Category Archives: Athletes

Labour had its own baseball team a century ago. It defied racism

Meet three Longshoremen players who broke the sport’s colour line in Vancouver | TOM HAWTHORN

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The ILA Longshoremen’s amateur baseball team pose with trophies at Powell Street grounds (Oppenheimer Park) on Aug. 20, 1920 | Stuart Thomson, City of Vancouver Archives.

On a pleasant late Friday afternoon in the summer of 1920, the best baseball players of the amateur city league gathered for a trophy presentation and an exhibition game. A temporary podium was placed atop the pitcher’s mound at the Powell Street Grounds (Oppenheimer Park) in Vancouver. A table draped in a Union Jack held three handsome trophies and a stack of boxes containing medals. Continue reading

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Contracting of Cuban athletes abroad

The contracting of Cuban athletes in professional leagues abroad remains a priority, with a view toward positioning our players in top-level competitions, to gain experience and improve the country’s performance internationally

By Iris de la Cruz Saborit

(October 22) – In line with national policy intended to guarantee meeting the Cuban sports movement’s projections – especially in the Olympic cycle – and positioning our athletes in top-level competitions, the contracting of Cuban in professional leagues abroad remains a priority, but the performance achieved by our athletes has yet to be concretely expressed in Cuba’s international results. Continue reading

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Sighting. Covid-19 and sport

The rapid spread of the new Corona virus around the world has stopped many sporting events. A number of speed races, tennis tournaments and other competitions have been postponed, and some soccer leagues have been suspended, and matches have been held in some countries without an audience. The Olympic Games scheduled in Japan next summer are also threatened, as is the European Football Championship 2020, due to the outbreak of the virus. Great losses have affected global sport, and it is likely to increase in light of the inability to control the spread of the virus in various countries of the world, especially in the Asian and European continents.

Nevertheless, powerful sports cartels especially in the United States and Europe continue to stage competitions, ever increasing the number of spectators in the venues, putting both them and the athletes at risk. American college football of the NCAA organization is the most criminal example, where Covid has spiralled through the ranks of the young players. Continue reading

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This Day. Rocket’s 500th

500th Goal, "Rocket" Richard, Ville Marie Wax Museum, Mont… | Flickr

500th Goal, “Rocket” Richard, is immortalized by the Ville Marie Wax Museum, Montreal. He did score against Chicago Goaltender Glenn Hall in 1957 but it was on a slap shot from 20 feet away | Flickr

On this date in 1957, Maurice Richard became the first NHL player to score 500 regular-season goals.

The Rocket did it in 863 games, which is the ninth-fastest ever. Only Wayne Gretzky (575 games, lol), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647), Brett Hull (693), Alex Ovechkin (801), Phil Esposit (803), Jari Kurri (833) and Bobby Hull (861) were quicker.

The 500-goal club currently has 45 members. Only two are still active in the NHL: Ovechkin (who’s up to eighth all time with 706) and Patrick Marleau (25th at 562). The closest to joining next is Sidney Crosby, who’s at 462.

It was on March 18, 1945 that Richard became the first NHL player to score 50 goals in a season, on his way to 544 during his illustrious career, in the Canadiens’ 4-2 win that night over the Boston Bruins. And it came late in the 50th and final game of the regular season It was his 87th NHL goal.

With a file from CBC’s The Buzzer

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Science of champion runners

Kipchoge is the defending champion in the elite men’s race of the London Marathon. 

Kipchoge is the defending champion in the elite men’s race of the London Marathon | Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

By Andy Galbraith*

The 40th anniversary of the London Marathon takes place on Sunday, October 4 2020. Athletes will run on a closed-loop circuit around St James’s Park before finishing on The Mall. This year’s lineup includes current champions Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei. These athletes can run for more than two hours at speeds an average person could maintain for only a matter of seconds. So what makes them so fast? Continue reading

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This Day. Simon Whitfield surprised everyone by winning the first-ever Olympic men’s triathlon

Canada's Simon Whitfield, right, currently second place to an unseen runner, leads Simon Lessing of Great Britain in the run leg in the men's Olympic triathlon across from the Sydney Opera House, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000. (Rick Rycroft/The Associated Press)

Canada’s Simon Whitfield, right, currently second place to an unseen runner, leads Simon Lessing of Great Britain in the run leg in the men’s Olympic triathlon across from the Sydney Opera House, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000 | Rick Rycroft/The Associated Press

Australians dominated the sport heading into the 2000 Sydney Olympics. That’s one of the reasons why triathlon was added to the program for their home Games, and why the women’s and men’s events were scheduled for the first two days of competition (Sept. 16 and 17). They were supposed to help get the host country fired up.

Meanwhile, no one expected much from the 25-year-old Whitfield, who’d never won a top-level international race. Except for Whitfield. Fuelled by borderline-irrational confidence, a nothing-to-lose mentality and just plain old guts, he hung around during the swim and bike stages and then made his big move in the closing 10-km run — his specialty. His thrilling finishing kick for the upset gold-medal win is one of the great moments in Canadian Olympic history. And he went on to add a silver with another gutsy, exciting run eight years later in Beijing. Read more about how Whitfield won gold in Sydney in his own words (and the words of other key figures involved) in this oral history by CBC Sports’ Myles Dichter with video by Steve Tzemis.

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Jamaican legend Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Jamaican legend Usain Bolt tests positive for Covid-19

Kingston, Aug 24 (Prensa Latina) – Jamaican athletic legend Usain Bolt tested positive for the Covid-19 disease, local media reported today.

According to Loop News, the Olympic and world multi-medalist in the 100 and 200 meter sprints was infected with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, just days after celebrating a maskless birthday party. Bolt’s guests included England soccer star Raheem Sterling.

According to radio station Nationwide90fm, the greatest sprinter of all time fell ill with the Covid-19 virus and will spend time in self-isolation at home as a result. The publication points out that the 34-year-old man (born August 21, 1986) took a test for the virus a few days ago and discovered yesterday that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Bolt’s contagion comes amid an increase in infections from the pandemic in Jamaica, which in the past 24 hours reported 116 new cases, its largest increase in a day. The health authorities attributed the increase to 1,529 Covid-19 patients to the large number of meetings and parties during the first week of August, when the country celebrated Emancipation and Independence Day.

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WNBA players are trying to get a team owner defeated in her election

Before their game on Tuesday, Atlanta Dream players wore shirts backing Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, who is hoping to unseat one of the Dream’s owners, Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, in this fall’s election.

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler angered a lot of players by opposing the league’s embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Republican is trying to get re-elected to her U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, where the Democratic nominee is a pastor named Dr Raphael G. Warnock. Earlier this week, players from Loeffler’s own Atlanta team, along with others on the Seattle, Chicago and Phoenix franchises, wore “Vote Warnock” t-shirts before their games. Continue reading

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Athletes wonder could another Olympic reset be on tap?

In this June 21, 1980, file photo, Edwin Moses, gold medal winner in 1976 in Montreal, coasts to an easy victory in the 400 intermediate hurdles as the 1980 Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon.

By EDDIE PELLS

AP (August 5) – By the time the boycott hit, Edwin Moses could envision the end of the Olympics as he knew them – or maybe the end of them altogether. Continue reading

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US colleges axe non-revenue sports

Clayton Murphy celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)

Clayton Murphy celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics in Rio | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

(July 25) – The opening ceremony — an event that ushers in another Olympic Games and, for many, commemorates their greatest athletic accomplishment — begins with hours of waiting. Athletes wait for the buses that take them from the village to the venue. They wait to enter the stadium. They wait to march. The process devours an entire evening, but it’s memorable and communal. Continue reading

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