July 21st, 2018

National Sports

IOC leader happy with shrinking 2026 Winter Olympic contest

By Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press on July 20th, 2018

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Despite two possible bidders dropping out in recent weeks, IOC President Thomas Bach says the Olympic body is satisfied with the 2026 Winter Games hosting race. Austrian Olympic officials withdrew a project centred on Graz this month, and voters in Switzerland rejected Sion’s planned bid last month. The International Olympic Committee is ... Read More »

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High jumper Ukhov among top Russians facing doping cases

By The Associated Press on July 20th, 2018

MOSCOW – Some of Russia’s best known track and field athletes are facing doping cases, including former Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees anti-doping cases in track and field, released details on Friday of 109 cases from around the world in a new transparency drive. Besides Ukhov, the list ... Read More »

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Impact’s strong form to be tested during tough West Coast road trip

By Bill Beacon, The Canadian Press on July 20th, 2018

MONTREAL – The solid form shown by the Montreal Impact since the start of June is about to be tested on a challenging West Coast road trip. The Impact (9-12-0) meet the Portland Timbers (8-3-6), who are unbeaten in their last 12 Major League Soccer games and who are 5-0-2 at Providence Park, on Saturday ... Read More »

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Ohio State: 100 ex-students report sex misconduct by doctor

By Kantele Franko, The Associated Press on July 20th, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University says more than 100 former students have provided firsthand accounts of sexual misconduct by a now-dead team physician in an ongoing investigation. Independent investigators are reviewing allegations against Richard Strauss involving male athletes from 14 sports and other students. Former athletes say they verbally raised concerns about Strauss as ... Read More »

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Permanent memorial site at Broncos crash site sought, but no decision yet

By The Canadian Press on July 20th, 2018

REGINA – A community foundation set up after the fatal Humboldt Broncos bus crash is hoping for a permanent memorial at the site. Team spokesman Grant Bastedo says no decision has been made on a potential roadside marker. He says members of the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation are to meet in the fall to discuss ... Read More »

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Raptors president Ujiri apologizes to DeRozan for ‘gap in communication’

By The Canadian Press on July 20th, 2018

TORONTO – Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized to former Toronto all-star guard DeMar DeRozan for a “gap in communication.” Ujiri spoke to reporters today for the first time after Wednesday’s blockbuster trade that sent DeRozan to San Antonio for superstar forward Kawhi Leonard. DeRozan had said emphatically in the past that he wanted to finish ... Read More »

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CFL receptions leader Nik Lewis retires as a Calgary Stampeder

By The Canadian Press on July 20th, 2018

CALGARY – Nik Lewis is retiring as a member of the Calgary Stampeders. The CFL’s career leader in receptions signed a one-day contract with Calgary before announcing his retirement on Friday. Lewis played the last three seasons with the Montreal Alouettes after suiting up for the Stampeders for 11 years. The 36-year-old native of Mineral ... Read More »

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Bouchard advances to semifinal of Swiss Open with win over Kudermetova

By The Canadian Press on July 20th, 2018

GSTAAD, Switzerland – Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard cruised into the semifinals of the Swiss Open tennis tournament with a 7-5, 6-0 win over Russian qualifier Veronika Kudermetova on Friday. Bouchard had five aces and broke Kudermetova six times as she advanced to he first semifinal of the year. The native of Westmount, Que., closed out the ... Read More »

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World Cup stewards to be punished over Pussy Riot protest

By The Associated Press on July 20th, 2018

MOSCOW – The chief organizer of Russia’s World Cup says stewards will be punished after protesters ran onto the field during the final. Organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin tells Russia’s Sport Express newspaper “we will make (the stewards) ashamed” after four members of the Pussy Riot protest group and punk band ran onto the pitch ... Read More »

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Zach Johnson takes early lead in British Open

By Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press on July 20th, 2018

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The way golf has been going the last few years, it would be reasonable to see the name “Johnson” atop the leaderboard and assume it belonged to the No. 1 player in the world. But not necessarily at the British Open. Zach Johnson – not Dustin – already has his name on ... Read More »

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Suspect detained in killing of Olympic figure skating star

By The Associated Press on July 20th, 2018

MOSCOW – Authorities in Kazakhstan said Friday a man has been detained and confessed to killing the Olympic figure skating medallist Denis Ten. Prosecutor Berik Zhuyrektayev said in a televised statement that Nuraly Kiyasov “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney” while being questioned over the 25-year-old figure skater’s death. The prosecutor didn’t ... Read More »

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