April 22nd, 2024

National Sports

Nurse scores twice, Toronto beats Montreal 3-2 in OT before record crowd in PWHL

By Daniel Rainbird, The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

MONTREAL – Sarah Nurse scored twice, including the overtime winner, and Kristen Campbell made 37 saves as Toronto defeated Montreal 3-2 before a record crowd in the Professional Women’s Hockey League on Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre. The 21,105 attendance set a high-water mark for a women’s hockey game, exceeding the 19,285 set when ... Read More »

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Canadian men face tough road at Paris Olympic rugby sevens qualifier in Monaco

By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

The Canadian men have been drawn in Pool B with Britain, China and Uganda at the World Rugby Sevens Repechage in June in Monaco. Twelve men’s and 12 women’s teams will compete in the last-ditch qualifier to decide the last remaining men’s and women’s team to complete the rugby sevens field at this summer’s Paris ... Read More »

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Canada’s Marco Arop wins men’s 800 metres in Diamond League opener

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

XIAMEN, China – Canadian runner Marco Arop won Saturday’s men’s 800 metres in the season-opening Diamond League meet. The 25-year-old from Edmonton posted a time of one minute 43.61 seconds and held off a charge by Kenyan runner-up Wycliffe Kinyamal, who crossed the line in 1:43.66 at Egret Stadium. “It’s my fastest season opener and ... Read More »

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Nylander’s status for Maple Leafs’ playoff opener against Bruins remains unclear

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

BOSTON – William Nylander’s status for the Maple Leafs’ playoff opener remains unclear. The Toronto winger missed Friday’s practice and wasn’t on the ice for his team’s morning skate Saturday ahead of Game 1 against the Boston Bruins. Head coach Sheldon Keefe declined to discuss Nylander’s availability following both on-ice sessions. Nylander, 27, reached 40 ... Read More »

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Canada’s Auger-Aliassime falls to Struff in Bavarian International quarterfinal

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

MUNICH – Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime lost 7-5, 6-4 to Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in a men’s quarterfinal Saturday at the Bavarian International Tennis Championships. The match that started Friday in Munich was interrupted by rain and completed Saturday. Fourth-seeded Struff led the second set 3-1 when the match was suspended. He hit six aces to the ... Read More »

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Max Verstappen takes pole for Chinese GP to extend F1 dominance

By Stephen Wade, The Associated Press on April 20th, 2024

SHANGHAI (AP) – Max Verstappen of Red Bull has completed a Formula 1 double, taking the pole Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix just hours after winning the first F1 sprint of the season. Teammate Sergio Perez will start alongside Verstappen on Sunday on the front row with Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin and Lando ... Read More »

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WADA confirms it cleared Chinese swimmers to compete at Tokyo Games citing contaminated samples

By The Associated Press on April 20th, 2024

SYDNEY (AP) – The world’s top anti-doping regulator says 23 Chinese swimmers were cleared to compete at the Tokyo Olympics despite testing positive for a banned heart medication because it agreed with Chinese authorities and ruled that their samples had been contaminated. The World Anti-Doping Agency said Saturday that the swimmers tested positive for the ... Read More »

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Canadian Brad (Superman) Katona returns to action on June UFC card in Kentucky

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

Canadian bantamweight Brad (Superman) Katona, looking to bounce back from a loss at UFC 297 in January, takes on American Jesse Butler on a UFC fight card June 8 in Louisville, Ky. The 32-year-old from Winnipeg, who is now based out of Dublin, lost a unanimous (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) decision to American Garret Armfield in ... Read More »

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Canada victorious to start world mixed doubles curling championship

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

ÖSTERSUND, Sweden – Kadriana Lott and Colton Lott kicked off their first world mixed doubles curling championship with a 7-2 win over New Zealand on Saturday. The husband-and-wife pair from Winnipeg Beach, Man., showed no rookie nerves in taking advantage of New Zealand’s mistakes for a swift six-end victory. “That was huge for myself, just ... Read More »

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Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team punches ticket to Paralympic Games

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

OSAKA, Japan – The Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team has secured its place at the 2024 Paralympic Games with a win at a qualifying tournament in Japan. The team beat Algeria 88-30 at the tournament in Osaka. Coach Michele Sung praised team members for their hard work in reaching this stage, noting their strong performance ... Read More »

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Winterhawks, Cougars, Broncos win Western Hockey League playoff series

By The Canadian Press on April 20th, 2024

Three Western Hockey League playoff series wrapped up on Friday, setting up the conference finals. Jan Spunar stopped all 27 shots he faced as the Portland Winterhawks shut out the Everett Silvertips 5-0 to sweep their best-of-seven series in four games. Zac Funk had a hat trick and Riley Heidt had two goals and two ... Read More »

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