Sports

Canadian Glenn Harkness crosses the finish line of the 2011 North Pole Marathon. He finished 11th out of 27 competitors.
News Sports

Running On Top Of The World

Twenty-seven runners from around the world recently ran a marathon on one of the most remote and icy places on earth — the North Pole. On April 8, competitors from around the world met at the North Pole and ran on the frozen ice for six hours, facing temperatures as low as -32° C.

Contestants flew to Norway from countries around the world. Then they all flew together from Norway to the North Pole.

NBA Playoffs Begin This Weekend
Sports

NBA Playoffs Begin This Weekend

The basketball season is winding down. This weekend, the playoffs begin.

There are 16 teams in the playoffs. Eight are in the Eastern Conference and eight are in the Western Conference. The final four winning teams will play in the NBA Conference Finals.

The Toronto Raptors, the only Canadian team in the NBA (National Basketball Association) did not make the playoffs this year.

The NHL Season in Review – Column
Sports

The NHL Season in Review – Column

With only a few games left to play in the National Hockey League season, it’s a good time to look at how well or in some cases, poorly the Canadian teams performed.

Canada has a total of six hockey teams. From east to west they are: The Montreal Canadiens, The Ottawa Senators, The Toronto Maple Leafs, The Edmonton Oilers, The Calgary Flames, and The Vancouver Canucks.

The Montreal Canadiens had quite a good season. They won 43 games and earned 93 points. This success guaranteed them a spot in the playoffs and a chance to win the Stanley Cup. All that remains to be seen is who they will play in the first round.

NHL Changes Rules To Make Hockey Safer
Health Sports

NHL Changes Rules To Make Hockey Safer

In the National Hockey League (NHL), many players have gotten concussions this year.

A concussion happens when you accidentally hit your head really hard, like when you’re playing sports or running around.

The rate of head injuries has gone up this season. The NHL’s general managers met with Gary Bettman, the commissioner, recently to talk about how they could make hockey safer for the players. Bettman says he believes that as many as a quarter of all hits in hockey are “illegal hits” – in other words, not allowed in hockey.

Can The Maple Leafs Make The Playoffs?
Sports

Can The Maple Leafs Make The Playoffs?

The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team haven’t been doing very well this year. They started off looking pretty good, but before long they began playing poorly. Soon, they were near the bottom of the NHL’s Eastern Conference standings. At one point, the Leafs were 14 points away from earning a spot in the playoffs, which meant they probably wouldn’t get to play in the playoffs.

But the Leafs have come back. They won seven of their last nine games and they now have a good shot at making the playoffs.

Much Talk About Concussions In Sports
Health Sports

Much Talk About Concussions In Sports

There have been a lot of articles in the newspapers about concussions recently. A concussion happens when you hit your head, hard. For instance, if you run into a tree on the playground, or if someone hits you in the head when you’re playing a sport, or if you fall down and hit your head hard on the ground you can get a concussion.

That’s why in many sports, you must wear a helmet. Helmets can often help prevent a concussion.

Sometimes people go unconscious (black out) when they get a concussion but sometimes they don’t. Research shows that people who have just been hit in the head usually don’t know when they have a concussion.

Young Canadian Makes Tennis History
Sports

Young Canadian Makes Tennis History

At the young age of 20, Milos Raonic has become Canada’s highest ranked tennis player, ever. Raonic is from Thornhill, Ont.

He jumped from 156 at the end of last year to number 37 with an incredible two-week run that included a win at San Jose and a closely played loss to the number-one seed Andy Roddick in Memphis last weekend.

He didn’t get to where he is by luck–he’s gotten here by hard work, says his mother. She told CBC Radio this morning that her son has practiced long and hard to get where he is. In fact, when he started out he wasn’t even good enough to play with the other kids his age. The coach said he had to improve if he wanted to join the other kids. So that’s what he did, playing before and after school and on weekends until he was good enough to be allowed to work with a coach.

Ronaldo at a 2005 press conference. Image: Agencia Brasil
Sports

Soccer Star Ronaldo Retires

A world-famous soccer player has retired.

World Cup star Ronaldo, who plays for the Corinthians soccer team in Brazil, is one of the most famous soccer players in the world. People call him “a legend.”

He has won two world cups with Brazil and has played on some of Europe’s best teams. He has scored more goals than anyone in the history of the World Cup.

Young Goalie Gets Called Up
Sports

Young Goalie Gets Called Up

A young goalie in the minor leagues had his dream come true on Tuesday night. He got “called up.”

Joel Martin is a talented young goalie with dreams of playing in the NHL. He’s currently playing for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Imagine his surprise when, in the middle of a game, the coach of the New York Islanders asked him to come to New York and put on his gear—and be ready to play.

Christina Aguilera Flubs U.S. Anthem
Entertainment Sports

Christina Aguilera Flubs U.S. Anthem

The Super Bowl last Sunday was very exciting. The Green Bay Packers won over the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31 to 25.

In the first quarter of the game, the Packers scored two touchdowns. It looked like the game might be a blow-out for the Packers. But then the Steelers scored with just seconds left in the half, putting the score at 21 to 10 at half-time. The Steelers kept the game close, but the Packers ended up winning 31 to 25.