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White Rock’s Andy Anderson competes in the men’s park skateboarding preliminary heats at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Aug. 5. Though he didn’t advance to the final round, he gained a fan in legendary skater Tony Hawk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

B.C. skateboarder earns praise from legendary skater Tony Hawk

Skateboard icon calls Andy Anderson “an awesome skater” during podcast appearance

White Rock’s Andy Anderson competes in the men’s park skateboarding preliminary heats at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Aug. 5. Though he didn’t advance to the final round, he gained a fan in legendary skater Tony Hawk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Canada head coach John Herdman salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch following a 1-1 draw against the United States in a World Cup soccer qualifier Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Canada will be missing some key pieces when it takes on mighty Mexico at famed Azteca Stadium in World Cup qualifying play Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Humphrey

Canada missing some important pieces for World Cup soccer qualifying showdown

Veteran goalie and team captain among those out for match with Mexico

Canada head coach John Herdman salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch following a 1-1 draw against the United States in a World Cup soccer qualifier Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Canada will be missing some key pieces when it takes on mighty Mexico at famed Azteca Stadium in World Cup qualifying play Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Humphrey
Seattle Kraken’s Jeremy Lauzon (55) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin (92), of Russia, as Seattle’s goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seattle Kraken’s Jeremy Lauzon (55) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin (92), of Russia, as Seattle’s goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jake Virtanen recently debuted for HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. (Instagram photo)

Ex-Canuck Jake Virtanen playing in Russia amid sex assault lawsuit

Former Vancouver Canucks forward arrived in Russia last month to join KHL team

Jake Virtanen recently debuted for HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. (Instagram photo)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points toward the sidelines prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Brady beats Belichik, sets passing yards record in return to New England

Legnedary quarterback admitted to getting emotional about facing his old team on Sunday night

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points toward the sidelines prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, reaches for the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Copp (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, February 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks sign stars Pettersson, Hughes to multi-year contracts

News of the deals comes more than a week after the Canucks opened training camp in Abbotsford, B.C.

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, reaches for the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Copp (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, February 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris, centre, is tackled by B.C. Lions’ Anthony Thompson (23) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (29) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris, centre, is tackled by B.C. Lions’ Anthony Thompson (23) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (29) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Jason Dickinson, right, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Gaudreau, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames to 4-1 pre-season win over Vancouver Canucks

Canucks say defenceman Travis Hamonic isn’t opting out of NHL season

Vancouver Canucks’ Jason Dickinson, right, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes reaches for the puck as it bounces off the glass after being shot around the boards during first period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Reports: Canucks sign stars Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes to new deals

Pettersson reportedly gets a 3-year deal, Hughes signs for six

Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes reaches for the puck as it bounces off the glass after being shot around the boards during first period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead celebrates his touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. Whitehead, Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and Lions quarterback Michael Reilly have been named the CFL’s top performers for September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Whitehead in the spotlight as B.C. Lions take on surging Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Lions (4-3) host reciever’s former team, the first-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers

B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead celebrates his touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. Whitehead, Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and Lions quarterback Michael Reilly have been named the CFL’s top performers for September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Football Canada, artist Grant produce identity for football in Indigenous communities

President Jim Mullin said Football Canada and sport in general both have a role to play in reconciliation

Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
The Fernie Ghostriders hit the ice for warmup in a preseason tilt against the Kamloops Storm on Friday, Sept. 24. Photo courtesy Fernie Ghostriders Facebook page.

Ghostriders wrap up exhibition, turn towards regular season

The Fernie Ghostriders have wrapped up their exhibition season with a strong…

The Fernie Ghostriders hit the ice for warmup in a preseason tilt against the Kamloops Storm on Friday, Sept. 24. Photo courtesy Fernie Ghostriders Facebook page.
Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone (26) collides with teammate, goalie Daniel Vladar, of the Czech Republic, as Vancouver Canucks’ Justin Dowling, left, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone (26) collides with teammate, goalie Daniel Vladar, of the Czech Republic, as Vancouver Canucks’ Justin Dowling, left, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Arturs Silovs clears Seattle Kraken’s Nathan Bastian in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Arturs Silovs clears Seattle Kraken’s Nathan Bastian in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall away as he runs with the ball after making a reception during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall away as he runs with the ball after making a reception during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario increases sporting events capacity, ahead of baseball playoffs, NHL season

Ontario is opening the door wider for fans at sporting events, just…

Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander catches his breath behind the net during their NHL training camp in Toronto on Thursday, September 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

NHLers weigh in on league’s vaccine policy: ‘I’ve gotta be careful with this one’

NHL deputy commissioner said last week he estimates 98 per cent of players will be vaccinated

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander catches his breath behind the net during their NHL training camp in Toronto on Thursday, September 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer David Shoemaker in Toronto on Monday July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Lululemon to outfit Canadian Olympic, Paralympic athletes through 2028 Games

Lululemon will provide Team Canada with clothing and accessories from 2022 until 2028

Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer David Shoemaker in Toronto on Monday July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40) slides into then-Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) during third period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Oilers goaltender Stalock likely to miss season due to possible heart condition

Keeper had contracted COVID prior to last season but had been cleared to play since

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40) slides into then-Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) during third period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Simon Fraser University football team kicker Kristie Elliott, who recently became the first Canadian woman to play and score in a college football game, poses for a photograph before practice at the university in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. It’s taken some adaptations, but Elliott has broken new ground for women in college sports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Simon Fraser University football team kicker Kristie Elliott, who recently became the first Canadian woman to play and score in a college football game, poses for a photograph before practice at the university in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. It’s taken some adaptations, but Elliott has broken new ground for women in college sports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck