In the hours following the helicopter crash that left basketball star Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others dead, social media sites were inundated with mourning fans, commemorating an idol and cultural icon. But as celebrities, fans and players remembered the inspiring and dedicated Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard, thought to be one of the best players in NBA history, one less-uplifting detail of his career went largely unmentioned: the 2003 rape case. Continue reading →
Disinformation of the mass media insinuates that basketball in Canada begins and ends with the Toronto Raptors and the entrance of the NBA into our country. James Naismith, the Ontario-born doctor who invented basketball, called the Grads the “finest team that ever stepped on the floor.” They went 27-0 in four Olympiads and won games by an average score of 69-11 | MARTY KLINKENBERG
The Edmonton grads riding a float in the 1920s as part of a celebration of their wins.
(June 21, 2019) – While the rapture over the Raptors swept the country last week, a display that pays homage to the greatest basketball club in Canadian history was quietly being completed.
Rather than the professionals in Toronto, the exhibit honours a remarkable group of trailblazing women who dominated the game at a time when sport was considered the exclusive domain of men. Continue reading →
Canada goalkeeper Erin McLeod waves to fans after defeating Switzerland 1-0 in a FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer match in Vancouver on June 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
By Neil Davidson
TORONTO (CP) May 21 — Canada will be helping others while going trophy-hunting at this summer’s Women’s World Cup.
Canada captain Christine Sinclair and 13 other national team players have followed veteran goalkeeper Erin McLeod’s lead in joining Common Goal, pledging one per cent of their salaries to the football-based charity movement. Continue reading →
The University of New Brunswick women’s varsity hockey team played its first game on October 13 against Mount Allison after being resurrected following a lengthy battle lasting a decade. Continue reading →
Seventy-five years ago this spring, two Vancouver sisters joined dozens of Canadians to make history with North America’s first women’s pro baseball league | TOM HAWTHORN*, TheTyee.ca
On a pleasant late May afternoon in 1944, young Helen Callaghan posed along the base line with her Millerettes teammates at Nicollet Park in Minneapolis. Their opponents, the Rockford Peaches, lined up along the foul line in front of their dugout. The two teams formed a colourful V-for-Victory pattern. Continue reading →
Artist’s rendering of the stylized LED-light Olympic flame that will ’burn‘ outside the Canadian Olympic Committee offices at Olympic House in Montreal.
Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil.
In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they receive from government and perhaps corporate sponsors. Continue reading →