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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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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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