Russian lifters banned

Jul 29, 2016 / 12:50 pm
The International Weightlifting Federation has banned the Russian federation and all its weightlifters from the Rio Olympics. The IWF said Friday the multiple cases of doping by Russian weightlifters have "seriously damaged" the integrity of the sport. The eight Russian Olympic spots...

'Caps looking for big win

Jul 29, 2016 / 12:24 pm
They enjoyed the appetizer, and now the Vancouver Whitecaps are ready for the main course. The Whitecaps earned their first point ever in Texas with a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo last weekend. They now hope to collect their first victory in the Lone Star State when Vancouver plays FC...

5 new Olympic sports?

Jul 29, 2016 / 6:32 am
Five sports, including surfing and skateboarding, moved a step closer to being included in the Tokyo 2020 Games after being described as "a dynamic and exciting" package by the IOC. Skateboarding, surfing, karate, sports climbing and baseball/softball were all recommended for inclusion...

Falcons rebound, take series

Jul 28, 2016 / 10:46 pm
The Kelowna Falcons rebounded Thursday night to take Game 3 of their series against the Wenatchee AppleSox. The Falcons won 3-1 following a 6-4 Game 1 victory and a 13-3 trouncing the next night. It was a big win for the Falcons, who are looking to make a post-season berth with nine games...

Medal upgrade for lifter

Jul 28, 2016 / 2:01 pm
Christine Girard appears poised to become Canada's first Olympic gold medallist in weightlifting, but she may have to wait years to celebrate the historic achievement. Girard learned Wendesday that her bronze medal from the London Olympics may be upgraded to gold after the two women who...

Sabotage at Olympic village

Jul 28, 2016 / 12:30 pm
Rio Olympic organizers say water and gas leaks, blocked toilets, and electrical faults that have slowed teams from moving into the Athletes Village may have been caused by isolated cases of sabotage. Rio spokesman Mario Andrada says "we haven't seen enough to say it was organized...

De Grasse ready for Rio

Jul 28, 2016 / 11:30 am
If you didn't know Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse, it would be tough to pick him out among the seven runners he trains with in Phoenix, Ariz. At a practice earlier this year, his group was working on starts, powering out of the blocks and sprinting for 40 metres. De Grasse, his red...

Rio braces for the worst

Jul 28, 2016 / 10:54 am
A half-million foreign tourists, dozens of heads of state and the attention of the world's media. If there were ever a headache for anti-terror forces, it's the Olympics. In the aftermath of deadly attacks by the Islamic State group in France and elsewhere, Brazil, which has almost no...

Sox clip Falcons' wings

Jul 28, 2016 / 9:53 am
The Kelowna Falcons took a step back in their pursuit of a West Coast League playoff berth, Wednesday night. The Falcons fell a game back of first half winners Victoria following a 13-3 shellacking at the hands of the Wenatchee AppleSox at Elk Stadium. The AppleSox took advantage of a wild...

Kelowna bronze at Disney

Jul 28, 2016 / 9:52 am
A Kelowna youth soccer team came home with bronze medals from a 180-team international tournament in Florida. Rutland Youth Soccer Association's U-16 Extreme Girls made Canada proud at the Disney International Cup, July 11-18. The girls finished second in the round robin, and ultimately...

Falcons make playoff push

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:54 am
With just 11 games left in the regular season, the Kelowna Falcons continue their push for a post season berth. The Falcons remain tied with Victoria for the second half lead in the West Coast League following a 6-4 win over Wenatchee Tuesday night. Despite finishing well back of Victoria in...

'Sport needs me,' says Bolt

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:37 pm
Whatever controversy is raging in the Olympic world there's one constant: Usain Bolt's bravado and self-confidence. It's what is expected from the world's fastest man and greatest showman. "I know the sport needs me to win - and come out on top," Bolt asserts,...

No headgear for boxers

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:31 pm
Although Antonio Vargas still thinks about the cut that nearly ended his Olympic dream, his unprotected head will be clear when he steps into the ring in Rio de Janeiro. Vargas grew up sparring and competing in protective headgear, so he had never been cut in a fight before his face split open...

Paralympian's bike back

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:49 am
A Quebec paralympic cyclist whose two racing bicycles were stolen just weeks before the Rio Games has one of them back in her possession. "It needs a bit of love but it (the damage) is superficial," Marie-Eve Croteau told a news conference. "I am really happy. Croteau, 37, said...

Olympic village 'unsanitary'

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:40 am
The Olympic team of Belarus has branded the athletes' village in Rio de Janeiro unsanitary, a day after Australia refused to check its athletes in over health concerns. It has complained about having no hot water, only sometimes cold water, and a failing sewage system. Posting pictures on...

Whistleblower appeals

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:32 am
Whistleblower Yulia Stepanova's hopes of competing in the Summer Olympics are all but over. Her fight to expose doping and corruption is not. "It's OK to lose a good fight," Stepanova's husband, Vitaly Stepanov, told The Associated Press on Monday. They have appealed to...

Grapes, MacLean get star

Jul 25, 2016 / 12:01 pm
Veteran hockey broadcasters Don Cherry and Ron MacLean were honoured Monday with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. Speaking at a ceremony in downtown Toronto, Walk of Fame CEO Melanie Hurley said the pair have made incredible contributions to Canadian culture. Cherry and MacLean have...

Swimmers barred for doping

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:52 am
Seven Russian swimmers have been barred from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, including three linked to recent allegations of a major doping coverup by Russian authorities, world swimming's governing body FINA said Monday. Reigning world 100-meter breaststroke champion Yulia Efimova is among...

Bouchard will play in Rio

Jul 24, 2016 / 1:41 pm
Eugenie Bouchard has confirmed that she will represent Canada at the Rio Olympics, putting to rest any doubts about the participation of the country's top-ranked women's tennis player. The Montreal native announced she is heading to Rio when talking to reporters in advance of the Rogers...

Final tuneup for Rio

Jul 24, 2016 / 8:10 am
Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse ran to victory in his final race before the Rio Olympics. The 21-year-old from Markham, Ont., beat former world record-holder Asafa Powell to win the 100 metres in the American Track League meet at Rice University on Saturday. De Grasse crossed in 10.02...

Foreign athletes get to Rio

Jul 24, 2016 / 8:08 am
Rugby player Isadora Cerullo never lived in Brazil. Fencer Ghislain Perrier speaks very little Portuguese. Golfer Miriam Nagl played abroad most of her life. They'll still be parading under the host nation's flag at the opening ceremony of the Rio de Janeiro Games come Aug....

Turner stars in decathlon

Jul 23, 2016 / 12:41 pm
Kelowna track star Rostam Turner is at the top of his sport. Turner concluded the track season in style recently, capturing the gold medal in the decathlon at the 2016 NACAC Track & Field Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador. He did so in record-breaking fashion, finishing the...

Big win for Falcons

Jul 22, 2016 / 10:27 am
The Kelowna Falcons bounced back in a big way Thursday night after dropping the first game in their three-game series with the Yakima Pippins Wednesday. The Falcons came out strong in the second game, hammering the Pippins 8-1. Starting pitcher Max Carter kept his cool from the beginning,...

A total Russian ban for Rio?

Jul 21, 2016 / 5:18 pm
Now that Russian track and field athletes have failed in their effort to have their Olympic ban overturned, it's up to the IOC to decide whether to kick the entire Russian team out of the games that begin in Rio de Janeiro in 15 days. In another blow to the image of the sports superpower,...

Falcons streak ends at 6

Jul 21, 2016 / 11:21 am
The Kelowna Falcons saw their winning streak snapped at six games. The Yakima Pippins scored the game winning run in the top of the 11th inning Wednesday in a 4-3 victory over the Falcons at Elk Stadium. Kelowna had the tying run on first with two-out in the home half of the 11th, but were...

Whitecaps tie Crystal Palace

Jul 20, 2016 / 10:59 am
The Vancouver Whitecaps signed David Edgar last week to help solidify their leaky defence. The Canadian international did his job in 60 minutes of work on Tuesday night, and added a bonus at the other end of the pitch. Edgar opened the scoring in his Whitecaps' debut and was subbed off...

Falcons sweep series

Jul 18, 2016 / 10:14 am
By Matt Inglis, Falcons Media The Kelowna Falcons are starting this week on a good note after sweeping the Kitsap Bluejackets in a three-game series over the weekend. After having game one of the series against the Kitsap Bluejackets rained out on Friday, they hosted a double header on...

Stenson claims British Open

Jul 17, 2016 / 12:17 pm
Henrik Stenson kept hitting the best shots of his life, one after another, because there was no other way to beat Phil Mickelson in a British Open duel that ranked among the best in golf. Stenson only cared about that silver claret jug. He wound up with so much more Sunday. His final stroke...

Double-header double win

Jul 17, 2016 / 10:06 am
Keeping their winning streak alive, the Kelowna Falcons beat the Kitsap Bluejackets in double-header action. After game one of the series was rained out Friday evening, the two teams clashed in an afternoon/evening double header on Saturday. After sweeping the Bluejackets in Kitsap last week,...

Whitecaps settle for draw

Jul 17, 2016 / 6:51 am
It wasn't pretty but Carl Robinson is taking away the positives from his Whitecaps' 2-2 home draw with Orlando. The Vancouver head coach was pleased at how his club rallied from a one-goal deficit in the first half and ultimately earned a point Saturday night to move up to fifth in the...

'Manx Missile' takes stage 4

Jul 16, 2016 / 9:42 am
Mark Cavendish approached the finish line with so much speed that German rival Marcel Kittel had to swerve out of the way. The "Manx Missile" easily sprinted to his fourth stage victory in the Tour de France on Saturday. Finishing in the main pack during the 14th stage, Chris Froome...

Falcons rained out

Jul 15, 2016 / 3:24 pm
The Kelowna Falcons game for tonight has been cancelled due to rain. The Falcons and the visiting Kitsap Bluejackets will play a doubleheader tomorrow instead at 4:30 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. Pre-purchased tickets for tonight’s game will be honoured tomorrow night. The Falcons are coming...

Pros, cons and anthems

Jul 15, 2016 / 12:07 pm
It can rile, it can rally, it can inspire or enrage — the pre-game tradition of singing the national anthem is integral to professional sports for good reason, say athletes who draw inspiration from the crowd-rousing ritual. Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan says he can't help but...

Falcons take series sweep

Jul 15, 2016 / 10:55 am
The Kelowna Falcons celebrated a series sweep over the Kitsap Bluejackets Thursday night with an 8-1 victory. The offence continued to role as it has all series long, collecting another eight hits. In the three-game series, Falcons' hitters combined for 31 hits. Thursday night, the...

Raonic to skip Rio

Jul 15, 2016 / 10:52 am
Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic won't be participating in this summer's Olympic Games. The resident of Thornhill, Ont., announced on Friday his decision to not participate in the Rio Games amid health concerns. "It is with a heavy heart that I am announcing my withdrawal from...

Falcons play for the kids

Jul 14, 2016 / 4:52 pm
Kids will be the big winners when the Kelowna Falcons take to the field July 22. That's the night of a charity baseball game benefitting the Okanagan YMCA. Ticket sales from the West Coast League game between the Falcons and Yakima Pippins will go the the YMCA’s Strong Kids...

Falcons offence rolls

Jul 14, 2016 / 10:00 am
The Kelowna Falcons offence kicked into high gear for a second straight night in a 7-5 win over the Kitsap BlueJackets. The Falcons pounded out 12 hits in earning their second straight win over the Washington squad Wednesday night. Kelowna jumped all over BlueJackets starter Colten Barnes in...

Whitecaps savour victory

Jul 14, 2016 / 6:27 am
At least for one night, the Vancouver Whitecaps didn't have to answer questions about their leaky defence. Cristian Techera scored on a stunning strike three minutes after a Real Salt Lake own goal in the first half Wednesday, and the Whitecaps held the fort from there in a 2-0...

Schultz signs with Pens

Jul 13, 2016 / 10:44 am
Justin Schultz is staying put. The West Kelowna native inked a one-year contract with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday morning. The deal is worth $1.4 million. Schultz, 26, was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers on Feb. 27. He was coming off a one-year, $3.9 million...

Falcons bend, don't break

Jul 13, 2016 / 10:08 am
The Kelowna Falcons flirted with disaster all night long, but came out no worse for wear in a 4-1 win Tuesday in Kitsap, Wash. Falcons pitchers found themselves in trouble all night long in the opener of the three-game series, but aside from surrendering a single run in the second, were able to...

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