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Buono back in charge

May 29, 2016 / 5:14 pm
In some ways, Wally Buono never really stopped coaching the B.C. Lions. Sure, he stepped down from the post following the club's Grey Cup victory in 2011, citing fatigue and a desire to focus on management duties, but like many retirees found it difficult to walk away from something that had...

'Caps salvage 1-1 tie

May 29, 2016 / 6:44 am
It's something a coach doesn't often say, but Carl Robinson believes losing one of his best players late in the first half had a positive impact in the Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer play Saturday afternoon. The Whitecaps lost captain...

Champions League champs

May 29, 2016 / 6:00 am
Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflicting another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid. For the second time in three years, the biggest game in club soccer ended with Ronaldo sealing victory then ripping...

Games won't be delayed

May 28, 2016 / 6:48 am
The World Health Organization says there is "no public health justification" for postponing or cancelling the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of the Zika outbreak. The assessment, in a statement early Saturday, came after 150 health experts issued an open letter to the United Nations...

Raptors feel the love

May 28, 2016 / 6:21 am
From the prime minister to rapper Drake, We the North gave thanks to the Toronto Raptors' playoff run. "What a run, @Raptors. You gave it everything and made us proud. #WeTheNorth," tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Drake, via Instagram, paid tribute to both the Raptors and...

23 positive for doping

May 27, 2016 / 6:25 am
Nearly two dozen athletes tested positive in reanalysis of their doping samples from the 2012 London Olympics, adding to the more than 30 already caught in retesting from the 2008 Beijing Games. The International Olympic Committee said Friday that 23 athletes from five sports and six countries...

McCann sent to Panthers

May 26, 2016 / 6:12 am
Defenceman Erik Gudbranson was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks in a trade with the Panthers on Wednesday night that sent centre Jared McCann to Florida. Vancouver also got Florida's 2016 fifth round pick (NYI) and the Canucks sent their second and fourth round picks in the upcoming draft...

NHL'ers have skin in game

May 25, 2016 / 11:20 am
Charity will be the big winner when NHL stars of the past and present take part in a Skins Game prior to the PGA Tour Canada event at Gallagher's Canyon Golf Course next month. The GolfBC Championship Charity Skins Game will feature current and former NHL players, teaming up Mackenzie Tour...

Shocking cup final chaos

May 25, 2016 / 6:17 am
Scottish Football Association appoints cup final disorder commission https://t.co/zz4cDGkQ4khttps://t.co/V5vyTJNmCn — BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) May 23, 2016 Fraser Aird knew plenty of people on the field and in the stands as he opened his laptop to watch Saturday's...

Sun head to Lions' camp

May 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Three members of the Okanagan Sun are heading to the B.C. Lions rookie camp next week. The Lions' organization is said to have been keeping a watchful eye on the three players: Michele Vecchio, Layne Hull and Matt McConnell. This will be Vecchio’s second straight rookie...

Canada wins hockey gold

May 22, 2016 / 2:20 pm
Connor McDavid's first goal of the world hockey championship proved to be golden. McDavid's goal in the first period stood as the winner as Canada successfully defended its world championship title with a 2-0 win over Finland in the tournament final. The 19-year-old Edmonton Oilers...

67% of Rio tickets sold

May 20, 2016 / 2:15 pm
Rio de Janeiro Olympics organizers say they have sold 67 per cent of available tickets. Ticket director Donovan Ferretti gave the update on Friday as the tickets designs were also unveiled for the first time. Ferretti says sales are going well, though others have characterized ticket sales...

Security tight for Open

May 20, 2016 / 2:13 pm
Security will be tighter than ever at the French Open in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris last November. The French Tennis Federation said there will be three mandatory check points for entry into Roland Garros, and spectators will be subjected to systematic body searches. The FFT...

'Caps to play Crystal Palace

May 19, 2016 / 12:28 pm
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Thursday they will play Crystal Palace of the English Premier League in a friendly on July 19. The game at B.C. Place Stadium comes in the middle of Vancouver's Major League Soccer schedule, while Palace will be in its final preparations ahead of the 2016-17...

Historic run for Raptors

May 15, 2016 / 5:11 pm
The Toronto Raptors have made history. And now they head into uncharted territory - the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 21 years. Raptors' all-star Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan combined for 63 points in a thorough 116-89 dismantling of the Miami Heat in Sunday's...

No medals for bad news

May 13, 2016 / 12:54 pm
Doping scandals. Bribery allegations. Fears about Zika. Political, economic and corruption crises. What else could go wrong? The past few days have unleashed a wave of grim news for the Olympics, battering four host cities — past, present and future — on three continents, and...

Russia athletes deny doping

May 13, 2016 / 11:12 am
Two Olympic gold medallists from Russia denied doping Friday, a day after they were identified in a newspaper report detailing state-sponsored cheating at the 2014 Sochi Games. Bobsled champion Alexander Zubkov and cross-country skier Alexander Legkov were among the athletes accused of doping by...

'Caps douse Fire 2-1

May 12, 2016 / 6:02 am
Blas Perez used to be loathed by fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps. On Wednesday night, those same supporters were chanting the striker's name after an incredible performance for his new club. Perez scored his second goal of the night, and second of the season, on a superb bicycle kick in...

KSS grad drafted in CFL

May 11, 2016 / 10:07 am
Despite four major surgeries in four years, former KSS Owl football player, Taylor Loffler has fulfilled a dream to play professional football. Loffler, who starred as a quarterback, defensive back and kick returner in high school, was selected in the third round of Tuesday's CFL draft by...

Jays looking for billets

May 10, 2016 / 9:54 pm
The Kelowna Jays baseball team is in need of billets for the upcoming 2016 season. Billet families are needed for Canadian and U.S. university players, aged 19 to 22, for the months of June and July. Requirements are not stringent in regards to meals, meal times or transportation, since these...

Championship ball in town

May 10, 2016 / 4:49 pm
Teams from the Canadian College Baseball Conference will converge on Kelowna for their national championship tournament. The Okanagan College Coyotes are hosting the CCBC National Championship beginning Wednesday at Elk Stadium. The four-day tournament features the Coyotes, long with league...

BC cheers for Super Mario

May 9, 2016 / 6:41 am
Although Mario Gutierrez couldn't hear the raucous cheers from the thousands of people in Vancouver who watched him cross the finish line to take his second Kentucky Derby title in as many tries, he was warmed by the positive vibes coming from 3,200 kilometres away. "It's very, very...

Lions unleash Lokombo

May 6, 2016 / 6:48 am
Mark Washington looked over at Bo Lokombo after one of the B.C. Lions' mini-camp sessions last week and marvelled. After two seasons spent learning the system and contributing on special teams, the club's defensive co-ordinator declared it was time to unleash the 25-year-old on the rest...

Showing up the boys

May 3, 2016 / 11:53 am
Today B.C., tomorrow, who knows. That's the attitude of 16-year-old Kensi Renneberg, who re-wrote the history books in B.C. baseball over the weekend. The Kelowna baseball player became the first female to register a win at the 18 and under AAA midget level. Renneberg, who has been...

Gymnasts win big in Texas

May 2, 2016 / 11:10 am
The Okanagan Gymnastics team brought back some hardware from the Texas State Championships, including a gold medal. Coach Shawna Peters said she's proud of her athletes and how they represented British Columbia and Canada. The winners include: Jackson Peters and Sadie Mamchur...

Pressure on for McGhee

May 1, 2016 / 7:04 am
Greg McGhee knows he isn't safe. The 23-year-old finished last season as the No. 3 quarterback for the B.C. Lions, an accomplishment to be sure in his first CFL campaign, but also a position that by no means guarantees him a job in 2016. Head coach and general manager Wally Buono has a...

'Nucks sign Garteig in net

Apr 29, 2016 / 5:28 pm
Goaltender Michael Garteig signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. The 24-year-old Garteig, recently completed his senior season with Quinnipiac University, leading the Bobcats to the ECAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA national championship. He had...

'Caps hold on for draw

Apr 27, 2016 / 10:32 pm
Christian Bolanos and Diego Rubio traded goals in the first half before Vancouver went down to 10 men as the Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City played to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday night. Bolanos, who joined the Whitecaps in the off-season, scored his first in Major League Soccer off a Cristian...

Mastering a swim record

Apr 27, 2016 / 6:45 pm
Four members of the Okanagan Masters Swim Club established a new Canadian short-course age-group record, at the provincial championships in Richmond. The four members competed in the 200-metre mixed relay in the combined age group of 320-350 years. They broke the Canadian record, finishing in...

Wimbledon prize money up

Apr 26, 2016 / 10:24 am
This year's men's and women's singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive nearly $3 million, as the Grand Slam tournament increases overall prize money by 5 per cent. The All England Club also announced Tuesday that it is increasing spending to fight match-fixing and doping,...

Islanders end drought

Apr 25, 2016 / 6:06 am
The New York Islanders' long playoff drought is over. John Tavares tied the score in the final minute of regulation and got the winner at 10:41 of the second overtime, leading the Islanders past the Florida Panthers 2-1 Sunday night and into the second round for the first time since...

Whitecaps down FC Dallas

Apr 24, 2016 / 9:58 am
David Ousted mused this week that a fortunate bounce might be what was needed to shake the Vancouver Whitecaps from their scoring drought. The veteran goalkeeper's words proved to be prophetic. Vancouver benefited from an FC Dallas own goal in the 35th minute, and the floodgates opened in...

Wrestling star Chyna dies

Apr 21, 2016 / 9:27 am
Chyna, the tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired pro-wrestler who rocketed to popularity in the 1990s after taking on both women and men in the ring and later revealed her struggles with addiction on reality TV, has died, authorities said. She was 46. Police in Southern California said they were...

Canucks sign Demko in net

Apr 20, 2016 / 3:13 pm
The Vancouver Canucks have signed goalie Thatcher Demko to a three-year entry-level contract, the club announced Wednesday. The Boston College product was selected 36th overall by Vancouver at the 2014 NHL draft. The 20-year-old Demko had a stellar 2015-16 campaign with the Eagles as a...

Survivors' marathon return

Apr 19, 2016 / 5:54 am
Victims of the Boston Marathon bombing returned triumphantly to the course, Monday. Adrianne Haslet, a professional ballroom dancer who lost a leg in the 2013 attacks, finished sometime after 7:15 p.m. after spending nearly 10 hours on the course and received congratulations from President...

Ethiopians win in Boston

Apr 18, 2016 / 11:40 am
Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia won the Boston Marathon, Monday, in an unofficial time of 2 hours, 12 minutes, 45 seconds. The 21-year-old pulled away from defending champion Lelisa Desisa as they crossed the Mass Pike heading into Kenmore Square. He won by 47 seconds. The victory completed...

5th place for Cdn women

Apr 18, 2016 / 5:49 am
Canada had to settle for fifth place at the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament Sunday, consigned to consolation play after squandering a 12-0 lead in the last two minutes to lose 14-12 to France in the Cup quarter-finals. It marks the second year in a row at the tournament that the Canadian...

Canada upset by France

Apr 17, 2016 / 11:45 am
Canada crumbled in the quarter-finals of the HSBC Canada Sevens rugby tournament on Sunday, squandering a 12-0 lead in the last two minutes to lose 14-12 to France. Camille Grassineau scored with 1:40 remaining and Jessy Tremouliere crossed over with no time remaining before Shannon Izar made a...

3 straight shutouts

Apr 17, 2016 / 7:00 am
Canada pitched a shutout Saturday at the Canada Sevens women's rugby tournament in Victoria, blanking all three opponents to win its pool in convincing fashion. The Canadians, third in the overall World Series standings, opened with an easy 38-0 win over No. 10 Japan before comfortably...

NBA to sell jersey ads

Apr 15, 2016 / 4:15 pm
The NBA will begin putting sponsorship logos on player uniforms in 2017-18, a move that could generate at least $100 million annually and a step that the NFL, Major League Baseball and NHL have yet to take. The three-year trial was approved Friday by NBA owners and will take effect when the...

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