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DeMar-DeRozan. Image: US Mission Canada

Raptors Headed To Playoffs

Canada’s only basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Toronto Raptors, are generating some excitement.

For the first time in six long years they have made the playoffs.

Of the 30 teams in the NBA, only 16 make it to the playoffs. There will be eight teams from the Eastern Conference and eight teams from the Western Conference. The Raptors play in the East.

In the playoffs, each team competes in a best-of-seven series. The first team to win four games moves on to the next round. A team has to win three rounds to make it to the finals. Then, the lone surviving team from the East plays the lone surviving team from the West.

by · April 11, 2014 · Sports
Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse. Image: Canadian Olympic Committee - Mike Ridewood

Highlights From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics came to a close on Sunday.

During the closing ceremonies, all of the athletes walked into the arena together.

At the end of the closing ceremonies, a display is always put on by the country that will host the next winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea, will host the 2018 games.

Here are just a few of the interesting events that defined this year’s Winter Olympics for Canada and internationally…

by · February 24, 2014 · News, Sports
The Canadian women's hockey team with their Olympic gold medals.

Canada’s Women Win Gold

Yesterday was golden for Canada’s female Olympians.

In one of the most exciting hockey games ever played, the Canadian women’s team took the top prize. It was a clash between long-time rivals US and Canada, the best versus the best.

The American women had a solid 2-0 lead going into the third period. But with less than four minutes to go, Canada’s Brianne Jenner put the puck past American goalie Jessie Vetter. The score was 2-1.

by · February 20, 2014 · News, Sports
The LGBT flag map of Russia. Image: derivative work: Fry1989

Winter Olympics Spark Discussion Of Gay Rights

The Olympics are about athletics and competition.

However, with representatives from so many different countries coming together in one city, it is often about “politics” and “political issues” as well.

In other words, different countries have different rules, laws and beliefs.

Sometimes, countries’ beliefs clash.

That has been the case in Russia at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

by · February 18, 2014 · News, Politics, Sports
Some Inspirational Stories From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Some Inspirational Stories From The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Watching the best-of-the-best compete for gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics is inspirational.

But beyond the performance of the athletes, there have already been many other inspirational moments at these Olympics.

Russian cross-country skier Anton Gafarov fell and broke his ski during the Men’s Sprint Free Semifinals.

In true Olympic spirit he tried to keep going, knowing that although he no longer had any chance of winning, he needed to finish the race he had started.

However, his ski was broken in half.

He would end up limping across the finish line in front of the world, not to mention his fellow Russians who were cheering from the sidelines.

by · February 12, 2014 · News, Sports
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Determination, Team Spirit Helps Canada Win Its First Medals In Sochi

On Saturday, Mark McMorris won Canada’s first medal at the 2014 Olympics–a bronze in snowboarding.

That was quickly followed up by two more medals for Canada: Justine Dufour-Lapointe won Canada’s first gold and her sister, Chloe, earned Canada’s first silver medal.

McMorris is a native from Regina, Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan is known for having very flat terrain, yet McMorris was determined to be a world-class snowboarder.

by · February 10, 2014 · News, Sports
Hayley Wickenheiser, Canada’s Flag bearer proudly leads Team Canada into Fisht Stadium in Sochi. Image: Mike Ridewood/ COC

Spectacular Opening Ceremony Kicks Off 2014 Winter Olympics

The eyes of the world are on Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place.

Last Friday, the official opening ceremony took the audience on a Russian journey. It began with the Russian alphabet, with each of the 33 letters highlighting a famous Russian person or achievement.

Later, the athletes flooded into the stadium, grouped according to country. Canada, with 220 athletes, has one of the largest teams in this year’s winter Olympics. The Canadians came into the stadium, a sea of red, behind flag-bearer Hayley Wickenheiser.

“It’s an amazing feeling being able to carry the flag and lead in this awesome powerful Team Canada,” Hayley Wickenheiser told CBC News. “I’m a very, very proud Canadian right now. It’s great to be Canadian in moments like this; you realize how lucky we are to live where we live. I hope everyone back home is proud and enjoys the games.”

by · February 9, 2014 · News, Sports
Olympics Rings. Image: Pierre de Coubertin

Canadian Athletes Working Through Injuries To Compete In Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics begin today in Sochi, Russa. Canadians will be cheering for their favourite athletes.

But several Olympic contenders are receiving a little more attention than others.

They are recovering from major injuries and needed to add extra training so they’ll be fit enough to compete.

At least two slopestyle contenders from Canada are among this group.

Slopestyle is an event in which skiers or snowboarders try to perform the most difficult tricks while flying as high into the air as possible.

by · February 6, 2014 · News, Sports
Super Bowl More Like Super Blowout

Super Bowl More Like Super Blowout

The Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in grand style. Seattle crushed Denver 43-8.

Seattle’s number-one ranked defence was commanding. In fact, the defense of Seattle kept Denver scoreless for the first half of the game.

Denver’s number-one ranked offence was pathetic.

It was the first time since 1990 that both the number one-offence and the number-one defence played against each other in the Super Bowl.

Peyton Manning, Denver’s quarterback did try his best, though. He set a record with 33 completions (the number of times a ball is successfully passed to a teammate). Nevertheless, he had a night to forget.

by · February 3, 2014 · News, Sports
Denver Broncos quarterback, Peyton Manning. Image: Jeffrey Beall

Get Ready For The Super Bowl This Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is nearly here.

On February 2, professional football’s biggest and most important game — the Super Bowl — will take place.

The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will be battling each other for league supremacy.

Denver enters the game with the league’s number-one offence. Seattle enters the game with the league’s number-one defence.

Denver has one of the best quarterbacks ever to play football: Peyton Manning.

He is the only player ever selected league as the National Football League Most Valuable Player four times. He’s expected to become the first five-time MVP when the league’s year-end awards are announced on Saturday.

by · January 30, 2014 · News, Sports