur, from Pickering, Ont., lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 ... Read More »

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Blue Bombers re-sign versatile defensive back Brandon Alexander

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have signed American defensive back Brandon Alexander on a one-year contract extension. Alexander returns to the Bombers for a fourth season. The Orlando native was limited to 10 games in 2019 due to injury. He was shifted from halfback to safety, helping the Blue Bombers win the Grey Cup ... Read More »

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Nova Scotia cancels curling playdowns; provincial reps likely to be named this week

By The Canadian Press on January 11th, 2021

Nova Scotia is the latest province to cancel its curling playdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial men’s and women’s championships were scheduled for Jan. 25-31 in New Glasgow, N.S. Competition director Andrew Abraham says representatives for the Tim Hortons Brier and Scotties Tournament of Hearts will likely be announced over the coming days. ... Read More »

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80% say Tokyo Olympics should be called off or won’t happen

By Stephen Wade, The Associated Press on January 11th, 2021

TOKYO – More than 80% of people in Japan who were surveyed in two polls in the last few days say the Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled or postponed, or say they believe the Olympics will not take place. The polls were conducted by the Japanese news agency Kyodo and TBS – the Tokyo Broadcasting ... Read More »

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Warriors hold off Raptors 106-105 on off night by Curry

By Janie McCauley, The Associated Press on January 10th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO – Damion Lee converted the tying and go-ahead free throws with 3.3 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors withstood a rough fourth quarter to hold off the Toronto Raptors 106-105 on Sunday night despite uncharacteristic struggles by Stephen Curry. Pascal Siakam missed a jumper as the buzzer sounded but finished with 25 ... Read More »

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Same old Browns? Hardly. Cleveland drills Steelers 48-37

By Will Graves, The Associated Press on January 10th, 2021

PITTSBURGH – So much for the weight of history. Or practicing. Or having your head coach on the sideline. Or your emotional leader on the field. The Cleveland Browns overcame all of it, dismantling the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-29 in the wild-card round Sunday night. It’s the franchise’s first post-season victory in more than a quarter ... Read More »

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