4 stripped of medals

Aug 31, 2016 / 9:53 am
Eight years later, more athletes continue to be stripped of medals from the Beijing Olympics because of positive doping tests. Four athletes, including three Russians, had their medals taken away on Wednesday after their doping samples from 2008 were retested and came back positive for banned...

Lochte mum on Rio return

Aug 30, 2016 / 6:57 am
Ryan Lochte isn't saying whether he'll return to Brazil to face a charge of filing a false police report over a gas station encounter during the Olympics. Lochte tells ABC's "Good Morning America" his legal team is dealing with the situation, adding "we're just...

Maia beats Carlos at UFC

Aug 28, 2016 / 7:28 am
Demian Maia backed up his calls for a welterweight title shot with an early submission win over Carlos Condit in the main event of UFC Fight Night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Saturday. Maia, ranked third in the division, stated earlier this week that with a victory over Condit he should be...

Maia wants title shot

Aug 26, 2016 / 4:19 pm
Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Demian Maia believes he should be next in line for a UFC welterweight title shot if he beats Carlos Condit in Saturday's main event at UFC Fight Night in Vancouver. Maia was met with raucous cheers from mixed martial arts fans packed inside a convention hall at...

Olympic mentality shift

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:46 pm
The groundwork for Derek Drouin's Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games was laid in 2013. The year after a disappointing London Olympics — when his bronze in high jumping was Canada's only medal in track and field — Drouin says he and his athletics teammates flipped a mental...

Whitecaps desperate for win

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:45 am
If the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to pump some air into their deflating playoff hopes, they badly need a win Saturday night in a place where they have rarely won. The Whitecaps (8-12-6) face the L.A. Galaxy (9-4-12) in a Major League Soccer match at the Stubhub Center where Vancouver is 1-7-0....

Lochte's Rio troubles mount

Aug 25, 2016 / 8:02 pm
Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. The...

Paralympic ban 'inhumane'

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:58 am
Russian President Vladimir Putin attacked the ban on his country from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics as immoral and inhumane on Thursday. Russia was suspended on Aug. 7 over what International Paralympic Committee president Philip Craven called a "medals over morals" culture with...

Techera leads 'Caps to win

Aug 24, 2016 / 6:36 am
The Vancouver Whitecaps answered the challenge. Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson told his players they had to be better after losing 2-0 to Sporting Kansas City in a Major League Soccer match Saturday night. Robinson shuffled his lineup and was pleased with the result after midfielder Cristian...

Whitecaps sign Levis

Aug 23, 2016 / 4:16 pm
The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Canadian defender/midfielder Brett Levis to a multi-year first-team contract. The contract is through 2017 with options for 2018 and 2019. Levis, who was born and raised in Saskatoon, is the first-ever player from the University of Saskatchewan to sign a...

NHL: Olympics worth it?

Aug 23, 2016 / 12:41 pm
On the eve of staging their own international tournament that will pit best on best, the leaders of the NHL and NHL Players' Association are weighing the pros and cons of returning to the Winter Olympics in 2018. While NHLers have participated in every Games since 1998, the league has long...

Paralympic ban upheld

Aug 23, 2016 / 6:08 am
Russia is banned from the Paralympic Games as punishment for a state-backed doping program, after losing an appeal at sport's highest court. The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced its urgent verdict Tuesday to dismiss the Russian Paralympic Committee's appeal against exclusion from...

BC Lions hit the road

Aug 22, 2016 / 9:19 pm
It's a good thing the B.C. Lions feel they're at home on the road. B.C. (5-3) enters a delicate portion of its regular-season schedule with a road contest against the Ottawa Redblacks (4-3-1) on Thursday. It's the first of two straight games away from B.C. Place Stadium against East...

Stamps down Lions 37-9

Aug 19, 2016 / 10:39 pm
Bo Levi Mitchell started another streak for passing touchdowns, throwing for two majors as the Calgary Stampeders had no trouble disposing of the B.C. Lions 37-9 in a first-place showdown in the CFL's West Division Friday. The Calgary quarterback had a streak of 21 straight games with at...

Whitecaps look for answers

Aug 19, 2016 / 12:47 pm
Carl Robinson has heard the question many times over the last few weeks but admits he doesn't have an immediate answer. How can the struggling Vancouver Whitecaps turn their season around in time to make Major League Soccer's playoffs? "If I had an answer I would gladly tell...

Lions host Stampeders

Aug 18, 2016 / 3:11 pm
It's not exactly a playoff game, but for the B.C. Lions meeting the Calgary Stampeders is the next best thing. B.C. hopes to vault over Calgary in the standings as the two best teams in the CFL's West Division meet on Friday for the third time this season with a season-series tiebreaker...

Former FIFA boss dies

Aug 16, 2016 / 9:48 am
Joao Havelange, who as president of FIFA for two decades transformed soccer's governing body into a multibillion-dollar business and a hotbed for subsequent corruption that damaged its reputation, has died. He was 100. Havelange, who was suffering from a respiratory infection, died early...

Lions hold on to beat Ticats

Aug 14, 2016 / 6:54 am
Manny Arceneaux said he hadn't done enough to help the B.C. Lions. So he made one more catch when it mattered most as his team escaped with a 45-38 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday. The defensive coverage of the Tiger-Cats, according to the Lions receiver, was stifling him down the...

Lions' Jennings goes big

Aug 12, 2016 / 4:18 pm
Jon Jennings is looking to become the fourth pivot in the long history of the B.C. Lions to throw in excess of 300 passing yards in four straight games. That's news to the 24-year-old quarterback from Columbus, Ohio, who will make only his 13th career regular-season start Saturday against...

Falcons season over

Aug 8, 2016 / 9:45 am
The Kelowna Falcons waved goodbye to fans on Sunday as their season came to a close. The Falcons closed out the season in game three of their home series against the Walla Walla Sweets. While the Falcons had hoped to end the year on a high note, the Sweets set out with the same goal in mind,...

Canucks sign Juolevi

Aug 5, 2016 / 2:41 pm
The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenceman Olli Juolevi to a three-year entry level contract. The Canucks selected Juolevi fifth overall in the 2016 draft, making him one of three Finns to go in the top five. The 18-year-old finished third among Ontario Hockey League rookie defencemen in...

Surprised to be a Whitecap

Aug 5, 2016 / 9:26 am
Forward Giles Barnes knew a deal was in the works, but he was expecting to end up with Blackburn Rovers of the English Championship League. Instead, late last Saturday, the 28-year-old from London was dealt from the Houston Dynamo to the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Major League Soccer deal...

Playoff hopes fly south

Aug 4, 2016 / 10:32 am
The Kelowna Falcons won't have a chance to play for a league title. The Falcons playoff hopes came crashing to earth last night in a 2-1 loss to the Bellingham Bells. The loss, their third in a row, officially eliminated the Falcons from post season play. Kelowna opened the scoring...

Falcons playoff hopes fade

Aug 3, 2016 / 10:00 am
The Kelowna Falcons playoff hopes were all but dashed Tuesday night in Bellingham. Needing a win to climb to within striking distance of the second-half leading Bells, the Falcons fell short, falling 4-1 to Bellingham. The Falcons are three games behind both Bellingham and Victoria with just...

Smart joins Team Canada

Aug 2, 2016 / 6:53 pm
Kelowna Rockets defenceman Jonathan Smart will be spending part of his summer wearing the Team Canada sweater. Smart has been named to the Canadian men’s summer Under-18 team that will compete at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Aug. 8-13. Following...

Costly loss for Falcons

Aug 2, 2016 / 9:38 am
The Kelowna Falcons prospects of earning a West Coast League playoff berth took a major hit Monday in Bellingham. The Falcons fell 5-3 to the Bells, the team they're trying to chase down for the second-half title, to kick off a three-game series. Kelowna sits two back of the Bells and a...

'Caps prepare for unknown

Aug 1, 2016 / 6:14 pm
The Vancouver Whitecaps are heading into the unknown as they prepare to face Central FC on Tuesday night in a CONCACAF Champions League match being played in Trinidad and Tobago. The Whitecaps know little about the type of game Central FC likes to play or the conditions of the pitch. "We...

Big win for Falcons

Aug 1, 2016 / 7:52 am
The Kelowna Falcons avoided a sweep Sunday, defeating the Yakima Valley Pippins 9-2 to salvage a win from the three-game series. And they did it in style. The Falcons piled on 12 hits in the slugfest. Starting catcher Bowen Ogata led the way with three hits, two runs and an RBI. Brad...

Falcons drop game two

Jul 31, 2016 / 9:24 am
Despite a late surge by the Kelowna Falcons, the Yakima Valley Pippins were able to hold on and win game two of the series by a score of 6-5. The Falcons fell behind early, but were able to battle back late in the game and just fell short of tying run in, despite having numerous chances to do...

'Dynamo' new player

Jul 31, 2016 / 8:42 am
The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired forward/midfielder Giles Barnes in a trade with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Barnes has four goals and two assists in 14 matches so far this season and has 31 goals and 14 assists in 113 Major League Soccer regular-season appearances. He was named...

Triathlon welcomes airline

Jul 31, 2016 / 5:00 am
Some lucky volunteers at this year's Apple Triathlon could find themselves travelling to a North American destination of their choosing. It's all made possible through the sponsorship of Air Canada. The Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon announced Friday the national airline has...

Falcons hope for comeback

Jul 30, 2016 / 10:17 am
The Kelowna Falcons' trip to Yakima, Wash., didn’t go as planned. The Pippins, led by ace Zach Draper, trounced the Falcons 8-3 in West Coast League baseball action Friday night. The Falcons, 10-9 in the second half of the season, were out-hit all night. With a one game-winning...

'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...

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...

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...

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