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Cotter shoots for 3-peat

Feb 9, 2016 / 6:47 pm
The Okanagan will be well represented when the Canadian Direct Insurance B.C. Men's Curling Championships open tomorrow in Nelson. Three of the 16 teams looking for a shot at the Brier are from the Okanagan. Leading the way is Vernon's Jim Cotter, who is shooting for his third...

Achilles recovery on track

Feb 9, 2016 / 4:13 pm
Solomon Elimimian was worried his career might be over. The standout linebacker for the B.C. Lions ruptured his Achilles tendon in August against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and immediately pondered the worst. "You hear all the stories, you hear about the guys that don't come back,"...

Edem back with Lions

Feb 9, 2016 / 3:13 pm
The B.C. Lions signed free-agent defensive back Mike Edem to a two-year contract Tuesday. The six-foot-one, 210-pound Edem split last season between the Montreal Alouettes and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Montreal selected Edem third overall in the 2013 CFL draft out of Calgary. He was an East...

Panthers QB still pouting

Feb 9, 2016 / 10:53 am
Cam Newton isn't apologizing for acting like a "sore loser" after the Super Bowl. The league's MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday in which he answered questions with mostly one-...

Coach's tough decisions

Feb 9, 2016 / 10:33 am
Carl Robinson showed early in his head coaching career that he won't shy away from tough decisions. The Welshman had been on the job with the Vancouver Whitecaps just five months when he made the call to part ways with striker Kenny Miller, a highly-paid but aging player who didn't fit...

Travis Lulay's new contract

Feb 8, 2016 / 2:55 pm
The B.C. Lions re-signed veteran quarterback Travis Lulay on Monday, a day before he was eligible for free agency. Lulay, the CFL's outstanding player in 2011, enters his eighth season with B.C. He's currently third in team history with 16,960 passing yards and 101 touchdown...

Bronco fans whoop it up

Feb 8, 2016 / 8:54 am
Thousands of Broncos fans celebrated Denver's Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers in downtown streets and amateur fireworks lit up the sky around town. Police reported some arrests but no major damage or injuries. "I've been a Broncos fan for 45 years. Way to go! What a...

Broncos Super Bowl champs

Feb 7, 2016 / 8:01 pm
If this was the final game of his magnificent career, what a Super way to go out for Peyton Manning. He can thank Von Miller and the Broncos' swarming, big-play defence for his second NFL championship. Adding that ring to his five MVP awards, Manning certainly can be satisfied and...

Owls repeat at own tourney

Feb 6, 2016 / 10:30 pm
Make it two in a row for the KSS Owls at the Interior Savings Western Canada Boys Basketball Tournament. The Owls, ranked number one in the province, defeated number two Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs 84-71 before an overflow crowd at the KSS gymnasium. After going 33 years between wins the...

Flames burn Canucks 4-1

Feb 6, 2016 / 10:04 pm
Jonas Hiller made 34 saves as the Calgary Flames downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 on Saturday. Michael Frolik, Mikael Backlund and Sam Bennett each had a goal and an assist, while Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (23-25-3), which rebounded from a 2-1 home loss to Columbus a night earlier....

Owls steamroll in opener

Feb 5, 2016 / 9:00 am
The KSS Owls played just one good quarter of basketball Thursday night. That one quarter was more than enough to lead them to a lopsided 85-44 win over the Handsworth Royals to open up the Interior Savings Western Canada Boys Basketball Tournament at KSS. Despite holding a commanding 49-34...

Canucks lose in shootout

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:30 am
Columbus head coach John Tortorella wasn't looking for any special fanfare in his first visit to Vancouver since the Canucks fired him after a single season. "I think I got enough recognition when I got booted out of here," said Tortorella after his Blue Jackets captured a 2-1...

Owls eye tourney 2-peat

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:45 pm
The KSS Owls are looking to accomplish something they have never done at the Interior Savings Western Canada Boys Basketball Tournament - win it two years in a row. The Owls snapped a 33-year drought when they captured the 2015 title. KSS was ranked number nine in the province when they won...

Leafs unveil new logo

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:39 pm
The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to the past for a fresh look in the future. The club has unveiled a new logo for the first time in more than 45 years. It's a fresh take on the "classic Maple Leaf" emblem of Toronto teams from the 1940s to the 1960s and will serve as the...

Prust placed on waivers

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:09 pm
The Vancouver Canucks placed veteran forward Brandon Prust on waivers Tuesday and signed defenceman Alex Biega to a two-year contract extension. Prust, 31, had seven points and 59 penalty minutes in 35 games this season. “This decision was based on the need to provide more opportunity...

Morales eager to play

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:15 pm
Pedro Morales wants to forget about last year. Coming off a banner 2014 with the Vancouver Whitecaps that included being named the top newcomer to Major League Soccer, the Chilean playmaker was cut down by a series of leg injuries in 2015 that resulted in him starting just two regular-season...

PGA event hits Kelowna

Feb 2, 2016 / 11:03 am
Then-mayor Walter Gray brought up talk of a PGA tour stop coming to Kelowna during a state of the city address a few years back. Rumours have swirled ever since that the Canadian tour had interest in coming to Kelowna. That interest now appears to be reality. A news conference is scheduled...

Hamhuis nearing return

Feb 1, 2016 / 4:54 pm
Dan Hamhuis didn't see it coming. The Vancouver Canucks defenceman had just lost the puck and was trying to get back in position with his team clinging to a late lead against the Rangers when a wild slapshot from New York's Dan Boyle slammed into his face. Hamhuis was wearing a visor,...

Bret Hart has cancer

Feb 1, 2016 / 12:03 pm
Canadian professional wrestler Bret Hart says he has prostate cancer and will undergo surgery "in the next few days." Posting on his verified Instagram account, the Calgary-born grappler known as "The Hitman" said he was about to face his "toughest battle." The...

Bettman sticking with NHL

Jan 31, 2016 / 5:18 pm
Gary Bettman said his relationship with the union has never been better. Perhaps that's why he is willing to stick around as NHL commissioner into the next decade. Bettman signed a contract through 2022, he confirmed in an interview Sunday on the NHL Network before the All-Star game. The...

Djokovic wins Aussie title

Jan 31, 2016 / 7:55 am
Novak Djokovic was still walking around Melbourne Park with his trophy, celebrating his record sixth Australian title, when five-time runner-up Andy Murray was heading for the airport in a rush to reunite with his pregnant wife. Top-ranked Djokovic maintained his perfect streak in six Australian...

Kerber upsets Serena

Jan 30, 2016 / 7:17 am
Serena Williams put up both hands after a sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber. For the second time in as many majors, nerves got to Williams as she...

Chargers staying put

Jan 30, 2016 / 7:05 am
Chargers Chairman Dean Spanos said Friday that the team will play in San Diego in 2016, and he'll work with politicians and the business community to try to resolve a long, bitter fight over a new stadium. Spanos' statement was posted on the team website shortly after the Union-Tribune...

Local UFC fighter in N.J.

Jan 29, 2016 / 4:30 pm
Kelowna native Matt Dwyer will be fighting on the world's stage this weekend at UFC Fight Night in Newark, N.J. Saturday's fight will be 26-year-old Dwyer's fourth fight in the UFC. He first entered the promotion in October 2014, losing to since-undefeated Albert...

'Caps add Rangers talent

Jan 29, 2016 / 2:15 pm
The Vancouver Whitecaps added Canadian international Fraser Aird on a season-long loan deal with Scottish giants Rangers F.C. on Friday. The 20-year-old defender, who can play right back or as a winger, will join his new teammates Saturday before the club heads to Arizona to continue pre-season...

Serwa set for X Games

Jan 29, 2016 / 10:50 am
Kelowna's Kelsey Serwa returns to the site of one of her greatest triumphs this weekend. Serwa is scheduled to compete Saturday in women's ski cross at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo. It was five years ago that Serwa captured gold at the X Games in Aspen. The victory is famous for...

Did you see 'The Hit?'

Jan 29, 2016 / 8:38 am
Wideman hits linesman https://t.co/eXRst3mLSd Don Cherry says he believes Calgary Flames defenceman Dennis Wideman was "stunned" by a hit moments before knocking over an official. Wideman got up after being checked during the second period of Wednesday's game against...

Raonic falls in finals bid

Jan 29, 2016 / 6:52 am
Milos Raonic played through pain after an apparent thigh injury as he missed his bid Friday to become the first Canadian man to reach a Grand Slam final. The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., spent more than four hours battling Andy Murray before the second-seeded Scot produced a 4-6, 7-5,...

Prospects put on a show

Jan 29, 2016 / 6:07 am
Pascal Laberge turned some heads on Thursday night. The 17-year-old from Chateauguay, Que., scored twice before setting up the winner as Team Orr beat Team Cherry 3-2 in the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. A centre for the QMJHL's Victoriaville Tigres, Laberge has 14 goals and 25 assists...

Ryan Johansen fitting in

Jan 28, 2016 / 12:15 pm
It was a chance meeting Ryan Johansen still finds hard to believe. Hours after being traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Nashville Predators, the 23-year-old centre from North Vancouver was at the airport when he bumped into Seth Jones — the player headed the other way in the...

Fan's over-confident tattoo

Jan 28, 2016 / 9:58 am
A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O'Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship and advance to the...

Triathletes' daring rescue

Jan 28, 2016 / 6:33 am
A referee and two athletes participating in a South African triathlon dived into the ocean to rescue two stricken men who were being swept out to sea. After pushing the men to shore, the athletes finished the grueling race a little later than they had planned. Athletes Martin Potgieter and Dylan...

Williams one win away

Jan 28, 2016 / 6:01 am
Serena Williams is one win away from another Grand Slam milestone after beating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 in an Australian Open semifinal that was almost a non-contest between the players who'll be Nos. 1 and 3 in the next women's rankings. If Williams wins Saturday's final...

Zakala swimming with elite

Jan 27, 2016 / 4:37 pm
Kelowna's Josh Zakala will be training with the elite in Canadian swimming. Zakala, 17, has been selected to join Canada’s elite team at the High Performance Centre in Victoria. For the past eight years, Zkala has represented the Kelowna Aqua Jets Swim Club at the local, provincial,...

Budapest goes for Games

Jan 27, 2016 / 6:49 am
Budapest's city council on Wednesday approved the list of venues to be included in its bid for the 2024 Olympics. The project includes the construction of a 60,000-capacity stadium for track and field, a velodrome, a tennis complex with a 10,000-seat main court, as well as temporary...

Tennis to review integrity

Jan 27, 2016 / 5:42 am
Tennis leaders are taking steps at damage control as they grapple with allegations of match-fixing in recent media reports, which have cast a shadow over the first Grand Slam of the year and shaken confidence in the integrity of the sport. An independent review of tennis' anti-corruption...

Predators bite Canucks 2-1

Jan 26, 2016 / 10:19 pm
James Neal scored late in the third period to give the Nashville Predators a 2-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. Craig Smith also found the back of the net for Nashville (23-18-8), which played its third game of a four-game Western road swing. The trip has included 4-1 wins in both...

Serena beats Sharapova

Jan 26, 2016 / 6:08 am
Serena Williams attacked Maria Sharapova's strength and it helped extend her complete domination of their rivalry, earning the six-time Australian Open champion a place in the semifinals. Top-ranked Williams beat Sharapova 6-4, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, her 18th consecutive...

Sutter back in lineup

Jan 25, 2016 / 2:28 pm
Brandon Sutter will return to the Vancouver Canucks' lineup Tuesday against the Nashville Predators after missing the last 33 games with a sports hernia. The 26-year-old centre suffered the abdominal injury in November before undergoing surgery in early December. Sutter practised with the...

Lions' Valli hangs up helmet

Jan 25, 2016 / 12:20 pm
Canadian offensive lineman Dean Valli retired Monday after 10 seasons with the B.C. Lions. B.C. selected Valli sixth overall in the 2006 CFL draft out of Simon Fraser University. "Dean gave us everything he had for 10 years and I'm grateful for his contributions to our club both on...

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